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Vol IV No 48 19 Pages
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PESHAWAR: Army troops arrive in the NA-1 Peshawar constituency on Wednesday for the by-polls today (Thursday). Polling will be held in 41 national and provincial constituencies under direct army supervision to ensure transparency and law and order. ONLINE
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gaIL India, pak firm to ink gas accord
Floods aﬀect nearly 1m across pakistan
650 dead in ‘chemical’ bombing near Damascus
The Indian state-run gas utility, GAIL India, will enter into a contract with a Pakistani firm to export natural gas through a pipeline from Punjab, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Panabaaka Lakshmi told the Lok Sabha. GAIL plans to import gas in its liquid form called liquefied natural gas on a port in Gujarat or Maharashtra. After converting this again into gaseous state, it will transport the gas through cross-country pipeline network to Jalandhar. pag e 16
Heavy rains triggering floods have affected nearly one million people and killed 139 others across Pakistan in the last three weeks, disaster management officials said Wednesday, as some 60 villages were inundated due to flooding in Kotri barrage. At least 60 villages located on the Indus riverbed in the Matiari and Jamshoro districts went underwater as the Kotri barrage – the last gated structure on the river – received an increased discharge from the river. pag e 03
More than 650 people were killed in fierce Syrian army bombardment with chemical weapons of Damascus suburbs on Wednesday, the opposition said, branding it a “massacre” and calling for international intervention. Britain, meanwhile, said it would refer the alleged chemical weapons attack, which could not immediately be verified and has been vehemently denied by the Damascus regime, to the United Nations. pag e 07
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Country’s biggest by-polls toDay cec says all arraNgemeNTs comPleTed for smooTh, TraNsPareNT elecTIoNs
Fazl smells a rat in Di Khan by-poll Delay
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday termed postponement of by-elections in Dera Ismail Khan’s NA-25 a conspiracy against his party and called for scheduled voting in the constituency. The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday night cancelled August 22 by-polls in DI Khan’s National Assembly constituency N-25 over fears of an impending terrorist attack and unfavourable security conditions. In a letter to the chief election commissioner, the JUI-F chief expressed his reservations over the ECP move and called for immediate voting in his hometown constituency which he vacated after winning the May 11 general elections from all three National Assembly seats he contested. INP
InFo mInIster opposes Imran’s cLaIm, says may poLLs were Free anD FaIr
HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is all set to facilitate around 8.5 million registered voters to cast their votes in 41 national and provincial assembly constituencies for by-elections being held today (Thursday). All 522 candidates will be in run on 15 National Assembly and 26 provincial assembly constituencies, with 201 candidates contesting for National Assembly constituencies across the country. 180 candidates will contest for 15 Punjab Assembly constituencies, 82 candidates for four Sindh Assembly's constituencies and 27 and 32 candidates for four each constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Assembly constituencies, respectively. The Election Commission has set up over 7,000 polling stations across the country with around 1800 sensitive and over 1,500 highly sensitive polling stations, where personnel of armed forces will be deployed. Deployment of sufficient polling staff as well as security personnel to thwart any untoward incident has been made possible by the Election Commission. To act against those involved
PESHAWAR: Polling officials for NA-1 constituency on Wednesday carry their paraphernalia for today’s by-election. INP
in hampering the smooth polling process, Army officers deployed at the polling stations have been designated the powers of Magistrate First Class. Similarly, presiding officers will also have the magisterial powers like always as the commission has also directed the returning officers to send results manually to avoid delay in announcement. The commission has also set up a complaint center to facilitate voters across the country in case they want to register any complaint of rigging or maneuvering the polling process. A control room has also been set up
at the ECP headquarters to facilitate the media for gathering results and their further dissemination to general public. The returning officers will also announce the result for respective constituencies at their offices prior to sending the same to the commission. Provincial governments have been directed to ensure security of the voters and foil the bids to hamper the smooth and free and fair conduct of the byelections. Meanwhile, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) members on Wednesday walked out of the Senate against postponement of by-election in NA 25 (D.I Khan cum Tank).
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has termed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s statement that the May 11 elections were not free and fair, as baseless. In a statement‚ he said domestic and foreign institutions had declared the general elections impartial and transparent. Rashid said the ECP was established after consensus by the previous regime and not the present government, He said Khan should not challenge the authority of the independent Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), adding that the judiciary‚ media and ECP were independent institutions and the government had no control over them. NNI
aNP caNdIdaTe boycoTTs muzaffargarh by-Polls MUZAFFARGARH: Rana Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, candidate of the Awami National Party (ANP) from PP-254, Muzaffargarh, on Wednesday announced boycotting the by-elections and accused the Punjab government of using its resources for their candidate. He said the Punjab government was using official machinery to make the PML-N candidate successful on the constituency. INP
may 11 polls were rigged, won’t let it happen again: Imran PTI chIef says Nawaz scored 7,829 voTes from PollINg sTaTIoN 246 IN Na-68 whIle oNly 1,510 were regIsTered IN The ParTIcular ceNTre ISLAMABAD KASHIF AbbASI
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that the party has compiled a 2,000-page white paper, which he claims proves that the May 11 elections were rigged. Addressing a press conference, he said, “If the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) fails to put a stop to rigging in the upcoming elections then it will be responsible for the consequences.” He added that during the general elections the party had “full faith” on ECP and weren’t prepared to take any steps against rigging. However, the party was now prepared, he stated. Khan claimed that the returning officers (ROs) in May 11 elections supported a specific political party. “During the elections, the role of some ROs was shameful and they stole PTI candidates’ mandate,” he added. In the white paper, the PTI presented a casestudy of 34 constituencies, in which according to them, massive alleged rigging took place. Khan claimed that even some ROs had confessed to their involvement in rigging. He said that the PTI was not only party, which challenged the credibility of the elections as almost all political parties had reservations on the elections results. “As many as 400 candidates filed petitions with ECP challenging the
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan gestures with a copy of the 200-page ‘White Paper’ in his hand at a press conference on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO
election results. Out of total filed petitions, only 64 were filed by PTI candidates, which showed that all political parties have their doubts,” he said. Citing results of NA-68 Sargodha, where PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif won the election, Khan said that as per consolidated statement of the results of the count furnished by the presiding officers, in some polling stations number of votes polled were 100 percent or more of
the registered voters. “Most astonishing is polling station number 246 of NA-68 where the total number of casted votes was 540 percent. In this polling station, there were 1,510 total registered votes and Nawaz Sharif scored 7,829 votes,” Khan said. He said that in one of the polling stations of NA54, where PML-N candidate Malik Abrar defeated PTI’s candidate Hina Manzoor with a narrow margin,
there were total 521 registered votes in polling station number 197 of NA-54, however the returning officer showed 901 polled votes. Khan said that during the night of May 11 his candidate Jahangir Tareen had been winning the election from NA-54 with a 32,000 lead but the next day he was shown as runner up. He said that in Karachi too the elections were massively rigged and even in some constituencies PTI voters were not allowed to cast their votes. He said that his party had filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking to get a sampling only of thumbprint verification from NADRA for four consistencies. However the apex court refused to hear our petition, he added. “We don’t want to derail democracy. PTI seeks to strengthen the state institutions,” he said. The PTI chairman said that the focus behind the press conference was to ensure improvement in the electoral process. He said that if voters lose their faith in the election process then the voter turnout would decrease. “Voter turnout rate was immensely affected after the 1970 general elections owing to massive rigging, failing democracy and martial laws. This time, however, it increased after many years,” he said. Bringing his address to a close, he recommended that biometric polling be introduced for the next elections. “We will introduce this system in our (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) province,” he said. GOVT RUBBISHES IMRAN’S CLAIMS: Reacting to Imran Khan’s claims, the government said that the national and international organisations had validated the results of the elections. In a statement, the government said that Imran Khan does not have justification to challenge the authority of the Election Commission.
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army captain killed as india continues ceasefire violation INdIaN eNvoy called To fo To lodge ProTesT, coNvey reservaTIoNs
securIty Forces arrest InDIan spy near wagha BorDer
LAHORE: An alleged Indian spy has been arrested near the Wagha border between Pakistan and India on Wednesday. The alleged spy, named Mandra, is reported to belong to the Indian province of Bihar. Rangers have sent the Indian spy to the concerned security departments for investigations. Indian spy planes also allegedly violated Pakistani airspace in the Nakyal sector in Kotli, Azad Kashmir on Wednesday. The incidents come amidst a spate of recent cross-border skirmishes between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since independence from the British rule in 1947, two over the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. STAFF REPORT
HE Indian Army on Wednesday again escalated tension along the Line of Control (LoC) by opening unprovoked firing in Kargil sector. The Indian troops resorted to unprovoked shelling late on Tuesday night at Shakma sector in Kargil, during which a Pakistan Army Captain Hafiz Sarfraz Mir embraced martyrdom. Another soldier, Yasin, was seriously injured in the firing. Military
sources said the Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Tuesday night at 23:15 hours. Pakistani troops responded to the In-
BenazIr murDer case wILL remaIn unsoLveD: un InvestIgator ISLAMABAD NNI
Heraldo Muñoz, the man who led the UN investigation into Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, has claimed in his new book that former Pakistani president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf’s government facilitated Benazir’s murder through its negligence. In his book, Getting Away With Murder, he said the Tehreek-e-Taliban executed the attack, possibly backed or at least encouraged by elements in the establishment. Muñoz also said local senior policemen attempted a cover-up whereas Bhutto’s lead security team failed to properly safeguard her. He described that the incumbent army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, expressed doubts to him about the claim by former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf that Bhutto had been assassinated by the Pakistani Taliban. Most Pakistani political actors would rather turn the page than continue investigating who was behind Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, he added. The author described that Bhutto’s assassination would be another unsolved case in the long history of impunity in Pakistan, and that the controversy surrounding her assassination would endure as much as her memory. On Tuesday, an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi indicted former president Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of former Benazir Bhutto. The decision by a court in Rawalpindi marks the first time Musharraf, or any former army chief in Pakistan, has been charged with a crime. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and stepped down from office in disgrace nearly a decade later, now faces a litany of legal problems. Benazir Bhutto was killed in 2007 during a gun and bomb attack at a rally in the city of Rawalpindi, the sister city to the capital of Islamabad. Her assassination set off protests across the country and helped propel her party to power in parliament and her husband to the presidency. Bhutto’s supporters also say Musharraf ignored requests for additional security, and a 2010 UN report on her death said he failed to make serious efforts to ensure Bhutto s safety.
IsI haD InFo aBout pLot to kILL BenazIr Bhutto MONITORING DESK The Inter-Service Intelligence agency had informed the Interior Ministry about al Qaeda’s conspiracy to kill Benazir Bhutto days before the attack, a private TV channel reported. The channel said that the ISI had written a letter to the Interior Ministry seven days before the attack, informing about an attempt by the al Qaeda to kill Benazir Bhutto and also mentioned Rehman Malik’s name. The letter also demanded tight security for Benazir Bhutto. The Interior Ministry forwarded the letter to police and concerned security departments. Despite the forewarning, Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 after a rally at Liaquat National Bagh, Rawalpindi.
dian firing promptly. The exchange of fire continued until 2:15am, the sources said added. India is repeatedly resorting to aggres-
sion along the LoC in which several Pakistani citizens, including soldiers, have been killed and injured. To the agony of Pakistan, the Indians rub salt to the wounds by blaming Pakistan for the ceasefire violations. Indian troops have violated ceasefire along the LoC 35 times during the last 15 days. The martyred Captain Sarfraz belongs to Jorian village of Hafizabad district. His father Chaudhry Mansab Ali is also a retired Subedar Major of the Pakistan Army. Captain Sarfraz’s marriage was scheduled after a few months and he was the youngest among his brothers and sisters. Sarfraz joined the Pakistan Army in 2007. He was deployed at Siachen three months ago and embraced martyrdom on Tuesday night as a result of Indian shelling. Humayun Mir, brother of martyred Captain Sarfraz Mir,
said he was proud of his brother. He said Sarfraz was engaged to his cousin and his marriage was scheduled after a few months. Sarfraz’s father said his son was Hafiz-eQuran and he was proud of him. Meanwhile, the Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was called in to the Foreign Office on Wednesday and a strong protest was lodged over the unprovoked firing by Indian army soldiers. Pakistan conveyed its serious concern on the continued violations of the ceasefire across the Line of Control by the Indian Army over the past few weeks and the escalation of tensions, which was counterproductive and detrimental for stability and peace in the region. The violence comes two weeks after the killing of five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control that separates the two sides. On the other hand, an Indian Army official said Indian troops came under heavy mortar and light-machine gun fire from the Pakistani side on Tuesday night in the Kargil region, where the two sides fought an undeclared war in 1999. "Under intense pressure ... we fired back," the Indian official said. The two sides agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but skirmishes have been a constant feature across the LoC.
Floods AFFecT neArly 1million Across PAkisTAn ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Heavy monsoon rains triggering floods have affected nearly one million people and killed 139 others across Pakistan in the last three weeks, disaster management officials said Wednesday, as some 60 villages were inundated due to flooding in Kotri barrage. At least 60 villages located on the Indus riverbed in the Matiari and Jamshoro districts went underwater as the Kotri barrage – the last gated structure on the river – received an increased discharge from the river. A medium level flood has been declared at the barrage where 222,000 cusecs of water were measured in the upstream, while 188,441 cusecs were released in the downstream. In the Tali town of Sehwan, Jamshoro, at least 30 villages had been submerged by Wednes-
BUREWALA: Flood affected villagers on board a boat along with their belongings on Wednesday. INP
day morning. A school and a police station in Nai Wahan village were also inundated, while the district administration arranged for shelter, food, water and health facilities for the displaced people.
The actual number of the displaced people, however, was not available. Meanwhile, floodwater released by India is likely to hit Burewala sub-division on Friday. According to the flood focal per-
aid lacking in flood-hit areas SIALKOT AGENCIES
Saleema Bibi died at the age of just 29 when the roof of her house in Talwandi village in Sialkot district collapsed under heavy monsoon rains. Her husband and three children were badly injured. “The roof of our house, where we all were sitting on a cot-bed, caved in after failing to withstand torrential rain that lasted for five hours,” sobbed Bibi’s husband, Muzzamil Raza, describing the tragedy that hit his family on Aug. 14. As the monsoon brings seasonal downpours and floods across Pakistan, Sialkot is the worst-hit district in Punjab province, in terms of fatalities and property damage. An estimated 200 villages in Sialkot are waist-deep in floodwater, which has damaged homes and public infrastructure, as well as rice, cotton and vegetable crops on thousands of acres, according to local disaster officials. FOOD FEARS: Pakistan has suffered economic damages of more than $16 billion as a result of consecutive monsoon floods each year since 2010. Some 4,000 people were killed, thousands injured and millions displaced from their homes, according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2011-12. This year, again, the swelling floods in the Indus River and its tributaries in Pakistan – the Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej – are leaving behind a trail of devastation. Iftihar Ahmed, chairman of the Pakistan Agriculture
Research Council, noted that prices of vegetables used in daily cooking have jumped 300 percent, raising “a serious threat of food insecurity” if damaged road and rail networks are not repaired urgently and financial support is not provided for farmers to re-sow their crops. All rivers, including the Indus, are now flowing at full capacity, while the country’s two largest reservoirs, Mangla and Tarbela, in northern Pakistan are close to their maximum volume for the first time in many years. People living near the reservoirs fear their homes will be washed away, as government authorities have asked them vacate the areas, amid the latest forecast for another spell of torrential rain during the last week of August in southern Punjab, eastern Balochistan and southern Sindh provinces. Nawaz Suleman, a resident of Dhoke Mistrian, one of the flooded suburbs, said the area looks like a collection of islands but local officials have not responded to pleas for families to be relocated to a safer place. CATASTROPHE LOOMS?: Flood Commission Chairman Imtiaz Ali said the coming bout of rainfall - due in the last week of August and first week of September and predicted to be the most intense so far of the ongoing monsoon – is likely to be catastrophic, as all the rivers are already in high flood and the reservoirs are brimming. The floodwaters are now rushing southwards into Sindh province. ‘DESPONDENT’ SURVIVORS:
Patchy aid responses by the disaster management authorities have drawn criticism from flood victims, humanitarian agencies and disaster risk management experts alike. NDMA officials say they have taken adequate relief measures in floodhit areas, but this claim has been met with scepticism. The NDMA said 60 relief camps have been set up, housing 2,800 people. It has distributed nearly 23,000 tents among flood-hit families and provided them with 500 blankets. But flood relief expert Sattar Zangejo said no substantial aid operations are being undertaken by the PDMAs in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, where he has been travelling to survey the situation for international humanitarian groups. In Punjab, more than 90 percent of people have not received any assistance this time, and have had to relocate independently, he said. “Despondency among the flood victims fleeing affected areas in Punjab and Sindh provinces was visible on their faces,” he said. “There is a clear absence of arrangements by the PDMAs for food items, medicines, clean drinking water and safe sanitation.” There may be a bureaucratic reason for the delay in launching relief operations. On Aug. 17, Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan, told media in Islamabad that Rs. 16 billion is urgently required by the NDMA for emergency flood operations.
