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radical Myanmar Buddhist monk unhurt in bomb blast

India, pakistan urged to build on emerging opportunities

A bomb exploded meters away from a radical Buddhist monk as he delivered a mass sermon in Myanmar, police said on Monday, the latest flare-up in tensions pitting Buddhists against minority Muslims. Wirathu, the prominent monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims, said he believed the blast on Sunday evening in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, was intended to silence him. page 07

Under Pakistan-India track-II diplomacy, top parliamentarians, opinion-makers, former army officers and diplomats have called upon the governments of both neighbouring states to build on emerging opportunities that could well provide space for sustained improvement in their bilateral relations. Key opinion makers and policy experts from India and Pakistan met in Bangkok for the 12th round of the Chaophraya Dialogue. page 18

‘UK govt responsible for ptI leader Zahra shahid’s murder’ story on page 04

Christian couple charged with blasphemy in gojra

new charges in Hansie Cronje fixing scandal

A Christian couple in Gojra has been charged under the blasphemy law for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to a local Muslim, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to details, the Gojra City Police Station registered a case [FIR No. 407/13] under Section 295-C of the country’s blasphemy law against Shafqat Masih, 43, and his wife Shagufta, 40, on Sunday on a complaint filed by one Rana Muhammad Ejaz. page 04

Indian police were expected on Monday to file charges against bookmakers, 13 years after a match-fixing scandal involving the late South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, a police source said. Police have prepared a “detailed charge sheet” expected to be presented before a chief metropolitan magistrate in New Delhi against five bookies, the source said. page 20


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nisar hints at ‘indiscriminate operation’ in Karachi

INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS CENTRE TO EXTEND ALL SUPPORT TO SINDH FOR MAINTAINING PEACE KARACHI

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NTERIOR Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said an indiscriminate operation would be carried out against criminal elements in Karachi. Talking to reporters after meeting Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Pir Sibghatullah Rashidi on Monday, Nisar said the situation in Karachi cannot be settled in a day or two and the government should move forward to tackle the problems. “Under the 18th Constitutional Amendment‚ maintaining law and order is a provincial subject‚ however, the federation will extend all possible help to the provincial administration to bring peace to Karachi,” he said. NO GOVERNOR’S RULE Nisar rejected media reports about imposition of governor’s rule in Sindh. He said a roadmap will be prepared by taking into confidence all stakeholders for bringing peace in the country’s financial hub. The interior minister said the masses had given mandate to a single party in the centre and to other parties in the province, and it was a collective responsibility of all parties to focus on the issue and make all possible efforts to resolve the issue once and for all.

ecp rejects govt’s plea, presidential polls on 6th ISLAMABAD

Nisar added that Karachi was the lifeline of the national economy and the state could not afford the prevailing lawlessness in the city. The interior minister was a reminder of former interior minister Rehman Malik, who used to issue similar statements that the Centre would assist the Sindh govern-

ment to maintain durable peace in the city. Nisar’s meetings were also akin Malik, his short visit ending with briefings and closed-door party meetings. Earlier, the interior minister held a meeting with the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh chapter headed by Mohammadmian Soomro, Illahi Bux Soomro,

Mumtaz Bhutto, Saleem Zia and Ismail Rahu. The elected MPAs were also present on the occasion. Sources privy to the meeting told Pakistan Today that the PML-N Sindh leaders briefed the interior minister about the poor governance in the province and failure of the law enforcement agencies in maintain-

SC orders legislation for LG polls by Aug 15

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has refused to change the date of the coming presidential election, with ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan saying polling to elect the country’s next president would take place on August 6 as announced. Khan said the election for the president would be held in accordance with the schedule announced by the election commission on July 16. Soon after the schedule’s announcement, the government had sought a change in the schedule on account of the notion that several members of parliament and provincial assemblies would be in Saudi Arabia to perform Umra and some of them may be sitting in Aitekaf. The ECP had started issuing nomination forms for the election soon after the schedule’s announcement. These can be submitted by July 24 and would subsequently be scrutinised on July 26. From the Pakistan Muslim League– Nawaz, the names of Sartaj Aziz, Justice (r) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui and Mamnoon Hussain have been put forward as the candidates for the post. The Pakistan People’s Party is nominating Raza Rabbani, a PPP senator, as its candidate.

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The Supreme Court on Monday directed all provincial governments and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to complete their legal preparations with respect to local bodies elections by August 15. It further added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should have the elections arranged by September 15. “Governments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and ICT administration are allowed to complete the process of promulgating new laws and initiate the delimitation process to ensure early holding of local bodies elections,” said a three-judge Supreme court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The bench comprised Justice Jawwad S Khwaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed. It observed that the elections need to be held in order to enable the general public to participate in good governance. Director General Elections ECP, Sher Afgan apprised the bench of the legal requirement which states that the commission needs to be given at

LG eLections once Law and order improves in Karachi: Qaim KARACHI INP

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said on Monday that local government (LG) elections would be held in the province once the security situation of Karachi improved. “We have asked the Supreme Court of Pakistan for six months time to hold the elections,” said Shah, adding that peace could only be achieved through the joint efforts of the federal and provincial governments. Shah said the meeting with Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was fruitful. Khan visited Karachi on Monday for a briefing on the security situation in Karachi. least 90 days to hold elections after provincial government’s request. Afgan said that in normal course the ECP needed 60 days to hold general elections while in the case of assemblies dissolving, they would require 90 days. However, Advocate General Punjab Mustafa Ramday said that the provincial government only needed between two to three weeks. AG Sindh Khalid Javaid said that Sindh government would also be pre-

pared but opined that it would be better if they were given time till December 31, 2013. The governments of Balochistan and K-P had given their consents earlier and sought a definite date from the ECP. Deputy Attorney General Sajid Ilyas Bhatti representing ICT administration said the federal government was ready to hold LB polls in the rural areas of the capital but needed amendments in local government act 1979 to hold elections in urban areas of Islamabad.

ing law and order. They said the law enforcement agencies had failed to maintain writ in the city and the Sindh government was also not sincere in resolving the law and order issue. “The extortion mafia has badly affected economic activities in the city, however, the rangers and police, who do strict job for the common man, seem helpless and failed before the terrorists,” a source quoted one of the participants as saying. In the afternoon, Interior Minister Nisar headed to the Rangers Headquarters where he held a one-on-one meeting with Sindh Rangers Director General Major General Rizwan Akhtar. In the meeting, sources said the DG informed Nisar about the rangers’ intelligence and operational network, its overall performance, coordination with the local police in maintaining law and order and its support to the Sindh government. Then the interior minister later reached the Chief Minister’s House where he chaired a high-powered meeting on law and order. After the briefing, Nisar went to the Governor’s House and met Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan. The meeting lasted for more than oneand-a-half hour. Nisar enquired after the health of MQM chief Altaf Hussain and expressed good wishes on behalf of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Both the leaders discussed in detail the law and order of the province, particularly Karachi and resolved that all resources would be utilised to maintain peace in the city. The interior minister assured that the federal government would provide all out assistance to the Sindh government for maintaining law and order in the province.

ppp asks govt to come clean on ipp payments ISLAMABAD NNI

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has challenged Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to come clean on details of payments to the IPPs while disbursing the Rs 322 billion to them towards clearing the circular debt and has also asked him make public the website on which this information is claimed to have been uploaded. In an interview on Monday, the finance minister claimed that the payments to the IPPs had been made transparently and the details had been placed on the web. In a statement from the PPP’s media office, Senator Farhatullah Babar said a search of the websites of the ministries of Finance as well as Water and Power and also of WAPDA and OGRA revealed that no such details had been uploaded. “If the information is not placed on the website of the related ministries and departments, where has it been placed?” he asked, adding that “this has raised legitimate questions of transparency and accountability”. He said the information available on the website of the Finance Ministry about a July 2 meeting simply said the ECC was informed that a sum of Rs 322 billion had been paid to the IPPs. “It is a bare statement of a fact known to everyone,” he said. “What was needed to be disclosed but was not are the details about the power produced by each IPP, the time during which it was produced, the rate at which it was paid and the total amount paid to each power producer.” He said a detailed technical audit of the IPPs was an essential prerequisite but no such audit was actually carried out before doling out billions to the power producers.


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‘ambitious’ energy policy formulated ISLAMABAD

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HE much-awaited National Energy Policy 2013-18 has been formulated by the government and would be presented in the Council of Common Interest (CCI) on Tuesday for final approval. The policy aims at achieving the goals of social development and prosperity for the country, highlighted earlier as ‘Roshan Pakistan’ in Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) manifesto. Under the policy, power sector subsidy would be phased out till an end to it, while an end to load shedding would be made possible till 2017 and surplus electricity in 2018. Privatisation of government owned power plants and few power distributing companies (Discos), bringing the double digit cost of power generation to a single digit, restructuring of water and power ministry, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) adjustment of outstanding dues owned by the government owned and privately owned bodies through federal adjusters, and formation of regional transmission and power trading system would be made. The draft copy of National Energy Policy 2013-18 discloses that Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power had developed this energy policy to support the current and future energy needs of the country. Highlighting the challenges faced by the ailing energy sector of the country, the new policy says that Pakistan’s power sector is currently afflicted by a number of challenges that have led to a crisis: A yawning supply-demand gap where the demand for electricity far outstrips the current generation capacity (up to 4500-5000mw). Highly expensive generation of electricity (Rs12/unit) is due to an increased dependence on expensive thermal fuel sources (44 per cent of total generation). A terribly inefficient power transmission and distribu-

tion system that currently records losses of 25 to 28pc due to poor infrastructure, mismanagement and theft of electricity. LONG TERm GOALS The new energy policy aims to build a power generation capacity that can meet Pakistan’s energy needs in a sustainable manner. The policy also aims to create a culture of energy conservation and responsibility, ensure the generation of inexpensive and affordable electricity for domestic, commercial and industrial use, minimise pilferage and adulteration in fuel supply and promote world-class efficiency in power generation. It further envisages creating a cutting edge transmission network, minimising financial losses across the system and aligning the ministries involved in the energy sector and improve governance. However, the policy also mentioned that ‘a clear strategy has to be articulated for each of the aforementioned goals in order to actualise the power sector’s aspirations’. POLIcy PRINcIPLES The policy also disclosed that efficiency would be predicted on three pillars of merit order, transparency/automation, and accountability. Similarly, competition will be built on three pillars: upfront tariff and competitive bidding, and key client management. Infrastructure will be developed and incentives provided to attract greater private sector investments. The government will set the foundations of energy cities and corridors and sponsor public-private partnership for coal and run of river projects. The government will also redesign and strengthen the national grid transmission network and build a regional transmission and power trading system. The government would like to limit its role to policy making and unless necessary, service delivery will be promoted through a fiercely competitive and transparent private sector. The tariff and competitive bidding process will be controlled by a world-class regulatory authority. Up-front tariffs will be set for low cost fuel and competitive bid-

cci taKes up six-point ‘nationaL aGenda’ today ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Council of Common Interest (CCI) will meet today (Tuesday) with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair to take up a sixpoint agenda, being termed the ‘national agenda’ by the prime minister. The meeting will undertake discussion and input on the National Energy Policy 2013-18, legal measures recommended for amendments in laws to curb power and gas theft and interprovincial transfer and fiscal discipline. A well-placed source informed Pakistan Today that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM Pervez Khattak, Shahbaz Sharif from Punjab and Dr Abdul Malik from Balochistan had given their consent to attend the moot. The six-point CCI agenda includes briefing on the CCI affairs, National Energy Policy 2013-18, Gas theft control and recovery draft bill, amendments proposed in Petroleum Policy 2012, interprovincial transfer and fiscal discipline, and offences and penalties relating to electricity, including amendments in Pakistan Penal Codes (PPC) and criminal procedure code (CrPC). “The prime minister would ask the provincial chief ministers to ensure lawmaking in their respective provinces for effective control of gas and power leakages. These include gas theft control and recovery draft bill and offences and penalties relating to electricity (amendments in PPC and CrPC) passed by provinces,” the source added. “After approval by the CCI, the energy policy would be sent to the federal cabinet for approval, likely to be on July 25,” the source said, adding that the policy also aimed at reforming the power sector, while removal of subsidies had also been recommended. The chief ministers of the provinces have been asked to give their input on the energy policy for improving the electricity generation, overcoming load shedding and improving the collection of electricity bills from consumers.

ding will be used to decrease the costs further. Similarly, a transparency and competitive process will be established to privatise government assets. SUPPLy STRATEGy Overall, the strategy to achieve the above goal is focused on attracting and directing local and foreign investments towards rapidly expanding the power generation capacity. Investments can only be encouraged if the sector is made attractive and bankable by treating the subsidy to the abject poor and clearing it out through cross subsidisation mechanisms. DEmAND mANAGEmENT STRATEGy “The strategy may impose timing restrictions for evening commercial activities and introduce time of use metering to discourage utilisation during the peak hours by charging different rates for on and off peak timings. Solar and alternative power solution will be encouraged for end users, street lighting, electronic billboards, neon lighting, shop front signage, etc. In addition, the price signal articulated through reducing and targeting subsidy will naturally optimise demand and utilisation,” National Energy Policy 2013-18 reads. AffORDAbLE POwER STRATEGy The strategy focuses on shifting Pakistan’s energy mix towards low cost sources such as hydel, gas, coal, nuclear and biomass. Local and foreign investment will aggressively sought for small and medium size run of river hydel projects. Selected hydel projects under development will be positioned for privatisation. Multilateral agencies will be invited to partner in large infrastructure hydel projects. LNG terminals will be developed in close collaboration with friendly countries such as China. Development of coastal energy corridors based upon imported coal (mixed later with local coal), rapid proliferation of coal mining all across the country-especially at Thar and conversion of expensive RFO (residual fuel oil) based plants to coal are the central tenets of coal policy. The proposed strategy will change

the energy mix of Pakistan in favour of low cost sources and significantly reduce the burden of energy to the end consumer. SUPPLy cHAIN STRATEGy Once the relief from load shedding is forthcoming because of a decreased supply and demand gap. This strategy will focus on redirecting the supply of fuel from inefficient GENCOs to the most efficient IPPs (independent power producers). This reallocation alone has the potential of saving Rs3billion per month and generation an additional 500mw of electricity. At the same time, water and power ministry will sign performance contracts with GENCOs, PSO and fuel transporters and hold them accountable for the quality and theft of oil. Fuel procurement contracts may be made open sourced to eliminate the power of a single supplier. Leakage will be plugged by building fuel pipeline where possible and open decanting. In the event that fuel is found to be missing or adulterated, the fuel economic value of the fuel will be appropriated to the end receiver. GENERATION STRATEGy The strategy focuses on establishing plant efficiency through external heat rate testing, building a merit order accordingly, and allocating fuel to the more meritorious plants. Allocations will be made public online to increase the transparency. The strategy calls for the privatisation or O&M based leasing of GENCOs. TRANSmISSION STRATEGy The transmission strategy is based on installation of upgrade SCADA software to optimise transmission and monitor its losses. Dispatch will be based on economic order and internal/audit control will be established on dispatch and payment. Plants will be built closer to load centers; high voltage transmission lines will be expanded; and the 220kv rings around cities will be strengthened. DISTRIbUTION STRATEGy In short term, performance contract will be signed with the heads of distribution companies and their respective boards fo-

Fearing backlash, PM postpones plan to address nation on energy policy MEDIA GURUS TO BE TAKEN INTO CONFIDENCE OVER THE NEW ENERGY POLICY TODAY ISLAMABAD TAyyAb huSSAIN

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has scrapped his plan to address the nation and rather he has decided to take editors, senior journalists and some anchors into confidence over the energy crisis and the government’s policy on it today (Tuesday). The prime minister had to address the nation on Monday but the address was cancelled without any formal announcement. A source told Pakistan Today that Nawaz decided not to address the nation after he was advised by

some of his close aides that he should not go directly to the masses over the sensitive matter. “Following the recent incidents of violence over unabated load shedding across the country and especially in Punjab, the government has changed its strategy and it has been decided that the premier should only address the nation with a good news,” the source said. The source added that since the government had decided to do away with the subsidies in the energy policy, the prime minister had been advised to use the media to project the government’s case to the public.

