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ollowing reports of possible terrorism on Muharram processions, the Interior Ministry on Friday decided to suspend mobile service in all major cities and ban pillion riding across the country on the 9th and 10th of Muharram. The ministry also imposed a complete ban on motorcycle riding in Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad from 10 o’ clock in the morning to 8pm. “All cellular services, including PTCL wireless service, will remain suspended on 9th and 10th of Muharram in all major cities of the country,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday. Talking to reporters, Malik said: “Pillion riding has been banned across the country for two days (9-10 Muharram). I would request motorcycle owners to use public transport during Ashura days.” The interior minister said mobile phone services will also remain suspended in various cities for two days, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nowshehro Feroze, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, Attock, Jhang, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rahim Yar Khan, Pak Pattan, Bhakkar, DG Khan, Nankana Sahib, Muzaffargarh, Quetta, Qallat, Kohlu, Dera Bugti‚ Khuzdar‚ Turbat‚ Mastung‚ Gawadar‚ Panjgur, Hub, Hangu, Kohat, Peshawar‚ Mardan‚ Charsadda‚ Nowshera‚ Dera Ismail Khan‚ Tank‚ Mansehra and Haripur. Mobile telephone services would also remain suspended for two days from Saturday in a number of cities and towns of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Malik said there would also be a ban on pillion riding on 9th and 10th of Muharram from 6am to 10pm. He said in view of the ban on pillion riding‚ newspapers hawkers would be given some relaxation. Malik said requests for suspension of cellular phone service had come from provincial governments and Azad Kashmir and the lists of cities and towns had been finalised after thorough internal debate with the agencies concerned. The mobile phone service would remain suspended in Hangu and Kohat from Friday and in Peshawar‚ Mardan‚ Charsadda‚ Nowshera‚ Dera Ismail Khan‚ Tank‚ Mansehra and Haripur from Saturday, he said. In FATA‚ the service would be suspended in Kurram Agency and Miranshah. PTCL service would also remain suspended during the days. He further said that after consultation with the prime minister of Azad Kashmir, the cellular phone service would remain suspended in Muzaffarabad‚ Rawalakot‚ Mirpur‚ Kotli and Neelum Valley. The mobile phones would also remain silent in Gilgit, he added. Malik said as far as Islamabad was concerned‚ mobile phone services would remain suspended in G-6 sector from 3pm to 8pm on Saturday. Mobile phone services were suspended in Karachi and Quetta on Friday after Malik’s announcement. “The decision is being taken to ensure foolproof security arrangements until Ashura. We are suspending mobile phone service and PTCL’s wireless service on the request of provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan,” Malik said. The minister said jammers would also be installed on routes along Muharram processions. “We are facing threats of terrorism from those who are enemies of Islam and Pakistan, but the government is resolute to root out militancy and terrorism,” he affirmed.

AG says Zardari was busy in D-8 Summit which is why he could not take a decision on the issue ISLAMABAD StAFF report

Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that a decision had been made to file a reference by President Asif Zardari in case of appointment of judges to the Islamabad High Court (IHC). A four-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Khilji Arif Hussain took up the case on appointment of judges in IHC for hearing on Friday. During the proceedings, the AG filed a twopage written reply from the government with reference to induction of judges. He told the court that President Asif Ali Zardari remained busy due to D-8 conference, therefore, he could not meet him. However he had met Law Minister Farooq H Naik and the latter had told that a decision had been made to file reference by the president in judges’ appointment case. The president wanted to file reference under Article 186 of the constitution and he had expressed his confidence in the court by deciding to file the reference, the AG said. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked it was the constitutional way for the president to seek guidance from the court and in this way, the opinion of the AG would come through the presidential reference. Akram Sheikh, counsel for petitioner Nadim Ahmad, said the matter was sub-judice and reports were circulating that the president was going to file a reference. The decision taken at a belated stage by the president for filing reference was based on malafide intent, he added. He prayed the court that it was authorised to give a decision on the petition despite filing of the reference in this connection. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed it should be left to the courts to do what they needed to. The AG also requested the court to adjourn proceedings for 15 days, which the court accepted. The court also said that if the presidential reference was not filed within two weeks, Akram Sheikh’s petition would be taken up for rehearing.

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The top brass of the country on Friday met at the Presidency to discuss the unprecedented law and order situation confronting the country on the eve of Ashura-e-Muharram. The meeting started with a brief discussion between President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Army Staff (COAS)

General Ashfaq Kayani, and was later joined by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. An informed source told Pakistan Today that the meeting discussed the earnestness of the intelligence about security threats on Ashura from the militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). “The meeting finalised a joint civil-military strategy to tackle the threats to the people at large to ensure a peaceful Ashura and it was agreed that in some sensitive areas, the army would be deployed while reserves would be available on-call to tackle any untoward situation,” the source said. The meeting also reviewed whether or not there was a foreign hand involved in the new wave of terrorism that was unprecedented by all means, as the D-8 Summit was being held in the federal capital. The leadership also took up whether the terrorists wanted to send a message to the leaders of the participating states through the attacks in Rawalpindi and Karachi. The source said General Kayani also

informed the president that the armed forces were ready to help the civilian administration to maintain law and order. However, the COAS was of the view that the government officials should not raise any suggestions about military operation in Karachi, as no such operation had produced desired results in the past. The source added that General Kayani was of the view that the civil administration should handle the situation itself and wherever needed, the Pakistan Rangers would come to aid the civilian administration. The source said the president agreed with the notion and told the COAS that the PPP itself was against any military operation and that the statements by some ministers were their personal opinion. “President Zardari and General Kayani also discussed the information gathered by the intelligence agencies of the country about the terrorist threats during Ashura and agreed that the civilian administration should be supported by the army in maintenance

of peace,” the source added. An official handout said Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr and overall situation in the country, with a special reference to the security arrangements during Muharram, was discussed. “The president felicitated the prime minister on holding of Eighth D-8 Summit in Islamabad, which he said

would not only promote the image of the country but would prove instrumental in further strengthening the bonds among member countries and forging close cooperation in meeting common challenges confronted by D-8 countries.” The president also briefed the prime minister about his bilateral meetings with heads of states and representatives held on the sidelines of the summit.


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Diplomacy key for promoting Indo-Pak peace: IPSI IslAMABAd: India Pakistan Soldiers Initiative (IPSI) for peace delegation while visiting Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) National Headquarters on Friday said that people to people contact and humanitarian diplomacy among Pakistan and India is a key for lasting peace in the region. The visiting delegation included Lt General Moti Dar and his wife, IPSI India President, Major General Raj Chadha and wife, Major Genenral H.C Sharma and wife, Brigadier J L Kaul and wife, IPSI India Secretary General, Colonel Prabhakar and wife, Squadron Leader Chhina and wife, Colonel A R Khan and Colonel Gautam Das. PRCS Chairman, Major General (r) Chaudhary Muhammad Nawaz Khan welcomed the delegation and said that the PRCS’s mission was to alleviate the sufferings of the vulnerable sections of society without any discrimination of creed, colour, race, religion or nationality as per the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement. He said that both PRCS and IPSI were on the same page in this regard, adding that peace was the key for progress and prosperity in the region. He further said that initiatives like this would help to bridge the gap between the two rival countries and would open the doors for human to human contact. General Nawaz also said that peace in the region would mean that both countries would be able to better support each other during any disaster or calamity. Speaking on the occasion, IPSI India President appreciated the efforts of the PRCS for serving the down trodden people of the country. He said that all nations should join hands to serve humanity and it was only possible if peace was established in the region, while adding that IPSI aimed at promoting peace among both countries through people to people contact as people were the real force behind any substantial change. General Moti also said that India wanted a stable Pakistan that would help promote peace and economic prosperity in the region and emphasized that the misconception that India wanted to destabilize Pakistan was ill found. Inp

11 months and the govt is yet to establish Halal Board IslAMABAd: The government has so far failed to establish the much-needed Halal Board for Halal Food Accreditation scheme which will help the country to boost its food market both nationally and internationally. An official who wished to remain anonymous told agencies that the establishment of the Halal Board would provide policy guidelines to Pakistan National Accreditation Counsel (PNAC) and Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). The official said that the Ministry of Science and Technology had announced in January this year that the Halal Board would be established in February, but it could not be set up so far due to delaying tactics adopted by the science and technology ministry, adding the Halal Board had been planned by the government in such a manner that it would have representatives from the private sector and religious scholars along with government functionaries. “The Ministry of Science and Technology is expecting to add an additional Rs20 billion in the country’s export annually due to the recently launched Halal Food Accreditation Scheme which will grow further with more consumer awareness regarding food as well as in non-food products,” said the official. He further said the estimated global value of halal market presently stood at $2.77 trillion, and was growing at a fast rate with the increase in consumer awareness regarding the food sector and nonfood products like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, healthcare, toiletries and other non-consumable items. onLIne

ISLAMABAD: Shia mourners beat themselves during 8th Muharram procession at G-9 on Friday. InP