son, Ali Anan Qamar, about 53,826 cusecs of floodwater discharge was recorded at Head Islam 50,286 cusecs at Mailsi Siphon, 89,000 cusecs at Head Sulemanki, 95,000 cusecs at Head Ganda Singhwala, 97,000 cusecs at Huryk headworks India and 110,616 cusecs at Ferozpur headworks India. Separately, a senior National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official said that the recent heavy rains affected 931,074 people, killed at least 139 and wounded 804 others. He said that the rains had hit 3,826 villages and destroyed 13,262 houses all over the country. Around 243 relief camps have been set up to help people, mostly in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, the official said. Further heavy monsoon rains are expected in Pakistan next month, but the NDMA is fully prepared for any eventuality, he said.
nIne poLIo cases suspecteD In nwa, vaccInatIon DrIve In the DoLDrums PESHAWAR: At least nine suspected polio cases were reported from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and sent to Islamabad for further chemical examination. The press had received reports on Tuesday that 14 suspected polio cases were reported in NWA. The issue was debated in a high-level meeting in Peshawar and samples were despatched to Islamabad for confirmation. When contacted, Federally Administered Tribal Areas Health Department Deputy Director Dr Fazal Mula and NW Agency Surgeon Dr Mah Jan said so far it was not confirmed that the cases reported were of polio, adding that nine, not 14, children were found paralysed. They said there was no any polio vaccination drive in NW. However, they said efforts were being made for vaccinating children through transit and mobile teams. The agency surgeon said that from Thursday, a team will be present at Khajoori checkpost which connects NW with Bannu district. All children below five years, passing through checkpost will be vaccinated, he said. FATA health officials said the administration and traditional tribal jirgas were trying to convince Taliban militants to allow the resumption of polio vaccination in the area. A Taliban decree forbids any sort of vaccination in the area. The polio vaccination drive was badly affected by the arrest of Dr Shakil Afridi by the intelligence agencies. He was accused of helping the United States intelligence agencies to locate the residence of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by launching a fake polio vaccination drive. STAFF REPORT
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gas consumers to pay rs 3000 more in next six months ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Gas consumers of both SNGPL and SSGCL will be paying up Rs 3,000 more in the form of security deposit in the next six months, according to the latest decision by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). OGRA has agreed to pleas of both state-owned utility companies to raise the security deposits for both existing and new consumers to Rs 4,500 owing to increase in the risk of default. As a result, both gas companies would collect
Rs14billion from domestic consumers in the next half-year. The gas regulator has also approved imposition of reconnection fee worth Rs371 on domestic gas meter connection. Both Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) had pleaded to the regulatory authority (OGRA) that gas prices had increased manifold since 1996 when the government had set Rs 1,500 as a security deposit for domestic consumers of Sui gas. The gas companies had requested the regulator to allow a revision in security
deposits to Rs 4,500. “The request of gas companies for revision in security deposits is justified and therefore the amount of security deposit new consumers may be fixed at Rs 4,500,” reads the decision by OGRA. “However, once the consumption pattern of the consumer is established, revision of security deposit on the basis of annual average consumption of three months may be carried out by the company.” “The adjustment in security deposit be recovered from all consumers (new and existing) in gradual manners over the period of six months in easy installments
you asked for it: nisar lashes out at opp INTerIor mINIsTer hITs back aT oPP’s crITIcIsm of haNdlINg of Islamabad sTaNdoff
shares feaTures of govT’s ProPosed NaTIoNal securITy PolIcy wITh seNaTors
ISLAMABAD TAYYAb HUSSAIN
INISTER for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday for the first time shared features of the government's proposed National Security Policy, stating that the government would soon take leaderships of all the political parties on board about the proposed policy and guidance would be sought from them on the future course of action against terrorism. Winding up debate on an adjournment motion moved by Senator Raza Rabbani about an incident involving a gunman in the federal capital, the interior minister said the government’s security policy would comprise two parts, that is, the strategic security and the internal security, adding that a counterterrorism strategy would also be a part of the policy. Nisar grilled opposition parties for resorting to political point-scoring over a single incident happening in the federal capital involving the gunman, who had held Islamabad hostage for over five hours. He also revealed that Mohammad Sikandar, the gunman, had some “international connections” and some names of individuals and institutions had been revealed during the initial investigation, adding that further investigations
would be carried out once the doctors gave them a green signal. Making a policy statement on the floor of the Upper House, the interior minister hit back on the previous governments of the PPP and the PML-Q, saying since 2002 both regimes had led the country to a total disaster but were criticising the PML-N government, when it had taken hold of the reigns of the country just two months ago. “Let me put the record straight. As many as 3,700 major terrorist incidents took place from 2005 to 2007 across the country and in which 3,500 people were killed. Moreover, another 8,514 incidents of terrorism took place from 2008 to 2012 claiming the lives of 9,600 people and leaving another 25,000 injured. During the same period, the country was attacked (by the US in Abbottabad) but neither the then prime minister nor the presi-
dent visited Abbottabad. Rather, the then PM termed the attack a great triumph while the president wrote a letter to the US president,” he said. Nisar said a governor and a federal minister of the then ruling party (PPP) had been killed in broad daylight in the federal capital but despite threats to their lives, the government could not provide security to both its leaders. “Now the same people are claiming that due to one incident, the state has failed,” he said, adding that rather than political point-scoring, the opposition should provide guidance to the government as was done by the PML-N to the PPP government then. Nisar also refuted media reports that said he had called the incident “an international conspiracy”, saying that he had not made any such statement. He said Sikandar had also been arrested at an army checkpost on the Line of Control (LoC) on July 23 and his five-year-old son was also with him then. The interior minister said once the condition of the accused improved, more investigations would carried out to find out how he had reached the LoC and how he had crossed a police picket there before being arrested by the army. “There are some connections and we have also got some evidence… This is a sensitive matter so I will not
go into details. It has been established that this man has some international connections,” he added. Nisar informed the House that the government, with the help of a few friendly countries, would be purchasing scanners to ensure security at least at six entry and exit points of the federal capital. Nisar said soon the parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly would be briefed on security situation and such briefing would continue off and on. “However, I shall also be expecting constructive suggestions from them.” Taking part in the debate, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said the country was passing through a period of transition and the federal government would have to decide whether it wanted to follow the legacy of Quaid-e-Azam or it wanted to follow the model of former dictator General Ziaul Haq. Referring to the Sikandar incident, Aitzaz said Sikandar, the gunman, reflected the thinking of General Zia while Zamurd Khan replicated the ideology of the Quaid and ZA Bhutto. He alleged that the PMLN government was suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome and it was hesitant to take action against terrorists. He warned the government that if strict measures were not adopted, more incidents like the Islamabad standoff would occur and the situation might get out of control. “This is not the time to show cowardice… this is time to be brave like Zamurd Khan,” Aitzaz said.
through normal gas bills,” orders the regulatory authority. The regulator, while revising new connection charges and reconnection charges for domestic consumers, has also imposed first reconnection fee worth Rs371 on domestic gas meter connection. OGRA had taken these decisions after perusal of records and hearing arguments of representatives of SNGPL and SSGCL. When contacted, sources in both gas companies said that after the approved hike in security deposit, the SNGPL would collect heavy Rs 9 billion while SSGCL would collect Rs 5 billion from
senate panel seeks report from agencies on foreign hands in balochistan ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A Senate panel on Wednesday sought report from intelligence agencies on the alleged involvement of foreign hands in volatile areas of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan. “Why is it generally believed that India and Afghanistan are funding ‘firari’ camps, if there are any, in Balochistan?” questioned Senator Fateh Mohammad Hasni. He added that this was the right time to take the matter up. The Senate Standing Committee on Interior discussed the worsening law and order situation in the volatile areas of the country while the panel Senator Talha Mahmood directed Secretary Interior Javed Iqbal to invite all
law enforcement and intelligence agencies for their input. “Lawmakers are concerned over foreign infiltration as it’s creating a mess in the areas near the border,” said Mahmood. Members of the committee, however, failed to come to a consensus on ways to address security concerns. The four-hour long committee session was told that 48 cases of kidnapping were reported over the last three years in Islamabad, 400 in Balochistan in the last two years, 370 in Sindh in the last three years, 350 in KhyberPakhtunkhwa, seven in Azad Jammu Kashmir and two in Gilgit-Baltistan. “Kidnapping for ransom has become a lucrative business,” said Inspector General Police Sikandar Hayat.
President Asif Zardari on Wednesday urged for translating the cordial relationship and the immense goodwill between Pakistan and Thailand into a substantive partnership of mutual benefit and boosting bilateral relations to new heights. President Zardari said this while speaking to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra during a meeting at the Presidency. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the two leaders discussed bilateral‚ regional and international issues. The president said Pakistan and
Thailand have been longstanding friends and allies as the ties and cultural connection between two societies goes back to more than two millennia to the Buddhist Gandhara period. “Gandhara civilization forms an immutable bond between our two peoples‚” he said. The president remarked that Pakistan was proud to have preserved and promoted this rich heritage‚ which was indeed the common cultural heritage of the world‚ including Thailand. President Zardari said, “Our common cultural heritage, particularly Gandhara civilizations, provides huge opportunities for promoting tourism between the two countries.”
The president suggested for organising Gandhara exhibition in Thailand‚ which he said would help further promote cultural and tourism ties between the two countries. Discussing bilateral ties‚ President Zardari said Pakistan was keen to comprehensively upgrade its relationship with Thailand‚ “as a critical component of our Vision East Asia". The spokesman said that the president stressed for more deepened and broadened relations at the government-to-government‚ business-tobusiness‚ parliament-to-parliament and people-to-people levels‚ which the president said were critical to building robust economic and trade relations between the two countries.
pti leaDer gunneD DoWn in noWshera MONITORING DESK Mumlikat Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was gunned down by unidentified motorcyclists on Wednesday night, a private TV channel reported. According to police, two armed men on a motorcycle intercepted Khan’s car and sprayed it with bullets at Jehangira Chowk and escaped from the scene. Mumlikat Khan lost his life while another man present with him in the car sustained injuries.
enmity Claims eight lives SARGODHA APP
Nawaz’s address directionless, bid to gain political mileage: aitzaz ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Criticising Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent address to the nation, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan on Wednesday said it was directionless and just a bid to gain political advantages in the upcoming bypolls. Addressing a news conference at the PPP’s Secretariat, Aitzaz said the prime minister missed a number of key issues in his speech including strategies to deal with drone attacks, terrorism, agriculture, missing persons, the water and power crises and the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.
Former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira was also present. “Nawaz Sharif’s address to the nation was impressive without a doubt, however, no clear solutions or policy guidelines were given to redress the various challenges facing the nation,” he said. Commenting on the offer made by the prime minister to terrorists for negotiations, the PPP leader said the statement was complex and vague. Aitzaz said Nawaz was following the PPP’s policy of three Ds – dialogue, development and deterrence – adding however that he had missed the third D and stressed only on development and dialogue.
president zardari, thai pm discuss bilateral ties ISLAMABAD
its domestic consumers in six months. In case of CNG, commercial and industrial consumers, this deposit is even adjustable on continuous basis with respect to current amount of bills. Therefore, loss to company on account of default by these consumers is totally out of question. The risk of doubt of debt may only arise for domestic consumers if recoverable amount exceeds the amount of security deposit paid by them. The authority also observed that it has always provided a reasonable limit on this account to protect the petitioner from the loss of default from domestic consumers.
As many as eight people were gunned down over an old enmity in a village situated in the jurisdiction of Phagtanwala police station on Wednesday. Police said that eight members of Nawaz Sahi family were present at outside their home in Chak 80/NB, Tehsil Kot Momin, when some persons sprayed a volley of bullets at them and fled the scene. As a result, Nawaz, his wife, Amjad, Wajid, Gulzar and three passers-by identified as Haroon, Pathan and Boota died on the spot.
INdIaN sTaTe baNs black magIc afTer acTIvIsT's deaTh MUMBAI AGENCIES
An Indian state government on Wednesday passed legislation banning superstition and black magic, an official said, a day after a prominent champion of the bill was shot dead. Atheist Narendra Dabholkar, who for years campaigned for such a law, was killed on Tuesday by two gunmen on motorbikes as he was taking his morning walk in Pune city in the western state of Maharashtra. Maharashtra's cabinet on Wednesday approved the law which was first mooted back in 1995, a state official told AFP. “An ordinance will be promulgated in the next two days,” the official said, declining to be named. An ordinance is a temporary law that requires approval by the state assembly approval to become permanent.
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In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? — Barack Obama
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resolution. Sana said that unanimity among all the members was imperative to get the resolution passed. He said that the HE Punjab Assembly (PA) on federal government’s efforts on global Wednesday adopted the Punjab platforms with respect to drone attacks Local Government (LG) Bill needed to be mentioned in the draft. He 2013 with a clear majority amid said that the resolution should be the opposition’s walk-out from presented before the house today the house over holding the LG polls on a (Thursday) after the inclusion of federal government’s efforts over the issue. non-party basis. Iqbal instituted on holding voting on the Under the amended LG bill, the local government elections in the province day (Wednesday) and that was enough to would be held on a non-party basis. initiate uproar amongst the PA’s treasury and Treasury lawmaker Chaudhary Tahir opposition benches. PA Speaker Rana Muhammed Iqbal put Ahmed Sindhu presented 13 amendments in the bill which were rejected by the off resolution against drone attacks till speaker. The chair also rejected the other Thursday and allowed the treasury to make imminent amendments in it before its amendments proposed by the opposition. Earlier, the PA turned into a fish market passage from the House. During Wednesday’s proceedings, Iqbal over issues including drone attacks and the proved his loyalty to the ruling LG bill after a delay from the treasury Pakistan Muslim Leaguebenches to adopt a condemnation Nawaz (PML-N) and resolution against drone played an evidently attacks in the tribal areas. Iqbal proved partial role in the PA Twice, the his loyalty to the and bulldozed all the combined opposition oppositional efforts staged walkouts for ruling Pakistan Muslim to get the steering not being permitted League-Nawaz (PML-N) wheel of the to present the drone assembly’s attacks and played an evidently proceedings. He condemnation partial role in the PA, turned the resolution and for bulldozing all the situation in favour the government’s of the treasury mulish stance over opposition efforts to get benches whenever holding the LG the steering wheel of he observed the elections on a nongovernment benches’ party basis. the assembly’s in a weak position. Pakistan Tehreek-eproceedings. While addressing the Insaf (PTI)’s Mian Aslam house, Opposition Leader Iqbal had already submitted a Mian Mehmoodur Rashid said that resolution in the assembly to protest against the indiscriminate drone attacks in the the government did not contact him for any country’s tribal belt. On Tuesday, the speaker amendments to the resolution. The speaker gave a ruling of pending the pended the resolution till Wednesday on the resolution for another day and said that the assertion of the treasury benches. On Wednesday, when Iqbal insisted government would have to present an on voting over his pended resolution, the amendment in the resolution on Thursday. Upon this the opposition staged a token speaker accepted the treasury’s stance and pended the resolution for another walkout from the PA. Later, on the direction of the speaker, Provincial Minister Raja day (till Thursday). Iqbal was of the opinion that submitting Ashfaq Sarwar, Col Shuja Khanzada and this resolution was their constitutional right Nadeem Kamran successfully brought back and insisted on holding voting on the the members of the opposition. Then the house started a general resolution. He added that he did not want to amend even a single word of his resolution. discussion on LG bill. Rashid said that the Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah government did not contact the opposition told the house that the opposition leader for amendments to the resolution. Over the had agreed to bring amendments into the draft of the bill he said that it was astonishing
366 WarDens breaKing the signal With FaKe Degrees LAHORE: It is not easy getting a promotion or securing a permanent slot in the Traffic Police Department with fake degrees. While going through the wardens’ documents for their promotion, the Traffic Department found out that the documents including degrees provided by as many as 366 traffic wardens were fake. It is learnt that the wardens submitted fake degrees in a bid to secure a permanent position in the department. On the directions of Punjab IGP, an FIR has been launched at Chung Police Station against the wardens. Investigations are underway, however none of the wardens have been arrested yet. STAFF REPORT
man Kills sister-in-laW, nieCe For honour LAHORE: A man gunned down his sister-in-law and niece in suspicion of their “soulless” characters on Wednesday before presenting himself to the police. According to details, Yousaf, residing in Chung Police Station’s jurisdiction was suspicious about the character of his sister-in-law aged 48 and his Niece aged 19. He claimed to have repeatedly asked them to mend their ways but they turned deaf ears to his demands. On Wednesday, after the exchange of hot words, the culprit opened fire killing both of them at the spot before presenting himself to the police in possession of the murder weapon. The bodies were shifted to hospital for medico-legal formalities. The sister-in-law’s parents told police officials that their son-in-law, Manzoor, was also involved in this murder but Yousuf confessed that the act was committed at only his accord and that his brother was not involved. The police registered a case into the dual murder and started their investigation. The SHO concerned said that if the woman’s parents filed an application against Manzoor, they would investigate him too, adding that the situation would soon be extrapolated. STAFF REPORT
apc Is not at aLL happy wIth Lg BILL
LAHORE: Rejecting the Punjab Local Government (LG) Bill 2013, the All Parties Conference (APC) comprising provincial opposition parties on Wednesday announced to protest against the bill and to challenge it in the court of law. All political and religious opposition parties in collaboration with the Lahore High Court Bar Association and several non-governmental organisations passed a joint declaration against the LG bill. In the declaration passed unanimously by the opposition parties in the APC held at the Ambassador Hotel, Punjab’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was warned that the opposition parties would hold protests across Punjab from Friday and furthermore, they would approach the court against the PML-N’s illegal act to pass such a bill which violated Pakistan’s constitution. The APC was called by the PA’s main opposition party on an emergent basis. The speakers at the conference termed the proposed LG bill unlawful and nondemocratic. Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s PA Opposition Leader Mian Mehmood Rasheed, NGO’s representative Salman Abid, Lahore Bar Association President Abid Saqi, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Dr Waseem Akhtar, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Qazi Ahmad Saeed, PPP General Secretary Tanveer Ashraf Qaira, MWM’s Asghar Aslam, Awami Muslim League’s Mian Qadeer, Mian Aslam Iqbal, PMLQ’s Waqas Hassan Moakal, JUI’s Qari Sanaullah and Qari Zawar Buhadar and JI’s Ameer ul Azeem also participated in the conference. According to the joint declaration, the said bill was being laid in violation of constitution’s Article 140A. The article obligated the provincial government to transfer administrative and financial authority to the elected, on party based elections, local body office bearers. It stated for the government to hold party based local body elections adding that non-party based local body elections would result is the establishment of dictatorship of the current government in the province. It further said that the bill violated the Charter of Democracy. STAFF REPORT
that all other provinces were holding the LG polls on a party basis but the Punjab government was insisting on non-party based LG elections. Wednesday’s session started with a delay of about one hour. The question hour was about the Food, Zakat and Usher
1 nA, 3 PA seats up for grabs in today’s by polls LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The by-elections for one National Assembly (NA) and three Punjab Assembly (PA) seats will be held in the city today. Political pundits are predicting a close race between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) and for the former to come out on top. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) completed its arrangements to conduct the polls in a transparent manner. The election campaign ended on Tuesday night and although none of the candidates were allowed to hold election rallies ‚ they were permitted to carry out door-to-door campaigns. The ECP directed the returning officers to send the unofficial results immediately after the vote count via fax and the official results by using the computerised result management
system. According to ECP, the polling will start at 8am and end at 5pm. There are 28 candidates contesting for one NA and three PA seats in Lahore. There are a total of 638 polling stations where 786,628 registered voters including 468,267 males and 318,361 females would be allowed to vote for the candidates of their choice. SECURITY PLAN: Acting CCPO Muhammad Tahir Rai issued the security plan for the by-elections
according to which the
city’s 638 polling stations were divided into three categories A, B and C. 110 polling stations were declared sensitive and placed in category ‘A’. According to security plan four police officials, special force and volunteers would be deputed at each polling station. Army personnel would also be deputed at every polling station. Election material had already been delivered to the polling stations under the supervision of police and army personnel. The purpose of the police and army deputation was to stop rigging, disruptive behavior and violence during the polling period. More than 7,000 cops and 4,500 soldiers would perform their duties on the Election Day. Every SP, DSP and SHO would be considered as duty incharges and would be responsible for foolproof security during polling. Furthermore, Rai requested the administration and the public to cooperate with police and in case they observed any illegal activity.