“Since the government is going to take an unpopular decision due to increase in the price of power, it has been decided that senior journalists and anchors would be briefed over the issue and the government’s policy to meet the challenging situation, including some unpopular decisions in the energy policy such as increasing power prices,” the source added. The source said Nawaz would make an attempt to convince the media on the PML-N government’s rationale behind the measures recommended in the energy policy. The government had decided to do away with the subsidies in electricity bills for the poor following its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, which had promised $5.3 billion loan to the PML-N government.

cused on reducing distribution losses due to technical reason, theft, and lack of recovery/ collection. Smart meters will be installed at the feeder level, profit and loss accounts will to be managed at the feeder level, and the accountability will be appropriated to the Executive Engineer. A regime of reward and punishment will be use to improve efficiency and decrease theft. In the medium term, the efficiency will be improved by privatising a selected number of distribution companies. fINANcIAL EffIcIENcy STRATEGy The strategy is geared towards punishing private defaulters and proposes severing the electric connection of defaulters after 60 days of non-payment and only reconnecting them to the grid with pre-paid meters. External collection agencies may also be sourced to improve cash flows. At the same time, load-shedding may be focused on areas of high theft and low collections as opposed to the current structure of indiscriminate load-shedding. GOVERNANcE STRATEGy The strategy requires the reformation of structural and regulatory aspects of NEPRA and OGRA to improve efficiencies. New business models including power exchanges and wheeling charges will be explored. Finally, the Ministry of Water and Power will be restructured to strengthen its functional expertise. Directorates will be created for key functions (i.e generation, transmission and distribution) and key organisation such as CPPA, and NTDC will be reformed. LASTING ImPAcT The successful implantation of this policy will lead to enormous improvement within the power sector. By 2017, the supply-demand gap could be eradicated completely; and by the end of the five-year term of the current government the will be power surplus. The cost of power generation will be reduced to a single digit per unit, and the efficiency improvements in transmission and distribution will decrease the burden of power the end consumer.

Lhc seeks report from discos on power theft LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday adjourned the hearing of a petition against load shedding and sought a report by July 26 from distribution companies (DISCOs) on electricity theft. The petition was filed by Judicial Activism Panel, a public interest litigation firm. As proceedings started, Gujranwala Electrical Power Company (GEPCO) counsel told the court that load shedding was not being observed during Sehr and Iftar whereas the petitioner’s counsel said power outages continued despite Ramadan. He said the time span of the outages was reduced due to the fall in temperature after the recent rains and not because of improved performance of the power companies. He further said Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) former chief Muhammad Saleem’s removal had led to unrest among honest officers. The chief justice asked the government to inform the court of the reason for removing former LESCO chief, saying the court would intervene in the matter only if non-transparency was apparent. APP

Power tariff set to rise again by October ISLAMABAD ANwER AbbAS

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is thinking of raising the power tariff once again, and the decision is likely to be finalised in the upcoming meeting of the Council of Common Interest today (Tuesday), Pakistan Today learnt through a reliable source on Monday. This time the proposal that is under review is raising the electricity tariff to up to Rs 14 per unit for domestic consumers and Rs 19 per unit for industrial consumers. The sources said in the recent negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Pakistani side

– led by Minister Finance Ishaq Dar – had assured the visiting delegates that the government would withdraw all subsidies given in account of electricity. In wake of the talks, the PML-N government has decided to raise the power tariff for domestic as well as commercial consumers from October. Under the plan, initially, the power tariff for the domestic consumer would be raised from Rs 5.79 to Rs 14. However, domestic users consuming less than 300 units of electricity are likely to be exempted. On the other hand, the electricity price per unit for industrial consumers is expected to be raised from the current Rs 8.22 per unit to Rs 19 per unit. The reviewed proposal would be

floated in the session of the Council of Common Interest today amid seeking approval for the proposal from the provinces, especially Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The federal government will have a hard time convincing the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Sindh governments, as resistance is expected from the two provinces where the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People’s Party are in power. During the meeting, the issue of circular debt worth Rs 23 billion would also be discussed that would be finalised by the CCI. The country is currently facing a short fall of 3,500 megawatts of electricity as the demand is around 16,500MW. Pakistan is receiving 5,400MW of

electricity from its hydro power resources, and 1,850MW from thermal power resources while independent power producers are contributing 6,200MW to the national grid. Meanwhile, Dar, the finance minister has claimed that payments worth Rs 480 billion have been made by the government in account of circular debt, following which power generation is expected to rise by 1,700MW in the coming days. The PML-N government released payments of Rs 322 billion in account of circular debt in June, while Rs 158 billion has been recently released. The decision regarding the rest of the payments that are worth Rs 23 billion would be finalised after the CCI meeting today.


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ihc rules against vehicle amnesty scheme COURT SAYS SCHEME CAUSED RS 35 BILLION LOSS TO THE NATIONAL EXCHEQUER ISLAMABAD KAShIF AbbASI

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ELEASING its detailed judgement regarding the vehicle amnesty scheme introduced by the former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in its last days, the Islamabad High Court(IHC) on Monday ordered initiating criminal proceedings against those who had introduced, endorsed and implemented the scheme as it declared the controversial scheme as illegal and a ‘financial National Reconciliation Order (NRO)’.

50,000 VEHICLES REGISTERED UNDER THE SCHEME TO BE SEIZED AND AUCTIONED Petitioner Khawaja Saad Saleem through his counsel Syed Javed Akbar had challenged the scheme in IHC. Issuing a 20-paged detailed judgement, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said the scheme was politically motivated and caused Rs 35 billion loss to the national exchequer. Under the scheme, the PPP government gave duty and tax concessions on illegally imported and smuggled vehicles. The scheme for the regularisation of smuggled vehicles was launched through SRO issued on March 5 and continued till April 6.

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The judge ordered the seizure and auction of over 50,000 vehicles which were registered under the amnesty scheme. The court ruled that tax evaders should be punished and not pampered with pardons. The court declared the scheme as an insult to honest taxpayers saying it was aimed at decriminalising the crime of tax evasion and plundering of national wealth. The scheme was termed by some as a ‘financial NRO’ as the PPP government had decided to exempt the beneficiaries of the scheme from questioning by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The court said if the violators of the law were not brought to book, the detrimental impression that rules were meant to be broken and the law was not supreme

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two hazaras gunned down in Quetta attack QUETTA STAFF REPORT

Two members of the Hazara community were gunned down and two passers-by received injuries in a targeted attack in Quetta on Monday. The deceased were coming from Marriabad in a taxi and passing along Shahrah-e-Iqbal when two armed assailants riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on the cab. As a result, both the driver and passenger received fatal bullet injuries and died before making it to the hospital. However, the two passers-by who got injured were shifted to civil hospital. Meanwhile, around 50 members of the Hazara community staged a protest demonstration at Meezan Chowk close to the site of the murder against the sectarian killing. They raised slogans against the government and police for failure to protect the community. Police said unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on a taxi car, leaving two passengers in the vehicle dead. A case has been registered against the killing. Law enforcement personnel later cordoned off the area and began investigation.

registered under the normal scheme or be reverted to pre-SRO position. This would be a lesson for all proponents of amnesty schemes to refrain from such malicious SROs in the future and also a lesson for the public at large not to jump at opportunities in complete disregard of the rule of law and to instill in them some sense of social responsibility. The judgement further recommended that corrupt government officials must be uprooted through legal action and an enquiry committee be established to examine their corrupt practices. It stated that corruption was a cancer of commerce and it should be eradicated through NAB, FIA or other state agencies. It went on to state that amnesty schemes should be abolished permanently as they were used by politicians to pursue their political objectives at the cost of rule of law.

UK govt responsible for ptI leader Zahra shahid’s murder: Imran

ISLAMABAD Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with an estimated population of 184.35 million in 2012-2013 and is expected to attain fifth position in the world by 2050. The economic survey 2012-13 said the growth rate of population during the fiscal year is 2.0 percent. It said population especially working age population can become an asset of a country and can help the country to prosper at greater rate. It is estimated that median age in Pakistan is 22 years which means Pakistan is a young country. The total population of Pakistan in 201213 is 184.35 million out of this, the working population is 110 million which is the 60 percent of total population. This means that the country has abundant economically active human resource. However, this human resource is not being utilized properly due to lack of human resource development programmes.

would be manifested permanently. Considering Pakistan’s abysmal tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio, such schemes would only further encourage the rampant culture of tax evasion, the court said. The court further observed that the amnesty scheme had not been framed for the welfare of the people of Pakistan but certain influential people had made it for their own benefit. The court observed that for foregoing reasons, the amnesty SRO was inconsistent with Article 25 of the Constitution as it had created an unreasonable classification having no rational nexus with the object of the amnesty. REcOmmENDATIONS: The court ordered that the amnesty scheme be struck down as void ab initio and all cars registered under the scheme must be seized and re-

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said he held the British government responsible for the killing of Zahra Shahid and of the party workers who were killed in the Karachi riots on May 12, 2007. Talking to reporters after an Iftar dinner in London, Khan said he would not sit idle until the killers of PTI leader Zahra Shahid were arrested and asked the British government to stop its citizens from fanning violence in Pakistan. Khan said he had already informed the British ambassador that certain British citizens were fanning violence in Karachi but the British government failed to stop the provocative speeches aired from England. He said he had provided proof of a Karachi-based political party’s involvement in killings to the Scotland Yard but no one contacted him in this regard. Khan alleged that massive rigging took place in May 11 elections, and if the culprits were not brought to justice, the same elements would win the next elections with an even bigger margin. On the other hand, MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi strongly criticized

naB to file application seeking Gilani’s arrest warrants today ISLAMABAD ONLINE

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is all set to seek the arrest warrants of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani from the Accountability Court in the OGRA scam. Sources said NAB will file an application in the AC today (Tuesday) and try to seek Gilani’s arrest warrants. The NAB deputy chairman has accorded approval to the filing of the application. NAB wanted to investigate Gilani in connection with the appointment of former OGRA chief Tauqir Sadiq and had been issued summons thrice but Gilani had not appeared in court once. Gilani took the plea before the media that being former prime minister he enjoyed immunity and he would not appear before NAB or the FIA. Per NAB rules, it can obtain arrest warrants for any person who fails to appear before it despite being summoned three times. NAB will produce Sadiq, the prime accused in Rs 80 billion OGRA scam today in the AC and will try to seek his physical remand for 14 days more. Sources in NAB said Sadiq had yet to be interrogated with regards to the OGRA scam. Important revelations had been made by Sadiq during the interrogation so far therefore, more investigation was needed. The sources said it had been found that Sadiq had seven bank accounts in Pakistan, his brother Tanvir Sadiq had 23, brother Taufiq Mehmood Sadiq had seven and his other relatives also had seven bank accounts in the country that were all being operated by Tauqir Sadiq. The sources said million of rupees were lying in these bank accounts. However, NAB is conducting investigations to detect any offshore bank accounts in Sadiq’s name.

IMran KHan Meets aUssIe Model man set on fire by Before retUrnIng to paKIstan in-laws in multan MELBOURNE: Lara Bingle has apparently still maintained her links with the cricketing world even after splitting with Australian cricketer Michael Clarke. The 26-year-old beauty was recently seen dinning with iconic former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, the Australian media reported. Rich British financier Ben Goldsmith accompanied the duo to London’s members-only 5 Hertford Street club. A source told the publication that Bingle has known Khan for years and they are good friends. INP

Khan’s statement, saying the PTI leader was trying to protect his declining reputation and popularity among the people by leveling allegations against the MQM. He alleged that the PTI had failed

to fulfill their promise regarding drone attacks and claimed that the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was patronising Taliban and other militant groups.

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A man was shifted to hospital in a critical condition on Monday after he was set on fire by his in-laws. According to police, Mairaj married his relative a few months ago but problems developed soon after the marriage and his wife returned back to her parents’ home. When he went to bring her back, his in-laws physically tortured him, sprinkled petrol on him and set him on fire. He was later shifted to Nishtar Hospital for treatment.

Christian couple charged with blasphemy in gojra CHRISTIAN POLITICAL LEADERS SUSPECT FOUL PLAY LAHORE AShER JOhN

A Christian couple in Gojra has been charged under the blasphemy law for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages to a local Muslim, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to details, the Gojra City Police Station registered a case [FIR No. 407/13] under Section 295-C of the country’s blasphemy law against Shafqat Masih, 43, and his wife Shagufta, 40, on Sunday on a complaint filed by one Rana Muhammad Ejaz who alleged that he had received blasphemous text messages from a number registered in the name of Shagufta.

Gojra City Police Station House Officer Inspector Muhammad Nisar told Pakistan Today that the police had verified that the SIM used to send the blasphemous text messages was registered in Shagufta’s name while her husband had “admitted” using it in his phone to send the messages to Ejaz. Shagufta works at Gojra’s Saint John’s School as a maid. Her husband is physically handicapped but takes care of the campus as a night watchman. The couple reportedly has four children between the ages of five and 11. Inspector Nisar said that Shafqat had admitted to his “crime” when taken into custody and his confession remained unchanged before a judicial magistrate. POLIcE HOSTILE: Rufus Solomon, a minorities leader of the opposition Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) party told Pakistan

Today that he had visited Gojra to enquire about the incident as the local Christians had informed him of a tense situation developing in the area which has previously seen a violent attack by enraged Muslims in 2009. Eight Christians were burnt alive and about 40 houses and a church were set on fire by the mobs following allegations that local Christians had desecrated the Holy Quran. “The police were very hostile and refused to share their investigation with us. They even refused to hand over a copy of the FIR to us, claiming that the Faisalabad Regional Police Officer (RPO) had ordered them to seal it because of the sensitivity of the situation. But the SHO was lying as we managed to get a copy of the FIR from the very police station after a few hours. This one action of the police makes the case suspicious,” said Solomon. Solomon called for an inde-

pendent enquiry into the incident, lamenting that cases of persecution of minorities rise in Punjab whenever the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz is in government. “Shafqat’s statement could have been taken forcibly to appease the mobs. If he has committed the crime then he should be dealt with according to the law but the case must be investigated on merit. The life of two people is at stake therefore the chief minister should ensure that justice is administered,” he said. AccUSED SAyS ‘cONfESSION fORcED’: Sources have meanwhile told Pakistan Today that Shafqat has denied sending the blasphemous text messages. “Shafqat says the couple has been framed in a false case. He says that the police had forced him to record his confession before the magistrate,” said an official of a local Christian rights outfit, requesting not to be named. Although the official has not

visited the accused couple in jail himself, he claimed that two lawyers representing his NGO had met with Shafqat and recorded his statement. “The case is quite complex as we have yet to find out the truth,” he said. Napolean Qayyum, a minorities leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, said that it was alarming that Christians were increasingly being accused of blasphemy through text messages. “This is the third incident of this nature where Christians have been booked for allegedly sending blasphemous content via cell phones. The first case was registered in Karachi against Qamar David who was allegedly killed in Karachi Central Prison a couple of years ago. The second case involved a Christian youth, Sajjad Masih who was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Rs 200,000 by a Gojra trial court two weeks ago,” he said.


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group of women stand tensed outside Allah Rakha’s house in Muridke while his wife stridently moans in pain giving birth to her 11th child. Allah Rakha anxiously paces like a steam engine from one corner of his house to the other, nervously puffing on his cigarette with a box of sweets in his hands, desperately waiting for the ‘big news’. The door opens and the midwife, sweating from head to toe, slowly comes outside the room with her head lowered and hands clasped in one another. Allah Rakha halts, puts out his cigarette, races to the midwife and asks about the child. As Allah Rakha haunts the midwife with his blood-filled inquisitive eyes, the midwife hesitantly murmurs, “The mother and the child are safe.” Allah Rakha jumps with joy, shouts his guts out with happiness, rushes to pick up the sweets box. Beaming with joy, as he trots back while opening the box, he enquires if it’s a boy. The midwife shakes head in negation. Allah Rakha’s smile begins to fade. Recovering from the news, he remarks, “Well, even girls are Allah’s blessings.” As he begins to distribute sweets, the midwife breaks the ‘big news’. “It isn’t a girl either.” The sweets box drops from Rakha’s hand! As the news spread the village, Baba Nazia, a guru of the eunuchs, begins to frequent Rakha’s house, begging to grant him the custody of the child. “This child is ours. It has nothing to do with your family. Allow me to take this child with me in my world. I will raise it as my own. It will be safe and comfortable with more of its kind,” Baba Nazia continues to beg for the custody. Rakha names his child Resham and raises her for four years. All this while Baba Nazia continues to visit his place and ask for Resham. After four years of hectic efforts, Baba Nazia finally gets a breakthrough. Rakha agrees to cast out his flesh and bones. Baba Nazia brings Resham to Kingra, a village few kilometers from Raiwind, and hands her over to Guru Parveen, who takes the responsibility of Resham’s upbringing. wE ARE PURE!: Resham, 22 years old now, lives with Parveen at Kingra. “I am not like other eunuchs you see in your city,” Resham begins to speak.

Yes my parents abandoned me but this is where I belong! My Guru Parveen is everything to me. She taught me to recite Quran, educated me in the nearby school and taught me never to beg or sell out my body to anyone! I have to make sure that I don’t blemish the 300-year-old spotless tradition of my gurus.

