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Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
Lahore — Peshawar Edition
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mamnoon to be pml-n’s man in the presidency
govt gets 10 days to resolve missing persons issue
PML-N chief and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday decided to field party loyalist Mamnoon Hussain for the upcoming presidential election after completing consultations with leaders of all coalition partners. In an electoral college of over 500 lawmakers, the PML-N and its allies have sufficient strength to get their joint candidate elected as the future president of the country – an office which is symbolic in terms of authority after the 18th Amendment. page 03
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought from the federation a comprehensive and viable policy regarding missing persons within 10 days. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by the chief justice heard identical petitions for recovery of missing persons on Tuesday. The court directed the government to ensure recovery of missing persons, as the condition of missing persons in detention centres was critical. page 04
arrest me if you can, dares gilani story on page 04
cm to have ‘iron-fist’ reign over punjab lg system
cairo calm after overnight clashes leave 9 dead, 86 injured
The future mayors and chairmen under the proposed local government system will have a strict oversight by the district and provincial administration, with the chief minister likely to retain an “ironhand” on the “unruly” ones as well, Pakistan Today has learnt. Insiders reveal that the new local government system is almost contrary to the Musharraf-era local government ordinance, which gave unlimited financial and administrative powers to town and district nazims. page 04
Calm has been restored on Tuesday after overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi killed nine and injured 86 across Cairo, Giza and Qalioubiya governorate. In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where Morsi opponents stage demonstrations, popular committees (unofficial groups of concerned citizens) have increased their presence at the square’s entrances in an effort to tighten security. page 07
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CCI moot INCoNCluSIve over eNergy PolICy
Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
SHAH DEMANDS ‘FIRST RIGHT’ TO USE GAS PRODUCED IN THE COUNTRY
HE Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Tuesday deferred the approval of the new energy policy following reservations expressed by Sindh and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief ministers. The CCI held its first meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad to devise a new energy policy and to review the law and order situation in Karachi and Quetta. All four chief ministers, concerned ministers and members of the council at-
PM SAYS ENERGY POLICY AIMS AT ENDING LOAD SHEDDING WITHIN FOUR YEARS
tended the meeting to finalise the national energy policy. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah expressed serious reservations over the new energy policy, saying his province produced over 70 percent of the country’s gas, therefore it should have the first right to use it. KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said that he had received the draft of the energy policy just one night ago, giving him no time to examine it carefully. Following reservations by the Sindh and KP chief ministers, a special committee was constituted to review the new policy. The committee is mandated with submitting its report in a week. The committee
Plot to target Nawaz Sharif with suicide bombers foiled A terrorist plot to target Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his residence in Lahore has been foiled by security agencies with the arrest of eight persons, including four alleged suicide bombers, according to a report in the local media. The plot to attack Sharif at his sprawling farmhouse at Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore was uncovered by a joint investigation team of police and intelligence officials which was probing the abduction of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider during the election campaign in May. The team traced a North Waziristan-based militant group that was active in Lahore and plotting to target Sharif with suicide bombers, according to an intelligence report. During a raid in Multan to trace Gilani’s son, security agencies arrested two suspects who belonged to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan factions led by commanders Matiur Rehman and Muhammad Yasin. These suspects divulged the plan to attempt a suicide attack on Sharif at his Raiwind residence. The suspects also revealed the name of Fahim Meo, a resident of Raiwind who was described by officials as a “prime facilitator” of the planned attack. A team of investigators stayed in Raiwind for a week and arrested Meo. Acting on information provided by him, investigators arrested another suspect identified as Usman alias Saifullah Mehmood Iqbal, also a resident of Raiwind. Investigators said Usman owned land adjacent to Sharif’s palatial farmhouse and had direct links with Taliban based in Bannu and North Waziristan. The security agencies also arrested a group of four would-be suicide bombers from North Waziristan while they were travelling from Bannu to Lahore. MONITORING DESK
POWER TARIFF TO BE BROUGHT DOWN TO SINGLE DIGIT
comprising all provinces will review the policy in the light of the constitution. Provincial chief ministers who attended the meeting welcomed the new energy policy and suggested deferring its approval until the report of the committee was furnished. A strategic plan was also discussed in the meeting to improve infrastructure, management and control power theft. The new power policy is believed to be centered on generating cheap energy and decreasing dependence on expensive thermal fuel sources, besides making power distribution and transmission system efficient and bringing down line losses. THREE TO FOUR YEARS
During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said power scarcity was a major problem being faced by the country and concerted efforts were needed to resolve the issue. He said the government’s National Energy Policy aimed at eliminating load shedding in three to four years. The prime minister said the power issue needed a policy which encompassed all dimensions and needed a strong will by the federal government as well as the federating units to make it successful. “Provinces’ role is crucial in making the policy a success,” he added. Nawaz said major problems being faced by the power sector were demand-supply gap, lack of affordability, inefficiency and pilferage. He said the major changes would be brought in the system to overcome these issues. He said Pakistan was producing 45 percent of electricity with furnace oil, which was too expensive for power generation and had led to higher tariffs. The distribution losses that accounted for 25-28 percent and theft of electricity amounting to Rs 140 billion per annum were major cause of the shortfall, he added. Nawaz said the government planned to finish load shedding within next 3-4 years through a multi-pronged strategy. “The strategy includes production of low cost energy, tariff restructuring, efficient technology transparency and meritbased system. Low-cost energy will be produced by using coal and hydel power for power generation. The extraction of coal and development of the infrastructure for power production will be carried out simul-
Nawaz and Kayani discuss national security, Afghanistan ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed with him vital matters pertaining to the country’s internal and external security with focus on efforts afoot to bring peace and stability back to war-torn neighbouring state of Afghanistan. It was on Sunday that Nawaz sent his top adviser on foreign policy and national security, Sartaj Aziz to Kabul to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai and extend to him an invitation to visit Islamabad for discussions on important bilateral and regional issues with focus on Afghanistan reconciliation process. However, President Karzai came up with a lukewarm response to Pakistan’s invitation that led to disappointment among Pakistani authorities in Islamabad. “The efforts of the international community as well as Pakistan’s key role of facilitator in Afghanistan reconciliation process was discussed as priority item in the army chief’s meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz,” said an official privy to the high-level consultations. He said the prime minister and the army chief resolved to continue
with all possible assistance for a meaningful peace dialogue between Kabul, Washington and the Mullah Omar-led Afghan Taliban but they also resented the non-cooperative attitude of President Karzai. The Afghan president blames Pakistan for sidelining him and working to facilitate direct talks between the US officials and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar. Pakistan denies these allegations and says it favours talks between all Afghan groups, including the Taliban and the Karzai administration. Karzai raised his objections to the title of “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” and flag that the Taliban used for their office after it was opened in Doha last month. Karzai’s opposition led to the collapse of the Doha Process and the Taliban also announced shutting their office early this month. The official said Pakistani authorities wanted to allay the concerns of President Karzai during his proposed visit to Islamabad and they also aimed at normalizing strained ties with Kabul but with the Afghan president showing lack of interest in early trip to Islamabad, any movement ahead in the Afghanistan reconciliation process in near future seems a distant possibility. He said the army chief also
had discussions with the prime minister on the internal security situation as well as proposed peace talks with the Hakeemullah Mehsud-led Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). “It was a resolve at the prime minister and the army chief’s meeting that talks would be held with those willing to shun the path of violence but stern action would be taken against the terrorists bent upon destabilising the country,” he said. He said the prime minister also took General Kayani into confidence over his government’s steps for improvement in relations with India. Another official, who also sought anonymity, said Nawaz, in his meeting with General Kayani, also talked about his government’s new energy policy to overcome the grave energy crisis and said that he and his government were taking all possible steps to overcome the serious economic problems being faced by the country. The prime minister also shared the government’s proposal of holding an all parties conference on national security with the army chief. He said according to his information there was no discussion on the appointment of a new army chief during the meeting between the prime minister and General Kayani.
taneously to save time. Till such time that the local coal is available, it will be imported for power consumption. Run of the river projects are being initiated to overcome the short term demands while large dams, including Bunji Dam and Bhasha Dam will be constructed to overcome irrigation needs as well as the power shortage.” SINGLE DIGIT TARIFF The prime minister said the power strategy foresaw bringing down power tariff to single digit in three years. The tariff restructuring was the main feature of the new energy policy through which subsidies would be gradually rationalised. However, consumers using up to 200 units would be provided subsidies, Nawaz said. He told the meeting that mismanagement and inefficiency of WAPDA and other concerned departments was responsible for the power crisis. “It is due to their irresponsibility that we are facing this situation today. They have miserably failed to maintain the system and today our distribution lines cannot bear the burden. At least 1,400 megawatts of electricity can be brought into the system, within one year, only through proper maintenance of the system,” the PM added. He said the government had to take lead in power projects’ implementation strategy. He announced construction of Gaddani Energy Corridor which would provide services to investors for energy production. The provincial chief ministers appreciated the energy policy, but requested the council that they needed to have a detailed analysis of the policy in order to further improve the policy within their sphere.
Nawaz wants to regulate army’s role in policy making ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to regulate the military’s role in the policy making process of the country, the media said on Tuesday, quoting leaked documents. According to the leaked Proposed-Counter-Terrorism-Strategy-Document, the PML-N government in Pakistan wants to establish National Counter Terrorism Force (NCTF) and National Counter Insurgency Force (NCIF) with powers of intelligence and law enforcement, a British-based news website reported. High-ups in Pakistan’s capital believe that army is on the same page about intelligence sharing and tackling terrorism with the civilian leadership. Current problems demand close and quick decisions with mutual understanding from political and military leadership, but no mechanism is available to do so, the report said. “The government in Pakistan believes that the country is facing peculiar circumstances, the elements resorting to insurgency in FATA are also carrying out terrorism in urban centers of Pakistan. They have sympathisers, facilitators, sleeper agents and activists across the country,” it added. “It seems that many factors will continue to enable terrorist groups to grow and to survive: sectarianism and religious extremism including spillover of violence from Afghanistan, presence of foreign militants and their sympathisers in Pakistan, weak control over mullah, mosque and madrassa, radicalization, economic disparity, weak writ of the government and absence of security policy/counter terrorism strategy,” the document further said. The Pakistan Army leadership has given assurance to the elected government about developing the system on national level to control the situation, it said. ONlINE
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Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
all For oNe! ANP, BNP (AWAMI), PML-Q ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR PPP’S RABBANI ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
QUETTA: Children of five people, including three doctors, who were kidnapped on their way to Zhob from Loralai hold a protest for the recovery of their fathers in front of Balochistan Governor’s House on Tuesday. INP
mamNooN to be Pml-N’S maN IN the PreSIdeNCy ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday decided to field party loyalist Mamnoon Hussain for the upcoming presidential election after completing consultations with leaders of all coalition partners. In an electoral college of over 500 lawmakers, the PML-N and its allies have sufficient strength to get their joint candidate elected as the future president of the country – an office which is symbolic in terms of authority after the 18th Amendment. Hussain is serving as senior vice president of the party – a position he claims he will quit after being elected president of the country. When contacted, Hussain confirmed
that he had been nominated the candidate of the ruling party. He said he would file his nomination papers today (Wednesday) as July 24 was the last date for submission of nomination papers in the four provincial capitals and in the federal capital. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, the polling will be held on August 6. A source in the PML-N told Pakistan Today that his party leadership had completed its homework and the leadership of all coalition partners was on board. The source said Hussain’s nomina-
SC aCCePtS Pml-N PetItIoN SeekINg ChaNge IN PreSIdeNtIal eleCtIoN’S date ISLAMABAD
tion was aimed at removing any impressions that the PML-N was a Punjabbased party, rather it hinted that the PML-N chief wanted to capture Sindh keeping in view the “dismal performance” of the PPP in Sindh. “Since the outgoing president hails from Sindh, the PMLN has decided to replace him with another Sindhi. We want to strengthen our party’s roots in Sindh and installing a Sindhi president is an effort in the same direction. Though he is an urbanite Sindhi, his credentials as a Sindhi cannot be challenged,” the PMLN leader, requesting anonymity,
said.Hussain has also served as Sindh governor for a short period of time in 1998. Earlier, the PML-N had shortlisted several names, including Sartaj Aziz, Justice (r) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui and Mamnoon Hussain as candidates for the presidential election. The nomination of Hussain was almost certain as Siddiqui had been fielded by the PML-N for the same slot in 2008 against President Asif Zardari while Aziz is already serving as a close aide on foreign affairs. The PML-N had also summoned Hussain from Karachi to Islamabad two days ago and the premier had informed him about his decision to field Hussain for the slot. Hussain is a veteran PML-N member and remained loyal to the PML-N leadership during the rule of General Pervez Musharraf, but making sure to keep a low profile.
Nawaz’s Saudi trip in jeopardy due to presidential polls LAHORE
The Supreme Court has accepted for initial hearing an application filed by PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq requesting that the presidential elections be held on July 30. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, will hear the case tomorrow. Earlier‚ the PML-N filed an application before the Supreme Court seeking a change in the date of the presidential elections to July 30. The SC was moved after the Election Commission of Pakistan refused to change the earlier set date of August 6. The ECP had stated that it was not constitutionally possible to postpone the elections. The government had requested the commission to reschedule the election as a number of parliamentarians had gone to Saudi Arabia for umra while many were observing aitekaf and all would come back after Eidul Fitr.
Prime Minister Nawz Sharif’s trip to Saudi Arabia is once again in jeopardy and could be delayed due to presidential elections in Pakistan, party sources confided. Nawaz was due to visit Saudi Arabia on his first official visit after becoming prime minister towards the later part of the holy month of Ramadan. Besides engaging the top Saudi leadership, Nawaz was scheduled to spend the night of 27th Ramadan in Mecca, sources disclosed. “The visit seems to have coincided with presidential election which is being held towards the end of Ramadan, making it difficult for the prime minister to execute the visit as planned,” claimed sources. Nawaz was expected to visit the
Kingdom soon after becoming the prime minister. He was due to perform Umrah there after his thumping victory in the May 11 election. Later, it was declared that he would pay visit to Saudi Arabia in June. But instead of going there, Nawaz picked China as the venue for his first visit abroad. To facilitate the visit, Saudi ambassador too was quite active. He even visited Saudi Arabia prior to Nawaz’s expected visit there. Diplomatic sources say Nawaz’s preference for China might not have sat well with the Saudi government, which has high expectations of the new Pakistani leadership. Again, Saudis expected Pakistan to change its foreign policy on international issues to bring it closer to the position adopted by the former.
But contrary to expectations, it remained business as usual in Pakistan. The Saudis feel that there is hardly any departure in the policy from what has been observed in the last five years, a foreign policy expert said. Again, Pakistan’s position on Egypt and Syria is not yet clear, let alone toeing the Saudi line. Among diplomatic circles, it is believed that the Saudi government wields a great influence over Pakistani leadership, especially the Sharifs. Sharifs also enjoy very close ties with present set up in the Kingdom. But so far, both sides are quiet and watchful. Meanwhile, the government has requested the Election Commission not to hold presidential polls in Ramadan due to preoccupation of parliamentarians, but the ECP has flatly turned down the request.
The Awami National Party (ANP), Balochistan National Party (Awami) and Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid) on Tuesday announced their support for the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP’s) presidential candidate Raza Rabbani. A joint sitting of the parliamentary parties, including the PPP, ANP, PML-Q and BNP (Awami), took place at the Parliament House in wake of the upcoming presidential election. During the sitting, the nomination of PPP Senator Rabbani as a presidential candidate was reviewed for which the party sought the support of all allied parties. Kalsoom Perveen, Raza Rabbani, Syed Khurshid Shah, Aitizaz Ahsan, Afrasiyab Khattak, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Qamar Zaman Kaira and other senior leaders from various political parties were present. The PPP and allied parties also formulated a four-member special committee for seeking support from other political parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Nawaz in Rabbani’s favour. It was said that if the PML-N was serious to take on board other political forces in the democratic journey it should have included Rabbani’s name in the presidential candidates it had proposed. The PPP leaders were of the view that Rabbani was the best parliamentarian for the office of president as he had made many sacrifices for the sake of democracy and none of the PML-N candidates were fit to compete against him. Syed Khurshid Shah informed the participants that he contacted Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) Chairman Fazlur Rehman to seek support for Rabbani. Shah also presented a detailed briefing on the electoral votes of various political parties in the parliament. The ANP and BNP (Awami) announced their support for the PPP candidate whereas PML -Q announced its support later after a meeting between Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the four-member PPP committee.
mQm, PtI Sue eaCh other For deFamatIoN KARACHI/ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday filed a defamation suit of Rs 5 billion against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, forcing the PTI to plan to double the stakes and file its own defamation suit against the MQM worth Rs 10 billion. MQM leaders Farooq Sattar and Senator Farogh Naseem personally filed the suit in the Sindh High Court against Khan for his statements “implicating MQM chief Altaf Hussain” in the murder of Zahra Shahid Hussain’s murder. Khan had held Altaf responsible for Zahra’s murder and accused him of inciting violence in Pakistan through his public speeches from London. The MQM was the petitioner, while Khan and his party, the PTI, were made respondents. Later, talking to reporters, Sattar said it had sent a legal notice to Khan but had received no response. He said his party had now filed a petition in the court, demanding Rs 5 billion as compensation. The MQM leader said Khan and his party had hurt the sentiments of the MQM supporters, by hurling baseless allegations against the MQM and its leadership. “Imran showed political immaturity by accusing the MQM of murdering Zahra Shahid,” he said. He said a politically-motivated campaign had been launched on the social media against the MQM and its chief following the murder of Zahra Shahid. Sattar said Khan wanted to disturb peace in Sindh by provoking the people there. He also criticised the PTI for what he said was its failure in maintaining peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. PTI’S SUIT”: Hours later, the PTI decided to file a defamation suit against the MQM doubling the compensation amount. PTI Information Secretary Shireen Mazari said the MQM leaders were continuously defaming PTI leader Khan “therefore, the party has decided to file a defamation suit worth Rs 10 billion against the MQM”. She said lawyers had been consulted in this regard but the final decision would be made after Khan returned home on July 25.
