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13 people, including six children, killed in two attacks in Kp Baloch militants gun down seven coast guards in Gwadar PESHAWAR/QUETTA STAFF REPORT

At least 20 people, including six children, were killed in separate attacks launched by suspected militants across the country on Saturday. At least 13 people were killed and more than 20 injured in two acts of terrorism in the Speen Thal area of North Waziristan and Doog Dara area of Upper Dir. Condition of several of the injured was stated to be critical and officials feared the death toll could rise. Reports from North Waziristan Agency said a suicide bomber blew himself up with explosives packed in his vest outside the main gate of a compound in Speen Thall, close to the border of Thall area of Hangu district. The explosion razed to ground various portions of the compound run by Maulana Mohammad Nabi Hanfi, a pro-government militant commander. Nabi survived the attack as he was not present inside the building. Officials in Miranshah, headquarter of NWA, said a large number of people, including teenage boys, were present inside the compound when the bomber struck. At least nine people were killed and 16 others were left injured. The second terror act occurred in Upper Dir where a passenger van was targeted by militants with an improvised explosive device (IED). Officials said the passenger van was on way to Sheringal from Shahkaas area when it was hit by the IED near Doog Dara. Three people in the van were killed on the spot and a fourth succumbed to injuries before reaching the hospital. Six injured people were shifted to a hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for both terror acts. However, officials said the NWA suicide attack was the result of rivalry between two militant groups, while the Taliban could be involved in the terror act in Upper Dir. Militants from the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Swat and Bajaur chapters have taken refuge in the PakAfghan border areas and have been launching deadly attacks on security forces, pro-government tribal elders and volunteers of peace lashkar in border regions of Upper Dir from the last one year. Gwadar attack Meanwhile, in insurgency-hit Balochistan’s Gwadar district, suspected Baloch militants gunned down seven personnel of Pakistan Coast Guards, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), while a civilian and three other soldiers were injured in the attack. Per details, unidentified armed men in a car and two motorcycles surrounded the checkpost of coast guards in Pashookan area, 30kms west of Gwadar, on Saturday afternoon when all men on duty were taking a nap. They barged into the room and opened indiscriminate fire on the personnel, killing seven guards on the spot. Three soldiers and a civilian worker who was painting the room got injured by the gunfire. The attackers made away with all the weapons and ammunition of the deceased coast guards. Upon receiving information, heavy contingents of Pakistan Coast guards, Frontier Corps Balochistan and Levies Force rushed to the area from Gwadar. The dead and injured were shifted to hospitals in Gwader. The deceased workers were identified as Ghani Asif, Sher Ali, Riaz Ahmed, Akmal, Adnan, Shahbaz and Abdul Sattar. Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Sohailur Rahman said the unidentified armed men first surrounded the camp and later forced their way into the room to kill the security personnel.He said all personnel were asleep at the time of the attack and were shot at point blank. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, however banned outfit Baloch Liberation Front has been carrying out such acts in Makran division. Authorities have rounded up over a dozen suspects for interrogation. Gwadar, the port town that has seen a construction boom over the past decade as part of Pakistan’s plans to develop it with Chinese help, has been left in the lurch due to the conflict between Baloch rebels and the government. Balochistan has long suffered from Islamist militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims and a separatist insurgency which targets government officials and security agencies. Baloch rebels have been up in arms since in 2004, when they started a low-key rebellion against the government, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the oil, gas and mineral resources in the region. Another arm of the insurgency demands absolute secession from the federation.

UPPER DIR: Paramedics treat an injured bomb blast victim at a hospital on Saturday. afp

Swiss letter only thorny issue in PPP-PML-N deal

Negotiators mulling midway to resolve Swiss letter row g Dialogue to enter formal, public phase soon

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writing a letter rather than leaving it for the caretaker prime minister to do so. However, the PPP seemed insistent on delaying the court orders while still staying open to any good idea by PML-N in this regard, the sources revealed. Moreover, the sources say the PML-N wants that the covert talks between the two parties should be made formal and public. The sources also claimed that the demand made by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif last week in this regard was also a part his strategy. After the

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Writing a letter to Swiss authorities to implement the Supreme Court’s order is a major thorny issue capable to disrupt the ongoing dialogue process between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), for which both the political parties are engaged in hectic parleys within their respective circles to seek an honourable way-out for the government to implement the court order while avoiding any controversy for the next caretaker prime minister, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. Sources in both major political parties told this scribe that almost all contentious issues between them had been touched upon by their negotiating teams and there seemed a consensus that all other issues might

the negotiation process, the sources further claimed. A source in the PML-N said that his party wanted a midway to be adopted by the government to implement the apex court order so as the caretaker prime minister does not find himself pitted between a rock and a hard place, facing no other issue but holding transparent and fair elections. “We want the PPP-led coalition government to implement the court order about writing the letter as the judiciary is quite determined. We don’t want the government to leave the matter for caretaker prime minister. There is a midway – a commission could be formed under Article 187 of the constitution to write the letter to Swiss authorities. Registrar of the apex court may also do so. The chief justice has already hinted that article 190 would not be invoked to get the job done with assistance from the armed forces,” said the source, stating that all such options may bring about a solution to the letter issue. CoNtINuEd oN PagE 04

be resolved in the manner the issue of the appointment of CEC was resolved. Along with that all, the PMLN wants that the coalition government resolves the matter of

initial contacts made through backchannels and intermediaries, the next round of talks would be formal and are likely to be made public as demanded by PML-N chief as the initial confidence building measures (CBMs) had provided sound base for furthering


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ISLaMaBad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday directed the chief ministers of the four provinces besides Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir to effectively control the prices of essential items during the holy month of Ramadan to facilitate the people. The president issued the directives through letters addressed to the chief ministers. “Prices of any commodity must not be allowed to be raised in the holy month,” he instructed. He directed the authorities concerned of urban as well as rural areas to strictly monitor the prices of essential goods. APP

ANP shares reservations over dual nationality bill with PM ISLaMaBad: The Awami National Party (ANP) has formally explained its opposition on the dual nationality bill on Saturday when the party’s lawmakers met Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf here in Islamabad. In a meeting with the prime minister, the ANP delegation, led by Senator Haji Adeel, shared their stance of not being comfortable over the proposed legislation on dual nationality. Senator Adeel himself described the party’s stance as being based on “principles rather than politics”. “The party considers it a grave threat to the sovereignty of the state if a foreign controversial figure gets into any of the highest offices of the country.” Earlier in the day, ANP pledged that it would not relent on its opposition to dual nationality bill before dispatching a delegation to President Asif Ali Zardari and the prime minister. During the meeting both the parties agreed not to discuss the bill in either the lower or upper house of parliament. The PM assured the delegation that he would do his best in resolving the issue as it was the first time ANP had strongly disagreed with the government. He also appreciated ANP’s support. Sources added that ANP had also put forth a demand to enhance net hydel profits for KhyberPakhtunkhwa. On the question of allocation of development funds, the prime minister said that parity would be observed in this regard. He underscored the importance of completing the ongoing development schemes. He also assured them that the government would assist ANP financially and technically in the Chashma right bank canal, Lowari Tunnel in Chitral and Munda Dam in Fata keeping in view their importance for agricultural, energy and flood control. The negotiations on the bill has been going on between coalition partners in the central government with MQM strongly supporting the bill while ANP and PML-F opposing it. Earlier, the ANP had proposed some changes in the draft bill which would have made it pretty much different from the way the government wants it to be. The ANP believes that a dual national cannot hold any important public office, including the offices of the president and prime minister, key posts in the military, judiciary, bureaucracy and other sensitive departments. AgENcIES

QUETTA: Locals fill jerry cans with drinking water at a public tube-well on Saturday. INp

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mysterious disease has killed more than 40 peacocks over the course of three days in the Thar desert, Geo News reported on Saturday. The channel said that the mysterious disease in the peacocks was discovered when 15 birds were killed in a village near Islamkot. Locals said that after being infected by the disease, the eyes of the peacocks had popped out because of swelling and they died within 24 hours. The disease has now spread to several villages. The samples of the disease-inflicted peacocks have been sent to Karachi. The channel said that about eight to 10 peacocks a day are reportedly dying in areas of Kehri and Islamkot union councils in Tharparkar district. Bharumal Amrani who works for preservation and protection of wildlife in Thar said the number of blue peacocks found only in India and Thar was dropping each day due to change in rainfall pattern, increase in human population and their antienvironment activities, illegal sale of eggs,

smuggling and the practice of keeping birds as pets in bungalows and guesthouses in unfavorable conditions. He said the birds had fallen victim to the mysterious disease that attacked their throat in initial stages. The throat develops a small lump which grows bigger by the day until it bursts and a worm wriggles out of it. The bird first goes blind and then dies suddenly, he said. He said no survey of birds, especially of peacocks, had ever been carried out in Thar to count its population. In the past, the birds’ number had fallen considerably in the wake of long spell of droughts and installation of electric poles, he said. As the bird landed on electrical wires its heavy weight caused the wires to swerve downwards and contract other wires, causing electrocution and death of birds, he said.

According to villagers, no Wildlife official had visited the area where peacocks are dying in such large number of the unidentified disease. According to former nazim of Kehri union council Dost Ali Wasepoto, scores of peacocks have died in Kehri, Paluro, Mohario and other villages.


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Citizens begin first fast amid load shedding LAHORE/KARACHI/PESHAWAR

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HE government’s promise of containing the menace of load shedding, at least in the holy month of Ramadan, have fallen flat, evident from the widespread blackout in many major cities and small towns of the country on the very first day of fasting, and right at the time of sehar and iftar when it was most needed.

The citizens made special arrangements in connection with the first day of the holy month and cooked dishes according to the occasion and the weather. A large number of people also head to restaurants for their sehri and iftari. But yesterday in no way proved an easy one for them as people in different parts of the country faced severe difficulties as there was no electricity at sehar and iftar times. Power supply remained suspended to areas in many cities including Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Swat,

Eat what you can, when you can LaHOrE: “Please wait, it’s not time yet,” the man kept yelling but to no avail as the jiyalas, attending an iftar dinner in honour of Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa and Senator Jehangir Badar, here at Lahore took to the food already set on tables for them like this going to be their last meal. Repeated requests to behave nicely fell to deaf ears as the attendees of the event, making quite a scene of the situation, didn’t even care for Azaan to break their fast and swept away the various dishes set for them. So much for being civil in public events. STAFF REPORT

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makes rs 4 million from shelved astaghfaar show MONITORING DESK Controversial actress Veena Malik reportedly earned Rs 4 million remuneration for acting in the promo and a few recorded shows of Hero TV’s special Ramadan programme “Astaghfaar”, which has been shelved due to public pressure. A news website, News Tribe, claimed that Hero TV also incurred losses of millions of rupees on the shoot of the programme as five or six episodes had been completed for transmission besides huge expenses of the staffers deputed in Dubai for the show. Social media played an important role towards stoppage of the programme in few days, as the voices reached the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority which directed Hero TV management to stop the show promo and avoid airing it in Ramadan. The website claimed that the management has called upon their staff members from Dubai despite the fact that they have spent huge money on the programme.

Charsadda and Hangu. The troubles of the citizens in some cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were further aggravated by the disappearance of gas as well. Load shedding continued in many areas of the Sindh province during the sehar timings that compelled the citizens to prepare for the first fast in the dark. Many areas of Sindh including Qamber, Shahdadkot, Ratodero, Larkana, Naseerabad and Dokri plunged into darkness after 132 KV transmission line fell off that could not be repaired until the filing

of this report. Spokesman of Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) Ikhtiar Memon said that repair work of the affected line would kick off today (Sunday). Hyderabad and other adjoining areas of Sindh were also without electricity on the first day of Ramzan. In Rawalpindi, the areas badly affected by frequent power cuts included Mohanpura, Raja Bazaar, Naya Mohallah, Bara Market, Moti Bazaar, Sabzi Mandi, Sarafa Bazaar, Iqbal Road, Dhoke Ratta, Ratta Amral, Dhoke Hasu, Kashmiri

Bazaar, Narankari Bazaar, Saidpur Road, Asghar Mall Scheme, Satellite Town, Shamsabad, Dheri Hassanabad, Lalkurti, Tench Bhatta, Chakri Road, Lalazar, Adiala Road, Raheemabad, Mareer Hassan and other areas are witnessing of electricity loadshedding. Residents of different localities while talking to APP said that load shedding had halted their activities. Adnan, a resident of Adiala Road, said, “We are paying huge electricity bills, but do not get proper electricity supply.”


