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KP Senior MiniSter BaShir Bilour, eight otherS Killed aS Suicide BoMBer attacKS anP Meeting in PeShawar PESHAWAR

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earless, outspoken and one of the harshest critics of the Taliban, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senior Minister Bashir ahmed Bilour embraced martyrdom in a suicide attack on an awami National Party meeting in Peshawar on saturday. eight others, including Bilour’s personal secretary and a police station house officer, were killed and more than 20 people were injured in the attack, which took place in Dhakki Naalbandi area of the famous Qissa Khawani Bazaar of the provincial capital. Bilour’s funeral procession would be taken out from his brother’s place at 2pm today (sunday) and the prayers would be said at Col sher Khan stadium in Peshawar. The KP and Balochistan provincial governments announced a three-day mourning over the killings, while the federal, sindh and Punjab

Judiciary not being administration or parliament: CJ KARACHI STAFF REPORT

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hief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday brushed aside the criticism on judiciary, saying the judiciary never tried to play the role of administration or parliament. Addressing the 26th Roll Signing Ceremony in Karachi, the chief justice clarified that it was the statutory and constitutional responsibility of the judiciary to safeguard democracy from being distorted and disrupted by state elements for their vested interests. “The judiciary has a definite role to play for effective administration of justice for the establishment of a just society, based on respect for law.” he added that the Pakistani judicial system was the strongest backer of democracy, which enjoyed full confidence and faith of legal fraternity, other institutions, media as well as the public at large. The CJ said the role of judiciary was not that of an opposition to the legislature or the executive, however, in cases of unauthorised actions in utter violation of constitutional norms, the judiciary had to responds through exercise of judicial review. he said the judiciary had the constitutional mandate to annul any act, whether it being an act of parliament or action taken by a state functionary that

transgressed constitutional limits. “The role of judiciary in the democratic governance of Pakistan is more of a check against constitutional transgressions than just an adjudicator in settling bilateral quarrels and disputes,” he maintained. The system of delivery of justice in Pakistan was facing various challenges, including complex legal procedures, out-dated laws, delays, unnecessary costs, high court fees and corruption, he said. “Corruption being most significant of them is impinging upon the process of fair dispensation of justice. No matter how much prudence is poured in analysing the problems, complete and instant cure is very unlikely to be achieved. however, adherence to the high standards of impartiality, integrity and accountability can at least mitigate opportunities for corruption,” the CJ said.

governments also followed suit with announcement of a one-day mourning. Flags would be flown a half mast in mourning. all major political leaders, including President asif ali Zardari, Prime Minister raja Pervez ashraf, Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PMl-N) chief Nawaz sharif and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief altaf Hussain condemned the attack. Bilour’s son Usman Bilour said his party and family were ready to make more sacrifices for the sake of the country. Per details, Federal railways Minister Ghulam ahmad Bilour and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senior Minister Bashir ahmad Bilour were present in a corner meeting of aNP at Dhakki Naalbandi when Bashir Bilour came outside the makeshift facility to attend a telephone call. Officials said Bashir was talking on the phone when a suicide bomber attempted to touch the aNP leader, but was blocked by police personnel. However, the bomber exploded himself up instantly, killing seven people and injuring several others, including Bashir Bilour. The injured were rushed to lady reading Hospital, where doctors said Bashir had gone into a cardiac arrest. He was operated upon for about an hour, after which the doctors pronounced him dead. a large number of party leaders and workers thronged the hospital after the news broke out. Beside Bilour, Kabuli Police station sHO sattar Khan Khattak and Bilour’s personal secretary Noor Mohammad were also killed in the attack. The Taliban sheltering in the narrow tribal strip of Darra adam Khel claimed responsibility for killing Bashir ahmad

PESHAWAR: Relatives mourn the assassination of Senior Minister Bashir Bilour who targeted by a Taliban suicide bomber on Saturday. Online

Bilour. Mohammad, introducing himself as a spokesman of TTP Darra adam Khel chapter called up several media houses to claim responsibility. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan also claimed responsibility for the attack and vowed to carry out more attacks against all those who were against the militants. Hailing from an influential family of Peshawar, Bilour was a lawyer by profession and remained a member of the Peshawar Bar association and High Court Bar association. He successfully returned as an MPa from Peshawar since 1990 and served as provincial minister in at least four governments. He is survived by a widow, two sons and two daughters. Bilour had on several occasions expressed his resolve to fight terrorism even if it meant sacrificing his life. “It’s not just the aNP’s fight...the entire country must take ownership of it now. We are ready to kill or be killed in this battle for peace,” he had said in many interviews. The bomb disposal squad said four kilogrammes of explosives were used by the suspected bomber to execute the attack. It was the third suicide attempt on Bashir ahmad Bilour since 2008. The aNP has been a target of the terrorists since coming into power in 2008 elections, as it has been openly criticising the Taliban and their brand of Islam. at least 925 people have been killed and more than 2,255 others injured in 581 incidents of terrorism across the country in the current year.

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Malik Asif Hayat to be made new FPSC chairman ISLAMABAD iNP

Decision has been taken to appoint Secretary to President Major (r) Asif hayat as new chairman of the federal Public Service Commission (fPSC). former fPSC chairman Justice (r) Rana Bhagwan Das retired from his post on friday. Source said hayat, a retired police group official, has resigned as secretary to president to take charge of his new office. The notification of hayat’s appointment is likely to be issued within next 48 hours. Major (r) Asif hayat had served as inspector general of police and federal secretary. following his retirement, he was appointed the secretary to the president.

Man accused of blasphemy burnt alive in Dadu KARACHI: A man accused of desecrating the holy Quran was burnt alive by an angry mob in Dadu district of Sindh on Saturday. The man was a traveller and had spent Thursday night at a mosque, said Maulvi Memon, the prayer leader in Seeta village. The burnt remains of the holy Quran were found the next morning. “he was alone in the mosque during the night,” Memon said. “There was no one else there to do this terrible thing.” Villagers beat the man then handed him over to police. A few hours later, a crowd of around 200 stormed the police station, dragged the man out and set him on fire, said Usman Ghani, the senior superintendent of police in Dadu. Ghani said around 30 people had been arrested for the murder and seven policemen detained for negligence. iNP

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Pakistani authorities lodge strong protest with Afghan counterparts

No field postings for cops with political links LAHORE RANA HAidER

As many as 45 senior police officials with political affiliation are likely to be removed from field postings before the general elections, sources told Pakistan Today. On the orders of the election Commission of Pakistan, the inspectors general (iGs) of the four provinces were asked to issue lists of the police officials who have political connections or their family members were taking part in elections. Sources said that more than 45 police officials, including deputy inspector generals, senior superintendents of police (SSPs) and superintendents of police (SPs) were likely to be removed from field postings with the advent of elections.

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A K i S T A N i security officials on Saturday sealed the Torkham border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, in response to the torture on Pakistani labourers by Afghan security personnel. earlier, Pakistan had lodged a strong protest by summoning Afghan Charge d’ Affaires to the Ministry of foreign Affairs over the incident involving 29 Pakistanis who were returning from Afghanistan and were badly beaten en-route by

Afghan forces despite having valid travel documents. The Afghan government was also asked to take appropriate measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future. A similar protest was lodged by the Pakistan Ambassador in Kabul with the Afghan government. The incident could hamper the efforts being launched to improve diplomatic relations between the neighbouring states. Pakistan, an important ally in the NATO alliance, had been given a lead role in facilitating the reconciliation process between Taliban militants and the Afghan government, and had recently

released some Taliban militants to facilitate talks between both the warring factions. Talking to media, Pakistan Army official Colonel Mushtaq blamed Afghan officials for snatching passports of 29 labourers and subjecting them to brutal torture. “Afghan officials snatched passports of 29 Pakistani labourers, who were returning from Kabul after earning money,” he said, adding that the labourers were treated like prisoners by the officials. “The Pak-Afghan border has been closed from the Torkham point for indefinite period,” he added. The border closure has caused traffic jam on both sides.

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Bashir’s death a loss for entire nation awami national Party (anP) chief asfandyar wali has termed the demise of Bashir ahmed Bilour as a loss for the entire nation. reacting to the assassination of his party's provincial president, he vowed to continue the fight against “the terrorist mindset”. “anP is rendering sacrifices for this land,”wali said, stressing that all the political forces will have to unite and evolve a joint strategy to eliminate the menace of terrorism. remembering Bilour as a brave man, wali said the two of them had spent time in jail together and shared a strong bond. “he wanted to die fighting,” said wali.

Bilour’s death a national loss President Asif Zardari said Bashir Bilour’s death was a national loss. In his condolence message, Zardari said that Bashir Bilor will always be remembered as a martyr who never flinched in the fight against militancy. He said that even in dying, Bashir Bilor had rendered a service by strengthening the national resolve to fight the bigots and extremists to the finish.

Bilour’s killing regrettable Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Bashir Bilour in a suicide attack, saying the killing of the ANP leader was regrettable. In his condolence message, he prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls in and for strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss with fortitude.

Terrorists cannot succeed

Coward attempt to frighten a brave nation

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that terrorists could not succeed in their nefarious designs by indulging in such cowardly acts. Bashir Bilour’s sacrifice will not go in vain and the government will continue to fight the terrorists with more resolve and determination.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed the attack on Bashir Bilour another cowardly attempt by the terrorists hiding in holes to frighten our brave nation. He said the entire country would fight against these terrorist elements together and purge the society of this cancer of extremism.“My thoughts and prayers go out to Bashir Bilour’s family, whose pain is my pain and whose grief should be this whole nation’s grief.”

My brother wanted to die a martyr

Bilour died fighting terror

MQM stands with ANP in its hour of grief

Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, brother of Bashir Ahmed Bilour, vowed that such acts will not hamper those who stood against terrorism and their struggle against militancy will continue. He said his brother was a brave man who wanted to die as a martyr. Expressing grief, he said it was not only the party’s loss but a great loss for the entire nation. He pledged that he would not bow before the militants and would continue to fight against terrorism.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Bashir Bilour lost his life fighting against terrorism. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families of Bashir Bilour and other ANP workers who were killed in the blast, the information minister said, “It is a very unfortunate and tragic incident”. He said Bilour was a brave man and a great political leader.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement stood with ANP workers and Bashir Bilour’s family in condemning the attack and asked MQM workers to show solidarity with ANP in this moment of grief. He asked his workers to hoist black flags outside their homes and shops for three day to express their grief and asked his workers to ensure peace in respect of the departed soul.

Must eliminate terrorist strongholds

Bilour sacrificed life fighting terrorism

KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said such attacks could not stop them from speaking the truth. “Terrorists have penetrated into our homes and streets. “We must eliminate their strongholds in North and South Waziristan to finish the menace they have created,” said the minister. Hussain said that Bilour had sacrificed himself for the country.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif strongly condemned the bomb blast in Peshawar and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives, including KP Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour. In a message, the CM while condoling the bereaved families, prayed for the departed souls and early recovery of the injured. He said that Bilour had sacrificed his life fighting terrorism.

Terrorists cannot deter the nation Pakistan tehreeke-insaf (Pti) chief imran Khan said that terrorists could not deter the nation with their dastardly acts. Khan, in his condolence message, said Bilour was a brave politician and was not afraid of death threats from terrorists. "Bashir Bilour's struggle against terrorism will always be remembered," imran added.

Terrorists want to lead us into darkness ANP Senator Zahid Khan said the terrorists wanted to lead the country towards darkness, adding that Bashir Bilour’s death was a great loss not only for ANP but for the whole nation.

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) central spokesman ihsanullah ihsan on Saturday said Tehrik Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri was a foreign agent working on a foreign agenda and was not a patriot. The TTP spokesman said Qadri is sponsoring business commercials aired by various local TV channels in which he is staging a drama of saving the Pakistani state. ihsan said the people of Pakistan had recognised Qadri as a payroll agent of powers who were working to destroy this state. “Qadri’s arrival to Pakistan is upon the orders of his foreign masters and for accomplishment of their agenda,” the TTP statement titled “Arrival of a foreign Actor in Pakistan” said. The statement further said if Qadri was a true patriot he would never have left Pakistan and would have preferred

to stay here to serve the Muslim nation. On Thursday, Qadri arrived in Lahore after touring the world for four months to address a public reception being held in his honour at Minare Pakistan, Lahore on December 23 (today). Sources said Qadri would address around five million people in connection with his slogan, “Save the state, not politics”. The address, in which he would announce a national reform agenda to put the country back on track, would be telecasted live around the world by Minhaj TV as well as leading broadcast channels of Pakistan. The TTP statement further said the decision to send the Pakistan cricket team to india was a disgusting gesture, adding that india had to pay for the blood of “our hero”, Ajmal Qasab. The statement blamed the government of Pakistan for sending the cricket team to india on America’s order and in fear of india.

Italy president dissolves parliament after Monti’s resignation ROME AGENCiES

italy’s head of state dissolved parliament on Saturday following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Monti, paving the way for a national election in february. “i have just signed the decree for the dissolution of parliament,” President Giorgio Napolitano told reporters after

consulting with political leaders. Monti resigned on friday, a couple of months ahead of the end of his term of office, after his government lost the support of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of freedom party. The date of the election, widely expected to be february 24, will be decided by Monti’s cabinet, which remains in office in a caretaker capacity.


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LAHORE: Workers carrying out construction work on a road for Rapid Transit Bus Service on Ferozepur Road.

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‘Revolutionary’ BRTS hindering traffic flow LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Construction work on the Metro Bus and the Kalma Chowk underpass is leading to massive traffic jams from Shahdara Morr to Azadi Chowk due to which citizens have to wait for hours to reach their destinations. Commuters were forced to take detours causing Mall Road, Lower Mall, Lawrence Road, Yadgar Chowk, Bhaati Chowk, ferozepur Road and link roads to become clogged as well. The city traffic police has directed commuters to use alternate routes to reach their destinations while construction work on the Metro Bus is underway. About 1.5 million vehicles use the Kalma Chowk intersection daily and having to use alternate routes has invited the ire of many passengers. environmental hazards are also linked with the project. Due to the construction, there is a lot of dust in the area and dust particles may cause chest congestion and flu. According to the CTO Capt (r) Sohail, the construction of two underpasses with several lanes simultaneously was a first in the city’s history. he said millions of citizens would avail the facility of signal-free journey after the completion of the underpass and the Metro Bus. The chief minister has directed the authorities concerned to make foolproof arrangements to keep the traffic flowing and increase the number of traffic wardens for the convenience of citizens during the development work. however, problems caused by the massive construction outweigh the potential benefits. A commuter, fazal hussain, complained, “The government is doing all this work without any proper planning, digging into every major road in the city. in every country, the government first offers an alternative plan to the masses before starting projects on this scale. Unfortunately, our governments do not think of public consensus.” Another motorist, irfan Ali complained that his daily commute from Cantt to Model Town had become 10 times harder since construction of the underpass started.