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SC seeks explanation from 19 institutions for refusing audit ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the Accountant General Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) to issue notices again to 19 institutions refusing to subject their accounts for audit and sought a legal and constitutional explanation from these institutions till August for their refusal. A threemember bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the case for hearing. The AGPR presented the report before the SC during the course of the hearing. The AGPR told the court that they contacted the institutions in connection with their audit but they refused without giving any reason. The court was told that there were 19 institutions, including the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Wah Ordinance Factory and Rural Support Programme Punjab which refused to subject their accounts for audit. The court said government institutions were bound to get their accounts audited from the AGPR. It directed all institutions concerned to file their replies in the court on the next hearing. The hearing of the case was adjourned till August 5. ONlINE
details of rs 480 billion circular debt pay-off released ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance released details about the payment of circular debt to oil companies and power producers on Tuesday. A spokesperson of the ministry said in a statement that Rs 480 billion worth of debt was paid and the details of the payments were posted on the official website of the ministry. The total circular debt amounted to Rs 503 billion prior to the payment. The spokesperson said that Rs 23 billion still needed to be paid. The figures and payments have not been independently verified. The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government’s much publicised new energy policy envisages an end to power outages within three years besides phasing out electricity subsidies for all but domestic consumers, using up to 300 units a month. STAFF REPORT
marriage dispute: 6 of a family shot dead in depalpur DEPALPUR: Six members of the same family were gunned down over a marriage dispute in Depalpur early on Tuesday. According to the local police, Tahir Sarwar, a resident of Lalewala area of Hujra, Shah Muqeem got married to Shahnaz Bibi five years ago. The girl’s family was against their marriage. They entered the house of Zahid Sarwar on Monday night and opened fire, killing 22year-old Zahid Sarwar, 25-year-old Tahir, his wife Shahnaz Bibi, 2-yearold Arish Tahir, 9-month-old Adnan Tahir and a guest Hamza Nawaz. Police have shifted the dead bodies to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital for autopsy. ONlINE
govt gets 10 days to resolve missing persons issue ISLAMABAD APP
HE Supreme Court on Tuesday sought from the federation a comprehensive and viable policy regarding missing persons within 10 days. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by the chief justice heard identical petitions for
recovery of missing persons on Tuesday. The court directed the government to ensure recovery of missing persons, as the condition of missing persons in detention centres was critical. The court remarked that the people could not be forcibly picked up and if they had committed crimes, they should be dealt with ac-
cording to the law of the land. During the course of proceedings, the chief justice remarked that it was a primary duty of the state to grant fundamental rights to the citizens and protect the same. The bench contended that government should take missing persons matter seriously, else the court would pass orders
in this regard. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed observed that the court was giving opportunity to the federal government, otherwise the law would take its course. The chief justice remarked that the policy regarding missing persons should be meaningful and that cases of people who were detained in detention
militants torch Nato container in balochistan
centres were not being heard in the courts, with over 500 people remaining detained in these detention centres. The chief justice added that missing persons were not being produced before the courts. The case was adjourned until August 2 following directions to the government to formulate a comprehensive policy.
pml-n to support no-confidence Kate and Will present their baby boy to the world motion against aJK premier MUZAFFARABAD AGENCIES
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to support the noconfidence motion against Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid in the assembly. Two members of the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), submitted a no-confidence motion against him in a surprise attempt to bring an in-house change in the assembly on Monday. The prime minister has failed to alleviate the sufferings of thousands of
survivors of the 2005 earthquake as the infrastructure in the devastated areas is still in a shambles, the MLAs said in the charge-sheet which was submitted along with the no-confidence motion. They also claimed that Premier Majid had failed to highlight the lingering Kashmir dispute at the international level in accordance with the wishes of the AJK people. They alleged massive corruption in several developments projects, including Mirpur Greater Water Scheme, Jinnah Model Town Housing Scheme, Mirpur University of Engineering and Technology, Mirpur Development Authority and the construction of two medical colleges in the state.
arrest me if you can, dares gilani ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said he had come to Islamabad himself because it was being said that the Punjab government was not cooperating in his arrest. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he said, “I have come to Islamabad by myself, and if someone wants to arrest me he can do it. It will also save expenses,” he added. The former PM said he would not produce himself in front of any institution. He said he defended the immunity of President Asif Ali Zardari and would also fully defend himself. “Only parliament has the authority to summon me,” he concluded. The former prime minister said he had heard that the Punjab government was facing difficulties in his arrest so he had come to Islamabad. Commenting on his becoming the PM, Gilani said, “I asked the president not to bring me forth, as Adiyala Jail is not far from the PM House, however, when President Zardari insisted, I was
THE tiny Prince of Cambridge made his first public appearance on Tuesday as his delighted parents left hospital. A beaming Prince William and his proud wife Kate proudly presented their new son to the world as crowds rejoiced throughout the country. Standing outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, the first-time parents smiled and waved to the waiting photographers. The baby is third in line to the throne so the recent
QUETTA: Gunmen torched a container in the Bolan district of Balochistan on Tuesday. Fateh Muhammad, a police officer said two armed militants opened fire at the container in the Dhadar area of Bolan district. He said the container was on its way back from Afghanistan after supplying equipment to NATO troops when it was attacked by militants. The container was stopped and the driver managed to escape. Militants came close and set the container on fire by using petrol. The militants fled the scene after the strike. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Police and levies men reached the spot as an investigation into the incident is now underway. STAFF REPORT
Suicide bomber on donkey kills 3 Nato soldiers in afghanistan
change to the law of succession will have no effect until the new prince has his own children. On Tuesday morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanked the hospital staff who delivered their baby, describing the care they received as “tremendous”. Last night, 31-year-old William told of their joy and said: “We could not be happier.” They expressed their gratitude to the medical team at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London after their son was born at the unit at 4.24pm on Monday, weighing 8lb 6oz.
GHAZNI: A suicide bomber on Tuesday rode a donkey into an Afghan and NATO military convoy, killing three western soldiers and their Afghan interpreter. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force confirmed three casualties in a bombing in eastern Afghanistan but gave no details. Afghan authorities said the attack happened in Wardak province, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, just south of the capital Kabul. Wardak is traversed by the highway between Kabul and southern and western provinces, including the key city of Kandahar in the south. AGENCIES
Kasuri calls for improving ties with india, afghanistan LAHORE STAFF REPORT
left with no choice other than taking charge of the Prime Minister’s Office.” Gilani said that he had completed the sentence for his cases prior to taking charge as the prime minister and had been acquitted in cases. To a question, he said the courts wanted to rule the country.
Leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri on Tuesday stressed additional focus on Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan to address major political and economic problems the country is facing. Addressing a press conference, Kasuri said that Pakistan also needs to develop a greater understanding with the US on the post-2014 Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai’s sporadic outbursts aimed at strengthening his deteriorating political position at home persist as the date for the April 2014 Afghan election approaches,” he said. Regardless of the difficulties associated with the process, Pakistan must persist in the resumption of the dialogue via Taliban’s office in Doha, Kasuri said. “Agreements among the Taliban and the Afghans and among the Taliban and the US remain essential for Pakistan to avoid a situation similar to that
following the Soviet Union’s exit from Afghanistan,” Kasuri pointed out. “A lot of progress was made on Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek via the recently established backchannel with India but now the Pakistani government needs to convince its Indian counterpart that besides the welcomed CBMs, additional developments on Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek are a requisite for longterm peace between the two neighbours. Resumption of the 2007’s dialogue is a possible solution,” Kasuri added.
cm to have ‘iron-fist’ reign over punjab lg system LAHORE UMAIR AzIz
The future mayors and chairmen under the proposed local government system will have a strict oversight by the district and provincial administration, with the chief minister likely to retain an “iron-hand” on the “unruly” ones as well, Pakistan Today has learnt. Insiders reveal that the new local government system is almost contrary to the Musharrafera local government ordinance, which gave unlimited financial and administrative powers to town and district nazims.
They believe the new system will revive the office of the deputy commissioner (except for the magisterial powers) who will maintain a complete oversight on the elected mayor (for cities) and chairman (for rural areas). The bifurcation of urban and rural areas within the same district will further undermine these elected offices in the face of the “strong” DC backed by the provincial government. “Another mechanism for maintaining a check on the unruly mayors and chairmen is the Punjab local government commission, which can always ‘recommend’ action against them
upon receiving ‘complaints’. The CM will be the ultimate authority to decide their fate, to ensure the local governments remain within the executive authority of the government,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity. The provision of the special audit of the spending of these offices also lies with the provincial government through its Local Government Department. Official sources, however, maintained that the urban-rural divide introduced in the new system was its hallmark, while the “nitty-gritty” of the system was still being deliberated upon.
According to further details, the urban side of every district will have municipal committees/corporations, while the rural side comprising a zila council. For cities, people will elect councillors from wards who will be members of the municipal corporation and elect a mayor from among themselves. Voters will elect a chairman in the union councils for rural areas, while a zila council chairman will be elected by the chairmen of UCs. They will have powers over municipal functions including water, sanitation, fumigation, etc, all of which have already been defined. The sources further maintained
that the government also planned to remove executive district officers (EDOs) of education and health and establish district health and education committees in their stead. Stakeholders, however, rap the Punjab regime for moving towards a centralist setup confining all powers in the office of the chief minister and only dividing it up amongst bureaucrats below him. “During the previous tenure, the government restored the office of the commissioner, while now the elected offices are being bifurcated compared to the office of DC, all to maintain own control,” a legal expert added.
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misappropriation of insurance funds – just an ethical issue?
HR DMD ‘illegally’ transfers Rs 300,000 to his personal account for father’s medical treatment LAHORE UMAIR AzIz
OTHING appears to be more ‘emergent and important’ than the health of the father of Punjab Education Department Human Resource (HR) Deputy Managing Director (DMD) Amir Iftikhar Ahmad who allegedly misappropriated Rs 300,000 from the department’s emergency health insurance funds which were gathered by the department’s employees through a monthly installment. A PEF official told Pakistan Today, “The DMD transferred the total amount of the emergency allowance into his personal account for the medical treatment of his father. During this time employees made several requisitions to acquire funds from the pool but their request was rejected time and again by the DMD, making one excuse after another.” The official informed that the matter surfaced at a meeting held by PEF Chairman Raja Anwer who had been on medical leave. Differ-
PEF employees deprived of emergency health insurance funds
ent heads of departments brought the matter to the knowledge of the chairman over the “blatant misuse” of power and authority. DEPRIVED: Sources reveal that the hard earned money of the department’s employees was not made available to the employees themselves in the need of the hour. One of the employees also dispatched an application, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, to the Punjab chief secretary, secretary education, chief minister’s monitoring teams and various other high government offices, explaining the matter in detail. A handout issued by PEF HR Department to its employees indicated that the contract for the ongoing year was given to Adamjee Insurance Company to cover medical expenses of its employees, for which monthly installments are deposited. The company has an emergency pool of a maximum of Rs 5,000 for each employee to cover emer-
gency medical expenses. SAVING THE SKIN? Sources told Pakistan Today that the PEF employees fear that senior officials in the department were trying to save Amir’s skin. While Amir was instructed by the chairman to deposit the entire amount back into the account, some senior employees were of the view that anybody involved in ‘misplacing’ funds should be dealt with strictly instead of being pardoned after returning the amount. “The PEF deals with donation money coming from international agencies and doles out money to
HR DMD returns money, says he had an ‘understanding’ with insurance company
schools across Punjab. This will imply any officer misusing funds, if caught, can get away with handing the money back with no accountability,” said a senior officer. According to the PEF chairman, “Even the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) offers fraudsters to deposit back money acquired by unfair means.” He further stated that no one has the authority to withdraw those funds except the Finance DMD, so misusing public money is out of the question. JUST AN ETHICAL ISSUE? DMD (Finance) Salman Anwer confirmed that Amir did not withdraw any money from the fund but transferred health insurance money meant for all employees into his account. “It is more of an
The DMD transferred the total amount of the emergency allowance into his personal account for the medical treatment of his father. During this time employees made several requisitions to acquire funds from the pool but their request was rejected time and again by the DMD, making one excuse after another official PEF
ethical issue,” he said. To a question, he said Amir was responsible for selecting the insurance firm on behalf of all the employees every year. “Investigations have been completed and the amount has been deposited back into the account,” he added. DMD (HR) Amir Iftikhar confessed that he did use health insurance money for his ailing father’s treatment but not public money. “It is our understanding with the insurance company that if we need more money, we can take it from them and can return it later,” he said. To a question, he said no one was denied claims for insurance money. “It is grossly incorrect if any employee claims that his requisition for emergency pool remained pending.”
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Hec to establish Hajvery sufism chair LAHORE APP
HE Higher Education Commission (HEC) would be establishing a ‘Hajvery Sufism Chair’ dedicated to the renowned Saint Ali Hajveri at one of its universities. HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari revealed this at the event of the Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS), an alliance of 16 universities across the country. The main purpose of the chair would be to undertake various academic activities for the promotion of peace, tolerance, and interfaith harmony and understanding Sufism. Dr Laghari has instructed HEC Senior Fellow and Member Governing Board University of Health Sciences Lahore Professor Hussain Mubasshir to prepare a draft in this regard. IUCPSS Chairperson Professor Muhammad Nizam ud din termed the announcement as a positive step and ‘need of the hour’. He extended thanks on behalf of the IUCPSS for accepting the proposal of the consortium members, and over collaborative efforts for the promotion of social sciences in the country. Renowned columnist and writer Atta ul Haq Qasim appreciated the HEC initiative and said that it is need of hour to promote the true
lawyer’S FamIly’S kIller Nabbed LAHORE: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Police Johar Town on Tuesday arrested the killers of a lawyer’s wife and daughter shot dead inside their house. As per details, unidentified men opened fire and killed the wife and daughter of a lawyer Shahid Hussain, a resident of Johar Town, after forcibly entering inside their house on Monday. Following investigations, the CIA Police arrested Manzoor Dogar who hired professional killers to carry out the killings. Meanwhile, investigations are underway to arrest other known associates of Manzoor and he has been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation. Dead bodies have been handed over to the relatives of the deceased after post mortem. BODY RECOVERED: A dead body of an unidentified woman, 30, was recovered on Tuesday from the Canal in the area of Shahkam Chowk Sundar. The Police shifted the dead body to the morgue for post mortem. ELECTROCUTED: A man identified as Rashid was electrocuted on Tuesday while trying to fix a broken electricity connection. The man’s body has been handed over to his family. POLICE RAID: Punjab Food Department officials along with the Chung Police sealed off a factory in eMe Housing Society on Tuesday involved in making substandard food items and drinks. The Police recovered substandard items including tomato ketchup and mayonnaise along with other food items and arrested the factory owner, Mazhar, along with three workers. Further investigations are underway. Moreover, the police claimed that Mazhar was also involved in electricity theft. STAFF REPORT
message of Islam which is based upon affection, mutual respect, and peace as preached by all Muslim saints in the subcontinent. Professor Hussain Mubasshir hoped that this Sufism chair would open a new chapter of Sufi values which would lead to the formation of a role model institution followed by inculcation of peace, tolerance and brotherhood among the people of Pakistan. Saint Ali hajvery was a great author of his time and wrote many books, including Diwan e She'r; Minhaj ud din; Al Bayan Lahal AlAyyan; Israr ul Kharq Wal Mauniyat; Behr ul Quloob, Kitab Fana Wa Baqa; Birri’ayat Be Huqooq Ullah, Kashf ul Israr, Sharah e Kalam and Kashf ul Mahjub. He also had brilliant knowledge of the Holy Quran, Islamic history, jurisprudence and Fiqh (logic) that is testified by the treasure trove in the classic book Kashf ul Mahjub. He lived in Lahore for 21 years and died at the age of 65 in 465 A.H and is buried in Lahore. The supreme mission of the Saint was to make the people understand the true essence of Islam. He possessed great debating skills and profoundness of thought and travelled extensively throughout the world including Tabaristan, Farghana, Azerbaijan, Tabrez, Baghdad, Balkh, Merv, Turkmenistan, Damascus, Samarkand, Eygpt, Nishapur, Hijaz, Isphahan, Khurasan and Kirman.
rS 40.96 mIllIoN releaSed For SalarIeS oF Zakat PaId StaFF LAHORE APP
Provincial Minister for Zakat and Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran said that an amount of Rs 40.94 million had been released for payment of two months salaries to the Zakat paid staff so that they could celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in a befitting manner. He expressed these views while presiding over a special meeting held in connection with releasing amount for salaries to Zakat paid staff and Eid grant for Zakat deserving people on Tuesday. The minister disclosed that an amount of Rs 200.42 million as Eid grant had reached in the accounts of chairmen of all district Zakat committees of the province. He said that instructions had been issued to all district Zakat officers and district Zakat committees’ chairmen to distribute the amount among deserving persons before Ramadan 20. He warned that strict action would be taken for not distributing amount on time or showing any negligence in this regard. Secretary Zakat and Ushr Jehanzeb Khan, Zakat Administrator Muhammad Yousaf Butt, Zakat Deputy Administrator (Field) Rana Muhammad Sajjad Babar and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
no problem with sarwar: mnas, mpas LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)’s members of national and provincial assemblies belonging to Southern Punjab have said that Muhammad Sarwar was highly respected for his valuable services to Pakistan in social, political and economic sectors. In their joint statement issued on Wednesday, Punjab Assembly Acting Speaker Sher Ali Khan, members of National Assembly Tahir Bashir Cheema, Alam Daad Lalika, Ali Hassan Gillani and Najeeb ud Din Awaisi and members of Punjab Assembly Zahid Akram, Rana Rauf, Shaukat Ali Lalika, Ijaz Shafi,
Chaudhary Khalid, Shoaib Awasi, Khalid Waran and Chaudhary Shafique said that by renouncing his British citizenship Sarwar has shown that he was a true patriot. They observed that despite being a member of the British Parliament he played a highly significant role in strengthening mutual ties between Pakistan and Britain and working in the
best interest of Pakistan. The statement from the PML-N leadership from South was issued following reports and comments against the party’s decision to appoint Sarwar as the new governor of Punjab. The members of the assemblies said that the decision by the leadership with regards to the post of governor of Punjab would be accepted wholeheartedly. They refuted the impression that MNAs and MPAs from South Punjab have expressed reservations on suggesting Sarwar as Punjab governor and showed complete confidence in Sarwar.
Chinese diplomat names CM as ‘Shahbaz Speed’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A Chinese diplomat during the meeting of Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong with Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif keenly appreciated the devotion of the Punjab chief minister for the completion of work and implementation on public welfare projects. The Chinese diplomat said that Shahbaz was working with the speed of light. “When Shahbaz decides to start any work, he completes it at all costs,” he added. He said that the speed with which the chief minister has completed the development projects was unbelievable. He said, “It seems that there is another speed like speed of light behind
the completion of metro bus and other projects in a record period.” Terming “Shahbaz Speed” to this speed, the Chinese diplomat said that in this way a new term in the world of science has been introduced. He said that people of Punjab not only deserve congratulation of having a chief minister like Shahbaz but his steps were also worth emulating for other provinces.
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CaIro Calm aFter overNIght ClaSheS leave 9 dead, 86 INjured CAIRO
ALM has been restored on Tuesday after overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi killed nine and injured 86 across Cairo, Giza and Qalioubiya governorate. In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where Morsi opponents stage demonstrations, popular committees (unofficial groups of concerned citizens) have increased their presence at the
square’s entrances in an effort to tighten security. Clashes broke out on Monday when Morsi supporters en route to the US embassy attacked anti-Morsi protesters in nearby Tahrir Square. Rocks were exchanged as well as gunshots. One person died and at least 23 were injured during the violence. In Giza, popular committees are in place in Nahda Square, near Cairo University, where six people died on Monday when Morsi supporters clashed with local residents and unknown assailants. Popular committees are checking the identity cards of anyone trying to join the sit-in that has
been ongoing since Morsi was deposed on 3 July. The Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, blamed “thugs” and police for the deaths. Nine people were killed and 86 injured in the Egyptian governorates of Cairo, Giza and Qalioubiya during Monday clashes between pro and anti Morsi protesters, said Health Ministry official Khaled El-Khatib. Six were killed in clashes in Giza while three were killed in Qalioubiya governorate and Tahrir Square. From the 86 injured, 12 people suffered minor injuries and were released from multiple hospitals, while 74 are
still being treated, El-Khatib said in an official statement on Tuesday. In Qalioubiya, north of Cairo, two 18year-olds were killed by gunshots in clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, according to the health ministry. Security was able to reopen the CairoAlexandria agricultural road, which they said was closed for six hours by Morsi supporters, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website. In the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, tens of people were injured when unknown assailants attacked a pro-Morsi march as it
headed to the Daqahliya governorate headquarters, leaving at least 15 injured. In Damietta, pro and anti Morsi protesters also locked horns at El-Sa’a Square. In Giza, where Morsi loyalists have been staging a sit-in at Nahda Square in front of Cairo University following 30 June protests, unknown assailants opened fire on them. Tens of cars belonging to the protesters were smashed and torched. Police arrived on the scene shortly and fired teargas in an attempt to end violence. 14 protesters suffered breathing difficulties due to teargas inhalation, reported AlAhram Arabic news website. Supporters and opponents of Morsi exchanged fire in Egypt’s Giza Square, which is located a few blocks away from the proMorsi sit-in in Nahda Square. At least six were killed and dozens injured in Giza, which has become a recent scene for clashes. The Muslim Brotherhood blamed what it described as “thugs” and the police forces for the deaths.