“Yes my parents abandoned me but this is where I belong! My Guru Parveen is everything to me. She taught me to recite Quran, educated me in the nearby school and taught me never to beg or sell out my body to anyone! I have to make sure that I don’t blemish the 300-year-old spotless tradition of my gurus.” Resham speaks proudly of her lineage. Oozing with self esteem and dignity she vows to never have indulged in any sexual activity with anyone. “The eunuchs in the city have spoiled our repute. They involve in all kinds of bad activities and beg and dirty the society. Eunuchs are supposed to be pure beings. We are the ones who are respected in holy places for our body is clean from all the sins other humans commit,” says Resham. Her guru tells the history of their lineage and of Resham as she very respectfully offers ‘lassi’ to Pakistan Today’s staff at her house. “No one dares to enter our house with a bad intention. The noble guests, however, are respected,” Guru Parveen speaks out gently. “Resham’s mother still visits her every four to

five months. We sit and eat together. She is satisfied for I have taken good care of Resham. However, I regret that I could not get her educated beyond 8th grade. She was growing up and the people would make fun of her. I had to get her out of the mental torture.” Parveen tells Pakistan Today that a few houses in the village offered them food. They got up early in the morning, collected food and returned to their house before dusk. No one was allowed to knock their door post dusk, Parveen stressed repeatedly, reiterating their revulsion from sexual activities. “I don’t get how the eunuchs in your city bear children. True eunuchs are incapable of producing a child. Basically, they are imposters who dance half naked on a rich man’s gesture and then end up getting pregnant. They are lustful beasts who would do anything for money. They bring bad name to our entire noble community,” says Parveen. Resham sadly admits that she was scared moving in the society. The people in the streets would pitch in indecent proposals while others would hurl abuses. “What have I done to deserve this treatment from the society? I have never had sex, never danced at a function, never begged and regularly offer my prayers as we strive to live a noble life. And what do I get? A tag of a prostitute! Of the society’s filth and what not! Why can’t the government do something for us?” Resham cries out. Parveen’s eyes are filled with tears as she pacifies Resham. “You are wasting your time. Why are

you here? What will you do with our story? Publish it? That’s all? What will happen then? Nothing! Our leaders are just way too respected to come and help us; do something to uplift our status in the society. They feel unlucky to share the same breathing space with us. Even if a leader makes it this far to our house, we all know what that noble leader would ask for at the sight of a virgin eunuch. Just let it be…”


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Hamza for quality products during Ramadan LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) National Assembly Member (MNA) Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that the government was committed to the smooth provision of essential commodities at low rates in Ramadan bazaars. “No compromise will be made on the quality of commodities,” he told the Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin, along with the heads of various departments supervising Ramadan bazaars. Hamza said that Ramadan bazaars should be made model bazaars for their facilities and arrangements. “Comprehensive arrangements have been made for the provision of essential items to people. Since the month of Ramadan commenced during the monsoon, special arrangements should also be made to facilitate visitors. A subsidy of Rs 3.2 billion on flour is being provided, under which ten kg flour has been made available for Rs 315 in Ramadan bazaars,” he said. Hamza directed the officers to keep an eye on shopkeepers involved in short-measuring and profiteering. “They should be dealt with an iron hand,” he said. APP

health secretary wants epi’s third-party evaluation LAHORE

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EALTH Secretary Hassan Iqbal has ordered that director level officers should be nominated as third parties to evaluate the performance of the Extended Programme of Immunisation (EPI), along with District and Tehsil Headquarters (DHQ and THQ) Hospitals and Health Centers. Iqbal directed that every officer should furnish a monthly performance report of his section, and warned that he will not spare anyone who provides wrong information on his section. He issued these directions while presiding over a high level meeting of Punjab Health

Department programme directors and senior officers at Director General Health Services on Monday. Those in attendance included Health Director General Dr Tanvir Ahmad and directors of Punjab AIDS Control Programme, TB DOTS programme, Maternal Neonate and Child Health (MNCH) programme, Lady Health Workers programme, Food & Nutrition programme, dengue control, EPI, CDC and others. Iqbal said that, due to the recent heavy rains, there is a chance of dengue mosquitoes breeding at a large scale, necessitating a focus on dengue control by the Health Department. He said that a Dengue Day should be observed this month, and a vigorous awareness campaign should be launched through the media. Iqbal also

directed health education stalls to be organised for religious and cultural occasions, including the festivals on Urs, to promote health education among the masses. At the meeting, Iqbal also directed officers to adopt the habit of working on their own, and said that there should no need to keep reminding them of their duties. He said that, while visiting various district hospitals, he had observed that many Health executive district officers (EDOs) had not visited the facilities in their respective districts for the last six months, and that they were not aware of the needs of DHQ, THQ hospitals and Health Centers in their areas. In the future, he said, every EDO Health will be responsible for these activities in his respective district and should

be conducting field visits to review the state of things. Iqbal said that the Punjab Health Department has a large workforce and it is the responsibility of the officers to utilise this human resource in a befitting manner. He said that guidelines for the strengthening of primary healthcare system have been prepared, and directed the Health director general to call a meeting of all Health EDOs so that they could be briefed on these guidelines to ensure effective implementation. Iqbal also added that, due to the flooding situation in the province, all the Health Department officers should be reachable by telephone, even on holidays, and should not leave their station without prior permission.

mother, dauGhter shot dead LAHORE: Unidentified gunmen killed a woman and her daughter in Johar Town. According to police, the gunmen forcefully entered the house of Chaudhry Shahid Hussain and started firing. Hussain’s wife, Tahira, and their 18-year-old daughter Tehreem received serious bullet injuries in the incident. While being taken to the hospital, they succumbed to their injuries. Police have opened an investigation and begun a search for the gunmen. STAFF REPORT

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Legislation for LB govt in Punjab by August 15: Sanaullah LAHORE ONLINE

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has assured that legislation for local body (LB) government in Punjab will soon be introduced, adding that the Supreme Court verdicts regarding the issue will be abided. Speaking to media on Monday, Sanaullah announced that a meeting will be held on July 24. August 15 is the deadline for such legislation, the

electoral procedures for which will be assured through mutual consensus. “We would be referring to the Election Commission for delimitations,” he said. The minister added that the masses should be given a chance for elections at the councilor level, enabling them to elect any social worker in town committee elections and at the corporate level. Details for the proceedings will be debated in the assembly.

LHC investigates LESCO chief’s removal LAHORE INP

The Lahore High Court (LHC) sought the reasons behind the removal of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO)’s chief executive on Monday.

LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case pertaining to load shedding, during which the petitioner’s counsel informed the court that load shedding is being carried out during sehr and iftar timings despite the government’s assurances

to the contrary. The counsel added that LESCO’s chief executive was removed from his post without any reason. In response, the court directed the government’s counsel to inform the court of measures taken to end load shedding, and to

submit a report on electricity theft from power distribution companies. The deputy attorney general told the LHC that the situation has improved thanks to the pleasant weather. The case hearing was adjourned until July 26.

LAHORE: The government is planning to recover illegal arms and ammunition from all over the country in an attempt to improve law and order. Sources said that provincial heads will soon be asked to get ready for a crackdown on illegal arm holders and smugglers. According to Home Department sources, the country is storing a huge quantity of illegal weapons. “Our enemies are cashing in on the Karachi situation and trying to weaken Pakistan,” they said. Sources maintained that owing to a series of bomb attacks, the previous government was not able to give enough attention to checking arms smuggling into the country. They said that the present government, however, was taking all possible measures to prevent arms smuggling and to recover illegal weapons in the country. Before launching the drive, people will be appealed to step forward and identify elements with illegal arms or who are involved in arms smuggling, they said. Heavy cash prizes will be given to officers who recover illegal arms and ammunition. APP

Lda estate manaGement director in pLace LAHORE: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General Ahad Khan Cheema has posted Waseem Abbas (Ex-PCS/BS-18) as the new director of estate management for Quaid-e- Azam Town upon his joining the LDA on deputation. According to a notification, Land Development III Director Moazzam Rasheed has been relieved of the additional charge of this post. APP


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CAIRO: The ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s family held a press conference in Cairo’s Engineers’ Syndicate Monday to denounce the “illegal detention” of their father, accusing the army of “kidnapping” him. Mohamed Morsi, who was the first elected civil president to rule Egypt, was removed from his post by the army amid massive protests against him on 3 July. Since his removal, Morsi has been kept in an undisclosed location. Key attendees included Morsi’s daughter Shaimaa, his son osama, and his youngest son Abdallah. Morsi’s daughter criticised the military’s role in what she referred to as a destructive military coup led by the Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the “kidnapping” of her father. “I hold El-Sisi responsible for anything that happens to my father’s health while he is in captivity,” she exclaimed, denouncing his incarceration as “a criminal act against human rights.” Earlier on Monday, Gehad El-Haddad, the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, refuted reports that the ousted president has started a hunger strike in protest of his detention. El-Haddad said that there is no information on Morsi or his whereabouts as there has been no communication with him ever since he was removed from his post. “Even the EU is concerned about Morsi’s captivity and health illustrated by Catherine Ashton’s recent visit demanding his release,” said Mohamed El-Damaty, head of lawyers syndicate freedoms committee and member of the syndicate’s board. Morsi’s elder son osama, an acting lawyer since 2006, threatened El-Sisi of the repercussions of the “crime he committed against democracy.” osama said that his family might seek help from the International Criminal Court. Morsi’s son denied that his father has health problems, denouncing rumours of liver failure. Anyone who claims otherwise is “spreading lies,” he added. AgENCIES

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bomb exploded meters away from a radical Buddhist monk as he delivered a mass sermon in Myanmar, police said on Monday, the latest flare-up in tensions pitting Buddhists against minority Muslims. Wirathu, the prominent monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims, said he believed the blast on Sunday evening in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, was intended to silence him. The home-made bomb went off inside a parked car, according to police and witnesses. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Tensions have been smoldering between radical elements of Myanmar’s Buddhist majority and Muslims. Bouts of religious violence have killed at least 237

people and displaced 150,000 in the past year, testing the resolve of a two-year-old quasi-civilian government. The device exploded during a cere-

mony conducted by Wirathu, who once called himself “the Burmese bin Laden”. He is the chief proponent of a movement known as 969, which reformist President

al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out BAGHDAD/MOSUL AgENCIES

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday. The deadly raid on the high-security jail happened as Sunni Muslim militants are re-gaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shia-led government that came to power after the U.S. invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Other militants took up positions near the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad as several militants wearing suicide vests entered the prison on foot to help free the inmates. Ten policemen and four militants were killed in the ensuing clashes, which continued until Monday morning, when military helicopters arrived, helping to regain control. By that time, hundreds of inmates had succeeded in fleeing Abu Ghraib, the prison made notorious a decade ago by photographs showing abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers. “The number of escaped inmates has reached 500, most of them were convicted senior members of al Qaeda and had received death sentences,” Hakim Al-Zamili, a senior member of the security and defense committee in parliament, told

Reuters. “The security forces arrested some of them, but the rest are still free.” One security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity: “It’s obviously a terrorist attack carried out by al Qaeda to free convicted terrorists with al Qaeda.” A simultaneous attack on another prison, in Taji, around 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, followed a similar pattern, but guards managed to prevent any inmates escaping. Sixteen soldiers and six militants were killed. cONVOy ATTAcK: Sunni insurgents, including the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq, have been regaining strength in recent months and striking on an almost daily basis against Shia Muslims and security forces amongst other targets. The violence has raised fears of a return to fullblown conflict in a country where Kurds, Shia and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable way of sharing power. In the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives behind a military convoy in the eastern Kokchali district, killing at least 22 soldiers and three passers-by, police said. Suicide bombings are the hallmark of al Qaeda, which has been regrouping in Mosul, Iraq’s third-largest city and capital of the Sunni-dominated Nineveh province. A separate attack in western Mosul killed four policemen, police said. Relations between Islam’s two main denominations have been put under further strain from the civil war in Syria, which has drawn in Shia and Sunni fighters from Iraq and beyond to fight against each other.

Thein Sein’s office has described as a “symbol of peace”. Wirathu was unharmed, despite being 40 feet from the blast, according to police. Five people were slightly injured, including a novice monk. Sources close to Wirathu could not be immediately reached for comment. However, the monk told Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service that he had previously received a sound recording containing a threat to his life, which he believed was the voice of a Muslim cleric. The bomb, he said, was intended to silence him. “I’ve no idea who exactly carried out this explosion. But it must have been done by those who usually carry out terrorist acts,” he told Radio Free Asia. “The motive could be to shut my mouth.” Reuters investigations in two of the hotspots of unrest - Rakhine state and the central city of Meikhtila - have revealed the violence was on both occasions fanned by monks who led Buddhist mobs.

duBai pardons aLLeGed rape victim DUBAI AgENCIES

A Norwegian woman in a rape case in Dubai, dating back to March, said she was pardoned on Monday of an extramarital sex charge and allowed to fly home. “I was told that I’ve been pardoned,” Marte Dalelv, 24, told reporters outside a court in the Muslim emirate, adding that her passport had been returned and she would leave the Gulf state “as soon as possible”. In Oslo, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said that Dalelv was being allowed to leave the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member. “Marte [Dalelv] is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help,” the minister wrote on Twitter, adding that she would be returning home soon. A spokesperson from the ministry told AFP that Dalelv had been pardoned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. “She hasn’t been deported, she has been pardoned. She can remain in Dubai if she wishes. Her passport has been returned to her,” said Ragnhild Imerslund. “She will travel home shortly,” the spokesperson added. Dalelv had risked 16 months in jail after she reported being raped by a co-worker in the UAE. But Dalelv had said she remained hopeful that she would succeed in an appeal against the ruling by a Dubai court, which convicted her last week of extramarital sex, perjury and consuming alcohol without a permit.

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The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group’s roles in a bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war. The powerful Lebanese Shia movement, an ally of Iran, has attracted concern in Europe and around the world in recent months for its role sending thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, an intervention that turned the tide of a twoyear-old civil war. Britain and the Netherlands have long pressed their EU peers to impose sanctions on the Shia Muslim group, citing evidence it was behind an attack in the coastal Bulgarian city of Burgas a year ago, which killed five Israelis and their driver. Until now, many EU governments had resisted lobbying from Washington and Israel to blacklist the group, warning such a move could fuel instability in Lebanon and add to tensions in the Middle East. Hezbollah functions both as a political party that is part of the Lebanese government and as a militia with thousands of guerrillas under arms. Lebanese caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said the decision was “hasty” and could lead to further sanctions against the movement that would complicate Lebanese politics.


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NDER Pakistan-India trackII diplomacy, top parliamentarians, opinion-makers, former army officers and diplomats have called upon the governments of both neighbouring states to build on emerging opportunities that could well provide space for sustained improvement in their bilateral relations. Key opinion makers and policy experts from India and Pakistan met in Bangkok for the 12th round of the Chaophraya Dialogue for a two-day conclave on July 17 and 18, jointly organised by the Jinnah Institute (JI) and the Australia India Institute (AII). The dialogue is an Indo-Pak Track-II initiative to encourage informed discussion of bilateral relations and enhance stakes in peace. It is primarily meant to give an opportunity to opinion makers from India and Pakistan to interact with each other on a sustained basis. It has a full backing from world powers, including the US and Britain governments, who want normalisations of relations between both the nuclear-armed neighbours. The participants made 27 recommendations to both governments, urging them to enhance military-to-military and government-to-government contacts and also to speed up back-channel contacts on all issues including the conflict of Kashmir.