Martyred cops leave heroic examples, says Rehman Malik ISLAMABAD StAFF report

The martyred cops of Islamabad Police have left behind indelible memories and heroic examples that will continue to inspire others in the fight against terrorism. This was stated by Interior Minister Rehman Malik while attending the funeral prayer of Assistant Sub-Inspector Sher Muhammad who had succumbed to his wounds. He had received serious injuries in a bid to foil the attempt of some miscreants who had fired at policemen, tried to torch Tarnol Police Station and a weapon store during protests against the blasphemous film. ASI Sher remained under treatment at

the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital from where he was shifted to a private hospital. He passed away on November 23. Islamabad Police Inspector General Bani Amin Khan, DIG (Headquarters) Sultan Azam Temuri, DIG (Security) Ahmed Mukarram, AIG (Operations) Tahir Alam Khan, SSP Yaseen Farooq, SSP (Headquarters) Yousuf Malik, SSP (Traffic) Dr Moeen Masood and officials from the district administration and Islamabad Police also attended the funeral prayer. The interior minister saluted the gallant cop and said that he had been conferred a `Sitare-e-Shujat’ medal. Rehman announced Rs 3 million for the family of the deceased under the PM Package for Mar-

tyred Personnel and said that all educational expenses of the children of deceased cop would be borne by Islamabad Police. Though there can be no compensation for his supreme sacrifice in service of the nation, the government would try and provide maximum relief and financial support to the bereaved families through the prime ministers’ package, he said. Rehman said that the family of the deceased would be financially supported and prime minister will be requested for more assistance. The IGP said that the culprits of the incident had already been sent to jail. He said that security in Islamabad had been put on high alert and the nefarious designs of terrorists would be foiled.

5,500 policemen will guard Ashura procession in Karachi KArACHI: Shias take part in a procession on MA Jinnah road on 8th Muharram. OnLInE

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Sindh Inspector General Police Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari deputed 5500 police personnel on duty in the provincial capital to guard the Ashura (procession) of 10th Muharram. The IGP told that a total of 20,000 police personnel would be on active duty from 8-10 Muharram in Karachi. Pakistan Rangers also deployed 10 thousand personnel across Sindh for maintaining law and order. 8tH MuHARRAM pAsses peACefully AMIdst tIgHt seCuRIty: Strict security measures to secure 8th Muharram pro-

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cession in the averted violent acts in the provincial capital. The main procession was taken out from Nishtar Park after Jumma prayers which culminated at Hussainia Iranian Imam Bargah, Kharadar after passing through Numaish, Reagal Chowk, M. A. Jinnah Road, Jamia Cloth Market, Light House, City Court and Pan Mandi. Police and Rangers contingents were deployed along the routes and several road arteries leading to the procession were sealed by blocking roads with containers. Special police units and commandos were deployed on l buildings. Bomb disposal squad units cleared the route before the procession commenced. All shops were ordered to be shut and sealed. Security agencies told those who inhabit the procession routes to not be bystanders on their balconies.

Troops only if need arises: Qaim KARACHI: CM reviews Muharram security measuresChief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that maintenance of law and order and provision of security to people is the prime duty of government and that the police, Rangers and other law enforcing agencies have been geared up for the purpose. He made it clear that no negligence or dereliction would be tolerated in this regard. He said this while talking to media men during his surprise visit of Muharam procession routes after Juma Prayers at MA Jinnah Road. I.G. Police Sindh, Fayaz Ahmad Leghari, AIG Police Karachi, Iqbal Mehmood, DC South Karachi, DIG Police, Rashid Rabbani, Waqar Mehdi, Siddique Abu Bhai were also present. Qaim Ali Shah said that police had sealed areas of the procession so that the mourners could perform `Azadari’ freely and without any fear. He stressed upon the people to cooperate with administration and law enforcing agencies for ensuring the maintenance of law and order. The chief minister said that Police and Rangers have made adequate and prompt measures to effectively meet the security requirements. He directed them to further streamline the security plan with prompt patrolling of forces, and keep watchful eye on the activities of criminals and terrorists. To a question, Qaim Ali Shah said that we have confidence that the police and Rangers are capable to effectively meet the security requirements. However, the troops can be called for the help and assistance of the provincial government if the need arises, he added. App


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A L L I N G the D-8 Summit a failure, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said it made Pakistan a laughing stock in the world. Talking to reporters, Nisar said the reason to hold the summit during Muharram was beyond

comprehension. “The D-8 summit was a positive step and it was a vital global conference. It could have helped highlight the positive side of Pakistan across the world but the ineptness and the mismanagement of the rulers in organising the summit in Muharram made the country a laughing stock in the international community.” Nisar the government overlooked the fact that the date they were setting for the summit fell in the holy month of Muharram, which proved its incompetence. “Inviting the Egyptian president to address the conference was a befitting step but we want to ask the government why did it not invite our old friend, the Iranian president?” he questioned. Nisar was of the view that the Aiwan-e-Sadr and President Asif Ali Zardari dominated the conference which was a sheer breach of the rules and regulations, adding that per the constitution, the prime minister was the chief executive of the country and he alone was authorised to host such a global conference. “By isolating the prime minister from the summit, the president has given a message as to how powerful he is,” the PML-N leader said. Hinting at Bilawal Bhutto, Nisar regretted that a budding youth who lacked expertise in the political field and had not taken any oath under the constitution and was not holding any public office was given a prominent role in the conference. “This is a blatant defiance of national and international rules,” he said. Nisar said the shadow of the Zardari family had been cast on the D-8 Summit and “anything upon which a shadow falls is doomed to destruction”.

Sarabjit’s case will not be influenced by Kasab’s hanging, says Malik NEW DELHI

IslAMABAd: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday that the Pakistan government would not let Sarabjit Singh’s case to be influenced by the execution of Ajmal Kasab which took place on Wednesday morning. Pakistan government will not link Sarabjit Singh’s case with the recent execution of Ajmal Kasab. “Pakistan government will not link Sarabjit Singh’s case with the recent execution of Ajmal Kasab,” he said talking to ABP News. Sarabjit, a resident of Indian Punjab, is imprisoned in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison for the last 22 years. His family, particularly his sister Dalbir Kaur, has been fighting for his release with an active campaign. onLIne

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The Lahore High Court on Friday sought a report from the federal and provincial governments on measures taken for safety of witnesses, victims and lawyers. The court directed federal and provincial law officers to seek instructions from the concerned departments and assist the court. Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad passed these orders on a petition filed by Muhammad Siam Chaudhry seeking directions for effective measures and legislation to protect witnesses, victims, prosecutors and defence lawyers. Earlier, the petitioner-counsel submitted before the court that there was no effective system in the country to protect witnesses, victims, counsels and others which often results into untoward incidents. He contended that effective witness protection programmes should be launched to protect lives of witnesses and their families. He pleaded the court to issue directions for effective measures and legislation to protect witnesses, victims, prosecutors and lawyers.

Senator Sehar Kamran ‘attempts suicide’

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Sehar Kamran, a senator of the Pakistan People’s Party from Sindh on Friday reportedly attempted suicide by ingesting sleeping pills. According to media reports, the senator was shifted to Polyclinic in a critical condition where doctors washed her stomach and shifted her to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for further treatment. Sehar also works as the head of English Department at the Pakistan Embassy School in Jeddah. The report could not be independently confirmed from the senator’s family.

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has sent the mercy petition of Muhammad Afzal Guru to the Union Home Ministry for consideration. However, government sources said that this is part of the normal procedure. “Since Sushil Kumar Shinde took charge as home minister on August 1, the seven mercy petitions including that of Afzal Guru were sent to him for consideration,” they said. “The Delhi government advised the president to reject Guru’s mercy petition, which was filed by his wife,” sources said. Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Afzal Guru’s file will not be kept pending. “I will clear Afzal Guru’s file within 48 hours of its receipt” he told reporters. His reaction came minutes after the Bharatia Janta Party (BJP) demanded the early execution of Afzal Guru. After the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the BJP demands a similar treatment for Afzal Guru. Guru was convicted and awarded death penalty for carrying out an attack on the Parliament on August 4, 2005, in which 12 people were killed. His mercy petition was forwarded to the president by the Home Ministry on August 4, 2011.

peSHAWAr: A police personnel walks past shops closed for the 8th Muharram procession on Friday. InP

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GYPTIAN President Mohamed Mursi’s decree that put his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution. Police fired tear gas in a street leading to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, heart of the 2011 antiMubarak uprising, where thousands demanded Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”. There were violent protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. “The people want to bring down the regime,” shouted protesters in Tahrir, echoing a chant used in the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down. “Get out, Mursi,” they chanted. Mursi’s aides said the presidential decree was to speed up a protracted transition that has been hindered by legal obstacles but Mursi’s rivals were quick to condemn him as a new autocratic pharaoh who wanted to impose his Islamist vision on Egypt. “I am for all Egyptians.