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HE US Navy has unexpectedly dispatched a fourth aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, along with a fleet of underwater drones in what is being considered just the latest move in a series of escalations leading towards a potential war with Iran. The deployment of dozens of small, unmanned submarine-like watercraft was confirmed by the Los Angeles Times this week, which cites military officials speaking on condition of anonymity. This particular type of craft, unmanned SeaFox submersible, are reported to be sent to the Gulf so that the US military can detect and destroy any mines that may be planted in the waterway by Iranian of-

ficials if they escalate efforts to block the Strait of Hormuz, a strategically important narrow stretch of water that exists as an immensely important conduit for any resources being moved in or out of the Middle East. The Times says that the subs, at only 4 feet long and fewer than 100 pounds apiece, can move at speeds up to six knots at depths of 300 feet. The price-tag is reported to be $100,000 each, which includes an intricate waterproof television camera and a homing sonar system. The US rush-ordered a shipment in May in a deal with Germany under the direct of Marine Gen. James Mattis, the top US commander in the Middle East. It is reported that a fleet of SeaFox subs were deployed overseas several weeks back, but has only been confirmed now. The United States has al-

Swiss letter CoNtINuEd fRom PagE 1 Other than the letter, other major issue to be settled in formal talks between both the parties is to set the timing for the next general elections. “The leadership of allied parties is pushing the PPP leadership not to agree for early elections as there are grim chances of their win in the next elections. Whilst, the PML-N leadership wants early polls – anytime between mid September to mid November this year as the holy month of Muharram is going to start around November 20,” said another source in the PPP privy to the details of the talks and the

backchannel contacts between both major parties. The source said that during the formal talks, probably starting next week, Senator Ishaq Dar would be leading delegation from the PML-N while Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah would head the PPP team. The source said that the PML-N had conceded that the president and the four governors would remain unchanged while it was also agreed that the appointment of caretaker prime minister and the four chief ministers would also be made by the president in consultation with the PML-N. “The president is an elected

ready sent three massive aircraft carriers to the waterways outside of Iran, including the USS Enterprise, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS Abraham Lincoln, and will now add the USS John C Stennis to that fleet in August. Unlike these behemoth ships equipped with billions worth of weaponry and service personnel, America’s other new addition to the battlefront is invisible to those on land and can be controlled from anywhere in the world. “In the Cold War, minesweeping warfare was a large part of what the Navy did, but we have lost a lot of our minesweeping capability,” Christopher Harmer, a senior analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, tells the Times. “The SeaFox is a relatively simple, off-the-shelf system that we can put off our minesweep-

ers but also any surface ship.” Harmer adds to the paper that although Iran has the capabilities of coming through with its threats of closing the strait, the latest addition to the United States Navy would make sure a blockade wouldn’t last long. “If they wanted to close the Strait of Hormuz, they could do it, but they would only be able to do it one time,” he says. The new fleet of SeaFox subs will accompany two massive aircraft carriers and a collection of F-22 fighter jets that America has already sent towards Iran. When the United States upped its presence in Persian Gulf earlier this year, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters, “We want them to know that we are fully prepared to deal with any contingency and it’s better for them to try to deal with us through diplomacy.”

head of state and we understand that he has to stay. Moreover, we also agree that governors are appointed by the head of the state and this is his prerogative to appoint governors. But we do want consultation on caretaker prime minister and chief ministers,” said the PML-N leader. The source said that both the parties had agreed principally that no incumbent prime minister or chief ministers would continue working in the caretaker setup; rather than that, only non-controversial individuals would be appointed. “Moreover, both the parties have agreed that no “imported” individual would be appointed as prime minister under pressure from any quarter(s) like was the case of

Moeen Qureshi. The caretaker prime minister would not send reference against any politician to the NAB under corruption charges for “witch hunting” during the next polls. The PPP leader said that the heads of allied parties, especially the Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuiad and Awami National Party, were putting pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari to complete the term of the parliament and hold elections on time. “We want to hold elections in February next year as we have to honour the request of our allies who have stood by the government in hard times,” said the source, adding that the PML-N leadership should also understand the compulsion of the PPP who could not ditch its allies.

MANILA: A woman holds a cross towards hostage taker Remer Parparan as he points an icepick at 10-year-old Jason Pineda during a hostage taking incident on Saturday. The three-hour incident ended after police officers restrained the hostage taker after which the victim was taken to hospital. afp

Rahul Gandhi says he wants ‘proactive role’ in Indian politics NEWS DESK The scion of India’s NehruGandhi dynasty has been widely tipped as a future prime minister and is initially expected to take over as defence minister. “I will play a more proactive role in the party and the government. The decision has been taken, the timing is up to my two bosses – the Congress president and the prime minister,” he said. Mr Gandhi, 42, who is the son, grandson and greatgrandson of Indian leaders, is seen as the Congress party’s hope for the future, especially after recent election set backs. However, he headed Con-

gress’s unsuccessful campaign in Uttar Pradesh state polls in March. The party won just 28 of the 403 seats at stake for the state’s legislative assembly, when they had been hoping for over 100 seats. On Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader, said it was up to her son to decide on taking up a bigger role. Janardan Dwivedi, the Congress spokesman, hailed Mr Gandhi’s commitment as a “welcome step” for Congress, which leads a coalition government but has been struggling to contain inflation, fiscal deficit, sliding growth and a string of corruption scandals. “We will be very happy if

Rahul Gandhi takes on some more responsibility and it will be a very welcome step,” Mr Dwivedi said in a statement, adding it was up to the party to offer a political berth or an official post to Gandhi. Veerappa Moily, the corporate affairs minister, responded with equal enthusiasm. “This is a time when we require the enthusiastic and passionate youth leader to take a greater role not only in politics but also governance of this country,” Mr Moily said. The development follows urgings by Law Minister Salman Khurshid for Mr Gandhi to take a greater political role.


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PESHAWAR: People buy dates on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. INp

AGPR exposes Rs 962m irregularities in non-realisation of petroleum levy ISLAMABAD

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H E auditor general of Pakistan has revealed irregularities of more than Rs 962 million on account of non-realization of petroleum levy on sale of petroleum products in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. According to the Audit Report for 2012, it has been exposed that the director general neither monitored the assessment nor collected full amount of petroleum levy from Byco Pakistan Ltd Karachi on the quantity sold to them during different period, which resulted into non realization of petroleum levy of Rs 962.885 million. The report said according to Section 3 of the petroleum products ordi-

nance, every licensee shall pay a development levy at such rates and in such manner as the federal government. According to section 3-A of the petroleum products ordinance 1961 and notification issued by the DG /OGRA petroleum levy is to be collected at the rates notified therein, while contrary to it, the DG oil did not fully monitored the collection process that resulted into loss of millions of rupees to the national exchequer. The audit report further disclosed that the director general petroleum concessions did not recover royalty of Rs 200.093 million from exploration and production companies. According to the regulation of the mines, oilfields and mineral development (Government control) Act 1948 read with rule 36 of the Pakistan Pe-

troleum rules 1986, holder of a lease shall pay royalty @ 12.5 percent of the wellhead value of the petroleum produced and saved. A departmental committee was also constituted to see the issue and committee also unanimously agreed that royalty on LPG was payable on sale value, however, violating all rules, an amount of Rs 200 million was not recovered, resulting in loss to the national exchequer. Besides, the director general petroleum concessions had not recovered license rent of Rs 115.591 million from certain exploration and production companies in respect of license held by them for their fields. It is mandatory for any license holder to pay the government annually in advance rents, as prescribed in the Pakistan petroleum rules.

Boys dominate BISE Swat intermediate examinations SWAT HAROON SIRAJ

Students excelled in intermediate examinations as the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Swat declared the results late Friday evening. A ceremony was organised for the announcement of top nine positions. Students from the Government Degree College Mingora grabbed top 9 positions in the intermediate examination 2012. Rizwan Munir secured 985 marks out of 1100 and topped BISE Swat, while Sooda Shah of the Tipu Model School and College with 978 marks secured second position. Zeeshan Ahmad Khan of Government Degree College Mingora succeeded in securing third position with 974 marks . In pre-medical (female), Sooda Shah of Tipu Model School and Col-

lege bagged the highest position by securing 978 marks while Asma Khan of Swat Public School and College Mingora secured 965 marks to clinch second position. Syeda Farheen Nasir of Swat Public School and College Mingora was the third position holder as she bagged 959 marks. In pre-medical (male) Rizwan Munir of Government Degree College Mingora stood first by securing 985 marks while Muhammad Zeehsan Ahmad Khan of the same institution secured second position by scoring 974 marks. Hassan Zeb of Swat Public School and College Mingora Swat secured third position by scoring 972 marks. In pre-engineering (female) Shafaq of Swat Public School and College Mingora stood first securing 894 marks, Kawal Wahab of the same institution bagged second position by getting 777 marks and Soni

Bibi of Government Degree College Mingora stood third by securing 772 marks. In pre-engineering (male) Adil Poshad Khan of Government Degree College Mingora topped by securing 964 marks and Zia Ullah of the same institution bagged second position by getting 962 marks. Numan Malik and Muhammad Asad khan of Government Degree College Mingora bagged third positions each by securing 961 marks. In the humanities group, Saida Hussain, a private candidate clinched the top position by scoring 822 marks and the second position was grabbed by Dawood Khan, another private candidate, with 784 marks while Issa Bushra of Government Degree College Kanju got the third position by securing 777 marks. Overall, BISE intermediate examination the passing percentage remained 63%.

Afghan couple seeking security lands in jail MaNSEHra: A newly married couple from Afghanistan, seeking shelter and security from Pakistani authorities, ended up Darul Aman and Jail after being arrested by police on arrival in Pakistan. The girl was sent to Darul Aman while the man was locked up in Mansehra Jail under foreign act. No one knows when the couple would reunite. The couple said that they were attacked as the news of their marriage reached Kabul and they were left with no alternative but to seek protection in Pakistan. INP

LaHOrE: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Saturday said wrong policies of the PPP-led coalition government had mounted external aggression and interference in the country. Talking to reporters, Fazl said the present government was following the footsteps of the former dictator, as the rulers bowed before their foreign masters time and again. He said corruption, poor law and order and price hike had made life miserable for the people. Fazl condemned the restoration of NATO supplies and called it an insult to parliament. He added that the rulers had sold the nation for a few dollars. The JUI-F chief said the country had been passing through difficult situation as it had been facing a number of crises and there was a dire need to take initiatives to bring the country out of the crises. Stressing upon the importance and significance of the blessings of Holy Month of Ramadan, he said the nation should bow before Allah Almighty to get rid of corrupt rulers. He advised the nation to keep fasting in Ramazan and pray five times a day for the imposition of Quran and Islamic laws in the country. ONLINE

Bomb explodes in empty plot PESHawar: A bomb exploded in an empty plot in Pushtakhera, in the outskirts of Peshawar on Saturday. There was no loss of life or property. According to police sources, the bomb exploded with a big bang in a vacant plot at Ali Sherzai in the vicinity of Pushtakhera police station. The indigenous bomb weighed one kilogramme, police said. INP


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18 days it took for the last strike to end 11 people died during the strike 53 doctors were arrested by the police LAHORE STAFF REPORT

After a break of 18 days from the previous strike, which had resulted in 11 deaths due to neglect from the protesting doctors, young doctors will start demonstrations again on July 26 till August 13 from General Hospital Lahore. Young Doctors Association (YDA) on Saturday gave another call for a strike over their demands for service re-structuring. The young doctors said that no strike will be observed at hospital wards during the demonstrations. They warned, however, that the protests would spread to all government hospitals if their demands were not met. During the last strike, YDAs from other provinces had also joined the doctors of Punjab and had announced strike over the ‘maltreatment’ that was meted out to doctors by the police. As the

doctors were making calls for another strike, Lahore Additional Session Judge accepted bail pleas of three detained doctors associated with YDA. All of them were arrested on the charge of death of a child patient Fahad during last month YDA strike in Punjab. These doctors claim that the police had registered fake cases against them under direction from the Punjab government and said that the child did not lose his life because of their negligence. The court accepted their bail till July 26. The doctors had called off their demonstrations after half month of heightened strike with boycott of emergency, indoors and OPD wards. During this time, a case was lodged against doctors over the killing of an infant. The Lahore High Court (LHC) had ordered young doctors to end their strike and resume work in outpatient and inpatient departments of all government hospitals. The court also asked the provincial government to work for service structure of doctors.

Stoning victim’s family given

Rs 500,000 Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday visited the heirs of the woman who was stoned to death on punchayet orders. Addressing the media after visiting the heirs, he assured the provision of justice to the family, adding that he will make all efforts to bring the culprits to book. Sharif offered condolences to the family and gave a compensation of Rs 500,000 to the mother of the deceased victim. Earlier, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took a suo motu notice of the incident and ordered the officials to produce the implicated men in the court.

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UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif claimed on Saturday that Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) would form the next government. Addressing a public gathering, Shahbaz said masses were well aware of the four and a half year performance of ‘Ali Baba and 40 thieves’ and they would be defeated in next elections. He said that cruel rulers unscrupulously exploited the people in the name of so-called democracy. Shahbaz said that agriculture sector which comprises major part of country’s economy was being destroyed by providing fertilizer to poor farmers on high rates as compared to genuine price. He claimed that after coming to power the PML-N would overcome the crisis of load shedding within six months, adding that unemployment and poverty would be exterminated out of the country. Referring to last year’s floods, he said that president did not bother about the people affected by the floods and had left them hapless on the mercy of fate. Separately, talking to members of Punjab Assembly Shahbaz said that all arrangements have been finalized for provision of relief to masses on food commodities. He appealed to the industrialists, traders and shopkeepers to extend full cooperation with the provincial government to keep the price of the food items at equilibrium. He urged the MPAs to visit Ramadan Bazaars to monitor the quality and prices and said the he (Shahbaz) would himself visit entire province for the purpose.

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education is Punjab govt’s top priority: Mujtaba shuja LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Minister Education Punjab Mujtaba Shujaur-Rehman said on Saturday that education remained top priority of the provincial government and that his government had taken new initiative in the field of education during the last four years. He said that the Punjab government had spent Rs 19 billion during last four years to provide missing facilities in 8749 schools of the province, whereas Rs 5 billion would be spent during the current fiscal year for provision of more facilities in two thousand schools. He maintained that as a result of the education friendly policies of the present government, literacy rate had been raised from 58% to 62% in last four years. The education minister said further that during the year 2008-09 Rs 2.5 billion, 2009-10 Rs 4 billion, 2010-11 Rs 4 billion and 2011-12 Rs 4 billion were spent to provide basic facilities in 1540, 1712, 1813 and 1684 schools of the province respectively. He informed that record funds of Rs 5100 million had been allocated for the provision of missing facilities in 2000 schools of the province during the current fiscal year. The minister said that stipend Rs 1 billion was being distributed in the girl students belonging to remote and deprived areas to encourage female education. He said that government had step-up endow-

ment fund with rupees 10 billion, from which talented and deserving students were getting scholarship for higher studies. Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman told that Punjab government had provided a sum of Rs 10 billion to promote school education in the marginalized strata and 1.5 million deserving students in the 36 districts would be benefited during current year. He told that a sum of Rs 46 billion would be spent on the education sector to elevate it according to the international standards. “The government has recruited 36 thousand school teachers and 30 thousand subject specialists purely on merit,” he concluded.

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LaHOrE: Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah said PPP’s days are numbered and Rehman Malik cannot save his incapable and corrupt federal government. He said that Rahman Malik is trying his level best to divert the attention of the masses from his corruption by flinging mud. Sana said the PPP had robbed the country from under the garb of democracy and elections should be held immediately to determine which party was stronger. STAFF REPORT

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Students from NAMAL institute on Saturday bagged 2nd and 3rd positions amongst 32 teams competing in the All Pakistan Robotics competition (ROBO SPRINT) held at CASE Islamabad. NAMAL is the first educational institute of Pakistan awarding international degrees to students in a rural area. The institute has been affiliated to the internationally acclaimed University of Bradford which is also assisting the NAMAL by offering training programs for faculty development.