In a joint statement, there was a consensus that the two governments should work together to create conditions for a summit meeting of the two prime ministers at an appropriate time and to explore the possibility of having them address each others’ parliaments. India and Pakistan both need to build on emerging opportunities that could well provide space for sustained improvement in their bilateral relations. The participants noted that with the election of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister of Pakistan, had provided a new opportunity of normalisation and under the same spirit, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had sent a special envoy, Satinder Lambah, to felicitate Nawaz even before he assumed office. Nawaz, in turn, sent a special envoy, Shahryar Khan, to reiterate his commitment to building a constructive and cooperative relationship with India. In addition, the meeting noted, there had been unprecedented interest in both countries and within the governments to expand economic cooperation in trade, investment, energy and other related areas. The participants recommended that functioning of the ministerial-level IndiaPakistan Joint Commission created in 1983 be revived and that its working groups should meet regularly as envisaged and differences on any issue should not act as an impediment to people-to-people contacts and regretted that despite past efforts, visas for academics, journalists, students, artists and other sections of civil society were not being adequately and satisfactorily facilitated. “They noted that group tourism as envisaged in the past agreements has not taken off and recommended that tourism to places of pilgrimage and tourist interest, including through designated private tourist

operators, should be organised. In addition, they recommended that movement across the borders, through rail road and air should be facilitated and expanded at the earliest,” the joint statement said. The meeting recognised that terrorism and extremism pose a grave threat to any democratic society and urged the two countries to devise specific measures to cooperate in fighting the terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They recommended that procedures on trade and travel across the Line of Control be reviewed, which have been found to be restrictive and time-consuming in their implementation. “They noted that a meeting between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly would give an impetus to a productive dialogue on all issues of mutual interest and that periodic MoD-to-MoD dialogue must be held with adequate military representation,” said the statement, adding that for more effective crisis management and stability, they recommended that the existing DGMO to DGMO direct hotline should be made more interactive and substantive. “A similar system could be upgraded and extended to other services and higher officials. They recommended that threat perception issues and nuclear concerns should be discussed at the Track-1 level for greater clarity on respective positions and the provision for allowing five journalists from each country under an existing bilateral agreement be pursued. Names should be nominated by media houses where required, and visas granted immediately,” the statement added. The meeting urged that multiple entry visas without city restrictions and exemptions from police reporting should be made available to the above, as well as other jour-

nalists from both countries. “They recommended that the respective governments facilitate journalists to broaden their coverage to human interest stories pivoting on different aspects of society and culture. They recommended enhanced interaction between legislators at the national level and multiple level contacts be enhanced by increasing state/provincial level exchanges through reciprocal visits and issue-based collaborations on appropriate areas of governance,” the statement added. The meeting recommended that both governments support think tanks and educational institutions in offering fellowships, scholarships and other research opportunities for students and scholars from the other country. They urged the two governments to treat civilian prisoners and detained fishermen in a humane manner. For this purpose, they recommended that oversight for their management be handed over to legally formed national human rights commissions. They urged that the two countries allow roaming cellular services and unhindered transmission of text messaging. They recommended that private airlines should start operating between the two countries per the earlier bilateral agreement and that the transition in Afghanistan impacts the interests of both Pakistan and India, so the meeting urged both governments to urgently exchange views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan through appropriate mechanisms, in particular over the political, developmental and security situation. “The meeting recommended that Pakistan and India make constructive efforts towards an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process that should be inclusive and uphold the constitutional rights of all Afghans. They urged that women’s voices in particular be included in decision-

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making forums,” the meeting added. Given that stability in Afghanistan was a necessary prerequisite for regional cooperation, the participants urged India and Pakistan to support Afghanistan in its quest for stability during the forthcoming period of transition. They recommended that India and Pakistan should commit themselves to non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for actions prejudicial to peace and security in any country and that India and Pakistan should explore the possibility of undertaking joint projects in Afghanistan on IT, training and education, telecommunication, healthcare, agriculture, capacity building, etc. The Pakistani delegation was comprised of Sherry Rehman, Aziz Ahmad Khan, Raza Rumi, Naveed Qamar, Shafqat Mahmood, Lt Gen (r) Tariq Ghazi, Maj Gen (r) Athar Abbas, Dr Saba Gul Khattak, Ali Dayan Hasan, Moeed Yusuf, Brig (r) Asad Munir, Salman Zaidi and Anam Nasir. The Indian delegation consisted of Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Baijayant Jay Panda, Vivek Katju, G Parthasarathy, Lt Gen (r) Arvinder Lamba, Vinod Patney, Dr Manoj Joshi, Suhasini Haider, Mohan Guruswamy, Prof Ajay Darshan Behera, Dr Happymon Jacob, Prashant Jha, Dr Sushil Aaron, and Dr Mallika Joseph. The Chaophraya Dialogue is credited with providing the much-needed space for a non-official dialogue when the official dialogue process between India and Pakistan had frozen, following the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Since then, the Chaophraya Dialogue has brought together senior interlocutors from India and Pakistan together 12 times. The dialogue encourages participants to share the conclusions of each round with their respective governments.

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At least six people were killed on Monday when a passenger van and a truck collided near Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police officials said the accident occurred on a highway section outside the city near Yark Police Station. The van was coming from Bannu and was on its way to Dera Ismail Khan, when it collided with a truck while overtaking another vehicle. Rescue workers moved seven critically injured passengers to Dera Ismail Khan Hospital out of which six succumbed to their injuries.

At least 18 security personnel were wounded on Monday in a road accident on the coastal highway in Hub district of Balochistan. Police said the accident took place around 1 pm when the driver of the vehicle had to suddenly apply brakes to avoid collision with another vehicle. As a result, the vehicle, carrying more than 18 security personnel, overturned. Rescue teams and police rushed to the site and shifted the critically injured to the Military Hospital, while those with minor injuries were being treated in the district hospital.

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Six members of a family were killed when their car collided with a trailer at the Okara Bypass Road on Sunday night. According to the police, the family was returning to Arifwala from Chak 51/EB by car (RSA-4138) when their car collided with a trailer. The accident occurred due to speeding, police said. As a result, Khalid Hussain, his wife Kulsoom, relatives- Sadia, her son Shah Fawad Ahmed, daughter Oshal and Billo d/o Muhammad Yasin- died on the spot. Rescue workers had to extricate the bodies after cutting through the car.

fAISALABAD: Shias hold a demonstration against the destruction of the shrine of hazrat Syeda Zainab, outside faisalabad Press Club on Monday. ONLINE

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Acting president Syed Nayyer Bukhari has given his approval for appointing Abid Sher Ali as state minister for water and power. Media reports said the prime minister had sent a summary for appointing Abid Sher Ali as the minister for water and power to President Asif Ali Zardari a few days ago. Abid Sher Ali would soon take oath as minister for water and power.

Three people were abducted from Dera Bugti and later shot dead by unidentified armed men on Monday. The assailants abducted three men, Abdul Haq, Ameer Hamza Bugti and Wahid Baksh, and threw their dead bodies in Sangsella area of Dera Bugti. The dead bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital and later handed over to the heirs. Police have registered a case.


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At least two persons were killed and several injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast near the Custom House in the border town of Chaman on Monday. According to police officials, an IED planted in a donkey cart was detonated by some unidentified terrorists near the Custom Office, killing two persons and injuring many others, including Custom House personnel.

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ChAMAN: Security personnel stand at the site of an explosion near the friendship Gate at the Pak-Afghan border. INP

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Contrary to claims of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan, posting and transfers in all civil departments throughout the province are being made with the consent of PTI-affiliated MPAs, office-bearers and stalwarts. Since the PTI took power May 31, reshuffling of both civil departments and police force is in the progress throughout the province. Right from the high-ranking administrative secretaries to police constables and clerks and assistants in civil departments, transfers and postings are being carried out on recommendations of PTI office bearers. Pakistan Today came to know that even the name of the recommender is mentioned in the posting and transfer order. The medical superintendent of Kohat District Headquarter Hospital has not only mentioned the name of the MPA who requested the transfer in orders two doctors, a copy of the order was even issued to the MPA. The MS issued the transfer order on July 12, 2013, as below, “As directed by Ziaullah Bangash (Member Provincial Assembly PK-38 Kohat) vide his manuscript, the following internal posting/transfer amongst the doctors are hereby made with immediate effect; Dr Younas Nadeem Medical B Ward was made in-charge of Casualty Morning Shift in place of Dr Farid Afridi. Dr Farid Afridi was transferred to Medical B Ward.” The copy of said transfer order was also issued to MPA Ziaullah Bangash, beside other concerned officers, including the hospital chief executive. The posting and transfer process is now in progress throughout the province. A Secretariat Group officer was transferred and posted four times in a period of less than a month. Beside PTI MPA’s and stalwarts, ministers and MPA’s from coalition parties like Jamaat-e-Islami, Quami Watan Party and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad are also making best of pleasing near and dear ones with posting them at attractive posts.

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The Balochistan High Court on Monday reserved its verdict in former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s bail plea in the murder case of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. Musharraf’s counsel filed the bail plea in Balochistan High Court after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta rejected his application. A two member bench comprising Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mengal and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan resumed hearing in the application on Monday. The court ordered the crime branch to complete investigation into the case at earliest and present a challan in the court. The court reserved its judgment over the application after hearing arguments of Akbar Bugti’s son Jamil Akbar Bugti and lawyer Sohail Ahmed Rajput. On July 15, an anti-terrorism court in Quetta directed police to produce Musharraf by July 30. Police presented initial charge-sheet to the ATC, saying the former president could not be presented due to security threats. Musharraf has been accused of orchestrating Bugti’s murder in a military operation in 2006 when he was the army chief and president of the country. Musharraf has refused to accept the charge of murder, saying Bugti was not killed by the army but died after a mysterious explosion in the cave where he was hiding. The blast reportedly occurred when a team of army officers invited to negotiate Bugti’s surrender entered the mountainous hideouts. All of them were buried alive when the cave collapsed. Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has also been accused in the murder. Musharraf has been detained in his house near Islamabad since April. He faces several criminal cases, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

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MUZAffARABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Azad Kashmir Secretary General Latif Akbar and ministers of Chaudhry Abdul Majeed’s cabinet address a press conference after moving a no-confidence motion against the premier on Monday. INP

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no-confidence motion was filed against Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed on Monday, seeking his removal from the office. The motion was moved by Abdul Majid Khan and Muhammad Hussain Sargala. They proposed the name of Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry,

who belongs to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), as leader of the House. Under the constitution, speaker of the legislative assembly should summon an assembly session within three to seven days to debate the move. If passed, it is likely that PPP leader Barrister Sultan Mehmood will be elected new prime minister. Chaudhry Abdul Majeed of the ruling PPP was elected in 2011 as the eleventh AJK prime minister. Majeed, who was nominated by President Asif Ali Zardari for the pre-

miership, was elected in the June 26 election from a constituency in Mirpur district. Originally from the Chaksawari area of Mirpur district, Majeed joined the PPP in 1979 and became a speaker of the legislative assembly in 2008. He has also served as a minister in the 1996 PPP government. After the death of the opposition leader Sahibzada Muhammad Ishaq Zaffar in 2006, he was appointed to the position. The same year, he was appointed PPP AJK president.

In a horrendous incident that disrespects human dignity and relationship, police officials in Okara forced an accused in lock up to sexually abuse his son and then forced his son to do the same. According to details, Okara police raided a village in Depalpur in connection with operation against power theft. During the raid, a policeman sustained bullet wounds and expired, after which several people were rounded up and thrown behind the bars. Local police forced an accused, Zubair, to sexually assault his son in front of other prisoners, and later forced his son to do the same to his father. The DPO has taken notice of this shameful act and suspended the investigation officer, while the victim father and son still await justice.


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HE interior minister has finally reached Karachi to enhance his understanding of the security situation, as he told the media. The visit was overdue as the conditions in the metropolitan had continued to deteriorate after the change of government at the centre and a single party administration replacing the coalition in Sindh. The last six weeks have seen the killing of an MQM MPA and his son, hurling of grenades inside Karachi jail, attack on a Sindh High Court judge and violence in Lyari that led scores of families to seek shelter in neigbouring districts, with the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continuing to increase. Only a day before Ch Nisar ‘s arrival, a blast near the ANP office killed two party activists and injured six, while an explosion targeting Karachi metropolitan commissioner killed his police guard. Hopefully the interior minister will meet all the major stakeholders in Karachi to try to understand the dynamics of the country’s economic hub. Organised violence and crime have been on the rise in Karachi since 2008. They started with target killings which could not be stopped despite promises by Rehman Malik and visits by PM Gilani and President Zardari. Members of the ruling coalition comprising the PPP, the MQM and the ANP held one another responsible for the killing spree. Taking benefit of the incompetence of the government a number of other actors also joined the free for all. Sectarian terrorists launched numerous attacks on the Shia community while the TTP targeted security personnel and installations. Organised gangs of criminals indulged in killings, kidnappings for ransom and bhatta collection. Several remedies which were tried to bring the situation under control failed because the ruling coalition lacked the unity of will and because activists of its components were themselves involved in violence. There were instances when hardened criminals were let off on parole to enable them to abscond. After the police failed to deliver, the FC and Rangers were brought in. Instead of solving the problem, they gradually became a part of it. The policy of using one gang of criminals against another led to further deterioration. Finally, the SC took up the issue, called the provincial chiefs of security agencies, Police and FC as well as politicians from different parties. The apex court issued orders still remain unimplemented. What is now going to be tested is the interior minister’s ability to take the provincial government along. A remark reportedly made by him earlier did not go down well with the Sindh PPP and the MQM and was later contradicted by the interior ministry. Ch Nisar would do well now to be more careful about the sensitivities of those he has to work with. Nisar has promised to discuss ways of enhancing coordination between the centre and the province in order to improve security. There is a perception that if the federal and the provincial government join hands putting aside political rivalries the task of restoring peace would become easier.

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ILL Syria’s heritage fall to the civil war? After fire was set to the historical Aleppo market spaces – an overtly secular part of Syria’s medieval heritage – it was only a matter of time till the Al Qaeda infiltrated Syrian rebels turned on the religious heritage of the region. After two tombs belonging to companions of the Prophet (PBUH) were destroyed, Friday saw an attack on the shrine of Sayyida Zainab – the site where Shia believed that the granddaughter of the Prophet (PBUH) was buried. The shrine itself became a prominent destination on the Shia religious pilgrimage route in the 1980s and 1990s as the Alawi-led Assad regime sought to build symbolic legitimacy. The site was where the Assad regime built its strategic relationship with Iran, and Arab Shia groups, including Hezbollah. The site, as noted journalist Roberk Fisk points out, was part of the Syrian regimes effort to “claim the history” of the region. He notes that “by flaunting its total control over Damascus, it may spare the Syrian capital of the cultural destruction visited upon much of the rest of Syria.” Destroyed sites include Crusader castles bombed by Syrian troops after rebels took refuge and Roman mosaics in Apamea looted during the conflict. While it is true that Salafists have no love lost for history, as they have shown well during their rule in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fisk says “the problem for all autocracies in the Middle East is that they must sew their own presence into their country’s history.” Thus it is the attempt of the Assad regime to mark Syria’s historical sites with its insignia that has scarred them in the eyes of the rebels. Each regime inevitably attempts to create its own history – and washing away the history of earlier regimes is integral to the project. So when a rocket struck the shrine of the Sayyida Zainab shrine on Friday and killed its custodian, it marked the rebels attempting to dent the legitimacy of the regime. It also signaled the inevitable turning point for the 28 month civil war to now be seen in a sectarian light. As protests began across the subcontinent, reports suggested that hundreds of fighters from Iraq and the Hezbollah had arrived to “guard the shrine.” There is genuine fear that a sectarian conflict could spill into Iraq, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, with reports already that the Pakistani Taliban have also sent fighters into Syria. The current conflict in Syria is a calculated attempt to wipe out its past. The Salafist extremists in the frontline and their American backers have earlier destroyed the heritage of both Iraq and Afghanistan. The question is: if indeed Syria is overrun by the Salafist rebels will there remain any history to be protected – or will it become another Saudi Arabia?

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OR all the Supreme Court’s forays into the administrative morass one can finally find cause for applause. The decision to enforce constitutional authority by compelling the government to hold the much-delayed local body elections was an urgent need. The SC can and must see to it that government follows the constitution. Elections at all levels must be held immediately as they become due. Compliance of the current judgment in the face of the overt reluctance is therefore crucial. Beyond this the final judgment must ensure that the constitutional obligation to hold local body elections removes any discretionary powers that may allow government to delay the timing of the election beyond the due dates. Suspension or abeyance of local bodies needs to be treated as subversion of the constitution and be punishable as such, especially since the process of implementation of this law has commenced. Record confirms that elections to the local bodies have been held primarily to legitimize and favour authority. They have then been left in an ambiguity with much tinkering to create a subjugated format and then milked. Milked in the real sense. Funds have historically been spent on upgrading the life of the powerful of the area, provincial and national legislators and rarely on the objectives set. The inclusion of an auditor-general in the Zia LG system to bring the financial discipline was bitterly opposed by stakeholders and subsequently not provided for in the final document. Not being current with elections adds to indiscipline. The resultant opacity allowing fulfillment of the ultimate desires of access to funds and disbursement with no questions asked. The essence of local bodies the world over is to ensure civic governance and facilitation and empowerment of the citizen. Do you know of any other country that needs this as desperately as we do? Hence this thunderous applause! The SC has finally decided that its patience has worn thin and ordered the governments to fulfill their obligations. I find the Sindh government’s prima facie intention to hold these after another six months infuriating.

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Similarly, the Punjab hasn’t jumped gleefully at the opportunity either. The unwillingness is observably due to the fact that the recent voting pattern has revealed that the local bodies in certain areas of the Punjab and Karachi in Sindh will not provide comfort to the governments in office. Comfort of the provincial governments is not an obligation of the state; the will of the people is. I can understand the Punjab’s hesitancy due to the vote bank inroad created by the PTI, but why is the Sindh government reluctant? The MQM, which will largely be affected again by the quantum of vote cast for the PTI, is not its coalition partner and the PPP is unlikely to suffer losses in the wake of the last election. There are no legitimate excuses for delaying the poll. These elections will follow the installation of a new president, the campaign for which has already begun with the nomination of one significant candidate, Raza Rabbani. He fills a couple of interesting criteria. First he is a Punjabi and if I am not wrong a resident of Sindh, thereby accomplishing the national demand for Pakistani nationalism rather than the undeniable provincial vote in the last election. Secondly, he is a politician without blemish, at least in the context to Pakistan politics. He and I disagree on the inclusion of the infamous 8th amendment in the constitutional amendment bill passed by the outgoing parliament. Whether some or little was left is not the argument. That any of it is included is shameful. But you can’t blame only him. BB and Nawaz had 12 years between them to throw it out, they didn’t. Musharraf had nine, he didn’t. And now, no one is likely to. So do we continue to wonder where extremism takes its roots? Lastly, let me quickly add, the most significant candidate, the PML-N’s final nominee is still awaited. On the subject of governmental obligations in respect of code of conduct, the recent egotistical shenanigans, they cannot be termed otherwise, of public representatives are utterly disgusting. The Punjab MPs including a woman have misbehaved atrociously with the general public. There can be nothing more repulsive than a woman MP beating up a hostess on a bus in the presence of an audience. Ok, Shahbaz intervened, but since there is silence. An MP slapped and assaulted an official, again, no action. The son of an official slapped an officer in uniform, an FIR has been registered but you can be certain nothing will come of it. Zehri’s guards in Quetta assaulted police. It took the BHC CJ to take notice and save the SP from the wrath of the politicians. Is physical assault not a crime in the criminal procedure code? Why isn’t the lawfully and independently empowered to deal with these cases?