I will not be biased against any son of Egypt,” Mursi said on a stage outside the presidential palace, adding that he was working for social and economic stability and the rotation of power. “Opposition in Egypt does not worry me, but it has to be real and strong,” he said, seeking to placate his critics and telling Egyptians not to worry and that he was committed to the revolution. “Go forward, always forward ... to a new Egypt.” Buoyed by accolades from around the world for mediating a truce between Hamas and Israel, Mursi on Thursday ordered that an Islamist-dominated assembly writing the new constitution could not be dissolved by legal challenges. “Mursi a ‘temporary’ dictator,” was the headline in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. Mursi, an Islamist whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood, also gave himself sweeping powers that allowed him to sack the unpopular general prosecutor and opened the door for a retrial for Mubarak and his aides. The president’s decree aimed to end the logjam and push Egypt, the Arab world’s

most populous nation, more quickly on its democratic path, the presidential spokesman said. “President Mursi said we must go out of the bottleneck without breaking the bottle,” Yasser Ali told Reuters. tuRBulenCe And tuRMoIl: The president’s decree said any decrees he issued while no parliament sat could not be challenged, moves that consolidated his power but look set to polarise Egypt further, threatening more turbulence in a nation at the heart of the Arab Spring. The turmoil has weighed heavily on Egypt’s faltering economy that was thrown a lifeline this week when a preliminary deal was reached with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan. But it also means unpopular economic measures. In Alexandria, north of Cairo, protesters ransacked an office of the Brotherhood’s political party, burning books and chairs in the street. Supporters of Mursi and opponents clashed elsewhere in the city, leaving 12 injured. A party building was also attacked by stone-throwing protesters in Port Said, and demonstrators in Suez threw petrol bombs that burned banners outside the party building.

CoLoMBo: Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake walks out of the Supreme Court on Friday as she travels to the national parliament to face impeachment proceedings.

Hamas polices Gaza border after Israel kills man GAZA AGenCIeS

Hamas Islamists enforced a fragile twoday-old truce on Friday by evacuating Palestinians from a “no-go” border zone after Israel shot dead a Gaza resident there in the first fatality since the ceasefire. The rare move by the group in control of the Gaza Strip followed intervention by Egyptian mediators who urged both sides to take steps to preserve the truce that ended eight days of fierce Israeli-Palestinian fighting on Wednesday. Israel said its troops opened fire after protesters, some of them throwing stones, tried to breach a Gaza border fence, violating a 300-metre wide security zone where Israel has barred Palestinian access since 2009. Hamas denounced the shooting

which killed Anwar Qdeih, 23, and injured 15 other people, as a violation of the truce. Health officials said Qdeih was shot in the head. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, speaking from talks with Italian leaders in Rome, said the incident was “a clear violation of the agreement and should not be repeated”. The ceasefire, though, remained intact, with no reports of rockets being fired at Israel, after Egypt contacted both sides, Palestinian sources close to the truce negotiators said. Hamas security officials, coming closer to the Israeli border fence than ever before, escorted Palestinians away from the site, witnesses, including a Reuters photographer, said. A Palestinian security source confirmed the move to Reuters, saying “yes, there are instructions to implement the agreement and at the same time pro-

tect the people. The instruction is not to allow people to approach the border fence.” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that “deploying national security members on the edges (border) was in implementation of the (truce) agreement and to provide protection to the farmers in that area.” HAMAs flAg: Omar Qdeish, a witness and relative of the man who was killed said he “was trying to put a Hamas flag on the fence” when he was shot. “The army fired three times into the air. Anwar shouted at them ‘Jaabari is behind you’, then they shot him in the head,” he told Reuters. Israel killed Ahmed al-Jaabari, the Hamas military chief, on Nov. 14 at the start of an offensive Israel said it launched to halt rocket fire at its territory.

Netanyahu Gilbert’s neutron bomb Kelley received uS military’s highest civilian honour from Petraeus dubbed ‘loser’ idea shocks Lords by own troops LONDON

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been forced to defend his decision to end hostilities in Gaza after a public and political backlash in which he was even dubbed a ‘loser’ by his own troops. Both Israel and Hamas claimed victory after a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the United States brought an end to the week-long bombardment over the Gaza border. Netanyahu, however, faced allegations that he had boosted the popularity of Hamas without achieving his military goals.

A Labour former defence minister stunned peers by suggesting that a neutron bomb could be used to create a “cordon sanitaire” in troubled border regions such as the one between Afghanistan and Pakistan. In a Lords debate on multi-lateral nuclear disarmament, Lord Gilbert said the use of such weapons could “greatly reduce problems of protecting those borders”, adding: “These things are not talked about but they should be....” Lord Gilbert said that what used to be called a neutron bomb, but was actually an enhanced radiation reduced blast weapon (ERRB), could have “many uses” today. “I think you could use an ERRB warhead to create a cordon

sanitaire around various borders where people are causing trouble these days.” Meanwhile, Labour former defence secretary Lord Browne of Ladyton rounded on Lord Gilbert over his remarks, accusing him of being at his “most challenging and contrarian”. Cabinet Office spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire said the Government did not share Lord Gilbert’s “rumbustious” views on the sensitive issue. “The UK retains a firm commitment to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons,” he said. “Our aim is to build an international environment in which no state feels the need to possess nuclear weapons - an environment that will allow nuclear states to disarm in a balanced and verifiable manner.”

Taliban repatriation largely symbolic CoNtINuEd fRoM PagE 19 InevItABle spIlloveR Of course, whatever happens on one side of the Durand Line inevitably spills over into the other, especially in the unique case when an idea is conceived on one side, executed in the other, and is likely to impact both. Prisoner release and exchange is part of every counterinsurgency negotiation, and Islamabad’s own experience with the TTP has been no different – often outrageous demands from insurgents break down such deals, as in the failed US-Taliban talks in Qatar earlier this year. And though ideologically, methodically and politically removed from their counterparts in Afghanistan, the TTP will note the government’s renewed fond-

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ness for talks, and want to assume a position of strength to make similar demands. It is also likely to attract more foreign help to cement its legitimacy, especially since cross-Atlantic chatter of a possible North Waziristan incursion hasn’t subsided completely. “The Afghan Taliban are smarter than the TTP,” Mahsud points out. “Our homegrown bunch lacks solid foundation. They are vulnerable, and the need for identity pushes them closer to foreign elements when interests are aligned”. For a meaningful solution, he says, regional powers will have to come together. For all its interests, the US is an outside player, and its approaching pullout comes with familiar cold-abandonment tendencies both Islamabad and Kabul are well aware of.

“There is a lifecycle to every insurgency, and the Afghan chapter has moved from the stiff no-negotiations position to more flexibility,” says Amir Rana’s extensive research. But that will require all capitals in the region to lay clear ground rules and ensure permanent enforcement of agreed principles. Such an initiative will have a far more serious chance of drawing the Taliban to inevitable talks than half thought out measures, no matter how politically correct for outgoing occupying forces. The Taliban have proved a resilient fighting force. Underestimating their guile can prove costly to the wider counter insurgency effort as ISAF boots leave and there is no muscle to fill the vacuum. “I see Afghanistan returning to the early 1990s,” concludes Mahsud.

WAsHIngton: Florida socialite Jill Kelley, who is at the centre of David Petraeus’ sex scandal, has been awarded one of the US military’s highest civilian honours after being nominated by the former CIA director general, reports revealed on Friday. Kelley, whose complaint to the FBI sparked the inquiry that led to Petraeus’ resignation as CIA director, received the ‘Outstanding Public Service’ prize from Petraeus at a ceremony in March 2011. The 37-yearold ‘social liaison’ to the US military in Florida was praised on the ceremony for the lavish parties she threw at her mansion in Tampa for senior officials and their spouses, the Telegraph reported. OnLInE


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United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson met Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar on Friday and offered enhanced cooperation in the energy sector. The ambassador reaffirmed commitment by assuring the minister that US would continue to support the people of Pakistan and help them improve their power sector. He said Diamer-Basha dam was an important project for the future as it would help fulfill water requirements and the generation of cheaper power. “The Diamer-Basha dam project would be discussed in the USPakistan Economic Working Group to be held next month in Washington,” the ambassador said. The minister on the other hand informed the ambassador that the government was reforming the power sector by upgrading GENCO, improving the working of DISCOs, distributing 30 million energy savers, installing smart meters and by controlling power theft. He said the Pakistan government was focusing on power generation using coal and briefed the ambassador on running thermal plants on coal. The US is providing assistance in various power sector projects including the modernization of Tarbela power house, Mangla power house, Jamshoro and the Guddu-Muaffargarh thermal plants. These energy projects would add 900 MW to the power grid by 2013.

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Despite terror threats on 8th, 9th and 10th of Muharram, doctors vowed to continue their strike until the dismissals of cases against them and the fulfilment of other demands. The emergency services remained suspended in all public hospitals for the fifth consecutive day, while the provincial government sealed all private hospitals. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Nursing Federation announced its support for the doctors’ strike. However, they continued their services in public hospitals due to Muharram. Suffering patients all across Balochistan have strongly resented the obstinacy of the doctors persisting with the strike in spite of the grave situation in the backdrop of serious terror threats. The strike is being observed on the call of the Pakistan Medical Association (Balochistan) which initiated following the abduction of Dr Saeed Ahmed Khan, an eye specialist and head of LRBT Hospital, on October 16 from Sariab Road in the provincial capital.