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The police on Saturday recovered bulletriddled dead bodies of two youth. According to reports, the locals spotted two dead bodies at Lytton Road after which police was summoned to the scene and they took the bodies into custody. The bodies were shifted to Mayo Hospital for medico-legal requirements and identity of the deceased is yet to be confirmed. Police said that weapons were also recovered from the possession of the killed youth. It is believed that the murder could be an outcome of personal enmity.

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special team of Punjab Health Department on Saturday seized stolen government medicines worth millions of rupees from a truck stand in Gujranwala and started investigation. Punjab Health General Director Dr Nisar Ahmed Cheema said that they were informed that medicines

worth millions of rupees were available at a truck stand in Gujranwala, upon which, he constituted a special raiding team consisting of Punjab Pharmacy Director Ayyaz Ali Khan, District Officer Health Gujranwala Dr Mahjabeen and Area Drugs Inspector Ahmed Tariq who, with the help of local police and EDO Health Gujranwala, conducted a raid and recovered the medicines. Cheema said that preliminary investigation revealed that the medicines

had been booked from Lahore and some of these medicines carried a stamp of Lahore General Hospital while some carried stamps of District Government Gujranwala or government property. He further said that a high-level inquiry committee is being constituted for complete investigation of this scandal of stolen government medicines. He said that the recovered medicines have been taken into government custody.

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Prolonged delay in arrival and departure of trains at various railway stations of the country continued to irk the passengers on Saturday. According to details, Jaffer Expressing coming from Quetta scheduled at 8:45am arrived at station 11:45am while Karachi Express due at 12pm was delayed for three hours. On the other hand Karachi-Lahore Express reached destination at 5:15pm with nine hours delay, Karrkurram Express with two hours delay, Allama Iqbal Express at 7:30pm with seven

hours delay and Tezgam at 4:45pm with more than two hours delay. The passengers including women, children, patients and elderly people had to wait for hours due to delay in arrival and departure of trains. They also complained of rough attitude of railway staff and not providing correct information to the public.

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Pakistan People’s Party Women Wing Lahore President Faiza Malik on Saturday said that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf would follow the constitution on July 25. Talking to PPP workers at her office, she said the prime minister would never go against the constitution. She dismissed the rumors that the PM would be removed on July 25 as PM fully intended to abide by the constitution. She said that PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif was behind conspiracies against democracy. “Enemies of the PPP-led government are in fact enemies of democracy and the people of the country and the party would defeat them with the support of the masses,” she added.


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N front of the Lahore Museum, on a platform in the midst of The Mall or Shahrah-e-Quaid-eAzam, stands a beautiful old gun whose nine-and-a-half-inch muzzle rained fire in battlefields for about one century. To the readers of Sikh history, this gun is better known as Bhangian-di-Top, the gun of the Bhangis (a Sikh misl). The great English novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling had immortalised it as Kim’s Gun. The gun bears two inscriptions, one on its muzzle and the other on its back. According to the former inscription, it was cast by Shah Nazir under the orders of Shah Wali Khan, the chief minister of Ahmad Shah Abdali. The last line of the second inscription forms a chronogram — a phrase whose each letter has a numerical value which when added gives a specific date. The date given by the chronogram on the gun is 1169 Hijri (1755-56 AD). At that time not one but two guns were cast. The brass required for these 14 feet and 4.5 inch long guns is said to have been collected by jazia, capitation tax levied by Muslim rulers on the nonMuslims. It is said that each non-Muslim family of Lahore had to give one metallic vessel. Ahmad Shah Abdali used these guns against the Marathas in the Third Battle of Panipat (1761 AD). After the battle, due to the lack of suitable means of transportation, he left the Zamzama gun with Khwaja Ubaid, the Governor of Lahore. He took the second gun with him but it was washed away in the Chenab when he was trying to cross the river. Next year, the Sikh misldar, Hari Singh Bhangi, attacked the territories of the Khwaja and seized his artillery, arms and ammunition which included the Zamzama too. For the next two years, it kept lying in

the Shah Burj of the Lahore Fort. Thereafter, Lehna Singh and Gujjar Singh Bhangi got hold of it and they gave it to Charat Singh Shukerchakia as his share in the spoils. The Bhangi Sardars thought that Charat Singh would not be able to carry this gun with him and it would remain with them. But contrary to their expectations, Charat Singh successfully carried this gun to his fort at Gujranwala. From Charat Singh, Zamzama was snatched by the Pathans of Chhata who took it to Ahmadnagar where it became a bone of contention between the Pathan brothers Ahmad Khan and Pir Muhammad. In the fight that ensued, two sons of Ahmad Khan and one of Pir Muhammad were killed. In this fight, Gujjar Singh Bhangi sided with Pir Muhammad. After the victory, the gun was restored to Gujjar the can Singh. After two years, the gun was n o ne read on bears two P wrested by Charat Singh Shukerchakia shah Wa s: “By the orde ersian inscript from whom it was once again snatched Zamzam li Khan wazir mr of the emper ions. the front by the Pathans. Next year, Sardar versified a or the taker ade the gun n or, DuriDurran, Jhanda Singh Bhangi defeated the and invin inscription at of strongholds amed Pathans of Chhata and brought the gun to Amritsar. In 1802, Ranjit strongh cibility: “a de the back eulog .” the longer Singh, after defeating the Bhangis, Verses a olds of the hea stroyer even of izes its bulk the got hold of the gun. He used it in a chrono t the end of th ven.” e g in r the battles of Daska, Kasur, a s m c r ip : its man “from r tion co Sujanpur, Wazirabad and Multan. thou wilufacture; struc eason I enquire ntain In the siege of Multan, the gun unto th ling to surrendk with terror it of the year of was badly damaged. After the with innee the secret.’ I er thine life, I wreplied, ‘Wert Anglo-Sikh battle of Firuzshah dispens uendo: – ‘Wha agreed, and it ould unfold on December 21, 1845, the gun s ing drag t a cann on! ‘tis aid, laden on!’ came into the possession of a might the Britishers. y fire

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Clashes in syria’s aleppo, tense calm in Damascus DAMASCUS

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E A V Y clashes between troops and rebels raged into a second day in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Saturday, activists said, while a tense calm reigned in Damascus after days of fierce fighting. The fighting in Aleppo came a day after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to grant a “final” 30-day extension to a troubled observer mission charged with overseeing a tattered peace plan for Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that in Aleppo “battles have been ongoing since Friday morning between regular forces and fighters from rebel units in the Salaheddin neighbourhood.” The clashes appeared to be spreading by early afternoon, the group said. “Violent clashes are taking place be-

tween Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters in the Sakhur neighbourhood and the Haydariya area,” it said, adding troops were “using heavy machine guns and shelling.” The Local Coordination Committees — a grassroots activist network — reported “an exodus of residents of the (Salaheddin) neighbourhood because of fear of regime bombardment and an offensive.” The fighting is the worst yet in the northern commercial hub, which had been largely spared from the protests and violence that have accompanied the country’s 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. On Friday, activists said troops had opened fire on demonstrators in the city, killing at least one person. In Damascus, a day after regime forces launched a major counter-offensive to retake rebel-held areas, residents reported the city was largely calm. But the Britain-based Observatory said the army had bombarded the Al-

Syrian government is not protecting civilians: ban BrIJUNI ISLaNd: UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that Syrian authorities have “manifestly failed” to protect civilians and called on the international community to act to stop the violence. “The Syrian government has manifestly failed to protect civilians and the international community has a collective responsibility to live up to the UN charter and act on its principles,” Ban said during a visit to Croatia’s Brijuni Island as part of a week-long Balkans tour. Ban added that he was “deeply distressed by the rising death toll and the number of people forced to flee their homes” as heavy clashes between troops and rebels raged in Syria’s second city Aleppo Saturday, according to activists. AFP Kaddam and Assali neighbourhoods on the southern outskirts overnight, and residents reported fighting in the AlHajar Al-Aswad and Tadamon districts. A resident of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, on the outskirts of the capital, said he had not left since Wednesday.

“It’s dangerous to leave the camp because there are snipers posted at the entrance and they shoot at any gathering.” The Observatory also reported government forces were shelling several districts of the rebel city of Homs, including Khaldiyeh, and said fighting was ongoing in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Breivik massacre boosted democracy: Norway PM

South Sudan cancels direct talks with Sudan after ‘air raid’ JUBA AFP

South Sudan said Saturday it was cancelling planned face-to-face peace talks with Sudan after accusing Khartoum of launching a new air raid on its territory. Sudan denied bombing its southern neighbour, saying it had only targeted Darfuri rebels inside its own territory. “We were left with no choice but to suspend our direct bilateral talks with Sudan,” the spokesman for Juba’s delegation at the talks in Addis Ababa, Atif Kiir, said. “You cannot sit with them to negotiate when they are bombing our territory,” he added. “The only negotiations that will happen now will happen through the panel,” he said, referring to an African Union mediation panel conducting the talks in the Ethiopian capital. The negotiations to settle disputes stemming from the South’s independence in July last year stalled in April, but resumed in May. “There was bombing yesterday morning at a place called Rubaker,” in northern Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan’s military spokesman Philip Aguer told AFP earlier, adding that “this might have implications because maybe that is the intention of Sudan to bomb us and to stop talking.”

Putin signs law branding NGOs ‘foreign agents’ MOSCOW AFP

BErLIN: Norway’s democracy grew stronger after Anders Behring Breivik’s deadly attacks, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said on the eve of the first anniversary of the slaughter Sunday. “Norway is today more imbued with democracy and diversity than it was on July 22, 2011,” Stoltenberg told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published Saturday. Breivik’s bombing in Oslo and his subsequent rampage on the island of Utoeya claimed 77 lives that day. The attacks prompted record numbers of people to join political organisations and youth groups, Stoltenberg said. Democracy is “the most important weapon in the fight against violence,” he added. Breivik maintained that his attacks were necessary to defend Norway, a normally quiet country known for its tolerance and quality of life, against multiculturalism and a “Muslim invasion.” He has not denied the killings, but pleaded not guilty and wants the court to find him of sane mind to show that political extremism, not psychosis, was behind his actions. AFP

kHOgANI: Afghan National Army soldiers inspect the wreckage of a car destroyed by a roadside bomb in Nangarhar province on Saturday. AFP

Obama praises Muslim democracy-fighters waSHINGtON: US President Barack Obama on Friday praised the courage of dissidents fighting for democracy in Muslim countries, in a message marking the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslim Americans and Muslims around the world at the start of Ramadan,” Obama said in a statement. Although he did not mention by name the “Arab Spring” uprisings against authoritarian Arab rulers, Obama said “this year, Ramadan holds special meaning for those citizens in the Middle East and North Africa who are courageously achieving democracy and self-determination and for those who are still struggling to achieve their universal rights.” The president vowed that “the United States continues to stand with those who seek the chance to decide their own destiny, to live free from fear and violence and to practice their faith freely,” likely referring in part to the escalating violence in Syria. AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill passed by parliament that brands NGOs who receive funding from abroad as “foreign agents”, the Kremlin said Saturday. The law, which has caused huge concern among activists who fear it will be used to stigmatise critical NGOs, was signed by Putin after it was rushed through the lower and upper houses of parliament before their summer breaks. Putin “signed the federal law on regulating the activities of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) who carry out the role of a foreign agent”, the Kremlin said in a statement. The law, which sailed through the State Duma lower house on July 13 and then the upper house Federation Council on July 18, requires NGOs who receive foreign funding to register with the authorities as foreign agents.

uS mourns cinema massacre victims AURORA AFP

DENVER: Two women mourn the loss of a relative near the theater on Saturday where 12 people were killed the other day by a graduate student who told police he was ‘the Joker’. afp

Bomb squad experts will try Saturday to enter a gunman’s booby-trapped apartment, hours after a late-night vigil for the 12 killed in a US cinema massacre that also injured 70. Hundreds of mourners held candles, many sobbing and hugging each other in an outpouring of grief for those who died when the gunman opened fire in a packed cinema showing Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” The shooting drew expressions of concern from political leaders led by President Barack Obama, and revived the perennial debate about gun control in the United States. On Saturday, Obama promised justice to the residents of Aurora, Colorado, saying: “The federal government stands ready to do

everything necessary to bring whoever’s responsible for this heinous crime to justice.” He said the government “will take every step possible” to ensure the safety of all Americans. Bomb squad experts had been trying for much of the day Friday to gain entrance to the apartment since shortly after the shooting in the town of Aurora just outside Denver. But they gave up shortly before sundown, and said they would resume again Saturday, when they hope to make a breakthrough that could also reveal clues as the motives of 24-year-old gunman James Holmes. “It is a very vexing problem how to enter that apartment safely. I personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us is in there. I’m a layman when it comes to bomb stuff, said Aurora police chief Dan Oates. “I see an awful lot of wires, trip wires, jars full of ammunition, jars full of liq-

uid. Some things that look like mortar rounds. We have a lot of challenge, to get in there safely.” Late Friday the town gathered for two vigils, including a midnight one, as it emerged that Holmes bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet, and four guns, in the two months before the shootings. The masked, black-clad shooter burst into a movie theater barely 20 minutes into the midnight screening, throwing two tear-gas type devices before opening fire. Police arrested Holmes — who was wearing full body armor and a gas mask, apparently to protect him from effects of his own tear gas — without encountering resistance by his car at the rear of the theater. Holmes, who reportedly attended the University of Colorado medical school until last month, had no criminal record aside from a citation for speeding in October 2011, according to police.