departments. Punjab Zakat and Usher Minister Nadeem Kamran and Food Minister Bilal yasin answered the legislators queries regarding their departments, respectively. The house was adjourned till 10am on Thursday.
100% literaCy rate? Challenge aCCepteD! LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has vowed to attain target of 100 percent literacy rate during the next five years in Punjab. “100 percent literacy rate is a challenge which will be achieved as a national obligation,” he added. The chief minister stated this while presiding over a high-level meeting for reviewing the implementation of Punjab school reforms roadmap programme at Model Town on Wednesday. The chief minister said the emergency enrolment campaign had been launched throughout the province where admissions of children in schools were being ensured during the campaign. He said collaboration between DFID of UK and Punjab government in education sector was yielding positive results. While giving a briefing about the Punjab school reforms roadmap programme, British Educationist Sir Michael Barber said the Punjab government had implemented this programme in an effective manner. The meeting also discussed various proposals regarding reduction in dropout ratio of the children and making the enrolment campaign a success. PAK-CHINA AGREEMENT INKED FOR ECONOMIC ZONE: The Punjab government and China have inked an agreement for establishing a Special Economic Zone. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that PunjabChina Garments Industrial Zone will be established soon which will help resolve issue of unemployment besides strengthening economy of Pakistan. The chief minister said that Chinese investors will invest in the Punjab-China Industrial Zone. APP
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The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do. —Joseph Stalin
a word with vehari’s science-genius LAHORE UmAIR AZIZ
O one had fathomed that a poor student from a South Punjabi village school would represent Pakistan in the Intel Sci-Tech Fair in the US until Ahsan Nawaz achieved the impossible a few months back. Despite studying in Vehari’s Mailsi Village’s government high school, Ahsan’s project titled ‘Mobile Security Device System’ was selected from the whole county for the sci-tech fair organised by Intel in Arizona. “I used to take great interest in electronics as a child and I set up a small lab in my house. I would always wonder how TV was controlled by a remote control and thought of how other devices could be used through remotes. This thought inspired me to start working on my project,” Ahsan said while talking to Pakistan Today. “We live in a rented house and have been living all on our own as our father left us four years ago for another woman.
He (father) has a UPS repair shop but does not support us,” Ahsan revealed. Amidst the tough conditions, Ahsan managed to carry on with his idea and work on his project. “I hit upon the idea of using a mobile phone for sending remote signals and hence using a SIM device which can be used for the security of cars, houses and even power houses,” a proud Ahsan said. If installed for home security, Ahsan’s device possesses the ability to detect any trespasser and to automatically call up on the owner’s phone number
anywhere in the world where the owner can listen to the trespasser’s voices. The same device can be used for cars and can be used to start and to turn off the vehicle through a cell phone. Although he received a lot of appreciation in the country and abroad, Ahsan, now a first-year student, still complains of “no support” from the government. “What should I do with these medals and certificates when we have to pay our two-month house rent. No one from the government actually took monetary care of me to improve my condition,” he added.
BA/Bsc result out: girls take the lead again LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Once again outclassing their male counterparts, girls secured the first five positions in Punjab University (PU)’s 2013 BA/Bsc examinations. PU Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Liaqat Ali announced the position holders on Wednesday. According to details, Gujranwala Civil Lines Punjab College for Women’s BSc Student Sadaf (roll number 21,914) achieved the overall first position by obtaining 706 marks out of 800. Faisalabad Punjab College of Science’s BSc student Sadia Nawaz (roll number 15,142) stood second by securing 699 marks while Sialkot’s Punjab College of Science’s BSc student Gulfam Shahzadi (roll number 124,414) stood third securing 684 marks. Toba Tek Singh’s private candidate Maria Nawaz (roll number 18,736) stood first in BA, securing 669 marks. Other
private candidates who stood second and third, respectively, were Lahore’s Muhammad Fahad Arshad (roll number 84,208) with 666 marks and Gujranwala’s Chand Hayat Bibi (roll number 20,204) who obtained 664 marks. Addressing the function, Liaqat said that the Quran had repeatedly stressed on the need to focus on education. PU Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Additional Controller Ahmed Ali Chatha, Acting Treasurer Rao Muhammad Sharif, Deputy Controller Examinations Khurram Inayat, heads of various departments, relatives of the position holders and other officers concerned were also present at the occasion. Liaqat said that Muslims ruled the world for centuries when they were equipped with knowledge. He said that the basic reason behind the downfall of the Muslim empire was their distance from education. He
lhc takes notice of fake police encounter LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday took notice on an application submitted with Complaint Cell that a 22-yearold boy was killed in an alleged fake police encounter. Lahore District & Sessions judge and Punjab inspector general of police have been directed to probe into the matter and submit detailed reports. Ahmad Ali, a resident of Jamil Park Saggian, submitted that his son Mazhar Ali went to attend a marriage but did not return. Next day, the Nawab Town Police informed him that his son committed a theft and injured a police official. The applicant said that the police did not allow him to meet his son besides threatening him for three hours that if the injured official succumbed to his injuries, a case would be registered against the applicant and his son.
Next day, the applicant reached police station at 9am and police again intimidated him for more than two hours and then took him to Jinnah Hospital for meeting the injured constable but there was no injured official. After waiting for more than four hours outside the morgue, police told him that his son had been killed in a police encounter and his dead body was in the morgue. The applicant said that his son’s body had clear signs of torture and burns and it was clear that he was kept in illegal confinement, tortured and killed in a staged encounter. The applicant has appealed for action against Nawab Town SHO Nazir Uppal, ASI Munir Ahmad and constables Riaz Mohammad, Amir Hayat, Mohammad Latif, Mohammad Ahsan, Abdul Ghafoor, Amir Qayyum, Mohammad Azam and Mohammad Arif. APP
cs directs flood relief LAHORE: Chief Secretary Javed Aslam directed the divisional commissioners and district coordination officers to provide relief to the victims of Punjab’s flood affected areas. He was presiding over a meeting at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday to review Punjab’s flood relief activities. He said that the district government and the Health Department should make joint efforts to provide health facilities to the flood victims. Furthermore, Aslam directed the District administration to monitor the flow of water in the rivers and water channels round the clock and to immediately inform the institutions concerned in case of any emergent situation. He said that institutions concerned should maintain close contact with each other to control any untoward situation resulting from rains and potential floods. STAFF REPORT
lauded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for his vision of independence from ignorance and for his introduction of revolutionary reforms in the education sector in his previous tenure. On behalf of Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, he announced that free education would be provided to the position holders. He also announced Rs 200,000 for the examination staff for efficiently carrying out their duties. 9TH CLASS RESULT OUT: All the Punjab boards of intermediate and secondary education announced the results of 9th class on Wednesday. In the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), as many as 214,975 candidates appeared in the examination, out of which, 84,868 candidates passed. The overall success percentage remained 39.48 percent. Spokesman of the Lahore BISE said that candidates could get their result by sending an SMS to 80029 after writing their roll number.
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Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. — Thomas Paine
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650 dead in ‘chemical’ bombing near Damascus, claims opp DAMASCUS
ORE than 650 people were killed in fierce Syrian army bombardment with chemical weapons of Damascus suburbs on Wednesday, the opposition said, branding it a “massacre” and calling for international intervention. Britain, meanwhile, said it would refer the alleged chemical weapons attack, which could not immediately be verified and has been vehemently denied by the Damascus regime, to the United Nations. While the Syrian National Coalition gave a toll of 650 dead, a Britain-based monitoring group said earlier that at least 100 people had been killed and the number was rising. “This figure will surely go up. The raids and bombardment are continuing,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gathers its information from activists and medics. It did not comment on allegations by anti-regime activists that the army had used chemical arms in its bombardment of the densely-populated Ghouta suburbs where rebels have been holding out against government forces. According to activists, hundreds of people died of gas inhalation and exposure to chemical weapons. Syrian authorities, for their part, denied
at least 18 killed in indonesia church bus crash JAKARTA AGENCIES
A car and a packed church bus returning from an outing collided and plunged into a river in Indonesia’s West Java province, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than a dozen others, police said Wednesday. The bus, carrying about 60 people from a church in northern Jakarta, was returning from a trip to the hilly resort town of Puncak when its brakes apparently malfunctioned, said local traffic police chief Capt. Muhammad Chaniago. He said the bus hit a small car and crashed through the wall of a roadside building before both vehicles fell up to 8 meters (26 feet) into the river in Cisarua. At least 18 people were confirmed dead and 40 injured, said Budi Aksono of the local disaster management agency. “We are still looking for two kids reportedly crossing the street when the accident happened,” he added. Local television footage showed images of both vehicles upside-down in the water. It was not immediately clear if the driver of the car survived. Most of the dead were killed instantly, and those with injuries were rushed to two nearby hospitals, Chaniago said.
charges that the army used chemical arms. “Reports on the use of chemical weapons in (the suburbs of) Ghouta are totally false,” state news agency SANA said. “It’s an attempt to prevent the UN commission of inquiry from carrying out its mission.” Al-Watan newspaper said the Syrian government had “pledged to cooperate and
facilitate the work” of a UN team of chemical inspectors who launched a mission in the country on Tuesday. The Syrian National Coalition called for an urgent UN security council meeting. “I call on the security council to convene urgently,” National Coalition leader Ahmed al-Jarba told Al-Arabiya news
channel, condemning the bombardment of the suburbs as a massacre. British foreign secretary William Hague, meanwhile, said his country will refer the opposition charges of a massive chemical weapons strike to the security council. He was “deeply concerned” by the reports and said if they were proved they would mark a “shocking escalation”. The Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists reported hundreds of casualties in the “brutal use of toxic gas by the criminal regime in parts of Western Ghouta”. And in videos posted on YouTube, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, another activist group, showed what it called “a terrible massacre committed by regime forces with toxic gas, leaving dozens of martyrs and wounded.” The attack “led to suffocation of the children and overcrowding field hospitals with hundreds of casualties amid extreme shortage of medical supplies to rescue the victims, particularly Atropine,” the LCC said. Eastern Ghouta “was also shelled by warplanes following the chemical attack that is still ongoing which led to hundreds of casualties and victims, among them entire families,” it said. In one video, children are seen being given first aid in a field hospital, notably oxygen to help them breathe. Doctors appear to be trying to resuscitate unconscious children who show no signs of bleeding.
murDoCh tWitter message claims muslims struggle to integrate into ‘societies’ LONDON AGENCIES
Media mogul and occasional Twitter troll Rupert Murdoch sparked the ire of many after he sent a tweet claiming Muslims “find it hardest” to integrate into society. Murdoch sent last night’s tweet in praise of earlier comments in a Times of London interview with Lord Jonathan Sacks, the UK’s outgoing chief rabbi. Sacks declared that Great Britain should put the idea of multiculturalism behind it, because it “has had its day and it’s time to move on.” (He was referring specifically to British Muslims and their relationship to the rest of the country.) Mr. Murdoch, Chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, tweeted this in response:
Good for UK Chief Rabbi Sacks! "Let's put multiculturalism behind us". Societies have to integrate. Muslims find it hardest. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) August 19, 2013 Spokespeople from the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Diversity Council of Australia in Murdoch’s native country condemned the tweet, and accused Murdoch of inhibiting integration. “I find it even more ironic that Murdoch himself will be making such a claim when he is the one with his media empire that contributes to this issue ... creating fear and hysteria,” Mohamad Tabbaa, a spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, told The Guardian. “It’s a bit rich for him to be bringing up the issue of integration when he is contributing to the problem.” On Twitter itself, at least one person noted that those with multicultural families maybe shouldn’t call for an end to multiculturalism. “As father of two part-Chinese children, don’t you think multuculturalism’s [sic] been rather good for Australia?” tweeted Mark Colvin, an ABC radio presenter. Steve Dow with the Sydney Morning Journal added, “Let’s surround ourselves in multiculturalism. That’s what gives life its colour.” Ed Husic of the Australian Labour party wrote that reading Murdoch’s tweets is like “listening to the noisy, argumentative uncle at a family reunion.” This isn’t the first offensive tweet Murdoch has sent out. Last year he called Scientology a “very weird cult” and had to issue an apology after tweeting “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?” Murdoch also tweeted that London’s multicultural 2012 Olympic open ceremony was “a little too politically correct.”
Japan’s nuClear Crisis Deepens, China expresses ‘shoCK’ TOKYO: Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with the country’s nuclear watchdog saying it feared more storage tanks were leaking contaminated water. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday it viewed the situation at Fukushima “seriously” and was ready to help if called upon, while nearby China said it was “shocked” to hear contaminated water was still leaking from the plant, and urged Japan to provide information “in a timely, thorough and accurate way”. “We hope the Japanese side can earnestly take effective steps to put an end to the negative impact of the after-effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement faxed to Reuters in Beijing. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called the situation “deplorable”, and the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said it feared the disaster - the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl a quarter of a century earlier - was “in some respects” beyond the plant operator’s ability to cope. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, has been criticised for its failure to prepare for the disaster and has since been accused of covering up the extent of the problems at the plant. After months of denial, Tepco recently admitted the plant was leaking contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from trenches between the reactor buildings and the shoreline. It said on Tuesday that contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation was leaking from a storage tank - the most serious problem in a series of recent mishaps, including power outages, contaminated workers and other leaks. The NRA said it was worried about leakage from other similar tanks that were built hastily to store water washed over melted reactors at the station to keep them cool. Water in the latest leak is so contaminated that a person standing close to it for an hour would receive five times the annual recommended limit for nuclear workers. A spokesman for the NRA said the agency plans to upgrade the severity of the crisis from a Level 1 “anomaly” to a Level 3 “serious incident” on an international scale for radiological releases. An upgrade would be the first time Japan has issued a warning on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) since the three reactor meltdowns at Fukushima in March 2011. Explosions then led to a loss of power and cooling, triggering a maximum INES Level 7 at the plant. AGENCIES
cameron was BehInD uk attempt to haLt snowDen reports LONDON AGENCIES
British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered his top civil servant to try to stop revelations flowing from the Guardian newspaper about US and British surveillance programs, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. News that Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood had contacted the Guardian drags Cameron into a storm over Britain’s response to media coverage of secrets leaked by fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said on Tuesday that he had been approached by “a very senior official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister” after his paper had published a series of exposes based on the Snowden material. The sources named the official as Hey-
wood, who is Cameron’s most senior policy adviser. “The prime minister asked the Cabinet Secretary to deal with this matter, that’s true,” one source told Reuters. Government supporters say information leaked by Snowden, who has obtained asylum in Russia, could threaten national security. However, rights groups have accused the government of an assault on press freedom over a series of incidents. These include the detention of a Guardian reporter’s partner, and news that the paper had been forced to destroy computer files containing information from Snowden under threat of government legal action. A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “We won’t go into specific cases but if highly sensitive information was being held insecurely we have a responsibility to secure it.” Cameron is on holiday in southwestern England. The government had tried to dis-
tance itself from Rusbridger’s allegation that the Guardian was made to destroy the computer hard drives, and from the detention of David Miranda, partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald who has led the paper’s coverage of the Snowden leaks. It has argued that these were operational security matters. On Tuesday a White House spokesman said he could not comment on the destruction of Snowden material. But spokesman John Earnest said he could not see US authorities destroying an American media company’s hard drives to protect national security. “That’s very difficult to imagine a scenario in which that would be appropriate,” he said told reporters. Britain says its security agencies act within the law and that Snowden’s leaks are a grave threat to national security. “STOLEN INFORMATION”: Miranda was held for nine hours on Sunday under
an anti-terrorism law at Heathrow airport, where he was in transit on his way from Germany to his native Brazil. He was released without charge minus his laptop, phone and memory sticks. He had been ferrying documents between Greenwald and a Berlin-based journalist contact of Snowden. Brazil has said Miranda’s detention had “no justification”, while Miranda has launched legal action against the police and the government, accusing them of abusing anti-terrorism powers to get hold of sensitive journalistic material. Home Secretary Theresa May, the British interior minister, said on Tuesday police were right to detain Miranda if they thought he was “in possession of highly sensitive, stolen information that could help terrorists, that could risk lives”.