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Punjab civil Secretariat shows indifference to christmas celebrations by office workers LAHORE UMAiR Aziz

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OPeS of scores of Christian staffers at the Punjab Civil Secretariat were dashed on Saturday as no senior bureaucrat or any political figure showed up on their traditional Christmas ceremony, let alone announce a special allowance, Pakistan Today has learnt. every year, around 120 Christian employees, mostly sanitary workers, in the Civil Secretariat pool in money and hold a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate Christmas in the committee room. The function is traditionally attended by a senior bureaucrat from the Welfare Wing or one of the minority leaders. however, this year no bureaucrat or politician could take time out for Christmas celebrations. At the same time, no allowance was announced for

the workers, some of whom have been working there for over 30 years. “We invited the additional secretary Welfare Wing and the additional chief secretary but both said they were in a meeting. Previously, we used to invite Kamran Michael but now he has become a senator and doesn’t care about poor Christians like us. We celebrate our event only once a year, but no one cares for our happiness,” Stephen Sarfraz, a worker told Pakistan Today. The employees further said that WASA employees get a fixed Christmas allowance of Rs 1,200, while those at the Governor’s house and the CM’s Secretariat also receive the same. however, they maintained that they still await the same gesture from the government. “There are workers serving for over 37 years with no fixed timings as we are on duty almost all the time. But only a few hundred rupees has become an impossible dream for us because no

one listens to poor workers. Last year Kamran Michael was invited on the ceremony and he announced that money will be transferred into our accounts, but no such money showed up. Senator Michael lied to us,” Manzoor Sahotra, another staffer, said. Additional Secretary Welfare Wing Masood Mukhtar, while speaking to Pakistan Today, said most of the Christian employees were daily wage workers and the government was managing their salaries despite the ongoing financial crunch. “We will have to confirm if employees at WASA, CM’s Secretariat or the Governor’s house are getting any special allowance because the government as part of austerity measures banned even eid Milan party for us and the same has been banned for Christians,” he said. “i was not invited to any cake cutting ceremony or Christmas celebration otherwise i would have loved to go,” he maintained.

Justice can be served by females too! LAHORE ONliNE

Lahore high Court (LhC) judge Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik on Saturday said that the lawyers had great respect for judges because verdicts were made on merit, not favor. Addressing the concluding ceremony of a capacity building course for female civil judges in Punjab Judicial Academy, he said that litigant public had great expecta-

tions from the legal profession. he said that gender of lawyers should not restrict them from pursing justice and women should stand shoulder-toshoulder with men to perform their obligations to the society. he further said that the general impression that female judges had no command over constitutional law must be rectified and it could only be done so if female judges proved themselves capable.

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woman commits suicide, another murdered LAHORE: A 28-year-old woman committed suicide by swallowing poisonous pills in Green Town on Saturday. Shama, mother of two, had reportedly been under distress due her poor financial conditions. After her divorce last year, she married irfan three month ago. The deceased’s body was taken to the morgue for post-mortem. Seperately, 30-year-old Asma, a mother of three, was murdered in her sleep on Saturday in Shalimar Town. Per reports, her sister, Saima was spending the night at her house when she heard screams from her sister’s room. When she woke up, she saw four men leaving her sister’s room, and recognised one of them as irfan. Meanwhile, police filed an fiR against irfan and three unidentified men. The station house officer (ShO) Shalimar said he had taken the body to the morgue for post-mortem. he also said that the victim’s husband, Safdar, was already in prison for possession of hashish. STAFF REPORT

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AKiSTAN Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that his party would not allow postponement of the general elections. Speaking at a ceremony, he said that he played his role to improve the system by tolerating these five years. “Pakistan has an independent elec-

tion Commission for the first time. All parties have expressed their confidence in the commission,” he said. he urged President Asif Ali Zardari to play his constitutional role, warning that if the president did not do so, he would make himself controversial. “My nomination papers were rejected due to the NRO. however, we still won in Punjab. People want elections to bring change to the status quo,” he said. he further said that the dissolution

of his two governments had put the country through severe economic crisis, adding that if he had been allowed to complete his terms, the Pakistan would have become an “Asian Tiger”. Moreover, he said that after coming to power after the next general elections, PML-N would construct a motorway from Khyber to Karachi to link Pakistan with mineral-rich Central Asia. he further claimed that his government would run a bullet train from Peshawar to Karachi to put the country on

path of progress and prosperity. The PML-N leader alleged that the present government had failed to resolve the people’s problems due to bad policies and self-serving interests. furthermore, Nawaz said that the country was passing through a critical juncture. “Today, people are facing suicide attacks, bomb blasts, unemployment, price hike and other problems, while the rulers are busy saving their positions,” he said.

Pak, india and Kashmiris need to resolve issues: Mirwaiz aPhc chairman says Kashmir issue is irritant between Pakistan and india n Says confidence-building measures can create feeling of change in resolving problem n

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All Parties hurriyat Conference (APhC) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar farooq on Saturday said Kashmir is a trilateral issue and the participation of all stakeholders is imperative to resolve it amicably. Addressing a press conference at a hotel, he said that there was no doubt that Pakistan wanted to resolve the issue in accordance with aspirations of Kashmiris and it had always supported the cause. he said the APhC delegation had met almost all political parties and came to know that solution of the issue was top priority of every party. he said the APhC team had visited Pakistan after five years and results could not be achieved through one visit, adding that they wanted the process to continue until the solution of the problem. “We want the involvement of the Kashmiri leadership in the process,” he

added. he said that the Pakistani leadership should ensure that governments in future involved the Kashmiris in the process of resolving the issue. “Any issue related to emotions of people could not be suppressed by power,” he added. he congratulated Palestinians for obtaining a non-member observer status in the United Nations. he said that if the international community could come forward to resolve issues then why were there double standards on the Kashmir issue. Mirwaiz said that Kashmir was not against the social and political stability of india. “Without justice there will be no peace in the subcontinent, Kashmir, Pakistan, india and even in Afghanistan,” he observed. he said the Kashmir issue needed serious attention and there should be dialogue among Pakistan, Kashmir and india and the issue should be reviewed time to time for a quick solution of the

problem. he said the Kashmir issue was an irritant between Pakistan and india and it was an international issue as well. he said, “Time has proved that the presence of indian forces in Kashmir cannot resolve the problem as there is no militarily solution of the issue and it should be resolved on humanitarian grounds.” To a question, he said one

should clearly understand that in relations with india there would be no compromise on the issue. “The Pakistani leadership should define how the Kashmiris could be involved in the process,” he added. cine StAr

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Search defying prisoner attacks constable LAHORE: A police constable was attacked by a prisoner on friday when he asked the accused to submit to a search. According to details, the accused, Younas went to the court for hearing in a drugs case. After the hearing, the police brought him back to jail and asked him to submit to a search. Police sources said that instead of submitting to a search, Younas, who was allegedly drunk, started abusing the police and attacked police constable Safdar Dogar with a knife. The constable was rushed to the hospital for medical attention. After the incident, the police filed an fiR against Younas in Liaqatabad Police Station. Separately, in a crackdown against Sheesha smoking, Nawab Town police raided and arrested the owner of a café and two other men for violating the ban. STAFF RE PO RT

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The excise Department on Saturday sealed Pakistani film star Meera’s bungalow for non-payment of taxes. According to excise Department Lahore sources, Rs 227,000 was outstanding on the said property. The department added that Meera had been offered the option of paying the overdue taxes in easy installments. however, no payments had been received, leading to the property getting sealed.

LAHORE: Collision with a truck caused an over-head pedestrian bridge to collapse on Saturday. According to the police, a trailer carrying heavy machinery struck the pedestrian bridge near Punjab University causing the bridge to collapse. Details revealed that the trailer exceeded 16-feet height. The collision caused serious injuries to the truck driver and he was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Traffic in the area remained suspended for hours until debris of the collapsed bridge was removed. iNP

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hALiB Memorial Trust arranged the Second international Ghalib Conference from December 11 to December 13. Many national and international scholars, writers and critics participated in the conference. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was the chief guest of the ceremony. Others honorable guests were intizar hussain, Arif Nizami and Khaleeq ur Rehman. The session was moderated by Muzaffar Abbas whereas all the subsequent sessions were moderated by Azmat Rubab. Chairman of Ghalib Memorial Trust Tasleem Ahmed Tasawar presented his welcome address and said that they had gathered to celebrate the Ghalib’s 215th birth centenary.

he pointed out the historical connection of Ghalib and his family with the city of Lahore and informed the audience that Ghalib’s grandfather had first settled in Lahore when he migrated from Samarqand. he said that as citizens of Lahore, it was their duty to promote the Ghalib’s thoughts and poetry. Tasleem Ahmed Tasawar briefly described the working and plans of Ghalib Memorial Trust. Chairman Aiwan-e-iqbal Arif Nizami expressed his views by saying that the construction of Aiwan-e-Ghalib was just as important as Aiwan-e-iqbal. he said that iqbal himself was an admirer of Ghalib’s poetry. he also said Ghalib was the poet of peace and love. Khaleeq ur Rehman thanked and encouraged the efforts of Tasleem Ahmed Tasawar. he invited the trust to hold the third international conference at GC University with its co-opera-

tion. While addressing the conference the Chief Guest Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan described his student life and interest in Ghalib, Meer, iqbal and habibJalib’s poetry. he said that Tasleem Ahmed Tasawar had maintained the golden traditional of Ghalib’s love. At the end of the ceremony, the chief guest along with other guests inaugurated the Ghalib Calendar and the collection of last conference papers in a special issue called Suraj. Shields were distributed among the honorable guests. On the second and third day of the conference, academic sessions held in the Quid-eAzam Library hall in which national and international researchers and critics presented their papers. The speakers explained the different aspects of Ghalib’s poetry and described his message of peace and love.

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Police recovered the body of a 25-year-old girl from an empty plot in Johar Town, a private TV channel reported on Saturday. The channel reported that the girl had been raped before she was killed. Police took the body to a morgue for postmortem. Seperatley, robbers looted cash and valuables worth Rs 300, 000 on Saturday from four garments shops located in Lohari and Chamara Mandi area. Meanwhile, the police have registered an fiR and are gathering evidence for further investigation. in another incident, fiA arrested an alleged human trafficker, Lubna Chohan, on Saturday from Township area. fiA Deputy Director Nasir Jamil said 12 cases had been registered against her.

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Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday he was dedicated to the mission of providing justice to the oppressed masses, adding that a system to address the complaints of people must be evolved at the earliest. Talking to complainants from various districts, he said that the Punjab government was working tirelessly to change the thana culture and model police stations would be established across the province for this purpose. he further said that the investigations of

vases should be completed as soon as possible and challans must be submitted in the courts at the earliest so the complaints of citizens could be addressed in a timely manner. he added that officials using delaying tactics in investigations would face charges of criminal negligence. The chief minister stressed that provision of justice was the foremost duty of police officials and they must spare no efforts in ensuring that justice was being served. Shahbaz heard the problems of complainants and took note of 15 various cases and issued instructions to relevant police officials. he ordered immediate arrest of former DSP Jehangir involved in 92 kilogrammes heroin case

in Raiwaind, saying that police officials being involved in narcotics cases was intolerable. he also ordered security to be provided to the plaintiff. Police officials present informed him that a man accused of murder in Sheikhupura had fled abroad. Shahbaz said that full efforts must be made to bring the accused to Pakistan so that justice could be served. he further assured the family of a girl who was abused and murdered that the culprits would soon be caught and would face due punishment. Shahbaz also directed the police to take action against the accused involved in murder of four persons in Nawan Kot and called for a report within fifteen days.

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O L i C e in india’s capital New Delhi have used tear gas and water cannons on people demonstrating in the wake of a brutal gang rape of a female student on a bus last weekend. Some female protesters were injured after the police charged them when they tried to approach a key federal government building near the india Gate monument in the heart of the capital on Saturday. Many of the protesters have clashed with the police, pelting stones on them, local network NDTV reported. Television footage showed several hundred protesters shouting “We want justice” as police struggled to control the crowd who were smashing flower pots and other symbols of the capital’s beautification drive. The gang rape in New Delhi has sparked public outrage across india, bringing thousands of people onto city streets. Marches, demonstrations and candlelight vigils have spread during the week across the country. A silent march was also organised in the southern indian city of hyderabad on Saturday. in the northeastern state of Assam, hundreds of women and girls marched through the city of Guwahati, carrying placards and shouting “hang Rapists” and “Stop Violence Against Women”. On friday, hundreds of students and activists blockaded roads in New Delhi and marched to the president’s palace, breaking through police barricades despite use of water-cannon to demand better

Netherlands impounds Steve Jobs’ super-yacht AMStERDAM

AlEPPO: A boy carries a megaphone during a protest, where young people and children sang songs against Bashar Assad and the Syrian regime. AgenCieS

Suicide bombers strike nigeria telecom firms ABujA AGENCiES

Two suicide car bombers attacked the offices of two mobile phone operators on Saturday in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano, killing themselves but no civilians, police said. “There has been a bomb blast at Airtel office. from what we hear, it was a suicide attack. The bomber rammed his car into the gate and blew himself up. The building is on fire,” a policeman told the AfP news agency on condition of anonymity. South Africa’s MTN was also targeted. “The one who hit the Airtel office was shot by military men before the bomb exploded ... at the MTN office the car rammed into the fence but no civilians were killed,” ibrahim idris, the chief of police in Kano, told Reuters by phone. islamist sect Boko haram has previously blown up telephone masts and offices of phone companies, saying they help the security forces catch its members. A military source said one security guard was injured and has been taken to hospital. MTN and Airtel Nigeria’s parent company Bharti Airtel, india’s top cellphone operator,

gave no immediate comment. The national emergency agency confirmed the bombings and said it was not aware of any civilian casualties. The security forces have played down the death toll in previous bombings. At least 2,800 people have died in fighting in the largely Muslim north since Boko haram launched an uprising against the government in 2009, watchdog human Rights Watch says. The sect wants to impose strict islamic law on a country of 160 million people split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims. The group has previously targeted churches on Christmas Day and security has been increased in all the major northern cities, although security experts say given the scale of Christian worship in Nigeria they cannot protect everyone. Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city after the southern commercial hub Lagos, was the site of Boko haram’s deadliest attack which killed at least 186 people in January in coordinated bombings and shootings. Armed police have been guarding major churches in Kano this week and additional police checkpoints have been set up around the majority-Muslim city, a Reuters witness said.