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Sunday, 22 July, 2012

Revenge with a vengeance Pakistani politics is tying us up in knots

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quid pro quo A common enemy demands a common strategy

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ne can understand the anger in Islamabad over the cross-border raids by the TTP militants sheltering in Kunar. One hopes that the information provided by PM Pervez Ashraf to Karzai regarding their hideouts is accurate. The question is whether the demand that the Nato and Afghan forces take strong and immediate action against the TTP hideouts would receive due consideration. The Afghan government and Nato forces have been asking for a similar operation against the Haqqani network for years. They have held the network responsible for some of the most daring and devastating attacks this year on Nato and Afghan troops in Kabul and inside the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan. Islamabad has rejected the accusations maintaining that the Nato forces were looking for a scapegoat to cover up their own inefficiencies. In a tit-for-tat response, Nato forces have made no move to go after the TTP militants operating from Afghan safe havens. This has further strengthened the perception that the US and Pakistan are pursuing altogether different goals while pretending to be allies. The Pakistani establishment has been accused of continuing to patronise some of the jihadi networks considering them assets in the pursuit of for an unchanging anti-India agenda. This is how the hesitation to take action against the Haqqani network, JuD, and LeJ is being interpreted. The differences between the US and Pakistan have encouraged the militants on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border. While this has imposed a heavy punishment on Nato troops, the organisation’s tribulations would end after its troops withdraw in 2014. In the case of Pakistan, the suffering would be long-lasting and militant attacks could pose serious threat to the integrity of the state in case they emerge victorious in Afghanistan. PM Pervez Ashraf and Kayani have emphasised the importance of an early completion of the TAPI gas pipeline project. They also stressed the speedy implementation of the CASA-1000 power transmission line and upgrading rail and road infrastructure between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The projects are highly vital for a power starved Pakistan. In case of better communication system turning the area into a trade corridor, Pakistan’s economy would benefit. The projects would, however, remain day dreams unless there is peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas. This requires a concerted action against the militants by the US and Pakistan. As British Prime Minister Cameron put it, the terrorists that are trying to wreck Afghanistan are by and large the same terrorists that are trying to wreck Pakistan and there is a need for joint action against them. This, however, requires a quid pro quo. Cooperation is possible only if neither Afghanistan nor Pakistan allow safe havens to the militants.

By Humayun Gauhar

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ith a wily politician ruling the roost, is it surprising that we get many red herrings to divert us from core issues to tangential issues? Lose your way in tangents and diversions and you lose yourself. The core issue is the disease at the root of our problems – our iniquitous, inhuman system – that goes untreated. President Zardari is no less wily than his father-in-law Zulfikar Ali Bhutto or Bhutto’s handpicked army chief General Zia-ul-Haq who overthrew and hanged him. Never judge the luck of a man till you see his end, they tell us, but right now Zardari seems wilier than either, though less destructive so far. After not winning enough seats to form a government in the 1970 elections, patriarch Bhutto was instrumental in helping a maniacal gang of the most stupid and destructive generals in our history to break Jinnah’s Pakistan. Only then did he get to rule the leftover Pakistan. He deliberately proceeded to destroy its urban economy in the name of nationalisation under the cover of ‘Islamic socialism’. The strategy was to take the urban economy into his hands and shift economic and thus political power back to the feudal. A great concept became a bad name. Bhutto made General Zia army chief because he thought he was loyal to him. The ‘loyal’ general hanged him because there was only one grave with two possible occupants, the ouster or the ousted. General Zia proceeded to tear up our social fabric under the guise of Islamic Pakistan using the Afghan jihad as cover. It was under him that extremism, fanaticism and terrorism took birth to be raised to adulthood by his successors in the name of ‘strategic depth’. He gave the greatest of faiths a bad name. Both Bhutto and Zia met sorry ends. Bhutto became a martyr to many. Zia became a martyr to some. The rest is history. But for Bhutto’s martyrdom there would have been no Prime Minister Benazir or President Zardari. Let’s hope that when Zardari meets his end, it is not violent but natural, legal and constitutional. What the wily seemingly do and what they actually mean is often two different things. Add to the mix our intelligence agencies that show one thing and intend another, presenting moving targets behind which reality is camouflaged, and everyone is kept hopping. The icing on this cake is our rumour mill whose wheels

have been churning since our advent. Now we also have the syrup of a poorly regulated electronic media whose raw material often is gossip and you have a pot about to blow. However, unlike what is happening in the Arab world, our media and parliaments are safety valves that let the social steam out of the kettle, preventing it from exploding. Any wonder we have a neurotic state, myopic and bipolar with no agreed ideology or reason for existence. I was most amused to read that the ruling Peoples Party and the opposing Nawaz League are confabulating to agree on a caretaker prime minister. This creates the impression that we are in for early elections before the natural terms of our assemblies are up in March 2013. However, this could also be a red herring to divert us into thinking about early elections while the real plan might be quite another. What could that plan be? Another journalistanalyst has his sparrow that tells him everything. I have Maverick the Monkey who tells me the bald truth. He was over for dinner the other day. It was easy, for all I had to feed him was the staple of our government – peanuts. He loves them. But this time he was not telling me anything. He was conjecturing, surmising, even suggesting. “The obvious thing for President Zardari to do,” he said, “is to take the constitutional option of extending parliament’s term by six months till September 2013. A 90-day election campaign would follow and the ballot would take place end December 2013. It would require declaring an emergency of course but our bizarre condition amply justifies it, provided the deep state – America, the army and the Supreme Court – go along. The chief justice could be a problem for he could strike down the emergency. But Zardari has the sword of the chief justice’s son’s alleged shenanigans dangling over his head. If it gets bad the chief justice’s position could become untenable. But he could strike back by not sacking yet another prime minister but by asking the army to come to his aid to force the government to write the letter to a foreign government to reopen graft cases against our head of state – ergo, military intervention.” “Very clever,” I said, “but the army cannot do any such thing without the defence secretary ordering it to in writing. She has to be ordered by the defence minister who he has to be ordered by the prime minister who will do nothing unless his party chief the president orders him to. It’s a hole in the bucket situation. Unless the government comes to the conclusion that the letter can be worded in such a way that the chief justice is satisfied while the Swiss refuse to proceed with the case, recognizing our president’s immunity apart from it possibly being time barred.” “But it would mean violating the constitution and also a tacit admission that the charges against Zardari may have some substance,” said Maverick. “Once the letter is written the Supreme Court could well ask the Election Commission to declare Zardari’s election null and void, just as it did Prime Minister Gilani’s. In this country anything could happen, don’t have any doubts about it if you know your history. Why, you are said to have had an American co-national as your am-

bassador to Washington and also a British co-national as a member of your Command and Control Authority. What could be more demented than that? A president who had enough charges against him to pave the motorway?” As often happens when one tries to think too much, Maverick was getting tied in knots. Like Cassius, we Pakistanis, whether human or monkey, think too much, though some would say there’s little difference between the two. Actually, there is. Monkeys are far more rational than humans. They have an acute survival instinct. Humans have an acute suicidal instinct. “Yes, I see the problem,” conceded Maverick. “America and the world may not be able to stomach an overt army intervention because they have to appear to support democracy even if it is an excuse for it. Also, Pakistan’s our leaders are just what America’s doctors ordered, for they do their bidding obediently, which is why they have lasted so long. In the unlikely event that nationalist ‘aberrations’ are thrown up as our leadership, America will balk and they won’t last long.” “So,” I said, “the impression of early elections may be right after all if Zardari is left with no other option.” “Maybe,” said Maverick. “His party is most likely to win the most seats again and form the next coalition government. By the way, Asma Jehangir is being touted as the latest caretaker prime minister and your friend Hussain Haroon the second ‘soft’ option. Asma’s most attractive trait for Zardari is that she is not enamoured of the chief justice while Hussain Haroon is your best ambassador. That he is also a great chef and gourmet could be the clincher.” “No problem with those two,” I told him. “People whose names are floated are usually the ones not to make it.” “Funny lot you are,” said Maverick. “We choose leaders from our own tribe and choose from amongst the best. You guys get people whose loyalties are split between tribes and who are from the worst amongst you. In any case, if Zardari were to pull off an extension, then by December 2013 both the army chief – if the current one doesn’t take an unlikely third term – and the chief justice – who is a thorn in the president’s side – would have retired and their replacements still be trying to find their feet. The sunshine would be that Asif Zardari could win a second term through the present assemblies where he has a majority. The constitution doesn’t say that the same Electoral College cannot reelect the same president. The game would change, with Zardari the lone survivor continuing to rule the roost. The party of the people would have proved with a vengeance that democracy is the best revenge. But this isn’t democracy. This is a sham – ‘kleptocracy’ and ‘ineptocracy’.” “What goes of your father,” I said in righteous Punjabi umbrage. “This is as much my country as it is yours,” was Maverick’s riposte. I thought he was going to bean me. Maverick left in a huff before I could invite him for iftar-dinner. Poor chap. The table my dear wife lays out during Ramadan has to be eaten to be believed. Weightwatchers don’t stand a chance.

Na 151: Of the people, by the people… You can have your drawing-room discussions; we’ll keep the votes

By Saad Rasool

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he by-elections in Multan had been a focus of attention for all quarters of the political divide. In the aftermath of the insolent disqualification of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (by the Supreme Court), corruption charges against his family (e.g. the ephedrine case), and a terrible record of four years of incompetent governance by his party, a fraction of the political junta had assumed that people will turn up and cast a debilitating ballot against PPP and the Gilani family. To

make the situation worse for PPP and Mr Gilani, the oppositions forces had not contested their separate candidates to oppose the PPP… and had instead chosen to support an independent (in many ways joint) candidate to collectively counter the PPP. Result? No real use. The people of NA-151 have returned the Gilani family as their chosen representative. First, let’s take a look at the excuses presented by the opposition parties. In the aftermath of this election defeat, the opposition parties (and certain segment of the media that was rooting for the opposition) have chosen three primary excuses to justify/defend their defeat: 1) The Gilani family, being pirs of the area, won by a margin of over 25,000 votes in the general election of 2008… so this victory margin of only 4,000, in many ways, is a verdict against them by the people; 2) The turnout for this election was much lower (estimated at only 20%) than can be expected in the general elections, and therefore this election cannot be viewed as a certification that majority of the constituency supports Gilanis and the PPP; and 3) None of the major political leaders of different parties

(Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan) visited the constituency, so it cannot be claimed by PPP that all the opposition parties (together) exerted their muscle and could not defeat the Gilanis in Multan. But behind the veil of these excuses, the facts are that the opposition political parties got beat. Yes, Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan did not visit the constituency, but then neither did any of the big-wigs of PPP (except Gilani). Moreover, this constituency of Multan happens to be home to Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Javed Hashmi, carries significant influence of the southern Punjab leaders such as Jehangir Tareen and Shafqat Mehmood, and has considerable party-vote for N-League and Jamaat-e-Islami. All these factors supported the candidate opposing Gilanis. Additionally, the opposition parties were not contesting against each other, and were all just supporting the same (joint) candidate. These factors and strengths will not conspire together in any single constituency during the general elections. Turning, away from politics, to the issue of this election being either a verdict in favour of the judiciary (for disqualifying

Yousaf Raza Gillani) or in favour of the PPP (as the representative of the people’s will). Prior to the election, anchors across our media waves, were all unanimous in their belief that the public had ‘matured’ over the past many years, that it was simply fed up with the PPP junta, and had sworn allegiance to ‘Chief tere jaan nisaar’… and as a result, this election (which, in effect, was a sort of referendum on the decision of the judiciary to disqualify the former prime minister) would certainly be cast in favour of supremacy of law, and against the gaddi-nasheen. Wrong again. he results of NA-151 have shown that the divide between law and politics, in our country, is rather large. I have written, in the past, about the contempt of Yousaf Raza Gilani, and am of the concerted opinion that (notwithstanding the valid criticism of the apex court’s judgment on its merits), on the facts of the case, the former prime minister was guilty of contempt of court. However, the guilt or the conviction seems to be of little consequence to Mr Gilani, and his family, in the political sphere. The people who follow them, and hang

their aspirations on the Gilani tree, seem to not be bothered with the nuances of contempt law and writing of the Swiss letter. These issues, of law and constitutionality, are still only limited to the spheres political talk-shows and elitist drawingrooms. In rural politics, where political dharras, family allegiances, historical support, and who-can-get-you-out-of-jail issues come into play, no one seems to be too concerned about the nuances of Article 63(1)(g) or Article 248. For better or worse, the Pakistan People’s Party understands this paradigm. Perhaps better than all the others. And despite its bad governance and an aggressive onslaught from the judiciary, if (in the coming elections) the electoral college of Punjab gets split equally between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan, don’t be surprised to see Asif Zardari back in power in a few months. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu


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politics in the time of Olympics Sports can teach us a lesson or two

Third Eye By M J Akbar

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hen propaganda works, it becomes conventional wisdom fairly quickly. As the Olympic torch fleets from hand to heroic hand on its way to the London Games, we offer it the aura of a tradition stretching back to that hoary past when this event was restricted to a few nude Greek men. There is certainly a very pre-electricity touch to this torch which conjures up visions of an olden golden age. A bit of reflection suggests that a torch could not have been much use, since the sports were held during daylight. In fact, this wheeze was dreamt up by the Nazis for the 1936 Berlin extravaganza as part of a publicity drive for Hitler’s pseudo-white Aryan maniac delusions. The world destroyed Nazis, but kept the torch. Nor did the logo, of five interlinked circles, originate in some great architectural symbol of ancient Greece. It was born in the intelligent imagination of the man who reinvented the Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, when he saw a magazine advertisement for Dunlop bicycle tyres with a similar display. It might however be the most significant contribution made by an ad agency to world history. This logo was first revealed in 1914, so in two years it will reach its centenary moment. Surely this is sufficient cause for the advertising and sports industries to pool their considerable talents, and raise sufficient funds to celebrate in the manner to which they are accustomed. 1914 also saw the advent of the First World War, but no one seems particularly eager to recall that first instance of organised, relentless and often pointless carnage on a multinational scale. Baron Coubertin became convinced that sport was a better option than war, and who can blame him. But, to succeed, he argued, sport had to be organised on the lines of religion, with its own church, dogma and ritual. This profound insight is the basis of the commercial success of all contemporary sport. Each sport has its own Pope, who is infallible as long as he is in office. His support system is a cluster of cardinals and a structured order of bishops. This should end all questions about

why politicians want to be at the command centre. It is not the sport that they love, but the infallibility that they crave. There is nothing democratic about sports management. Its culture is that of an opaque cabal, and woe betide any heretic who attempts to disturb its secret society methods of insider trading, as the current Sports Minister Ajay Maken discovered when he thought that the Government of India was more important than the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The chorus that silenced him was a formidable all-party alliance. If the alliance that squashed Maken formed a coalition government in Delhi, it would be the strongest, most stable, policy-focused ruling partnership in Indian history. Perhaps Rahul Gandhi should, when he takes effective charge of Congress in September, hire Lalit Modi as consultant to decipher the bcci code of management. If Modi is held up in London, there is always Jagmohan Dalmiya waiting to serve in Calcutta. Politics, far more than sport, needs the glue of symbols. The BJP revived from a near-death experience in the 1984 general elections by turning a brick into a magnet during its campaign for the construction of a temple at Ayodhya. The Gandhi cap has rather lost its adhesive quality for the Congress. When its leaders are forced by protocol to wear them, they look faintly ridiculous. Moreover, Anna Hazare has co-opted the cap into his own brand image. A torch could be a good substitute. One can visualise the excitement created by Youth Congress volunteers holding aloft the Torch of Reform, as they race from village to village, behind a bus with dancing and music on the upper deck. This in turn would ensure TV coverage, as news channels need the barest excuse to show free footage of Hindi film songs. TV would also encourage sponsors to jump in with free packets of sweets for children among the spectators. Every PCC would send one torch to an AICC session; all of them would be used to ignite one giant flame to inaugurate a fiery start. Sceptics will always dismiss any revolutionary idea. When Baron Coubertin persuaded a few countries to throw a javelin, did he know that one day, more than a century later, a blond mayor of London called Boris Johnson would aspire to become prime minister of a great power on the strength of his Olympic skills? A sneer is the privilege of a pessimist. The Congress is in obvious need of a strong dose of optimism. The Olympic spirit is in the air. It should breathe deeply. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.