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AKISTAN Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) released a Legislative Brief on the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2012, asserting that the draft amendment covered just one aspect of terrorism financing and was far from the comprehensive amendment that the country desperately required in dealing with the challenge of terrorism. PILDAT demanded that the government introduce a more comprehensive amendment to the existing Anti-terrorism Act 1997. PILDAT alleged that the proposed

draft amendment under the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2012 appears to have been introduced only to fulfil the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidelines to correct the shortcomings in the existing Anti-terrorism Act 1997 relating to freeze, seizure and detention of property of a terrorist or terrorist organisations that were highlighted by FATF, which had blacklisted Pakistan in February 2012. The bill further attempts to change key definitions relating to terrorism financing including money and property. Given the demands for a more comprehensive law in Pakistan, it is rather astonishing that the government has chosen to introduce an amendment targeted

at terrorist financing alone, a PILDAT statement said. One of the major criticisms from national and international jurists on Pakistan’s Anti-terrorism Act 1997 has been on the very wide definition of terrorism. Under the new amendment, however, the definition of terrorism has not been revisited to make it more precise. PILDAT has repeatedly demanded that Pakistan required a more effective legal regime, one that is implemented in letter and spirit, and which is overseen by the Parliament. The state has to maintain a balance between human rights, individual liberty and anti-terrorism efforts, it asserted. However, it is unclear why the at-

tempts to amend the existing terrorism laws by the government have appeared to be only half-hearted throughout its term. The government introduced the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2010, proposing 25 amendments in the existing Anti-terrorism Act, 1997, in the Senate in July 2010, which, after remaining with the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, was reportedly withdrawn earlier this year. A revised law was approved by the cabinet in October 2012 leading the citizens to hope that a more comprehensive law will be introduced in the Parliament. However, after a delay of nearly two months, the amendment appeared to be far from expectations and covers only a small aspect of the problem at hand.

Emails about Osama bin Laden’s burial NEWS DESK Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department. Bin Laden was killed May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. One email stamped secret and sent on May 2 by a senior Navy officer briefly describes how bin Laden’s body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet and then placed in a weighted bag. According to another message from the Vinson’s public affairs officer, only a small group of the ship’s leadership was informed of the burial. “Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,” the May 2 email

from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. “The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body slid into the sea.” The email also included a cryptic reference to the intense secrecy surrounding the mission. “The paucity of documentary evidence in our possession is a reflection of the emphasis placed on operational security during the execution of this phase of the operation,” Gaouette’s message reads. Recipients of the email included Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. James Mattis, the top officer at U.S. Central Command. Mullen retired from the military in September 2011. Earlier, Gaouette, then the deputy commander of the Navy’s Fifth Fleet, and another officer used code words to discuss whether the helicopters carrying

the SEALs and bin Laden’s body had arrived on the Vinson. “Any news on the package for us?” he asked Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, commander of the carrier strike group that included the Vinson. “FEDEX delivered the package,” Perez responded. “Both trucks are safely enroute home base.” Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the bin Laden raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March that it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden’s body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden’s body on the Vinson. The Pentagon also said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden’s body if he were killed. The Defense Department also refused

to confirm or deny the existence of helicopter maintenance logs and reports about the performance of military gear used in the raid. One of the stealth helicopters that carried the SEALs to Abbottabad crashed during the mission and its wreckage was left behind. People who lived near bin Laden’s compound took photos of the disabled chopper. The AP is appealing the Defense Department’s decision. The CIA, which ran the bin Laden raid and has special legal authority to keep information from ever being made public, has not responded to AP’s request for records about the mission.

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E A L estate developers in collusion with corrupt officials of the City District Government Lahore and the Tehsil Municipal Authority are involved in illegal commercialisation of prime property worth millions of rupees in the Wandala Bazaar area of Ravi Town jurisdiction, Pakistan Today has learnt on good authority. According to the CDGL bylaws, a commercialisation fee has to be paid to the local government before getting a commercial map approved from the district authorities which is clearly stated in Section 191 of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001. Many stakeholders have brought this illegal practice to the notice of CDGL high-ups, including the Town Municipal Officer (TMO) and the TRO, but no concrete measures have been taken to stop the illegal practice, sources in the CDGL told Pakistan Today. An owner of a commercial building, on condition of anonymity, told Pakistan Today, “The government officials take bribes from us to allow such construction, which is otherwise not possible without official approval.” He said that one can easily identify serious violations in building by-laws both in residential as well as commercial sectors and no locality is an exception to it, even residential areas.

“It’s been a while since we sent ap- commercialisation. “We are facing serious problems plications to the Lahore commissioner as the situaand to the Puntion is getting jab chief secrethe government officials take worse. We are tary to take action against bribes from us and allow us to devoid of privacy because illegal construcconstruct commercial plazas,” some residentions, but we tial areas are have not heard An oWner oF An ILLeGALLy also being from them so ConStruCteD pLAzA turned into far,” said commercial Muhammad zones without adhering to the laws. Afzal, a local from Wandala Bazaar. The residents also expressed their The government should take action concern over the unchecked, rampant against the officials concerned,” said

Rashid Ghori, another local. When contacted, officials from different governments departments issued differing statements on the issue. According to the Lahore DCO’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), TMO Malik Ibrar was told to surrender his post but he requested the DCO to review his case before initiating any action. “Ibrar was warned to improve his performance otherwise stern action would be taken against him,” the PRO added. However TMO Ravi Town Malik Ibrar told Pakistan Today that the town administration had not received any notice regarding illegal commercialisation from CDGL officials. “But we are taking action on such buildings and we have sealed many properties,” he added. However, as per the record available with Pakistan Today, a letter Number 654 was dispatched to the administrator and TMO Ravi Town to “resolve the matter per law,” yet no action has been taken by the officials concerned so far. “Town officials are heavily bribed by property owners who want to get their properties converted into commercial markets. The entire government machinery is involved in this practice. Moreover, several influential land mafia groups are also involved in converting residential property into commercial ones. The provincial government will have to take serious notice of this issue,” said another resident, asking not to be named.

Shahbaz stresses on need for security and peace LAHORE StAFF report

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday said that Pakistan is facing serious challenges because the federal government is failing badly on all internal and external fronts. Talking to assembly members of various districts, he said that anti-state elements were conspiring to disturb the law and order of the country. He said that elimination of extremism was necessary for national development and prosperity. Furthermore, the chief minister said that it was unfortunate that the murderers of Muslims were Muslims themselves. He further said that ethnic, linguistic and sectarian disputes had pushed the country to a depressing situation. Shahbaz stressed upon the clerics and other re-

ligious scholars to play their role in maintaining an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the society. Moreover, the chief minister said that Pakistan was passing through the most critical phase of its history and its enemies were bent upon destabilising the country. He said that because of this critical period of Pakistan’s history, it is even more important to maintain peace and harmony during the month of Muharram. He stressed that it was imperative to solve the differences of ideology between various sects of Islam for the overall peace and stability of the country. He added that all necessary measures had been taken by the Punjab government for the protection of life and property of people in the month of Muharram, especially on Youm e Ashur. He added that all assembly leaders and senior officials should play a proactive role to maintain law and order in Punjab.

3,000 Indian Sikhs to attend Nanak anniversary LAHORE StAFF report

Around 3,000 Sikh pilgrims are expected to arrive from India on November 25 via the Wahga border to join ceremonies for the 544th birth anniversary of Sikh religious leader Baba Guru Nanak Dev from November 26 to 28. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Asif Hashmi will host a ceremony for Sikh pilgrims on December 2 where Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will be the chief guest. Sikh pilgrims will go to Nankana Sahib and Hasanabdal to participate in religious activities. The federal government will provide special medical, transport facilities and security to them while the Pakistan Railways is operating 21 special trains form November 24 to December 4. Sikh pilgrims will leave for their homes on December 4.

One dead, two injured in truck accident LAHORE StAFF report

A truck collided with a wheat threshing machine near Shahdara on Friday killing the truck driver Tanvir and critically injuring two others. According to details, a truck belonging to Hassan poultry farm was transporting goods from Lahore to Sheikhupura when it collided with a wheat threshing machine on the way. The driver named Tanvir and his two companions named Munir and Waseem were critically injured in the accident. The injured were later shifted to Mao hospital for treatment, where Tanvir succumbed to his injuries.