I recall an incident when we were students in London. At Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday,a chap was castigating immigrants in abusive language and a group of us booed him loudly. His mates surrounded us adopting a threatening posture. A policeman appeared on the scene, called his backup. Within minutes a Black Maria whisked us off to the Police Station in the Park. We recorded statements emphasizing the word “threatening” as suggested. And then we left. Three weeks later, it was reported in the press that three had been jailed for physically threatening behavior in Hyde Park. A British MP broke the traffic signal at Trafalgar Square and a policeman on duty stopped him. He informed the policeman he was rushing to Parliament as the Division Bell had been rung. The policeman said sorry and the MP drove off. The conscientious policeman wrote a letter apologizing to the Speaker of the House for causing delay in proceedings of the legislature. The Speaker referred it to the Secretary to verify if the Division Bell had been rung at the particular time mentioned in the letter. On finding it had not, the MP was challaned and the policeman received a letter of commendation for bringing the violation to the notice of the House. This is what happens when there is rule of law. We have become a totally different people; all that spit and polish is long gone. This new culture must be attributed to the educated illiterates suffering from inflated egos. Followed closely by the marginally educated but lesser entitled, who use brawn instead of brain. Of course the totally uneducated ragamuffins of all ages that our mangled priorities and insensitivity have unleashed on society make up the majority. We are into this big thing about, culture, hospitality, manners and politeness; tehzeeb and what not. When was the last time you were the recipient of any of this? There is a lack of couth permeating our society; the role models for this are the elites with their exaggerated sense of entitlement and utter lack of humility. The lemmings follow mindlessly. While we are talking of applause, Nawaz had planned to address the nation Monday evening, which was postponed by a day or two. When he speaks, the country will be glued to the screen in anticipation. It better be good, he has taken his time to collect thoughts. But, when he finishes, let him board a plane and fly to Karachi and stand humbled before the Quaid-e-Azam’s burial place in homage and prayer. This requires no briefing or even thought collection. This is a national tradition you are duty-bound to perform, Prime Minister, and it is six weeks overdue! Pakistan owes this to its Founder. The writer can be contacted at: imranmhusain@gmail.com

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issue arms licenses I am a peace loving citizen and abide by all laws of the state. I do not have a license to keep any firearm to protect myself and my family in case of any untoward incident. I have been waiting for a time when the state allows its ordinary citizens to get license to have firearm for self-protection. The latest

ban on the issuance of arm licenses has put another question mark on my very democratic right. I know, in past, governments have been using this for a political mileage only but this government should not ignore public interests and allow arm license issuance on merit with immediate effect. ABDUL RAUF Lahore


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a ramadan special you’ll never forget Ramazan ke Chamakte Sitaray

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NOTHER reality TV show is about to hit the Pakistani TV screens, featuring the bold and beautiful from the very best Ramadan specials on air right now. The show will have hosts battle it out for the “Ramazan Ka Shazada/Shahzadi” title. Reality TV shows are all the rage these days and Pakistani channels have also on occasion tried their hands at the genre. However, the show titled Ramazan ke Chamakte Sitaray, is aimed at putting an end to the rating wars by becoming the king of the hill. The combination of religion, entertainment and Pakistan’s sizzling sensations helps make it a unique combination of flavours that the mango mans loves. Our favourite men He’s the dark avenger. Shia by night and Sunni by day, he is the perfect hybrid. All set to give Oprah Winfrey a run for her money, Amir Liaqat is one of the top contenders to be cast in the show. And he’s brining to us this Ramadan season a show that is so jam packed with fun that it’ll knock the roza straight out of your system. Amir is a fan favourite because he helps bring a human element to the table. He’s a man with his flaws, he curses, he’s sometimes contradictory and he makes a million mistakes as a celebrity. But that’s why the public loves him! On his own show Amir recently handed out a ton of gifts, including an actual living, breathing baby, to a loveless couple. No other show can boast of that many presents given out (although many try). His raunchy but charismatic appeal may end up being his secret weapon on the show. He can certainly put an end to any rating wars with another edited/doctored leaked video but he likes to play games. JJ is the next big star on the show’s cast. Amir Liaqat may have all the goods but JJ isn’t far behind. While he may not have babies to hand out to

his audience he does have his brilliant voice. Taking a leaf out of every Christian rhyme he’s ever heard, he brings for us the very best in Naats. JJ has an additional fan following that Amir does not enjoy i.e., proper Muslim women and their husbands. For Ramazan ke Chamakte Sitaray he’s expected to outline the dos and don’ts of being proper Muslim women – we’re hoping he’ll take the lead from his popular stance on women drivers first. Tahir Ashrafi is the last guy to join our list of top hosts. He will be brining to the table his great charm, his cute bulky appearance, and his interesting ideals. The Deobandi believes in spreading love (only to Deobandis) and will be talking his way into the hearts of his audience with the best teachings. His TV channel has apologised in advance in case he makes any threatening statements to any member of religious minority. The lovely ladies Maya Khan made headlines in the past because of her Shariah scanner eyes. She can tell merely by looking at a couple if their marriage certificate is valid/exists or not. Rumour has it that she makes sure all ladies on her show are skipping fasts for the right reasons. As part of the show she will be touting religious and cultural believes as her selling point. Maya will additionally be looking to convert Hindu and Christian members of the audience that have found their way into the audience (either on purpose or by mistake). Muslim members of the audience will be encouraged to participate so they can share in the sawab. Maya will also be helping Muslims become better Muslims by pointing out every single flaw they have as a Muslim Pakistani. Her aim would be to instill those values and codes of conduct that people had missed out on before. Food is an integral part of the Ramadan season and no one does flavours better than Zubaida Apa. Her presence on the show will help not only prepare the food for the audience’s iftar, but also help remind people how to perfect classic dishes they already know how to make. Apa’s motto is to keep things simple and stick to

the basics, so don’t fret if you don’t like complicated or weird recipes you’ve never heard of! Veena Malik’s show on Hero TV was a grand success but the actress failed to reprise her place to offer kaffara. She has other commitments this year which is why she will be appearing on the show as a co-contestant with Mathira. The two ladies will have solo appearances when there’s a timing clash, but mostly be a part of the show as twins. They’re slated to argue and present realistic debates with religious scholars. Their main aim is to teach the audience about love and relationships. Veena will also be dishing out a Bollywood style performance on selective naats while Mathira will have an additional small segment talking about family planning and provide real advice to men and women looking for help. Some criticism Some pseudo-liberals and intellectual elitists have predicted that the show will not last very long on the local air waves for a number of reasons, citing the hosts being despicable, the topics being absurd and also that religion was being commercialised. The producers when asked about such attitude in return predicted that the general masses would not care for such opinions. “Alhumdulilah the ratings speak for themselves”, scoffed one, “Facebook per batain karney dein, awam ko shows pasand hain”, said another. The audience seems to love these hosts despite their flaws, and such people need to adopt a more forgiving attitude as well. Exciting members of the general public can apply to become a part of the live audience. The show will kick off during the last ashra of Ramadan to promote the very best of Islamic teachings with a whole lot of fun and games. Sahir Lodhi will be taking the reigns as the hunky TV host, a decision which was made by the producers on great public demand.

Maya Khan made headlines in the past because of her Shariah scanner eyes. She can tell merely by looking at a couple if their marriage certificate is valid/exists or not. Rumour has it that she makes sure all ladies on her show are skipping fasts for the right reasons.

The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at luavut@gmail.com. She tweets @luavut

HILE communication from the Taliban has repeatedly asserted that Malala Yousufzai was not targeted for her stance on education, it is as an ambassador for the promoted “education vs. ignorance” scenario in north-west Pakistan that she has received worldwide recognition. The reaction has been typical: the reactionary, liberal leaps into fist-pumping and reasserts its simplistic ‘good vs. evil’ narrative; the right-leaning majority after the initial shock and, in most cases, concern and grief, falls back to its conspiracy-sensing ways after the phenomenal coverage afforded to Malala at the perceived expense of the anti-American sentiment; the United States initiates a convenient extension of her plight into indirect vindication of their war crimes. That it was more a case of freedom of speech (as opposed to education) versus oppression is an argument to be dealt with separately. The question examined here is: Is more widespread education in Pakistan, of which Malala is now the mascot, likely to have weakened religious militancy as a parallel outcome? When speaking of education, it is assumed the word encompasses study of sciences and arts as opposed to tutoring on religion only. Many of those debating the effectiveness of education against terrorism cite examples of the Taliban recruits who have had formal education. It is an argument not without merit but it fails to take into account how and where the potential recruits have been brought up. It can be theorised that, in general, an educated individual with an educated background is less likely to go headlong into militancy than an individual with the same education but a less educated background. Bias and prejudice is formed early into an individual’s life, more than one generation of education can and is at times required to dilute it or strengthen the ability to deal with it rationally. Secondly, and relatedly, individual examples make their point with their backs to the atmosphere that accompanies widespread education. An air of competitiveness and drive towards tangible professional achievement is the natural parallel of an educated society. Besides increasing an individual’s capacity to reason in every aspect of one’s life, education increases the barrier for those even prone to succumbing to the emotional rewards of militancy. Years of physical, financial and even emotional investment into education makes a plunge into the realm of less tangibly rewarding pursuits significantly less likely. Prevalence of educated individuals sharing promilitant content is a symptom of the ‘mentality vs initiative’ scenario: strong grievance and angst against perceived transgression of the foreign powers; bias for action humbled by a desire to achieve something for oneself. More profound is perhaps the effect education has on the perception of power. An educated society is more likely to perceive that while the ability to exact violence will always be an important form of power, it is not only strongly dependent on the power extracted from wealth, and with each passing decade, increasingly on knowledge, but also being more strongly challenged by these two manifestations. Relative significance of each of these forms of power is obviously exceedingly complex and debatable, but the significance of perception is by all means considerable. Lastly, while arguing for education, the contribution towards violence by the intrinsic nature of the atmosphere and education in a madrassah cannot be diluted. Adolescent, or youth, who have spent, in an overly religious environment virtually every hour of the day, the better part of their lives, are easier prey in the hands of the wrong elements that. The ‘wrong elements’ require little more than repeated, persuasive rhetoric and imagery for recruitment. Madrassas that offer education in sciences and arts in parallel with religion are clearly far better. However, adolescents, and youth in a persistently religious environment still pose a lesser challenge as they are distanced from their kin, and more emotionally detached from world outside the madrassah with each passing day. While the above points have been made without examining cause and effect and the situation requires more than an allother-variables-constant analysis, an assertion of the importance of education is required in the face of increasing scepticism against the effectiveness of education even as a long-term solution. At the very least, the reasoning behind such scepticism (which, as discussed, involves examples of educated militants and support for militancy on social media) must be debated. The writer is an engineer from Lahore. He is Regional Head TRP, PTI.


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I am not a Sufi, but I follow the Sufi — Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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HERE was a seismic rumble in the movie world over the weekend as Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced that Warner Bros’ next Superman movie would feature the studio’s other flagship superhero Batman. Screenwriter David S Goyer subsequently hinted that the blockbuster would carry a “versus” tag in its title, meaning that in 2015 comic book fans may get the answer to one of the medium’s ultimate questions: who would win in a fight Batman or Superman? The crucial question, though, is can this crossover actually work? Whereas Marvel has organically built towards an Avengers movie with solo outings for marquee heroes Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, Warner Bros has only just relaunched Superman (albeit with commercial success on Man of Steel). The cinematic future of Batman is also somewhat murky after Christopher Nolan closed the doors on Christian

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Bale’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader. Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt ready to take the mantle or does it have to be Bruce Wayne? Previously, Hollywood has used the “versus” concept in a bid to revitalise flagging brands with Alien vs Predator and Freddy vs Jason, but these both tanked with critics and fans - one last desperate throw of the dice as opposed to cunning series reboots. Batman and Superman arrive with a little more fan goodwill, and their pairings in comic books (notably Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns) and cartoon stories stretching back to the 1940s have always meant that the possibility of a live-action crossover has been a tantalising possibility for superhero geeks. Snyder and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel took a tonal shift towards the dark, brooding feel of Nolan’s Bat trilogy, and the presence of a Wayne Enterprises logo in that movie certainly points towards the theory that this film may have been in the works for some time. NEwS DESK

a toast to the queen of pop: faraz wakar’s musical tribute to nazia Hasan ‘Imagineer’ — an experimental music film based on Nazia Hassan’s music — imagined, Faraz Waqar has produced and directed the music film as a tribute to Nazia Hasan, which has been shot entirely in UAE and involves an international team of models, actors, cinematographers and editors from India, UAE, Switzerland, Nigeria, Palestine and Kazakhstan. Faraz hopes that Nazia’s fans as well as her family and friends will appreciate this personal tribute to the

magic of her evergreen music. Faraz is a new Pakistani filmmaker, a gradu-

ate of the New York Film Academy, whose short film ’9:11 am’ in the year 2012 was one of the only two films from Pakistan that were presented for their world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. ’9:11 am’ was also presented later the same year in Pakistan at the Gandhara Film Festival in Karachi and at the South Asian Film Festival (MOSAIC) in Canada. His achievement received extensive coverage in press and TV media in Pakistan. NEwS DESK

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EENA Malik says she has worn so many bikinis in her upcoming film “Supermodel” that she doesn’t want to wear the twopiece garment ever again. “The number of bikinis that I have worn in this film, I have never worn as many before. I don’t even intend to wear a bikini again,” the 29-year-old said here at the launch of the first look of the film. “Probably this is going to be the only Bollywood film in which you will see me in a lot of bikinis. From now onwards, I have decided not to wear bikinis,” she added. NEwSDESK

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VER since her music video ‘Exotic’, featuring Pitbull was released, Priyanka Chopra has been under attack for not only the content, but also her outfits. But the actress sounded remarkably composed when TOI spoke to her about the criticism. “I believe there is no need to be judgemental. Women have been wearing net dresses for ages now. I have worn it myself so many times, recent instance being at TOIFA. It

is one of the most common combinations for a sexy outfit,” she says. PeeCee draws our attention to the other outfits she has worn for the video. “I am also wearing this silver top and shorts with chains. Then there is this whole ‘80s style neon swimsuit with comic book shoes. All these things are not being talked about and instead, we are stuck debating this outfit which comes for barely 10 seconds,” she says and laughs throatily. Incidentally, the outfit in question looks quite similar to the ones worn by pop divas in the West and more recently by Jennifer Lopez in a music video with Pitbull. The actress-singer says she does not really care about those who are

consistently trying to write her off. “When somebody wants to pull you down and talk negative, then they will do so anyways. For me, it is a new thing to sing and perform in an international music video and I did it,” she says and adds rather candidly, “I may not be the most path breaking artiste in the world but then, I have tried to do something different. I am trying to expose the world to Bollywood music without it being stereotypical. They say that an India song is bound to have 100 dancers in the background. We have done it differently here. I wanted India and I to go mainstream. If that is an effort which cannot be supported, then it’s fine.” COuRTESy TOI


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HE new drama on air is ‘Dil Apna Preet Parai’. Such a long name speaks volumes and it is quite evident that this too is a love story filled with deceit, sacrifice and nature’s way of bringing people together only to tear them apart again. This is a story that links three different women from varying backgrounds together. Though each one is poles apart from the other, their stories interlink and make them cross paths. The three protagonists are Maria