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kerry raised shakil afridi’s release with pakistani leadership: state Dept WASHINGTON INP
HE United States will continue to raise the issue of release of Dr Shakil Afridi with senior Pakistani leadership as his prosecution and conviction sends wrong message about the importance of Pakistan-US shared interests in fighting terrorism, the US State Department has said. To a question during briefing on Tuesday, State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said Secretary of State John Kerry raised Dr Afridi’s case with Pakistan’s leadership during
his recent trip to Islamabad. She said bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was clearly in Pakistan’s interest as well as in that of the US. “The prosecution and conviction of Dr Afridi sends exactly the wrong message about the importance of this shared interest. We have clearly communicated this position to Pakistan both in public and in private, and we’ll continue to raise this issue during our discussion with Pakistan’s senior leadership,” she said. She refused to answer if there was any positive response and said the US was clear about its position on it and would continue raising it at the highest level.
pFgs urged to help normalise ties with neighbours ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Lawmakers from the two houses of parliament on Wednesday underscored the importance of Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs) in making positive contribution towards improving ties, especially with the neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan and India. Parliamentarians were speaking at a workshop organised by PILDAT on the Effectiveness of Parliamentary Friendship Groups of the National Assembly and Senate with special emphasis on the PFGs focusing on Afghanistan and India in Islamabad today. Speakers at the Workshop who shared their views included State Minister for Privatisation Khurram Dastagir Khan, PTI lawmaker Shah Mahmood Qureshi, analyst Professor Hasan Askari Rizvi, PPP Senator Farhatullah Khan Babar and PILDAT Presi-
Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban last year has been awarded a peace prize in Tipperary for her courage and determination. Malala Yousufzai became the latest recipient of the Tipperary International Peace Award. The 16-year-old education activist was attacked by the Taliban terrorists last October after she campaigned for girls to go to school without fear. The Tipperary Peace Convention recognised Malala's courage, determination and perseverance, along with the impact she has had on so many people across the world, a private television channel reported on Wednesday. Speaking to a crowd of over 200 people at the Ballykisteen Hotel in Tipperary, Malala appealed to governments all over the world to change their laws that discriminate against women and children. She said she would like to return to Swat Valley and would continue her work to ensure that children and young girls all over the world should be given proper education. In a 20-minute address, Malala said she did not want to be remembered as the young girl who was shot by the Taliban, but instead as the person who had fought for rights of girls' education. Peace Convention Secretary Martin Quinn said he was delighted the teenager had agreed to accept the award in person in Co Tipperary. He said, "Malala now joins the illustrious list of past recipients of the peace prize, which includes former prime minister of Pakistan, the late Benazir Bhutto." Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello said, "I applaud her singular bravery and I am delighted her efforts to champion human rights in the face of intimidation and adversity have been honoured this evening." Since the age of 11, Malala had been secretly writing a blog for the BBC, which described the struggles faced by girls trying to receive an education under the Taliban. When her identity was uncovered, a Taliban militia boarded her school bus and shot her at point blank range in the head. Malala, from Mingora in Swat District, was hit just above her left eye by a bullet that grazed the edge of her brain.
SWAT: Dengue patients are being treated in the isolation ward of Saidu Sharif Hospital on Wednesday. ONLINE
mINIsTer says former lawmakers dId NoT gIve aTTeNTIoN To Pfgs due To lack of INTeresT aNd fINaNcIal suPPorT
malala yousufzai receives tipperary peace prize
QureshI says grouPs should be made fuNcTIoNal aNd TheIr meeTINgs should be held regularly dent Ahmed Bilal Mehboob. Khurram Dastagir Khan said the PFGs did not get proper attention during last term of the National Assembly due to lack of interest and financial support. However, the current speaker is more enthusiastic and the groups would be likely more active, he added. He acknowledged the offer made by PILDAT to facilitate the meetings of the groups on Afghanistan and India and hoped this would help in holding frequent meetings of the groups and contributing to foreign policy of the country. Sharing his experience as a member of the Pakistan-India PFG of the 13th National Assembly, he praised PILDAT initiative of Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue in 2011-2012. He said the dialogues, which were organised by PILDAT as a part of track II diplomacy between Pakistan and India, successfully generated momentum for productive discussion on the issues which MPs, as representatives of the people, can only discuss the issues openly and candidly. He confirmed that dialogues were neces-
sary as, for sure, they create intra-party and intra-parliament peace lobbies. He added that dialogue between Pakistan and India also open new avenues for exchange of views on a range of issues and sometime lead to out of the box thinking. Qureshi said the groups should be made functional as soon as possible and their meetings should be held on a regular basis. He said that issues of extremism between Pakistan and the United Sates were positively addressed by the groups during his tenure as foreign minister. The groups in Pakistan are new and lack proper support and funding. Beside, these groups are not promoted to the level which is required. He shared that the groups promote people-topeople contacts and tend to positively influence the relations with other countries. Prof Rizvi said Pakistan-India PFGs may be a better opportunity to address all issues which are not part of the government’s composite dialogue. He emphasised that the lawmakers should more closely study the documents and resolutions relating to various issues between Pakistan and India so that they are able to make an informed contribution to foreign policy discourse. Senator Babar urged the activation of the groups to claim for parliament the lost ground on foreign policy turf.
Journalist files application for registration of murder cases against musharraf ISLAMABAD INP
A Pakistani journalist, who lived in the United States for nearly 19 years and returned home last year, has filed a petition with the additional sessions judge in Islamabad under Section 22-A seeking permission to register a murder FIR against former president Pervez Musharraf for “martyring unarmed innocent civilians, Taliban and al Qaeda activists through drone attacks carried by the United States”. In his application, Mian Zahid Ghani submitted that Musharraf permitted the US to carry out the drone attacks in June 2004, and until June 2013, 1,579 civilians, and just 230 Taliban and al Qaeda persons were killed in 379 attacks. Ghani submitted that the oath of office commits the president, the prime minister and other ministers to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan” and to “do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favor, affection or illwill”. In other words, the primary duty of a Pakistani politician was to protect its citizens from any harm that he failed to do.
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Thursday, 22 August, 2013
Us-banned madrasa leader goes undercover
PESHAWAR: Madrassa students read the admission form of Ganj Madrassa on Wednesday after the US Treasury on Tuesday set economic sanctions on the madrassa, which it said was a ‘terrorist training centre’ supporting al Qaeda and the Taliban. INP
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Jamia Taleemul Quran Wal Hadith leader Sheikh Aminullah has gone undercover and has renamed his seminary Madrassa Taleemul Quran Wal Sunnah. The associated mosque has been renamed Masjid Hamza. United States UnderSecretary of Financial Intelligence David S Cohen had issued a statement from Washington on August 20 banning the activities of Jamia Taleemul Quran and Aminullah. However, before the orders were issued, Aminullah and his close aides and relatives went undercover. Talking to Pakistan Today on Wednesday, Qari Mohammad Ibrahim, who now runs the madrassa, said Aminullah had moved to an undisclosed location and that he was in good health. Setting aside all US allegations against Aminullah and his institution, Ibrahim said the madrassa did not have any links with terrorists. “We are imparting Islamic education to the youth and children,” he said, adding that around 250 students were getting Islamic education in the madrasa. Students and teachers were engaged in routine teaching and learning activities inside the madrassa The students have also expressed anger over the US-imposed ban, calling it unethical. The US government has accused Aminullah and Jamia Taleemul Quran Wal Hadith of helping al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and other militant groups associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
3 injured in attack on motorway police van in mastung MASTUNG/QUETTA INP
Three people, including two security personnel, were injured in a bomb explosion near a Motorway Police vehicle in Mastung district’s Khat Kocha area on Wednesday. According to sources, the Motorway Police were on routine patrolling in the area when a bomb planted near the roadside exploded, injuring the three. The injured were taken to hospital where they were stated to be in critical condition. The security forces and other law enforcement agencies cordoned off the entire area and started a search operation. Meanwhile, the Frontier Corps (FC) personnel arrested at least eight suspects on charges of targeted killings, kidnapping and snatching vehicles in Pashtoonabad area of Quetta. According to FC sources, the FC personnel conducted raids at two houses on tip off from where they arrested eight suspects involved in targeted killings, kidnapping for ransom, robberies and snatching vehicles. They were taken to an undisclosed location for investigation.
Court acquits 3 suspects in 2009 Di Khan suicide attack MONITORING DESK Three suspects believed to be involved in the 2009 suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan were acquitted by a special anti-terrorism court on Wednesday, a private TV channel reported. The court stated that the prosecutor could not provide enough evidence against the suspects. Prime suspects for the case, Qari Ismail, Naeem Haider and Ghulam Mustafa have been acquitted while absconder Qari Obaidullah from Waziristan has been announced as a proclaimed offender. The court has ordered the three suspects to be placed under house arrest for a period of 30 days, the channel said. Twenty-seven people had died and more than 80 injured in the 2009 suicide attack on February 5, 2009 at an Imam Bargah in DI Khan.
Kp government finalises arrangements for by-polls goverNmeNT has dePloyed law eNforcers aT all PollINg sTaTIoNs
Pml-N, aNP, JuI-f have uNITed agaINsT rulINg PTI
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has finalized arrangements to hold peaceful byelections in four each national and provincial assembly constituencies. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, the election material has also been handed over to presiding officers. The POs have been directed to remain on polling stations until completion of the process on Thursday (today). On the request of the ECP, the government has already deployed law enforcers on all polling stations. In KP, by-elections will be held in Peshawar, Nowshera, Swabi and Lakki Marwat. By-polls in Tank/Dera
Ismail Khan NA seat had been postponed on Tuesday. JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman has shown concern over the ECP’s decision for postponing by-polls on the NA seat vacated by him. Three of four seats have been vacated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders, included Imran Khan, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Speaker Asad Qaisar. Now PTI candidate Gul Badshah is contesting against Awami National Party’s Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour in NA-1. In NA-5 Nowshera, Dr Imran Khattak is facing ANP’s Daud Khattak and in NA-13 Swabi-2 PTI’s Saqibullah is contesting against JUI-F’s Ataul Haq Darvesh. In NA 27 Lakki Marwat, vacated by Fazlur Rehman, his younger brother Attaur Rehman is facing PTI’s Col (r) Amir Ullah Khan. Similarly, by-elections in four provincial assembly constituencies will be held in Mardan, Hangu and Bannu. In Mardan, by-polls are being held in two constituencies whereas one seat each in Hangu and Bannu. Both former CMs, ANP’s Amir Haider Khan Hoti and JUI-F’s Akram Khan Durrani, vacated provincial assembly seats as they were also elected to National Assembly. The other two seats fell vacant due to assassination of two PTI lawmak-
ers Imran Mohmand (PK-27 Mardan) and Farid Khan (PK-42 Hangu). In PK-23 Mardan, ANP’s Ahmad Bahadar Khan, borhter of Imran Mohmand, is facing PTI’s Omar Farooq Kakakhel. In PK-27, PTI’s Jamshed Mohmand is contesting against JUI-F’s Fazal Rabbani. In PK-42 Hangu, Shah Faisal, brother of Farid khan, is facing JUI-F’s Zahir Shah. In PK-70 Bannu, Azam Durrani, cousin of Akram Durrani, is contesting against PTI’s Malik Adnan. All opposition parties have united against the ruling PTI. In Lakki Marwat, workers and stalwarts from the PML-N and the PPP are divided as Saifullah brothers are supporting the PTI candidate to settle scores with Fazlur Rehman. Salim Saifullah Khan is associated with the PML-N, Anwar Saifullah Khan is provincial president of the PPP and Javed SaifuIlah Khan is a PTI stalwart. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, through a pamphlet in Hangu, opposed elections, declaring them contrary to Islam. The pamphlet urged the people to stay away from by-polls. The leaflet has created panic among Hangu residents. Adjacent to North Waziristan, Kurram and Aurakzai Agencies, Hangu is considered a safe transit route for militants and terrorists sheltering in tribal belt.
Fc links Quetta ‘bomb-making factory’ to attacks on troops, shias QUETTA
Dead before flight: pia plane engine stops working before take off
Frontier Corps (FC) said Wednesday that a car bomb factory where troops confiscated more than 100 tones of chemicals had been used in recent attacks on troops and the Shia community. Paramilitary troops found wires, detonators and mixers to turn the chemicals into bombs during Tuesday’s raid in Quetta. Eleven people have now been arrested in connection with the case and the owner of the compound has been detained for questioning, said a spokesman for FC. Suspects told investigators that potassium chlorate and ammonium chlorate had been packed with wires and detonators into vehicles at the compound, a paramilitary official said. Experts believe the compound was effectively a bomb-making factory, which had prepared explosives
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
used in recent bomb attacks on military targets and Shias. “We have recovered a machine which is basically a mixer, used to mix chemicals to make bombs. We have recovered sulphur and hundreds metre of wire,”
said the FC spokesman. “We have also recovered 79 remote controls and short circuit wires. Some 20,000 kilograms of explosive were ready at the factory and just needed to be fitted into vehicles,” he added.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-290 narrowly escaped a mishap after its engine stopped working just before taking off from the Bahrain International Airport on Wednesday. The passengers were sent to Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore through alternative flight after a 12-hourlong delay. ARMS FOUND IN LUGGAGE: The Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel recovered a pistol and bullets from the luggage of a passenger, Usman, who was heading to Jeddah from the Allama Iqbal International Airport via a private airline on Wednesday. The ASF handed over the suspect to the police. In his statement, Usman said his family members had mistakenly added the pistol to his luggage and that he was not aware of it.
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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. –Mark Twain
the brutalisation of brotherhood
commenT Thursday, 22 August, 2013
india’s hysteric sabre-rattling
guns blazing on loc
why the arab monarchs are behind it ZUbAIR mURSHED
N the latest amongst the many conflagrations on the Line of Control initiated by the Indian forces in recent weeks, Pakistan Army’s Captain Sarfraz has been killed while another soldier was injured by the Indian forces in the Batal, Nakyal sector near Skardu. According to the Pakistan Army, this was unprovoked firing. The Indian army and its top brass has in the last few days following the killing of five Indian soldiers (blaming they were killed by a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT), supposedly a mix of Pakistani Special Forces and terrorists) adopted an extremely aggressive and threatening posture. As a consequence, the Indian side has put a stop to all talks with the Pakistani authorities till at least the end of September, making the situation gravely tense. Fortunately though things haven’t entirely been left unattended and some measure of sanity has prevailed. The meeting between prime ministers of the two nuclear-armed neighbours in New York on the sidelines of the UN session in September is still on. One should hope that both the leaders shall agree to bring the tension on the LoC down and remove the frost of the last five years and recommence the peace process. Since that meeting is almost two weeks away, both New Delhi and Islamabad should meanwhile take a step back and bring the hostile environment a notch down by diffusing tension along the border. Both sides, especially the Indian brass, need to act responsibly and stop issuing statements that do nothing but further inflame the situation. It needs to be realised that peace in this part of the world where distrust has reigned for so long needs to be cultivated painstakingly. India, the economic giant along with China, and Pakistan with its struggling economy can benefit from the opportunities afforded by peace. Mutual trade and economic opportunities aside, people to people contacts and cordial government level relations can turn this region into a power bloc, one on the lines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. But for that to become a reality, the ceasefire violations on the LoC have to stop. And more than anything else, the blame game creating an atmosphere of war hysteria must be brought to an end without any delay. And that’s precisely why India needs to stop the sabre-rattling and blaming every incident that happens on its side of the LoC on Pakistan Army or the Pakistani intelligence agencies without any proof or investigation. If the purpose is to browbeat the Pakistan Army when it is perceived to be weak owing to internal challenges and engagement on the Western front, this is a flawed concept and has the potential to lead to further hostilities which is in nobody’s favour.
the by-polls today Pml-N to the fore, again?