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KHAn AL-ASSAL: free Syrian Army fighters move through a hole in a wall in this northern Syrian town. AGENCIES
US congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebels WASHINGTON AGENCIES
President Barack Obama will move forward with a plan for the United States to arm the struggling Syrian rebels after some congressional concerns were eased, officials said on Monday. “We believe we are in a position that the administration can move forward,” House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told Reuters. The White House announced in June that it would offer military aid to vetted groups of Syrian rebels after two years of balking at directly sending arms to the opposition. “We have been working with Congress to overcome some of the concerns that they initially had, and we believe that those concerns have been addressed and that we will now be able to proceed,” a source familiar with the administration’s thinking told Reuters on condition of anonymity. But both Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees had expressed worries that the arms could end up in the hands of Islamist militants in Syria like the Nusra Front, and would not be enough to tip the balance of the civil war against President Bashar alAssad anyway. Part of the logjam was broken on July 12 when members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who had questioned the wisdom of arming the insurgents decided behind closed doors to tentatively agree that the administration could go ahead with its plans, but sought updates as the covert effort proceeded. Now, the House committee has also given at least a cautious go-ahead. “It is important to note that there are
still strong reservations,” Rogers said. “We got a consensus that we could move forward with what the administration’s plans and intentions are in Syria consistent with committee reservations.” The source familiar with the administration’s thinking said, “The committees were persuaded and we will be able to move forward.” The timeline was unclear, but supporters of the rebels hope the deliveries of US-provided arms will start in August. They hope for “a large number of small weapons” such as rifles and basic anti-tank weapons, said Louay Sakka, a co-founder of the Syrian Support Group, which backs the Free Syrian Army fighting Assad. Committee sessions on arming the rebels are classified and have been held in secret. Senior government figures like Secretary of State John Kerry have briefed lawmakers behind closed doors to persuade them to back the White House’s Syria strategy. Rogers said he still had “very strong concerns” about the plan’s chances of success. REBELS LAGGING: The mostly Sunni Muslim rebels have been struggling since government forces, helped by Lebanese Hezbollah allies, took the strategic town of Qusair in early June. Backed by warplanes and artillery, Assad is much better armed than the rebels. Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, opposes sending US arms to the rebels. “It’s too late to affect the outcome with a small amount of arms,” Schiff said. “I think we would have to provide such a massive amount of arms, and additional military support to change the balance on the battlefield, that we would inevitably be drawn deeply into the civil war,” he said.
al Qaeda claims Iraq prison raids, says 500 inmates freed BAGHDAD AGENCIES
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons and said more than 500 inmates had been set free in the operation, one of its most brazen in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, formed earlier this year through a merger of al Qaeda’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq, said it had stormed the high-security jails after months of preparation. Monday’s attacks came exactly a year after the leader of al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch, Abu Bakr alBaghdadi, launched a “Breaking the Walls” campaign that made freeing its imprisoned members a top priority, the group said in a statement. Sunni Islamist militants have in recent months been regaining momentum in their insurgency against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government, which came to power after the US invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. The group said it had deployed suicide attackers, rockets, and 12 car bombs, killing 120 Iraqi guards and SWAT forces in the attacks in Taji and Abu Ghraib, the prison made notorious a decade ago by photographs showing abuse of prisoners by US soldiers.“In response to the call of the mujahid (holy warrior) Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to seal the blessed plan of “Breaking the Walls”... the mujahideen brigades set off after months of preparation and planning to target two of the biggest prisons of the Safavid government,” read the statement posted on militant forums. Safavid is a reference to the dynasty that ruled Iran from the 16th to 18th centuries and is used by hardline Sunnis as a derogatory term for Shia Muslims.
China on Tuesday ordered a five-year suspension of the construction of new official buildings, state media reported, in the latest move by President Xi Jinping to crack down on extravagance and pervasive corruption. The decision was “made in accordance with the country’s frugality campaign”, official news agency Xinhua said. Some structures built in violation of regulations had tainted the image of the Communist Party and stirred vehement public disapproval, the agency said. “The directive called on all party and government bodies to be frugal and ensure that government spending goes toward developing the economy and boosting people’s wellbeing,” it added. The ban also covered “glitzy structures” built as training centers, hotels or government motels, it said.
Numerous scandals in recent years have centered on extravagant expenditure on new government buildings by officials, often in poverty-struck inland regions. Some local governments have embezzled poverty-alleviation and disaster-relief funds to build for themselves offices and other facilities that sometimes resemble high-end resorts. Xi, who took office in March, has made the fight on graft a key objective of his administration, and the party has already targeted everything from the use of government cars to liquor served at official banquets. Corruption is so bad it could hurt the party’s grip on power, Xi has warned although so far few high-level officials have been caught in his dragnet and the party has shown no sign of wanting to set up an independent graft-fighting body. Similar orders in the past to rein in construction of over-the-top government buildings have had little apparent effect.
paris backs veil ban, police after ‘unacceptable’ violence PARIS AGENCIES
The French government on Tuesday condemned as “unacceptable” weekend violence in a Paris suburb triggered by the country’s ban on full-face veils and strongly defended the controversial law. Two senior members of the government, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Interior Minister Manuel Valls, spoke following the violence in the suburb of Trappes. The unrest erupted after a man was detained for allegedly attacking a police officer who had stopped his wife over her full-face veil — a practice that is banned in France, outraging some in the Muslim community. Ayrault said the subsequent violence was “unacceptable” and called on everyone to respect the law.
Speaking in Grenoble, Ayrault said: “We are a state of law in a republic and the law must be respected by all.... It is the role of the police and the role of justice to enforce it. Laws cannot simply be enforced by waving a magic wand.” He added that “what had happened in Trappe in the last few days is unacceptable”. Ayrault also called on the rightwing opposition to act “responsibly” and back the government as, he said, the Socialists had in 2005 during another period of suburban rioting. Valls earlier said there would be no retreat from the law on veils. “The law banning the full-face veil is a law for women.... It is not for a second a law against Islam,” he told RTL radio. “It is a law against practices that have nothing to do with our traditions and our values, and the police did their work perfectly well.”
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NEWS Wednesday 24 July, 2013
aPC must consider wishes of terror-hit people: speakers
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Pta using defamatory tactics to pressure petitioner ISLAMABAD
SUGGEST PM TO TAKE MILITARY LEADERSHIP INTO CONFIDENCE BEFORE FORMING STRATEGY ON TERRORISM PESHAWAR
HE province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) are badly affected by violence, terrorism and uncertainty, therefore, the federal government needs to keep in mind interests, wishes and expectations of its people in the proposed All Parties Conference (APC). It was resolved in a pre-APC dialogue held under the auspices of Aman Tehreek at Peshawar on Tuesday The participants said that maximum efforts should be made for return of peace to the province and an end to violence, terrorism and aggression in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. The speakers representing different political forces and civil society organisations discussed in depth the concerns of
100-ft wide breach in canal inundates crops, localities KHANPUR
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA regarding security situation. Beside others, Awami National Party’s Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Arbab Tahir, National Party’s Syed Mukhtar Bacha, Engineer Ghani Gul Mehsud, Jamaat Islami’s Israr Ullah Advocate and Dr Iqbal Khalil, Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam (F) Abdul Jalil Jan, Haidar Mohmand of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Aman Tehrik’s Zar Ali Khan, Arshad Haroon, Dr Said Alam Mehsud, SAFMA’s Shamim Shahid and Engineer Tor Gul Chamkani of Shaheed Bhutto Foundation expressed their views in the dialogue. However, no one either from the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf or its coalition partner Quami Watan Party attended the dialogue. Syed Mukhatar Bacha of the National Party said that leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) must have regretted as their central high command had already announced to convene the APC.
The participants discussed in depth the existing law and order situation, particularly the ongoing terrorism and militancy, which badly affected the region and its people. In this connection, they discussed in depth the role of different stakeholders like the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies. The participants unanimously supported the idea of dialogue and negotiations with militants for an end to terrorism. However, there were divisions amongst the participants about the use of military action after failure of negotiations. Similarly, they also unanimously suggested Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take military leadership into confidence regarding framing a strategy for tackling the issue of terrorism. Regarding US and Afghanistan, major stakeholders in the ongoing war on terror, the participants said the government needed to first ensure protection to sovereignty and solidarity of the country with not only bringing an end to drone attacks but also flushing away all foreign militants from the area. In this respect, the
participants observed that unless confidence building amongst US, Pakistan and Afghanistan were carried out, no one could resolve the issue. Through the declaration, the participants of pre-APC dialogue first ever of its kind after May 11, 2013 general elections, resolved that responsibilities rested with the state for ensuring safety to lives and properties of the citizens. In this respect, the government must go ahead according to the constitution for restoration writ of law in case of failure of dialogues with the militants. For building confidence, the participants suggested militants to stop violence and the government was suggested to declare a ceasefire. It was also suggested to keep in mind resolutions of previous parliaments and APC’s held under the auspices of PPP, JUI-F and ANP in previous five years. It was also demanded to go for detailed data collection and assessment of human and property losses as a result of terror acts in the province and FATA. Efforts should be accelerated for resolving the issues of FATA and its people as per the wishes of tribesmen, the speakers suggested.
Court grants 10-day extension in Sadiq’s physical remand
Sugarcane, cotton crops and some localities were inundated when a 100-feet wide breach developed in Aab-e-Hayat Canal at Chak 5-P on Tuesday. Canal water entered Chak 5-P, Basti Haji Akbar Ali Bhular, Basti Laran, Dewan Khoha and various other localities of Mauza Wahi. Bahawalpur Canal Chief Engineer Malik Khurshiduz Zaman and member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Chaudhry Muhammad Ijaz Shafi rushed to the spot and ordered the plugging of the breach. The chief engineer said stern action would be taken against the officers responsible. Meanwhile, people from the affected localities staged a protest demonstration against the canal department and demanded the authorities concerned to plug the breach and compensate their loss.
Security of aC judge withdrawn ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Leaving the Accountability (AC) Court judge, Mohammad Bashir, in a high security risk that too when he is hearing a highly sensitive reference against Tauqir Sadiq in OGRA corruption case, all security men have been withdrawn after instructions by higher authorities. As per media reports, the security has been withdrawn from July 17. Only one security personnel has been deployed each in his courtroom and for his (judge’s) personal security. Sources said the request was made several times to the IG, DIG and SP to return security to the judge but concerned officers refused doing so. The police officials said that orders of withdrawing the security were received from higher authorities. On the other side, Tauqir Sadiq revealed during investigation that he had three houses in DHA Lahore. Two of them were his private property while one belonged to his uncle Abdul Ghafoor, Tauqir was quoted as having said.
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday extended the physical remand of former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman Tauqir Sadiq for 10 more days. Amid tight security, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced the accused before Accountability Court Islamabad During the hearing, the NAB investigators requested the court to give a 14-day further extension in the remand of the accused. Sadiq, who is facing Rs 82 billion corruption charges, told the court that he was being tortured by the NAB in-
vestigators. He had earlier alleged that the NAB investigators led by Waqas Khan were threatening to severely torture him. He said he was being wrongly implicated in the case. Through his counsel, the accused requested the court for a judicial remand. However, the NAB sought a 14-day extension in his physical remand. The judge extended the physical remand of the accused for further 10 days. Previously, Supreme Court after declaring Sadiq’s appointment as OGRA chairman illegal on November 25, 2012 had ordered the NAB to arrest him. However, the accused, who is a close relative of Pakistan
People’s Party(PPP) senior leader Jahangir Badr, in connivance with some influential politicians managed to flee the country although his name was on the Exit Control List. Later, he was declared as proclaimed offender and brought back by the NAB from Dubai Besides other corruption charges Sadiq was also accused of converting the operating income of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines(SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) into non-operating income, resulting in Rs 38 billion additional burden on consumers and eroding the gas development surcharge. He was also accused of receiving heavy kickbacks from various projects in OGRA.
Bytes For All strongly condemns the biased and one-sided account of a meeting between Bytes for All (B4A) and Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) that has been narrated in a section of the press. We believe this is a concerted effort by the authorities to defame Bytes For All and undermine the struggle against online censorship by the state. Articles appearing in the section of the press in question present a completely one-sided and false account ignoring Bytes For All’s side of the story. On the directives of the Lahore High Court, a team of independent technology experts and Bytes For All met PTA and other stakeholders on July 23. During the meeting, Bytes For All categorically opposed any and all forms of online censorship, citing that online freedom of speech is critically important for the nascent democracy in Pakistan. According to Bytes For All, online censorship will ultimately affect common users by limiting access to content, while also negatively impacting the socio-economic well-being of citizens. Waseem Tauqir, Director General (Planning and Strategy) PTA conducted the meeting in a facetious manner, disregarding and refusing to entertain numerous queries by the Bytes For All team and independent experts. He went as far as threatening to end the proceedings prematurely and frequently gave shut-up calls when posed with tough questions. The meeting was also disrupted by belligerent PTA staffers, who attempted to engage Bytes For All’s counsel in a shouting match, claiming that “you can go to the court if you want and name me”. The Bytes For All team also shared its findings regarding the presence of the notorious mass-surveillance software, NetSweeper, in Pakistan. While the DG initially shied away from the subject, but upon insistence, admitted that the software was indeed used to filter web URLs and was even “repaired by the vendor (NetSweeper)”. This casual admission was shocking for the Bytes For All team, as well as many of the independent experts there, who tried to probe the DG for more details but with little success. On the subject of reopening YouTube, PTA maintained that it could not block secure HTTPS URLs without compromising the entire domain, hence they could not unblock the site. Bytes For All representatives raised the issue of a video by local musicians Beghairat Brigade, which was hosted at Vimeo.com (which is an HTTPS site) and remained blocked for several days. The blocking of the Beghairat Brigade video was witnessed and reported by thousands of individuals across Pakistan and abroad, even as the rest of the website functioned perfectly. At this point, when Bytes For All’s counsel pointed out the contradiction in the DG’s claim, Tauqir took offence and ended discussion on this point by instructing the individual tasked with taking minutes to note down the PTA’s stance on the matter, without heeding the note of dissent voiced by experts. When the discussion took a turn towards the nature of online censorship in Pakistan, the policies and the persons who were the competent authorities, PTA deflected responsibility onto Ministry for Information Technology. A representative of the MoIT, in turn, stated that all policy decisions regarding online censorship were taken by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Telecom. However, when asked exactly what constitutes blasphemy, both PTA and MoIT were of the view that this was a highly subjective matter and did not fall within their purview. It was also at this point that Bytes For All’s representatives suggested that parliament be requested to use its sovereign authority and define exactly what constitutes blasphemous content.
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the droNe SeCret IS out! LEAKED REPORT CONFIRMS HIGH CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL IN CIA DRONE STRIKES MONITORING DESK
secret document obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals for the first time the Pakistan government’s internal assessment of dozens of drone strikes, and shows scores of civilian casualties. The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan – despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 civilians may have died in the nine-year campaign. The internal document shows Pakistani officials too found that CIA drone strikes were killing a significant number of civilians – and have been aware of those deaths for many years. Of 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes outlined in the document, at least 147 of the dead are clearly stated to be civilian victims, 94 of those are said to be children. The confidential 12-page summary paper, titled Details of Attacks by NATO Forces/Predators in FATA was prepared by government officials in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Based on confidential reports from a network of government agents in the field, it outlines 75 separate CIA drone strikes between 2006 and late 2009 and provides details of casualties in many of the attacks. Five attacks alleged to be carried out by NATO or other unspecified forces are also listed. The numbers recorded are much higher than those provided by the US administration, which continues to insist that no more than 50 to 60 ‘non-combatants’ have been killed by the CIA across the entire nine years of Pakistan bombings. New CIA director John Brennan has described claims to the contrary as ‘intentional misrepresentations’. The document shows that during the 2006-09 period covered, when Pakistan’s government and military were privately supporting the CIA’s campaign, officials had extensive internal knowledge of high civilian casualties. A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Bureau the present Pakistani government opposes drone strikes: ‘Pakistan’s position on drone strikes has been stipulated on several occasions. The drone strikes violate our sovereignty and international law. These also entail human rights and humanitarian implications.’ A former Political Agent for North Waziristan who was shown the leaked report by the Bureau says he does not believe the casualty figures to be exaggerated. ‘There was no benefit in officials “cooking the books” here, since this document was clearly never intended to be seen outside the civilian administration,’ said Rauf Khan Khattak, who also recently served in Pakistan’s caretaker government.
3 separate sources The leaked document – which the Bureau obtained from three separate sources – is based on field reports by government officials rather than on media coverage. The Bureau understands that the document is continually updated as attacks occur – although the copy obtained ends with a strike on October 24 2009. Prepared for the FATA Secretariat – the political administration of the tribal areas – the document was never intended for public release. Since no individual victims are named, the Bureau has assessed that it is safe to publish the paper in its entirety.The document often includes fresh information on strikes, for example confirming the location and target of a September 2 2008 CIA attack, only previously alluded to in a US intelligence document. The newly released paper gives a precise location and casualty count for that strike,
noting: “Predator attack was made on the house of Bakhtawar Khan Daur, Mohammad Khel, Tehsil Datta Khel Miranshah. One injured.” According to former officials familiar with the process, the internal casualty data listed in the document would have been collated through an extended network of government contacts. Each tribal area such as North Waziristan is administered by a Political Agent and his assistants. Beneath them are agents known as tehsildars and naibs who gather information when drone strikes occur – the names and identities of those killed, damage to property and so on. Additional information is also drawn from the khassadar – the local tribal police – and from paid informants in villages. ‘What you end up with in these reports is reasonably accurate, because it comes from on-the-ground sources cultivated over many years. And the political agent is only interested in properly understanding what actually happened,’ says former official Rauf Khan Khattak.
key document Both the US and Pakistani authorities have historically been wary of releasing casualty data for the ‘secret’ CIA campaign. However in March, UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC – who is carrying out an investigation into drone strikes – said that Pakistani officials had now produced estimates of civilians killed in CIA drone attacks. Emmerson stated that Islamabad ‘has been able to confirm that at least 400 civilians had been killed as a result of drone strikes, and that a further 200 individuals were regarded as probable non-combatants. Officials indicated that due to under-reporting and obstacles to effective investigation on the ground these figures were likely to be under-estimates of the number of civilian deaths.’ In contrast, leaked US intelligence documents recently obtained by news agency McClatchy show the CIA rarely admits to civilian deaths in Pakistan. Yet the internal document obtained by the Bureau shows that for years Pakistani officials were noting privately what news media and researchers were already reporting publicly – that significant numbers of civilians were indeed being killed in CIA attacks. In a US strike on the village of Damadola in January 2006, for example, officials noted: ‘05 children 05 women and 6 mens [sic] all civilians’ died. Press reports at the time indicated that between 10 and 18 civilians had died. On four other occasions, tribal officials privately reported civilian deaths where the media had reported none. On June 14 2009, for example, FATA officials secretly noted that an attack on a vehicle which killed three people was on ‘a civilian pickup truck’. No Urdu or Englishlanguage media at the time reported any civilian deaths. Most controversially, tribal officials re-
ported back to Islamabad in October 2006 that 81 civilians, all but one of whom were described as children, were killed in a single drone strike on a religious school in Bajaur Agency. According to officials, the casualties were ‘80 children 01 men all civilian’. It was widely reported at the time that scores of children had died: Pakistani newspaper The News published the names and ages of 69 children, under the UN definition of a child as being under 18 years old. The discrepancy appears to be because the FATA Secretariat has also classified older students killed as children. As with all early CIA drone strikes, Pakistan’s military had initially claimed it was responsible for the 2006 Bajaur strike. As word of civilian deaths began to emerge, the army reversed its position and denied carrying out the attack, although it has consistently claimed that only militants died that day. In June 2012, Pakistan’s former President General Pervez Musharraf told journalist Jemima Khan: ‘In the media, they said it was all children. They were absolutely wrong. There may have been some collateral damage of some children but they were not children at all, they were all militants doing training inside.’ Jemima Khan is associate editor of British magazine the New Statesman and also the former wife of Pakistani politician Imran Khan – who campaigns vociferously against US drone strikes. ‘Can you imagine the uproar that would be caused anywhere else in the world if 94 children were reported murdered in just three years?’ Ms Khan told the Bureau. Khan said that she was angered to learn that senior military and government officials
were denying the deaths of children at Bajaur, even as they privately knew otherwise. ‘This leaked document proves what many have suspected all along – that US and Pakistani politicians have been lying to us,’ she said. Former officials agree that the leaked document is most likely accurate: ‘You can’t distort that kind of information. If children hadn’t been killed, we’d have had people coming to us from all over Bajaur who would have told us so,’ former FATA agent Rauf Khan Khattak insists.
unnamed dead The secret government papers are revealing, but they also have some puzzling omissions. None of those killed are named in the document – either civilians or alleged or known militants. Even where prominent militant commanders were killed – such as Baitullah Mehsud, head of the Pakistan Taliban (TTP), who died in August 2009 – no reference is made to the target. Reports of civilian deaths also disappear entirely for most of 2009, after President Obama took office. In part this is because officials occasionally note that ‘details of casualties are yet to be ascertained.’ But many credible reports of civilian deaths are simply missing. The Bureau’s own research shows that civilian deaths have been credibly reported in at least 17 of the 53 CIA drone strikes in Obama’s first year in office. Yet FATA officials report civilian deaths in only three incidents in 2009. On January 23 that year, for example, the secret file notes only that five people died in a strike in South Waziristan – with no indication of civilian deaths.