Lawyers hold protest against govt’s failure to curb terror lAHoRe: Lawyers in Lahore held a protest on Friday against a hike in terrorist activities across the country. The protest was held on the call of Punjab Bar Association against terrorist activities in Rawalpindi, Karachi, Quetta and others cities of the country. The lawyers condemned the incidents and said that the incumbent government had failed to maintain law and order in the country. StAFF report

About time Punjab govt appoints regular VCs in KEMU, UHS After a delay in the implementation of Supreme Court’s orders for quiet some while, the process of appointing VCs has finally entered stage 2 n Of 32 applicants, CM is to choose one and send the name to the governor for approval

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After dragging its feet for quite some time, the Punjab government on Friday initiated the process of appointment of the vice chancellors at King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and the University of Health Sciences (UHS), as the process of receiving applications was completed, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Punjab government had been

facing criticism for keeping the posts of the two most prestigious universities vacant despite clear orders of the Supreme Court and the passing of the said deadlines. Both important institutions were being run on a makeshift arrangement with a junior professor Professor Asad Aslam Khan running the affairs in the capacity of the pro-Vice Chancellor (VC) at the KEMU, while Professor IA Naveed being the acting VC at the UHS. The SC had directed the government

on March 14 to appoint VCs at KEMU and UHS and given a deadline of three months. However the deadline passed several months ago with no progress being made by the government. A group of doctors also planned to file a contempt of court petition against the government for not having observing SC’s directions. The stakeholders, including senior professors, had expressing serious reservations against the declining standards of education because of the lack on inter-

est from the senior leadership of Punjab government. Senior professors maintained that the KEMU had been a victim of government neglect over the years because the prestigious medical college was upgraded to the university status by the former chief minister Pervaiz Elahi. “The government’s attitude towards these universities has been strange because appointing new VCs is a routine procedure which should not take anytime, while the Health Department advertised the posts of the KEMU for the first time many months ago. Yet, the university is yet to see a regular vice chancellor,” a senior professor said, asking not to be named. The step is a milestone because the Health Department had already adver-

tised the post of the KEMU VC several times before, inviting applications from professors from home and abroad, but the process could never see completion. The Health Department received around 32 applications for the post. These candidates would be interviewed and the chief minister would prioritise three names from amongst them, of which one name would be forwarded to the governor for final agreement. “The governor can object to the chief minister’s recommended candidate only once and if the chief minister forwards the same name again, the governor has to accept it,” a senior government official seeking anonymity said, adding that the whole process would be completed by December.


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OLICE have decided to shut down Lahore on the 9th and 10th of Muharram after receiving information of terrorist threats. According to details, the police force has requested an additional 8,000 security personnel to be brought in to Lahore from other cities to keep the law and order situation in check. The total strength of deputed personnel in Lahore stands at 32,000. Similarly, around 15,000 police personnel would be deployed for the security of the central Muharram processions, while walk through gates and CCTV cameras have been installed at the 5,000 imambargahs of the city and the Zuljinnah procession routes. In addition, 150 sniffer dogs have been brought into the city and the provincial government has requested

Contract award for works of 1410-MW Tarbela Project in March 2013: Raghib

Pakistan Army (PA) for two helicopters to be used during emergency situations. According to sources, the Punjab government had sent a letter to PA and requested them to provide the services of soldiers for maintaining security, while the previous night the first lot of sniffer dogs were handed over to the provincial government by the military. All DCOs have been directed to immediately contact the authorities concerned if additional deployment was required in certain areas. Furthermore, PA and Rangers officials would also encircle different city routes on the 9th and 10th of Muharram to maintain strict vigilance to avoid any untoward incident from happening. Officials from the investigation and operation departments of police including Elite force, Mujahid squads and others would finalise the deploy-

ment schedule on the 8th of Muharram (Friday). Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Habib Ur Rehman had directed officials concerned to ban pillion riding in the city on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, while a decision to block mobile phone services in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and 20 other cities had also been taken by the law enforcing agencies. Due to the sensitive security situations, the DCO directed the authorities concerned to entirely seal the Ashura procession routes after 10 pm starting from the 8th of Muharram. Furthermore, the procession leaders and participants would be escorted to Gamay Shah immediately after maghrib prayers. In order to facilitate the mourners and ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity, generators have been installed at Mochi Gate, Bhai Chowk and lower mall police station.

Lahore 07 Sanaullah lashes out at PML-Q lAHoRe: Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah on Friday said that despite support from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Chaudhry brothers will not be able to save themselves from the wrath of the people in the upcoming general elections. Commenting on the statements of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) President Pervaiz Elahi, he said that currently PML-Q was a “tanga” party and after the general elections, it would not even be a “cycle” party. He criticised

the PML-Q leadership for siding with a dictatorial rule to find their way into politics during Musharraf’s rule, and then joining forces with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He further said that the trend of ever-changing loyalties of PML-Q was not lost on the people and in the upcoming elections, they will reject these robbers and plunderers. Moreover, he said that projects such as Punjab Bank, NICL, Parha Likha Punjab, Lahore-Kasur Road are all examples of PML-Q’s corruption. StAFF report

Norway can help lessen Pakistan’s energy crisis, says Nawaz Sharif

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Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Raghib Shah on Friday said that the contract for civil works of the 1410 mega watt (MW) Tarbela Fourth Extension Project is likely to be awarded in March 2013, since the pre-qualification process of the construction firms is almost complete. During his first visit to the project as chairman, Shah said that Tarbela Dam was instrumental in economic development and social uplift of the country since its completion in mid-70s. Benefits of the project would significantly increase, as electricity generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station would increase to 4888 MW from the existing 3478 MW with implementation of its fourth extension, for which World Bank was providing 840 million dollars, he said.

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The Ambassador of Norway in Pakistan Cecile Landsverk on Friday called on Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) president, Nawaz Sharif, in Raiwind and discussed matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations. Speaking on the occasion, Nawaz said that Pakistan had long-standing economic and trade relations with Norway and the help and assistance extended by Norwegian government to the flood affectees of Pakistan in 2010

on humanitarian grounds was highly valued by the Pakistani people. He said there is great scope of further cooperation between Pakistan and Norway in governance, education, health and social sectors. He said that exports of cotton, textile and leather from Pakistan to Norway should be increased. The Norwegian ambassador informed Nawaz Sharif that Norway had made large investments in telecommunication sector of Pakistan. She said that Norway was the third biggest exporter of gas in the world, fifth in oil and sixth in hydro power.

Turkish delegation visits UHS LAHORE StAFF report

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A 9-member Turkish delegation visited the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday. The delegation was headed by Dokuz Eylul University Vice Chancellor Dr Recep Yaparel, from Izmir, Turkey. UHS Vice Chancellor, IA Naveed, while giving a warm welcome to the delegation, said that Pakistan and Turkey were bound in long-standing relations of friendship, brotherhood and affection which had gotten stronger over time. “People of Pakistan know that Turkey has supported them in difficult times and, therefore, our hearts beat in unison with our Turkish brethren,” he said. Naveed further said that the unprecedented and rapid progress made by Turkey during recent decades served as a unique role model for Pakistan. He added that the close cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey, especially in Punjab, for execution of welfare and development projects in various fields including transport and solid waste management was highly praiseworthy. Yaparel thanked the vice chancellor and faculty of UHS for their warm welcome. He said that the Turkey’s deep commitment to friendship with people of Pakistan was no secret. He said that the visit of Turkish delegation to UHS would open new chapters in cooperation especially in the field of medical education and health research.

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ECENTLY, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Solar Energy Project was signed between the Punjab government and Germany’s Solar Power Project Development Firm in Berlin, according to which the German firm would work on a mega project for generation of solar energy in the province. The German delegation vowed to visit Punjab in November to initiate a solar energy project in the province. Terming the signing of MoU for establishment of solar energy project – in collaboration with the German Company in Punjab – a highly welcome step, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that vast opportunities of investment in the solar energy sector existed in Pakistan, especially in Punjab. He called upon German companies to assist Pakistan in finding new and sustainable methods for acquiring energy and said that the German technology was unprecedented in the field of solar energy throughout the world. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government would extend maximum possible facilities and incentives to the German companies as meeting the challenge of energy crisis in an effective manner was the top most priority of the Punjab government. Extending invitation to the German energy companies for making investment in the energy sector of Pakistan, especially Punjab, the chief minister said that large opportunities of electricity generation through coal, hydel and thermal existed in Punjab. “It’s the best thing I bought this winter,” says Sardar Azam, a former civil servant, showing off his water-heating solar geyser installed on the terrace. “The biggest advantage is that you spend money once and it runs on sunlight which is free,” Azam added.

Pakistan needs to produce 16,000 megawatts of electricity a day but only manages 13,000 megawatts, according to the Pakistan Electric Power Company. The shortfall means that millions endure electricity cuts for up to 16 hours a day, leaving them freezing in winter and sweltering in summer while hitting industry hard, exacerbating a slow-burn recession. Voters say it is their biggest single concern, secondary to the war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and so the government has been increasingly vocal about redressing the problem as it eyes elections within a year. “I think all our friends are encouraged to understand the real energy crisis that is in Pakistan. We can’t afford to be selective of where we receive our energy supply from,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said this month. At the time, she was referring to Pakistan’s determination to build a pipeline and import gas from Iran, regardless of US threats of sanctions, but the message was clear: on the energy front, Pakistan needs any help it can get. Arif Allaudin, who heads the Alternate Energy Development Board, would like to see more of that help coming from renewable sources, saying there was a 2.4 million megawatt potential for solar energy alone in Pakistan. Niaz Ahmed Kathia, director of private company Alternate Energy Systems, said abundant and free sunshine was the answer to Pakistan’s energy woes. “Energy is our biggest issue, more than terrorism, and if we replace our one million tubewell pumps with solar ones, we can save 7,000 megawatts,”Kathia said at the demonstration of a solar well. The majority of Pakistan’s tubewell pumps, which pump out underground water, run on the strained national grid or on diesel power. There is no pretence that solar power is the only answer, but this month the prime minister ordered the government to provide