HROUGHOUT the democratic world by-polls or mid-term elections are the most effective means to gauge public opinion. These polls also most graphically depict the mood swing of the electorate for or against the political parties in the fray, thus reflecting the drift of the future prospects. In Pakistan though, if history is any guide, by-polls are taken for granted to go the ruling party’s way, for it has more goodies on offer for the electorate and its power to tilt the administrative windmills and holding a sway over the locally influential entities unfalteringly in its favour become the decisive factors. Hence, apart from the few constituencies where personality clash is too pronounced or larger than life egos are at play, it is mostly a staid affair. Though today a sizable number of constituencies – 16 National and 26 provincial – are going to witness by-polls, with the leading lights from all political parties staying put, the campaign across the board was indeed lacklustre. As in any election, the onus of making by-polls a contest is on the opposition. With the PPP still not having recovered from the rude shock over its May 11 debacle, and limiting its ambitions to only a handful of constituencies, as in the general elections, the PTI is trying to make a match of it against the PML-N in the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Intent on not losing the turf it has gained, the PTI is especially concentrating on the seats where its candidates had posted victories in the general elections and subsequently vacated them. Be it Peshawar, Islamabad or Mianwali (even DI Khan where the by-polls were subsequently postponed), there was vigour and vibrancy on display, for the PTI seemed intent not losing the turf it had gained. As for Lahore, despite four national and provincial seats, the PTI gave it a wide berth. The timing of the prime minister’s maiden speech in this third stint may not entirely have been a coincidence, and it had an emotional appeal for the electorate in the party’s stronghold, the central and northern Punjab. On the whole, so impregnable it considers its position to be, that the PML-N did not even think there was a gauntlet to pick. The two senior Sharifs, Nawaz and Shahbaz, consigned the job of electioneering to the understudy, Hamza, thinking he was good enough to deliver the results. And with 22 out of 42, seven national and 15 provincial, by-polls being contested in the Punjab, the PML-N having vacated most of these, it is likely to regain the bulk of them to strengthen its already formidable numerical strength in both these legislatures, the national and Punjab assemblies.
HE Muslim Brotherhood, which was kicked out of power in early July in response to popular protests, has been administered a ruthless treatment by the Egyptian security forces – namely the police and the military. According to the Egyptian ministry of health over 1000 people have been killed in the past one week (mostly Brotherhood members), while the Brotherhood claims that the number of casualties is over 4000. Despite wide coverage by global media of the excesses of security agencies, the reaction from regional and global powers has been very weak. It has taken some time to the US president to acknowledge the maltreatment of Brotherhood, under significant domestic pressure. Even then the American administration has not even issued a threat to cut the US $1.3 billion in aid to the Egyptian military. Although the Israelis have not expressed any official opinion in favour or against the crackdown on Brotherhood, however there are no two opinions about the fact that Israelis are most delighted with the ouster of Brotherhood government and the treatment being administered to it. The response from neighbouring Gulf states has been even more interesting. The Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia immediately offered an aid package of US $12 billion to the military supported interim regime to overcome the economic challenges, especially the fuel and electricity shortages, which were experienced most severely in the last weeks of President Morsi. The Saudi King Abdullah has also issued very strong statements supporting the crackdown against Brotherhood. He has assured the Egyptian people of Saudi support and urged the Egyptian security agencies to crush the ‘terrorists’. The UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain governments have also issued similar statements. In order to understand the Saudi and Gulf support for ouster and crackdown of the Brotherhood we need to go back a little and look at the events of Arab Spring since 2010. When the Arab Spring started in December 2010, it was Saudi Arabia which offered asylum to the deposed Tunisian President, Zain Al Abideen. Next came Egypt and the Kingdom was all for offering asylum to Hosni Mubarak, which fell through as the latter declined to abandon his homeland and decided to stay put, come what may. The Kingdom didn’t offer similar facility to Gaddafi purely due to his arrogance over the years and his denial to leave the country. When time came for Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, the big brother helped broker a controlled transfer of power to his vice-president, through negotiations spread over one and a half years.
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The point I am making is that Saudi Arabia and its sister Gulf states have demonstrated a strong inclination to either prolong dictatorial rule in the region or provide asylum to dictators when they were visited by bad luck. Off course Syria is one exception where the Gulf states are sponsoring an anti-regime opposition, but that’s because no one wants a Shia dictator in the centre of Arabia. As a result of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Islamists with inclinations to Salafi school came to power, so ideally one should have expected a welcome gesture from the Kingdom and the principalities of Gulf. However the opposite happened. First because the rise to power of Islamists in the largest Arab country through elections, meant a direct encouragement to Islamists of Saudi Arabia and Gulf to grow aspirations of acquiring power, a bad message for the aristocratic rulers. Secondly, the Egyptian Brotherhood, being the virtual mother of Islamists in Arab states, took upon itself to support Islamists in neighbouring countries in their plans for power, a very bad message, not because the Islamists would come to power, but because they threatened the family states of Arabia. The threat of Islamists to the Kingdom and principalities was highlighted by the uprisings of not only Shia masses in Southern Saudi Arabia, in Bahrain and in Kuwait, but also the demonstrations by Sunni population of Saudi Arabia during 2011-2012. So here lies the cause behind extremely strong wording of Saudi king against the Brotherhood of calling virtually 25-30 per cent of the Egyptian population as ‘terrorists’. The Brotherhood regime not only annoyed the brotherly Muslim countries, but also the arch enemy Israel by its actions. Immediately after coming to power, the Brotherhood brokered a deal between the Hamas and Al Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, therefore creating the possibility of a unified Palestinian position against the Jewish state. Over the course of past year, the Brotherhood regime also removed restrictions on travel, trade and transportation between Egypt and Gaza thus creating favourable conditions for the Hamas. Finally, it started supporting its
counterpart Syrian Brotherhood against President Assad, when President Morsi declared the Syrian civil war as Jihad and asked Egyptian people to go and fight there. On the face of it, this action was in alignment with the interests of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf states. However, the Egyptian support to opposition fighters in Syria meant the undermining of Saudi and Gulf control over opposition fighters, which thus could create challenges of control in a post-Assad Syria. No wonder then that immediately after deposing of Morsi, the new government delinked itself from the Syrian war. By supporting the crackdown on Egyptian Brotherhood, the Arabian monarch has given a strong message to Islamists in his own country. Saudi Arabia and Gulf states are already cracking down upon Islamists in their countries. The threat the Gulf kingdoms face to their power comes from two groups, the ethnic Shia, and the Islamist Salafis. The Shia poses serious threat to Bahrain only, where they are 75 per cent of the population. But the Salafi Islamists pose real threat to the power of Saudi royals. Over the past three hundred years, the Sauds have supported the puritan ventures of Salafis under the patronage of Al Sheikh family. The seeds of this fundamentalist ideology have spread widely in the Saudi society. Now when the crop is ready for harvest, the current monarch is shifting the official position on Salafism, primarily due to the embarrassment that17 Saudi pilots caused to the Kingdom on 9/11. However, it appears the royals are a bit late in the game. Islamists of Saudi Arabia are already opposing the position of Saudi king about the treatment of Egyptian Brotherhood. Many Saudi citizens are writing on Facebook how they disagree with the King’s support for brutalization of Brotherhood. The knowledgeable people believe we might be seeing an Islamist uprising in the Kingdom sooner, rather than later, guised in the garb of a democratic revolution. The writer is a social critic and a Middle East watcher. He works for the United Nations. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not represent the position of UN. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
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information about flood water Pakistan Indus Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Ali Baig termed the news of India releasing water without warning as baseless. Going by the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty, India informs Pakistan on time before releasing excessive water. The level of water is checked with India after every six hours which is now lowered down to every three hours. A flood cell has been constituted which stays in contact with the Indian side 24/7 and passes on the information to the irrigation department.
Even if India informs us on the release of water on time we cannot take effective measures in minimising the estimated loss on which India should not be blamed. Excessive water coming from the Indian side damages India before damaging Pakistan. Damages are mainly caused as people settle on dimmed river channels and are washed away when the water is released. Government should take steps in educating the settlers. The media is requested to project factual information and investigate thoroughly before going up with the news. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
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The worst thing that can happen in a democracy – as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope. –Hillary Clinton
Thursday, 22 August, 2013
the prime minister’s speech what the Pm should have said
back to its bad old content The kPk curriculum
URING 2006 prejudicial texts were replaced out of the official KPK curriculum by the ANP government in favour of content more tolerant and peaceful. That curriculum is now being given a makeover so it can look more like the way it used to. However, despite the grand debate taking place between the undeterred PTI apologists and the persistent liberal lot, the fact remains that whether or not Jihad is a part of the curriculum is more or less irrelevant. It’s just one piece of a bigger puzzle, and the puzzle remains unsolved. Whether it’s a page from an English book, a chapter out of Pakistan Studies or multiple chapters in Urdu syllabus, there’s one common thread that runs between them all: how those from a different faith have been painted. It is by no coincidence that the Hindus are seen in a particular light and the Christians join them in their lowly characterization. The Muslim superiority complex in Pakistan is not without premise: it is something that has largely been taught through the very curriculum we’re all lamenting about at the moment. And it is not the part about jihad that actually teaches anyone any of this – for jihad merely tells you how to fight against the infidels, but who these infidels were is decided elsewhere on pages that tell us stories (often nothing more than fables) which our young and impressionable imbibe as real truth. While this flawed and detrimental context is mostly propagated through English, Urdu, Pakistan Studies etc. if we had our way we’d probably alter other subjects too. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone could provide a volume on the chemicals in a Hindu’s blood that makes him despicable or discuss the physical properties of holy water that makes a Christian a lost cause. In a country where an ‘inventor’ can present a car run on water and
receive accolades from far and wide, such topics should be a piece of cake for the scholars who’re trying to now bring jihad back to KPK’s text books. The KPK, along with Punjab, was making headway with remarkably tiny steps aimed at eliminating racist and violent elements from the curriculum. While we were looking at the long road ahead of us, the PTI’s provincial government reminded us of the ‘Naya Pakistan’ we so desperately needed. Even if the argument is restricted to jihad being reintroduced into the curriculum, we’re in a lose-lose situation. An apologist, and in fact many uninformed liberals, will tell you that jihad merely refers to a struggle for the divine. That’s absolutely fine as a personal belief, but in a larger
It took four years to make such a small measure of progress, but its back to square one in the deeply troubled KPK. The key to ending extremism does not lie in simply getting rid of one concept that seems to stand out. context (which is supported by the holy book and Hadith itself) jihad does refer to struggle, albeit one that’s aided with a sword. Pretending that the curriculum will be teaching children a diverse range of options for struggle is the equivalent of blindfolding yourself before you jump into a bees’ nest and then wondering what went wrong. It’s not fair, not only to the entire province, but to the children who are quite literally taught violence. No child is born with prejudice; we help them find their way to it with what they’re being taught.
Hatred and intolerance are cancers. We start with small doses and they spread out into everything else. When hristians/Hindus/Shias/Sunnis/Whatever are attacked and you hear arguments such as “well they hurt Muslims in such and such place in the world, so doing this is okay” where do you think that mindset is coming from? The superiority complex of being a Muslim, and, of course, the absolutely ‘right’ kind of Muslims whose faith ranks higher than other Muslims is what helps perpetuate the problem. Why are we surprised when people fail to raise a voice for the dying Hazaras? Why are we shocked at the glee on a bigot’s face as he burn’s a Christian’s house down? The most heartbreaking part is what we’re willing to give up to cultivate this mindset. Instead of stories of the medieval age, the curriculum in the KPK had included our own people, like Rehman Baba, Khushaal Baba, heroes, sufis, poets and celebrities with whom our children can identity better. It took four years to make such a small measure of progress, but its back to square one in the deeply troubled KPK. The key to ending extremism does not lie in simply getting rid of one concept that seems to stand out. The intolerance and hatred that is obvious in our books will not wash itself away simply by taking out jihad and giving it a reboot. To suggest that KPK, and the entire nation in fact, take a look at the curriculum and remove all traces of hatred at this point seems like a joke that went a little wrong. Pakistan is facing a dire situation where saying “it’s about time we get our act together” is an understatement. The KPK is already sinking into the quicksand of militancy and extremism. The rest of the country is no different. There are two paths we’re looking at right now as a nation. One leads us down a path where we remove inflammatory texts from syllabi and all other government institutions and move towards progress. Much like Turkey did in the past to emerge as a secular nation which comprised mostly of Muslims. Its present turmoil at the hands of the popularly elected leadership that wants religious element fitted into society and polity is proof that it actually should be kept at bay. The second path leads us down a road where the inclusion of jihad makes no difference, because with or without jihad our books preach enough hatred to keep the wheels of intolerance spinning. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. She tweets @luavut
HE prime minister’s long awaited speech was finally delivered and as if to make up for the delay it was a long speech – almost 55 minutes. It came 75 days into the five year tenure of the government – not enough time to resolve issues or give any good news to an energy starved and violence ridden nation. Enough time, however, to determine a strategic direction, forge policies and put together structures for the implementation of those policies. The prime minister looked suitably awed and serious as he gave the nation a reality check and informed them that he had no idea of the magnitude of the crisis that the nation was facing before assuming his post. This must have surprised and further depressed a people who were actually experiencing what the prime minister was talking about and who thought that his government had come with their homework done and ready for action that would end or at least begin the process of ending their misery. The prime minister did speak with sincerity and obviously from his heart — some consolation to the people. A very brief survey of the bigger picture in the greater region around Pakistan would have given context to the speech. Such a survey could have touched on recent developments relevant to Pakistan in India, Bangladesh, the Arab World, the Middle East, Afghanistan and China. This could have set the stage for telling the nation that radicalization and internal weakness in a country with nuclear weapons rang alarm bells and that Pakistan needed a strategic relationship with the US and with all its neighbours to bring the security and stability that would lead to economic recovery. This would have given the contours of the strategic direction that his government wanted to pursue and also indicated his determination to break with past policies and mindsets. The vision that he did give can only become a reality through such a strategic direction so one can hope that this will come about eventually. It must have been hard for the prime minister to tell the people that the energy situation could only be resolved over a five year time span – the mandated duration of the elected government. Without energy the economic recovery cannot take place beyond marginal improvements. The prime minister did state that the security situation could only be resolved through dialogue. This is an existential issue for Pakistan and all depends on internal security as a precondition for progress in any direction. There was a need to spell out details – with who were the dialogues to take place, with what conditions and what was the alternative should dialogue fail. There was also a need to tell the nation the outlines of future policies and structures to implement those policies. Without these details the intentions remain just intentions. Perhaps these details will emerge over a period of time as will the responses to ongoing situations with India and Afghanistan and the pending issue with Iran. To be fair it must be noted that in the 75 days of their rule the government has been confronted with many crises and horrendous levels of violence. It had to fend off the allegations of some manipulation in the elections and then come up with a budget under extremely difficult economic circumstances. It had to negotiate with the IMF and set relations with the US on a positive track as well as mend fences with India and Afghanistan without compromising on outstanding issues. The political arrangement had to be put in place and the security situation reviewed to evolve a national security policy – still a work in progress. And while all this was being done there were a series of mind numbing violent events each one orchestrated to demonstrate the helplessness and incompetence of the state to the world. The last such event was the standoff in Islamabad – by no means is this an unusual event in today’s world – but its sequel was the interior minister’s speech in parliament hinting at dark conspiracies that he has promised to expose. Each of these events should be a learning exercise so that the next speech indicates the milestones crossed and the progress achieved. Spearhead Analyses are collaborative efforts and not attributable to a single individual.
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Thursday, 22 August, 2013
raeth finally plays part in ‘zanjeer’ soundtrack
AETH Band has got lucky to bag a song for the Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra-starrer, Zanjeer, a re-make of the original ’70s movie. Sunny Ghansham, guitarist for the band, who was spotted in Delhi recently told us, “Wajhi Farook the lead singer of the band has recorded the song Lamha Tera Mera along with playback singer Palak Mucchall. The music for the song has been composed by Chirantan Bhatt and the song has been recorded in Mumbai. This was really unexpected and as young upcoming band members it’s a great honour for us to be part of such a big banner Bollywood movie.” NEWS DESK
Modelling killed me — Milla Jovovich
n sync getting together for mtv vma’s
E have to admit, we were a little perplexed when MTV announced that Justin Timberlake would receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs on Sunday (August 25). But now the New York Post is reporting that in addition to JT’s gig at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, *NSYNC will reunite to perform as well. And now it all makes a bit more sense. Not that *NSYNC had enough quality videos to boost JT into MJ/Madonna/Britney video territory, but this sort of big spectacle would at least make the award seem momentous. Of course, we have to mention that the Post HAS BEEN WRONG BEFORE. For this story, the paper cites “sources,” but the fact that JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass were spotted in the VIP section at JT’s Miami concert on Friday (with Jessica Biel and Timberlake’s mother) lends some credence to the claims. The timing is certainly right for an *NSYNC reunion. There’s been a spate of boy band reunions recently (Backstreet Boys, New Kids On The Block) plus the quick Destiny’s Child reunion, and the ’90s nostalgia kick is in full swing (Jesus am I so old that I’ve seen the ’80s obsession come and go?). Plus, earlier this year, the group’s debut album turned
15. If the reports are true, the interesting question is, WHY is Justin doing this? Don’t get me wrong, this would be a very exciting thing, and we’re all for it. It’s just that he has successfully separated himself from his goofy boy band history — the rarest of music industry achievements! What does he gain from reverting back to those choreographed group dance moves and reawakening memories of ramen noodle hair after all this time constructing his “impossibly cool guy who’s impossible to hate” image? I guess that means he must actually, like, be friends with the four members and enjoy performing with them or something! What a guy. NEWS DESK
Maria Sharapova cleans up glamorously for the launch of her Sugarpova Accessories Collection at Henri Bendel in NYC.