However, a letter from the South Waziristan Political Agency – obtained in 2010 by the Center for Civilians in Conflict (right) – clearly notes four civilian deaths in that attack. President Obama is also reported to have been informed of civilian deaths in this and another strike on the same day. For the years 2006 to 2008, the internal document far more closely matches media reports of civilian deaths. Yet measured against the public record, it is unclear why references to civilian deaths in the report disappear almost entirely after Obama’s election.
‘No such documents’ Ambassador Rustan Shah Mohmand, who was a senior administrator in the tribal areas for 25 years between 1973 and 1998, cautions that the released file might not be the fullest data available. Noting that Pakistan’s military is responsible for security in FATA, he told the Bureau: ‘Tribal documents might present a broad picture. But any accuracy is dependent on what data the military chooses to release to or withhold from the political agents. In the last eight years, for example, no precise casualty figures have ever been submitted to Pakistan’s parliament.’ Rumours have been circulating for many months of internal Pakistani documents detailing drone strike casualties. The Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Dost Muhammad Khan, began demanding in mid 2012 that the FATA Secretariat release all casualty data it held. Khan presided over a successful civil case against the CIA brought by the Foundation for Fundamental Rights. FATA officials at first claimed that no such internal documents existed, though in August 2012 an official presented the court with limited details of CIA strikes up to 2008. In his final judgment Chief Justice Khan, citing ‘Political Authorities’ in FATA, said that 896 civilians had been killed by the CIA between 2007 and 2012 in North Waziristan, with a further 533 civilian deaths in South Waziristan. Those figures indicate that FATA officials may now be claiming a far higher civilian death toll than that reported by the leaked document - although the source for those claims is not clear. ‘How come the same civil servants are feeding one kind of data to the Peshawar High Court and another kind of data to the FATA secretariat?’ asked Shahzad Akbar, a legal fellow at charity Reprieve and the Pakistani barrister behind the successful Peshawar case. ‘Are they fudging the numbers based on who was on the receiving end?’ US counter-terrorism officials declined to comment on the specifics of the leaked document, though referred the Bureau to recent comments by both President Obama and CIA Director Brennan stating that the US goes to great lengths to limit civilian deaths in covert drone strikes.
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The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope –Karl Marx
COMMENT Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
New energy policy Holistic and ambitious, implementation is where the rub is
OON after the assumption of power in 2008, the PPP government blamed, and rightly so, the Musharraf administration for failure to add to power generation capacity that had led to shortages and also for leaving behind considerable circular debt. Little was done by the Gilani administration however to improve power supply other than a symbolic foundation-laying of Diamir Bhasha dam without ensuring international financing. Meanwhile continuing subsidies combined with financial crunch led to the mounting of the circular debt. The IPPs consequently cut down production. Any big increase in power charges was considered an unpopular step and little thought was given to finding ways and means to pay off the ever-climbing circular debt. As was done by Shaukat Aziz, the PPP government also went for Rental Power Projects (RPPs). The Supreme Court later intervened, declared the RPPs illegal and ordered them to be shut down. As the first step towards resolving the energy issue, the PML-N government paid a large chunk of the circular debt – more than half of it, Rs320-odd billions. It has now come up with a holistic energy policy. The issue came up at Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with newspaper editors and senior journalists after it was discussed at the Council of Common Interests (CCI). The energy issue is multidimensional. With a yawning gap between supply and demand which far outstrips the current generation capacity, it is unrealistic to expect an immediate end to shortages. As there is an increased dependence on expensive thermal fuel, the cost of production has skyrocketed to Rs12 per unit. The inefficient power transmission and distribution system currently records 25-28 per cent losses because of poor infrastructure, mismanagement and theft. The newly announced energy policy offers no quick fixes. It visualizes a complete end to loadshedding by 2017. As a remedy it offers a bitter pill. Except for those consuming up to 200 units, every consumer will have to pay higher bills. Power sector subsidy will be phased out by 2018. The cost of power generation will however be gradually reduced to a single digit per unit through use of cheaper fuels like coal, adding capacity in wind and solar production and improvements in transmission and distribution system which would reduce power theft and line losses. The energy policy has ambitious aims. It is meant to build a power generation capacity that can meet the country’s energy needs, create a culture of energy conservation and responsibility, ensure generation of inexpensive and affordable electricity, minimise pilferage, promote world class efficiency in power generation, create a cutting edge transmission network, bring down financial losses across the system, align the ministries involved in the energy sector and improve governance. The policy document neatly spells out challenges, goals, policy principles and the overall strategy. It is rife with buzzwords like transparency, accountability, competition, sustainability and fairness. These being proverbial honeymoon days for the new government, one can only wish the policy makers god speed. In the ultimate analysis, all will depend on how the policy works out.
the politics of local bodies
Iran in regional and global politics Rouhani’s major challenges: Isolation, economy, relations with neighbours
RAN attracts international attention not merely because of its geographic location and its oil and gas resources. Its uneasy relationship with the Arab kingdoms in the neighbourhood and its continued revolutionary zeal has implications for regional and global politics. Above all, its nuclear porgramme is another issue of contention in the Gulf and the Middle East region. The United States and other western powers take a strong exception to the nuclear porgramme. However, one can easily discern a difference in the disposition of the US and the European states towards Iran and its nuclear programme. The US has adopted a strident approach towards Iran’s nuclear programme and talks of employing all options, including military action, to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state. Despite the international pressures Iranian government is fully determined to carry on with its nuclear programme, which it claims to be peaceful. When Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani assumes the office next month he will be faced with the above mentioned issues. It would be a challenging task to avoid Iran’s isolation at the international level without compromising on the basic policy planks. He will have to address the question of relationship with the neighbouring Arab states, how to respond to internal strife in some Arab countries, especially in Syria, Bahrain and Egypt, and how to convince the west that the Iranian nu-
DR HASAN ASKARI RIzvI
Rules of the game need to be devised as provincial govts are ready
UGUST 15 is the deadline the Supreme Court (SC) has given provincial governments to complete the demarcation of constituencies for the local bodies elections. September 15 is the date it has proposed for the local government polls to be held in all provinces. But the SC itself is well aware that the relevant provincial legislations have yet to have been passed through the elected assemblies. The stalemates in Sindh and Punjab and the security situation in Balochistan are well known. While the SC is taking up a noble cause, the question is: how can local bodies elections be held without the relevant legislation – and a consensus on the ground? This is of course no reason for provincial governments to delay the task ad infinitum. The constitution of Pakistan mandates that governance must be devolved to local level constituencies and the continuing delay means that the guaranteed right of citizens to have a local-level democracy is being denied. Political parties continue to see local bodies as a risk and cite the closeness of local bodies systems to military dictatorships as the reason. But the facts are that each political party is calculating the matter to maximize its stronghold in the long-term. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) led coalition government in Khyber Pakthunkhwa appears to be the most willing to hold the polls. The reason: since the PTI does not have an absolute majority in the province, it wishes to ensure its hold over the province remains intact on the ground. The LBs offer the best solution. In Sindh, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) wants a six month delay to allow it to reach an understanding with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over the mechanism. Both parties want to secure their constituencies, rural for the former and urban for the later, through the mechanism of LBs. The Baloch nationalist groups also feel the system can strengthen their hold and weaken the power of tribal leaders, but the security situation remains a concern. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Punjab feels the LB elections could fuel rifts between its MNAs and MPAs. Overtly the good news is that three of the four advocate generals said their respective provincial governments were ready to hold the polls on the date recommended by the SC. The Election Commission of Pakistan has suggested that they shall need at least 90 days to hold the elections after the relevant requests were received from the provincial governments. Only Sindh appears to want an extension to hold the polls next year. However, again the simple question of what rules will the local bodies election be held under remains unresolved. The SC may do well to insist that provincial governments speed up that process first – if not, then question marks will remain over the process under which they were held.
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clear porgramme does not have weaponization agenda. He will need to strengthen the working relations with the neighbouring states, especially the Gulf region states that view Iranian nuclear programme with a lot of suspicion. Above all, the economic problems will have to be addressed as the Iranian economy is under pressure because of the economic sanctions by the US, the United Nations and some European countries. Iran’s revenue from selling oil and gas abroad has declined over the last three years. The conservative Arab kingdoms, especially Saudi Arabia, have uneasy relationship with Iran. These states have working relations with Iran. However, mutual distrust often mars the relationship. The conservative Arab states are perturbed by the appeal of Iran’s Islamic revolution in the Arab world, especially for the groups that challenge the ruling elite in these states. That is why the Arab states have attempted to project Iranian Revolution as a Shia movement but this has not put an end to the appeal of the Iranian Revolution for the ordinary people in the Arab world. The conservative Arab states and Iran are supporting different groups in Bahrain and Syria. Iran supports the opposition in Bahrain and the Bashar al Assad government in Syria. It also supports the Iraqi government against the Al-Qaeda and other extremist IslamicSalafi groups. The Arabs project this as an Iranian effort to boost the political forces with Shia orientations. However, such a skewed explanation falters when Iran’s support for the Hamas movement in Palestine and the Morsi government in Egypt (2012-2013) is taken into account. Iran is opposed to political accommodation towards Israel, as advocated by the Hamas movement. These governments do not fall into the Shia category. Iran has good working relations most Muslim states without any sectarian consideration. A good part of Iranian non-official business and commercial activity is based in the United Arab Emirates. However, it is well-known that in the 1980s and the 1990s the Arab states like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq under Saddam Hussain and some other Arab states competed with Iran to build support for them in Muslim states, including Pakistan, by offering financial support to religious seminaries of their respective denominations. All this was against the backdrop of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan (1979-1989). Iran has maintained friendly relations with Pakistan with an emphasis on shared historical and cultural linkages and the sharing of views on major regional issues. However, problems arose in their relations on specific issues but such differences did not per-
sist over time. Pakistan was quick to recognize the Islamic government in Iran in February 1979 but the Iranian government viewed Pakistan’s relations with the US with a lot of suspicion in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Pakistan and Iran supported the opposite sides in the internal strife in Afghanistan. Pakistan supported the Afghan Taliban and Iran favoured the then Northern Alliance. In the post September 2001 period, the revival of Pakistan’s relations with the US in the context of countering terrorism revived Iranian fear of the US using Pakistani territory for military action against Iran. Pakistan assured Iran that its territory would never be used against Iran. Iran provides over 70 megawatts electricity for use in Balochistan. It has offered additional 1000 megawatt to Pakistan. However, Pakistan has so far not erected transmission lines from the Iranian border to its electric grid system in Balochistan. The Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project faces an uncertain future as the present Pakistani government does not show much interest in it because it faces the US and Saudi pressure that want Pakistan to get gas from Turkmenistan and Qatar. Despite these problems, Iran and Pakistan are expected to maintain friendly and helpful interaction with each other. A recently published book entitled “Iran and the Bomb – Nuclear Club Busted” by Ghani Jafar and Shams-usZaman provides an insightful and well-researched history and politics of Iran’s nuclear programme. It also places its nuclear programme in the regional and global context, pointing out the challenges Iran faces from the US and Israel. It also discusses how the Gulf and other Arab kingdoms view Iran’s nuclear programme. This comprehensive study written in a straight forward manner presents a wealth of knowledge on Iran’s nuclear issues. The book acknowledges that Dr A.Q Khan helped Iran’s nuclear programme and makes a strong argument that if Iran decides to acquire nuclear weapons, it will neither destabilize the region nor threaten Pakistan. The authors argue that “a warlike situation between Iran and Pakistan involving nuclear weapons is next to impossible.” (p. 252). However, the Arab kingdoms are not expected to take such a soft view of Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. The book also makes a strong plea for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in all walks of life. However, it needs to be mentioned here that Iran continues to insist that weaponization is not part of their nuclear programme which is solely for peaceful purposes. This claim is widely questioned in the Western and Arab world. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
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wake up call for Pm Nawaz The revelations about alleged irregularity in revised PC1 estimates of Nandipur Power Project, which was cleared by Planning Commission should ring alarm bells in the PM House. This country no longer has the fiscal space to allow such extravagances, where $ 124 million is unaccounted for and estimated cost of $425 million plus $40 million is allegedly allowed to be hiked to $574 milion. A lot of hopes hinged on Mian Nawaz Sharif, and it was expected from him that he will provide clean and transparent good governance, which he promised. It is on these promises that people voted him to power.
He needs to re-evaluate competence of political appointees who were put in place to monitor the Planning Commission and the bureaucrats assigned to head various federal departments which cost tax payers billions of rupees in administrative expenditure. After all the various federal secretaries were assigned on board of governors of state corporations like PSM, PIA, CAA, PSO, OGRA, Railways, EOBI, NICL etc, all of who accumulated losses of hundreds of billions. The top civil bureaucracy failed to fulfil their assigned constitutional duties and were party to heist of EOBI, rental power projects, Hajj scam, CDA and numerous other land grabbing scams in this country. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory –Friedrich Engels
Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
treason Power over people ROB URIE
the Pml-N brains trust Not really inspiring, indeed
OUND up the usual suspects” was the refrain from Captain Renault in the culminating scene of the 1940s classic movie Casablanca. The post election attitude and performance of the PML-N brain trust leaves an oddly familiar taste in the mouth, sort of like leftovers from a banquet warmed over three times. We have seen these same faces for decades, their smug arrogance when they ruled and their belligerence when out of power. We heard them ad nauseum, on the television talk shows, their “tau tau mein mein” giving no hint of any real intellectual acuity. And these are the people who are going to drag Pakistan out of the mire and turn it into a thriving modern state. Please, please, give us a break. A wise person once stated: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Well, most of the time these people discussed people, some of the time events. Ideas were startlingly absent. So where do we now stand? All the pre-election rhetoric of wiping out load-shedding in months is gone. Even though the circular debt has been mysteriously repaid in one fell swoop, load-shedding continues. Security has suddenly become a provincial matter after five years of deriding Rehman Malik. The bullet trains are to be started by a professional politician minister who wouldn’t know a bullet train if it stared him in the face. The only PML-N leader who forgoes rhetoric and mudslinging and speaks with a creative mindset is the elder statesman, Sartaj Aziz. He has been retained by Nawaz Sharif as his advisor on foreign affairs and defence. By background, an agriculture economist, Sartaj commands worldwide respect and is close to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Much
of the government’s planning will come through the sharp, incisive intellect of Mr Aziz for the simple reason that there is no one else. It might be that Sartaj might be found to be irreplaceable as advisor to the PM and yet again miss out on his quest for the president’s office. That would indeed be a shame. The last time PML-N came into power, he had been replaced at the last moment by Rafiq Tarar. The command structure of the PML-N might be a cause for concern. The party is basically a family run affair with all the key posts taken up by kith and kin. The PM and CM Punjab are brothers. The finance minister a close relative by marriage. The party positions are also dominated by relatives. So, when Mr Sharif holds forth on the evils of nepotism, it is clear that it does not include his own family. What may be the weak link in the Nawaz Sharif government could be the decision-making process. One very senior columnist who for a stretch was a party insider has commented on the culture of total subservience, with the stress on extreme loyalty to the top leadership. In other words, anyone questioning the views of the boss will be looked down upon as disloyal and worthy of disciplinary action. This lack of communication and discourse can be a recipe for disaster and there are plenty of examples of harebrained schemes that have sailed through the system without a dissenting voice. The few who did express their opinion quickly knew that it was either their way or the highway. Sadly, many otherwise credible people had to compromise on their principles. So who are these people who will be responsible for bringing about this revolution. We have Ch Nisar, the minister for Interior. He will be in charge of bringing about peace in the terror-ravaged country. It remains to be seen whether he will adopt Rehman Malik’s style or will he continue with his reticent manner of doing business. Nisar has no obvious credentials or training in this field, unlike his predecessor and the best that he can hope for is to run a tight ship and hope for the best. Ishaq Dar is a chartered accountant and is expected to revamp the economy. There is a world of difference between doing a company’s books and running a country’s finances. He will need all the luck he can get. Ahsan Iqbal, who heads planning and development, talks smart but his job too is cut out for him. Khawaja Asif is the Petroleum and Natural resources man. He has made an unprecedented climb down from claiming to reduce load-shedding in six months prior to elections to hoping for improvement in a few
years after assuming office. An ex-officer in the controversial BCCI, his experience at middle level banking is not going to stand him in any stead at all in this highly technical field. It remains to be seen whether the suave minister will learn to distinguish between voltage and amperage. The list goes on and on. The information minister, who did not exactly distinguish himself over the past five years, will have his hands full handling the rampaging opposition leaders who will highlight every broken election promise. Perhaps it is the fact that these people are tried and tested in the past and found wanting, that creates such a feeling of despondency. Nawaz Sharif will also have to deal with the other pillars of state, the judiciary and the defence forces. The judges have been seen to be quite supportive of the Sharifs but when you let a lion out of his cage, there is no guarantee that he will not turn around and make a meal of you. The army is still smarting with what they perceive as a letdown in the Kargil operations. Many officers, now retired, privately insist that the PM was properly briefed about the operation and that a unique opportunity to gain a decisive edge was lost. They say that this area was Pakistan’s prior to 1971 and if India could move into Siachen why could Pakistan not return the favour? The army will also be keeping a close watch on the government’s overtures to our Eastern neighbour. In the run up to the elections, Nawaz Sharif had been categorical about stopping the drone attacks. The first attack on his watch resulted in the US Charge D’Affairs being summoned to the foreign office and a protest lodged. Unfortunately, that might simply not be enough. If Nawaz, egged on by an aggressive opposition, decides on taking the extreme step of shooting down a drone, then this could open a serious can of worms. There could be a tit for tat response on one of our air force fighters and then things could really escalate. Such decisions should be taken only after consultation with the defence forces. Besides, the drones are not causing much collateral damage. They are trying to hit people when they are in cars and traveling rather than to hit houses. It is because of the drones and their ability to pick off Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders that the Al Qaeda operations have increasingly been moved to Yemen, Mali and North Africa. It seems that the Americans have decided that they are better off withdrawing their troops and fighting Al Qaeda/Taliban with the drones. The billion dollar question is whether they will vacate the Bagram and Kandahar air bases.