Wasti, Ayesha Omer and Beenish Chauhan. Maria Wasti plays the character of Sukaina – a woman who is released after spending fourteen years in prison. Her crime is a heinous one and she even confesses of murder though it is still not clear whose life she took. Sukaina is a role model for all the prisoners and is awarded a premature release because of her good behavior. She rushes out with the aim to find her parents and ask for their forgiveness but sadly finds out that the two of them passed away years ago. She also had a sister who is now living under a different name. She then sets out to look for her lost sibling. Ayesha Omer plays Alina, the second protagnost. Like her character in Tanhai, here too she is shown as a successful business woman who has little time for her own children. It seems that success has

gotten to her head and she doesn’t care for anyone, not even her own children. According to her, even her husband is jealous of her success. Her children are brought up by the grandmother who passes away only to leave Ahson, Alina’s husband in charge. He quits soon after because taking care of children requires time, something that both husband and wife don’t have. Alinas house help is the third rung in this ladder. Beenish Chauhan plays the character of Aleena’s maid daughter who for some reason does not like rich people at all. She is especially put off by Alina and her family and pressurizes her mother (played by Rubina Ashraf) to move out of the house. Her mother is a loyal servant and will not give in to her daughter’s demands but somehow this demand is an odd one. Why would she ask her mother to leave the job that brings in the family’s

bread and butter? The story might be interesting but this soap lacks the same things most other local soaps do too. For one, Maria Wasti is the only strong actor in the show. Ayesha Omar too does a good job but then again, her character is not too demanding. Sohail Sameer might look good dressed up in suits on the ramp but acting is something that does not come naturally to him. ‘Dil Apna Pareet Parai’ has been written by Sameena Nazir, directed by Ramish Rizvi and produced by Eveready Pictures. As far as soaps go, this is a promising one which has set off to a good start and if the pace and quality is maintained, there might just be something good for those who like to watch daily soaps. Thankfully, the story does not revolve around family politics which in its self makes for a very promising start. COuRTESy ShOwbIZSPICE

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ILLY Ray and Tish Cyrus are back on! Longtime friend of the family E!’s Ken Baker caught up with Tish on the status of her marriage to the singer, who filed for divorce in June, and it seems like the duo have found a way to make it work. “I spoke to Tish and she told me they both woke up and realized they love each other and decided they want to stay together,” Baker said. “They recently went into couples therapy, some-

thing they hadn’t done in 22 years of being together, and it’s brought them closer together and really opened up their communication in amazing ways.” Baker added, “She also said marriage can be really hard, especially after 22 years of being in the entertainment business, and admitted they’ve had rough times. But they both realized they didn’t want to be another statistic and want to make it work. “They went into the

therapy with the goal of divorcing in a way that was healthy for the children, but ended up coming out of it with the realization that they in fact want to stay together. Tish sounds happy and energized about having this fresh start.” Their rekindled romance has been evident. Tish posted a sweet photo of her and Billy Ray on Instagram last night with the caption, “Date Night.” Last week, Miley’s parents were spotted holding hands during a romantic stroll along the Malibu Beach Pier. “They were laughing all night,” a source said. “You would never have known they were going through a divorce.” The “Achy Breaky Heart” singer filed for divorce from his wife after more than 19 years of marriage, a source confirmed to E! News in June. “This is a personal matter and we are doing what is in the best interest of our family,” Cyrus said in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.” The move came twoand-a-half years after the Billy Ray first filed for divorce. Cyrus withdrew his petition in March 2011 after an apparent reconciliation. COuRTESy EO

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NYONE else completely blindsided? We don’t know what just hit us, but apparently the Dexter producers took some crazy pills before writing tonight’s final scene, and it was kind of one of the best moments ever on the cult hit series. After learning that Deb and Dexter’s father Harry had actually committed suicide because he could no longer deal with the guilt of Dexter’s Dark Passenger, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) did not miss a beat, dramatically grabbing the steering wheel of the car Dexter was driving and plunging them both into the nearest body of water. Yes, Deb one-upped Harry by trying to kill both herself and her step-brother. Deb is rescued by a fisherman, and then runs back into the water to save Dexter instead of letting him die.

Yes, even when your halfbrother whom you fell in love with turns out to be a serial killer who inadvertantly killed your father and completely ruined your life (got all that?) you still gotta save him when he’s your boo. Dark Passenger lesson of the day, Dexter fans. And though it isn’t shown, we are pretty sure Dexter Morgan will survive and Michael C. Hall will be back for the final episodes on the show that is named after his character. “I wanted and want Deb to die,” Jennifer Carpenter said at Comic Con on Thursday. “As an actor, it’s because I love her. It’s a little like how Michael treats his victims: I want her to go to the bottom of the abyss instead of in my head for eight years after the show is over to wonder ‘what if?’ and I’m calling [showrunner] Scott [Buck] to write her a scene.” COuRTESy EO

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Bye Bye credit cards!

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8 Arabs gain control of most of Palestine from the Byzantine Empire. 8 jews expelled from Vienne france by order of Pope Innocent III. 8 Napoleon captures Alexandria, Egypt. 8 Austria and hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke ferdinand, precipitating World War. 8 Revolution erupts in Egypt as the military takes power in a bloodless coup.

first the weB and now the worLd! the cia wants to Know how to controL the cLimate The US Central Intelligence Agency isn't just interested in gathering intelligence on foreign powers and enemies. As it turns out, Langley is also investigating the feasibility of altering the environment to fight the effects of climate change. The CIA is currently funding, in part, a $630,000 study on geoengineering, the science of using experimental techniques to modify Earth's climate, as Mother Jones reports. The 21-month-long study was commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences, a nonprofit group of scientific advisors to the government, and a final report on its findings is due to be published in the fall of 2014. The study calls for information on two geoengineering techniques in particular, "solar radiation management (SRM)," which refers to launching material into Earth's atmosphere to try and block the Sun's infrared radiation, limiting global temperature rise; and "carbon dioxide removal (CDR)," which refers to exactly what it sounds like, taking carbon dioxide emissions out of the climate, which scientists have proposed doing through a variety of means, from structures that eat air pollution to capturing carbon emissions as they come out of smokestacks. "This study is intended to provide a careful, clear scientific foundation that informs ethical, legal, and political discussions surrounding geoengineering," reads the description of the study on the National Academies website. What specific knowledge or applications the CIA is hoping to get out of the study remain unknown for now, but the agency has allegedly played with the environment before in the past, reportedly dosing a French village with LSD in the 1950s, via airborne spray and through food products. Separately, the US military has attempted to modify local weather for combat advantages and security, trying to create rain clouds during the Vietnam War that would turn a trail into mud, and experimenting with silver iodide's effects on hurricanes. COuRTESy ThE vERgE

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ANK cards are already being replaced by phones and wristbands that have payment technology built-in but the latest threat to the lowly plastic in your pocket could be your face. A Finnish startup called Uniqul has launched what it calls the first ever payment platform based on facial recognition. The system doesn’t require a wallet, bank card or phone - instead a camera is positioned at the checkout and takes a photo of a shopper's face when they are ready to pay. It then scans a database for the face

and matches it to stored payment details in order to complete the transaction. Uniqul claims that the technology is securely protected by 'military grade algorithms' capable of identifying even the smallest of distinguishing features of identical twins, for example. A spokesman said: 'In the background our algorithms are processing your biometrical data to find your account in our database as you are approaching the cashier. 'The whole transaction will be done in less than 5 seconds – the time it usually takes you to pull out your wallet., explains a press release from the company. The system is being trialled in Helsinki and cus-

tomer registrations have already opened. Customers can register credit cards or PayPal to link for their Uniqul account. People will need to pay for the privilege though. Individual users pay a monthly subscription fee which will vary depending on the area in which the system has been installed. For example, in Helsinki, 86p (€0.99) a month will unlock the service in a one mile radius from a chosen point, while £1.71 (€1.99) will cover a specific city. The third level costs £2.57 (€2.99) a month and will extend to nearby suburbs. And finally, for £6.01 (€6.99) a month, shoppers can use the technology anywhere that it has been installed. Facial recognition

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COURTESY DM More than a third of us own a smartphone and, on average, will look at it a barely believable 150 times a day. But have you ever considered what this is doing to your health? Here, we reveal how our favourite gadget can damage our bodies. If your eyes feel sore after staring at your phone, you won’t be surprised to learn that focusing on a small object for a long time can cause dry eyes, which can lead to inflammation and infection. Even more worryingly, phones could be affecting children’s eyesight in the long-term. Mr Allon Barsam, a consultant opthalmic surgeon at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, says it is possible that youngsters who stare at screens all day could be near-sighted as they grow up. There’s also research to suggest that using smartphones could leave us needing glasses sooner. ‘Presbyopia, or the inability to focus on close objects, usually develops in your mid-to-late-40s, which is why everyone after a certain age needs reading glasses,’ says Mr Barsam. 'People only notice this when they can’t read a newspaper, but we tend to hold phones far closer to our eyes than papers — around 10in away as opposed to 16in — so it’s becoming a problem sooner.' While smartphones aren’t necessarily damaging our eyes, they are demanding more of them. 'We are expected to focus at three different distances — long distance, on a newspaper or book, and on smartphones. So this could mean more than one pair of reading

glasses or more expensive varifocals,' says Mr Barsam. Our smartphones are changing our posture. 'Our bodies are a product of what we do on a daily basis,' says Kirsten Lord, a chartered physiotherapist. 'I now see far more people with pain in their neck or shoulders. We tend to poke our heads forward when we’re reading something on a phone or tablet. This position squashes the top of your spine and compresses the nerves that go up to your head. The result can be headaches and feeling tired and stiff.' Excessive phone use could change the definition of your jawline. ‘I’ve seen an increase in the number of women in their 30s concerned about weakness in the lower third of their face,’ says cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Sam Bunting. 'As we age, our skin’s elasticity decreases and it’s feasible that bending our neck forward for hours on end to look at smartphones and tablets may mean there is more of a downwards tug on the delicate skin.'

Considering how hot phone screens get after a long call, it’s no surprise that some experts are concerned they can give you pimples or sweat rash. Which? Magazine carried out tests on a sample of 30 mobile phones and discovered that, on average, a handset had 18 times more harmful germs on it than the flush handle in a men’s lavatory. Computers, laptops, tablets and phones tend to give off a blue light, thought to interfere with the natural hormones, such as melatonin, which help us to sleep. We might think our phones facilitate communication, but studies suggest otherwise. 'Technology can make it hard to manage boundaries in our lives,' says Dr Emma Short, a psychologist at the University of Bedfordshire. 'So if we’re on our phone, we don’t give our full attention to those we’re physically with. Research also suggests the more engaged we are in social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, the lonelier we can become as family, friends and work relationships suffer.'

is also set to be introduced to cash machines in the future that will scan the faces of customers to authorise their withdrawals. The design from Ohio-based security firm Diebold can also set up a transaction in advance to make it possible to send money to a third person. The customer inputs the payment amount and the recipient's contact information, which can be selected directly from his or her contact list. In other futuristic payment news, PayPal recently launched PayPal Galactic - a project aiming to introduce payments in space. The company wants to be able to deliver payments outside of Earth and is working with companies such as Virgin Galactic to see how this would be possible.

fLower with the smeLL of a rottinG corpse The long wait is finally over for visitors who have been yearning for a whiff of a giant flower that smells oddly like rotting flesh. Titan arum, a giant rainforest plant that has been dubbed the “corpse flower” for its terrible smell, finally started blooming Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Botanic Garden next to the Capitol. Experts had been anticipating its bloom for more than a week and extended the garden’s hours for visitors each night. Garden officials expect “peak smell” to occur early Monday morning, and the flower to remain open for an estimated 24 to 48 hours. Then it will begin to collapse on itself. The last corpse flower to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden was in 2007. The titan arum is native to the tropical rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was first discovered in 1878. Corpse flowers also have recently bloomed at facilities in ohio and in Belgium. Scientists say the flower’s strange door serves to attract beetles or other insects that are normally drawn to rotting flesh. “Just in the same way that a lovely smelling plant, like a rose, is attracting a bee or another kind of insect with what we would consider a very nice smell, to pollinate it, this particular plant has the strategy of using a horrible, fetid smell to attract insects,” said Ari Novy, the public programs manager at the garden. “So this plant is essentially tricking those kinds of insects into coming, having a party inside of the plant and the flower and pollinating it and then moving on.” The titan arum growing at the U.S. Botanic Garden is about 10 years old, and this is its first flower. It began with a seed the size of a lima bean and has grown several feet tall. The plants bloom on irregular, unpredictable schedules, Novy said. A hot, humid climate provides the ideal conditions for the plant to produce a flower. Besides drawing beetles, the titan arum has proven to be a big draw for visitors. “over the last many years, this plant has proven to be the biggest attractor, not only of carrion beetles but of human beings that we’ve had,” Novy said. “It’s just got everything for a good mystery. It’s cryptic. It’s exotic. The timing is off. It’s inconsistent. It’s inconsiderate. It’s got all those great things. It’s from far away, and it smells bad, and people get interested.” COuRTESy wP


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new charGes in hansie fixinG scandaL NEW DELhI: Indian police were expected on Monday to file charges against bookmakers, 13 years after a match-fixing scandal involving the late South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, a police source said. Police have prepared a “detailed charge sheet” expected to be presented before a chief metropolitan magistrate in New Delhi against five bookies, the source said. The action comes after Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar told local media that he planned to file charges in the Cronje match-fixing case and an IPL spot-fixing scandal before the end of the month. Kumar told the Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday that he was working on tying up “some loose ends” before his retirement at the end of July, including both cases. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was rocked by allegations of spot-fixing in May this year, with some 29 people arrested including three Indian players. Cronje was banned from the game for life in october 2000, six months after Delhi police accused him of taking money from Indian bookie Sanjeev Chawla during his team’s tour of India the same year. Police say Cronje had accepted money from Chawla for underperforming during the one-day series in India and had also persuaded teammates Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje and Pieter Strydom to come on board. Cronje was sacked as captain following a South African inquiry set up to investigate the bribery scandal, at which he admitted accepting $10,000 to $15,000 from Chawla. on Monday police were likely to produce as evidence “hundreds of pages” of telephone call records between Cronje and Chawla, the source said. AgENCIES

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ISBAH-UL-HAQ’S unbeaten half-century steered Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over West Indies in their rain-affected fourth one day international at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Sunday. An unbeaten hundred from Marlon Samuels had helped the home side post 261 for seven in their innings that had been reduced to 49 overs by rain. But after more bad weather, the Pakistan innings was cut to 31 overs and they chased down their revised target on the Duckworth-Lewis method of 189 with ease. Misbah (53 not out) saw his side to the win having been involved in a vital 72-run stand with Mohammad Hafeez (59) for the third wicket that turned the game in Pakistan’s favour. He was supported in the closing overs by Umar Akmal (29 not out) as the pair scored the last 45 runs off just 28 balls. “We are very pleased,” Misbah said in a TV interview. “It was like a normal T20 game, Hafeez and I wanted to play normal cricketing shots. It was just a case of not panicking. We needed eight an over and I had to adjust. The team will gain momentum from today.” Samuels looked to have put West Indies in a winning position when he bludgeoned 106 not out from 104 balls, his fifth one day international century. Chris Gayle, dropped to number five in the West Indies order after his battles with the new ball in the opening three matches of the series, provided good support to Samuels with a wellconstructed 30 from 46 balls, while Lendl Simmons (46) continued his fine recent form. “It was a great batting display by

SCOREbOARD us and Marlon,” West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo said. “I’m very disappointed we didn’t win the game for him. Our main bowlers had already bowled five overs (before the rain break) and I could have done a lot better, it was always us against a very good batting line-up.” Pakistan have now ensured they cannot lose the five-match series and go into the final game on Wednesday with a 2-1 lead.

wEST INDIES INNINgS DEvON SmITh C umAR b IRFAN 8 32 JOhNSON ChARLES Lbw JuNAID DARREN bRAvO C AJmAL b wAhAb 9 mARLON SAmuELS NOT OuT 106 ChRIS gAyLE C Sub b AFRIDI 30 46 LENDL SImmONS b AJmAL DARREN SAmmy b IRFAN 7 DwAyNE bRAvO RuN OuT 6 KEmAR ROACh NOT OuT 0 ExTRAS (Lb-6, w-9, Nb-2) 17 TOTAL (FOR 7 wICKETS, 49 OvERS) 261 DID NOT bAT: SuNIL NARINE, JASON hOLDER FALL OF wICKETS: 1-20, 2-50, 3-63, 4-120, 5-215, 6-239, 7-253 bOwLINg: mOhAmmAD IRFAN 10-1-60-2, mOhAmmAD hAFEEZ 8-1-30-0, JuNAID KhAN 9-2-39-1 (1Nb, 3w), wAhAb RIAZ 6-042-1 (1Nb, 4w), ShAhID AFRIDI 6-0-41-1 (1w), SAEED AJmAL 10-0-43-1

PAKISTAN INNINgS NASIR JAmShED RuN OuT 22 14 AhmED ShEhZAD Lbw hOLDER mOhAmmAD hAFEEZ C DARREN b ROACh 59 mISbAh-uL-hAq NOT OuT 53 ShAhID AFRIDI C SImmONS b DwAyNE 7 29 umAR AKmAL NOT OuT ExTRAS (Lb-1, w-3, Nb-1) 5 TOTAL (FOR FOuR wICKETS, 30 OvERS) 189 DID NOT bAT: hARIS SOhAIL, wAhAb RIAZ, SAEED AJmAL, JuNAID KhAN, mOhAmmAD IRFAN FALL OF wICKETS: 1-20, 2-60, 3-132, 4-144 bOwLINg: hOLDER 5-0-41-1 (1Nb, 2w), ROACh 6-1-33-1, NARINE 7-0-29-0, SAmmy 3-0-10-0, DwAyNE bRAvO 6-0-49-1 (1w), SAmuELS 3-0-26-0 RESuLT: PAKISTAN wON by SIx wICKETS uNDER DuCKwORTh-LEwIS mEThOD. PAKISTAN LEAD ThE FIvE-mATCh SERIES 2-1.