solar electricity in remote villages far from the national grid. The government described renewable energy as the “investor’s choice” and said the private sector has offered to produce 1,500 megawatts a day. Solar street lights are also being installed slowly in cities such as Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. Pakistan’s first on-grid solar power station, capable of producing 178.9 kilowatts, began test operations in Islamabad this month with a grant of $5.4 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. “It is a seed for thousands more solar power plants,” Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, a former chairperson of the Pakistan Engineering Council said. This winter Pakistan suffered a two billion cubic feet a day shortage of natural gas — usually the mainstay of millions delivered to homes and industry via pipelines — sparking protests and forcing factories to lay off labourers. The trouble is remedial plans are only at an embryonic stage. “We plan to promote the use of solar geysers as the gas shortage is becoming acute,” petroleum and natural resources minister Asim Hussain said. “The gas companies would install solar water heaters at consumer premises and deduct the amount in installments in the gas bills,” he added. Power generated during sunlight hours can be stored in deep cycle lead acid batteries to power lights, radios, televisions and fans at night. Norwegian company Telenor says it has set up 50 solar-powered cell sites, mostly in remote areas, capable of reducing 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per site by saving over 940 litres of diesel a month. Traders say demand has certainly risen. A 170-litre (37-gallon) capacity solar geyser starts from 27,000 rupees ($300) and a 218-litre version for 32,000 rupees as a one-time cost. “Solar geysers can reduce gas bills considerably. The technology is not only environment friendly but also pocket friendly,” said vendor Shakil Ahmed.

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Foreign News 09 Cyprus agrees bailout with international creditors NICOSIA AGenCIeS

Cyprus has agreed a bailout deal with international creditors, becoming the fifth eurozone member to seek outside help in the ongoing debt crisis. The country made the request to its European partners and the International Monetary Fund in June, for help to revive its banks. Lenders have suffered huge losses due to their heavy exposure to Greece. The deal, expected to include some 16bn euros (£13bn; $20bn) of loans, will be officially confirmed later on Friday. But any deal would have to be ratified by parliaments in the eurozone countries. “The deadline that was set by the European Central Bank for the recapitalisation of the banks expired, so we had to enter the (EU/IMF) rescue mechanism,” government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou told reporters. Banks have lost large amounts on Greek government bonds. They are also facing big losses on loans made to businesses in Cyprus, which have been hit by the deep recession in neighbouring Greece, its biggest trading partner. In total, Cypriot banks have outstanding liabilities and debt totalling 152bn euros, or eight times the size of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the IMF. In June the country’s two largest lenders the Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular Bank had asked for more than 2bn euros in government aid. The Cypriot government has also been holding negotiations for a possible loan from a country outside the EU, such as Russia or China. The country has already borrowed 2.5bn euros from Russia, whose business people are important customers of Cyprus’s relatively large offshore financial sector which offers low tax rates. Cyprus’s stock exchange was up 8.5% after the announcement. Cyprus is the fifth country in the 17member euro area to accept emergency assistance as part of the ongoing debt crisis. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain, asked for bailouts, although the Spanish bailout for its banks was funded by the eurozone’s European Financial Stability Facility.

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GoMA: the corpse of a dead Congolese soldier lies at the side of the road after M23 rebels took control of the city. AGEnCIES

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PPOSITION leaders in Egypt have called for large protests after President Mohammed Mursi passed a decree giving himself sweeping new powers. The decree states the president’s decisions cannot be revoked by any authority including the judiciary. It also opens the way for a retrial of people convicted of killings during Egypt’s 2011 uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak. Mr Mursi’s critics have denounced the move as a “coup against legitimacy”. In a joint news conference on Thursday, Sameh Ashour, head of a lawyers association, and key opposition figures Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa accused Mr Mursi of “monopolising all three branches of government” and overseeing “the total exe-

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Former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday avoided indictment in an investigation into allegations that his 2007 election campaign was financed with funds secured illegally from France’s richest woman. Instead, lawyers for the 57-year-old said, prosecutors will continue to deal with Sarkozy as a witness under caution. The decision came at the end of a day-long interrogation of the former French leader.

Mursi has won a new international prestige, and must believe this will help him weather the domestic storm. Mr Mursi said his decree was aimed at “cleansing state institutions” and “destroying the infrastructure of the old regime”. It bans challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions, and says no court can dissolve the constituent assembly, which is drawing up a new constitution. Mr Mursi also sacked chief prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud and ordered the retrial of people accused of attacking protesters in the uprising, which could lead to the retrial of Mubarak himself, who is serving a life sentence. Mr Mahmoud’s acquittal of officers accused of involvement in attacks on protesters led to violent clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in October, when supporters and opponents of Mr Mursi clashed. Thousands of protesters have returned to the streets around Tahrir Square over the past week demanding political reforms and

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cution of the independence of the judiciary”. “We are calling on all Egyptians to protest in all of Egypt’s squares on Friday,” they said. Mr ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, wrote on his Twitter account that the president had “appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences”. Wael Ghonim, a key figure in the uprising, said the revolution had not been staged “in search of a benign dictator”. “There is a difference between revolutionary decisions and dictatorial decisions,” he said. But Mr Mursi’s supporters say the move will protect Egypt’s revolution. Thousands celebrated the decree in front of the Egyptian High Court in Cairo on Thursday night. Mahmoud Ghozlan, spokesman for Mr Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood party, described it as “revolutionary and popular.” After brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas over the Gaza crisis, Mr

Fighting erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday after rebels defiantly rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic city of Goma and end an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitarian catastrophe. As reports about renewed violence in the country’s volatile east poured in President Joseph Kabila sacked the chief of land forces over UN accusations he runs a huge arms smuggling network supplying Congolese rebels and other groups, a spokesman said. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the dismissal was temporary, pending a “thorough investigation”. General Gabriel Amisi’s sacking came two days after the regular FARDC forces suffered a humiliating setback when the M23 rebel

group drove them out of the main eastern city of Goma. A report by the UN Group of Experts on the DRC accuses Amisi of overseeing a network that provides arms and ammunitions to poachers and armed groups, including some with links to the M23. The M23 rebel group’s political leader insisted it would not withdraw from Goma, which the fighters captured easily despite the presence of UN peacekeepers, unless Kabila agrees to peace talks. “There must first be a dialogue with President Kabila,” Bishop Jean-Marie Runiga Lugerero told AFP by telephone, before heading to Uganda where he was summoned for urgent talks with President Yoweri Museveni. The Ugandan leader had issued a joint call with Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame at emergency talks in Kampala Wednesday for the rebels to withdraw and is due to hold a regional summit on

the crisis on Saturday. A UN report has accused both Uganda and Rwanda of backing the M23, claims both countries strongly deny. International alarm about the unrest in the war-blighted central African nation has mounted since the mainly ethnic Tutsi rebels on Tuesday overran Goma, the main city in the mineral-rich North Kivu region on the shores of Lake Kivu. Fighting flared Thursday around the town of Sake a day after it was captured by the advancing rebels, causing thousands of people to flee, many carrying mattresses on their heads, an AFP photographer said. Explosions from shells and mortar bombs and the rattle of automatic machinegun fire could be heard as plumes of smoke billowed into the sky over Sake, which lies about 30 kilometres northwest of Goma.

the prosecution of officials blamed for killing demonstrators. The president had tried to remove Mr Mahmoud from his post by appointing him envoy to the Vatican. But Mr Mahmoud defied the Egyptian leader and returned to work, escorted by judges and lawyers. New prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim is tasked with re-examining all the investigations led by Mr Mahmoud into the deaths of protesters, and re-trying people already acquitted in the case. The declaration also gives the 100-member constituent assembly two additional months to draft a new constitution, to replace the one suspended after Mr Mubarak was overthrown. The rewrite of the constitution, which was meant to be finished by December, has been plagued by lawsuits questioning the makeup of the constituent assembly. Once completed, the document is due to be put to a referendum. If it is approved, legislative elections will be held two months later.

China sacks ‘sex tape’ Chongqing official BEIJING AGenCIeS

A district Communist Party official in south-west China has been sacked after apparently featuring in a sex video exposed by microbloggers. Screenshots purporting to be from video of Lei Zhengfu having sex with his mistress, were published on Tuesday. Mr Lei, a party chief in the city of Chongqing, is reported to have said that the video is a fake. The case highlights the growing influence of China’s microbloggers in pursuing local officials. Correspondents say that the Communist Party has stepped up its drive against corruption and official impropriety amid rising public anger at abuses of power. It is unclear who made the video and how it emerged. A Chinese journalist, named as Ji Xuguang, posted the images on Tuesday. He said that the video was made in 2007 and identified Mr Lei as the man in the photos having “improper sexual relations” with an 18-year-old “mistress” . Mr Lei was sacked after an investigation by local party officials concluded that the man in the pictures was indeed him. A statement on Friday said a further investigation into Mr Lei would take place. The sacking was one of the most popular subjects on weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging site. In September, a safety official in Shaanxi province was sacked following a public outcry after images of him grinning at the scene of a fatal bus crash were posted online. Outrage grew when Chinese “netizens” found images of him wearing luxury watches.