.S. military adventures have historically combined imperial ambition—the acquisition of territory and colonies, limiting the reach of competing empires and ‘acquiring’ economic resources—‘natural’ resources, existing economic infrastructure and labor, under advantageous terms. The U.S. orchestrated coup in Honduras was for United Fruit, in Chile for ITT, Kennecott and Anaconda Copper and the CIA’s ‘war of attrition’ against Nicaragua in the 1980s to undo the nationalization of Coca Cola facilities. The botched war on and occupation of Iraq was a continuation of imperial designs on Middle Eastern oil by the U.S. and Britain dating from the early twentieth century. All of these and many, many more conflated the economic interests of particular U.S. ‘based’ corporations with the ‘national interest.’ Selling wars of economic conquest as ‘democracy’ and / or ‘freedom’ was an open joke amongst Washington elites for the bulk of recent decades. Presidents hired advertising agencies to devise ‘marketing’ schemes to sell their wars. The visible idiocy of these schemes fed on the psychological trauma fear-mongering and regular mass slaughters in the ‘national interest’ caused the purposelymisinformed populace. The Cold War was perpetuated by successive administrations because the contrived bogeyman of ‘communism’ had been so effectively sold in support of Western economic predation. By putting a ‘political’ patina on imperial wars the hoax / fallacy of political morality became a fundamental part of the American story. And the irony of cynical demagogues selling botched foreign policy as ‘they hate us for our freedoms’ meets its match in dim corporate-state fascists selling totalitarian surveillance to ‘protect’ us from the consequences of botched foreign policy. It is in this historical context recent disclosures of ‘classified’ government documents led to charges of treason against those making them—Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and others, by ‘official’ Washington. Treason is yet another well-sold term popularly meaning the knowing betrayal of ‘the nation’ as legal construct, historical artifact and broad set of social relations. Those making the charge, President Obama and prominent Senators and Representatives, proclaim themselves empowered to make it as Marketers-in-Chief of imperial power. Deference to unity in ‘nation’ through the charge of treason is a sleight-of-hand to peel-off those the current chair-occupiers of empire wish to exile. It is no accident the first line of attack against Mr. Snowden was to impugn his credibility by arguing he was a ‘high school dropout’ and a ‘lowly analyst.’ In the first place, this is irrelevant to the disclosures—they in no way depended on Mr. Snowden’s ‘credentials’ because if they did, and the official line was he lacked the credentials to be a credible ‘leaker,’ then he also lacked the credentials to be treasonous. The American public largely supports this view, but on what basis? Part is no doubt the inculcated premise America is classless, and therefore political-economic power accrues to those who ‘deserve’ it. But as the political and economic catastrophes of recent years amply illustrate—the war on and occupation of Iraq and the financial ‘crisis’ requiring trillions in public largesse to (faux) rectify, fools, liars and thieves are just as likely to inhabit the rarefied environs of power as those who ‘merit’ it. The evidence of class bases for laws, policing and incarceration resides in plain sight here in the U.S. In addition to the history of U.S. military power being used in corporate interests, bankers and their representatives wrote the banking laws that led to recent catastrophe and they are writing the laws to ‘rectify’ the laws they previously wrote. The official rationale is they know best how to operate ‘their’ businesses despite the fact they still exist on the public dole from their last catastrophe. So again, it isn’t ‘treason’ or ‘crimes’ Mr. Obama and Ms. Feinstein are reacting to—it is the impudence of ‘the help’ exposing the workings of the political-economic elite to those who might (correctly) see themselves on the other side of them. Mr. Obama’s and NSA chief Keith Alexander’s attempts to link illegal NSA spying on Americans to ‘thwarted’ terrorist attacks had no content behind them. They do however have the history of cynical insiders using contrived ‘others’ to sell their personal and class agendas behind them. This makes the ‘treason’ charged by official Washington acts against the ruling class, not against ‘the nation.’ To be clear, official Washington sees acts by political and economic elites against the rest of the citizenry—domestic spying, illegal murder of citizens and economic predation, being in the public interest and disclosure of those that might challenge ruling class power as against the ‘public’ interest. Positioning the rich as ‘job creators’ places them as necessary to the functioning of ‘the economy’ just as Mr. Obama and Ms. Feinstein place their ‘right’ to murder citizens and illegally spy on us as in the public interest. In recent decades the rich—inherited wealth, corporate executives and financiers, have accrued great fortunes through ‘rentier’ income dependent on economically inefficient (in capitalist economics) market power. Market power is contrary to economic democracy the same way totalitarian government is to political democracy. The government is but a tool of the rich. Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning aren’t traitors; they are good citizens who assumed the social responsibility to act in the public interest against ruling class interests. The political framing of their actions as ‘treason’ is an effort at willful misdirection. What the liberals and progressives still unsure of what to make of the disclosures of ‘kill lists’ and NSA spying on American citizens don’t appear to understand is if you aren’t clearly on the inside you’re on the outside– the declared enemies of Mr. Obama and Ms. Feinstein, through these programs. Cornel West frames it well as ‘we are all suspects now.’ The rest of us would benefit from joining with our comrades around the globe on the side of imperial power Washington and Wall Street has placed us on. Rob Urie is an artist and political economist in New York. His book, Zen Economics, will be published by CP/AK Press in 2014.
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Family makes me the richest man alive: brad Pitt
CTOR Brad Pitt says his family makes him “the richest man alive”. The 49-year-old has six children, Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with his actress-girlfriend Angelina Jolie. He says being a father has changed everything about his life and enriched it in so many ways. “You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve. Being a father has changed me on so many levels and made me more generous and alive,” femalefirst quoted Pitt as saying. “I see my children as a basic part of my life and it means so much to me to educate them and help them make their way in the world. I love being a father and all the responsibilities it entails. I feel like the richest man alive since I’ve become a father,” he added. Pitt also praised his own parents, Jane and William, for their influence on his life and the way they raised him. “My attitude is pretty much shaped by the way my own parents raised me and my brother and sister. I feel that I was able to grow up with a good perspective and a good commonsense understanding of the world,” he said. The actor also said his forthcoming film “ World War Z” provides the message of protecting your family, despite all the killer zombies. “It’s saying that you have to do what it takes to protect your family. It’s saying that you have to be prepared to take up a challenge at such a fundamental level of survival,” he said. COURTESy IANS
liz taylor tried to lure burton into 3rd marriage
LIZABeTH Taylor was so obsessed with Richard Burton that she set up a 50,000 pounda-week role in a bid to wed him for third time, it has been revealed. Her plot to rekindle the tempestuous affair with the part in a play for her life’s leading man is portrayed in the BBC4 bio-drama ‘Burton and Taylor’, the Mirror reported. But Taylor’s hopes for fresh romance following the comeback were smashed when he went off and married his younger lover during the run. And the ill-fated tour ended with a scorned Taylor venting her fury on Burton for real each night on stage in Noel Coward’s Private Lives, about a divorced couple. She invented new lines and attacked him with real force during fight scenes. She even tried to sabotage him by unexpectedly walking on stage with her pet parrot, Alvin. Set in New York in the summer of 1983, starring Helena Bonham-Carter and Dominic West, Burton and Taylor tells of their sell-out but criticallyslated seven-month run of Coward’s comedy. NEWS DESK
Salman, Srk hug: the after-effects
T’S been five years since the infamous fight between Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party. The incident divided Bollywood into two camps, and things have been tense between the Khans ever since, with each trying to avoiding the other at public appearances. But at MLA Baba Siddique’s Iftaar party on Sunday (July 21), both came face to face and then hugged. Salman walked in first with brother Sohail, dad Salim, friends Arjun Kapoor and Boney Kapoor, among others. Later, Shah Rukh entered and speculations began on whether Salman would leave the venue. But surprisingly, the actor went around shaking hands with people on the table where SRK was seated. Though at first he ignored Shah Rukh, Salman returned and tapped him. Then, much
to delight of the onlookers, the two superstars hugged. “It’s a great sight for any Bollywood fan, but it won’t have any immediate effect,” says filmmaker Sanjay Gupta reacting to the incident. fRIEnDS TO fOES: Salman and Shah Rukh first worked together in filmmaker Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun (1995) and then in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002). And at an awards function in 1999, SRK even dedicated his Best Actor award to Salman. But things took an ugly turn when Salman stormed onto the sets of SRK’s Chalte Chalte (2003), which starred his then-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai. In 2004, Salman apparently hugged SRK at filmmaker Farah Khan’s prewedding bash, after which he went on to do a guest appearance in Om Shanti Om (2007). Later, Salman reportedly asked SRK to do a role in Main Aur Mrs Khanna (2009), which the latter declined. Then, the big fight broke out at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party in 2008. However, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan says, “For me, they were always good friends. I don’t know about any fight.” TEAMInG UP? Was it just a hug or the beginning of a greater alliance between the two power actors of Bollywood? While their fans would love to see the two superstars together in a film, one has to question if that is a real possibility. Industry experts are sceptical, and don’t see the duo, who are busy with the individual careers and have multiple films in hand, working together anytime soon. “After just one hug, no one thinks of making a film together or working in each other’s movies. But then, nothing is impossible in Bollywood. You never know. Tomorrow, you might see them together onscreen,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra. Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar adds, “They wanted to keep playing
british comedian mel smith dies at sixty
RITISH comedian Mel Smith, who became a household name in Britain for a series of television sketch shows in the ‘70s and ‘80s which colleagues said had inspired a generation of comics, has died of a heart attack, his agent said on Saturday. Smith, 60, who died on Friday, found fame starring in hugely popular shows Not The Nine O’clock News and Alas Smith and Jones and went on to direct films such as Bean and The Tall Guy. Rowan Atkinson, who worked with the comic on both Not the Nine O’Clock News and Bean, said he was “truly sad” to hear about the death. “Mel Smith — a lovely man of whom I saw too little in his later years. He had a wonderfully generous and sympathetic presence both on and off the screen,” he said, according to telegraph.co.uk. “If you
direct a comedy movie that takes $245 million at the box office, you’ve done something pretty special, and I never thought he was given enough credit for this success.” “I still can’t believe this has happened,” said Griff Rhys Jones, his comedy partner in his bestknown TV shows, according to Reuters. “To everybody who ever met him, Mel was a force for life. He was a gentleman and a scholar, a gambler and a wit.” Together, they formed Talkback, a highly successful independent TV production house that spawned many hit British comedies including the Ali G series. Smith had suffered from poor health in recent years, but confessed to being unable to stop working. He said in 2009: “It was my dark secret and I got deeply depressed. Like an alcoholic hiding his bottles, I started hiding my Nurofen tablets in the backs of drawers, behind books on bookshelves and slipped them between scripts.” BBC’s Director General Tony Hall said: “Mel Smith’s contribution to British comedy cannot be overstated. On screen, he helped define a new style of comedy from the late ‘70s that continues to influence people to this day.” “Very sad to hear the news of Mel Smith’s death. He was always so kind & generous to us,” tweeted Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted. Actor-comic Peter Serafinowicz tweeted: “He did something very kind for me early in my career even though he hardly knew me. Such a funny man.”
college kids forever. Now they will have to grow up and mature (sic),” he quips. BREAKInG THE CAMPS: In Bollywood, camps have been a ubiquitous — but largely clandestine — entity. In the last few years, Salman has mostly worked with his brothers (Sohail and Arbaaz) and a few close friends, like Subhash Ghai and Prabhudheva. SRK too stuck to doing films with his close pals — Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra. But post-hug, the industry is abuzz on how things will be easier for those ‘caught in the crossfire’. Gupta says, “It’s always good to have little or no animosity in our industry. And it will surely be good news for people who are close to both SRK and Salman.” Immediate beneficiaries could be Yash Raj Films (considered SRK’s home ground) and excel entertainment (close to SRK, though Farhan says they have been trying to work with Salman for a long time now). MOnEY MATTERS: Both Khans have considerable pull in terms of box office and fans, and experts say “this isn’t going to affect Bollywood at all. Our film industry is doing well and will run well without them too. When their fight didn’t affect films or filmmakers, why would their patch-up?” asks Mehra. “Since they are already highly paid stars, their patch-up won’t have an earth-shattering impact as far as money is concerned. And let them first talk about working together,” says an established filmmaker on condition of anonymity. Till last year, Salman’s acting fee apparently was between R2327crore while SRK’s paycheque was around R20-25 crore (the figures also include a share in profits). fAn fOLLOwInG: In the past when they have acted together, the SRK-
motherhood has changed me: aishwarya
Salman combination has worked like magic at the box office. Be it Karan Arjun or Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the films have been hugely successful. As they hug and make up, fans are excited. “We hope their hug leads to them working together in a film. I have grown up watching their films,” says Pooja Chopra, a class 10 student. The industry also feels that the incident can have an immediate effect on SRK’s film. “Hardcore Salman fans might now go and watch Chennai express. It’s surely going to be beneficial for SRK’s film,” says a filmmaker, who did not wish to be named. Another fan, Robin Nagpal, says, “It’s great to see Karan and Arjun coming back together. I hope there is a sequel.” COURTESy HT
all my life i never got an opportunity to act: rishi NEWS DESK
HERE were reports of Ash being approached for films with Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, but the actress isn’t keen to divulge anything. “It is too early to talk about projects now. Nothing has been finalised yet,” she said. Otherwise, she has been too busy with baby Aaradhya and Ash doesn’t like to term her hiatus as a ‘break.’ “I don’t believe in comebacks. When was I away from the industry that I have to make a comeback now? I was always involved in it, so there is no point, in terming it as a ‘comeback’. Yes, I was enjoying a slight break with my daughter and I am thoroughly loved it.” And, she surely is cherishing motherhood. “Motherhood is a whole book in itself. It has changed me and enhanced me as a person. I cannot put it simply in answer,” she added. Apart from her daughter, the actress treasures the loha (an iron bangle) given to her by her mom-in-law Jaya Bachchan. “I enjoy jewellery a lot. But the most treasured are the very simple pieces, which include my wedding ring, a Manglorean style bangle and my mother-inlaw’s loha, which I cherish,” she added. NEWS DESK
At 60, Rishi Kapoor is breaking his image of a romantic hero and playing characters that he has never played before. With this, he aspires to get recognised as one of the best actors of the country. YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR IMAGE OF A ROMANTIC HERO BY ExPERIMENTING wITH DIFFERENT ROLES IN YOUR RECENT FILMS. IS IT A CONSCIOUS DECISION? It’s a conscious decision. I’m an actor and an actor should be able to play all kinds of roles. Even the look of every character you see in my film is different. I’m not repeating myself. All my life I only sang songs. All my life I never got an opportunity to act. Today is the first time in this phase of my career that I’ve got acting assignments and I’m trying to do my best. I’m trying to tell the world that you forget me as an actor. You never gave me the distinction of being called a good actor. I know I’m a good
actor. I know I can deliver hits. I want my name to be among the best in this country and I’m proving it with my work. NOw YOU wANT TO BE CALLED AN ‘ACTOR’ RATHER THAN A ‘STAR’. wHY SO? I was an actor even earlier, but maybe I didn’t land those roles. But I’m not complaining. I have had one of the most accomplished careers for 25 years as a romantic star. Not many actors have had this distinction. For 25 years, I was at the helm of affairs. Maybe I was not the number one star of the country, but I was never number four also. I was always there, always working, always romancing the heroines. I have done best of the films and worked with the best of the directors. I had a terrific innings as a romantic star and now I’m enjoying every moment of this innings of my life. wOULD YOU CALL THIS YOUR SECOND INNINGS? Since 12-13 years, I’m playing a character actor. It’s only that I’m getting more recognition now, as I’m doing all these different kinds of roles. HOw DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR PROJECTS? I should have an interesting role. The story should be interesting with interesting people to work with. Roles just come by.
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lady gaga tops Forbes’ list of top-earning Celebs under 30 I
T’S somewhat ironic that Lady Gaga once again ranks as the top-earning celebrity under the age of 30. This year the singer underwent an experience usually reserved for old people: hip surgery. But of course Gaga’s injury wasn’t caused by decaying bones and muscles. She had a labral tear, likely from the intense dancing she does during her shows. And after her surgery the Mother Monster didn’t just hide away to recover. She rolled out in a custom-made 24-karat gold plated wheelchair. Those kinds of antics (and her massive social-networking power) helped land Gaga in second place on our annual Celebrity 100 list. Her earnings alone put her at the top of this list. We estimate Gaga earned $80 million between June 2012 and June 2013. She would have earned even more if she had been able to finish her tour. Women dominate our list of the Top-earning Celebrities Under 30: Seven of the top 10 of women. As in past years, we didn’t include athletes to keep the list more Hollywood-focused. We talked to agents, managers, producers, executives and other in-the-know folks to come up with our estimates, which include all entertainmentrelated income. We don’t deduct for taxes, agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity. full List: The Top-Earning Celebrities Under 30: Most of the women on our list are pop stars who earn just as much as their male counterparts. Yes, Justin Bieber is in second place with $58 million. But Taylor Swift is close on his tail. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter earned an estimated $55 million last year, ranking her third on the list. Swift’s latest album, Red, sold 1.2 million copies in its first week. Those are almost unheard-of numbers in today’s troubled music world. Swift also earns big from
endorsement deals with companies like Diet Coke, Sony SNe +2.17% and Covergirl. Rihanna comes in fourth with $43 million. The Barbados-born singer played 40 shows during our time period and releases a new album, Unapologetic. The record has gone platinum and netted hit singles like
mira nair turns down invite to israel film festival
ENOWNED Indian film director, Mira Nair has turned down an invitation to attend Haifa International Film Festival as a guest of honour to protest Israel’s ‘apartheid’ policy. “I will not be going to Israel at this time. I will go to Israel when the walls come down. I will go to Israel when occupation is gone,” Nair tweeted. “I will go to Israel when the state does not privilege one religion over another. I will go to Israel when Apartheid is over,” the 55-year-old director wrote. Nair also tweeted that she supports ‘Palestine for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) & the larger Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Mov’t.’ Nair said Friday that she had been invited to Israel as a guest of honour at the Haifa International Film Festival with her new film “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, an adaptation of the Mohsin Hamid novel of the same name which boasts Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber among its stars. The movie revolves around a Pakistani’s love and subsequent disillusionment with America in the post 9/11 era. The 29th annual Haifa International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in September. A number of prominent artists and academics have cancelled their planned visits to Israel in the past in response to developments in the region. Renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking recently pulled out of an appearance at the President’s Conference in June in support of the academic boycott of Israel. NEWS DESK
india’s sc dismisses sanJay dutt’s plea against conviction NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Sanjay Dutt’s last legal option against his conviction and sentence of five year jail term in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case ended on Tuesday with the Supreme Court dismissing his curative petition. A four-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam did not find merit in the curative petition filed by the 53-year-old Bollywood actor. Dutt, who has been lodged in the Yerawada jail in Pune after being shifted from the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai has spent 69 days behind bars after he surrendered on May 16 to undergo remaining sentence of three-and-a-half years. The apex court had on May 10 dismissed his plea for seeking review of its judgement on his conviction and five-year jail term. A curative petition, which is decided generally in judges’ chamber, by two or three senior-most judges and the judges who delivered the impugned judgement, is the last procedural resort for a party to seek redressal against the apex court verdict. A bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan had on March 21 had upheld Dutt’s conviction but had reduced to five years the six year jail term awarded to him by a designated TADA court in 2006. Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession of a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle which were part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for coordinated serial blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in 1993.