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The sleek, white super-yacht Apple founder Steve Jobs commissioned before his death cannot leave the Netherlands just yet due to a payment dispute. Jobs collaborated on designing the 78.2-meter allaluminum Venus, which has a minimalist aesthetic, with french product designer Philippe Starck. “The yacht has been impounded,” Rotterdam-based lawyer Roelant Klaassen, who represents french designer Starck’s Ubik company, told the AfP news agency. “There is some unfinished business, namely two invoices which were issued by Ubik last summer after Mr Jobs died,” he said. Dutch newspaper het financieele Dagblad reported on friday that Starck hired a debt collection agency and got a summary legal order to keep the boat from leaving. According to the paper, Starck had only been paid $7.9m by Job’s heirs, but believed he was owed $11.86m. Jobs’ estate says Starck should be paid a percentage of the overall cost of the project, which took over five years to complete. Starck says he should be paid the larger amount, Klaassen said. The lawyer claimed “there was no formal agreement on the job” owing to the closeness of Jobs and Starck. “The most important thing for everyone is that the vessel can sail at a certain moment and hopefully funds will be paid into the account of the lawyers of the estate which can then be used as security,” Klaassen said. Port of Amsterdam spokesman Jeroen Ranzijn confirmed the boat has been in the harbor since December 8, and won’t leave until the civil dispute is resolved.

rival Mali rebels agree to suspend fighting BAMAKO AGENCiES

Two rival rebel groups in Mali have agreed to stop fighting, a day after the United Nations Security Council voted on a french-drafted resolution authorising full military intervention in the west African country. The al-Qaeda linked group Ansar Dine and the Tuareg fighters MNLA, vowed on friday “to refrain from all actions that would cause confrontation and hostilities in the areas that they control”. The two groups, who took control of large swathes of northern Mali earlier this year, met in the Algerian capi-

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tal Algiers, where representatives signed the agreement. Northern Mali, including the town of Timbuktu, is primarily under the control of al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch, which has made millions of dollars through ransoms and is currently holding seven french nationals captive. Algeria’s agreement to serve as mediator between the two rebel groups came a day after french President francois hollande visited the former colony. Algeria shares a long border with Mali, and has a Tuareg population which crosses in and out. it has shown reluctance over the plan for a military

intervention. On Thursday, the UN’s most powerful body gave an Africanled force an initial one-year mandate to use “all necessary measures” to help Mali reclaim the north of the country. But the Council insisted military force could only be used after political efforts were exhausted. it said military plans would have to be refined and approved by the Council before any offensive started. herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief, also said he does not expect a military operation to begin until September or October of next year. Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Kimoon pressed Mali’s interim government to hold free elections as soon as

possible as part of preparations for an international intervention force to end the country’s armed conflict. Ban made the call during talks with Mali’s foreign Minister Tieman Coulibaly on “the growing suffering of the Mali people,” said a UN statement. The UN leader has raised doubts about the force and publicly insisted on the need to exhaust efforts to reach a political settlement to end the occupation. Ban and Western countries have also raised concerns about interference in the government by the Mali military, which staged a coup in March setting off the chaotic events which led to uprising by rebels and islamists.

safety across the country. Last week’s case - covered intensively by TV news networks - provoked uproar in parliament earlier this week, prompting the authorities to announce measures to make the capital safer for women. These include increased policing and fast-tracking court hearings for rape. The indian government vowed on friday to press for life sentences for her six attackers and promised stricter policing. RK Singh, the home secretary, said the government would pay the medical bills of the 23-year-old victim, who is fighting for her life after suffering serious injuries to her intestines in the attack on Sunday night. Six drunken men were joyriding on a bus when they picked up the physiotherapy student and her 28-year-old male companion and took turns raping her. Afterwards, they threw the pair off the speeding vehicle. Police say the woman was attacked with an iron rod after being raped. The public verbal and physical sexual harassment of women, known as “eve-teasing”, is routine in New Delhi, which has come to be known as india’s “rape capital”. New Delhi, home to about 16 million people, has the highest number of sex crimes among india’s cities. Police figures show rape is reported on average every 18 hours and some other form of sexual attack every 14 hours in the capital. five of the suspects were arrested soon after the crime and a sixth was only caught friday, the Press Trust of india reported.

Pope pardons ex-butler who leaked documents VAtICAn CIty: Pope Benedict XVi has pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for leaking secret papal memos, but banished him from the Vatican. “This morning the holy father Benedict XVi visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr Gabriele’s request for pardon,” the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday. Gabriele was then released and had already returned to his family, the Vatican said. The former butler’s pardon was a “paternal gesture” for a man “with whom the pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years”. however, the former butler “cannot resume his previous occupation or continue to live in Vatican City,” it said. Gabriele was found guilty in October of leaking sensitive memos to the press as part of a whistleblowing campaign against what he said was “evil and corruption” in the Vatican. he was arrested in May after Vatican police found many documents that had been stolen from the pope’s office. he gave them to the media in what became known as “Vatileaks” and mushroomed into a major embarrassment for Benedict’s pontificate. The Vatican said he pope had also pardoned a second Vatican employee, Claudio Sciarpelletti, who was convicted of aiding and abetting Gabriele. AGENCiES


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RiMe Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday underlined the need for interfaith dialogue to promote peace, harmony and brotherhood in the society. Addressing a function held in connection with Christmas celebrations at fatima Church, the premier urged the followers of all religions and faith to stand together and promote shared values of compassion, moderation, tolerance and love. “Our government has proposed inter-faith dialogue as a long-term measure for achieving sustainable peace and harmony,” he added. he said that some misguided elements had tried to sow seeds of suspicion and target religions and their teachings.”We cannot sit back and allow a few extremists to attack our shared values.” The PM said that the way the entire civilised world came together and denounced the blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUh) indicated that the followers of all great religions would not allow misguided elements to dictate their narrative.

Prime Minister Raja said, “We need to stand together and promote shared values of compassion, moderation and tolerance and love that is the real message of islam.” he said that all the minorities were part of Pakistan’s social fabric and “we value the contributions and services of minority communities in general and Christian community in particular in the development of the country”. The premier said that the government was committed to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah,

PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and slain PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto for an enlightened, moderate, progressive and tolerant Pakistan. he said that the constitution gave every individual the right to freely practice his or her religion. in this connection, the government has taken landmark decisions, which include approval of increase of minority seats in the National Assembly from 10 to 14, while seats of minorities are being increased by one each in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two in Punjab

and three in Sindh, he added. he said that the government had also decided to reserve 5 percent quota in the federal government jobs for the minorities and reserved four seats for them in the Senate. The PM said that the government also declared August 11 as National Minority Day, including observance of optional holiday and celebration of other religious festivals of minorities at official level. he said that a National Commission for Minorities had also been established.

News 09 APCNGA asks OGRA to announce interim CNG sale price ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Saturday asked the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to announce interim CNG sale price to save CNG station owners from insolvency. interim prices would help OGRA take time to review audit reports of 3,400 CNG outlets to know issues like average cost and take appropriate decision, it said. “Per the directions of the apex court, the new formula should be made acceptable to all the stakeholders and masses by imposing similar gas tariff and uniform GiDC,” said Ghayas Paracha, chairman of the APCNGA. in a statement issued on Saturday, he said masses as well as owners of the CNG stations were facing miseries since two months, but the authorities remained unmoved. “Despite directives, the sub-committee of the economic Coordination Council and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources have not started consultation with the stakeholders, which indicates their unsympathetic behaviour,” Paracha added. he said unjustified delay in CNG pricing decision would not only add to the miseries of the masses, but ruin the CNG sector, which in turn would result in nationwide wheel jam. “The masses are paying diverse taxes for CNG in various regions, they are made to pay Rs 13.25 in Region i, while they pay Rs 9.18 in Region ii, which is discrimination,” he said, adding that the difference of Rs 4.70 should end. Paracha said the move to link CNG prices with petrol would be a blatant violation of Supreme Court orders. he called upon those who matter to fix responsibility on those directly responsible for prolonging the current crisis. ONliNE

Pakistan welcomes Kerry as US secretary of state WASHInGtOn: Pakistan has welcomed the nomination of Senator John Kerry as US secretary of state, with its top diplomat in Washington calling the seasoned lawmaker a “steadfast” friend of the country. “We welcome news of the nomination of Senator Kerry as the next US secretary of state. Senator Kerry is a man of towering stature and accomplishments, having served the US with great vigor and distinction,” islamabad’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman said. Ambassador Rehman, who has been engaged in an extensive diplomatic outreach on the Capitol hill towards improvement of Pak-US ties, said Senator Kerry had demonstrated through the years an extraordinary understanding of the complexities of South and Central Asia. “he has been a steadfast friend of Pakistan and is keenly aware of the strategic importance of a democratic, economically viable and stable Pakistan,” the ambassador noted. “We look forward to his confirmation and to working with a statesman of such a high moral standing and diplomatic caliber, to strengthen Pak-US relations, and to build peace and stability in South Asia,” she said, in a statement released by the Pakistani embassy. APP

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Security officials on Saturday rejected media reports claiming that immunity granted to the country’s top spy chiefs by a US court was an outcome of a deal between the top military leaderships of the two countries. The officials confided to Pakistan Today that the report was “devil of facts and is based on assumptions, concocted linkages and has mala fide intentions”. Quoting diplomatic circles in islamabad, the report read on December 21 that the immunity to two former inter-Services intelligence (iSi) chiefs in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case had been given to Pakistan’s military top brass almost a year ago by their American counterparts during a meeting in Oman. however, the report had also said that the iSi and CiA director generals (DGs) were absent from the conference room during the high-powered meeting. “how is it possible that top CiA

and iSi officials were not part of such an important meeting?” they questioned. A case for compensation was filed by the heirs of victims killed in the 26/11 incident. Jamaatud Dawa (JD) chief hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and other affiliates were accused of masterminding the killing. The iSi top officials Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Lt General Nadeem Taj were also named by the complainants to declare iSi a terrorist organisation. The officials said, “The linkage made by the media report and the way it is rationalized without logic is a pointer towards serving somebody’s agenda. Being Pakistani one must hail the decision of the US government that has supported the claim of the Pakistani government rather than being sarcastic and making concocted story.” Since the case had serious implications for Pakistan, the government decided to defend the state and the iSi DGs and fight the case in accordance with the international laws. however, no defence was offered to

hafiz Saeed and others, the security officials said. The JD chief moved the Lahore high Court, seeking direction to the government to defend him as a Pakistani. however, the government declined on the basis that it was an individual affair. The prime minister, on the recommendations of the Law and Defence ministries, approved a summary and authorised the foreign Ministry (fM) to hire a law firm in the US to defend the DGs. Locke Lord Bissell (LL&B ) was hired for this purpose. The ministry also hired Ahmer Bilal Soofi as local attorney. After submission of the defence and claiming immunity by the defence lawyer, the judge of the court referred the matter to the US State Department for submission of a statement of interest on the plea of foreign immunity. After seven months of deliberations, the State Department submitted on December 17 that the iSi and its two DGs enjoyed state immunity. The judge is likely to decide the case in favour of the Pakistani government.

The officials said, “The annoyance of india is understandable because it wanted to embroil the iSi and malign Pakistan. The anti-Pakistan forces are also pursuing the case to achieve their ulterior motives. The main intent was to declare iSi a terrorist organisation.” in November 2010, a civil law suit was filed by the six legal heirs of Mumbai terrorist attacks in the district court in New York. The iSi, its two DGs and few others were made respondents for monetary damages worth millions of dollars for the wrongful death, injuries and survival claims. The complainants argued that the Mumbai attacks were planned and supervised by the iSi and its two DGs. Law firm Kreindler and Kreindler is representing the legal heirs. in July 2011, the defence counsel submitted motion and declaration papers for the dismissal of the motion on the grounds of sovereign immunity, political question and jurisdiction based on the proposition that the iSi and its two DGS were not subject to the jurisdiction of the court of an-

other state on account of foreign Sovereign immunity Act and as per international law. The Pakistani envoy to the US has written twice to the legal adviser of the US State Department for assistance in dismissal of the case by issuing statement of interest/suggestion of immunity. in October 2009, the fBi arrested David Coleman headly from Chicago for his alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks. in March 2010, headly entered into a plea bargain and confessed to carrying out recce of various targets in india. in June 2010, india’s National investigation Agency (NiA) visited the US to cross-examine headly. According to US media reports, headly will be sentenced on January 17, 2013. Meanwhile, in November 2012, india has again requested the US to extradite headly, which is against the Article 6 of indo-US extradition Treaty. The treaty reads that a defendant shall not be extradited to india for any offence that he has been convicted for under the plea-bargain agreement.

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‘Proof of Heaven’ Something is there, beyond this world’s physical boundaries

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An enigmatic entry Curious timing of Tahir-ul-Qadri’s return

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r Tahir-ul-Qadri has burst upon the scene as if from nowhere. Since 2004, when he resigned from the National Assembly, his focus had shifted to education and reform. initially, he concentrated on expanding Minhajh-ul-Quran University. During the last few years, he has mostly lived abroad delivering speeches against extremism and advocating tolerance. his views endeared him to the Western establishments facing the tide of extremism. he travelled from one Western capital to another speaking to gatherings of the Muslim community and addressing think tanks. The issues that mattered to many Pakistanis, like restoration of democracy, independent judiciary, end to enforced disappearances, corruption or poverty, didn’t draw his attention. Unlike Benazir Bhutto or Nawaz Sharif, Qadri was not sent into exile by the last military dictator’s government. Benazir decided to return to Pakistan despite threats to her life while Nawaz also followed her. Qadri, however, lived most of the time abroad, putting up an occasional appearance in Pakistan. And now that the elections are round the corner, Qadri has made an entry with a bang. for almost two weeks, an aggressive and costly publicity campaign has been conducted announcing his arrival. The campaign is targeted at inviting people to Qadri’s rally today (Sunday). What worries one his enigmatic slogan “Save country, and not politics”. All the more so because elected governments in the past have been overthrown by military adventurers in the name of saving Pakistan from politicians, pushing the country into the abyss. Addressing a press conference in Lahore on his return to the country, Qadri said that he wanted revolutionary changes in political and electoral systems. if Qadri is really serious, he should have remained in the country all these years, making use of the democratic freedoms available to propagate his panacea. Better still, he should have revived the long defunct Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PTA) that he once led, put up candidates for the elections and got his programme implemented through parliament. This is the only way things are changed in a democratic society which he says he believes in. What strikes many is the timing of Qadri’s arrival. As things stand, all is set for elections. for the first time, a consensus election Commission is in place. The information minister has assured that a caretaker setup would replace the government in mid-March. Suspicions, however, continue to be expressed about certain quarters being interested in postponing the elections on one excuse or another. No political party in Pakistan is willing to support any move of the sort as it could lead to conflict and uncertainty. hopefully, Qadri will not play into someone else’s hands.