Questionable standards? meera calls ‘ishq Khuda’ her best flick
one DIrectIon, one Fragrance
OLLYWOOD star Meera has claimed that ‘ Ishq Khuda’, which failed miserably at multiplexes but did rather well at single-screen cinemas, has been her best flick till now. Meera said that the film has acted as a medium to restore confidence and faith in herself and her acting career, the Express Tribune reported. The ‘Nazar’ actress said that she was reaching a point where she thought that it would be her last film, but as the film has done well and brought her interest back, she hopes to get more work. NEWS DESK
heLgenBerger Back For csI’s 300th! C AT is back! Sure, Marg Helgenberger was rarely called “Cat” on CSI, but it’s the excitement that counts. CBS announced today that on the drama series’ landmark 300th episode (Oct. 23), Catherine Willows will make her triumphant return to her old stomping grounds. After the team investigates
the murder of a reclusive former casino mogul who was a suspect in a similar crime in 2000, Willows is brought back to help solve the cold case that has haunted the CSI gang for 14 years. Soon after the news broke, Helgenberger posted an adorable photo on her Twitter of her posing with the cast and crew. “Very excited to see my pals
UNDREDS of fans may have already started camping out (3 days early!) in London for the One Direction’s film premiere on Friday, but it’s looking like most fans will have to wait even longer for the band’s debut fragrance. According to Vogue UK, the group’s first perfume Our Moment—which launches exclusively at Harrods.com this Friday in conjunction with their flick One Direction: This Is Us—already has an extensive waiting list. Indeed, you read that right: the scent, which is a mix of grapefruit, berries and red currants, is basically sold out before it even comes out! The pretty pink bottles are in such short supply that even British journalist were denied samples. In fact, the fragrance’s PR Company only sent out four testers total. Even more surprising? Not all of the fans that reserved bottles are tween girls. 20 percent are males and the ages for everyone on the waiting list ranges from 16 to 68. Looks like Chanel No. 5 may have some serious competition. NEWS DESK
@CSI_CBS for the 300th!” she tweeted. Helgenberger left the CBS procedural staple back in January 2012 after 12 seasons to do more theater. “I’ve been itching to get back on the stage, but it’s been hard,” she said. “It’s kind of hard to comprehend. It’s been a fifth of my life. From the pilot on it’s been touched with magic dust, so I’ve been very aware of how special it’s been.” COURTESY EO
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Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight — Johnny Cash
ArTs Thursday, 22 August, 2013
a yorker for her heart!
The actress and her hubby rock colorful kicks on a trip to the drug store.
crIcketIng LegenD BowLs over aussIe Beauty, marrIes her pakIstanI styLe!
AMED Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram on Wednesday announced that he had married his Australian girlfriend, Shaniera Thompson, saying he has started a new life on a happy note. “I married Shaniera in Lahore last week in a simple ceremony and this is the start of a new life for me,
my wife and for my kids,” Wasim told AFP. The 47-year-old’s first wife Huma died in 2009 after multiple organ failure. Wasim proposed to the 30-year-old former public relations consultant on bended knee last month and they married on August 12. Thompson came to Karachi earlier this month before going to Lahore to see Wasim’s ailing father. There the marriage was solemnised in the presence of immediate family and a few close friends. Wasim said Thompson had converted to Islam and is learning Urdu. “She has embraced Islam and is learning our language. She has been close to my sons and they form a very good bond,” said Wasim of his two sons
elmore Leonard leaves the world poorer at 87
from his first marriage. He said his new wife was eager to settle quickly in Pakistan. “I sincerely hope the people of Pakistan and our friends and supporters across the globe will give us their blessing and support,” he said. Wasim played 104 Tests and 356 one-day internationals for Pakistan in a career lasting from 1984 to 2003. He was regarded as one of the best left-arm fast bowlers to have played the game and remains a major celebrity in Pakistan. Wasim was player of the tournament in the country’s only triumph in the World Cup, in Australia in 1992. He captained Pakistan to a runners-up finish in the 1999 World Cup in England. NEWS DESK
the new girl in salman’s life
Let them have perfume! katy perry plays antoinette in fragrance commercial she is queen, hear her roar!
ATY Perry is continuing her female power movement, this time by playing a rebellious royal in her latest fragrance ad for Killer Queen. In the 30-second clip, the pop star dresses up as a bored Marie Antoinette lookalike (powered face, white wig and all!). But her blasé attitude doesn’t last long. The singer quickly breaks out of her corset-adorned gown by slashing it into a mini, tosses her statement necklace and ditches her wig, which, of course, reveals her signature long black locks. The star struts
down the hall—of what we’re assuming is a palace of some sort—winking at some slack-jawed gentlemen along the way. When she finally reaches the thrown she kicks it over, crowns herself, perches on top of the fallen chair and tells fans to “Own the throne.” Although the brief clip only lasts 30 seconds, the singer has been waiting nearly nine months to share the video with fans. Early today the singer wrote on her Twitter: “Finally! I get to share this ROYAL shoot I did in January with the great Jonas Akerlund.” COURTESY EO
Love is in the air! e
LMORE Leonard, the beloved best-selling author, died on Tuesday. He was 87. “The post I dreaded to write, and you dreaded to read. Elmore passed away at 7:15 this morning from complications from his stroke,” the writer’s researcher sadly announced on Leonard’s Facebook page. “He was at home surrounded by his loving family.” Leonard had suffered a stroke on July 29. Born in New Orleans, Leonard later moved with his family to Detroit, where he would reside for the remainder of his life. Throughout his career, Leonard wrote more than 45 books and
dozens of short stories, many of which were turned into movies or adapted for TV including the films Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, Jackie Brown, 3:10 to Yuma as well as the FX series Justified. Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival will actually close with the world premiere of Daniel Schechter’s crime story Life of Crime, based on Leonard’s novel The Switch. The movie stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. Leonard is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. COURTESY EO
IKE every year on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Salman Khan along with his brothers Sohail and Arbaaz, visited his sister Alvira Agnihotri at her Bandra house. Alvira, whom Sallu fondly calls Baby, is the apple of his eyes and apparently the actor had presented her with a penthouse worth Rs 10 crore last year on Rakhi. However, this year, Alvira had to vie for Salman’s attention, as another lady gave her stiff competition. The young lady who hogged the limelight on Tuesday’s do was none other than their pint-size niece. The toddler is the daughter of their cousin who lives abroad and had specially flown down to be with the Khan-daan on the occasion of Rakhi. COURTESY TOI
salman and govinda patch up
T seems that Salman Khan is on a forgiving spree. After hugging Shahrukh Khan in Itfar Party, now the actor has approached Govinda to be a part of remake of Hero. There were speculations of rivalry between Salman and Govinda, but now it looks like all is well between the old ‘partners’. Salman has now approached Govinda to step into the remake of ‘Hero’ which will be launch pad of Sooraj Pancholi . However, there is no confirmation from Govinda on the project. It will be interesting to see whether they will be seen together again on silver screen. COURTESY TOI
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InFotaInment Thursday, 22 August, 2013
the real man oF steel!
man hit by 110mph train, survives
A Michigan City, Indiana man hit by an Amtrak train going 110 mph has suffered only minor injuries. Darryle See, 22, was walking along the track at 11:30 a.m. Friday, listening to music on earphones when the Chicago-bound train slammed into him, the Northwest Indiana Times reported. The horn on the train was sounded multiple times, but See couldn't hear. Despite the conductor slamming on the brakes, See was still hit at 110 mph, sending him flying 20 feet away from the track and his shoes 150 feet away. "I'm doing OK," See said from his hospital bed. "Not terrific, but I'm doing OK." Police Maj. John Boyd said in his 20 years of law enforcement, he has never heard of anyone surviving a hit from a highspeed train. "The conductor said it was a straight-on hit,'' Boyd said. See was alert and speaking with police, but said he doesn't recall being hit and doesn't remember walking along the track, according to NBC Chicago. ''He was conscious and alert, sitting up and talking to us. I never would have guessed he was the victim,'' Boyd said. See suffered fractures in his pelvis, non-life threatening injuries to his neck, and a broken arm. On Sunday, 26-year-old Michigan City man Randall Williams was struck by a train and died of blunt force trauma. COURTESY HP
mom gives her bunDle oF Joy riDe to Drug Deal
Hey mom, can I get a ride to sell some smack? Police in West Salem, Ore., arrested Suzan Van Houte in a traffic stop Aug. 15 as she allegedly gave her son a ride to what would have been a heroin deal with an undercover cop. Van Houte and her son were arrested on charges of unlawful delivery and possession of heroin after she reportedly tried to hide the drugs from police. A K-9 unit foiled her plans. Michael Van Houte, 25, had been released from county jail only two days earlier, deputies told KPTV. This isn't the only recent case of crooks keeping crime "all in the family." On Friday, a mother and her son were arrested after allegedly abducting a child from a Pennsylvania home. The pair were apprehended after an Amber Alert was issued. Earlier this month, an Arkansas mother was arrested after helping her son escape from jail. Police said the mother and son planned the escape during phone calls, and that she distracted guards while he "squeezed through a window in the booking room and ran out the door." COURTESY HP
‘Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company’ — Mark Twain
golD, gems anD meteorites! a PerfecT egyPTIaN Necklace
EADS discovered on a necklace that was first excavated in 1911 have finally been confirmed as being made from space rock. Researchers from the University College London's Petrie Museum conducted detailed analysis of the necklace using gamma rays and have been able to prove that the beads, originally believed to be made from iron, were in fact created using fragments of meteorites. The analysis is also the first time scientists have been able to assess how the beads were formed and it is thought that the
Egyptians used the technique of smithing and rolling, which involved hammering the rock several times until it could be flattened and then rolled to form the beadshaped tubes. Egyptologists from the Open University first scanned beads found in a pre-dynastic cemetery near the village of el-Gerzeh, in Lower Egypt in May, using scanning electron microscopy and computed tomography. The nickel content of this original metal was found to be high, suggesting that it could have come from a meteorite. The researcher also observed that the metal had a
distinctive crystalline structure called a Widmanstätten pattern. This structure is found only in iron meteorites that cooled extremely slowly inside their parent asteroids as the solar system was forming. They found areas where the weathered surface had fallen away, providing what has been described as 'little win-
lsds may help mental patients Psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms do not cause mental health problems in users, a new study has claimed. Researchers in Norway have said they in fact found 'significant associations' between the drugs and fewer psychological problems. The team, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Neuroscience, studied more than 130,000 random people, including 22,000 who had used the drugs at least once, included in a health survey in the US. Clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen, who carried out the study with researcher Teri Krebs, said: 'After adjusting for other risk factors, lifetime use of LSD, psilocybin, mescaline or peyote, or past year use of LSD was not associated with a higher rate of mental health problems or receiving mental health treatment.' The team studied the 2001-2004 National Sur-
vey on Drug Use and Health which asked people about mental health conditions including general psychological distress, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychosis. Krebs and Johansen used the data to investigate connections between the use of psychedelic drugs and the mental health issues. The researchers said rather than finding a connection between their use and an increase in problems, they discovered long-term use of drugs such as psilocybin or mescaline was linked to 'lower rates of serious psychological distress'. Meanwhile, people who had used LSD in the last 12 months were also associated with lower rates of distress, while those who had used the drug longterm had a lower rate of treatment for mental health issues. The researchers have said it is not possible to determine the reason behind their discoveries, because of the nature of the study, and warned the drugs could be harmful to some. NEWS DESK
dows' to the preserved metal beneath. Researchers from UCL's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology then used non-invasive neutrons and gamma rays to detect the exact level of nickel and phosphorous in these Egyptian beads. Lead author of the Journal of Archaeological Science study, Professor Thilo Rehren said that the beads were created by 'multiple cycles of hammering' and not by the traditional carving or drilling stone techniques that were used on other beads found in the same tomb. Philip Withers, Professor of Materials Science at The University of Manchester, added: 'Meteorites have a unique microstructural and chemical fingerprint because they cooled incredibly slowly as they travelled through space. 'It was really interesting to find that fingerprint turn up in Egyptian artefacts.' Meteorite iron had profound implications for the ancient Egyptians, both in their perception of the iron in the context of its celestial origin and in early metallurgy attempts. Dr Tyldesley added: 'Today, we see iron first and foremost as a practical, rather dull metal. To the ancient Egyptians, however, it was a rare and beautiful material which, as it fell from the sky, surely had some magical/religious properties. 'They therefore used this remarkable metal to create small objects of beauty and religious significance which were so important to them that they chose to include them in their graves.' NEWS DESK
united states of porn!
sleazy uncle sam provides 60% of the world’s porn
A world league table today revealed the countries which view the most pornography. The global leaders in porn are the U.S, taking a 60 per cent share of global internet pornography, Two thirds of all U.S porn sites are hosted in California with the country hosting a total of 4.2 million domains containing porn. Meanwhile, the famously liberal Netherlands host over a quarter of the porn, with 1.8 million domains carrying an astonishing 187 million pages of porn. The UK is home to 512,000 domains hosting 52 million pages of porn. Germany follows behind at fourth with a 1.16 per cent share accounting for 8 million pages of porn spread over 80,000 domains. While Germany has more than double the UK’s web hosting capacity, the UK has more than six times the amount of porn pages. Overall, the UK is thought to be the 9th most connected country in the world in terms of the number of internet users. The figures have led John Carr, a government adviser on child internet safety, to call for restrictions on registering pornographic websites on Britain’s national domain. 'My beef has always been about the ease with which children can be exposed to it or can access it,' said Mr Carr, writing in his blog. ‘Thus, If the Germans can insist that hard core porn publishers on their territory must tie the supply of such content to an age verification process, couldn’t we try something similar?’ The data was compiled by California-based filtering company MetaCert between December 2011 to August 2013 using what it claims to be ‘the world’s most sophisticated crawlers and content classification platform’. NEWS DESK
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sPorTs Thursday, 22 August, 2013
Five players restored to zim squad HARARE: Opener Tino Mawoyo has recovered from injury and joined experienced bowlers Graeme Cremer and Shingi Masakadza in being recalled on Wednesday to Zimbabwe’s 20-man squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva and allrounder Tinashe Panyangare are also back in the squad after missing out on the 5-0 one-day international series loss to India, which ended at the start of the month. Zimbabwe will host Pakistan in two tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals. The series starts on Friday with the first T20 encounter in Harare. It will be the fourth series of the year for Zimbabwe, heralding an increase in the frequency of international competition, but comes on the heels of the threat of a strike by players wanting better contract terms and the settlement of unpaid wages. Zimbabwe have also been rocked by the decision at the weekend of key fast bowler Kyle Jarvis to quit the team to take up a three-year contract with Lancashire. SQUAD: Brendan Taylor (captain), Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Michael Chinouya, Graeme Cremer, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Natsai M’shangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams. AGENCIES
What made Farhat back out of zimbabwe tour LAHORE: Imran Farhat’s sudden decision to not join the Zimbabwe tour was on account of the serious illness of his wife. The news of the decision had let to a rash of rumour mongering as to the possible causes but all these were laid to rest, when the cricketer’s close friend stated that he needed to spend much needed time with his ailing wife and his young children. Farhat’s wife is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, which causes progressive deterioration of the nervous system, and as a result of which she is bed ridden. The suffering of his wife and the responsibility of the young children is weighing on his mind and he wants a break to support them during this critical juncture. But he hopes to return back when he is in a stronger state of mind. STAFF REPORT
You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you. –Yogi Berra
paKistan aspire to get to the top Three PakIsTaN bowlers INsIde The ToP 20, hafeez secoNd oN all-rouNders’ Table LAHORE
AKISTAN begins its twomatch Twenty20 International series against host Zimbabwe on August 23 (Friday) with an aim to reduce the gap with number-one ranked Sri Lanka on the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings Table. The two-match series starts in Harare on 23 August, with the second match scheduled to be held on August 24. Currently ranked second with 124 ratings points, Mohammad Hafeez’s side can gain one ratings point if it wins both the matches, to finish with 125 ratings points and thereby reduce the gap with number-one ranked Sri Lanka (128) to three. Zimbabwe too has an opportunity to move up, and will jump one place to 11th if it wins both matches in the series. Zimbabwe is currently ranked 12th with 48 ratings points, and can gain up to 16 ratings points to move into 11th with 64 ratings points. ALL EYES ON HAFEEZ Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez will start the series with an all-round presence on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20Is. Hafeez is currently ranked second on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I All-rounders with a career-high 432 ratings points, and is also fourth in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for
T20I Bowlers and 17th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen. In the bowling table, Saeed Ajmal in second and Shahid Afridi in 11th are the other Pakistan players inside the top 20 who will be seen in action during the twomatch series. For Zimbabwe, spinner Prosper Utseya is the only bowler inside the top 10, in ninth position. The bowlers’ list is still headed by West Indies’ Sunil Narine, with Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis in third. In the batting table, Hamilton
Masakadza is the highest ranked batsman from Zimbabwe, currently placed at 14th. The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen is still headed by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, followed by England’s Alex Hales in second place and Australia’s Shane Watson in third spot. UPcoming FixTUres Zimbabwe v Pakistan Aug 23: 1st T20I, Harare Aug 24: 2nd T20I, Harare Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 21 August, before Zimbabwe-Pakistan T20I series)
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pak rIDe on BaBar’s century to seaL easy wIn LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Under-23 and Sri Lanka Under-23 booked their spots in the semifinals of the Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Cup on Wednesday (August 21), with easy wins over Nepal and Singapore respectively. Pakistan U-23 rode on Babar Azam’s unbeaten century to seal a comfortable nine-wicket win against Nepal at The Padang ground in Singapore. Put in to bat, Nepal were bowled out for 156 in 50 overs, with Raza Hasan, the left-arm spinner, taking 3 for 21. That Nepal got to 156 was thanks to Subash Khakurel, the opener, who scored a 127-ball 78. When Pakistan U-23 batted, Azeem Ghumman was dismissed for 15 by Basant Regmi, but Hammad Azam scored an unbeaten 41 (46 balls) to give good support to Babar,
as the side coasted to victory and booked their berth in the knockouts. Azam hit 11 fours in his 118-ball innings. At the Kallang Ground, Sri Lanka U-23 squeezed out a 13-run win against Singapore, after being bowled out for 191 in 48.5 overs. However, the bowlers kept things tight and restricted Singapore to just 178 for 5 to take the Sri Lankans through. When the Sri Lankans batted, they were undone by a middle-order implosion against a disciplined Singapore attack. Mohamed Shoib, the right-arm medium-pacer, was the tormentor-in-chief as he claimed figures of 4 for 16 in just 8.5 overs. He was well supported by Chaminda Ruwan, who returned 3 for 33. Sri Lanka U-23 were 38 for 2, but an 86-run partnership for the third wicket between Udara Jayasundera and Niroshan Dickwella seemed to
set the innings back on track. However, Narender Reddy broke the stand, dismissing Dickwella for 34, and the Sri Lankan batting never really recovered. Jayasundera, having made 72, fell soon after and with Shoib running through the tail. In response, Singapore were dealt an early blow when they lost Chettan Suryawanshi off the third ball of the innings. Runs were hard to come by as well and the second-wicket partnership between Andre de Lange and Ruwan labored for 52 runs in 115 balls. The stand was broken when Ruwan was sent back for 33. De Lange (23) and Kshitij Shinde (4) followed suit not too long thereafter, leaving Singapore four down for 78 in the 30th over. Anish Param and Timothy Singham then put on 79 runs to take Singapore closer to the target, but eventually, the batsmen couldn’t up their scoring rate and Sri Lanka U-23 ended victorious.