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the d-8 moot A long way to go yet

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he D-8 organisation comprises states which share a number of concerns as well as aspirations. These are countries where despite significant peculiarities the governments are elected. Further, despite being at different levels of development all face common challenges which are peculiar to developing countries. The D-8 members are keen to cope with them through mutual cooperation. Meanwhile, with the passage of time other pressing problems have arisen which necessitate their joining hands to find solutions. Extremism and militancy in its multifarious shapes and local variations pose danger to these countries, though in some cases it is felt to be more of a potential than an immediate threat. Being an international rather than a regional organisation, D-8 has moved rather slowly to achieve the objectives it had set before itself fifteen years back when it was formed. With the developed world, especially the EU, still passing through economic travails, the exports by developing countries are shrinking. This requires countries of the D-8 to take measures to boost up trade among the eight nations. Consultations have to be held on the required groundwork without which progress on the issue cannot be ensured. Issues like visa liberalisation, simplification of customs procedures, closer cooperation between private sectors, operationalisation of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and free flow of goods were naturally high on the agenda discussed on Thursday. The participants discussed the opening of banks, joint ventures, free flow of goods, services and people, joint investment fund, Islamic banking and investment, small and medium enterprises and regional connectivity. The summit also adopted the organisation’s charter and the D-8 Global Vision. All the eight countries were duly represented at the summit, though only five heads of state or government attended. It was noted that the documents adopted were by and large based on pledges and commitments while no decisions with clear scheduling frames were announced. There were some concrete bilateral developments though. Ahmadinejad reiterated Tehran’s commitment to take its relations with Pakistan to new heights without any fear, indicating the completion of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline by 2014. He also suggested convening a joint meeting of Pakistani‚ Iranian and Afghan Ulema to deal with the menace of terrorism. Indonesian Minister for Trade assured that the PTA with Pakistan will not only be signed, it would be operational in the next two weeks, giving boost to the mutual trade. The D-8 organisation also needs to ensure that democracy does not remain merely a matter of form in its member countries. It is equally important to ensure that human rights are protected in the member countries.

itnessing gore and mayhem at the hands of the ubiquitous terrorists has become part of our daily life. But despite becoming desensitised to violence over the years, sectarian and militant attacks in the main cities of all four provinces of the country last Wednesday literally came as a jolt for the whole nation. Rampant terrorism and the manner in which militants are targeting Shias and their processions during the countdown to Ashura have shocked everyone who believes in a tolerant and pluralistic Pakistan. On the eve of the D-8 summit in Islamabad, a suicide attack on a Shia procession in the twin garrison city of Rawalpindi was the bloodiest. It is obvious that the terrorists are on the rampage and despite the bravado expressed by our maverick interior minister, they are choosing their targets with impunity. Rehman Malik, instead of coming up with a coherent plan to curb the menace, seems to be fonder of making bombastic statements on the media. Malik stating but the obvious is generally the harbinger of bad news. There is nothing profound about predicting in the aftermath of the recent massacres that the next few days of Muharram are going to be dangerous. The efficacy of his recipes to ban the movement of citizens by proscribing use of motorcycles or restricting mobile phones services is questionable. There is no substitute for real time intelligence and coherently strategising. These superficial measures can hardly be effective to tackle the bigger malaise. It all started after 9/11. Since then the US has engaged in two bloody wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, pouring untold miseries on the people of these two countries.

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Rampant instability in Pakistan is not only fallout of policies of past two military dictators Zia-ul Haq-and Musharraf, but also a direct consequence of America’s global counter terrorism policies. At the expense of most of the Muslim world, Washington has been able to keep its soil terrorism free. This has not been achieved by banning tools of modern technology but by using them to its advantage. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that “disrupting, decimating, dismantling and ultimately defeating Al-Qaeda remains the administration’s national security policy”. By declaring “the Homeland “a safer place to live for its citizens for all practical purposes, Washington is embarked on a cut and run policy in Afghanistan. This leaves us to deal on our own with the Taliban and incremental number of drone attacks to eliminate them. Rampant poverty and rising unemployment, coupled with pro-Taliban elements in our midst, Pakistan will remain a fertile ground for the jihadists, and terrorism will remain our scourge. Recently disgraced US General David Petraeus is credited with engineering the American withdrawal from Iraq through implementation of his so-called surge of troops policy. He applied a similar recipe in Afghanistan when he was commander of the US troops in Afghanistan. Now we are told by the US media, which was gushing and fawning over him, that the general was a big failure. The post-US Iraq is in throes of violence. The quisling Shia administration established by the US occupation army has miserably failed. Similarly, it is being widely acknowledged that the Taliban have regrouped and consolidated in Afghanistan. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to predict that the militants will continue to pose a real and present danger to the stability of the country. Iranian President Ahmadinejad in an interview has suggested a Pak-Iran-Afghan ulema moot to tackle terrorism. Nejad, on a visit to Islamabad to attend the D-8 summit at a time when Shias are sitting ducks at the hands of the Taliban, has shown remarkable restraint by merely condemning terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. His proposal, however, can only bear fruit if the ulema of the three Islamic countries are on the same page. This is hardly the case. Pakistani ulema even amongst themselves are a squabbling lot. In any case, terrorism in Pakistan is a multi-faceted problem with religious as

well as geostrategic overtones. The civilian government should have taken the lead to form a cohesive strategy along with the military – a major stakeholder in the war against terrorism – to tackle the hydra headed monster. If this means a major overhaul of our strategic priorities, this should be done now. There should be no confusion that fighting terrorism is an existential war for Pakistan’s survival as modern democratic Muslim country, never envisaged as a theocratic state by our founding fathers. Notwithstanding the penchant of our strategic thinkers for “strategic depth”, even the military, which has lost many of its own fighting terrorism, can support a system based on a narrow and self-serving interpretation of sharia. Karachi is a different kettle of fish altogether. It is indeed ironic to see Altaf Hussain, the MQM supremo, shedding crocodile tears over endemic violence in the metropolis. The MQM is part of the problem rather than the solution and so are the ANP and the PPP. Incidentally, all three parties are coalition partners fighting for turf through their militant proxies. None of them are willing to rein in their armed outfits. That Karachi is also the hotbed of terrorists of all hue and colour is another complicating factor. In this backdrop it is not at all surprising that the Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has ruled out military action in the city. He has rightly said that the army cannot take control of the city unless the government demands so. In any case, why should the military clean the mess created by politicians themselves? He has lobbed the ball squarely into Zardari’s court. It is up to the president who happens to be the co-chairperson of his party to bring his coalition partners on board. With elections around the corner, this is unlikely to happen. Elements in control of the city are not willing to let go, come what may. In the meanwhile, Karachi, and for that matter the rest of Pakistan, will continue to bleed. With no one willing to upset the apple cart, or bell the proverbial cat, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Even military rule is not an option. It never was but this time thankfully even the military knows it. The Sharifs and the PTI, notwithstanding tall claims with hardly any presence in Sindh, have nothing much to offer whatever the outcome of the forthcoming general elections. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today

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est some of us may have forgotten, Rimsha Masih is the name of the 14-year old down-syndrome-afflicted Christian girl who was wrongly accused of blasphemy and who has now been released by the Islamabad High Court and the FIR against her ordered to be quashed. The judgement has been given on the premise that there was no intent or mental condition that concurred with the act done and the consequences achieved. Rimsha’s ordeal that stretched to over three months included her incarceration for three weeks in an adults’ jail. Will this harrowing incident go down in the record books as just an annulment of FIR Number 303 dated August 16, 1012 registered under section 295-B of Pakistan Penal Court and forgotten, or would the sordid episode spur an introspective engagement unleashing some disturbing thoughts of what we have reduced this country to? First to an allied side of the story: what will become of Qari Mohammad Khalid Chishti Jadoon, the man who wrongly accused Rimsha of carrying the burnt pages of the Qura’n to be disposed off? Like the Qadris of this country, will he be allowed to walk away free after having tried to falsely impli-