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fter reading my last article, ‘Zainab goes to heaven’, a lapsed banker phoned me to say: “Just change Zainab’s name to mine and i had exactly the same experience, more or less.” And an irani lady told me that two of her relatives went through much the same experience, and one of them also saw her dead relatives who turned their faces away from her, including a recently deceased one, as if to signify that they were not ready to receive her yet because she had come before her time. in short, there are countless people who have experienced a glimpse of life after death, many more than are recorded, because most don’t talk about it lest people should think they are crazy. it has been shown, as in my article ‘Life in twilight zone’, that there is a scientific explanation for the survival of the spirit or ‘consciousness’ as part of the cosmos after we die, akin to the Sufi saying that a drop of water falling into the river becomes the river. And as Shams of Tabriz said: “every drip of seawater contains within it the entire ocean”. And iqbal: “God protects the diver into the river of Love, for every drop of the river contains the depth of the river.” Thus the old explanation by scientists and doctors that such experiences are hallucinations triggered by the cortex in the brain to comfort a dying person is getting somewhat old fashioned, like the lament of a person who doesn’t know and therefore cannot explain ‘scientifically’. We have a tendency to deny and even mock anything that we don’t understand. But when there has been so much smoke all over the world for so long, there has got to be a fire. We are slowly beginning to understand that fire, though we will never understand it fully. The good thing is that it will certainly fortify many people’s faith in the Supreme Creator and life in the hereafter, that death is not the end but another, better and higher beginning. i promised in my last article that i would tell you about what Mike Adams has to say about the seven-day clinical death experience of Dr eben Alexander, the neurosurgeon whose brain totally shut down, including his cortex. Before his experience,

Alexander was, in Adams’s words, “a lifelong ‘science skeptic’”. he did not believe in consciousness, free will or the existence of a non-physical spirit…Scientists, including physicists like Stephen hawking, who say that human beings are nothing more than ‘biological robots’ with no consciousness and free will hold this same view. By the way, the greatest of them all, Albert einstein, did not when he said, “God doesn’t play dice with the universe” because of the incredible balance in it. Such balance doesn’t come by accident, as many scientists believe our universe was created. i can imagine no view that could be more stupid and shortsighted. Now, says Adams, “There’s a secret much bigger than politics, health, freedom, science or even the entire history of the human race. That secret remains entirely unacknowledged – even condemned – by the scientific community, and yet it is the single most important secret about everything that is. “That secret is simply this: We all survive the physical death of our bodies. Our consciousness lives on, and upon our death in this earthly dream, our consciousness transcends this physical reality and experiences an existence so amazing and powerful that the human language cannot even begin to describe it.” After reading Alexander’s book, ‘Proof of Heaven’, Mike Adams says that he “found it both fascinating and also confirming of several important theories that i’ve been developing about the nature of life of the Creator.” After describing Dr Alexander’s experience, as i did some articles ago, Mike Adams breaks it down to some important facets: “The experience of the afterlife was so ‘real’ and expansive that the experience of living as a human on earth seemed like an artificial dream by comparison.” “There was no time dimension in the afterlife. Time did not ‘flow’ as it does in our universe. An instant could seem like eternity, and consciousness could move through what we perceive to be time without effort. (This idea that all time exists simultaneously has enormous implications in understanding the nature of free will and the multiverse, along with the apparent flow of time experienced by our consciousness in this realm).” “The fabric of the afterlife was pure love. Love dominated the afterlife to such a huge degree that the overall presence of evil was infinitely small.” “in the afterlife, all communication was telepathic. There was no need for spoken words, nor even any separation between the self and everything else happening around you.” Just like the Sufi lament, ‘Why this separation between God and me on earth?’ “The moment you asked a question in

your mind, the answers were immediately apparent in breathtaking depth and detail. There was no ‘unknown’ and the mere asking of a question was instantly accompanied by the appearance of its answers.” The passage in Alexander’s book that Mike Adams found most interesting is: “… [God] told me that there is not one universe but many – in fact, more than i could conceive – but that love lay at the centre of them all.” (This is exactly what the Quran says). evil was present in all the other universes as well, but only in the tiniest trace amounts. evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth – no forward movement, no chance for us to become what God longs for us to be. horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant.” if you come to the conclusion that God is Love you wouldn’t be so off the mark. And from this you should realise that the purpose of life on earth is to grow by fighting evil and to acquire as much knowledge as you can. “What Dr Alexander’s quote confirms is that our life on planet earth is a ‘test’ of personal growth, and that the way to make progress in this test is to overcome evil while spreading love and compassion.” iqbal’s line, ‘Mujhay hai hukm-e-azan, La llaha il Allah’ springs to mind – “i have been ordained to proclaim: ‘There is no God but God’.” That is how you fight evil in your own way wherever you find it. Adam asks: “Why are we placed here in a world of such evil and surrounded by ignorance, darkness and deception?” his answer: “earth is a testing ground for souls that have been selected by the Creator for the ultimate test of good versus evil.” Satan always symbolises evil in the holy Scriptures. Adams’ working theory is that our planet earth is among the highest evil-infested realms in the grand multiverse. Only the most courageous souls agree to come to earth by being born into human bodies and stripped of their memories”, not something that Dr Alexander contends. i, myself, am not sure whether souls ‘agree’ to be born on earth as humans are simply selected for some reason, perhaps because they are already so advanced that they could cope with evil here and become more advanced, or so retarded that they are sent to earth to become advanced. i don’t know. As i said, we will find out one day. Adams goes on to say that “the challenge of life [on earth] is multifaceted”. We will go into that later, but his theories are most interesting. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com

“Who’s ‘we’, mon prince?” Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmud – the artful badger

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issinger had initially been allied with Nelson Rockefeller, who had lost the Republican nomination to Nixon. in the midst of the 1968 US Presidential election, henry Kissinger made a phone call to Richard Nixon’s team and offered the Nixon camp valuable inside information. The Nixon team gladly accepted his offer. At the same time, however, Kissinger also approached the Democratic nominee, hubert humphery,

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and promised him inside information of the Republican bloc. in return, Kissinger got what he wanted: the promise of a high level cabinet post from both Nixon and humphery. Whichever man won the election, Kissinger’s career was secure. By accepting the governorship of Punjab, Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmud achieved what his father, Makhdoon hasan Mahmood could not. The closest hasan Mahmood ever got was in 1985 when the then Pir of Pagaro, Syed Shah Mardan Shah ii, nominated his name for Punjab’s chief ministership. however, when Gen Jillani succeeded in securing Takht-e-Lahore for Nawaz Sharif, Pir Pagara said, “i cannot fight a pickpocket running away with my wallet, but i’ll follow him until he gets exhausted and throws it away.” it seems that the wallet of the late spiritual leader of the hurs was recovered when Asif Zardari offered governorship to hasan Mahmood’s son. it is interesting to note that the mothers of the incumbent Pir Pagara, Syed Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi, former

Speaker and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, former federal Minister Tasneem Nawaz Gardezi are Makhdoom hasan Mahmood’s sisters, and thus Ahmad Mahmud aunts. Of what’s left, Ahmad Mahmud’s estranged brotherin-law, Jehangir Tareen, is now an integral part of the PTi. Ahmad Mahmud has been elected to the provincial assembly and national assembly three times each. Two of his sons, who are also member of the parliament, thanks to his investment in Jamal Din Wali, Mahmud’s ancestral village, hardly know what it means to represent the will of the people. Moreover, Mahmud got Abdul Qadir Gilani elected unopposed as a member of the Punjab Assembly from a seat he vacated after the 2008 elections. however, despite all his wealth in Rahim Yar Khan, all of Ahmad Mahmud’s cousins were politically senior to him, until our mustache twirling president played a masterstroke of Machiavellian politics on Thursday. Zardari’s genius has enormously al-

tered the politics of Punjab and gave new hope to the demoralised workers of PPP, who had mentally accepted defeat in the upcoming general elections. Mahmud’s appointment sent a message to the Saraiki speaking populace of South Punjab that PPP was serious about incising the province. Moreover, reminiscing Makhdoom hassan Mahmood’s jovial relationship with the then Nawab of Bahawalpur, Mahmud’s appointment is an assurance to the incumbent Nawab, whom the PPP has already won, that Bahawalpur’s demands will not be overlooked. While the PPP is rejoicing, PML-N’s misery seems never ending. With imran Khan’s tsunami in central Punjab and PPP’s pro-Saraiki province stance in Southern Punjab, Nawaz Sharif suffers with continued dilemma as it will be difficult for him to wholly reject or welcome the appointment of Makhdoom Ahmud Mahmud. Rebuffing Mahmud’s selection will only give birth to new enemies in the already alienated Seraiki belt. On the

other hand, accepting Mahmud’s appointment would mean the acceptance of a pro-PPP interim setup. Mahmud, by maintaining a little distance, has thrived in times when the relationship between PPP and PML-N is turbulent. his aloofness has proved to be powerful and now everyone wants him on their side. in france’s July revolution of 1830, after three days of riots, the statesman Talleyrand, now elderly, sat by his Paris window, listening to pealing bells that signaled the riots were over. Turning to an assistant, he said, “Ah, the bells! We are winning”. “Who’s ‘we’, mon prince?” the assistant asked. Gesturing for the man to keep quiet, Talleyrand replied, “Not a word! i’ll tell you who ‘we’ are tomorrow.” Mahmud’s Talleyrand-esque ways have been a roaring success. The writer is a staff member at Pakistan Today, and can be reached at rana_hussain_tahir@hotmail.com


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institutionalised corruption Editor’s mail Allotment of plots to federal government employees

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rime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has directed the CDA chairman to discard the policy of allotting plots to officers coming on deputation to the authority. Ostensibly, during the briefing by the CDA chairman, he realised that that policy was discriminatory, unfair and smacked of a corrupt practice and needed to be discontinued. Well done, Raja sahib, for throwing the first stone to curb this institutionalised corruption. CDA is the most corrupt entity in the capital which has acted as a conduit not only for obliging politicians, bureaucrats, judges and even journalists by successive governments through allotment of plots at throwaway prices (having market value in millions), using discretionary powers, but also the it has been favouring its own employees and officers coming on deputation under the cover of rules framed by it to facilitate such dole outs. The allotment of plots to the officers on deputation is in fact a big land grabbing scam from which officers belonging to a particular service group have benefited by manoeuvring their postings to the authority for three years. even the policy of allotment of plots to its own employees is contrary to the policy of allotment of plots to the government employees on the basis of seniority in age in different categories by the federal Government employees housing Society (fGehS) – a naked injustice reflecting double standards. There is also an imperative need to look into the affairs of the fGehS and Pakistan housing Authority (PhA) on top priority basis. fGehS, like CDA, also has a policy of allotting plots to its employees and officials posted on deputation. People with connections have extensively benefited from this detestable and unjust institutionalised corrupt practice. The Society was established only for the federal govern-

ment employees but plots have been allotted to judges, parliamentarians, journalists and other people in the sectors opened by successive governments as favours, depriving deserving employees of the federal government of their legitimate rights. Another very serious flaw in the policy of fGehS is that it is not based on justice and fair play as it does not ensure allotment of plots to each and every government employee even by adopting the principle of allotment on the basis of seniority in age. The reason is that the fGehS housing sectors have been launched with a gap of 5-8 years. The people retiring during the time between the launch of the schemes, who have not been lucky to have plots allotted during their service, are deprived of any chance of getting them ever. Although a very small quota is given to the retired employees, not all of them can benefit from this. There are thousands of them who have retired and died without getting a plot. it is a kind of lottery which only lucky people can benefit from. it is against the norms of justice and also smacks of double standards considering the fact that each army officer is assured of a plot or a house when he retires. These are all corrupt practices and need to be eliminated without further delay. Allotments to the employees and people coming on deputation must also be stopped forthwith and they be allotted plots on the basis of their seniority in age as is done for the other government employees. The policy of allotments to people other than the federal government employees in the housing schemes of fGheS must be discarded immediately. it should be made mandatory for the fGehS to ensure that each and every government employee gets the plots on the basis of seniority in age and those who have already retired and are still alive without getting any plot, are obliged on priority basis before conferring this benefit on the serving employees. Quotas should be abolished and like army it should be made mandatory to allot plot to each and every federal government employee. The affairs of the Pakistan housing Authority also need to be scrutinised. The authority has launched a scheme of allotting constructed houses to the officers of the occupational groups belonging to CSS. The prices for the lowest category to the highest category are between 8.5 million rupees to 15 million rupees. One really fails to understand how a government employee

who has served honestly and relied on only the emoluments during his service can accumulate that kind of money to pay for the houses being offered by the Authority. is the authority working on the assumption that each and every officer has been corrupt and might have enough to pay for the house contemplated to be allotted to him? in fact, this is a big scam whose beneficiaries will be the functionaries of the PhA and the contractors who will get the lucrative deals to construct these houses. My understanding is that many of the officers who have been offered these houses have not availed the offer as they could not afford it. There is no justification for the establishment of this authority as its schemes are benefiting only a very few of the government employees. furthermore, in the presence of fGehS, it makes no sense to have a parallel organisation. The best course would be to abolish this authority and allot only plots to the government employees through fGehS in accordance with a judicious and fair policy. The presidents and prime ministers have also been using their discretionary powers to allot plots to government employees and their staff irrespective of their length of service and seniority which is again a very serious mode of corruption. This corrupt practice of turning the paupers into millionaires overnight can be checked through abolishing the discretionary powers of the president and prime minister. Another very undesirable institutionalised corruption in regards to allotment of plots has been the policy of obliging the federal secretaries with two plots, a policy adopted by the Musharraf regime on a summary moved by the top level bureaucracy to reward themselves on the pattern of allotment of lands to the generals. it is however heartening to note that the Public Accounts Committee has taken a serious note of this malpractice and corruption and has made recommendations to the government to discard this policy forthwith. The recommendations must be accepted without any reservations. Raja sahib has set the stone rolling and he must do more before making exit, by eliminating the above corrupt practices in the best traditions of PPP to take radical and revolutionary policy initiatives. This might help in curbing corruption in other spheres of national life through its spill over affect. The writer is an academic.