MISBAH CALLS FOR PAK T20 LEAGUE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq urged his country’s cricket chiefs on Wednesday to revive plans for an IPLstyle Twenty20 league to get his players sharp for international competition. Misbah, who leads the side in tests and one-day internationals, is worried his men are losing their edge because they are not regularly playing the world’s best in the shortest format.
Pakistani players do not take part in the annual Indian Premier League (IPL) and the country has hosted no international games since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) planned to host a Pakistan Super League in March and April to try to lure foreign stars but had to shelve the idea indefinitely, claiming it wanted to give sponsors more time to come forward.
Misbah said Pakistan must stage the T20 league, either at home or at a neutral venue. “PCB is doing its efforts to bring international cricket back to Pakistan but in my opinion a Twenty20 international league is a must, if not in Pakistan it should be held in Dubai,” Misbah told reporters on his return from the West Indies. The 39-year-old featured in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League where he represented St Lucia Zouks.
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SCOREbOARD NEPAL SP Khakurel c babar Azam b mohammad Nawaz 78 AK mandal c Azeem Ghumman b bilawal bhatti 5 G malla lbw b Hammad Azam 10 P Khadka lbw b Usman Qadir 1 16 b bhandari c mohammad Nawaz b babar Azam S vesawkar run out (babar Azam/†mohammad Rizwan) 8 Sagar Pun st mohammad Rizwan b Raza Hasan 5 b Regmi not out 16 SP Gauchan c Azeem Ghumman b Usman Qadir 2 1 C Sawad c sub (mohammad Waqas) b Raza Hasan A Karn st mohammad Rizwan b Raza Hasan 0 EXTRAS (b 2, lb 4, w 7, nb 1) 14 TOTAL (all out; 50 overs) 156 FALL OF WICKETS 1-29 (mandal, 9.2 ov), 2-54 (malla, 13.2 ov), 3-55 (Khadka, 14.1 ov), 4-88 (bhandari, 26.4 ov), 5-114 (vesawkar, 34.3 ov), 6-119 (Sagar Pun, 35.2 ov), 7-140 (Khakurel, 41.5 ov), 8-144 (Gauchan, 44.1 ov), 9-155 (Sawad, 49.2 ov), 10-156 (Karn, 49.6 ov) bOWLING: Ehsan Adil 3-0-16-0, bilawal bhatti 9-0-27-1, Raza Hasan 10-2-21-3, Usman Qadir 10-0-27-2, Hammad Azam 2-0-16-1, mohammad Nawaz 10-1-22-1, babar Azam 6-0-21-1 PAKISTAN babar Azam not out 100 Azeem Ghumman c Sagar Pun b Regmi 15 Hammad Azam not out 41 EXTRAS (w 3) 3 TOTAL (1 wicket; 33.1 overs; 130 mins) 159 DID NOT bat bilawal bhatti, Usman Salahuddin, mohammad Nawaz (3), Umar Waheed, mohammad Rizwan†, Usman Qadir, Raza Hasan, Ehsan Adil FALL OF WICKETS 1-66 (Azeem Ghumman, 14.2 ov) bOWLING: A Karn 5-0-35-0, C Sawad 4-0-23-0, b Regmi 9-1-34-1, SP Gauchan 7.1-1-31-0, Sagar Pun 6-0-28-0, S vesawkar 2-0-8-0 match details Toss Pakistan Under-23s, who chose to field Points Pakistan Under-23s 2, Nepal 0 Player of the match babar Azam (Pakistan Under-23s)
umar akmal to consult neurologist LAHORE: The PCB is arranging appointment of Umar Akmal with neurologists to have a professional advice on his medical condition. Spokesman of PCB said: “It is one in a series of steps that PCB will be undertaking in assessing the medical problem that occurred to Umar Akmal while he was in West Indies. Umar Akmal is Pakistan’s asset and it is important that all necessary measures are taken so that PCB is assured that Umar Akmal is available to play for Pakistan without posing any risk to his health”. S TA F F R E P O RT
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Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world. –Babe Ruth
Thursday, 22 August, 2013
lehmann rounDs on ‘Cheating’ broaD
Watson finally delivers as australia take command LONDON
OvAL: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has, in an extraordinary outburst against England allrounderStuart Broad, underlined his anger over Broad’s decision to not walk at a crucial juncture of the first Test by calling for Australian crowds to get at Broad in the return Ashes series later this year. “Certainly our players haven’t forgotten, they’re calling him everything under the sun as they go past,” Lehmann said in an interview to the TripleM station. “I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don’t advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it’s pretty hard.” Lehmann’s comments come a day ahead of the final Test at the Oval, with Australia striving to avoid an unprecedented fourth Test defeat in a Ashes series. It might have turned out to be a closer contest had Broad walked after edging into the keeper’s leg, with the ball then carrying to slip, in a tightly fought first Test. Instead, he stood his ground and was involved in a match-changing 138-run stand with Ian Bell for the seventh wicket. “From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home,” Lehmann said. “I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he’s carried on and the way he’s commented in public about it is ridiculous. “He knew he hit it to slip. The biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in paper and Stuart Broad makes him look like a fool. From my point of view it’s poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him.” Broad had re-opened debate about the incident by speaking unrepentantly and brazenly about it earlier in the week. “Yes, I knew I’d hit it,” he said. “But if you go through the series and look at the Australian players who have nicked it and not walked you could name several — Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Smith, Clarke, Agar. I mean it’s quite a lot of players for it to be a big issue. Why are people picking on me? Well, it’s the way our media works I suppose. “It’s a bit silly when people say I edged to slip because it was actually an edge to the keeper that went off his gloves to slip. I went down the other end and Ian Bell said, “What’s happened there? I didn’t hear anything”. AGENCIES
HANE Watson’s magnificent 176 put Australia in command at 307 for four on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes test against England at The Oval on Wednesday. The powerful right-hander started out all guns blazing and, after being struck on the head by a Stuart Broad bouncer, he dug in to post his highest test score and share a fourth-wicket partnership of 145 with Steve Smith. England, seeking to win a home Ashes series 4-0 for the first time, endured a tough day in the field after handing shock debuts to all-rounder Chris Woakes and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan who conceded 53 runs in eight nervous overs. Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and had no hesitation in choosing to bat under clear blue skies on a wicket which traditionally offers little help to bowlers. England made a breakthrough with the total on 11 when James Anderson drew David Warner into
a loose drive and the opener, on six, edged a regulation catch to wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled tight opening spells but there was precious little movement and captain Alastair Cook soon turned to off-spinner Graeme Swann. Chris Rogers played out three successive maidens from Swann but runs flowed more freely at the other end, Watson hitting three fours in an over off Woakes who struggled to find a good length. Watson pulled Woakes powerfully for another boundary and danced down the pitch to lift Swann over long-on for six before reaching his half-century with a single from Kerrigan’s first ball in test cricket. Watson smashed the spinner for 28 runs off his first two overs and he had made 80 when Australia took lunch on a healthy 112 for one. Broad bowled a hostile spell at the start of the afternoon session and Swann removed Rogers for a painstaking 23 off 100 balls, the left-hander edging a turning delivery low to Jonathan Trott at slip. Watson, on 91, was struck on the side of the head by a ferocious
short-pitched delivery from Broad and Clarke, after taking 39 balls to get to seven, was bowled by a fine delivery from Anderson which nipped back to bowl him off his pad. It was Anderson’s 326th test wicket, moving him above Bob Willis to second in England’s all-time list behind only Ian Botham on 383. RAISING ARMS After 41 minutes in the nineties Watson drove Anderson through cover for three to reach his third test hundred and he celebrated by removing his helmet and raising both arms high in the air. He should, however, have become Anderson’s 327th victim when, on 104, he edged the ball to Cook at slip but the captain spilled a simple catch. Woakes returned to the attack to bowl a much tidier second spell but Kerrigan’s suffering continued, an embarrassing waisthigh full toss easily dispatched to the boundary by Smith before Australia moved on to 183 for three at tea. Runs continued to flow in the final session as Watson passed his highest test score and reached 150 by flicking Broad for four.
SCOREbOARD AUSTRALIA 1st INNINGS CJL Rogers c Trott b Swann DA Warner c †Prior b Anderson SR Watson c Pietersen b broad mJ Clarke* b Anderson SPD Smith not out Pm Siddle not out EXTRAS (lb 6, nb 5) TOTAL (4 wickets; 90 overs)
pFF appoInts BahraIn’s shamLan as natIonaL coach, reLIeves zavIsa LAHORE ASHER bUTT
The Pakistan Football Federation on Wednesday relieved national team coach Serbian Zavisa Milosavljevic of his duties and appointed Bahrain team’s coach Mohammaed Al Shamlan to take the team into the SAFF Cup challenge next month. It has been learnt that the appointment of Shamlan is the personal effort of PFF President Syed Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat who used his good terms with Bahrain Football Association President Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, who is also the president of AFC, for the betterment of the Pakistan football. Shamlan, who worked for two years under Bahrain national coach Salman Ahmed Sharida, will remain attached with the Pakistan football for two years and apart from his main challenge of training the national team for the SAFF Cup, he will also work with the
junior national strings and training of the Pakistan coaches. According to an official of the PFF it is the good gesture of Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa that Shamlan has been given to Pakistan free of cost otherwise it would not be easy for the PFF to bear an amount of around 30 to 40 million dollars to hire him. Serbian coach Zavisa Milosavljevic’s contract was to
expires in November but he was relieved of his duties three months before time to provide Shamlan enough time to work with the national team to prepare them for the upcoming events. Shamlan recently served with the Bahrain’s Argentinean coach Gabriel Cauldron, who is said to have refused to renew his contract with the Bahrain Football Association (BFA) that expired last month which paved way for Shamlan to take his place with Bahrain team. Despite ample international exposure given by the PFF to Zavisa’s Pakistan charges failed to click in the 2011 SAFF Cup in India and then in the 2013 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Kyrgyzstan. His rookies also flopped miserably in the Under-22 Asian Championship Qualifiers in Saudi Arabia last year and in their last friendly outing against Afghanistan, Pakistan lost 0-3.
AL SHABAB HOLD KASHIWA IN AFC QUARTERS KASHIWA AGENCIES
Japan: Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab held Kashiwa Reysol to a 1-1 away draw Wednesday to raise their hopes of reaching the AFC Champions League semi-finals for the first time. A super strike from Brazilian midfielder Fernando Menegazzo cancelled out Masato Kudo’s opener in the quarterfinal first leg, with the return fixture in Riyadh to be played on September 18. Kashiwa were quickest out of the blocks and Brazilian forward Cleo claimed for handball and a penalty when a dangerous corner came off an Al Shabab defender and flashed wide.
And the early pressure told when Leandro Domingues’ indirect free-kick rebounded to striker Masato Kudo, who planted it side-footed past the goalkeeper from just inside the box. Al Shabab, the 2012 Saudi champions, found their feet and Brazilian midfielder Rafinha made a strong run into the box but couldn’t pick out a team-mate. At the other end, another Brazilian, Jorge Wagner, thought he had claimed a precious second goal for Kashiwa but his sharp finish was ruled out for offside. Boos rang out around Kashiwa Stadium as the visiting side began to enjoy the lion’s share of possession, and they equalised in fine style a minute before half-time.
23 6 176 7 66 18 11 307
TO bAT bJ Haddin†, JP Faulkner, mA Starc, RJ Harris, Nm Lyon FALL OF WICKETS 1-11 (Warner, 4.2 ov), 2-118 (Rogers, 33.1 ov), 3-144 (Clarke, 42.5 ov), 4289 (Watson, 87.1 ov) bOWLING: Jm Anderson 18-3-52-2,SCJ broad 19-3-73-1,GP Swann 30-4-71-1, CR Woakes 15-5-52-0,SC Kerrigan 8-053-0
arthur reveals tWo-series strategy Australia’s former coach Mickey Arthur has revealed the tourists planned to inflict damage and gain intelligence on England in the away series before pushing hardest to regain the Ashes in the return bout at home. He also said the 3-0 scoreline would not have changed irrespective of selections because “that is what we’ve got at the moment”. While the new coach Darren Lehmann had stated before the series that his objective was simply to “win, win, win”, there had been some suggestions that Cricket Australia would be content with a competitive showing in England, provided the home matches would reap a winning result. Arthur confirmed that he and the captain Michael Clarke had been talking in terms of using the first series to prepare for the second. “We had a goal that I will reveal. We wanted to try to push England really hard in England, but we wanted to win in Australia, this is what Michael and I wanted to do,” Arthur told ABC Radio. “We didn’t go into the series ever to lose it, but we wanted to develop enough intelligence on all the England players, we had a lot but there was going to be some current stuff we could use. “We were going to really push them close, give the players in our team the confidence to see that England could get beaten, and then go for them in Australia. That was how we wanted to go about our escapade there. You could have put anybody in [the team], the results were going to be the results because that is what we’ve got at the moment. That is the current crop of players. But as coaches it’s such a good challenge because there’s so much unfulfilled potential that you can make better.” Arthur was not the only senior CA figure pushing this view before the start of the series, and some players are understood to have been taken aback by the attitude when they assembled together in Bristol before the tour officially began. It remains to be seen whether the current leadership of Clarke and Lehmann have managed to glean enough from this series to help them at home. SPORTS DESK
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You can’t win unless you learn how to lose. –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
sPorTs Thursday, 22 August, 2013
mCDonalD’s 8th national intersChool sWimming Championship
LAHORE: McDonald’s8thNational InterSchool Swimming Championship took place at WAPDA Sports Complex, Ferozpur Road, Lahore on 17th and 18th August, 2013. McDonald’s Pakistan has been organizing this event since 2006. Popular amongst the students, the event occupies a special place in the national calendar of sports events. Each year the event attracts a large number of schools from all over the country. McDonald’s Pakistan has always taken keen interest in promoting sports in the country. The holding of Annual Inter-School Championship is a part of its efforts to engage the youth in healthy and competitive activities. PRESS RELEASE
Korea QualiFy For hoCKey WorlD Cup lausanne
LONDON: Elena Baltacha was the first Brit out of this year’s Wimbledon but has qualified for the US Open.