“Diamonds” and “Stay.” Jennifer Lawrence (who is new to the Celebrity 100) is the top-ranked actor on our Top-earning Celebrities Under 30 list. Thanks to The Hunger Games franchise, she earned an estimated $26 million between June 2012 and June 2013 placing her 8th on our list. The 22-yearold actress also landed her first Oscar for her starring role in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence is indisputably on the rise, while another actress who makes our list, Kristen Stewart, may have already had her moment in the sun. With the final Twilight movie hitting theaters in November 2012, she earned an estimated $22 million, placing her ninth on our list. But Stewart doesn’t have anything big on the horizon that will keep her earning at the same level. Like many child actors who earn a ton from franchises, she’s now taking advantage of her earnings and fame to do smaller movies like the recent On The Road. Based on Jack Kerouac’s famous book, the movie only opened in 107 theaters and grossed $8.7 million. Compare that to Breaking Dawn 2, which opened in 4,000 theaters and grossed $830 million. 1. Lady Gaga
(age 27) $80 million
2. Justin Bieber
(age 19) $58 million
3. Taylor Swift
(age 23) $55 million
4. Calvin Harris
(age 29) $46 million
(age 25) $43 million
6. Katy Perry
(age 28) $39 million
7. Jennifer Lawrence
(age 22) $26 million
(age 25) $25 million
9. Kristen Stewart
(age 23) $22 million
(age 21) $22 million
man booker fiction prize nominees span the globe
LOnDOn: Life in London’s Jewish community and Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, billionaires in China and hard times in Ireland all feature in the novels vying for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The longlist for the prize, one of the english language’s top fiction awards, names 13 writers from seven countries. “This is surely the most diverse longlist in Man Booker history: wonderfully various in terms of geography, form, length and subject,” said Robert Macfarlane, a writer and Cambridge University academic who chairs the panel of five judges. “These 13 outstanding novels range from the traditional to the experimental, from the first century AD to the present day, from 100 pages to 1,000 and from Shanghai to Hendon,” he said in a statement announcing the list. Selected from 151 titles, it includes authors from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Ireland. Two authors, Jim Crace with “Harvest” and Colm Toibin with “The Testament of Mary”, have appeared on the award’s shortlist previously. The 2013 longlist includes established best-sellers Colum McCann and Jhumpa Lahiri with their latest novels “TransAtlantic” and “The Lowland”, and three debut authors. The newcomers are eve Harris with “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” about an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in London, Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo with “We Need New Names” about growing up under Mugabe, and Irish author Donal Ryan with “The Spinning Heart” about the impact of financial crisis on a small town in Ireland. The latter contrasts with the latest book by award-winning Malaysian lawyer Tash Aw, “Five Star Billionaire”, about the economic boom in China. Richard House makes the list with “The Kills”, a political thriller spread over four books. In total seven women are the list, the others being Alison MacLeod with “Unexploded”, Charlotte Mendelson with “Almost english”, Canadian Ruth Ozeki with “A Tale for the Time Being,” and New Zealand’s eleanor Catton with “The Luminaries”. The judges will meet again in September to decide a shortlist of six books and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on October 15 in London. Hilary Mantel won the 2012 prize for “Bring Up the Bodies”, making her the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted award twice. The award dates back to 1969. AGENCIES
after Shah rukh, aamir khan loses his security cover
AMIR Khan becomes the second superstar to lose his security cover after Shah Rukh Khan. Though SRK regained it last month after he spoke up against our neighbouring country’s government, Aamir will have to wait for his turn. The actor was given a police cover first in 2001 when Lagaan was released. At that time there was reportedly a plot to eliminate both Aamir and filmmaker AshutoshGowarikar after they refused to give in to the extortion demands by the underworld after the film became a colossal hit. However, in a recent security review done by the protection and security branch of the Mumbai police, Aamir faces no threat to his security, perceived or otherwise. COURTESy TOI
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bIg, StINky 'CorPSe Flower' bloomS IN waShINgtoN
wASHInGTOn: A towering plant that smells like rotting meat and is native to the Indonesian rainforest was in full bloom in the US capital, drawing throngs of tourists. The titan arum, among the world's largest plants, began blooming on Sunday at the United States Botanic Garden, and its petals are expected to stay open for just 24 to 48 hours. Curator of plants Bill McLaughlin said he first noticed the smell at around 6 pm Sunday. “I felt a little queasy for awhile and I wasn't able to eat really until about 11 pm last night, after a few hours of air,” he told AFP. At first, the plant gave off heat he could sense with his hand and the smell shot straight up in the air, he said. After that, an odor bearing heavy notes of roadkill “sort of curls back down, taps you on the shoulder and you look around for something dead,” he said. The flower is eight feet (2.4 meters) tall and smells of decomposing flesh in order to attract pollinators like carrion beetles and dung beetles. Its blooming is unpredictable, and may happen every few years or every few decades. Once the petals open fully, the bloom only last 24 to 48 hours before collapsing. “The plant requires very special conditions, including warm day and night temperatures and high humidity, making Botanic Gardens well suited to support this strange plant outside of its natural range,” the garden said in a statement. The plant was first discovered in 1878 and the last time one bloomed at the US Botanic Garden was in 2007. AGENCIES
Code-breaker karSteN Nohl: ‘Phone users can’t do much against SIm hackers’
ENOWNED German codebreaker Karsten Nohl, who uncovered a design flaw in around 750 million SIM cards around the world leaving them vulnerable to hack attacks, told RT that phone users are helpless against hackers. “SIM cards were the last widelyused [piece of] technology left that no one had broken yet,” said Nohl, who made headlines on Sunday saying that his team found a flaw that would allow hackers to remotely access personal data and authorize illegal transactions within minutes. The 31-year-old 'ethical hacker' breaks into secure systems, exploiting their vulnerabilities, and then presents his findings to companies, hoping they fix any issues before they are identified by criminals. The UN’s International Telecommunications Union called the evidence “significant” and is to send an alert to all mobile phone operators warning of what was revealed. The bug affects the SIM card, the plastic circuit board that contains key phone user data, which is considered to be the most-secure part of the phone, and has not been hacked in a similar fashion in a decade. By finding out the unique encryption key of each SIM card with just one hidden text message, Nohl is able to get complete remote control of an individual’s phone. Nohl and the programming flaw can be exploited both for financial fraud and surveillance. “The worst case scenario that I could foresee is criminals acquiring enough information to hack a few million cards in the country,” Nohl added. “The main short term threat after criminals finally acquire this attack method is fraud. They will abuse the cards to send premium SMS, for instance. They can also steal banking tokens from them in countries where that is used.” The other thing to worry about Nohl warns is surveillance, “because the SIM cards do encrypt all the voice communications originating from a phone as well as data communication. All of this can be intercepted and decoded by a well-
equipped surveillance team.” The phone users are left in the dark in all of this as there is no way to tell when a SIM card is being hacked. “The best bet currently is to wait for the network to implement countermeasures before the abuse starts and should abuse happen in your network, ask for a new SIM card,” explains Nohl. Nohl said his team had been unsuccessfully attempting to breach SIM cards since 2011, using over-the-air-programming (OTA) – unseen text messages that
are sent by the mobile phone operator to change settings on the phone of a user within their network. In the end, the flaw was found by accident after Nohl noticed that when he attempted to send certain incorrect OTA commands, he would receive an error message that also contained the unique encryption code belonging to that phone – its virtual key. The code was easily decrypted – Nohl says the process takes him one minute. With the phone now at his disposal, he could command it to do anything from his own computer, without the user ever suspecting anything was amiss. The bug was not found in every SIM card tested and Nohl estimates that it is present in about a quarter of SIM cards using Data Encryption Standard (DES), putting about 750 million users worldwide at risk. While leading companies have released statements acknowledging the flaw, and claiming they are working to eradicate it, authorities have urged calm among ordinary users, noting that no criminal damage appears to have been done so far. NEWS DESK
textbooK publisHers revamp e-booKs to figHt used marKet A booming market in recent years for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students across the United States a ton of cash. But it has put textbook publishers in a bind. They don't make a cent unless students buy their books new. So increasingly, publishers like Pearson Plc and McGraw-Hill Education are turning to a new model: Creating online versions of their texts, often loaded with interactive features, and selling students access codes that expire at semester's end. Publishers save on printing, shipping and process returns. The e-books are good for learning and good for their bottom line. There's just one catch: Persuading students to go digital isn't easy. Online products accounted for 27 percent of the $12.4 billion spent on textbooks for secondary schools and colleges in the United States last year, according to research firm Outsell Inc. But the publishers expect that percentage to grow, and are retooling their businesses to compete in what they see as the future of the industry. Half of Pearson's total revenue last year came from digital products and services (not all of which are digital), and executives expect that to increase. The company recently announced a restructuring to emphasize online content. Cengage Learning, which creates customized courses, has pledged to emerge from a recent bankruptcy filing more focused on digital. McGraw-Hill Education, which was recently acquired by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, has taken an equity stake in one software company focused on digital learning and purchased another outright. Still, the transition will not be immediate, executives said. Students have to learn to adapt to a textbook that can almost read their minds. "How do we get from the Old World to the New
World as quickly as possible?" said Andrew Kvaal, a senior vice president for Cengage. "An awful lot of people still resonate with having a physical book in front of them." Some 77 percent of college students said they preferred print to e-books in a survey conducted last year by the National Association of College Stores. Another survey, by the research firm Student Monitor, found only 14 percent of students enrolled in college this past spring had classes that required online texts and just 2 percent bought most of their books in digital format. And most students said they did not see much use for the touted special features of digital textbooks, such as embedded quizzes, electronic flash cards, or the ability to share notes online. Michael Hardison, who is studying political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is among the skeptics. He likes straight-forward e-books, but said textbook software
with built-in tutorials made him feel that he was being spoon-fed the information instead of letting him wrestle with the material on his own. Cost is another concern for many students. Consider the widely used textbook, "Biology", by Sylvia Mader and Michael Windelspecht, published by McGraw-Hill. The ebook costs $120, a steep discount from the $229 cost for a new print textbook. But savvy shoppers do better. The same book in printed form can be rented for $36. It can also be bought used for $102, and later resold on the secondhand market for up to $95, according to the website CheapestTextbooks.com. These alternative markets have transformed the industry. Average student spending on new textbooks per semester dropped from $192 in the fall of 2008 to $138 this spring, according to Student Monitor. That is despite the prices of new textbooks rising about 6 percent
hey Flipper! dolphins call each other by name Dolphins call to each other using distinctive whistles that serve as names, new research suggests. Each dolphin makes its own unique whistle, and close friends or family will reply with the same sound. The findings, published July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest the dolphins use the whistles like names. Past research showed individual dolphins had personal whistles, but it wasn't clear that other members of their group learned that whistle. "These are learned individual calls animals can sometimes copy to label or address one another," said study co-author Stephanie King, a marine mammal scientist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. The findings also reveal parallels between dolphin whistles and human language acquisition. [7 Ways Animals Are Like Humans] "As humans, we are able to learn new sounds, and dolphins and parrots can also learn new sounds," King told LiveScience. SIGNATURE wHISTLES: Dolphins use an amazing repertoire of buzzes, whistles and clicks to communicate with each other and hunt for prey. Past studies revealed that dolphins had signature whistles, and they used those whistles as personal calling cards to invite other dolphins to play. NEWS DESK
Coming soon: a bentley Suv Super premium luxury car brand Bentley Motors on Tuesday said it will foray into the sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment and launch an SUV in 2016. British-born Bentley, a part of German auto giant Volkswagen group, also plans to invest more than 800 million pounds over the next three years for development of new models, the company said in a statement. On its plans to foray into the SUV segment, the company said: "The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. It will create over 1,000 jobs in the UK." The Bentley SUV will be the company's fourth model line. Commenting on the move, Volkswagen Group board chairman, Martin Winterkorn said: "Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand's first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley - powerful, exclusive and successful." Bentley's chairman and chief executive, Wolfgang Schreiber said, "this new fourth model line will leverage the success of the global SUV market". NEWS DESK
a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Digital textbooks could hurt the secondhand market, analysts said. But they will have to contend with open-source sites - free or almost-free compilations of resources that are only a small threat now - and students sharing files rather than buying their own. With online books, publishing companies "get a steady stream of revenue," said Will Ethridge, the outgoing chief executive of Pearson's North America division. "It's a better model for students, a better model for the business and a better model for the environment." The transition "obviously doesn't happen overnight," he said, "but we do think the direction is very clear." Executives say students might be wary at first, but once they try the new software, they are hooked. McGraw-Hill's LearnSmart software - which serves almost as a personal tutor, guiding students through e-books - debuted in 2010 with just 150,000 student users. Two years later, more than a million students were paying $25 to $35 per course to access the online tutor, which they purchase separately from the online textbook itself. Executives say sales are expected to rise again this year. Some digital texts embed links to videos, articles and clips from a professor's lectures, while others will monitor a student's progress and draw up personalized study plans to keep them on track. "We can even predict what you're most likely to forget...and when you're most likely to forget it," said Jeff Livingston, a senior vice president at McGraw-Hill Education. Manju Bhat, an assistant professor of physiology at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, monitors how much time his students spend reading the digital texts he assigns, how they do on embedded quizzes, and which concepts stump them. Bhat, a paid consultant to McGraw-Hill, uses that data to shape the next day's lesson. The students' grades improved so much that "My department chairwoman called me into her office and asked me, 'What did you do?'" Bhat said. NEWS DESK
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I see this as a positive judgement but it will take some time to bring all the reforms in Pakistan cricket. – Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif
tough CoNteSt Set For FINal SCraP T GROS ISLET AGENCIES
OUGH, hard-fought cricket, along with the usual doses of excitement when you least expect them is on cards when Pakistan and the West Indies will meet in their fifth and final ODI at Gros Islet on Wednesday. According to Cricinfo, star player makes umpteenth comeback, walks in at 47 for 5, cracks 76 off 55 and then takes other-worldly figures of 9-3-12-7. Home side rebound from the thrashing with a convincing win in the second game, then follow it up with a last-ball, last-wicket train robbery of a tie when they are all but derailed. West Indies and Pakistan, true to reputation, have given us what they were expected to. And the Caribbean has given us another ODI series with twists and turns, following the tri-series also involving India and Sri Lanka. The balance between bat and ball, the absence of which renders so many one-day contests into one-dimensional batting gluts, has set this series up for one, final tussle between the two sides. In what has become unfortunately recurring due to the forced change in the West Indies home season, rain influenced the result of the fourth game. It arrived while the Pakistan chase was on, and imposed a revised target. West Indies found their three specialist bowlers had already bowled most of their quota; Pakistan had lost only their openers. Although the conditions and the situation were more in favour of the chasing side
‘PeoPle who SeleCted woodhIll Should be takeN to taSk’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former cricketer Mudassar Nazar said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials who selected Australian Trent Woodhill for national team’s batting coach should be taken to task. PCB’s director international cricket and head of coach selection committee Intikhab Alam announced the appointment of Australian coach Trent Woodhill prior to the Champions Trophy to help solve the players’ perennial batting problems. Mudassar, who had played 76 Tests and 122 ODIs for Pakistan between 1976 and 1989, said big Pakistani players like Zaheer Abbas and Inzamam ul haq had also applied for the job that time than how can the PCB ignore them and appoint Woodhill. “How can you compare Woodhill with Zaheer and Inzamam,” Mudassar said in an interview to website Pakpassion. Mudassar said appointing Woodhill was good for his (Woodhill’s) CV only asbeing Pakistan’s batting coach was a big thing. “I cannot understand who made thedecision of appointing Woodhill,” he said adding that Pakistan team is in direneed of a batting coach. Mudassar, who was also the Director of Game Development in Pakistan, saidever since Muhammad Hafeez has lost his opening spot he had been struggling atnumber three. “Hafeez makes his place in the team because of his bowling,” he said. Veiws on Misbah ul haq being captain till 2015 World Cup, Mudassar said Misbahis a very calm player and his influence has been fantastic over this team. “Whenyou go into a one-day game, you should go in with the intention of scoring 300+to put the game away from the opposition but that’s not the case when Misbahcomes in to bat,” he said and added that to win the World Cup, a captain needsto do a bit more than that. You need to dominate right from the first ball.
than the defending one, it must be said that more than those two, Pakistan’s selfdestructing tendency often proves to be their undoing. That they didn’t succumb to any of the three is creditable, and irrespective of what happens in the final game, they have maintained their record of not losing a bilateral ODI series in the West Indies since 1988. They have, in fact, won the last two, in 2005 and 2011; even another tie will suit them fine. A lot has been said about West Indies’ improvement, recent and continuing, in limited-overs cricket. The improvement, however, does not seem to be translating itself clearly into results yet. In the past year, away series losses to Bangladesh and Australia, the latter a 0-5 whitewash, have been followed by an early exit from the Champions Trophy in England, and failure to make the final of a home triseries. They are now faced with the task of winning the fifth match to avoid losing another home series to Pakistan. It is also crucial for Dwayne Bravo’s fledgling captaincy that he comes out of this scrap with a tied series. In the spotlight would be Chris Gayle who’s worst year in ODIs, after his debut year in 1999, with an average just above 20. In a way, he is to the Caribbean what Shahid Afridi is to Pakistan. The star who towers above the rest of his team-mates, peerless in fan following. You don’t drop Afridi without expecting a backlash from the public; the same applies to Gayle. At 33, though, he is at an age where similar batsmen such as Virender Sehwag, batsmen who rely more on timing or power than on technique, have found it difficult to reinvent themselves in the
face of dwindling returns. He was demoted to as low as No. 5 in the previous match and made 30 at a strikerate of 65. How will he respond to this late challenge in his career? Mohammad Hafeez needed that fifty in the previous game. He’d gone 11 innings for a lone score of 50-plus, a century against Ireland. While Hafeez’s bowling in limited-overs is always handy, he is also a top-order batsman, and the Twenty20 captain. Given the long struggle to prove himself that Hafeez’s career has been, you sense that the feeling of insecurity somehow still lurks somewhere inside, and is likely to worsen matters when the runs are not coming. It also does not help that Hafeez is a rhythm player, and when the rhythm deserts him, it really does. Has he regained it after that 59? West Indies demoted Gayle and chose Devon Smith to open instead in the previous game. Another failure for Smith followed, but it will be unfair on him if he gets just the one chance. Given Ahmed Shehzad’s continuing struggles, Pakistan have the choice of opening with Asad Shafiq, who’s batted at the top before on a few occasions. Umar Amin played the tour match against Guyana but hasn’t got a game yet in the series. He is another option. Marlon Samuels, on rediscovering his touch believes: “I had a good talk with Dr Scott Hamilton [West Indies’ sports psychologist] and I was trying to refresh my memory of the way my style of play is. My style of play is given myself a chance and pushes it around, and then I can definitely make up at the end.”