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Helping in-laws Our prime minister has climbed new heights in corruption, the latest one being to get his son-in-law appointed as Director of World Bank in Pakistan. it is reported that he got his son-in-law promoted from grade 18 to grade 21 by a series of quick promotions as additional secretary in federal government and using it as a launching pad catapulted him as Director of World Bank in Pakistan. There are scores of grade 21 officers in the federal government and this choice appears to be openly questionable. The Supreme Court has duly taken notice of the case which is commendable. it has become the hallmark of Pakistan Peoples Party to cooperate in historic scams, like the OGDC Director General fleeing the country in the wake of a scam of billions of rupees of public money. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore

Pensioners’ plight i would like to draw the attention of all concerned, especially the Ministry of information Technology and Telecommunication towards the humanitarian issue of more than 40,000 telecom pensioners across Pakistan. These federal government pensioners, including 12,000 widows and orphans, are in miserable conditions for last three years due to denial of increases in pension and medical allowance by PTeT (Pakistan Telecommunication employees Trust) as announced in 2010-11, 2011-12 and even in the current year 2012-13, by the Government of Pakistan. These increases had regularly been paid to us for 14 consecutive years by the PTeT after its establishment in 1991. These people served the nation as well as government but are now deprived of usual increases. The PTeT, working under Ministry of information Technology and Telecommunication, has denied granting increases as announced by the government. The Prime Minister, President and Chief Justice of Pakistan are requested to take notice of defiance of GoP orders and to order to grant these increases to the

sick, old, widows and orphans. MUHAMMAD TAUQEER Sialkot

ombudsman’s website few days back, an ad appeared in a national newspaper in which Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat, islamabad, invited applications from suitable candidates for various posts. for more details the website of the secretariat was referred to in the ad and no more details/ requirements were mentioned in the newspaper ad. i, being a candidate, have been struggling hard to browse their website (www.mohtasib.gov.pk) but have been unable to access it at all. Since the very day of the ad, the website is not accessible. i am afraid that there is something fishy going on. The last date of receipt of application is 29 December, 2012. The federal Ombudsman (Wafaqi Mohtasib) has been recently appointed after many years but the things seem to be as usual in his office. i would like to request the concerned departments/ officials to investigate as to why the website is nonoperational since the publication of the ad. SCHEHR YAR AHMED Gujranwala

Building blocks of disaster Confrontation with judiciary, disdain for the rule of law, disregard for morality, political coalitions sans principles, state sponsorship of corruption, absolute powers in the Presidency in a parliamentary form of government, including dual offices, precedence of power politics over values, exploitation of religion for personal gains, ruling class living beyond means in a sea of poverty, placing national security over national welfare, stashing public wealth in offshore banks, making mockery of promises, widening gulf between words and actions, free fall of currency, media presenting lies as truth, equating personal with national interest, contempt for merit and love for nepotism, trying to fool all the people all the time, practising double standards in fighting terrorism, expecting the world to respect us when we don’t respect and tolerate each other, focusing on clinging to power instead of its peaceful transfer, and Living in the past without learning lessons from history – these among others are recipes, components and building blocks of a failing state which has lost the capacity and the will to hold fair elections on way to a peaceful transition. if we can hold free, fair and transparent elections in 2013, Pakistan will stand on its own feet. Otherwise, the pitiable nation is doomed to sink and disappear into darkness of the unknown. B A MALIK Islamabad

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MOviE REviEW: Yes, Chulbul (salman) swings it a second time - and hits home harder. Dabanng 2 is actually a better film than the first, tighter, brighter and sharper. Featuring explosive action and fine detailing the Pandeys move to Kanpur where cows block the streets, Chulbul asking his hawaldar, “Hum kisi khet mein ghus aaye hain?”, and being told, “Nahin sir, main chauraha hai,” - Dabanng 2 never takes its eye off its heart - salman Khan. This is an unapologetic star vehicle driven by Khan who rolls an sUV over with one hand, takes lakhs for his ‘police welfare fund’ with another, romances wife rajjo (sonakshi) with tangible tenderness, dances wild jigs with controlled abandon. Dabanng 2 is salman’s show all the way, every second line - “Ye Kung Fu Pandey hain!” - homage to his Chulbul. But Dabangg 2 features other delights too, like its detailing of local flavour down to the 1980s Bhojpuri hit ‘Phulauri bina chutney’ playing at a function, its kitschy-cutesy touches (Chulbul’s belt dances the Dabangg step on its own), its moffusil-like low-voltage lighting, its heroine sonakshi glowing with pretty appeal. It features a nice show by Vinod Khanna as Chulbul’s reconciled stepfather and tolerable acting by Prakash raj as Kanpur’s creepy Bachcha Bhaiyya, Deepak Dobriyal his slimy sibling Genda. There are crackling good lines (when Genda’s abducting a girl, a hawaldar muses, “Personality ke hisab se, kuch zyada nahin bol raha?”) and rainbow-like music, ranging from the soft ‘Dagabaaz naina’ to the electric ‘aadat badi naaspiti, Pandey-ji bajaye duty pe seeti’ channeling the classic ‘Pinjare wali muniya’, mixing it up with a glittering guest visit by Munni (Malaika Khan). arbaaz Khan’s direction is commendable - he maximises his main star, maintains balance and keeps the movie tight. There are some loose strands - an sP eating ‘pisa’ becomes annoyingly heavy, sonakshi’s acting stays lean, some jokes are saccharine-like - but at the end, salman’s shirt comes off, so it’s all cool. Taking this franchise forward, Dabangg 2 presents a sewaiyyan Western where hot-cop Chulbul is cowboy and stud. If you’re up for fun that’s purely tongue-in-cheek, this will give you bangs for your buck. NEWS dESK

Will consciously make Bodyguard 2 different: Atul Agnihotri

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s salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 releases today, expectations are riding high on the film, as is the case with all salman films. This makes it difficult for directors to break salman’s own record. That apart, the subject has to be different. Bother in law atul agnihotri who directed salman in Bodyguard and is gearing up for Bodyguard 2 is aware of this. says atul, “I am aware of audiences and their expectations. We will be consciously different with Bodyguard2. everything is changing, from the style to the music. I would like to make it more contemporary since the character lovely singh ( salman Khan) has been widely accepted and liked. salman has humour and he’s a true great hero and he’s an inspiring actor to work for. But Bodyguard 2 can go anyway”. “In the end, I’ll think of the audiences as they are the ones buying the tickets to watch the film and believe in the product”, adds atul. NEWS dESK

West to spend Christmas with Kardashians?

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Angelina Jolie Kal Penn finds ‘White House ready to turn director again job’ more fulfilling than H’wood

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sHTON Kutcher filed court papers on Friday to end his seven-year marriage to Demi Moore. The actor’s divorce petition cites irreconcilable differences and does not list a date that the couple separated, Fox News reported. Moore announced last year that she was ending Demi Mooore ready to fall in love again her marriage to the actor 15 years her junior, but she never filed a petition. Kutcher’s filing does not indicate that the couple has a prenuptial agreement. The filing states Kutcher signed the document Friday, hours before it was filed in los angeles superior Court. NEWS dESK

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f direction as a craft isn’t new to Jolie it isn’t too old also. in December 2011 the actor was gearing up to release her directorial debut in the Land of Blood and honey. Now she is gearing up to go behind the camera once again for Unbroken. Deadline.com was the first to report this Angelina Jolie’s in the Land of Blood and honey hits theatres piece of welcome news. Unbroken is based on the book of the same name by author Laura hillenbrand. The film tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympianturned-World War ii pilot, who was shot down over the Pacific Ocean, survived at sea for two months and was then captured and placed in prisoner of war camps by the Japanese. “i read Laura hillenbrand’s brilliant book, and i was so moved by Louie Zamperini’s heroic story, i immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film...Louie is a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. i am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story,” huff Post quotes Jolie from the statement to the press. NEWS dESK

OLLYWOOD actor Kal Penn is used to shuttling between his movie business and working in President Barack Obama’s administration, but apparently finds his job at the White house ‘most fulfilling’. Penn saw his move away from hollywood and to the White house as a great way to serve, as he said he was “taking a risk and putting his career on hold for two years.” however, hollywood, in the form of its chief chronicler, Deadline.com, says Penn “has regained his stride nicely” and says “Post-White house, Business is Good for Kal Penn,” Politico reports. According to the report, Penn, who became a household name thanks to his roles in the “harold and Kumar” movies and the fox drama, “house,” joined the Obama administration in 2009 as an associate direction in its Office of Public engagement and has bounced back between D.C. and L.A. ever since. Most recently, he served as a cochairman of the Obama for America national campaign and said this summer that, while “the two towns are very similar,” his work in the White house was “the most challenging and also the most fulfilling,” the report said. Penn’s recent acting resume proudly boats of “how i Met Your Mother” and the Discovery Channel’s “The Big Brain Theory”. he’s also involved in three feature films, “The Sisterhood of Night,” “Dementamania” and “Late Bloomer,” the report added. NEWS dESK


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13 Pakistani singers introduce themselves as Indians abroad: Sukhvinder Singh NEWSDESK ReSSeD in bermuda and black ganji with a scarf thrown around and sipping green tea, this is how we encountered Sukhwinder Singh while he was in Ranchi recently to perform at Gunj mahotsav. “i love coming to Ranchi. its so green and so beautiful that it somewhat reminds me of my home back in Punjab,” he tells us during a freewheeling interview. Currently in the prime of his career, Sukhwinder, who, he says, was

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launched into Bollywood music scene by Kollywood (By A R Rehman and Mani Ratnam in Dil Se), has gone strength to strength through his rustic voice and power packed songs. “it has been more than 10 years since Chhaiyan Chhaiyan. Though i have sung only 90-100 songs over the period, the last seven months have been really busy. i have recorded over 200 songs, many of which have been chartbusters, doing stage shows in india and abroad, so yes, i’m loving it all.” Ask him whether he felt insecure with rising influx of singers from reality shows and of course, from across the border and he shrugs it off. “Yaar duniya ke saare gaane maine hi thodi na gaane hain. Sabke liye bohot kaam pada hai bas shart ye hai ki kaam acha hona chahiye, usme bande ka passion dikhna chahiye. And those who are capable to do it are doing it well. Then who am i to complain about anything or feel insecure. Also, mujhe samajh nahi aata ye hindustan-Pakistan har jagah kyun aa jata hai. Vo saare ke saare toh yahin aa gaye hain to farak kya bacha. hamari industry ka naam hi bas

Katie Holmes strikes a pose outside the ed Sullivan theater ahead of an episode of “late night with David letterman.”

Bollywood hai otherwise its an international film industry. everyone is welcome to come here, perform and earn recognition. Vo bhi kahan jayenge jab unki government hi unko tang kar rahi hai. infact, jab abroad me koi show hota hai aur vahan Pakistani artistes jate hain to apne ko indian hi batate hain. internationally they are considered indian artistes only,” Sukhwinder says. An occasional music composer himself, Sukhwinder is also a firm backer of encouraging young music composers and giving them an opportunity to prove their mettle. “One of the reasons i’ve been so busy this year are the new music directors. Usually everyone ignores them, because though they have got passion, they are lacking experience to handle big singers. So i told them all that i’m willing to work with them and share my experience with them all. And you can see the result yourself. Banjaara song from ek Tha Tiger had Soheil Sen, who is a new composer. Then, Kya Super Kool hain hum also had a new composer and songs turned out to be really good,” he avers. The much acclaimed singer also feels that reality shows are not his cup of tea. Though he had hosted Amul Voice of india 2 as a judge with ismail Darbar, Sukhwinder feels that the current form of reality shows have 90% drama and only 10% talent. “Though reality-show is in itself, a great concept to scout of new talent but these days the shows have been reduced to more of a tamasha and less about music. The channels feel that if they’ll create more music, it won’t help with their TRPs but creating a scene or a standoff will. Unfortunately, the participants are also falling for the trap as though talking rudely or behaving aggressively on a show may garner you some publicity but won’t do you any good

in the long run. filhaal to mujhe to lagta hai ki tamasha hi reality show ki reality ban ke reh gaya hai. Tamashe se style zyada acha hota hai. i feel the singers are no less than actors in terms of their placement and visibility. hence, instead of ruining their future over needless clashes, they should do more to cultivate their own individual style and remember that the world is made up of special persons only and they are very few. “ he says. With keen interest in sports, especially wrestling and hockey, Sukhwinder feels that had it not been music, he would have been a sportsman instead. “i wanted to represent my country in sports but then music me hi acha ho gaya to ye hi career ban gaya. Though i still go to my village in Punjab and organise many sport events. i’m also working to fund the traditional wrestling akharas as the indian wrestling association has made it compulsory for the players to practice on mattresses only. So i and my team are planning to supply mattresses to those akharas who cannot afford it themselves,” he informs us. Sukhwinder also feels that artistes should not harbour the feeling of competition among themselves as it gives rise to a feeling of insecurity. “Main kabhi kisi se bhi competition ki bhaavna nahin rakhta kyunki competition ki feeling se hesitation badhta hai aur hesitation badhne se insecurity. Competition karne se acha hai ki flirt karo. in fact, mujhe to lagta hai ki jo artist jitna zyada successful flirt hai vo utna zyada successful or creative hota hai. Chahe main kitna bhi busy hun par din mein do ghante me mujhe chahiye hi hote hain flirt karne ke liye. flirting is a very healthy thing until and unless you are not playing with somebody’s emotions of using them for their own personal gains,” he says before signing off.

Soha finally shares screen space with Sharmila Tagore

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he actor recalls a time when she was jealous of her brother and actor Saif Ali Khan for having worked with their mother in films. But not anymore Soha Ali Khan shares screen space with her mother, legendary actor Sharmila Tagore, in an offbeat film, Life Goes On. Saif and Sharmila have worked together in films like Aashiq Awara and eklavya: The Royal Guard. “Yes, i wanted to be a part of my mother’s filmography… i was jealous of my brother as he has worked with my mother in the past,” said Soha at the launch of the DVD of Life Goes On. Not that she never had the opportunity before this to work with Sharmila. “We have been asked to do films together, my mother and i… (but) it never felt right before and there was no real reason for a real life mother and daughter in a film before this,” said Soha. But when she read the script of Life Goes On she “felt this was the film that i would like to do. Yes, i wanted to be a part of my mother’s filmography”, said the star best known for her award winning role in the 2006 Aamir Khan hit Rang de Basanti. NEWS dESK

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Infotainment 14 The science of what bugs us

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AiLY life can be full of annoying distractions, from loud phone conversations, noisy soup eaters to waiting... and waiting... for a delayed flight or train. Joe Palca, a science correspondent for US National Public Radio, explains some of the things we find annoying and says it can be the unpredictable moments in life that frustrate us the most.

why do fingernails on a blackboard make us cringe? The sound of fingernails on blackboards has only received a modicum of scientific enquiry but it doesn’t seem to be anything to do w i t h f r e quency. it has to do with roughness, which is a quality of sound where the amplitude of a particular sound rapidly goes up and down. The amplitude varying in an unpredictable way is what makes the sound so annoying. The question is, why would that bother us? One of the ideas is that a similar kind of roughness appears in a baby’s (or adult’s) scream and so it is possible we feel the same when we hear the sound of fingernails on a blackboard as to when we hear a person scream.

why are overheard phone conversations so annoying? A phone conversation is a quintessential modern annoyance. Our brains are not passive listening devices. We actively listen and expect a certain amount of information to come from the next thing we hear. in any conversation, we always anticipate the next word. in a phone conversation we cannot do that as we only get half the conve rs a t i o n . The brain keeps

listening and listening and then we fall off a “cognitive cliff”, where we want to know what the next word is but there is no way of knowing.

why can the love of our life also be the most annoying person we know? for every positive social or emotional trait there is a negative quality. if we initially l i k e someone be-

cause they are very nice, we ignore the social cost of being very nice which can mean sometimes people take advantage. We can then get annoyed when he or she is always working late or taking care of friends. Or we pick somebody who is strong and stoic and then get angry that he or she never shares their emotional state. The argument is we ignore the social cost of these behaviours when we are initially dating because we see the world through rose tinted glasses. Later on we realise there’s a social cost that accompanies their behaviour and that’s when they start becoming annoying.