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England must explore contingency plans to cover for Kevin Pietersen in case his sore calf rules him out of their bid to clinch the Ashes at Old Trafford next week. Alastair Cook’s team are on the verge of winning the urn for a third successive time - something last achieved by England more than 30

England into their 2-0 lead. Speaking specifically about Compton, Gooch said: “I’m not a selector, so I couldn’t give you an indication to whether he would be the next cab off the rank or not.” Unlike others, the Somerset opener has not been seen around the England team on practice days. A clutch of others have, and Gooch implicitly acknowledges the significance.

years ago - after their 347-run trouncing of Australia at Lord’s yesterday. That resounding success was completed in the absence of the injured Pietersen, off the field during the tourists’ second innings after a scan revealed he had strained his left calf. He is considered doubtful already for the third Investec Test in Manchester.

“We’re looking not just at the players we’ve got but also the ones coming through. “We introduce them to the other players, and try to prepare them a little bit for maybe if an opportunity comes.” A case in point is Root, who made his Test debut in the middle order only seven months ago after appearing to be a back-up opener behind Compton and captain Alastair Cook in India.

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LONDON: Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord’s on Sunday. “Watching today I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack (number 11) looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed,” Border wrote to Cricket Australia’s subscribers as he delivered a brutally honest assessment. England won the second Ashes test within four days to hand Australia their sixth test defeat in a row. It was the first time England have won the first two tests in a home Ashes series since W.G. Grace’s side in 1890. Border, who took over from a tearful Kim Hughes while Australia were being repeatedly beaten by a fearsome West Indies’ side, added that Australia needed to give players a chance to prove themselves rather than experimenting with a new line-up at every test. “We need to settle on our best 11 and stay with it. I’m a believer in the pick-and-stick method, so we need to find our best 11 that’s suited to the conditions,” he said. AgENCIES

LONDON: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has warned his under-achieving stars that no-one is safe from the axe ahead of the must-win third Ashes Test. Lehmann’s side trail 2-0 after Sunday’s defeat in the second Test at Lord’s, meaning Ashes-holders England can clinch the five-match series when the sides next meet at old Trafford on August 1. The lacklustre Australians have been out-played for much of the series and Lehmann admits they deserve all the criticism currently coming their way. Australia captain Michael Clarke also made no attempt to hide the fact that his team are struggling when assessing the 347-run loss at Lord’s, which came hot on the heels of defeat in the first Test at Trent Bridge. With the Ashes in danger of slipping away, Lehmann will use the three-day tour match against Sussex at Hove, starting on Friday, to look at potential changes to the team for the third Test. He has pledged to give reserve wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and spinner Nathan Lyon the chance to impress against Sussex. AgENCIES

Unfortunate history is therefore threatening to repeat itself for Pietersen, who also missed the final three matches of England’s last surge to home Ashes series victory with an Achilles injury in 2009. England batting coach Graham Gooch is not prepared, and unqualified he insists too, to publicly discuss the potential replacements for Pietersen - who had a lean time in England’s middle order at Lord’s, where he made only seven runs in his two innings. “I know he’s got a problem with his calf, a strain,” said Gooch.

“Whether he will be fit for Old Trafford ... he’d be in doubt. “I’m sure there will be some cover supplied.” The potential replacement personnel remains open to conjecture, with several plausible candidates but none presenting an obviously compelling case. Among the feasible contenders, Nick Compton is the one who most recently inhabited an England batting position - but that was as a specialist opener before he was dropped in favour of Joe Root, whose second-innings 180 helped


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HE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is to file an appeal against a judgement of the Islamabad High Court that has overruled all major decisions taken by Najam Sethi as the Board’s interim chairman. The 30-page judgement has asked for changes in the structure of the PCB, questioned the appointment of the selection committee, as well as its financial and recruitment affairs. Although the judgement will not affect the Pakistan team currently in the West Indies for a limited-overs series, the report however, said that it cancelled the appointment of Moin Khan as the chairman of selectors, which was one of Sethi’s major decisions. The report further said that the judgement will affect PCB’s daily affairs, as well as its budget this year, selection of its under-23 teams and that of the national team’s Zimbabwe tour and the renewal of the broadcaster deal, adding that the PCB, in general, has been seized and will remain so till the newly elected chairman takes office. However, the PCB responded by saying that it will contemplate appealing the judgement, with its legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi saying that the board has not yet received the official copy of the judgement, adding that the decision may have far-reaching consequences for Pakistan cricket as it has the potential of being misinterpreted. According to Rizvi, some of the findings in the judgement were neither argued nor raised in the pleading of the parties, for which the PCB needed to appeal against the order of the IHC.

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Declaring Sethi as a ‘caretaker chairman, the IHC said that any decision taken by Sethi will be null and void as the legalities of the caretaker position does not allow such action, and under the court decision, Sethi will monitor the day-to-day functions of the PCB till a new chairman is elected under the supervision of the Election Commission of Pakistan. According to the report, this development comes in the wake of Transparency International Pakistan ‘s (TIP) terming Sethi’s appointment as contrary to PCB’s constitution, and amateur cricketer Abdullah Tahir petition against his appointment in the IHC. “We are still waiting for it but in light of media reports the decision may have far-reaching consequences for Pakistan cricket as it has the potential of being misinterpreted. Some of the findings in the judgement as reported were neither argued nor raised in the pleading of the parties, therefore the PCB will have no other legal option but to file an Appeal, which will be vehemently pursued.” The IHC has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to carry out fresh elections for the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board by October 18 this year.

According to the order, a candidate competing for the post of chairman must be an ex-cricketer, a graduate and also comply with Article 62, 63 in the constitution of the Pakistan. The High Court has concluded the writ petition filed by a former Rawalpindi Cricket Association official against the board elections held in May, when Ashraf was elected chairman for a four-year term under the new PCB constitution. Ashraf was later suspended from his post by the IHC, after there were questions raised about the legality of his election. The High Court said the process had been “dubious” and “polluted” and Sethi was appointed as interim chairman. “Practically, Najam Sethi is no more the acting chairman, rather his status is of a caretaker being appointed by the court for a period of 90 days with the objective of looking into the day-today affairs of the PCB, cooperate and ensure the holding of elections by the Election Commission of Pakistan within the stipulated period commencing from July 21 to October 18, which period shall not be extended on any pretext whatsoever,” Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui wrote in his judgement. “Now, in order to achieve the objective of a free,

fair, credible and transparent election, this court is convinced that this objective can be achieved with the help of Election Commission of Pakistan, (which) shall hold the election of the chairman of the PCB within ninety days starting from July 21, 2013.” The judgement will affect the PCB’s daily affairs, as well as its budget this year, selection of its Under23 teams and that of the national team’s Zimbabwe tour and the renewal of the broadcaster deal. The PCB, in general, has been seized and will remain so till the newly elected chairman takes office. The PCB, being an autonomous body, isn’t regulated by the government, and engaging the ECP for electing the PCB chairman is a complex scenario to carry out. Justice Siddiqui although didn’t suspend the entire constitution, but has suspended the process of the appointment of the PCB chairman. “Appointment of members of the selection committee, its chairman and other appointments/termination of services in the PCB as well as any major decision shall be the right domain of the newly elected chairman of the PCB,” Justice Siddiqui wrote. “Criteria for appointment of the selection committee is also highly questionable but no remedial steps are being taken to bring credible criteria of the nomination/appointment of the member of the selection committee and its chairman. The decades-old formula of appointing the committee needs to be reviewed, all the regions to be given the right to be a member of the selection committee on rotation. The scope of the selection committee is required to be enhanced by including one sports journalist, cricket commentator and one keen follower of the game of cricket having sufficient knowledge from the general public.”

CAPTAin miSbAh yeT TO mAke A CenTury SETS NEW RECORD OF MOST RUNS WITHOUT A TON S.PERvEZ QAISER Misbah-ul-Haq became the highest run-getter in oneday internationals without a century. The Pakistani skipper achieved this feat during his unbeaten 53-run knock in the fourth match of the five-match series against West Indies at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia on Sunday (July 21). Misbah, who has scored 3756 runs at 44.18 with 28 half centuries in 113 innings of 124 matches, went past Wasim Akram’s record of most runs in ODIs without a century.

The former Pakistani skipper made 3717 runs at 16.52 with six fifties in 280 innings of 356 matches. Misbah scored 585 runs at 34.41 with a strike rate

of 90.41 and three half centuries in 22 innings of 27 matches at home while he made 3171 runs at 46.63 and a strike rate of 71.03 and 25 fifties in 91 innings of 97

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jOhANNESBURG: Cricket SA’s (CSA) new CEo, Haroon Lorgat, says he does not know how he managed to offend the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) but he is willing to apologise to them if necessary. “India is an important stakeholder in cricket and, even from a personal perspective, I don’t like to be out of favour with someone who was once a friend of mine,” Lorgat said on Monday. “I will do my best to go there and find out what their issue is, and apologise if I must.” Lorgat was named as the cricket body’s chief executive on Saturday despite previous indications from the BCCI that they would not be happy with his appointment. His vast experience gained while serving as the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), from 2008 to 2012, made him the frontrunner for the local post while also placing in jeopardy the relationship between the two cricket bodies. AgENCIES

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matches outside Pakistan. The right handed middle order batsman’s highest score in ODIs is an unbeaten 96 in 187 minutes off 127 balls with five fours and three sixes against West Indies at The Oval on June 7, 2013. Misbah’s unbeaten 53 came off 43 balls with three fours and a six and strike rate of 123.25. It was his second fastest fifty plus knock in one-dayers after an unbeaten 55 off 38 balls with four fours and a six and a strike rate of 144.73 against Zimbabwe at Karachi on Jan 21, 2008. Marlon Samuels recorded his highest score against Pakistan in one day internationals by making an unbeaten 106 off 104 balls with nine fours and four sixes. His previous highest against Pakistan was an ubneaten 100 off 99 balls with 17 fours and a six at Multan on December 13,2006.


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thai proteGe swaps irons for textBooKs after record win BANGKOK: Phachara Khongwatmai has little time to celebrate his recordbreaking triumph on the ASEAN PGA Tour as the 14-year-old Thai amateur golfer needs to catch up on his homework after taking a week off from school to compete in the event. Phachara, born on May 3, 1999, stunned an experienced field that included a number of the country’s leading golfers, to win the $65,000 Singha Hua Hin open by four shots on Sunday and etch his name in golf’s record books. With the victory, Phachara replaces New Zealand sensation Lydia Ko, who won the 2012 New South Wales open three months prior to her 15th birthday, as the youngest winner of a professional golf event. “I am really, really happy to win against so many top players,” Phachara, who had to qualify for the tournament, said in a statement from the organisers. “My putting was the key and I also worked very hard with my caddie. We planned everything carefully.” AgENCIES

micKeLson cLimBs ranKinGs after British open victory GULLANE: Phil Mickelson suddenly has the world No 1 ranking in his sight after what he said was the best round of his career took him to a superb British open victory at Muirfield on Sunday. The American, who burst from the pack to win by three shots after a sizzling last round of 66, climbed above Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy into second place in the rankings behind Tiger Woods who is still comfortably ahead. Mickelson has never topped the official world rankings which were brought in 24 years ago. The 43-year-old’s charge to his first British open title proved a popular one amongst his fellow professionals with the left-hander receiving widespread praise. His swing coach Butch Harmon said his performance on Sunday in the wind and with difficult pin positions was the best he had ever seen. “I said when Greg (Norman) won in 1993 that was the best round of golf I’d seen, but I think this one tops it,” Harmon told the BBC. AgENCIES

dJoKovic weLL cLear at the top BERLIN: Novak Djokovic of Serbia remained number one atop the latest men’s tennis rankings issued Monday by the ATP. Djokovic topped the unchanged rankings with 12,310 points followed by Wimbledon winner Andy Murray at 9,360. Spain’s David Ferrer is third (7,120) ahead of compatriot Rafael Nadal (6,860) and former number one Roger Federer (5,875). ATP TOP 10 1. (1) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,310 points 2. (2) Andy Murray, Britain, 9,360 3. (4) David Ferrer, Spain, 7,120 4. (5) Rafael Nadal, Spain, 6,860 5. (3) Roger Federer, Switzerland, 5,875 6. (6) Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,865 8. (8) Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 4,500 8. (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 3,480 9. (9) Richard Gasquet, France, 3,045 10. (10) Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 2,915 wTA TOP 10 1. (1) Serena Williams, United States, 11,705 points 2. (2) Maria Sharapova, Russia, 9,235 3. (3) Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, 8,825 4. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, 5,965 5. (5) Li Na, China, 5,555 6. (6) Sara Errani, Italy, 5,100 7. (8) Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, 4,435 8. (7) Marion Bartoli, France, 4,365 9. (9) Angelique Kerber, Germany, 3,970 10. (10) Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, 3,660. AgENCIES

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HE national hockey team cannot achieve its target of the 2014 World Cup without giving its best in the upcoming Asia Cup, said chief coach Akhtar Rasool on the opening day of the camp training of the team here on Monday. The national hockey training camp for the build up of the team to take part in the Asia Cup commenced here at the National Hockey Stadium with 24 players attending barring one absentee Abdul Haseem Khan. Haseem has not yet informed the camp management regarding his absence, said Akhtar, who is also manager of the team after a strenuous afternoon training session. The Asia Cup will be played from August 24 to September 1, at Ipoh, Malaysia. “It is a very important event for us and the last chance to qualify for the next year’s Hockey World Cup being played in Holland and we are under immense pressure to revive the sagging fortunate of the team which finished at number seventh place in the eight team Hockey World League Semi-finals in Malaysia last month,” he said. He said the players attended two training sessions on the opening day of the camp and efforts were made to bring them

in right frame of mind after a disastrous hockey league event in which team failed to rise owing to various factors mainly lack of finishing touch and physical fitness. “We need to infuse new confidence in the players to help them overcome the sour memories of the Hockey World League and there is always a room to improve and we are focusing on that important aspect,” said Akhtar. He said what happened in the HWL is a saga of past now and the team management will be jointly working to utilize the Asia Cup, a last ditch effort to help Pakistan qualify for the World Cup. “It is a do or die event for us and there is no looking back for us and we are in a very difficult situation of lifting

the performance of the team to atone for its previous dismal show,” he asserted. The chief coach and manager said Pakistan plays spirited Malaysia, South Korea, the two teams which beat in the HWL besides locking horns with arch rivals India and in the given circumstances the tournament becomes extremely tough and only brilliance and collective efforts are leading the green shirts to their ultimate objective of qualifying for the World Cup. “The team management will be coming up with different strategies and plans to elevate the mental and physical fitness of the players in order to get best out of them during the event,” he said, adding: “Our main aim is to give the players a mind set in which they are without any pressure and are eager to deliver in the right direction and that is why we are arranging special motivation sessions for them to help them regain their lost confidence.” Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan captain Mohammad Imran said that the team has no other option but to win the Asia Cup and qualify for the World Cup. “Its going all out for us in the Asia Cup and all the players have started the camp training with great enthusiasm. “We have only one target in this camp to train hard to win the Asia Cup and qualify for the World Cup because it is the only chance for us to stay in the hunt,” he maintained.

antoneLLi dies at moscow event

MOSCOW: Team Goeleven Kawasaki motorcyclist Andrea Antonelli has died following a crash during a World Supersport race at the Moscow Raceway, the organisers have confirmed. In wet and rainy conditions, 25-year-old Italian Antonelli lost control of his Kawasaki bike on the first lap and his head collided with the Honda of countryman Lorenzo Zanetti, who was also unseated. Antonelli was immediately transported to the course’s medical centre but, given the seriousness of his injuries, it was decided not to risk helicopter transport to the nearest hospital and he died after failing to regain consciousness. The Supersport race was stopped and postponed for an afternoon restart before being cancelled indefinitely. The second World Superbike event was also cancelled after Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Goldbet) had won the morning’s race from Chaz Davies. AgENCIES

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Susie Wolff made her full test debut with former champions Williams on Friday, the biggest step by a woman driver in Formula One for more than 20 years, with race regulars paying her compliments. “I think she was pretty good, she was pretty quick and that’s really fantastic to see a lady driving Formula One,” Ferrari’s Felipe Massa told reporters after the final day of a young

driver test at Silverstone. “I was really happy when I saw the lap times and pretty happy for her.” Wolff, now 30, may not be a young driver but she was as thrilled as any of those making their test debuts after completing 89 laps and setting the ninth fastest time of the 16 drivers on track during the day. Her best lap of one minute 35.093 seconds compared to the day’s fastest of 1:32.894 set by triple champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull. “It was important for me to show I

had the performance,” the Scot, wife of Mercedes motorsport head and Williams shareholder Toto Wolff, told reporters. “It was fantastic today. The team did a great job getting me through the day, talking me through everything step by step. “Physically it wasn’t easy but it was what I was expecting. I was well prepared so it was completely manageable,” added the development driver who spent seven seasons racing in the DTM (German Touring Car) series but scored only four points. Formula One has not had a female driver in decades, with Italian Giovanna

Amati the last to try to get on the grid when she failed to qualify in 1992. Compatriot Lella Lombardi was the last to start a race, in 1976. Wolff has taken part in straight-line aerodynamic tests, without other racing drivers present, and as development driver was the first to drive this year’s car. “After such a tough end to my DTM career, many people presumed that I was just always at the back and wasn’t quick enough but I think today can show that that was possibly an unfair judgement,” said the Briton.