Pakistan has no replacement for Misbah: Mohsin LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Hailing Misbah-ul-Haq’s stunning performance with the bat during the ongoing Pakistan-West Indies ODI series, former cricketer and chief selector Mohsin Hassan Khan has said that Pakistan have no replacement for the incumbent skipper. “Misbah has proved that at present he is the only man who can lead the national team by example. Those who criticize him must also tell who can guide the team this way in his absence,” he said while commenting upon Pakistan’s sixwicket Duckworth-Lewis victory in the fourth one-day international against West Indies in St Lucia. In the fourth ODI Misbah hit third half century of the series and Mohsin said if Pakistan captain performed in the same fashion in the last ODI he would be the man of the series. “Those
who don’t consider Misbah a fine cricketer have no understanding of the cricket,” he added. Mohsin also hailed the performance of fast bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan. “The good thing about Irfan is that he is improving with each passing day. I see a very bright future
for the tall man. If he keeps himself disciplined and focuses on his fitness. I’m sure he can play with peace for Pakistan at least for seven years.” He said Irfan’s line and length was amazing and he would prove lethal on bouncy tracks in Australia and South Africa. He also expressed surprise that why Junaid Khan was kept out of the team in first two ODIs against West Indies despite being physically fit. “He (Junaid) is an asset for Pakistan. His ouster in first two matches makes no sense.” The former chief selector said that Junaid could bowl quite efficiently with the new ball as well as with the old one adding, “all fast bowlers can’t do that.” To another question he said that Umar Akmal was a natural talent but the young batsman must realize that he had to deliver. He said Pakistan should have a regular wicketkeeper and for that either Adnan Akmal or Sarfaraz Ahmed should be picked up.
PakIStaN CrICket FaCeS FreSh turmoIl KARACHI AGENCIES
Pakistani cricket faced fresh turmoil Tuesday as a court cancelled all decisions made by the interim board chairman and demanded a member of the public be included on the national selection committee. The ruling by the Islamabad High Court severely curtails the powers of Najam Sethi, appointed as temporary Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman after Zaka Ashraf was thrown out over his controversial election. The court cancelled the
appointment of former captain Moin Khan as chief selector and ordered the PCB to draft a “keen follower of the game” from the public onto the panel that chooses the national side. The 30-page judgement nullified the appointment of a new selection committee by Sethi Ä which means Pakistan cannot presently select a side to play Zimbabwe next month. PCB legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi said Tuesday’s judgement limited the interim chairman to a caretaker role with little authority to make decisions and the board was considering an appeal.
“We are reviewing the judgement and will decide the legal course of action soon,” Rizvi said. The court issued guidelines on the process to elect a new PCB chairman, which is to take place within 90 days, and demanded a shakeup of the selection committee. “The scope of the selection committee is required to be enhanced by including one sports journalist, cricket commentator and one keen follower of the game of cricket having sufficient knowledge from the general public,” the court ruled. Cricket selectors are customarily drawn from the ranks of former players
and coaches with personal knowledge of current cricketers and direct experience of the game at the highest level. The court upheld an earlier court ruling suspending Ashraf from the chairman’s job following complaints about the process to elect him. Ashraf was appointed chairman by PCB patron and the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, in October 2011 under a previous PCB constitution. But the board was forced to introduce a new constitution earlier this year after the International Cricket Council (ICC) ordered an end to government interference.
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CSA has not enjoyed the best of reputations over the last little while. Today must be the start of something new. –Haroon Lorgat
wIN For PakIStaN, hoStS oN day oNe
DUBLIn: There were no major surprises on the opening day of the ICC Women’s World T20 qualifier, with hosts Ireland, favourites Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and the Netherlands all winning their respective matches. Thailand could muster only 76 for eight after holding Pakistan to 145 for six. Chanida Sutthiruang hit a futile 19 off 11 balls towards the end of the Thai innings but they were never in the hunt. Sumaiya Siddiqi returned the incredible figures of 4-2-4-2, while there were also wickets for Sadia Yousuf (1-9), Qanita Jalil (1-14), Asmavia Iqbal (2-15) and Bismah Maroof (1-10). Pakistan had earlier recovered well from the loss of Javeria Khan in Nattakan Chantam’s first over. Nain Abidi made 47 off 38 balls, while there was 25 from Bismah Maroof and a late 16-ball 26 from Nida Dar. The closest match of the day was always likely to be the one between the Netherlands and Zimbabwe at the YMCA Cricket Club in Dublin and so it proved. It was a tense and low-scoring affair, with Zimbabwe failing to score the seven runs that they needed off the final over and losing by three runs. They struggled for much of their run chase, initially slipping to 29 for five, before a sixth-wicket stand of 33 between captain Ashley Burdett (23) and Nonhlanhla Nyathi (30 not out) gave them hope. However, those two would be the only batters to reach double figures as Leonie Bennett ended with figures of three for 15. Sharne Mayers had earlier taken three for 14 to help restrict the Dutch to just 95 for seven. Miranda Veringmeier (15) and Tessa van der Gun (28rh) got them off to a good start, but only one other player reached double figures as Mayers and Christabel Chatonzwa (1-16) bowled tidily. A century from Clare Shillington gave Ireland the ideal start. The 32 year-old - a veteran of 76 One-Day Internationals smashed 114 not out off 72 balls to help her side trounce minnows Japan. She shared an unbroken 134 for the second-wicket with Cecelia Joyce (40 not out off 41 balls) as the hosts finished on 170 for one. elena Tice then took three for 10, while there were a brace of wickets apiece for Melissa Scott-Hayward (2-8), Kim Garth (2-10) and 13 year-old Lucy O’Reilly (2-9) as Japan were bundled out for 53. Only Mariko Yamamoto and Shizuka Kubota reached double figures. Leftarm spinner Chandima Gunaratne took four for six from her four overs as Sri Lanka hammered Canada by nine wickets. They overhauled Canada’s derisory total of 44 in 37 deliveries as Yasoda Mendis and eshani Kaushalya each finished on 17 not out. Sripali Weerakkody (211), Sandamali Dolawatte (2-8) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (1-8) were the other Canada wicket-takers. AGENCIES
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Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
Zimbabwe seek upset against India
Zimbabwe begin a five-match one-day series against India on Wednesday accepting that victory in even one of the games would represent a good result against
the top-ranked side in the world. India may have rested captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading spinner R Ashwin and seamers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Zimbabwe’s new coach Andy Waller expects their replacements to prove equally threatening.
tImINg out oF whaCk oN PattINSoN’S t20 CoNtraCt MELBOURNE AGENCIES
Hours after injured James Pattinson was ruled out of Australia’s troubled Ashes campaign, the Melbourne Renegades have announced they’ve signed the fast bowler for the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League. Cricket Australia released a statement on Tuesday saying that Pattinson will miss the remainder of the series after reporting hip and back soreness on the last day of the second Ashes
test, which England won by 347 runs Sunday with a day to spare to take a 2-0 lead. Critics were already scathing of Australia’s focus on limited-overs formats at the expense of test cricket before the Renegades’ ill-timed announcement that Pattinson is relishing the prospect of playing T20. Australia, on the brink of a worst-ever, seventh straight test defeat, is preparing for the third test against England starting August 1.
SRI LANKA 2-0 UP AFTER RAINY DAY COLOMBO (RPS) AGENCIES
A second, successive sub-standard performance with the bat saw South Africa undo their significantly improved showing with the ball to go 2-0 down in the series. On a slow surface, batting was laboured, and Sri Lanka’s attack was able to defend with ease, the spinners getting the opposition batsmen into a tangle, again. South Africa’s challenge was dealt a serious blow before it even began. Hashim Amla, who missed the first match with a neck niggle but recovered in time for this one, was injured in the field and could not open the batting. Amla slipped in the 43rd over while trying to field a ball at fine leg. He fell on his knee and was immediately taken to hospital for a scan. Having dropped Colin Ingram to make way for Amla, South Africa needed another makeshift opener and pushed Robin Peterson up the order. He became the first spinner to open both the batting and the bowling for the country, having been given the first new ball earlier, but it was not an occasion for celebration. Peterson watched as his partner, Alviro Petersen was dropped off the fourth ball of the innings but he had no such reprieve. He kept out one Lasith Malinga yorker but was comprehensively beaten by the next, which crashed into the stumps to see South Africa’s opening stand broken in the first
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over. Petersen and JP Duminy seemed to settle, with both hitting boundaries that showed their class, but they only had a 32run stand to show for it. Thisara Perera managed some superb movement and got Duminy to feather an edge to Kumar Sangakkara. Rangana Herath struck in his first over again, getting Petersen lbw playing for turn to one that went straight on. Tillakaratne Dilshan removed AB de
Villiers on review when the South Africa captain missed a sweep. When Faf du Plessis was caught behind in the next over to become Herath’s 50th ODI wicket, South Africa were 69 for 5 and defeat was imminent. With rain looming, David Miller and Ryan McLaren tried to keep up with the Duckworth-Lewis target but they had fallen too far behind. Form in the top order has been exposed as severely lacking by Sri Lanka’s wily attack. With none of Duminy, de Villiers or du Plessis posting a half-century in their last five innings, South Africa’s batting will have to improve even more than their bowling did in this match. Although the South Africa attack sent down 14 wides, they found their lines quicker than they had on Saturday. Morne Morkel struck the first blow when he had Upul Tharanga caught by Peterson at midwicket but South Africa would have shuddered to see the in-form Sangakkara stride out. He immediately added stability with the first boundary of the innings, a welltimed flick through the leg side off a wayward Chris Morris delivery. Sangakkara continued to place the ball well even as Dilshan grew frustrated but he was dismissed against the run of play, to a spinner. Sangakkara was tempted by Aaron Phangiso’s persistent flight and could not clear extra cover.
SCOREBOARD SRI lANKA WU Tharanga c Peterson b Morkel 3 TM Dilshan c de villiers b Morkel 43 KC Sangakkara c Petersen b Phangiso 37 DPMD Jayawardene b Peterson 17 HDRl Thirimanne lbw b Mclaren 13 lD Chandimal c du Plessis b Morkel 43 J Mubarak c & b Duminy 8 NlTC Perera c sub (CA Ingram) b Morris 11 HMRKB Herath run out (Morkel/de villiers) 13 RMS Eranga not out 7 Sl Malinga not out 0 EXTRAS (lb 6, w 20, nb 2) 28 TOTAl (9 wickets; 49.2 overs) 223 (4.52 runs per over) FAll OF WICKETS 1-7 (Tharanga, 3.3 ov), 2-66 (Sangakkara, 17.5 ov), 3-106 (Jayawardene, 26.3 ov), 4-120 (Dilshan, 29.2 ov), 5-143 (Thirimanne, 35.1 ov), 6-167 (Mubarak, 40.3 ov), 7192 (Perera, 44.2 ov), 8-205 (Chandimal, 46.4 ov), 9-220 (Herath, 49.2 ov) BOWlING: RJ Peterson 10-0-39-1, M Morkel 10-0-34-3, CH Morris 7-0-38-1, R Mclaren 9.2-0-45-1, AM Phangiso 10-0-521, JP Duminy 3-0-9-1 SOUTH AFRICA AN Petersen lbw b Herath 24 RJ Peterson b Malinga 3 JP Duminy c Sangakkara b Perera 15 AB de villiers lbw b Dilshan 12 F du Plessis c Sangakkara b Herath 8 DA Miller not out 22 R Mclaren not out 14 EXTRAS (lb 2, w 4) 6 TOTAl (5 wickets; 21 overs) 104 DID NOT BAT HM Amla, AM Phangiso, CH Morris, M Morkel Fall of wickets 1-7 (Peterson, 0.6 ov), 2-39 (Duminy, 6.1 ov), 3-55 (Petersen, 9.4 ov), 4-67 (de villiers, 12.1 ov), 5-69 (du Plessis, 13.4 ov) BOWlING: Sl Malinga 3-0-17-1, RMS Eranga 4-0-21-0, NlTC Perera 4-0-23-1, HMRKB Herath 4-0-16-2, TM Dilshan 50-20-1, J Mubarak 1-0-5-0 Match details Toss Sri lanka, who chose to bat Series Sri lanka led the 5-match series 2-0 Player of the match tba Umpires RSA Palliyaguruge and RR Wimalasiri Tv umpire RA Kettleborough (England) Match referee AJ Pycroft (zimbabwe) Reserve umpire lE Hannibal
“All along we’ve prepared with the hope that we might surprise them in one of the games - we have to be realistic, and look to be competitive and do the best that we can,” Waller said. “India have got so many cricket players that I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the guys who have come in and some of the players they’ve left out.” Zimbabwe go into Wednesday’s game at Harare Sports Club with their most settled batting line-up in many years, having been boosted by Sean Williams’s performances in the middle order during their series victory over Bangladesh. Williams has overcome a minor injury that kept him out of a three-day match against Australia A last week, which a Zimbabwe Select XI lost by 80 runs. “Our top six are settled,” Waller said. “The guys are hugely excited about this. We’ve been preparing knowing that the best side in the world are coming.” India’s last visit to Zimbabwe was in 2010 for a tri-series that included Sri Lanka, when they failed to make the final after losing twice to the hosts. While India’s squad for this series may be short on experience, they will not lack for motivation having gained the opportunity to press for more regular inclusion in the future. Seamer Jaydev Unadkat and batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been brought in, along with uncapped players Parvez Rasool and Mohit Sharma. Even the more senior players will have something to prove, with Virat Kohli hoping to showcase his captaincy credentials as he leads the side in Dhoni’s absence. “You need eleven players who are hungry for success, who are hardworking and whose vision is victory,” Kohli said. “All fifteen players are strong and it is a strong unit, which is good.”
auSSIeS have hIt roCk bottom: mCgrath SYDnEY: Australia have hit rock bottom with their defeat to england in the second Ashes Test and spinner Nathan Lyon must be recalled at the expense of Ashton Agar if they are to turn things around, according to fast bowling great Glenn McGrath. McGrath’s traditional prediction of a 5-0 Ashes series sweep for Australia has been proved well wide of the mark this year with england winning the first two tests, the second at Lord’s by 347 runs. The 43-year-old believes Australia’s situation is salvageable if the top six batsmen can put a higher price on their wickets and off-spinner Lyon is in the team when the third test begins at Old Trafford on August 1. “They say that you have to hit the bottom before you can start to get back up. And that is where this Australia team are right now, rock bottom,” he wrote in a column in the Guardian. “If these players have not heard the wake-up call by now, then they do not deserve to be in the Australia team. They have to turn this series around right now. “If they don’t, some of the blokes in this squad could find that their international careers end with the fifth test at The Oval.” Teenager Agar’s sparkling 98 with the bat on debut was the highlight of the first Test for Australia but his left arm finger spinning has earned him just two wickets at a cost of 248 runs in the two matches so far. “Nathan Lyon, between his debut in 2011 and the start of this series, took as many wickets in Test cricket as any other Australian bowler, 76 at an average of 33. He should start the next test,” McGrath wrote. “I also expect Fawad Ahmed, who just took eight wickets in a match for Australia A in Zimbabwe, to come into the squad. AGENCIES
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Under the current circumstances I believe restoring the 1994 Constitution will prove decisive in swift resolution of all the crises as this Constitution is more democratic. – Arif Ali Khan Abbasi
‘CrImINal Charge Sheet CaN Not be FIled agaINSt dead PerSoN’ MUMBAI: No purpose can be achieved by Delhi police for filing a chargesheet against deceased Hansie Cronje, according to Delhi-based lawyer Rajiv Shankar Dvivedi. Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Delhi, he said, “the charge-sheet can only be filed against the live person”. “Perhaps to avoid the embarrassment, the retiring Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar may have taken this decision”, he added. “This is not a civil case. Cronje’s family can not be held liable in this case. The police can not force his family members to defend the case. There can’t be any punishment for Cronje’s family”, he further added. The lawyer’s legalargument made possible for Ankit Chavan, the accused player in the IPL, to get bail and marry his long time girlfriend. Close Cronje’s chapter, says his brother “There is very little information on this (charge sheet)”, Hansie’s brother, Franz Cronje, said from South Africa. “As far as I am aware there has never been any new evidence since the King Commission. Hansie said everything during the King Commission that he wanted to say and none of his testimony has ever been proven to be untrue”, the brother says. “He confessed that he gave information to bookies, but always maintain that he never “threw” a match. We show this clearly in the movie that we made about Hansie”. “I would like to think the time has come to close this case and move on”, he signed off. BIPIN DANI
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MOSCOw: Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva said she was feeling good after qualifying on Monday for the finals of the Russian athletics championships. Isinbayeva cleared the qualification mark of 4.10m at the second attempt in what was her first performance on home soil in a long time. “I have very positive feelings today,” Isinbayeva told the press. “everything is perfect here: the great arena, excellent surface, even the weather is good. I’m looking forward to a classy performance here.” Although she has been pre-selected to represent her country at next month’s world championships in the same stadium, Isinbayeva said she had decided to compete at the national championships because she lacked competition practice this season. “I want to try the new surface at Luzhniki and to test my current form because I competed at too few events this season,” she said. “I experienced some health problems that prevented me from competing at some of this season’s events. Here I just want to jump ad libitum without any particular goals as I was already preselected for the world championships. “Probably I will try to set up my new personal record,” added the world record-holder jokingly. It is several years since Isinbayeva has been in the kind of form she was in 2009 when she set the world mark of 5.06m. AGENCIES
TRINGENT drug testing means cycling is now probably the cleanest sport, Tour de France champion Chris Froome has said. Froome is the first rider to win the Tour since American Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for cheating and, perhaps unsurprisingly given cycling’s drug-tainted past, the Briton found the finger of suspicion pointing at him during the race. “The way the sport is now and the way the testing is, it is so, so strict. Each rider has a blood passport where almost on a monthly basis, readings are taken,” Froome said in an interview with Reuters TV the day after his triumph. “People don’t realise the amount of testing we actually go through. I am confident to say that cycling really must be one of the cleanest sports, if not the cleanest, just because of the way it’s policed and controlled.” The Team Sky rider had to endure the inevitable questions about doping from the media during the three-week race. “That did add an aspect, a different
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the FaSter maN woN, aCCePtS CaveNdISh CHAMPS-ELYSEES: Mark Cavendish could only hold his hands up in defeat after seeing his run of Tour de France victories on the Champselysees ended under the lights last night. Cavendish had won four Tour finales in a row in Paris, but a 100th Tour which has seen his status as the fastest man on a bike questioned like never before ended with more frustration. On the road he has made his playground in recent years, Cavendish was beaten into third place by German duo Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel, while Chris Froome followed behind arm-inarm with his Sky team-mates to confirm his overall victory. The Manxman offered no excuses, saying Kittel is simply the faster man. “Kittel was faster,” he said. AGENCIES
aspect to our race that not only were we thinking about the race and the challenges that presented but also that aspect off the bike of having to answer questions about our legitimacy and what we did to get to this point,” the 28-year-old said. “I completely understand those questions, it’s normal given the revelations from Lance Armstrong’s era. I am just happy that I have been able to answer those questions and to show people that the sport really has changed,” Froome added.
Kenyan-born Froome now has his sights on September’s world championships in Italy but believes this year’s Tour win could be the first of many after he dominated the 100th edition of the race. He became the second successive British winner of the Tour after Bradley Wiggins when he crossed the finish line on the Champs Elysees on Sunday to finish four minutes 20 seconds ahead of Colombian Nairo Quintana in the overall standings.