can being annoying be used to our advantage? Athletes sometimes annoy their opponents as a trick to try and get u n d e r their skin and put them off their game. The famous example is when Zinedine Zidane head butted Marco Materazzi, who was trash-talking him [in the world cup final in 2006]. he wasn’t trying to insult him but to annoy. Sports psychologists say people do this all the time - they are trying to use annoyance to unhinge their opponents as a functional tool. NEWS dESK

iowa court says bosses can fire irresistible workers

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dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male iowa Supreme Court ruled friday. The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behaviour or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice edward Mansfield wrote. An attorney for fort Dodge dentist James Knight said the decision, the first of its kind in iowa, is a victory for family values because Knight fired Melissa Nelson in the interest of saving his marriage, not because she was a woman. But Nelson’s attorney said iowa’s all-male high court, one of only a handful in the nation, failed to recognize the discrimination that women see routinely in the workplace. “These judges sent a message to iowa women that they don’t think men can be held responsible for their sexual desires and that iowa women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses’ sexual desires,” said attorney Paige fiedler. “if they get out of hand, then the women can be legally fired for it.” NEWS dESK

Woman sleeps as tornado rips off her roof ontario man’s sight restored with help of stem cells

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heN Taylor Binns slowly began going blind because of complications with his contact lenses, he started to prepare for living the rest of his life without vision. But an innovative treatment using stem cells has changed all that, and returned to him the gift of sight. four years ago, while on a humanitarian work mission to haiti, Binns developed intense eye pain and increasingly blurry vision. Doctors at home couldn’t figure out what was wrong and, over the next two years, Binns slowly went legally blind, no longer able to drive or read from his textbooks at Queens University, where he was studying commerce. “everything you could do before was being taken away, day by day, and it got worse and worse,” he recalls. Doctors finally diagnosed him with a rare eye disease called corneal limbal stem cell deficiency, which was causing the normal cells on Binns’ corneas to be replaced with scar tissue, leading to painful eye ulcers that clouded over his corneas. A variety of things can cause the condition, including chemical and thermal burns to the corneas, which are the glass “domes” over the coloured part of our eyes. But it’s also thought that microbial infections and wearing daily wear contact lenses for too long without properly disinfecting them can lead to the disease, too. Since a corneal transplant was not an option for Binns, his doctors at Toronto Western hospital proposed something new: a limbal stem cell transplant. The limbus is the border area between the cornea and the whites of the eye where the eye normally creates new epithelial cells. Since Binns’ limbus was damaged, doctors hoped that giving him healthy limbal cells from a donor would cause healthy new cells to grow over the surface. While the treatment is available in certain centres around the U.S., Binns became the first patient to try the treatment at a new program at Toronto Western hospital. NEWS dESK

An Alabama woman said friday she fell asleep on the couch and didn’t realize a tornado had ripped off part of her roof and damaged most of the home until fire-fighters and neighbours came to check on her. Betty Russell, who will turn 77 on Dec. 26, said she slept through the violent storm Thursday night after she dozed off on the sofa watching TV. She was woken by sirens from rescuers in the area afterward. “i didn’t know i was that heavy a sleeper,” she said. “it had caved in the south side of my house and honestly i didn’t hear it. i cannot believe i didn’t hear it but i didn’t.” Russell walked threw her debris-strewn house and looked at the hole in the ceiling of her bedroom, where she usually sleeps. “There is a huge hole right where her bed is,” her grandson, Scott Russell, 13, said. “She usually goes to sleep in

that bedroom, but for some reason she didn’t do it this time and she was saved.” Betty Russell believes angels helped keep her safe. She collects small statues of angels and has them displayed on bookshelves, tables and glass cases throughout the home where she has lived since 1962. Russell said her two most important angels are her husband and son, who died at different times both within weeks of Christmas. “i love angels and i was just in Rome last month in November and i just enjoyed the

basilicas and other places we toured with paintings and statues of little chubby angels,” she said. “Personally, i feel like i have two angels, my son and my husband, so feel like i was looked after.” She doesn’t know when she will start repairs to her roof, bedroom and the outside of her home. She plans to go ahead and spend Christmas with family in Colorado, something she was looking forward to before the storm. in the meantime, she is counting her blessing that she wasn’t harmed. NEWS dESK

Formal reprimand issued to flatulent federal worker

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federal employee was formally reprimanded this month for excessive workplace flatulence, a sanction that was delivered to him in a five-page letter that actually included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odour” in his Baltimore office. in a December 10 letter accusing him of “conduct unbecoming a federal officer,” the Social Security Administration employee was informed that his ”uncontrollable flatulence” had created an “intolerable” and “hostile” environment for coworkers, several of whom have lodged complaints with supervisors. The worker, a 38-year-old Maryland resident, reportedly submitted evidence that he suffered from “some medical conditions” that, at times, caused him to be unable to work full days. But a SSA manager noted in the reprimand letter that, “nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. it is my belief that you can control this condition.” A redacted copy of the letter was recently circulated among officers of the American federation of Government employees (AfGe), the union that represents the SSA worker. Contacted today at his office, the employee said, “i can’t talk to you about this, i’m sorry.” The employee is being represented in connection with the reprimand by a lawyer for his union, AfGe Local 1923. Cynthia ennis, president of the Baltimorebased local, did not respond to e-mail and phone messages about the matter. NEWS dESK

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Pakistan prepared for the Indian challenge: Hafeez LAHORE STAFF REPORT

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he Pakistan Twenty20 squad, led by Mohammad hafeez, has left Lahore for Delhi to play their first bilateral series against india since 2007. The players selected in the ODi squad - Misbah-ul-haq, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, imran farhat and Anwar Ali - will depart Pakistan on December 26. "We are ready and prepared for the india challenge," hafeez had said at the end of a training camp in Lahore. "We have trained so hard to get ready for the india series. india might be low at the moment [after losing to england in the Test series] but it's a new format and they have a very

Hockey series to follow Pakistan, india cricket ties

balanced T20 team. "Nobody can deny the fact that a Pakistan-india series carries intense pressure. The contest is always full of pressure and full of expectations of people of both countries. We will try to express ourselves without any pressure." Although it was Pakistan's turn to host a bilateral series, india were not keen to play at a neutral venue. There has been no international cricket in Pakistan since March 2009, when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus. Bilateral ties between the two countries, however, had been suspended even before that incident, because of the terror attacks in Mumbai in November 2008. The longest gap in bilateral series between Pakistan and india was from 1962 to 1977, in the wake of wars in 1965 and 1971. The Kargil conflict in

1999 led to another break, until 2004. india's home ministry cleared the way for the upcoming series on October 30, four years after the Mumbai attacks. "Cricket has always played its role in toning down the tensions," Shaharyar Khan, an ex-PCB chairman, told eSPNcricinfo. "There should have a series of Test matches as well but anyways its better to have something rather than nothing." Shaharyar was the PCB chairman who brought india to Pakistan in 2004 for their first full series in 14 years. "Both countries have to play on regular basis," Shaharyar said. "No matter who wins, this cricket diplomacy will improve the relationship of both countries. it's a meaningless debate whose turn it was to host; the foremost intention was to revive the ties."

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Herath hopes to put Australia in a melbourne spin MELBOuRNE AGENCiES

Sri Lankan slow bowling spearhead Rangana herath believes that Australia's limited opportunities to face quality spinners in domestic cricket will enhance his side's chances of success in next week's second test. herath, the leading test wicket-taker in 2012 with 60 victims from nine matches, has carried the burden of leading the Sri Lankan attack since the retirement of spinning great Muttiah Muralitharan. The left-armer grabbed a second innings five-wicket haul in the first test in hobart, which Sri Lanka lost by 137 runs, and is likely to be a handful in the Boxing Day test in Melbourne, on a pitch expected to offer help for slow bowlers. "i know that the Australians, even in domestic cricket, they are 80-90 percent playing against fast bowlers," herath told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday. "So with that, i have chances to get wickets bowling spin."

B’desh agree to tour Pakistan next month

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The last indo-Pak hockey Test series, with three matches in each country, was held in early 2006. -Photo by AP Pakistan’s hockey team is set to follow the country’s cricket squad on a tour to india in March next year, signalling the resumption of a bilateral series between the subcontinent giants since 2006. The second leg of the series is expected to be hosted by Pakistan in May, hockey india Secretary General, Narinder Batra, told PTi. “if everything goes as per plan Pakistan will tour india at the end of March next year for five Test matches. Then india will visit Pakistan in May for another five Tests,” Batra said. The details of both the series would be sorted out in a joint meeting between hockey india secretary general and Pakistan hockey federation (Phf) Secretary General Asif Bajwa in Lahore on January 29. “On the invitation of Phf i am going to Pakistan for a two-day trip on January 29. During the meeting we will discuss the modalities of the resumption of bilateral hockey ties between the two nations,” Batra added. Batra and Bajwa are expected to sign an agreement on the resumption of bilateral series during the meeting. The last indo-Pak hockey Test series, with three matches in each country, was held in early 2006. Pakistan had won three matches, india had clinched one while two were drawn.

Paceman Peter Siddle has backed Australia's attack to shrug off a glut of injuries that have hit the team's fast bowling stocks ahead of the second test against Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday. Australia, who have won just one of their past four tests, have enjoyed precious little continuity in their pace attack due to injuries and fatigue, and are set for another reshuffle with Ben hilfenhaus ruled out of the Boxing Day test in Melbourne. Left-armers Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnston, and the uncapped Jackson Bird are vying to join Siddle in a three-man pace attack at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with selectors likely to retain spinner Nathan Lyon. Siddle, man of the match with nine wickets in Australia's last-gasp defeat of Sri Lanka in hobart on Monday, said the hosts' reserves were strong enough to step up to the challenge. "That's probably been the big thing that we've done well in especially the past 18 months," Siddle told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday. "Whoever's come into the squad they've known what they had to do. "The guys that have come in have shown that they can execute their skills and work with the rest of the players in the squad to maintain that pressure. "That's what the success that we've had in that time has come down to. "The squad has changed a lot with the bowlers, but we've stuck together, we've worked well as a team." Australia have lost young pacemen Pat Cummins and James Pattinson for the home series, and selectors have stoked controversy by adopting a rotation policy to preserve the fitness of the remaining bowlers. Both hilfenhaus and Siddle were rested for Australia's loss against South Africa in the third test in Perth, which cost them the series 1-0, while local media have speculated 22-year-old Starc could be dropped for the Melbourne test despite taking a five-wicket

Bangladesh have agreed to tour Pakistan next month in the first visit by any country since armed militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said. "The Bangladesh board has conveyed to us their team's visit is confirmed and they have also got approval from their board members. They have also sent us the time frame for the tour," Ashraf saidn in a television interview. eight Pakistanis were killed and six Sri Lanka players wounded when a dozen gunmen fired on their coach as they were being driven to the Gaddafi stadium. it was the first major attack directed at athletes since the 1972 Munich Olympics when the pro-Palestinian Black September group killed 11 members of the israeli team. The Bangladesh Cricket Board agreed to send a team to Pakistan in April this year to play a Twenty20 and one-day international in Lahore. however, the Dhaka high Court issued a restraining order stopping the Bangladesh players from playing in Pakistan due to security concerns. "i am pretty confident now this tour will take place and signal the return of international cricket to Pakistan," Ashraf said. "We will soon also be co-ordinating security arrangements for the tour with the provincial governments."

haul in the second innings in hobart. Siddle backed the rotation policy, however, and said would-be debutant Bird would be well suited to the MCG, where has taken 14 wickets at an average of 12.07 in two Sheffield Shield games. "it's a very patient ground," 28-year-old Siddle said.

POA rejects premise claims of Punjab govt LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) rejects the premise and the innuendo of the claims of Mr Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan on the Punjab administration’s behalf in a press conference. The POA’s considered opinion is that it is an attempt to further obfuscate the real issue: the Punjab government’s denying the lawfully elected bodies it had no right to sit on judgment. The Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) is an elected body affiliated with the POA, and there is no contest with regards to its legitimacy. The fact is that the Punjab administration is being influenced by elements which are not its best friends. There cannot be any confusion: these are the 32nd National Games. As has been said before, the overwhelming majority of the constituents give it legitimacy, which has been recognized by all participating contingents. As far as the honourable Supreme Court's decision is considered, you do not require a legal eagle to sit over it for months. To a trained legal eye, it would take only 10 minutes to decide which way the honourable

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Supreme Court’s decision tilts. Secondly, after the devolution, blaming it on Pakistan Sports Board (which definitely has its own axe to grind in playing the spoiler) is neither here nor there as sport is now pretty much a provincial issue. it is evident from Mr Mashood’s press conference that the Punjab administration was willing to work with the PbOA – without its legitimacy being an issue in the least – if it agreed to make the National Games a part of the Punjab Sports festival. That the PbOA, with POA’s consent and backing, did not do so was not out of any other consideration but the fact that: first, this was a mere festival, and the sanctity of the National

Games demanded its independent status. Secondly, the Punjab Sports festival – as the very title suggests – was a provincial gala affair. how could the National Games be made to play second fiddle to it? Then again if legitimacy was an issue then why did the DG SPORTS Punjab offer to support the Games if they were taken to January 2013?. The National Games is a serious affair and not a joke: you cannot postpone it time and again and expect the participating contingents to always accept it. That is why, as Mr Mashood suggests, they could not have been moved to January 2013. “This is indeed sad that with the Quaid-e-Azam’s birth anniversary just a few days away, the Games launched, supported and sponsored by him at a time of serious post-independence economic hardship remain unsponsored and unsupported by a provincial government which claims to be the heir to his legacy”, said Lt. Gen. (Retd) Arif hasan hi (M). The President POA quoted the Quaid's philosophy about Pakistan Youth,

which the Quaid expressed most forcefully in a letter he sent to the late Mr. M.A. Khaliq, the Organizing Secretary of the first Pakistan National Games. "Well, we have crossed hurdles and breasted the tape at the 'Wining Post', this the people say in smugness. i maintain that we have only run the first lap of marathon relay race. i have passed the baton to others to dash on from lap to lap, determined and dedicated, United and Disciplined, with faith in themselves and God.. “Your race to destiny shall be calculatingly cluttered with obstacles, and if you have Unity, faith and Discipline, nothing will ever stop you from becoming sturdy and strong. Strength alone is an effective deterrent to aggression. “Build leadership on the play fields, and try to become good followers. Remember no one can ever command, who does not learn how to obey. Be a builder. Build for others." The President POA further appealed to the Provincial Government: "The City where the the Olympic Movement of the sub-continent was born is today hosting the Games again. it was in 1924, in the then undivided Punjab, Lahore to be precise, that the subcontinent chapter of the Olympic movement

was born. The same year, the sub- continent's first Olympic Games, now known as the National Games, were organised in Lahore. Punjab was the province which won the coveted Quaid- e-Azam trophy in the inaugural edition of the National Games at Karachi which was attended by the Quaid himself. "i again request the Punjab Government to join us in carrying the legacy of the Quaid forward and remove the obstacles that he spoke of. “Let us unite for the promotion of the values that the Quaid spoke of. Let us rise above, as otherwise it would be a shame that the province and the city which founded the Olympic Movement and held the first Games in the subcontinent is not part of the National Games. “These are likely to become the only National Games in our chequered history to have not been supported by a provincial government. Lest this be misunderstood this is not an appeal for money or making the infrastructure available. We have managed that end of the business. Just be with us for the sake of the youth, the athletes of our country", he said, warning, “Otherwise the coming 25th of Dec 2012 would be a sad day for the Quaid and his legacy for sports.”