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the oppressed women Girls can’t marry against the wishes of their parents, below 40-year women can’t go to market unless escorted by a male family member, girls shall not use mobile phone outside their homes, girls and women shall have to use hijab (dopatta, head cover) while outside their homes —- no, no we are not in Darra Adem Khel, Mira Shah or Wana in Pakistani tribal belt; we are in a village about 40-KM from Delhi wherein its Panchayat (elders’ gathering) has decided to regulate the lives of its female residents. As per Panchayat, they have taken these steps to establish the feminine honor, to protect them from wide spread lawlessness and mobs molestation. Instead of addressing the lawlessness issue, apparently they have chosen the easiest path —- restrict the girls and women’ movement. But that will not solve the main issue, tomorrow someone may say that schools have failed to improve the ethical and moral character of their students, means we shall close all the schools! There is no end to such thinking. I wonder of Indian political parties and civil society’ reaction to these open human rights violation by these self-reformists. They have to be careful, could lead to what we have been facing in Pakistan wherein in some conservative constituencies, women are not permitted to even cast their votes. And that decision to bar the women from voting is jointly taken by all the religious and liberal parties. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

ban on hizb-ut-tahrir Despite severe torture, hardships and strict ban, Hizb-ut-Tahrir (the Party of Liberation), since its establishment in 1953 in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), continues to work effectively and tirelessly in more than 50 countries with a sole purpose of bringing intellectual and systematic revival among the Muslim Ummah. The party aims and strives to restore Islamic Khilafah State, unifying all the Muslim under a Caliphate ruled by Islamic law with a Caliph as Head of the State, elected by Muslims. The party has adopted and follows the most peaceful method of Prophet S.A.W to bring about a revolution and actual change in the society as Rasool SAW did with constant years of struggle in Makkah. Hizb-ut-Tahrir firmly believes that Islam could not be restored to its actual by getting involved in Democracy or Terrorism, ruling out the use of bullet and ballot for a real change. The major allegations on the party includes, showing dissatisfaction on the policies of the government, distributing leaflets against the unacceptable policies all across the country and penetrating in the Pakistan Army. We all know that showing concerns over the government policies is the right of every citizen and one

would wonder how distribution of the pamphlets and leaflets in the general public scould ever be termed as terrorism or sectarianism. Similarly, the soldiers of Pakistan Army are also Muslims, they are not aliens, so why not carry a good and rational message to them? After a deep study about the aims and objectives of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, being a student of Journalism, I call upon the members of civil society, media persons, lawyers, judges and sensible persons of the society to take a principle stand against the unreasonable ban on Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Pakistan, the global Islamic group which categorically rejects the use of weapons and carrying out a peaceful political struggle since its formation. I appeal the rational-minded media persons, people of law and others, on humanitarian grounds, to force the authorities for an immediate recovery of Hizb’s spokesman for Pakistan Naveed Butt, compelling the government to provide justification on his abduction. People in Pakistan rigorously demand the authorities to lift a ban from Hizb-ut-Tahrir. SYED HASSAM AHMED Karachi

too many roadblocks Basti Saidan Shah is an immense designed slum in the middle of Lahore. It was created by an executive order of the then PM Nawaz Sharif. It is surrounded by affluence like the Gymkhana Golf course, the upper Mall, the Cantonment, the state guest house complex, NIPA complex. As long as the population pressures were bearable, there was a status quo of co-existence here. Unfortunately after 9/11 the following government offices, occupying palatial Hindu houses decided to block major roads under the guise of security. The major culprits are the Intelligence Bureau head office on the Mall, the Rangers HQ on the Mall and the offices of NIPA on the Mall. Coming in from the lower Mall, the access to the basti is a single lane running along the Rangers HQ called Anand Road. Not only has the service lane of the Mall been blocked but the left lane on Anand Road has also been declared a “no-go area” for the public. We request the designer/architect of the basti to kindly tell the requisite authorities to loosen their purse strings and pave a larger portion of the now congested Anand road. This solution is the favourite modus operandi of the politicians from smaller constituencies. You don’t have to step on the toes of the powerful ruling class and the poor are happy as well for the facility, not to mention the kickbacks. Wonder why they missed this opportunity. One also has to ask why after 65 years of independence, we have still not been able to properly house these government outfits in secure and purpose-built offices. There are so many such offices all over the city causing chaos in traffic that moving the federal ones to the Governor’s House compound would be the natural solution. The provincial ones should also be moved off the major roads. The almost siege-like barricading of GOR 1 presents a pathetic sight. This place should be the expanded Race Course Park area and not a country club for Sarkaris. If the city planners don’t look at this problem soon, it will worsen. I guess, at the heart of the matter is the changing mathematics of power: whether it’s the federal government or the provincial government that will decide the matter? S AMIR Lahore


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oLLyWooD star Salman Khan, who has been battling health issues and even underwent surgery for Trigeminal neuralgia, a facial nerve disorder, says it is important for actors to forget such problems while shooting as the pain and discomfort can’t be reflected on screen. “In spite of all the nerve problems and the aneurism and the travelling and cold and the pain and all that stuff, eventually it’s what you show on screen. you can’t put subtitles saying - ‘here the actor was unwell’ or ‘here was a backache’ or ‘here the cold’ led to pain or ‘a headache happened’! you can’t say all that,” the 46-year-old said here. “you have to give a shot and forget about all that for those 20 to 30 seconds. It is easy to put aside everything if you are interested in the film you are doing,” he added. Salman, who underwent surgery for a facial nerve disorder last year, was warned against rigorous physical action. But he underwent extensive Parkour training for a month to pull off the daredevil stunts in his forthcoming film Ek Tha Tiger. cOURTESY HT

amitabh, jaya visit shatrughan sinha after surgery

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EGASTAR Amitabh Bachchan, along with wife Jaya, paid a visit to actor-friend Shatrughan Sinha, who is recovering after undergoing a bypass surgery. “Shatrughan Sinha in hospital with a bypass heart surgery. Jaya and I immediately go and visit him,” Amitabh wrote on his blog, after visiting the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital Thursday. “he has done well and so have the doctors and he remains in his room, out of the ICU, chatting dime a dozen with his humour intact! So reassuring,” added the 69-yearold, who has worked with the “Khamosh” star in films like “Bombay to Goa”, “Kaala Patthar” and “naseeb”. Big B was glad to see his actor-politician friend on the road to quick recovery. “Watching colleagues in hospital beds, suffering and in medical condition, is disturbing. But Shatrughan is in good spirits, as he always is, talking non-stop and showing no signs of the trauma he has been through. Thank god,” he posted. NEWS DESk

I don’t want to compete with aamir: ekta Kapoor

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ohn Ekta Kapoor, who is producing Shootout At Wadala, has decided to push the release date of the movie to 2013 to avoid any clash with Aamir Khan’s Talaas”. She says she doesn’t want to take on such “mammoth” competition. Talaash is coming on nov 30. how can we decide to take on the mammoth Aamir Khan? I don’t want to compete with him, absolutely not,” Ekta told reporters here. Shootout At Wadala , a prequel to Shootout At Lokhandwala, was earlier supposed to release Dec 7. But since Aamir’s Talaash will either release in november-end or in the first week of December, Shootout At Wadala will now hit the screens Jan 18, 2013. Ekta assures that viewers have a lot to look forward to in the Sanjay Gupta-directed Shootout At Wadala, which features Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpai, Tusshar Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Mahesh. NEWS DESk

Dark Knight shooter called himself ‘the joker’ A

t least 14 people were killed and about 50 injured as a gas mask-wearing gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theatre during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie. A 24-year-old suspect is in custody and an apartment building in north Aurora, about 10 miles (16 km) from downtown Denver, connected to the suspect was being evacuated and searched for possible explosives, DenverPost.com reported citing police chief Dan Oates. the suspect in the mass shooting at the midnight premiere of the new Batman movie in suburban Denver on Friday had coloured his hair red and told police he was “the Joker,” a media report said. the suspect made the claim of being the fictional arch enemy of Batman during the investigation of the shooting early Friday in a movie theatre showing “the Dark Knight Rises”, CNN said citing a federal law enforcement source. ten people died at the scene and four others died at hospitals in the shooting at the Aurora Mall, where three theatres were showing the latest Batman movie “the Dark Knight Rises”. Most of the wounded and killed were at theatre 9. Oates said there was no evidence of a second suspect, but the man in custody had made a statement about possible explosives in his residence. there was also no immediate word of any motive. “Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. they heard a hissing sound

and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Oates said at a news conference. the violent and chaotic scene erupted about 12.30 a.m. local time as a gunman stood at the front of one of the Century 16 theatres at the Aurora Mall, CBS reported. Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, the channel said citing officials. Officers found the gunman near a car behind the theatre. “A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside,” they said. A CBS correspondent reported one of the weapons was an AK47 assault rifle. President Barack Obama, who was notified about the shooting by homeland security adviser John Brennan, said he is “shocked and saddened” by the “horrific and tragic” shooting. the FBI said that there is no indication that the shooting has any connection to terrorism. An amateur video posted to Youtube showed people walking around outside the theatre, allegedly in the moments after the incident. One man was seen wearing a shirt that appeared to be bloodstained. He was being led by a police officer. Some people could be heard shouting. A witness, Hayden Miller, told KUSA-tV that he was inside theatre 16 and heard several shots. “Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming,” he told the station. NEWS DESk

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I have no shame: Mila

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CTRESS Mila Kunis says she is shameless as she does not mind starring in grossout humour. “I really have no shame. I think that certain things are funny and certain things are okay to make fun of, including myself. I think that you have to laugh at the absurdity of this entire industry and the absurdity of what it is we do. If I didn’t, I’d go crazy,” contactmusic.com quoted Kunis,28, as saying. The actress has been doing television show, “That 70s Show” and cartoon “ Family Guy” for many years now, and says that she is in a financially secure position. “After doing a TV show for eight years and a cartoon for more than a decade, you are, financially speaking, in a very lucky position where you don’t have to work for the sake of working. And I decided to take advantage of that,” Kunis said. “I don’t live lavishly, so it’s not like I have 20 assistants and travel privately and shop every day. I actually live a very mediocre lifestyle. So I decided to step back and do things not just for the sake of doing them, but because I believe in them and I want to do them,” she added. NEWS DESk S

q&a with qurat-ul-ain, a new designer for young women

Q. wHat dOES Qt’S StaNd fOr? a. QT’S stands for my passion to create something that is new, unique, represents quality yet affordability for people like myself. However as far as the name is concerned, it is to connect with young girls between the ages of 5 to teen. Q. wHat waS tHE IdEa BEHINd LaUNcHING a BraNd fOr GIrLS Of aGES 5 tO tEEN? a. Being the mother of two young girls myself I always struggled with limited availability of options that were there in the market. And if you do find a dress that is acceptable the prices were such it would make the decision to buy really difficult. Many of my friends also complained about the same which prompted me to do something about it and hence I decided to bring a brand which is good in quality and variety yet affordable. Q. wHat kINd Of ExPErIENcE dO yOU HavE tO MakE dESIGNEr drESSES? a. Unlike many such interviews that you may have conducted and I have read I am not going to claim that I have had this passion for last many years or took diploma in fashion designing. The truth is that it’s all instincts, knowing what to do with colors and as they say “necessity is the mother of all creations” so I may not be your typical designer but that’s probably that’s what makes my dresses unique! Q. wHat IS SO UNIQUE aBOUt tHE drESSES tHat yOU HavE crEatEd? a. I was hoping that you would ask this,

for one thing there are no 2 dresses in one design in each size so there won’t be anyone else in same age/size wearing the same dress. Secondly I do not get my designs by imitating others. These are all original ideas and made with the thought of creating something that would look good on girls. The fabric and stitching quality is simply the best you can get making sure comfort is not compromised.

Pattinson and stewart living together?

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WILIGhT stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who are dating in real life, have reportedly taken their romance to the next level by setting up a home together. They are said to have settled in together at a pad here, reports hollywoodlife.com. “They love each a lot and have major trust in each other. They also don’t like how they can’t really go out all the time and do regular things so that has really made them home-bodies for the most part,” said a source. “But instead of being hermits, they try to hit the town on dates occasionally, but they think their fame has made them boring people for their age,” the source added. NEWS DESk

Q. wHat IS tHE USP Of yOUr BraNd OPPOSItE OtHErS? a. There is no designer in Pakistan that targets and focuses only on this segment hence you can call me a specialist in this category with many options to choose from. Q. wHat IS tHE trUtH BEHINd yOUr cLaIM Of affOrdaBILIty OBvIOUSLy PrOfItaBILIty IS wHat EvEryONE LOOkS fOr? a. You are right no business can survive without profitability however if it is reasonable it becomes more sustainable. My concept behind this venture was to take advantage of economy of scale – let me explain if anyone wanted to make any one of these dresses it will cost the same as they can buy from me. My earnings come from what I save on buying and stitching in bulk. Q. wHEN IS yOUr ExHIBItION aNd wHat SHOULd wE ExPEct? a. The exhibition is on the 27th and 28th

of July at Xinhua Mall Gulberg and trust me whatever your expectations are you will find those met there. Q. wHat arE yOUr PLaNS aftEr tHE ExHIBItION?