AzArenkA clAims serenA williAms BATTLES HAVE IMPROVED HER GAME SPORTS DESK
BRAMPTON: Following the completion of the Men’s Pan American Cup 2013 in Brampton, Canada, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced that Korea are the latest team to be confirmed as qualifiers for the Hockey World Cup 2014. The hugely anticipated joint men’s and women’s event takes place at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands from 31st May to 15th June next year. Korea – who just missed out on direct World Cup qualification by finishing fourth at the recent Hockey World League Semi-Final – were promoted from first reserves to guaranteed participants courtesy of Argentina’s success in the Pan American continental championship on Saturday. AGENCIES
ORLD No 2 Victoria Azarenka believes that playing against Serena Williams on a regular basis has helped to improve her game. The Belarusian was beaten by Williams in the final of last year’s US Open but ahead of this year’s tournament feels that competing with her for the past 12 months has only made her a better player. Azarenka defeated Williams in the Cincinnati Open final on Sunday and believes her preparation for the year’s final grand slam has gone well. “To play against Serena all the time, it’s definitely taking you to the next level and pushing your limits,” she said. “It’s an important test for me to
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James Ward and elena baltacha progress at Flushing meadows James Ward and Elena Baltacha are through to the second round of qualifying at the US Open. Ward, the British No 2, enjoyed a comfortable 6-3 6-1 victory over Jonathan Eysseric, while Baltacha beat American Melanie Oudin 6-1 3-6 6-2. Ward’s reward is a clash against Matthias Bachinger, with Baltacha set to face Olga Savchuk. Johanna Konta failed to progress, though, despite being seeded eighth in qualifying. The 22-yearold suffered a 7-5 6-4 loss against Olivia Rogowska. Britain has three more hopefuls in qualifying action on Wednesday, with Dan Evans set to take on Peter Polansky, while Tara Moore faces Catalina Castano and Samantha Murray has been drawn against Arina Rodionova. SPORTS DESK
have right before the Open; the whole preparation was about this tournament.” With such a confident boosting win behind her, the 24-year-old now believes she is ready for any eventuality at Flushing Meadows. “To have the game develop and go
through the test - I played different players last week, who I haven’t played in a while, so it’s also important to have those challenges in front of me so the whole preparation has been good and I’m really looking forward (to the US Open),” Azarenka commented.
WIMBLEDON: John McEnroe believes that Andy Murray faces a different type of challenge as he heads into the US Open as the defending champion and on the back of his Wimbledon victory. The world no 3 has yet to find his very best form since his historic win at SW19 and has subsequently fallen behind Rafa Nadal in the rankings. McEnroe, however, sees no reason for Murray fans to be unduly concerned and has argued that the Scot will be a totally different prospect once the action gets under way in New York, despite the increased expectation on him. AGENCIES
mcQUAid loses swiss BAcking SPORTS DESK Pat McQuaid has lost Switzerland’s backing for his bid to be re-elected as head of cycling’s governing body, leaving the Irishman in what his rival Brian Cookson described as “a very difficult position.” The Swiss cycling federation confirmed on Wednesday that it had withdrawn its nomination for McQuaid, who failed to gain backing from his own federation, for political reasons. The incumbent still has the backing of the Thailand and Morocco federations, however these have become the subject of controversy after the British cycling federation suggested the nominations were made after the deadline stipulated by the electoral rules.
“Swiss cycling’s executive committee has.... for political reasons withdrawn its nomination for Pat McQuaid’s re-election as Internacional Cycling Union (UCI) president,” said Swiss Cycling in a statement. Challenger Brian Cookson, head of British Cycling, replied with another strongly worded statement after another twist in the bitter campaign. “This latest development is of real significance to the presidential election process,” said Cookson, the only other candidate. “It leaves Mr McQuaid in a very difficult position, particularly when viewed alongside his failure to receive a nomination from his own national federation as required under the constitution of the UCI. “It also places further question marks against his
other ‘nominations’ whose validity is in serious doubt and remain a matter of genuine concern to many in the cycling world. “No attempts at manipulation and legal bluster can take away the doubts and questions. “The important principle in any democracy is that you must respect the rules as they are, not how you’d like them to be. My hope remains that we have a democratic process based on the rules of the race when it started rather than those made up half way through.” McQuaid, in office since 2005 and bidding for a third mandate, has described suggestions that the nominations were not valid as “outrageous.” On Tuesday, the UCI said that global law firm Baker and McKenzie had confirmed that it followed procedures correctly.
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Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable. –Tom Landry
sPorTs Thursday, 22 August, 2013
1m FiFa WorlD Cup 2014 tiCKets go on sale RIO DE JANEIRO
HE first batch of one million tickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil went on sale on the internet on Tuesday, with some Brazilian fans complaining about high prices. The chase for tickets began at 1000 GMT, even though World Cup qualification is far from over and the draw for the final phase does not take place until December 6. At least 300,000 of the tickets that went on sale are reserved for “those over 60 years old, students and recipients of the Bolsa Familia family grant”, the International Football Federation (FIFA) said on its internet site. Those tickets are branded Category 4, cost between $15 and $82.50 (11-62 euros), and are available only to Brazilians. Foreigners can buy tickets in the other three categories, which cost much more. Tickets in those categories for the opening match on June 12, 2014 at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo cost between $220 and $495 while those for the final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana on July 13 will set back fans a minimum of $440 up to $990. But some Brazilian fans find the tickets, except for the discount categories, too expensive. “I think that the tickets are too expensive, they should lower the prices,” said a 45-year-old fan outside Rio’s renovated 73,000-seat Maracana stadium.
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“One should realize that the Cup is part of a process to make football standardized and elitist” which involves “evicting the poor from stadiums,” said Gustavo Mehl, a member of the Cup’s Popular Committee. The monitoring committee has been highly critical of the way the tournament is being organized. Many local fans are keen to see the national squad play in Rio but this will happen only if the Selecao reach the final. “In the 1950 Cup final (also held in Brazil) , tickets represented a little more than two percent of the minimum wage at the time. By comparison the cheapest ticket for the (2014) final costs around $138 or about 50 percent of the (monthly) minimum wage,” according to Mehl. Some 23.6 percent of Brazil’s 194-million-strong population live
with the equivalent of the minimum wage of $282 while 22.4 percent live with up to twice that amount, according to official data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. Monday, FIFA announced that fans will have the option of receiving their tickets at home to avoid congestion at outlet centers as happened during the Confederations Cup in June. The first phase of sales, relating to around a third of the total number of tickets available, lasts until October 6, after which a ballot will be held to determine the successful applications. So far only hosts Brazil, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Iran have booked their places at the finals. The World Cup will take place across 12 cities with around 600,000 tourists expected to attend the tournament.
Afghan president hosts Pakistan football team
SPORTS DESK It’s not quite the Champions Dinner of the Masters, but Heinrich Bruiners’s right to choose the menu for the next Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament after his recent victory is a privilege that means the world to him. The George professional is playing in this week’s Vodacom Origins event at the Langebaan Country Estate having claimed his maiden Sunshine Tour victory in the third tournament of the 2013 series earlier this month. One of the privileges on the series is the champion choosing the opening night dinner menu for the next event. Bruiners spent most of 2010 recovering from a car accident and has had to work his way back onto the Tour through torturous pre-qualifiers that are far from the perceived glamorous life of the touring professional. “It’s been a long road. I was off for about a year because of injury. The one person I wish could’ve been there for my maiden win was my father, who has passed away.
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inDepenDenCe Day orDinary CyCle raCe LAHORE:To celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan, the Mughalpura cycling club is organizing an Open Ordinary Road Cycle Race on Sunday (25th August) in collaboration with Punjab Olympic Association. The race will start from Mughalpura Post Office towards Canal and will back from Jalo Park canal and terminate at Mughalpura Post Office Lahore at 8.00 AM. Muhammad Yasin, a social worker Mughalpua will be the chief guest for opening ceremony. The prominent and all age of cyclists will take part and cyclist who won three consecutively three ordinary races is not allowed. All cyclists are advised to report to the organizing secretary Qasir Siqqique Bhatti on 25th August at 7.am atMughalpura Post Office. Muhammad Javad Akhtar social worker will be the Chief Guest and give away the prizes to the winners. Syed Nazakat Ali International Cycling Coach will be chief Judge and Chief coordintor of this Race. STAFF REPORT
lahore announCes zonal trials Dates LAHORE: The Lahore Region Cricket Association has announced the trials schedule for zonal cricket associations for Senior Inter-District Tournament. The East Zone trials will be held on August 25, North Zone August 26 and West Zone Trials are scheduled on August 27. All the trials will be held at Stag Cricket Ground in the presence of a three-member selection committee comprising Muhammad Jameel, Mubashar Nazar and Noshad Ahmed. According to Abid Hussain, LRCA Spokesman, Aizad Hussain Sayid, Chairman Interim Committee has released the trials scheduled. LRCA also have appointed three coordinators who will coordinate with selection committee to organize the trials smoothly. LRCA has advised to all players to bring original CNIC on trials day for entry. STAFF REPORT
real’s alonso out For three months LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday hosted a reception in honour of the Pakistan national football team at its Presidential Palace in Kabul. During the meeting with the Pakistan team he elaborated that winning or losing in any game does not matter, this healthy
contest in the field of football has brought people of Pakistan and Afghanistan closer. “The next away match in Pakistan in the year 2014 will even take the friendly relationship of both the nations a step forward,” he said. He also named this match as a Pakistan–Afghanistan Friendship match. He thanked Pakistan Football Federation and Pakistan Government for sending their National Football Team for
playing International friendly football match with Afghanistan Football Team in Kabul which will help Afghanistan a lot to overcome Isolation in International sports. The use of FOOTBALL DIPLOMACY by the visionary leadership of Pakistan Football Federation may melt ice and change the existing cold status into warm brotherly relations between the two neighboring countries.
MADRID: Real Madrid will be without Xabi Alonso for around three months after the veteran midfielder broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in training on Wednesday. Alonso, 31, was still recovering from a groin strain which required an operation in June and forced him to miss the Confederations Cup. He missed Real’s league debut against Real Betis, a late 2-1 win Sunday, and will now be out until November. AGENCIES
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LAHORE: Abdul Aziz, President & CEO Ufone with the winning team from north region at the recently concluded Ufone cricket league 2013.
Former European champions Celtic and AC Milan were left with work to do to reach the Champions League group stage after their playoff first leg games. While AC Milan will approach next week’s second leg at home to PSV Eindhoven having secured a 1-1 draw and more importantly an away goal Celtic slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat away at unheralded Kazakh outfit Shakhter Karagandy.
Two other sides in action fared far better on their travels, Spanish outfit Real Sociedad winning 2-0 at Lyon while a hat-trick by Roman Shirokov eased Zenit St. Petersburg to a 4-1 win in Portugal over Champions League debutants Pacos de Ferreira. PSV exposed Milan’s rustiness - they have not yet started their league season - several times in the early stages but still went behind to a Stephan El Shaarawy header on the quarter-hour mark. The Dutch side more than held their own despite their youth - the back four’s average age
was 19 1/2 - and deservedly got an equaliser on the hour as Tim Matavz pounced on an error by Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was relieved to have got a draw, but added that Milan’s problems were far from over. “It is a good result but given the problems we had in the first-half and the rhythm of the match which PSV imposed on us we must be very wary with regard to what lies in store in the second leg,” he said. “It will take a good team to beat this PSV side, who are a young and very promising side.”
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Thursday, 22 August, 2013
egypt court orders release of hosni mubarak CAIRO AGENCIES
N Egyptian court ordered Wednesday the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, but it is not yet clear if the ailing ex-leader will walk free after over two years in detention, officials said. Prosecutors may appeal the order, which comes following a hearing on charges against Mubarak of accepting gifts from a state-owned newspaper, the last case that has kept him in detention. It is not known if they will file an appeal.
The possibility of Mubarak going free is likely to fuel the unrest already roiling the country after the autocratic leader’s successor, President Mohammed Morsi, was removed in a military coupenter link description here last month. Top prison official Mostafa Baz told the private CBC TV station that his offices will ask the prosecutors Thursday if Mubarak is wanted in other cases. If not, he would be set free. The hearing was held in Tora prison, where Mubarak, 85, has been held for most of his detention since April 2011. Officials cited security concerns as the reason for holding it
in the sprawling, tightly secured facility. Mubarak is now on trial for the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him and other charges. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison last year for failing to stop the killing of some 900 protesters in Egypt’s 2011 uprising. His sentence was overturned on appeal and he is now being retried, along with his security chief and six top police commanders. His trial resumes later this month. He is facing a number of other corruption charges, but no other trial dates have been set. The court officials spoke
anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to the media. Rights lawyer and judicial expert Nasser Amin said procedurally Mubarak should have been released since his sentence was overturned, but that the political circumstances may delay letting him go. ‘’His release will cause chaos,’’ he said. ‘’It will be used by Islamists as proof of the return of the old regime.’’ Egyptian authorities have continued their crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, arresting the group’s supreme leader and other senior figures and sending them to trial.
Blast near railway station in chaman kills two, injures 15 QUETTA: A blast near the Chaman railway station situated near the Pak-Afghan border killed at least two people and injured another 15 on Wednesday. Security and rescue teams reached the site and shifted the wounded, including women, children and two policemen, to Chaman Civil Hospital where an emergency was imposed. The deputy commissioner of Chaman said the remotely-detonated explosives were planted on a motorcycle which was parked near the ticket booth at the railway station. Security forces cordoned off the railway station after the blast. Railway traffic in the area stood suspended and the Pak-Afghan border at Chaman was also sealed following the incident. STAFF REPORT
pm ready for closed door moot with Kayani: imran MONITORING DESK Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said the prime minister had accepted his demand of holding a closed-door meeting with him and the army chief to get a view of the security situation in the country. Talking in a TV talk show, Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister would also be part of the meeting. To a question, Khan said the PTI had a policy to fight terrorism and to put it forward the party needed a forum like the all-parties conference. “But before the APC, I want to meet the army chief and Nawaz Sharif, along with KP CM,” he said. Asked about the reason for his insistence over the demand, Khan said he wanted to know “how the nation’s hands had been tied”. “We want to know about no-go areas, about drone attacks so that we can make a better policy. For example we kept condemning drone attacks but later found out that the government (of Pervez Musharraf) had given permission for the attacks, so it’s better to clear things first.” The PTI chief said if “you want to stop terrorism, you have to stop drone attacks first”. To a question, he said if the Balochistan or Sindh chief minister wished to meet the COAS, they had the right to demand so.
sC annuls lakhra power plant project
obama, singh talks to Bradley manning sentenced to focus on regional stability 35 years in prison over leaks WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit the White House next month for talks with President Barack Obama to “highlight India’s role in regional security and stability,” an official statement said. The meeting between the two leaders has assumed greater importance in view of impending US drawdown from Afghanistan, where PakistanIndia rivalry for influence has raised concerns in Washington. The Obama administration has been praising New Delhi for supporting Kabul’s economic development plan but it is also concerned that the recent tensions between the two nuclear powers, Pakistan and India, on the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region could negatively affect its plans to conclude the Afghan War by 2014 and leave behind a relatively stable Afghanistan. Washington needs Islamabad’s
support to end its long war in Afghanistan on Pakistan’s western border. Recently, the United States is pressuring India to hold talks with Pakistan to resolve tensions between the south Asian countries. According to a statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden, the US and Indian national security advisers have discussed India’s support for a stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan and “exchanged ideas on enhancing security cooperation, reviewed progress on the civil nuclear and clean energy cooperation and explored greater collaboration on climate change”. Singh previously visited Washington in 2009 and President Obama has visited India in 2010. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to chart a course toward enhanced trade, investment and development cooperation between the US and India.
FORT MEADE AGENCIES
Bradley Manning, the US army private who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison following his conviction on espionage and theft charges. He will be eligible for parole. The sentence ended a drawn out legal saga over the fate of a man who has become a polarising figure in American politics, hailed by some as a brave whistleblower who shed light on controversial US policies and denounced as a traitor by others. The sentence by the judge in the case, Colonel Denise Lind, was far less than the maximum 90 year sentence Manning could have received. He was found guilty of leaking more than 700,000 documents and battlefield videos to WikiLeaks, the website
founded by Julian Assange. Experts said Manning could ultimately serve as little as ten years under the judge’s order. Last week, the former army intelligence analyst appealed for clemency. “I am sorry I hurt people. I’m sorry that I hurt the United States,” Manning, 25, told a sentencing hearing at his court martial. “I am apologising for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me.” In July, Manning was found guilty of nearly all of the charges that had been levelled against him during his two month military trial at Fort Meade, except for the most serious: aiding the enemy. To have been found guilty of giving aid to the enemy, the court would have had to find that Manning passed specific information to US
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“enemies”. The leaks were widerranging and had a profound impact on the public’s understanding of US activities abroad. They revealed new details about the death of Iraqi civilians, tensions between the US and Pakistan, the names of Afghan informers, and footage of the US mistakenly gunning down civilians from a helicopter in 2007 in Iraq, including two Reuters journalists. The Obama administration has been criticised for heavy-handed treatment of whistleblowers, including Manning, and has been tested by a steady stream of leaks from within the administration and from rogue sources, including Edward Snowden. The former US contractor has sought refuge in Russia after releasing troves of information about US surveillance programmes.
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court in a hearing on Wednesday nullified the Lakhra Power Plant Project. A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, resumed the hearing of Lakhra Power Plant’s privatisation case. During the hearing, Water and Power Secretary Saif Allah Chattha told the bench that the government had delayed the privatisation of the Lakhra Power Project until a final decision was taken by the court. The court then asked the federal government to submit a written response with regards to the statement. WAPDA’s attorney Shahid Hamid stated that public interest was kept in view in the initial contract that took place on Dec 15, 2007. Hamid added that if the court considered the contract as not transparent enough, WAPDA was willing to enter into a contract with any other company. Chief Justice Chaudhry however remarked that an in-house decision had already been taken on whether the project was to be awarded to the Associated Group or not. After a short recess, the court issued a short order according to which the lease of Lakhra Power Plant was declared as illegal. The court stated that there were blatant violations in the lease of the project and said that the agreement between WAPDA and Associated Group was not transparent. The hearing over the case was adjourned while the Supreme Court ordered the government to form a committee to further investigate into the matter.