MELBOURnE: Casey Stoner is to make a return to MotoGP over the coming months - but only as a test rider. Double world champion Stoner quit at the end of last year, claiming he was disillusioned and no longer enjoyed competing in the sport. The 27-year-old Australian, however, is to take part in four tests for Honda’s research and development team as they evolve the RC213V and a new production bike to be sold to selected MotoGP teams for next year. Despite speculation, Honda insist the tests are not a forerunner to Stoner returning to MotoGP full time, stating it is “now out of the question”. Stoner added: “It’s been almost seven months now since Valencia (the final race last season) and I’m still happy and comfortable with the decision I made to stop racing. “Sometimes I miss riding my RCV, so I am happy HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) asked me to do some tests in Motegi this year. AGENCIES
ChISora to ChalleNge FroCh to deFeNd tItleS baNNed magee ready agaINSt groveS to FIght Pulev wEMBLEY: Dereck Chisora has been installed as mandatory challenger for Kubrat Pulev’s european heavyweight title following his sixth-round knockout of American Malik Scott. Chisora will next fight on Frank Warren’s Copper Box Arena show on September 21, which also features Billy Joe Saunders’ British middleweight title showdown with John Ryder. “This is the new Dereck Chisora back on the road to winning the world heavyweight title,” Chisora said. “Kubrat for the european title would be nice and he’s going to get knocked out - or bring me another unbeaten Yank to spank like Deontay Wilder.” AGENCIES
LOnDOn: Carl Froch will defend his IBF and WBA world super-middleweight titles against former sparring partner and mandatory challenger George Groves later this year. The all-British fight will take place in late November or December. Froch says “I’m excited, the first defense of both my belts is a big domestic clash,” and adds “I am a proper fighter and a proper champion and I will always face my mandatory challenger rather than vacate the title.” The 36-year-old Froch won a unanimous decision over Mikkel Kessler in May to add the WBA championship to his IBF belt. AGENCIES
BERLIn: Brian Magee is eager to get back in the ring when his six-month doping ban ends next week. The Northern Irishman, a former WBA supermiddleweight champion, tested positive for the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. The test was done after the fight in which Magee lost to Mikkel Kessler in December last year. Magee escaped a longer ban by proving the substance had come from an unlabeled ingredient in a sports supplement. Magee said on Monday: “I was in total shock when I was told I had tested positive. I honestly thought someone was playing a joke.” AGENCIES
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I don’t know how Neymar will do at Barcelona. At Barca, the style of play is more important than anything else. –Arrigo Sacchi
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PARIS: Chris froome pose with arms raised after winning Tour de france 2013. AGENCIES
StakhovSky CraSheS out oF SwISS oPeN GSTAAD: Sergiy Stakhovsky lost his fourth straight match since beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon, falling in the first round of the Swiss Open on Monday. Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia beat Stakhovsky 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 as the two unseeded players opened the clay-court event. The 99thranked Stakhovsky beat Federer in four sets in the second round of Wimbledon last month, then lost to Juergen Melzer. The Ukrainian followed that with a first-round loss in Bstaad, Sweden, and another in qualifying in Hamburg, Germany. Federer, who lost in the Hamburg semifinals, will play in Gstaad for the first time since winning the title in 2004. The fifth-ranked Swiss has a first-round bye and is scheduled to begin Thursday against either Marco Chiudinelli, his childhood friend, or Daniel Brands of Germany in the second round. Lukas Rosol, best known for ousting Rafael Nadal in the second round at last year’s Wimbledon, was the only seeded player to lose Monday. AGENCIES
OGER Federer will concentrate on both his own fitness and the state of his new prototype racquet as he waits for a second-round opponent to emerge for his Thursday afternoon start at the Swiss Open. The top seed, who has been playing since last week with a larger, 98-square-inch racquet after competing for most of his career with a 90-square-inch model, remains quietly confident that he will be able to make the big switch before travelling to Canada in little more than a week to prepare for the Montreal Masters. “This racket will probably change over the next few months, we will keep tinkering with it,” said Federer, working closely with his manufacturer. “I’ve tried a lot of models and this is the one I like the best. “I’ll play Gstaad with it and then we can look ahead. The plan for now is to continue with this racquet.” The world number five is the top seed in Gstaad as he returns to the iconic alpine village for the first time since winning the event in 2004. Federer is trying to put behind him his loss in the semifinal last week in Hamburg to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis, also playing here. Federer’s first opponent after a bye will come in the form of German Daniel Brands, whom he beat in three sets in last week’s first round, or longtime mate Marco Chiudinelli, a fellow Basel native. “Gstaad is a special tournament with altitude (800 metres),” said Federer. “You can’t come here for six weeks to get prepared.
vekIC, CadaNtu advaNCe at baku CuP BAKU: Second-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia advanced to the second round of the Baku Cup on Monday by winning 6-1, 6-0 against local favorite Nazrin Jafarova. Vekic converted five of six break points, while Jafarova won only 16 points in the match. Fourth-seeded Alexandra Cadantu of Romania rallied past Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. In other first round matches on outdoor hard courts at Baku Tennis Academy, Slovenia’s Tadeja Majeric beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-4 and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia defeated Daria Gavrilova of Russia 6-4, 6-0. AGENCIES
MARTINO APPOINTED NEW BARCELONA COACH BARCELONA AGENCIES
Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones has seen no change in striker Luis Suarez’s attitude on his return to the squad despite the player suggesting he wants a new challenge. The Uruguay international is set to make his first appearance for the Reds this summer in Wednesday’s friendly against
Melbourne Victory, having flown into Australia on Sunday after extended leave following the Confederations Cup. While he was away the 26-year-old has spoken about the attraction of Real Madrid and his agent Pere Guardiola has told the club the player wants to play in the Champions League but will not try to force through a move. But that has not affected Suarez, who has returned to training with
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contract,” a statement on fcbarcelona.cat read. “In the coming hours [a programme will be planned for] his arrival in Barcelona, signing the contract and the subsequent presentation.” A host of coaches were linked to the vacant position with the Spanish champions, including Luis Enrique, Andre Villas-Boas, Marcelo Bielsa, Michael Laudrup and Guus Hiddink,
who on Monday resigned as coach of Anzhi Makhachkala. However, Martino emerged as the favourite over the weekend and the former Argentina midfielder was on Tuesday confirmed as Barca’s new boss. Martino had been in charge of Newell’s in his native Rosario for the last two seasons, having previously also represented the club in three different spells as a player. He also played for Spanish side Tenerife as well as Lanus in his homeland, Barcelona SC in Ecuador and O’Higgins in Chile. Prior to taking over at Newell’s, Martino spent four years as coach of Paraguay, from 2007 to 2011. He led them to the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup - the nation’s best-ever performance in the competition - before losing 1-0 to eventual champions Spain.
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Barcelona have reached an agreement for Argentinian Gerardo Martino to become their new coach. The 50-year-old, who led Newell’s Old Boys to the Argentinian Clausura title last season but recently severed ties with the club, has agreed a two-year contract at Barca where he will replace Tito Vilanova. Barca announced on Friday night that the 44-year-old Vilanova was stepping down as he continues his battle with cancer. “FC Barcelona have reached an agreement to appoint Gerardo Martino as the new coach of the football team for the next two seasons . This agreement is pending the drafting and signing of the
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the same vigour he had last season and Jones said they expect him to stay. “It’s good to have Luis and (fellow Uruguay international) Seb Coates back,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “Most of the boys were joking with him about his Uruguayan (television) advert which we saw on the internet. “Luis is a bubbly character. You always know when he’s about as you can hear him five rooms away! “He just loves football - he lives and breathes it. You saw him in training here, he’s like a little kid. He doesn’t want to stop - it’s like waiting for your mum to call you in. “He’s that type of character. He’s never going to shirk any effort. We don’t expect anything less, no matter what’s gone on in the media. “He’s the same player we’ve been used to. Nothing has changed. “He’s still here and we expect it to stay that way. We all hope he stays as he’s a fantastic player. I see no reason to
doubt that.” Jones has been working closely with Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet since the Belgium international’s arrival from Sunderland. He appears to be favourite for the number one spot as Jose Reina, who has yet to join up with the squad after his Confederations Cup involvement, could be on his way to Napoli after they made an approach for a loan deal which would reunite the Spaniard with former Reds manager Rafael Benitez. Jones has been impressed with the new £9million signing. “I’ve seen a fair bit of him and he’s done really well,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “Last season was probably his best so far and Sunderland probably owe a bit to him for staying up. “For him it’s a big move but it’s something he’s probably deserved from last year and he’ll be hoping to continue in the way he finished last season.
LAHORE: The final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event will be played between Model Town Greens and National Gym after eid ul fitar. Model Town Greens has marched into the final after 11 years while National Gym has qualified for final first time. Model Town Club and P&T Gym have won the event 4 times each, while Model Town Greens, Imperial club, Servis club and Apallo club have won the event 2 times each. The cantonment Gym, Ludihana Gym, Raja club, Dharmpura Gym, Shalimar Gym ,Dharampura Sports, Mughalpura Whites, Cooperative bank, Shining club, Punjab club and Universal club have won the event 1 time each. STAFF REPORT
eaSt ZoNe eveNtS CommIttee meetS oN 28th LAHORE: The meeting of east Zone cricket Association Tournament committee will be held on July 28 (sunday) at 11:00 AM at the residence of chairman of the committee Waqarul-Munir. In the meeting the matter regading T-20 event will be discuss. All the members and officials of the committee have advised to attend the meeting. STAFF REPORT
weSt ZoNe IN CommaNd aFter three eveNtS LAHORE: The West Zone has commanding position in the three events i.e 16th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship, 10th M Siddiq Memorial cricket event and 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event. In the Tauseef Trophy event 2 clubs i.e Ali Garh Club and Yuslim Club have belonged to West Zone. Out of 4 clubs only 2 clubs have belonged to east Zone. i.e Servs Club and Mughalpura Whites. The final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter memorial cricet event clubs i.e Model Town Greens and National Gym have belonged to West Zone While the final of 10 M Siddiq Memorial Cricket event i.e Model Town Club and YUslim Club have also belonged to West Zone. STAFF REPORT
majId IN laSt 16 oF thaIlaNd SNooker LAHORE: Pakistan’s Muhammad Majid Ali advanced into the last 16 round of the Ubon Ratchathani Cup (Thailand Ranking Snooker Tournament) after posting a hard 4-1 frame win over Boonyarit Kaettikun (4-1), 80-45, 6827, 24-67, 90-5, 62-27. Majid seeing victory at doors step ran out of concentration and command losing third frame to Thailand’s U20 champion who was chaired by a partisan home crowd, said the information made available here on Tuesday. Majid bounced back with greater zeal and anticipation to win the following two frames for a fine win. He will face Thai number 16, Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn. STAFF REPORT
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Nawaz agrees to hold closed door moot with Imran, kayani PM SAYS ELIMINATING ENERGY CRISIS, TERRORISM GOVT’S TOP PRIORITY ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HUSSAIN
Energy Policy 2013-18. Nawaz was flanked by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Water and Power Minister Khwaja Asif, Oil and Gas Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Musaddiq Malik
and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Energy Shaukat Tareen. PTI chief Khan had made his participation in the prime minister’s all parties conference (APC) conditional, stating that he needed a briefing over the country’s policy on drone strikes and its engagement
afghanistan, trade dominate biden talks in india NEW DELHI AGENCIES
US Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Indian leaders Tuesday as he sought to calm fears over the exit of American troops from Afghanistan and capitalise on growing investment opportunities. Biden met his counterpart Hamid Ansari at the start of a round of talks that will include sessions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee and a top opposition figure. The vice president, the most senior US official to visit India since President Barack Obama in 2010, has said the world’s two largest democracies share common goals on a range of regional security issues. But there is widespread unease among Indian leaders over what will happen in Afghanistan once US troops have left in 2014, with many fearing that Pakistan has most to gain from the withdrawal. India has spent more than two billion dollars of aid in Afghanistan since the Taliban were toppled in the 2001 US-led invasion. Even though planned talks between the US and Taliban collapsed last month, the possible return to power of the Taliban alarms many in India. In an interview ahead of his arrival, Biden said the Taliban had a part to play in the political process as long as they renounced violence. “Our goal is for Afghans to be talking to Afghans about how they can move forward, end the violence and start rebuilding their country,” he told The Times of India. “We have been clear that if the Taliban are to have any role in Afghanistan’s political future, they will need to break ties with Al Qaeda, stop supporting violence and accept the Afghan constitution as part of the outcomes of any negotiated peace settlement.” Indian and US officials have pointed to Biden’s visit as a chance to heat up the investment climate and crank up the levels of bilateral trade, which are on course to reach around $100 billion a year. But in a sign of the frustration among American investors over the obstacles they face in doing business in India, a Washington-based lobby wrote an open letter to Biden urging him to address what it called “India’s unfair trade and intellectual property
practices”. Biden “has a unique opportunity to show the administration’s commitment to protecting US innovative and creative sectors by raising this important issue during his high-level meetings in India,” Mark Elliot, a co-chair of the Alliance for Fair Trade with India, wrote in the letter. The issue of intellectual property has been a major bone of contention in trade ties for years, with the American pharmaceutical industry consistently accusing India’s huge generics industry of riding roughshod over patents. India, in turn, has voiced dismay about US Congress proposals to curb visas for high-tech workers employed by the flagship Indian outsourcing industry working for US clients on-site. The Hindu newspaper however said Biden’s visit was taking place at a “happier moment in India-US relations” after recent moves by Singh’s government to open up the economy to outside investors. “Since last month, India has largely met the US wish list for higher foreign direct investment in many sectors and agreed to work towards kick-starting an ambitious US investment proposal in the civil nuclear sector by September this year,” said the daily. Efforts to build up trade are expected to feature not only in his talks with Singh but also form the cornerstone of a keynote speech he is scheduled to make in Mumbai on Wednesday. Biden arrived in India on Monday evening, heading straight to a museum celebrating Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi. He leaves on Thursday for Singapore.
in the war against terrorism. Nawaz told journalists that the government would also hold the APC probably soon after Eidul Fitr to chalk out the country’s security policy, adding that foreign investment would remain a dream until a secure environment was provided
sumers using less than 200 units of electricity would be provided electricity on subsidised rates while those crossing the redline would have to pay higher tariff. He said two projects, envisioning to produce 1,450 megawatts of electricity, would be installed within a year and the current bulbs would be replaced by energy savers. Malik said 90 percent of the thermal power plants in India had been converted to coal while in Pakistan only one percent coal-based thermal power was being generated. He said power conservation was also priority of the government. To a question, the prime minister said the presidential election should be delayed within the limits provided in the constitution as August 6 was falling on Ramadan 27 and there was a possibility that at least 10 percent of the lawmakers would not be able to participate in the voting. He said since the presidential election was important, the Election Commission of Pakistan should ensure 100 percent participation. Meanwhile, an official statement quoted the prime minister as saying that most of the time and energy of the government had been consumed in addressing the daunting issue of energy shortage in the country and ensuring its smooth availability to domestic users‚ industries and other sectors. Talking about the challenges facing the government‚ the prime minister said most of the stateowned institutions such as the PIA‚ Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills were eating up billions of rupees.
pemra bans ‘indecent’ condom ad ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Following scores of complaints against a TV advertisement on contraceptives, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Tuesday ordered all TV channels to immediately stop its broadcast. In a letter written to the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), PEMRA pointed out that the advertisement was generally “perceived as indecent, immoral and in sheer disregard to our socio-cultural and religious values.” “Airing of such immoral advertisement on Pakistani channels and that too in Ramadan warrants serious action,” PEMRA spokesperson
Fakharuddin Mughal said. PEMRA argued that regardless of public complaints, the content of the advertise-
ment contravenes not just the PEMRA Act 2007 but also the constitution of the country. As a result of this order, the
Four Spanish ( ombudsman appointment mountaineers go missing in Pakistan ISLAMABAD
PBA has directed its member TV channels against airing the advertisement. Josh condoms are marketed in Pakistan by DKT International, a US-based non-profit organisation that works to promote family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world. The 50-second advertisement stars model and actress Mathira as a newlywed bride who makes a neighbouring couple jealous by pampering her husband who uses Josh condoms. Talking to a private TV channel, Mathira said it is a normal advertisement and had nothing immoral or vulgar. She added that she is being told that the advertisement will be back on air in a few days.
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the energy crisis and terrorism topped his government’s priority list and he would not sit idle until the country was purged of both the problems, adding that he would fulfill Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s demand by convening a meeting of the PTI chief and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani in which the country’s engagement in the war against terrorism and the policy on drone strikes would be discussed. The prime minister said this during his interaction with senior newspaper publishers, editors, anchors and columnists, who had been invited to the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the government’s
which was mandatory for economic jumpstart and revival. He said he would also consult the military top brass over the matter and asked the journalists and intelligentsia to send him written proposals if they had any. Unveiling the energy policy, Nawaz said it envisaged ending load shedding in three years’ time and making the country energy surplus in five years. He said the government needed a no-objection certificate (NoC) from India to ensure World Bank funding for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam. Here Dar interrupted the prime minister and said the government had told the World Bank that it would lower the dam’s height and the World Bank officials agreed to provide the funding and there would be no need for seeking an NoC from India now. Later, Dr Malik gave the journalists a two-hour-long powerpoint briefing over the government’s energy policy. He said the policy focused on reduction in the cost of power production from Rs 14.6 per unit to Rs 9 per unit and to completely eliminate power theft and line losses. He said upgrading the distribution system and increasing capacity by installing new power projects including hydropower projects, were the hallmark of the government’s five-year plan. Malik said the purpose of the policy was to remove red-tape and bring in transparency and accountability in the energy sector. Dr Malik added that the policy aimed at rationalising the tariff structure and providing a level playing field to all. He said the con-
additional charge to salman farooqi slap on parliament’s face: sc ONlINE
Four Spanish mountain climbers went missing in northern Pakistan, their tour operator said on Tuesday. The missing mountaineers were part of an 11-member Spanish team attempting to climb the 8,068-meter-high Gasherbrum 1, said Syed Anwar from Lela Peak Expedition which organised the tour. According to reports, the three mountaineers lost contact with the rest of the group after rushing ahead to the summit on the weekend. Another went missing 100 meters away from the summit on the way back to the camp.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the handing over of additional charge of federal ombudsman to Salman Farooqi was a slap on the parliament’s face. The remarks were passed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja during hearing of the case regarding the appointment of federal ombudsman. “The promulgation of an ordinance by the president to hand over additional charge of Wafaqi Mohtasib (ombudsman) to Salman Farooqi is a slap on the face of parliament. Why was the ordinance promulgated? It is beyond my comprehension how decisions like this are made openly,” Justice Khawaja said. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked the president promulgated ordinance to allow benefit to an individual. “Salman Farooqi matter will be referred to the FIA. President made amendment to benefit one person. Government could seek approval from parliament. Presently, we will review the record.” Wasim Sajjad, counsel for Salman Farooqi, took the plea that parliament issued act of reforms on March 20 and the president
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promulgated ordinance on March 22, under which secretary general Salman Farooqi could hold additional charge of Wafaqi Mohtasib. The court expressed annoyance, saying if any deficiency was left, the approval could be obtained from parliament on this count. “It will be proper that Farooqi appears in court in person in this case and explains his position. This is tantamount to by-passing the parliament. President took the step to this extent to provide benefit to one person. We will review the record first. Case will be sent to the FIA on matters of date of appointment and clarification.” Justice Jawad Khawaja observed, “Why was the need felt to exercise such haste in handing over the additional charge through this ordinance?” The CJP added, “Amendment was made to retain Salman Farooqi as the secretary general to the president.” Wasim Sajjad said Farooqi wanted to appear in the court in person, therefore, any date may be fixed during the month of August in this regard, as his wife was seriously ill and he was abroad in connection with her treatment. He would return home in August. The court adjourned the hearing until August 1 and ordered Farooqi to appear in the court in person on the next hearing.