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hoREoGRAPhER Ganesh Acharya was recently in a dilemma. Ganesh, who got accolades for his Chikni Chameli at the start of the year, was called in by Kareena Kapoor to direct halkat Jawani, her item song in heroine. So far so good. however, we hear from sources that through the making of halkat..., Ganesh was stressed because he had clear instructions from filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and Bebo to ensure that halkat... outdid Katrina Kaif’s Chikni Chameli. When ToI contacted Ganesh, he shared, “It’s not just Madhur Bhandarkar and Kareena Kapoor who want the song to outdo Chikni Chameli but also a lot of people from the industry are expecting the same.” he further adds, “After Chikni Chameli, there was definitely a lot of pressure to create the magic in halkat Jawani, but this song, I guarantee, is going to be a dhamaka.” Ganesh is confident that halkat... will be the song of the year and will have everyone grooving to it. NEWS DESk

Q. tELL US SOMEtHING aBOUt yOUrSELf? a. Well I have a background of doing BS with double math and physics and then Masters in Physics from Government College Lahore. Married with three kids, two girls and a boy and my husband who supported me through this venture works in a multinational company and has textile background that helps with my line of work.

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LTHOUGH Sri Lanka is thought of as a rather exotic island, it exudes a gritty feel. Arriving in the capital Colombo on the southwest Coast, you can't miss the occasional cow aimlessly wondering down the main road and it's a common sight to pass an old sarong-clad man on a stool outside his shop, pouring some rice and curry into his mouth. But it's only once you leave the dusty hustle of the big city that you will really begin falling in love with Sri Lanka (it's not easy getting gushy over the constant bibbing on car horns in the city). Because away from the big neon bar signs and flashy brass-selling stores, you'll find jungle, long stretches of golden-sandy beaches and ancient ruins - all of which will have you looking on in awe. There are so many sights, smells and sounds to take in, but here are a few of my favourites; a few gems that you just can't miss in Sri Lanka. It's worth the winding car ride to get there and even the tenner you might have to pay to get in. But the beauty you see once there, well that's raw and untouched and definitely worth it. Up in the Hill Country lies Kandy - a city of history and lush green hills. The town centre is set just by a gorgeous lake and it is here that you'll find an array of gemstone specialists, antique stores and sari makers. The air is lighter and cooler up in Kandy - a definite relief from the smoggy atmosphere of Colombo, but it's the scenic beauty and the culture that will really grab you. Just around the corner from the town is the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic - an ancient Bhuddist building

which houses (as the name suggests) the relic of the tooth of Bhudda. As you can imagine, this is a very important place to the locals. You can watch the monestary rituals being performed three times a day (at dawn, at noon and in the evening) and you are welcome to wander through the grounds to the temple itself. Remember, it is custom to take off your shoes when entering the religious building and shoulders and legs knees must be covered. tHE tEa fIELdS: You may not know this, but Sri Lanka is the world's third largest producer of tea - impressive huh! And considering us Brits drink a lot of the stuff, it's very fascinating to see where it all comes from. Not far from Kandy, you'll find a whole host of tea plantations - which put together provide over one million people with jobs. Just by taking a stroll, you'll see the local ladies picking the leaves from the plantations - and if you stop off at a factory, you'll get a good lesson on how those leaves go from being on a plant to being in a tea bag. You'll also get a complementary cuppa at the end, which is totally worth it. Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage This little sanctuary on the road to Kandy is a place that will make your heart melt. Here you will meet young, elderly and sick wild elephants who have been brought in because they need constant care and attention from local volunteers and workers. The staff will encourage you to be active and if you're not too nervous, do offer to feed the baby eles their milk. You can also have your picture taken next to any adulteles who are feeling photo-friendly

(at least one usually is). If you're feeling particularly brave, you can even go on a bit of a ride through the trees on the back of one of the trained elephants. The £10 ride comes with a caretaker and someone who will look after you and talk you through the trail - so you're never on your own. And there's even a chance for a little play in a local stream if you're up for getting splashed. And if you're there around sunset, ask to follow the elephants down to their bathing grounds - a nearby river. Here you can watch the large herd play in the water while you enjoy a well-earned juice and roti in the nearby café. SIGIrIya rOck: Fancy a bit of a hike - or better still, a great view? Then this SL gem will fit into your trip nicely. Sigiriya Rock Fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is a 1,214ft high stone structure in the central district of Sri Lanka. It's thought to be a 'magma plug' from a now extinct and long-disappeared volcano. The walls of Sigiriya show scribblings from pilgrims and it's thought that the rock was used as a shelter for a monastery way back in 5th Century BC. The surrounding gardens make a scenic walk beforehand and of course the view from the top is quite special. Even the local little kiddies and old aunties are able to make it to the top. Just beware, there are quite a number of steps so bring plenty of water and take it easy. aNcIENt rUINS Of POLONNarUwa: Polonnaruwa is Sri Lanka's medieval capital and it's here where you'll get to be really adventurous with your history. The ruins of the ancient city are there to

be discovered and within the area, you'll find the left overs of palaces, dagobas, temples and walls. It's truly beautiful to see. Nearby Habarana and Dambulla are worth a visit too, because you'll find scattered ruins en route. There is also a rather locally well-known wild elephant who always seems to be hanging out on the road to Dambulla. adaM'S PEak (SrI Pada:) Another sky-high feature of Central Sri Lanka is this stunning 7,359ft conical mountain. Visitors from all faiths come from miles around to make the trip to the top of Adam's Peak - all in order to see the 'sacred footprint' which lies near the summit. Thought to belong to Buddha, this footprint is over 5ft 11in in length. You'll need to be fit to scale this one - so it may not be one for all the family, but it certainly is something unique if you do decide to do it, especially if you start the hike early enough to watch the sunrise from the mountain. It really is a wonderous view from up there! The trip to the top and back down can take up to seven hours, so give yourself plenty of time, carbs and water! December to April are the best months to visit - the other months of the year are likely to bring heavy rain to the area. UNawatUNa aNd SOUtH cOaSt BEacHES: Drive south of Colombo on the Galle Road and you'll eventually reach the south coast - and here's where you'll find some of the prettiest beaches on the island. There are palm trees-a-plenty and a series of cute boutique hotels to stop off at if you fancy lunch or even a stay. WASHINgTON POST

OMEN whose firstborn children weighed more than 8.25 pounds at birth have more than double the risk of getting breast cancer, compared to women who have smaller babies according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, suggest that giving birth to a big baby creates a hormonal environment in the mother that's conducive to the development of breast cancer in women later in their lives. Researchers evaluated women's health histories, their babies birth weight, and their levels of three pregnancy hormones: estrogen, anti-estrogen and insulinlike growth factors. They found that women whose firstborn babies had a high birthweight had higher levels of estrogen and insulinlike growth factors during pregnancy, as well as lower anti-estrogen levels. However, these results demonstrate an association, not "a cause-and-effect link," said the study researcher Dr. Radek Bukowski. cOURTESY JEZEBEL

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ALKING changes instead may indicate an increased risk developing memory disorders and dementia."For busy doctors who have limited time with their patients, monitoring deterioration and other changes in a person's gait is ideal because it doesn't require any expensive technology or take a lot of time to assess. It is relatively simple and straightforward," said William Thies of the Alzheimer's Association. A Swiss research team from the Basel Mobility Center studied the gait of individuals with varying levels of cognitive health, using a 10-meter-long electronic walkway with almost 30,000 integrated pressure sensors."Those with Alzheimer's dementia walked slower than those with mild cognitive impairment, who in turn walked slower than those who were cognitively healthy," said research leader Stephanie A. Bridenbaugh, in a statement. NEWS DESk

Vitamen E may lower risks of liver cancer High consumption of vitamin E either from diet or vitamin supplements may lower the risk of liver cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Analysis by the Shanghai Cancer Institute of two studies conducted with Vanderbilt University revealed a lower liver cancer risk among those who had high intake of vitamin E with those who had low intake. In a statement, the paper's authors highlight that vitamin E has already been associated with protecting DNA against damage. "We found a clear, inverse dose-response relation between vitamin E intake and liver cancer risk," the authors write, in a statement. Liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer mortality in the world, the fifth most common cancer found in men and the seventh most common in women. Approximately 85% of liver cancers occur in developing nations, with 54% in China alone. Using validated food-

frequency questionnaires, the researchers conducted in-person interviews to gather data on study participants' dietary habits. The investigators then compared liver cancer risk among participants who had high intake of vitamin E with those who had low intake. The analysis included 267 liver cancer patients (118 women and 149 men) who were diagnosed between two years after study enrollment and an average of 10.9 (SWHS) or 5.5 (SMHS) years of follow-up. Vitamin E intake from diet and vitamin E supplement use were both associated with a lower risk of liver cancer. This association was consistent among participants with and

without self-reported liver disease or a family history of liver cancer. "Overall, the take home message is that high intake of vitamin E either from diet or sup-

plements was related to lower risk of liver cancer in middle-aged or older people from China," said Xiao Ou Shu of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center. Foods rich in vitamin E Nuts, seeds, avocados, tomatoes, spinach, blackberries, mangoes, olive oil COuRTESy HuffINGTON pOST

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N Olympic torch-bearer who had a tattoo to commemorate her experience fell foul of a poor-speller who inscribed her arm with the word “Oylmpic.” Jerri Peterson carried the flaming torch through Derby in June after she was nominated for the honour by the hotel chain where she worked. Peterson, 54, had the $10 (£6.40) tattoo done back in her native Atlanta. She told the BBC: “I always wanted to have a tattoo but I never felt quite passionate enough about any one thing to have it put on my body permanently. “So when I was selected for this wonderful honour, I thought ‘that’s it – I’m ready to have my tattoo’.” But Peterson, who didn’t notice the error herself until it was flagged up by her husband, bears no hard feelings towards the tattoo artist – and has declined his offer to correct it. She added: “It’s the Oy-limpics – it’s as unique as I am.” NEWS DESk


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RENCH top seed Marion Bartoli held off a spirited challenge from young American Christina McHale to move into the semi-finals of the WTA Carlsbad event with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win on Friday. Bartoli, who will not be playing the London Olympics, competed with a thigh strapping after suffering an injury in her match the day before. She cut down her double-faults from a massive 18 the previous night to 11 against fifth seed McHale, who beat her at the US Open last summer. "I really don't know why it's happening," she said of the faulty serve. "But it's hurting my whole motion. Maybe I'm not jumping as high as I'm able to do when I'm on my best. "When you're going through those kind of patches you have to find a way somehow, that's obviously a good sign for me." The French number one accounted for her second straight American victim as she beat McHale in a struggle lasting almost three hours. She ousted Vania King 24 hours earlier to start her week in southern California. Bartoli has achieved her career best at the tournament on her seventh appearance. She next faces an unknown threat in Chan Yung-jan, who earned one of the biggest upsets of her career as the qualifier outlasted former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (10/8), 7-5. Second seed Dominika Cibulkova beat Poland's Ursula Radwanska 6-4, 6-4 while Russian fourth seed Nadia Petrova will line up against the Slovak after beating Varvara Lepchenko of the US 6-4, 26, 7-6 (7/5).

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carlSbaD: marion bartoli of france plays at thenet against christina mchale during day seven of the mercury insurance open. afp Taiwan's Chan, who is ranked 161, dealt a blow to the third seeded Janokovic's hopes as she won the second longest match of the season on the WTA Tour. The encounter lasted three hours, 13 minutes -- four minutes less than the longest so far on the circuit. Chan was playing in her ninth career quarter-final -- her last was three years ago -- and made the most of the opportunity against the Serb. "It feels very special for me because she was a former No. 1," said Chan. "This is my best result since (stomach) surgery at the end of last year (which cost her

Reigning Wimbledon champ Serena Williams has pulled out of an exhibition match to get treatment for back pain, but she said Friday that would not keep her out of the London Olympics. Williams said she needed to rest her back after her two recent titles. "I'm disappointed that I won't be able to see my (Washington) DC fans, but can't wait to go for gold in London," Williams said. The American has never won an Olympic singles crown but she hopes to change that when Olympic tennis competitions begin on July 28 at Wimbledon.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) women’s wing on Friday announced 30 probables for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be played in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7. “The final squad will be announced later,” said a spokesperson for the PCB women’s wing.

PROBABLES: Sana mir, bismah maroof, Syeda Nain fatima abidi, mariam hassan Shah, Nida rashid, rabiya Shah, qanita Jalil, kainat imtiaz, asmavia iqbal, kanwal Naz, Sana gulzar, almas akram, elizabeth khan, masooma Junaid farooqi, Javeria wadood, Nahida bibi, Sania iqbal khan, Syeda batool fatima, marina iqbal, zeba manzoor hussain, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Sidra amin, Sidra Nawaz, Javeria rauf, Namra imran, komal feroz, ayesha qazi, Diana baig, Sadia yousaf and aliya riaz.

"I had the match under control and let it go. I let her come back, I messed up. When you're down you have to keep the focus." Chan will be in not so familiar territory when she plays only the fourth WTA level semi-final of her career. Her last came in 2008 in Strasbourg. Jankovic has been on a slow road back to form over the past few seasons and had played in her first final last month in Birmingham since Cincinnati last summer. Prior to this week, the Serb had lost in the first round 11 times this season.

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three months off court.) "This really means a lot for me, since I was in quallies. It could be one of the best matches in my career." Jankovic, who has a home in the area, was up a set and led 3-1 in the second when she appeared to come unravelled after Chan took a medical timeout. A broken string on the final point did not help her cause and provided a fitting punctuation to the disappointing end. "I'm frustrated and disappointed," said Jankovic. "I completely lost focus. It was so tough mentally and physically and my forehand let me down.

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh and swimming legend Kieren Perkins, both liaison officers with their country's Olympic delegation, clashed over the controversial use of sledging Saturday. Waugh, who once referred to sledging as 'mental disintegration', insisted that there was a role for the tactic, whereby an opponent is subject to a constant barrage of insults aimed at undermining his confidence. "There is always a role for sledging," Waugh said on Saturday. "In any sport there are mind games but cricket is a bit different to most sports because you're out in the field for seven hours but most of these sports are shorter." However, Perkins, the 1992 and 1996 Olympic gold medallist in the 1500m, said that the ploy was a sign of weakness on the part of the sledgers. "The people who do the sledging generally aren't good enough, so they have to find other ways to slow us down," said the 38-year-old. "Those of us that are good enough just get on with it." Meanwhile, Waugh revealed that he had to point out the finer points of the home of cricket, Lord's, where the Olympic archery is taking place next week. "I gave some advice to one of the archery team the other day because she didn't really know what Lord's was," he explained. "I asked her which end is she shooting from and she said, 'The end where there is an old, red building behind us' and I said, 'That is actually the Lord's Pavilion'."