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oram opts out of new zealand contract WILLINGtON AGENCiES

All-rounder Jacob Oram has opted out of his New Zealand Cricket (NZC) central contract to focus on his professional Twenty20 career. The 34-year-old Oram, who played 33 tests and 160 one-day internationals, secured an early release from his contract, NZC said in a statement on Saturday. "This was a very difficult decision but in recent weeks i have come to the conclusion that i can no longer make a full-time commitment to NZC," Oram said in the statement. "Various factors have led me to make this decision including my age, the stage of my career and the impending birth of my second child. "i really enjoy the Twenty20 format and see it as a way to stay involved in cricket for a while longer." Oram, who quit test cricket in 2009 in a bid to prolong his career, has struggled with injuries in recent years and managed only one ODi and a T20 match against Sri Lanka on tour in October and November. he was left out of the team's T20 tour squad for South Africa and would be unlikely to feature in New Zealand's three one-day matches against the Proteas from Jan. 19-25, a NZC spokesman said. Oram would continue to play T20 cricket for domestic side Central Districts and play in competitions overseas, he said. however, the door would still be open for his return to international cricket again, NZC said. A powerful striker of the ball, the 1.98 metre (6-ft-6in) left-hander compiled over 1,780 test runs at an average of over 36 and 2,434 runs in ODis. he also netted 60 test wickets with his right-arm medium pace bowling and 173 ODi wickets at an average of just over 29. NZC said it would offer another player to take over Oram's contract for the remainder of the period to July 31.

mustafic hoping for repeat of 2007 victory

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OUTh Africa humiliated the touring New Zealanders with an embarrassingly one-sided eight-wicket victory in the first of three Twetnty20 internationals on friday. The hosts dismissed their hapless opponents for just 86 before captain faf du Plessis (38 not out) and debutant Quinton de Kock (28 not out) wrapped the game up with 7.5 overs to spare following the early dismissals of openers Richard Levi and henry Davids. Six of New Zealand's top seven batsmen were dismissed for single figure scores as seamer Rory Kleinveldt claimed figures of three for 18 and spinner Robin Peterson produced his country's most economical four-over analysis in the format with figures of two for eight. Dale Steyn, who previously owned the record with just nine runs conceded, was not far behind once again with an analysis of two for 13 from three overs. Consolation was scarce for the tourists' batsmen but at least they could claim to have been too positive

NEW zEAlANd R.Nicol c de Kock b Kleinveldt 3 9 P.Fulton c Morris b Steyn 6 B.McCullum c Steyn b Kleinveldt 0 J.Franklin c de Kock b Mclaren 23 C.Munro c and b Morris C.Anderson c levi b Morris 5 N.McCullum b Peterson 1 J.Neesham b Peterson 10 21 d.Bracewell not out 5 R.Hira c Kleinveldt b Steyn 0 M.McClenaghan c Peterson b Kleinveldt 3 Extras (lb-1, w-2) Total (all out in 18.2 overs) 86 Fall: 1-9, 2-19, 3-19, 4-27, 5-34, 6-36, 7-54, 8-60, 9-81 Bowling: Mclaren 4-0-27-1, Steyn 3-0-13-2 (1w), Kleinveldt 3.2-1-18-3, Morris 3.4-0-19-2 (1w), Peterson 4-0-8-2, du Plessis 0.2-0-0-0. SOUTH AFRiCA 0 R.levi c Fulton b McClenaghan H.davids b Hira 20 F.du Plessis not out 38 Q.de Kock not out 28 1 Extras (w-1) 87 Total (for two wickets in 12.1 overs) Fall: 1-0, 2-45 Bowling: McClenaghan 3-1-20-1, Bracewell 2-0-21-0 (1w), Hira 3-0-15-1, Anderson 1-0-11-0, N.McCullum 2-0-7-0, Nicol 1-0-110, Neesham 0.1-0-2-0. South Africa won by eight wickets and lead three-match series 1-0.

rather than too cautious. in fact, they were reckless and failed to assess a pitch which was uncharacteristically dry and produced uneven bounce. Debutant Colin Munro briefly im-

pressed with 23 from 18 balls and Doug Bracewell finished with an unbeaten 21 but it was not enough to avoid a desperate start to the tour for a New Zealand team in disarray before they

Barca must win for vilanova: Busquets LOnDOn: The midweek news of Vilanova's cancer relapse shocked the Catalan giants and the footballing community; Vilanova underwent a second operation on his parotid gland on Thursday, with the Blaugrana reporting that the procedure was a success and that the 44-year-old coach was on the road to recovery. Though Vilanova would definitely be absent for Barcelona's clash with Valladolid at the Nuevo Jose Zorilla, Busquests claims the former Celta Vigo player would still serve as an inspiration for his side and claimed the Blaugrana would

go all out for the win. "They are three very important points, above all after what we have been through this week," Busquets was quoted as saying by eSPN. "The most important thing now is that we are all together and help each other. "especially for Tito, who's sure to have an eye on the game and a win is sure to help him recover "We must make an effort for him (Vilanova)." Assistant coach Jordi Roura was handed the reins of the club following Vilanova's relapse, and Busquets expressed his full confidence in the 45-year-old abilities. AGENCiES

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Back in 2007, the Lions won Southeast Asia's biggest prize for the third time after seeing off Thailand 3-2 on aggregate in the final. After recording a 2-1 win in the first leg in Singapore, Radojko Avramovic's men travelled to Bangkok and held the War elephants to a 1-1 draw at the Suphachalasai Stadium to be crowned champions of the region. fast forward five years and Singapore are once again in Bangkok with the Suzuki Cup up for grabs, holding a 3-1 lead from Wednesday's first leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Although it has been half a decade, seven members of that victorious 2007 side are present in the current squad, including Mustafic, captain Shahril ishak, forward Khairul Amri and defenders Baihakki Khaizan and Daniel Bennett, who are all expected to start in Saturday's return encounter at the Suphachalasai Stadium. On the other hand, Thailand's last victory came a decade again in 2002 and Mustafic is hoping his side can use all of their experience to emerge triumphant again.

melBourne: the coptercam hovers over the pitch before the start of the BBl match between melbourne renegades and Brisbane Heat at Docklands Stadium.

even arrived following the controversial sacking of captain Ross Taylor. The second game is in east London on Sunday and the third in Port elizabeth on Wednesday.

Sterling vows to improve for reds LONDON AGENCiES

Teenager Raheem Sterling looked to the future after signing a long-term deal with Liverpool. The 18-year-old england international has broken into the first-team picture to great effect at Anfield this season and has so far made 25 appearances for Brendan Rodgers' men. he made his england debut against Sweden last month and with his contract on Merseyside running down, talk was rife that he could move to one of a number of potential suitors. That has been put to bed on friday, though, with Sterling opting to remain with the Reds. Despite the security of a long-term deal, Sterling vowed to continue learning. "There's a lot more to be done," he told the club's website. "i haven't begun yet as the manager has said it's just been good to get a few minutes on the pitch and hopefully i can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the team and the football club." Sterling moved to Liverpool from QPR in february 2010 and made his debut as a substitute against Wigan in March. The arrival of Rodgers proved to be the catalyst for a more consistent run in the team, with his england debut then making him Liverpool's youngest-ever international. On Rodgers, Sterling added: "i can't say much more about the guy than what has already been said - he's a brilliant manager. "The way he speaks to both young and senior players, you have to really compliment him for that. he just treats every one as one and that's really good to have at a football club. "in the New Year, you can expect more from Liverpool, especially when the manager gets his players in. We'll stride forward and hopefully do what we know we can do." in the immediate future for Sterling and Liverpool is a Barclays Premier League clash against fulham at Anfield on Saturday evening. The Cottagers have won just twice in their last 11 league matches on the road although one of those was their first victory at Anfield last May. No fulham player has scored in their last six visits to Anfield - Reds defender Martin Skrtel scored an own goal last season - but after last week's chastening 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa Rodgers is taking nothing for granted.

Morgan wins a thriller for England PuNE SPORTS dESK

Morgan with his brilliant knock won a thrilling T20 match for england against india on Saturday. Morgan with his fighting 49 off 51 ball ensured that england is through to level the series with a six wickets win. A 50 runs innings from Lumb provided england a healthy start that took them to the winning total of 181 in reply to india’s 177. earlier, england tried better than they did in Pune and fielded brilliantly, but could not prevent india from posting a challenging score in Mumbai, a game the visitors need to win to share the series. They were impressive early on, struck again after a counterattack from Virat Kohli but slipped up at the death as Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni turned the tables in a brief, but potentially decisive, phase of clean hitting that propelled india to 177. The dew may make things difficult for india in the second innings but their bowlers will feel they have a sizeable cushion, set up

during an onslaught in the final five overs that fetched 63 runs for the loss of just one wicket. At a time when england's bowlers should have been aiming for yorkers, they mostly finished on a length or even shorter, enabling Raina and Dhoni to be expansive and find the boundaries. Stuart Meaker bowled well in Pune but Raina took him on today, collecting 20 in the 17th over, creaming him over extra cover and swiping him past the deep midwicket fence for six. Jade Dernbach had dismissed Ajinkya Rahane early, but was punished when india were looking to step up, with Dhoni dispatching him for two sixes, one pulled over square leg and the next when the bowler overcompensated by pitching it up. Much like they had in Pune, india ran well between wickets, even as england's fielders threw themselves around in the outfield, their effort undermined somewhat by india's late assault. That surge was preceded by an exhibition of some wonderful wristwork from Virat Kohli, who pulled off some

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of his trademark whips from middle and off and drove elegantly through the covers not long after the early fall of Rahane. While Gautam Gambhir found it difficult to get a

iNdiA G Gambhir c Bresnan b Wright 17 AM Rahane c Root b dernbach 3 V Kohli lbw b Meaker 38 Yuvraj Singh c Root b Wright 4 RG Sharma b Tredwell 24 SK Raina not out 35 MS dhoni c Patel b Bresnan 38 R Ashwin c lumb b dernbach 1 PP Chawla run out (Root/†Buttler) 0 Extras (b 2, lb 4, w 9, nb 2) 17 Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 177 did not bat AB dinda, P Awana Fall of wickets 1-7 (Rahane, 1.5 ov), 2-64 (Kohli, 6.5 ov), 3-71 (Yuvraj Singh, 8.1 ov), 4-88 (Gambhir, 10.5 ov), 5-108 (Sharma, 14.1 ov), 6-168 (dhoni, 18.4 ov), 7-171 (Ashwin, 19.3 ov), 8-177 (Chawla, 19.6 ov) Bowling: TT Bresnan 4-0-27-1, JW dernbach 4-0-37-2, SC Meaker 4-0-42-1, lJ Wright 4-0-38-2, JC Tredwell 4-0-27-1 ENGlANd MJ lumb st dhoni b Yuvraj 50

Ad Hales c dinda b Yuvraj 42 lJ Wright lbw b Yuvraj 5 EJG Morgan not out 49 SR Patel c Gambhir b dinda 9 JC Buttler not out 15 Extras (b 1, lb 8, w 2) 11 Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 181 did not bat JE Root, TT Bresnan, JC Tredwell, SC Meaker, JW dernbach Fall of wickets 1-80 (lumb, 8.2 ov), 2-94 (Wright, 10.6 ov), 3-123 (Hales, 14.4 ov), 4-149 (Patel, 17.5 ov) Bowling: AB dinda 4-0-44-1, P Awana 4-0-42-0, R Ashwin 4-038-0, PP Chawla 4-0-31-0, Yuvraj Singh 4-0-17-3 Toss England, who chose to field Series 2-match series drawn 1-1 T20i debut JE Root (England) Player of the match tba Umpires VA Kulkarni and S Ravi TV umpire S Asnani Match referee JJ Crowe (New zealand) Reserve umpire RM deshpande

move on at one end, Kohli kept the runs flowing with ease at the other, targeting Luke Wright for 20 in the last over of the Powerplay. Kohli was given out lbw, with the

ball probably just clipping leg, in the next over from Meaker before Wright struck twice, Yuvraj Singh featuring among his victims, to hold india back.

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17 Sports robson, watson to warm up for Australian open MELBOuRnE: British Olympic silver medallist Laura Robson and compatriot heather Watson will warm up for the Australian Open at the Jan. 4-12 hobart international, organisers said on Saturday. The 18-year-old Robson, who won mixed doubles silver with men's singles champion Andy Murray at the London Olympics, will make her first appearance at the Tasmanian tournament headlined by former french Open champion francesca Schiavone of italy. Watson, 20, who became Britain's first WTA champion in 24 years with her win at the Japan Open in October, returns for her second appearance after playing this year's tournament as a qualifier. The Australian Open starts Jan. 14. AGENCiES

Stags beat Faisalabad District LAHORE: Stags beat faisalabad By 104 Runs & Qualify The Semi final of the All Punjab National Bank Okara Cricket Cup quarter final match at Gymkhana Cricket Ground Okara. SCORES: Stags cricket club batting first 280/8 after 35 overs. muhammad waqas batting well 104, Salman Ali 79 & ikhlaq Butt 66 runs. Faisalabad District bowling qasim Ali bowling well 5/31 wickets. in reply Faisalabad District 176 all out after 31.4 overs. zeeshan Ali 43 & Asif Ali 35 runs. Stags cricket club bowling Salman Ali bowling well 4/38, muhammad Faisal 3/31 & Shahzad Butt 2/25 wickets. Stags cricket club qualify the semi final All Punjab national Bank okara cricket cup. Saifullah, raja Shahid umpire & muhammad usman Ali was the scorer. end of the match chief Guest Former Pakistan cricket team manager mian munir give away man of the match award to muhammad waqas. Saeed Khan is also present. STAFF REPORT

About 3,000 athletes flock Stadium for national games LAHORE

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he 32nd National Games blasted into action here at the Railway Stadium on Saturday in a colourful opening ceremony which participated by almost 3000 athletes of the entire country. The participating contingents march into the Railway Stadium before the watching eyes of the chief guest Syed Shahid Ali and other members of the Pakistan Olympics Association including Lt Gen ® Arif hAssan. Swimmer Rohail Waqar lit the Games torch. The chief guest, international Olympic Committee (iOC) member in Pakistan and Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) president Syed Shahid Ali took the slute from the marching athletes while Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president Syed Arif hassan, secretary Khalid Mehmood, idress haider Khawaja, Shaukat Javed, Khalid Bashir, Khawar Shah, Ch Yaqoob, Waqar Ali, Khurram haroon and many other sports related dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Shahid Ali declared the Games open and that was followed by the handball player Muzammal

lAHore: the participants and athletes perform during the opening ceremony of the 32nd national Games at the railway Stadium while officials of Pakistan olympics family watch them from the pavillion. MurtAzA Ali

Mehmood taking the oath on behalf of the participating players. While expressing his joy over watching cheering crowd of players, contingents and performers, the chief guest said: “The presence and enthusiasm of crowd proves that people still love games. it is their love for sports that the lured them at this venue to cheer their teams and players to do their best to make the National Games a remarkable event.” Punjab Olympic Association secretary Khawaja idrees said: “Our efforts bear fruit as we opened the Games at given time and by organisation of this event proves that Punjab can hold every kind of games at every level. We have done everything for honour of Punjab and we will never let Punjab’s respect down.” he said the athletes across the country had put faith in them for which they were thankful to them. in cycling, first gold medal went to M Shakeel of Punjab in 1km time trials. in women event, Raheela Bano of Wapda won gold in 500 metre race. in volleyball competitions, Wapda downed KPK by 3-0 in first match, heC beat Punjab 3-0 in second match while in the third match, Wapda outpaced Punjab 3-0.