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suarez Bids not worthy of interest: rodGers MELBOURNE: Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Luis Suarez is in “great spirits” after arriving in Australia and insisted no offers near Liverpool’s valuation of the player have been made. Liverpool are back in the game thanks to him. Suarez has missed the start of Liverpool’s preseason programme after being given time off following the Confederations Cup, but the Uruguay international’s future remains the subject of intense speculation. Arsenal reportedly failed with a £30million offer for the 26-year-old, who has previously suggested he is prepared to leave Anfield this summer. However, Rodgers is determined to keep the former Ajax forward at Liverpool and he reiterated that there is no pressure to sell Suarez. “Yes, very much so,” said Rodgers when asked if he expected Suarez to be at the club this season. “There’s been a lot of speculation over the course of the close season but the reality is that he’s a player who is very much valued at Liverpool and unless there’s any sort of offer that comes in that’s anywhere near his value, there’s nothing to consider. “We haven’t had that.” AgENCIES

froome can restore cycLinG’s reputation London Agencies Chris Froome’s father claims the newly-crowned Tour de France champion is the perfect personality to restore cycling’s battered reputation. Froome, 28, became Britain’s second successive winner of the prestigious race when he crossed the finishing line in Paris on Sunday, following Bradley Wiggins’ success 12 months earlier. But with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal still fresh in the minds of many, Froome has had to fend off some awkward questions throughout the Tour on the subject of drug cheats, particularly after his victory on stage 15 on top of Mont Ventoux.

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Manchester United have made a second bid for midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but Barcelona will make the final decision only after the appointment of a new coach. United confirmed last Monday that they had made a first offer for the former Arsenal star, and manager David Moyes said at a press conference in Yokohama that a second offer had been lodged. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward returned to the UK ahead of schedule last Wednesday to carry out some urgent transfer business, and Moyes confirmed: “As I understand it, Ed had a response (to the first offer). We have made a second offer but Ed is dealing with

it rather than me.” So far, United have not made any new signings this summer, other than Uruguay Under-20 star Guillermo Varela. And whilst Moyes accepts there may come a time when he has to walk away from the deal, that position has not been reached yet. “I think a point does come,” said Moyes. “But when you are interested in

good players you want to give it every opportunity to materialise. “I will hope things will continue to move forward. “At this moment in time I can only tell you Ed Woodward is working hard to try and make the deals happen. We hope some of them will fall into place shortly.” However, it has been reported on Sky Sports that Barcelona will not make a decision on Fabregas’ future until a new coach has been appointed. In addition to Fabregas, Moyes has also been linked with marquee signings Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, plus Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. So far though, there has been no reinforcements. And Moyes admitted he can understand why some fans are nervous. “I can understand that feeling,”

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HRIS Froome crossed the Champs Elysees finish line arm in arm with his beaming team mates on Sunday to win the 100th Tour de France and hand Britain a second successive triumph in cycling’s biggest race. In three weeks of racing, the Kenyan-born rider dominated in the mountains and time trials and fought off the inevitable innuendo that has long accompanied an event tainted by a string of doping scandals. Froome was untroubled on the 21st and final stage, a 133.5km ride from Versailles which ended in an evening sprint giving German Marcel Kittel his fourth stage win as the sun set on Paris. The Briton led Colombia’s Nairo Quintana by four minutes and 20 seconds in the overall standings, with Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez third, a further 44 seconds back. “This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time,” Froome said in his podium speech, in a reference to the many doping scandals the sport has struggled with. Froome is the first Tour champion to be crowned since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for doping and some of the 28-year-old’s performances in the 2013 race were inevitably greeted with suspicion.

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with cancer, with former Paraguay coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino the apparent frontrunner for the Nou Camp job. Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is reportedly in Buenos Aires today to meet Martino, who recently severed ties with Argentinian Clausura champions Newell’s Old Boys. Former Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique, Andre Villas-Boas, Michael Laudrup, Marcelo Bielsa and Rubi are among the other tacticians linked with the post - with Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman stating a move to Catalonia was “absolutely not on the cards” - and skipper Puyol believes the names in the frame all share a common philosophy. He told Marca.com: “I think all the names that have been mentioned are capable of coaching this team. We all know that Zubi and the board are working hard and we’re sure they’ll bring us the best coach.

“We have a certain way of playing; a philosophy. The coach that comes in will follow that line and I’m sure that Zubi and the directors are looking for a coach that can adapt to our characteristics. “I know (Tata) is a very good coach, who likes the style of the club. And you all know that I have a very good relationship with Luis (Enrique) - he’s one of the most accomplished names - but I like all the others who have been mentioned.” Puyol, 35, also paid tribute to Vilanova, who inspired Barcelona to a 22nd Primera Division title last season despite spending much of his sole year in charge receiving treatment for throat cancer in New York. “It’s really tough news, not just because it’s happened to a coach or a colleague, but because it’s an illness,” Puyol added. “The person is the most important thing.

KARAChI: Liverpool Football Club and Standard Chartered Bank have on Monday announced a two-year extension to their main sponsor agreement. The bank signed up as the Club’s main sponsor in July 2010, appearing on the front of the Red’s shirt for the last three seasons. The partnership has now been extended to run until the end of the 2015/16 season. Financial terms of the agreement remain confidential. over the last three years, Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have reaped the benefits of their partnership through a number of initiatives – in particular, through a series of awardwinning charitable and community-based campaigns around the world. Fans, players, legends and staff have come together on a number of high-profile occasions to highlight and help tackle global issues such as preventable blindness and HIV awareness. As part of the Club’s strategy to bring fans closer to the Club no matter where they are in the world, Liverpool FC has just embarked on a tour of Asia and Australia in partnership with Standard Chartered, where they will play in front of packed stadiums in Jakarta, Melbourne and Bangkok. “We have enjoyed a fantastic first three years with Standard Chartered. Not only are they a terrific partner because of their presence and commitment to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where we have a significant fan base, but because we both share a passion for community. We are delighted to announce the extension of our partnership, which demonstrates the belief and continued commitment to the work that we are doing together and the values that we share. There is a very bright future ahead for Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC as we continue to grow the world’s greatest football family,” commented Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial officer, Liverpool Football Club. Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC, said: “our sponsorship of Liverpool Football Club has proved successful for both parties and we are delighted to be extending our partnership. Liverpool are hugely popular in the markets where we do business, and we are excited about the opportunity to continue to work with this fantastic club and their passionate fans.” STAFF REPORT

formation of punJaB athLetics association iLLeGaL: pBoa LAhORE: The Punjab olympic Association has said that it condemned the formation of a parallel Punjab Athletics Association and said it recognizes the body headed by Khawaja Ahmad Hassan. Some individuals conducted the elections of a bogus and illegal body to cause confusion and to disrupt the smooth working of the PAA “,said Secretary, Pob’a , Idris Haider Khawaja here on Monday. He said the trend of forming parallel bodies has destroyed the sports in the country as well as in the province and some anti sports elements are busy in this practice to promote their vested interest. Idris Haider said the PAA is working for the cause of athletics in the province and it is regularly organizing athletics events at senior and junior level. STAFF REPORT


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HE Supreme Court on Monday ordered the relevant competent authority to examine the possibility of proceeding further against persons or agencies who had allowed the execution of works/schemes contrary to the PEPRA rules, proper feasibility or without following a transparent manner. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed issued a short order which it had earlier reserved in a case pertaining to the distribution of development funds by former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

The court ordered that if such development schemes were found to be in accordance with the conditions and observations made by the court, the payments to the contractors may be released to the extent of the work already completed. As far as the leftover work is concerned, it should be examined as to whether the same is in the public interest and is feasible to continue execution of the schemes, the bench added. If such schemes were found not to be in the public interest or feasible, the same shall be abandoned, the short order said. Earlier while hearing the case, CJP Chaudhry said that the prime minister was not a monarch who had the liberty to spend whatever he willed and whenever he wanted. The CJP remarked, “A husband and wife, both retired government

employees, died of cancer but no help was extended to them. On the other hand, billions of rupees were spent on unnecessary schemes. Avenues of corruption came to light due to court’s interference. Not only illegal orders like this were issued but the institutions showed their loyalty by implementing them. Threats were hurled at the AGPR office to bring it under their ambit. Telephone calls were made and the amount was approved by sending representatives.” Justice Jawad S Khawaja said, “No project in Balochistan is transparent. The construction of the roads whose contracts were awarded after getting money has not been completed.” Khawaja Haris, counsel for Balochistan government, argued the discretionary powers of the for-

mer PM were not in consonance with the constitution. The CJP remarked, “On one side the people are committing suicides and on the other hand money is being released through illegal ways. Why no amount was allocated for emergency expenses in the budget. Expenses are protected through supplementary budgets. Doling out money to please favorites cannot be allowed. The benefits of national coffers should trickle down to the common man, but its is not the case. The former PM doled out money apparently at his will. The PM is not a monarch, he is an elected representative.” Khawaja Haris said elected representatives were the best people to identify development projects. The administrative departments implemented them after the proposals

were received, he added. The chief justice asked, “What is the justification of identification of projects by non-elected people?” “Who are these people who reach the office of PM and get funds allocated? The opponents cannot even reach the office of a deputy commissioner.” The CJP said, “How does the AGPR approve against the rules expenses. The court had to stop the illegal use of funds in this case. This was the job of AGPR, not ours. The AGPR does not budge if the matter of releasing funds for common man comes. One pensioner and his wife died of cancer and funds were not released and in this case billion of rupees were released.” Khawaja Haris said it seemed all this was done to influence the polls.

CHIna eartHQUaKes

KIll at least 89

BEIjING: Rescuers rushed to find victims buried by twin shallow earthquakes in northwest China Monday after the double tremors killed 89 people and injured almost 600, officials said. The tremors in Gansu province — with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6 — set off landslides which buried often crudely constructed local houses, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Pictures from the scene showed simple buildings reduced to rubble, with pieces of corrugated metal used for roofing scattered over the wreckage. The government of Dingxi city in Gansu said on a verified social media account that 14 people were missing. Almost all the confirmed dead were in Min county, where a medicine factory employee told AFP he saw tower blocks shake “ferociously” when the quake struck. “I was in the workshop. I felt violent shaking and so I ran to the yard of the plant immediately,” said the man, surnamed Ma. “our factory is only one floor. When I came to the yard, I saw an 18 storey building, the tallest in our county, shaking ferociously, especially the 18th floor.”An official at the provincial earthquake bureau told AFP that more than 1,200 buildings collapsed and 21,000 were severely damaged, adding that 371 aftershocks had been recorded. Nearly 3,000 firefighters, police, soldiers and local government workers had been sent to the area, Xinhua said, adding that rescue efforts were being hampered by landslides and roads had been blocked by heavy rain in previous days. AgENCIES

afghans ‘ready’ to sign us security pact: hamid Karzai KABUL AgENCIES

The Afghan president told the top US military commander on Monday that he was ready in principle to let American troops stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, a month after suspending security talks. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, is the most senior American to meet Hamid Karzai since he suspended negotiations for a long-term security pact in protest at how the Taliban opened a liaison office in Qatar. Karzai’s office said both sides discussed the Afghan-US security pact. “President Karzai once again emphasised that the Afghan people have suffered from long years of war in their country, and want peace to be restored,” a statement said. “President Karzai said with that hope, Afghans are ready to sign a security pact with the US, on condition that it leads to peace and stability in the country, the strengthening of Afghan forces, and a united and sovereign Afghanistan,” it added. Karzai suspended the security talks, furious that the Taliban styled their office in Doha as an embassy for a self-styled government in waiting.

pakistan for stable, unified afghanistan: sartaj aziz ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz capped off a positive day-long tour of Afghanistan with progress on the bilateral transit trade agreement and Afghan President Hamid Karzai accepting an invitation to visit Pakistan. A day after his trip, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released their official account of the visit. It noted that Aziz had underscored Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to strengthen Pakistan’s fraternal ties with the Afghan people. Aziz conveyed that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in the vital interest of Pakistan. He emphasised Pakistan’s steadfast commitment to support the peace and reconciliation process, which he said should be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led, in

which Pakistan would continue to play a facilitating role. The adviser conveyed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sincere desire to work with President Karzai for the furtherance of shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and of strengthening the bilateral relationship in all its dimensions. It listed Aziz’s slew of meetings including those with President Karzai, foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul and the commerce and industries minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi. The Chairman of the High Peace Council (HPC) Salahuddin Rabbani also called on the adviser along with an HPC delegation. Aziz conveyed a message of cordiality and goodwill from the leadership and Pakistani people, and underlined the new government’s resolve to further deepen and broaden the Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relationship in all fields. The adviser underscored that the two countries

must work together to strengthen links with Central Asia, including through trade and mutually-beneficial energy projects, that would reinforce regional cooperation and promote common prosperity. Both sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the Coordinating Authority established under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) as early as possible to address matters related to transit trade. The Afghan commerce minister will also visit Pakistan at the earliest opportunity to further advance the trade agenda. Aziz was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and other senior Foreign Ministry officials, assisted by Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq in Kabul. Aziz also handed over the prime minister’s formal invitation to President Karzai to visit Pakistan for a summit-level meeting. President Karzai accepted the invitation. The visit will take place on mutually-convenient dates.

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pmL-n’s governor, presidential nominees get shock and awe response LAHORE NADEEm SyED

If the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rank and file is quite happy over the prime minister’s choice of Mamnoon Hussain Qazi, an old and diehard party worker as candidate for the presidential election, they are quite shocked at the leadership’s choice of Muhammad Sarwar for the Punjab gubernatorial slot. Some senior leaders were even not ready to believe that Sarwar was going to be the new governor, however, they are coming to terms with the development. Reportedly, the PMLN leadership has decided to appoint former Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar as Punjab’s new governor. Sources in the party revealed that the decision to appoint Sarwar as the governor had already created resentment in the party. The leaguers say appointing someone with no contribution for the party as the governor was beyond comprehension. The PML-N leaders from South Punjab are equally disappointed, as they were hoping the next governor to be from region, especially after informal announcement of the party leaders that they would go for someone from South Punjab to correct the regional balance of power. As such disappointment is written in bold on the faces of people like Jaffar Iqbal, Zulfiqar Khosa and Senator Rafique Rajwana, all being tipped as the next governor. Similarly, PML-N leaders from Lahore too were quite surprised over the choice of the new governor. Some prominent columnists and writers with leaning towards the PML-N have also expressed their surprise over the decision. “It is quite surprising that party could not find some from Pakistan, especially from Punjab, for the nomination of governor,” a local leader said. Sources said that the reaction in the party was quite palpable, but the problem was that the party head had made a commitment with Sarwar. Sarwar is quite close to the Sharifs. He played an active role in recent elections and was seen attending important meetings held for award of party tickets. Sarwar, 60, was elected as Labour MP for Glasgow Govan in 1997 and served until 2010. Sarwar was also the chairman of the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. According to UK media reports, Sarwar is set to give up his British citizenship for a political role in Pakistan. On the other hand, party workers hailed the proposed nomination of Mamnoon Hussain as candidate for president. “He is a diehard worker of the party who stood by the Sharifs through thick and thin. When Musharraf staged the coup, he was the Sindh governor. He did not think twice before resigning to stand behind Nawaz,” a party leader said.

it’s a son for will and Kate LONDON AgENCIES

It’s a boy! Prince William and Kate Middleton became parents of an 8 lb. 6 ounce baby boy late Monday afternoon British time. Both mother and child were reported doing well and will remain in the hospital overnight. Prince William was present for the birth, according to a press release from Buckingham Palace. The release also said the name of the baby would be announced “in due course.” Soon after the palace announcement was made, a notice giving details about the baby - the third-in-line to the throne - left St Mary’s Hospital in London by car for Buckingham Palace. It has been signed by the Queen’s former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered Kate’s baby. The notice will be placed on an easel in the palace’s forecourt just like the announcement of William’s birth on June 21, 1982, a traditional element of theatre in marked contrast to the modern age of emails and Twitter. The new royal baby will be the Queen’s third great-grandchild and is destined to be crowned monarch.

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