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ITIUS, Altius, Fortius is a Latin expression meaning "Faster, Higher, Stronger". These words form the motto of Baron Pierre de Coubertin's ideals for the Olympic Movement that he founded in the 1890s. The London Olympics 2012 are the second such event following the 1948 Games when England were coming out of the ravages of the World War II. An earlier Olympic Games were held in London in 1908. In the 64 years since the 1948 games, primarily owing to the onset of television and live satellite generated coverage, the Olympics have become the pinnacle event of all sport. The Olympic Games have a history that goes back to the 6th or 5th century BC. In those days the Games were held every four years, and this period, known as an Olympiad, was used by Greeks as one of their units of time measurement. Also, a distance of 200 steps was known as a stadion, from which the stadium evolved. The long dormant Olympics were revived in the 1890s by Baron de Coubertin who formed the International Olympic Committee in 1894, and the rudimentary Games were held in Greece in 1896. Except for the war years of 1916, 1940 and 1944 and the Moscow Games boycott of 1980, the Games have been held every four years. The winter Olympics are held two years after the summer Olympics and are on a smaller scale. In the 1896 Games in Greece, the participants consisted of 14 nations and 241 athletes who competed in 43 events. Compared to this, there were 10,500 competitors from 204 countries at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Olympic Games programme consists of 35 sports, 30 disciplines and nearly 400 events. The role of television in the furtherance of the Olympic movement cannot be overstated. The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin were the first Games to be broadcast on television, though only to local audiences. The 1956 Winter Olympics were the first internationally televised Olympic Games, and the following Winter Games had their broadcasting rights sold for the first time to specialised television broadcasting networks. Today

there is no corner of this planet where the Olympic Games cannot be viewed in all their splendor. The other day, following his Wimbledon loss to Roger Federer, Andy Murray stated that he would value a Wimbledon gold medal more than a major Grand Slam event. That statement underlines the importance that the tennis world has started to attach to the Olympics tennis event that is being held at the traditional tennis home of Wimbledon. Tennis was not held in the Olympics from 1924 to 1988. The issue that made this happen was that the IOC wanted that Wimbledon not be held during the Olympic year. There were also some questions as to who were amateurs and professionals among the tennis players. But all this was long forgotten when Steffi Graf added the Olympic gold to her Grand Slam to

achieve the one and only Golden Slam. There have been many athletes who have achieved immortality through their performances at the Olympic Games. In 1912, the native American athlete Jim Thorpe was the star with his all-round display in winning both the pentathlon and the decathlon. But because he had played two years of semi-pro baseball prior to the Games, his medals were taken away, only to be restored in 1983. In the 1920s, Paavo Nurmi was the best middle and long distance runner in the world, setting world records at distances between 1500m and 20km. Nurmi

won a total of nine gold and three silver medals in the 12 events in which he competed at the Olympic Games from 1920 to 1928. In particular, he won five gold medals at the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris, which is still the most athletics gold medals at one Olympics in the history of the Games. Jesse Owens set the Berlin Olympics stadium alight with his performances in the sprints and the long jump, reportedly making Adolf Hitler storm out of the stadium in indignation. After the World War II hiatus in London 1948, Emil Zatopek, the “Czech Locomotive”, won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. Other stars of the summer Games that come to mind are, Al Oerter, who won four straight discuss medals from 1964 to 1968, Cassius Clay (later Mohammad Ali) who won gold in the light heavyweight in Rome 1960, Mark Spitz, who between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds plus a silver and a bronze. The highest ever medal winner is Michael Phelps the American swimmer who has won 16 Olympic medals – six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008. Nadia Comaneci reset the bar in gymnastics by securing the first ever perfect 10 at the 1976 Montreal Games. A Romanian, she was the winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic event. She is also the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Usain Bolt of Jamaica is hoping to join this illustrious group of athletes by winning the 100, 200 and the relay in London. He has already torn up the record books with some stupendous performances including a run of 9.58 in the 100 and 19.19 in the 200 sprints. He is the reigning Olympic champion in all three events and should he win in London as well, would be the first sprinter to do so. The only thing he needs to fear is the ludicrous foul system where one false start and you are out. The IAAF would do well to consider the card system used by soccer, which would give a little bit of cushion to the sprinters.


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smith, amla tame england ScOREBOARD ENgLAND 1st Innings: 385 (A cook 115, J Trott 71, M Prior 60; M Morkel 4-72) SOUTH AFRIcA 1st Innings (overnight: 86-1) 131 gc Smith b Bresnan AN Petersen lbw b Anderson 0 183 HM Amla not out JH kallis not out 82 7 Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 1, nb 1) Total (2 wickets; 135 overs) 403 To bat AB de Villiers†, JA Rudolph, JP Duminy, VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir Fall of wickets 1-1 (Petersen, 2.4 ov), 2-260 (Smith, 87.1 ov) Bowling: JM Anderson 29-6-90-1, ScJ Broad 26-4-87-0, gP Swann 4210-99-0, TT Bresnan 24-2-77-1, RS Bopara 9-1-29-0, kP Pietersen 3-0-13-0, IJL Trott 2-0-3-0 Toss: England Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS), Asad Rauf (PAk) TV umpire: kumar Dharmasena (SRI) Match referee: Jeff crowe (NZL)

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on Saturday. South Africa were 277 for two at tea, 108 runs behind England's first innings total of 385. Smith (131) and Amla (131 not out) put on 259 for the second wicket before Smith was bowled off an inside edge, pushing defensively at Tim Bresnan. It was a record second wicket stand for South Africa against England, beating by two runs the mark set by Smith and current coach Gary Kirsten at Lord's in 2003. On a dry pitch, already offering variable bounce and turn for the spinners, Smith and Amla dug in and played risk-free cricket to grind down England's bowling attack. The pair had to work hard in the first hour against the combination of fast bowler James Anderson and off-spinner Graeme Swann. Left-handed opener Smith in particular struggled to score against Swann and was stuck on 48 for almost half an hour before working Swann to midwicket for three

runs to raise the slowest half-century of his Test career. It took Smith 160 balls to reach his fifty, which came in the last over before the mid-morning drinks break. But the scoring rate picked up markedly, with Swann conceding 21 runs in two overs either side of drinks. Smith unleashed a flurry of boundaries in the next hour and needed just 41 deliveries to notch his second half-century. He completed his 25th Test century two balls before lunch with a square cut for four off seamer Bresnan. Smith then went back into attritional mode after lunch, taking 71 more balls to add 28 runs, including a burst of three fours off successive balls against Stuart Broad. His dismissal came in the eighth over with the second new ball, the first ball of a new spell by Bresnan. Amla, meanwhile, reached his 15th Test century off 199 balls with 13 fours. He had faced 261 balls by tea, hitting 17 fours.

India defeated Sri Lanka by 21 runs in the opening one-day international in Hambantota on Saturday to gain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Virat Kohli scored 106 as India posted 314-6 before restricting Sri Lanka to 293-9 in the day-night match. Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with 133. Earlier, Virat Kohli cracked a century and Virender Sehwag made a brisk 96 as India posted a challenging 314-6 against Sri Lanka. Kohli (106) and opener Sehwag, who were dropped early in their innings, made the most of the chances as they added 173 for the second wicket to help their team set a stiff target. India lost opener Gautam Gambhir (three) in the third over after electing to bat in the day-night match but Sehwag and Kohli propped up the innings with their big stand. Kohli hit nine fours in a 113-ball knock for his 12th one-day hundred, and the fourth in the last five matches. He fell in the 40th over, caught by substitute fielder Sachithra Senanayake in the covers off Thisara Perera. Sehwag, who returned to the one-day squad after missing the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March due to an injury, looked set to complete his 16th one-day hundred before he was run out. He hit 10 fours in his 97-ball knock. Suresh Raina smashed a 45-ball 50 and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 35 off 29 deliveries as India scored 86 in the last 10 overs.

ScOREBOARD INDIA: 3 g. gambhir b kulasekara V. Sehwag run out 96 V. kohli c sub (S. Senanayake) b Perera 106 R. Sharma b Mathews 5 50 S. Raina c sub (Senanayake) b Perera MS Dhoni c Thirimanne b Perera 35 7 Irfan Pathan not out 0 R. Ashwin not out 12 Extras (b1, lb2, nb2, w7) Total (for six wickets; 50 overs) 314 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (gambhir), 2-180 (Sehwag), 3-191 (Sharma), 4-228 (kohli), 5-307 (Raina), 6-307 (Dhoni). Bowling: kulasekara 5-0-20-1 (w1), Malinga 10-0-83-0 (nb2), Mathews 10-0-58-1 (w5), Perera 10-0-70-3, Dilshan 5-0-28-0, Herath 10-0-52-0 (w1). SRI LANkA 28 WU Tharanga c Sehwag b Ashwin 6 TM Dilshan lbw b Pathan 133 kc Sangakkara b Yadav 13 LD chandimal c Dhoni b Yadav 12 DPMD Jayawardene lbw b Ojha AD Mathews c gambhir b khan 7 7 HDRL Thirimanne lbw b Ashwin NLTc Perera c kohli b Pathan 44 0 HMRkB Herath run out (Raina) 19 SL Malinga not out kMDN kulasekara not out 1 23 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 6, w 16) Total (9 wkts; 235 mins) 293 Fall of wickets 1-9 (Dilshan, 1.2 ov), 2-86 (Tharanga, 18.5 ov), 3117 (chandimal, 25.2 ov), 4-132 (Jayawardene, 28.3 ov), 5-172 (Mathews, 35.2 ov), 6-191 (Thirimanne, 38.2 ov), 7-269 (Sangakkara, 47.1 ov), 8-271 (Herath, 47.3 ov), 9-275 (Perera, 48.2 ov) Bowling: Z khan 10-0-63-1, Ik Pathan 10-1-37-2, UT Yadav 10-0-76-2, R Ashwin 10-1-46-2, V Sehwag 4-0-20-0, PP Ojha 6-0-44-1 Toss India, who chose to bat Series India led the 5-match series 1-0 Player of the match: V. kohli Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI) Match referee: chris Broad (ENg)


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ioc hand Comaneci raises roof as Nigeria relay flame starts London tour gold in Pettigrew dope case LONDON AFP

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Nigeria were officially awarded the men's 4x400m relay gold medal from the 2000 Olympics on Saturday following a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board. The Nigerians took the gold originally won by the United States, who have since been disqualified because of the late Antonio Pettigrew confessing to having been doped at the time of the Games. Nigeria are elevated to title winners with Jamaica taking silver and the Bahamas the bronze. "Pettigrew was disqualified in August 2008 but the EB delayed a decision on reallocation until it had received information stemming from investigations into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) sports-doping scandal," a statement read. "Having confirmed that no further information on other athletes would be forthcoming the EB agreed to reallocate the medals and diplomas. "The teams from Nigeria, Jamaica and the Bahamas that finished behind the US men in the 4x400m race will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively." However, the Executive Board were not able to perform such an exercise regarding the US women's 4x400m relay gold medal winners from the 2004 Games despite Crystal Cox admitting afterwards she took steroids from 2001-2004.

rice shoulders burden for australia MANCHESTER AFP

Stephanie Rice, a triple gold medallist in Beijing four years ago, is battling a shoulder injury as she builds up for the London Olympics. The 24-year-old Rice holds the 400m women's individual medley world record and collected gold four years ago in her signature event as well as the 200m individual medley and in the 4x200m freestyle relay. But coach Michael Bohl said Friday that the injury remains a concern and has to be managed in training. "She's had problems with the shoulder and the shoulder has been flaring up from time to time," said Bohl. "It's not bad all the time, but everytime she does something pretty hard, it tends to tighten up and she has to go easy for a day or two. "So it's just really adjusting and manipulating her training around to fit in with the shoulder problem."

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LYMPICS legend Nadia Comaneci carried the 2012 torch on the roof of the North Greenwich Arena as the flame began a seven-day tour of London that will culminate at the Games opening ceremony. The perfect 10-scoring Romanian gymnast, who won five gold medals over the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, passed the flame on to British ex-NBA basketball star John Amaechi atop the former Millennium Dome, which will host the artistic and trampoline gymnastics as well as the basketball finals. The Games organisers hope that with the flame now in the British capital, attention will turn towards the sport and the final countdown to the Olympics -- and away from the security and transport fears that dogged the last week. The flame spent the night safe in the Tower of London, where the British sovereign's ceremonial jewels are kept, following a dramatic arrival in the city Friday, a week ahead of the opening ceremony on July 27. It was flown in on a Royal Navy helicopter and lowered to the ground by a marine commando carring it in a Davy lamp attached to his waist. The final seven days in London are the last legs of an 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometre) journey around Britain that has taken the flame within an hour's travel time of 95 percent of the British population, taking in famous sports venues, historic sites and places of outstanding natural beauty. Its 36-mile (58-kilometre) tour Saturday around east London, taking in five of the six Olympic host boroughs, started at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, the location that set the world's prime meridian. Natasha Sinha, 15, started the relay at 7:20am, or 0620 Greenwich Mean Time. Robin Knox-Johnson, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, took the torch on a lap of the Cutty Sark, the tea clipper ship which has undergone a ÂŁ50 million

(64 million euro) renovation following a fire in 2007. Comeneci, who at the Montreal 1976 Games became the first gymnast at the Olympics to get a perfect score of 10, then took the flame at the North Greenwich Arena. "I'm very happy and honoured to be part of the torch relay," the 50-year-old told BBC television on top of the 20,000-seater indoor arena. "Everybody's very excited, just six days to the opening ceremony. "This is an historic place and the Olympics came here three times and that's unique too." Thousands of spectators were in the streets to witness the relay. Later footballer Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a heart attack during an FA Cup match in March, will carry the flame at the end of the 64th day of its 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometre) relay around Britain. He will take it through the east London borough of Waltham Forest, where he lived as a boy after moving to Britain from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also on Saturday's line-up is Britain's oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh, aged 101 years old, who will carry the torch through the east London borough of Newham. British triple jumper Phillips Idowu, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist, and rapper Dizzee Rascal will also carry the torch. Royal Marine Martyn Williams had the honour of bringing the Olympic flame to the host city, abseiling from a Sea King helicopter hovering over the entrance to the Tower of London. "I obviously checked out the view on the way in and saw London and everybody down here and you think, 'wow this is a bit more than just a normal abseil'," he told AFP. "But as soon as I got in the door and got my hands on the rope, it is just another abseil from a helicopter so I just had to come down as per usual. "I said I'd like to do it and the job came to me so I'm very lucky and very proud to be here."