Open Tennis and Qatar’s remarkable sporting upsurge SportS thiS Week ALIAKBAR

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he all too short off season on the professional tennis circuit is due to end soon with the Abu Dhabi invitational event, followed by the popular Qatar Open ATP event. The Qatar Open is now in its twentieth year of existence and could be termed the blue riband of the 250 series of tournaments on the world tour. When the ATP came over to Doha to evaluate its ability to host an ATP event, they were nonplussed to see the location, a barren strip of desert not far from the Doha Corniche. But they were assured that come January, the facility would be ready for holding the biggest tennis event ever held in the Gulf. Work started round the clock and one of the best facilities in the world was ready for action, not only for tennis but also a state of the art squash center. The first two years, the Qatar Open earned tournament of the year honours. This was made possible by the enthusiastic efforts of the Qatar Tennis federation as well as the large expat community. ever since that auspicious beginning, the event has gone from strength to strength, with the end of year Women’s Masters also held there, in addition to many world squash events. it would be safe to say, that following the success of the Qatar Open, the flood gates of international sport in Qatar were laid open. The Asian Games were held here and the football World Cup is due to be held in 2020, amid fears that the extreme heat of Doha might be too much for the football stars of the colder climes. But Qatar has sought to allay these fears through the proposed use of ground breaking technologies that would cool the atmosphere in the stadia. Other sports that have found a home in Doha are golf, cycling, motor sport and athletics, among others. With limitless resources under the benevolent patronage of the emir Sheikh hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatari sport is going from strength to strength. This year’s Qatar Open marks the reemergence of Rafael Nadal on the ATP Tour. ever since his early round loss at Wimbledon, Nadal has not played a tennis match. it will be interesting to see how well he does, following a warm up ap-

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pearance at the Abu Dhabi expo. hard courts are not Nadal’s favourite surface. They impose too much stress on his fragile knees and constantly threaten to derail his tennis career. But knowing Nadal, he will not step onto the court unless he is fully fit. Other top players entered are David ferrer, coming off his best season ever and ranked 5, 10th ranked Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Nikolai Davydenko, Victor Troicki, Mikhail Youzhny and Phillip Kohlschreiber, among a host of other world class players. in cricket, india gained a modicum of consolation after their Test series loss to england, by running away with the first T20 international. An inspiring performance with bat and ball by Test discard Yuvraj Singh, paved the way for the facile win. But india’s performance or lack of it, in the Test series, does not bid well for their future in the classical form of the game. india has always had good batsmen and the current emerging batters look competent, with Kohli a future star in the making. But the retirement of top players like Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly has left a void that will

take some filling. Of particular concern is the form of master batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Although Tendulkar made seventy odd runs in one innings, he failed in the rest, with his technique looking out of sorts. The gap between pad continued to increase and bowlers like Anderson looked increasingly confident of their chances of getting him out. tEnDuLKAR: StORIED CAREER, But nO GAME CHAnGER: Sachin Tendulkar has now represented india through the last four decades. his has been a storied career, free of controversy, aided by his humble unassuming personality. Sachin has scored a hundred international hundreds and the most international runs of any cricketer. Sachin seems to have discovered early in his career that the only way for him was to score runs in his own style, regardless of the match situation. Consequently it is hard to pinpoint many game-changing innings coming from his bat, like the Dravid-Laxman partnership that defeated Australia. tIME RunnInG Out On tHE ICOn: Rahul Dravid with his obduracy, Laxman with his ability to score big hundreds when needed and last but not least, the virtuosity of Virendar Sehwag have more to show in the shape of match winning or game changing performances. Some statistician will, inevitably come up with figures to counter this statement, but this is the general impression one gets. Sachin Tendulkar is too much of a cricketing icon in the indian public eye to

be dropped from the team very easily. eventually, he will have to decide when his eyes and his technique are no longer able to cope with the questions that the world’s fast bowlers continue to ask off him. Perhaps he does not now see the ball early enough coming out of the bowler’s hand. Maybe he is thinking too much and not playing instinctively. But regardless, he looks to be a pale shadow of his former self. it would be all to the good if Sachin Tendulkar decided to call it a day while he is still near the top. And that day is nigh. tIME RunnInG Out On AfRIDI:

india next take on Pakistan in an ODi/T20 series in india. Shahid Afridi has been dropped from the ODi side, perhaps for the first time. Whether he is recalled is a moot point, but the sands of time are also running out for the mercurial all rounder. his batting touch has completely deserted him and his incisive bowling has also lost its edge. Some encouraging performances in the practice matches may have changed the selectors’ mind, but the fact remains that time waits for no one. The next series may be crucial to Shahid Afridi’s future prospects. he would also be well advised to call it a day while near the top.


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Brazil opens second stadium as world cup fever grows BELOHORIZONtE AGENCiES

Brazil's preparations to host the 2014 World Cup have gathered speed with the opening on friday of the second of the 12 stadiums destined to hold matches during the tournament. President Dilma Rousseff formally inaugurated the rebuilt Mineir達o stadium in Belo horizonte, less than a week after cutting the ribbon at the Castel達o stadium in fortaleza. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to visit the Mineir達o in the coming days to see a stadium that took almost three years to refurbish at a cost of 695 million Brazilian reais. The Mineir達o is one of Brazil's best-known stadiums and in being delivered on time and on budget is a benchmark for the other 10 stadiums under construction. "This is as good as Wembley, as good as (the Allianz Arena in) Munich, it's up there with the best stadiums in the world," Carlos Alberto Parreira, assistant to Brazil manager Luiz felipe Scolari, told reporters. "A stadium like this is great news for both players and fans."

Missing Medina putt could have wrecked career: Kaymer AuGuStA AGENCiES

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UROPe'S Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer has a nightmare in which the five-foot putt he sank to beat Steve Stricker on Medina's 18th green slides agonisingly past the hole and his career spirals into decline. The German's victory over Stricker in September guaranteed europe would retain the trophy after one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of the competition. "Now i honestly feel like my whole career might have been on the line," the former world number one who suffered an otherwise disappointing 2012, told friday's Daily Mail. "i sometimes think about what would have happened if i had missed it. Would i have had the mental strength to recover from thinking i had let down a whole continent? "i had a similar putt to win my first major, the U.S. PGA in 2010, but the feeling was completely different. "if i had missed that one it would have been my own fault and i would have moved on to the next major. "But letting down so many people? That doesn't bear thinking about." europe went into the final day trailing 10-6 and needed to win eight of the 12 points available in the singles matches to keep hold of the trophy. Kaymer's victory ensured europe reached 14 points before italy's francesco Molinari halved with Tiger Woods to give europe an outright victory. After being dogged by poor form throughout

the year, Kaymer ended in style in Sun City, South Africa, where he won his first title of 2012 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. he said the Ryder Cup victory had helped to turn things round. "Up to that point (my season) hadn't been good," he said. "i would have given it three or four at best out of ten. "Then, all of a sudden, you feel a lot happier about matters. On paper you'd probably still only give the year a three or four but mentally it had suddenly gone up a few marks." InDOnESIAn OPEn REVERtS BACK tO ASIAn tOuR: The indonesian Open will switch back to the Asian Tour from next season after three years on the OneAsia circuit, organisers said on friday. The Asian Tour did not give any details about the date of the tournament, how much prize money would be on offer, sponsors or a venue for the event which they first staged in 1974. "This agreement marks a new dawn for our national championship," indonesian Golf As-

sociation (PGi) president Arifin Panigoro said in a statement. "We are convinced the staging of the indonesian Open in 2013 and beyond will be hugely successful so that the entire golfing fraternity in indonesia will be proud of our flagship tournament." The Asian Tour have been wrestling for events in east Asia with rivals OneAsia, who formed in 2009. Asian Tour chief executive Kyi hla han welcomed the news of the return of the indonesian Open which will sit alongside their CiMB Niaga indonesian Masters next year as one of nine confirmed events so far. "We are excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the PGi and we believe the indonesian Open is right up there amongst the best of national Opens in Asia," han said. "Our players enjoy visiting indonesia as the golf courses, facilities and hospitality are first class and we look forward to returning for the 2013 indonesian Open." The indonesia Open was the season opener on the OneAsia Tour this year and jointly sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation. Australian Nick Cullen won the $1 million title at the emeralda Golf Club in March. OneAsia released a preliminary January-May schedule earlier this month with five events including the indonesia PGA Championship in March.

Triple formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel would be ferrari's first choice should they ever need to replace fernando Alonso, president Luca di Montezemolo has said. The Red Bull driver has been repeatedly linked to ferrari this season, with talk of a pre-contract for 2014, although the 25-year-old German and his team have tried to put the speculation to rest. Speaking at ferrari's Maranello factory, Montezemolo left no doubt about the italian team's admiration for Vettel. "if for whatever reason fernando Alonso were to leave one day, maybe because he wants to retire in hawaii with his girlfriend, then i want Vettel," the Gazzetta dello Sport quoted him as telling German media. "Sebastian is a potential ferrari driver for the future." Whether Vettel and Alonso ever pair up at ferrari remains to be seen, however, with Montezemolo previously saying he did not want to have "two roosters in the same hen house" but rather two drivers "who race for ferrari and not for themselves." Montezemolo said Alonso, Vettel and Lewis hamilton were clearly a cut above the rest in formula One and he preferred the Red Bull driver to the Briton "because he's younger and hasn't been around so many teams". Vettel was also strongly recommended by seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, who won five titles in a row with ferrari. hamilton, the 2008 world champion, will be racing for Mercedes next year after six years with McLaren. he will be 28 in January. Double world champion Alonso, 31, has a contract with ferrari until at least the end of 2016. ferrari set up two design teams for 2013 and 2014: ferrari will run separate design teams to simultaneously develop next year's formula One car and the one for 2014, when the technical rules are due to change substantially. Team principal Stefano Domenicali told the ferrari website (www.ferrari.com) that they had been working on a reorganisation programme for several months. he said ferrari would be using the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany, until August as their own one - which was blamed for the failure of aerodynamic updates this year - was closed for rebuilding.

Mancini promises more trophies LONDON AGENCiES

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has promised more silverware this season. City have seen their Champions League quest end at the group stage and they have fallen six points behind Manchester United in their Barclays Premier League title defence, but Mancini remains confident. The italian is hopeful of overhauling their neighbours to retain the title while he is also focusing on a repeat of the 2011 fA Cup success. The 48-year-old said: "i think we will win. "We have two targets and i

think if we work better than the first six months and we forget what we did last year we have more chance to win the league." Mancini, who was appointed at the etihad Stadium three years ago this week, has grown accustomed to success during his managerial career. in each full season in charge of fiorentina, Lazio, inter Milan and now City, he has earned tangible reward in terms of a trophy or a Champions

League place. he said: "i always win. i can't do nothing about this! "i think one season with Lazio we didn't win anything but our premier target was to take the Champions League and we got into the Champions League." Aided by the huge investment of the club's Abu Dhabibased owners, Mancini ended City's 35year trophy drought with that Wembley success in

2011 and they are now well established at the top level of the domestic game. Mancini signed a five-year contract last summer and his challenge is now to maintain that success. he said: "i think that is very important for us. "We started to win two years ago and every year we won a trophy. "it could be that in some seasons you can't win the Premier League but if you win the fA Cup - i think it's important to keep this habit. "for us, it is important to win a trophy every year. if we continue to do it this way, it will be good." Mancini feels one of the most important triumphs of his time in charge has been to

establish a winning mentality at City after a generation of under-achievement. he said: "i think it was one of the most important achievements for us. "We work for this but we need to improve. "it is easy to arrive on top but it will be more difficult to stay there for a long time. This is the big challenge for us." Mancini, who met media to preview this weekend's clash with Reading, was asked how he might view his position in another three years. he admitted his time at the club could be cut short if results go against him but he is confident he has the support of the hierarchy.

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Latif Khosa submits to Zardari’s decision, resigns KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Punjab governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has submitted his resignation to President Asif Ali Zardari, which has been duly accepted. Khosa called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal house in Karachi on Saturday. he arrived without the governor’s protocol. During the meeting‚ both leaders discussed the ongoing political situation in Punjab and the future strategy for the province. According to

reports, Khosa submitted his resignation to the president, who accepted it. President Zardari praised the services of Khosa as the Punjab governor during the meeting, which was also attended by Law Minister farooq h Naik. Later, Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood, the expected new governor of Punjab, also called on the president at Bilawal house. The president had summoned Mahmood at Bilawal house to discuss issues regarding the governor’s role. Sources said the PPP’s defeat in the recent by-polls in Punjab had irked

the party leadership enough to take the decision. former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani had reportedly briefed Zardari about the PML-N’s victory in the by-polls. The sources said Gilani held PPP’s lacklustre campaign responsible for the rival party’s victory. They added that in addition to appointing Mahmood as the new Punjab governor on Gilani’s recommendation, the president also decided to make the former PM responsible for the PPP’s campaign for upcoming election.

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he second round of voting in egypt’s contentious constitutional referendum was marred by low turnout and delay as the crisis in the country continued. it was expected that the second round of voting would see an even lower turnout at the polls than the first round earlier this month, at which just 32% voted. friday saw clashes between supporters of President Mohamed Morsi and opponents in Alexandria, resulting in 51 arrests. The voting process was divided over two stages because of a shortage of judges to oversee the ballots. Many had gone on strike in protest at a decree issued by Morsi late last month giving him judicial immu-

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nity. Morsi used the powers in the decree to call for a referendum on a draft constitution, whose validity has been disputed. The first round of voting saw 56% in favour of passing the draft constitution. Major cities such as Cairo favoured rejecting the draft, but there was a higher percentage of yes votes in the countryside. hours before polls closed, Morsi’s vicepresident, Mahmoud Mekki, announced his resignation. The move was in part expected since the new charter would eliminate the vice presidency post. But Mekki hinted that the hurried departure could be linked to Morsi’s policies. “i have realized a while ago that the nature of politics don’t suit my professional background as a judge,” his resignation letter, read on state TV, said. he said he had first submitted his resignation last month but events forced him to stay on.

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