Soeda surprises Nishikori in all-Japan clash ATLANTA AFP

atlaNta: kei Nishikori of Japan congratulates go Soeda of Japan at the net after their match during the bb&t atlanta open. afp

Go Soeda routed third-seeded compatriot Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-1 at the ATP Tour's Atlanta Open on Friday in the first meeting between the two Japanese stars. Eighthseeded Soeda saved all seven break points he faced on serve and went four-for-four on break point chances on his return in the 72-minute quarter-final contest. "I think he was more nervous, but I was nervous, too," said Soeda. "His ranking is high, and I had nothing to lose." The match had historic significance as it was the first contest between two Japanese players in an ATP World Tour quarter-final, the organisers said. This was also the first time the pair have squared off against each other as professionals. Soeda, of Kanagawa, turned pro in 2003 and the younger Nishikori followed four years later. World number 19 Nishikori, of Shi-

mane, will now head to the London Games and Soeda will join him as soon as the Atlanta hardcourt tournament is over. They are expected to play in singles and then doubles together at the Olympics. "He played unbelievably well," Nishikori told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. "He didn't miss, and he was really aggressive. I couldn't put in a ball. I lost my confidence." This is the first ATP Tour semi-final for Soeda since the opening week of the season, when he made it to the Chennai Open semis and lost there to Janko Tipsarevic. He is currently ranked 54th in the world. Soeda next plays Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who beat Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. The 29-yearold Muller won 32 of his first 35 firstserve points and did not face a break point. Muller is a two-time ATP Tour runner-up and is chasing his first title. He is in a final for the first time in seven years.

World stars warm up in British provinces LONDON AFP

In Britain's provincial gyms, pools, schools and leisure centres, global superstars like Usain Bolt are fine-tuning their preparations for the London 2012 Games in some unlikely venues. Locals at the Cheltenham lido have got used to paddling around alongside Malawi's two Olympic swimmers, while China's gymnasts are training outside Belfast and Afghanistan's lone female athlete is on the track in Welwyn Garden City. More than 200 delegations from more than 90 countries have set up training camps across the country, far from the hubbub of the Olympic Park in Stratford. The camps are a bid to make the rest of the UK feel part of the London Olympics, while providing an economic boost to the regions in recession-hit Britain. Bolt and the rest of the Jamaican athletics team are based at the University

of Birmingham in Britain's second city, while their US rivals are training across town at the Alexander Stadium. Sports fans have been able to watch the Americans in action on the track, while competitors have been out in the city speaking to local schoolchildren. Meanwhile 100 and 200 metres world record holder Bolt and the rest of the Jamaican athletics team have been kept away from the fans. Bolt has had his mattress replaced by a custom-made, seven-foot (2.13-metre) orthopaedic one, in order to help his chronic back problem. "There was a fear Usain would be uncomfortable with his bed so in the last few days we've had a special orthopedic mattress made for him," the university's sports director told the Daily Telegraph newspaper. The university has even given the Jamaicans food to make them feel at home -but chefs were unable to source a goat's head. Russia's swimmers are at a boarding school in the Somerset countryside; the

Namibian and Zambian delegations are at a leisure centre in Glasgow; Kenya's highlyregarded athletes are training around the city of Bristol, while squads from Trinidad and Tobago, Botswana and New Zealand are in Cardiff. Northern Ireland is hosting the Australian and Cuban boxers at Queen's University Belfast, while the Sudanese, Kuwaiti, Egyptian and Qatari athletics squads are at the Antrim Forum. The Chinese artistic gymnasts are at the Salto centre in Lisburn and have been given a warm welcome, and have even met local golf hero Rory McIlroy. "It was a lovely surprise to be greeted at the airport by so many people," said head coach Huang Yubin. "It made us feel very welcome straight away and helps build our excitement for the Games." China's

gymnastics squad won 11 golds at the 2008 Beijing Games and it is hoped that the presence of such a highly-regarded team will put Northern Ireland on the map for Chinese tourists and inspire local athletes. The London Games organisers offered ÂŁ25,000 ($40,000, 32,000 euros) to every national Olympic committee sending a team to one of the pre-approved camps, but it is hoped that the economic reward will more than outweigh the investment. "The fact that there are training camps all round Britain was a very deliberate part of a strategy of making sure that the whole country benefited from the Olympic Games in London," said Tessa Jowell, Britain's Olympics minister from 2005 to 2010. "In many cases, the facilities have been improved and upgraded," she told AFP. "Something like the US track and field

team training in Birmingham is probably worth millions of pounds in terms of inward investment. "It helps the rest of the country feel part of it and it makes sure the benefits, as far as is humanly possible, are spread to the rest of the country." With an eye on improving their Olympic performance ahead of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games, Brazil has most of its sports teams in one place, taking over the ageing Crystal Palace complex in south London. They have even brought top Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack to turn the nutritionists' demands into a menu that will provide a taste of home. Despite the facilities, organisers can do nothing about the weather. China's Liu Xiang, who won the 110 metres hurdles gold in Athens 2004, was training at a university college in Twickenham, west London. However, he has had enough of training in the miserable British summer weather and has decamped to Germany to complete his preparations.


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LONDON: Olympic torch Bearers John Amaechi (L) and Nadia Comaneci posing for pictures on the viewing platform of the North Greenwich Arena. AFP

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from athens to London stats Corner S. PERvEz QAISER

18TH OLYMPIc gAMES IN 1976 VENUE: montreal, canada DATES: July 17 to august 1, 1976 NUMBERS OF SPORTS: 21 (198 events) NUMBERS OF NATIONS: 92 NUMBERS OF PARTIcIPANT: 6028 (4781 men and 1247 women) YOUNgEST gOLD MEDALIST: maria filatova (Soviet union) on 15th birthday in gymnastics OLDEST gOLD MEDALIST: harry boldt (west germany) aged 46 years 157 days in Dressage

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choi, Pagunsan make open cut

mcilroy, Westwood still struggling at open LYTHAM AFP

lytham: this handout photo released by the asian tour on July 21, 2012 shows Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines during round three of the british open golf championship. afp LYTHAM AFP

Reigning Asian Tour number one Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and South Korean star K.J. Choi endured a nervous wait before making the cut at the British Open after Friday's second round. Pagunsan, who teed off in the second group of the morning, imagined he had squandered his chances of making the cut in the after a three-putt bogey on the 18th left him on two-over par 72 for the day and three-over 143 for 36 holes. "I wanted to make a par there to finish at two over but I made a three putt. A bit disappointing," Pagunsan said. "My first putt was too strong. I thought it was going to be a bit slow as it was uphill and then a bit downhill. But my ball passed the hill and then just rolled down. It wasn't slow." The Filipino said he lacked feel in his hands in the earl morning cold. "This morning it was really bad. That’s why I made a few bogeys," he said. "My hands couldn’t not feel the club. It was really hard. It got better. At the start my body was freezing but I was so happy with the way I played after that." Pagunsan, 34, had to wait for over nine hours to learn he had squeezed into the last two rounds at Royal Lytham on the number, a cut line that moved between 142 and 143 before finally settling on the higher number.

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ORY McIlroy and Lee Westwood were among the big names finishing their third rounds early Saturday at the British Open, having played themselves out of contention at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. World No. 3 Westwood fired a one-over par 71 to stand on four-over 214 through 54 holes at the tricky links layout, the Englishman's hopes of claiming his first major crown on home soil this weekend shattered. World No. 2 McIlroy, the 2011 US

Open winner from Northern Ireland, was four-over through 15 holes without a sub-par hole on the day. Westwood made bogeys on three of the first six holes, then birdied the par-5 seventh and 11th and birdied 13 and 15 as well, but for the second time in three days closed with two bogeys in the final three holes to fade back. "Nothing has been that good this week," Westwood said. "I haven't holed enough putts. I hit plenty of fairways. You need to have your game in shape to play one of these weekends." Westwood said pin positions were tricky and there was a slight breeze "but

it's still very playable and very scorable out there." Asked if he felt pressure at having not won a major at age 39, Westwood said "no". Asked if he was sure, he added, "Yeah." No one had cracked the top 10 of the leaderboard in Saturday's early play as American Brandt Snedeker, the leader at 10-under 130 by one stroke over Adam Scott of Australia, waited to tee off. Tiger Woods, chasing his 15th major title and his first major triumph since the 2008 US Open, was in the penultimate group along with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who was excited to play alongside his boyhood idol.

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in view of the terrorist attack in the 1972 games at munich, for the first time in the olympics elaborate security arrangements were made in these games which cost an additional $100 million. the 1976 montreal games were marred by an african boycott to protest the fact that the national rugby team of New zealand had toured South africa and New zealand was scheduled to compete in the olympics. the torch for these games was brought into the stadium by two 15-year olds, a boy and a girl Stephane Prefontaine of french stock and Sandra henderson of english descent, which signified canada’s joint heritage. interestingly, the pair were married some years later. romanian female gymnast Nadia comaneci, became the first to achieve the first-ever maximum 10.00 marks in the olympics. She ended the games with a total of seven maximums. austrian-born italian klaus Dibiasi, competing in his fourth games, became the first diver to gain three consecutive gold medals. cuban alberto Juantorena became the first man to win the 400m/800m olympic double in the track and field events. hungarian miklos Nemeth who won the gold in the javelin, emulated his father imre Nemeth who had won the hammer throw in the 1948 games. they remain the only father and son in track and field to win gold medals. american margaret murdock became the first women to win a shooting medal (a silver) in the small-bore rifle event. italian show jumpers raimondo and Piero D’inzeo set an unprecedented record by competing in their eighth games - from 1948 to 1976. west germany’s alwin Schockemohle became the only third rider in the history of the games to win a jumping title without any faults. Soviet union’s basketball player iuliana Semenova at 2.18m (7ft 1 in) became the tallest female to appear in the olympic games. She also remains the tallest athlete (male or female) to win a gold medal. the revenge men’s basketball match between Soviet union and the united States did not take place as the former were beaten by yugoslavia in the semi-finals. hockey was played on an artificial pitch for the first time.


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Politicians want strong democracy in Pakistan ISLAMABAD

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LONDON: A Yeoman or ‘Beefeater’ holds the Olympic Flame in a lantern after its arrival by helicopter to the Tower of London on Saturday. The Olympic flame made a dramatic arrival in London on Friday to tour the capital before it plays a starring role in the opening ceremony in one week’s time. afp

Samiul Haq renounces support for polio immunisation Says moral behind imposing a ban on vaccination comes from the case of Shakil afridi

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One of Pakistan’s most influential clerics has renounced his previous support for polio immunisation, claiming that the programme was a cover for American spies, dealing a fresh blow to efforts to rid the world of the crippling virus. Samiul Haq, nicknamed the father of the Taliban for his role in educating many of the Afghan students who rose up to capture Kabul in the 1990s, also offered foreign governments a chilling deal: end American drone strikes or leave children unprotected. He had been an unlikely ally of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF. Earlier this year, Haq administered polio drops to his grandson and urged followers to do the same. But he now says he cannot back the policy after it emerged the CIA had used a fake hepatitis drive to hunt for Osama bin Laden last year. Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who organised the vaccination campaign, has been sentenced to 33 years in prison and sparked a wave of paranoia about foreign aid workers. “The moral behind imposing a ban on the vaccination is not about whether it is un-Islamic or not, but the moral comes from the case of Shakil Afridi,” said Haq in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “The

people who are involved in this campaign, many agencies are involved, and they are using it for their other causes.” Pakistan is one of three countries where the disease remains endemic. Only 22 cases have been reported this year – compared with 59 in the same period in 2011 – and hopes were high that the country could soon be declared polio free. However, hard-line clerics have long opposed what they suspect is a Western conspiracy against Muslims. Their opposition meant health workers carefully cultivated moderate leaders, who issued fatwas – or religious rulings – declaring vaccination to be in line with Islamic

POLIO WORKER SHOT, KILLED IN KARACHI

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RIME Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Saturday said political leaders of the country were “pro-Pakistan” and he would contact them all to solicit their views on matters of national importance at an appropriate time.\ “All political leaders are pro-Pakistan and genuinely desire that the country march on a trajectory of peace, prosperity and stability, under a strong democratic system,” he said. He added that the politicians of the country know the “art of possible” and the recent unanimous selection of the Chief Election Commissioner was the physical manifestation of their acumen and commitment through democratic practices. Maintaining that the Pakistani politicians have learned from history, the prime minister said, “Together we would overcome the challenges with the same spirit in the future as well. They are not going to repeat the same mistakes, come what may.” Ashraf said that the current democratic era in the country was passing through an evolution and a degree of ups and downs were inevitable, but he was optimistic that the system would become stable with the passage of time. Democracy in Pakistan was strong and stable because the people of Pakistan were fully convinced that the solution to all ills was in pursuing a strong democratic setup, he maintained and added that democracy was at the heart of ideological and intellectual foundations of Pakistan.

The UN health agency says a local community worker who helped an anti-polio campaign in Pakistan has been shot and killed in Karachi — days after two of its staff were injured in a shooting in the city. The World Health Organisation said Muhammad Ishaq was killed on Friday evening. In a statement Saturday, it did not specify any suspected motive. Immunisation activities in Pakistan’s biggest city were suspended this week after the previous incident. Pakistan — one of only three countries where the disease is endemic — is in the middle of a campaign to vaccinate children under five. Taliban militants in northern Pakistan have barred the vaccination campaign from territory under their control, saying it can’t go forward until the US stops drone strikes in the country. NEWS DESK teaching. But he explained that while immunisation might be permitted by Islam, it made no sense for foreign agencies to try to keep children free from disease while at the same time bombing Pakistan.

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