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cate a Christian girl? Or, will he be punished for his crime so that it becomes deterrence for others to be careful in their (mis)deeds? Relatively, this would be a small matter in the context of the lopsided laws that have been systematically introduced in the country and their inhuman and pernicious practice in an environment that resonates with religious jingoism and obscurantism. Like in this case, the real intent of the accuser, in consort with other conspirators, was to drive the Christians out of the area and occupy their homes and lands. Religious prescription was used as a tool for usurpation. The question is why? Simply because there are such laws in the country that can be easily exploited in the hands of the marauding bands of hate-spouting religious radicals and extremists for whom even the existence of people belonging to any other faith or creed is an anathema. Be it the Christians who are routinely subjected to blasphemy accusations, or the Hindus who are forced to flee the country in droves to take refuge in neighbouring India, or Hazaras who are mercilessly subjected to orgies of cleansing – the sickening spectacle only grows bloodier with

the passage of time. All that we hear is a routine condemnation and the seeking of a report on the ‘incident’ by all shades of leaders hailing from across political divides. In certain cases, there is not even a routine condemnation for fear of losing the religious vote bank. In the process, a country that was envisioned to be a civilized society comprising enlightened people living together in peace irrespective of their religious, ethnic and cultural identities has slumped to becoming a slaughter house of anything and everything that these ‘madrassah’-educated ‘graduates’ may not take a fancy to. Sunnis are out killing the Shias while the latter may be out hunting their own adversaries. Wahabis, Deobandis, Salafis and multiple other beliefs are perpetually and criminally engaged in an increasingly humiliating endeavour to stamp their brand of faith on everyone else. The ones who refuse to acquiesce are put to the knife, bullet or the bomb. Is there anyone there who would plead for revisiting laws that have irreversibly damaged the fabric of this society and its very rationale for existence? To make the prescription even more venomous, there is this innate hatred for education lest peo-

ple escape the obscurantist clutches and charter a course that may be more akin to the dream of the founding father. There have even been nefarious attempts to cast doubts on his epoch-making address to the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947 where he spelled out the contours of a country that he wanted to take shape – a country where religion would not be the regimenting force to bind people together. Instead, it would be treated as a personal matter while the state would deal equally and equitably with all people irrespective of their religious, cultural, social or ethnic identities. It was the dream of a country where justice would be dispensed indiscriminately to all, where equal opportunity would await every citizen, where forbearance would be the defining ethos, where peace would reign and where tolerance would be the transcending principle. Back to Rimsha: I have tried hard to locate her and have discovered in the process that she cannot be accessed for fear of reprisals by zealots. What shame! Is it fear from the likes of the Qadris who are roaming the streets with crass abandon? Do we realize that a state that cannot protect its citizens

loses its right to exist? States are recognised by their lawful authority that they put to use for ensuring the safety and security of its citizens. But, what would you say of a state that is languishing in the putrid juices of hatred that it has ever so systematically nurtured? What would you say of a state that has failed to protect its educational institutions and those innocent souls who go there to learn? What would say of a state that knows no peace and where enforcement of law is only for the underprivileged? What would you say of a state where the rich roam freely with their ill-gotten bounties and where accountability is to create avenues for criminals to escape? This is the shape of a state that has lost its very rationale to survive. Pakistan has been badgered endlessly to lose its song of hope. It is adrift incessant torrents driving it into deeper seas without a way to escape. The course has been set, the direction defined and the speed determined. Given its inherently discriminatory laws and its penchant for blood, Pakistan is well on way to becoming irrelevant. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at raoofhasan@hotmail.com


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let the court decide The COAS, Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, gave a statement to a group of officers at GHQ on November 5, cautioning that all state institutions need to work within their constitutional limits. The COAS appeared to be alluding the criticism of the armed forces institution where nine Ex-generals are facing allegations of interfering into political process or financial corruption (NLC, Railways and Fauji Fertilisers) in the courts. The judiciary has been seen to criticise the policies and actions of the military/intelligence agencies, followed by an unprecedented ‘misinformation drive’ in the electronic and print media. The political experts observed that the statement carried veiled warning to all the critics who unnecessarily target and defame the sacred institution with an aim to draw a wedge between the people and armed forces. Needless to say, such like development is liable to undermine public’s confidence in the military, creating rifts amongst the high command with low-level command of the military. The trust between the leaders and the led (second and third-tier command) of the Armed Forces, is absolutely essential in the disciplined culture of Armed forces. Any effort to create a distinction between the two, undermines the very basis of this concept and is not acceptable. The country is passing through a critical stage. The nation looks forward to its defence forces for protection and security in the event of foreign aggression or threat of invasion, therefore, the morale and spirit of the soldiers should be kept high. Dragging the military into politics would be disastrous blunder for the country, especially when army and ISI are still coping with militants in tribal areas, besides facing a perennial wave of suicide attacks and assaults on the security personnel inside settled areas. As the cases of ex-generals are sub judice, the on-going media trial is totally uncalled for and will cast unhealthy repercussion on the morale and discipline of serving personnel. Let the courts do their job earnestly. IMRAN SAEED Islamabad

india violating water laws For an agrarian country such as Pakistan, water not only remains an essential component for life but for economic activity as well. With depleting surface and ground resources and an overwhelming increase in both population and the use of water, the per capita water availability in Pakistan has decreased to threateningly low levels. To add to this threat is the uncontrolled Indian desire to use its geographically advantageous position as an upper riparian to build dams upon the rivers that were allocated to Pakistan. The ambiguities in the Indus Water Treaty have been exploited by the Indians to further advantage them. The IWT is based on the distribution of rivers and not the waters while allotting the three western rivers Chenab, Jhelum and Indus to Pakistan and the three eastern rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej to India. Furthermore, it allows Pakistan to draw a certain amount of water from the Indian allocated rivers for irrigating a small percentage of

nearby lands and makes allowances to build hydroelectric power projects on them too and same goes for India as well. But it surely does not make any allowances for building any sort of reservoirs, dams etc for storage purposes. India, however, uses the water from Western rivers flowing within its territory for irrigation and has been accused of constructing multiple projects for storing water, thus impacting Pakistan’s supply. Pakistan has been opposing projects by India that violate water laws such as the Baglihar, Kishenganga, Wullur projects etc that have built great water storage reservoirs. And these reservoirs are storing water that ought to have been flowing into Pakistan, thus creating scarcity of the resource in Pakistan. This surely calls for a revision in the IWT of 1960. In fact an IWT-2 is being demanded that may address the irregularities of the previous treaty keeping in view the latest issues that had not

mafia rule in Karachi People of Pakistan gave a mandate to politicians for good governance and financial discipline, not to allow armed gangs to roam around free in Karachi, indulge in target killings, subject them to extortion and submit them to kidnapping for ransom. Instead of reversing policies of an illegitimate military ruler, those elected have only further added to woes of a population suffering from inflation, unemployment, insecurity and politics of violence. When power is given without any accountability and those at helm consider themselves above law, than chaos follows. In rule of law, none should have a choice to be above the law and nobody dare exercise this choice to flout laws, nor should this be a subject of political negotiations. Karachi suffers because criminals are free to do as they will and because crime pays a bonanza. There is no fear of accountability, nor do laws apply equally to all. More money is collected through extortion by powerful mafia gangs than is collected by FBR in Karachi. For a city that has been notoriously declared as most dangerous city of Asia, it should have raised many eyebrows why public office holders, were more interested in giving ransom money to pirates of Somalia, while pirates of Karachi hold numerous more innocent citizens to ransom and thousands are brutally killed in this city. Being elected is not getting a carte blanche to do as you will, but instead it imposes a responsibility on elected majority to enforce rule of law, collect taxes and diligently spend this money on collective public welfare, providing security, infrastructure development, imparting education and health. Instead what we see is reverse of all that should have been delivered by the elected representatives. This is what happens when criminals start having

been taken into account five decades back. It may require to consider global climatic changes, issues of increased water scarcity, an increased usage of water due to growing urbanization, India’s heightened regional interferences, security issues, an increased threat of water-based wars etc. The Pakistani government ought to take initiatives for correcting the situation before it goes out of hand. The Indian side too ought to view the issue beyond the immediate victory of parching the Pakistani soil. Civilizations cannot survive without water, and in case Pakistan dries up would India be able to handle the spillover effect into India and the entire region at large? It would, therefore, be in the interest of South Asia that peace be maintained and that India, being the upper riparian play its role according to international water laws to minimize water scarcity to reduce security threat at regional level. LUBNA UMAR Islamabad

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war of ads seems to have erupted on the pages of newspapers in the Punjab. And the subject is also pretty much the same: Lahore’s mass transit programmes, both under construction and once-planned. One day, the Punjab government takes out an ad extolling the virtues of the BRTS, and explaining how flawed the Pervaiz Elahienvisaged subway system would have been. The next day saw the other League’s ad, claiming quite the opposite. Feuding politicians are good for newspapers and also their constituents. Fight away, gentlemen, fight away!

protection from those at helm in corridors of power. RASHID ORAKZAI Texas, USA

ignoring the root cause Few months back, when hundreds of thousands of families were busy doing last minute shopping in markets and Eid bazaars on Eid eve, mobile phones service was suspended across most of Pakistan without any warning; was resumed next day after completion of incident-free Eid prayers. Then came the restriction on two people riding on bikes followed by complete ban on bike riding on different religious days. Now it’s being announced that mobile phone and landline wireless services have been suspended for next several days, a ban on bike riding in different cities has also been imposed. What is all this —- a futile effort to get to the disease; it’s same as giving paracetamol instead of treating the infection. Alas, it’s no more an infection; it’s a cancer rapidly spreading across the whole body. All such phone service suspensions, ban on general public movement is an eye wash, just a political stunt; an easy-go departure from responsibility to maintain law and order in the country. If we keep intentionally ignoring the root cause of the problem —- those institutions, personalities, philosophies, financiers, trainers and their apologists who are spreading hatred against other religions and sects, no such administrative effort will succeed in combating the cancer. We ourselves may be consumed in this deceiving exercise and become just a number in the so far killed 45,000 civilian and military personnel, nothing else. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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ven though other activities have been suspended out of respect for Muharram, the wedding season is still going on in full force. The wedding industry is much too vibrant for anything to get in its way. We Pakistanis spend on a lot on weddings and there is a vast economic spectrum across which the wedding industry is distributed. On the upper end, you will find professional dance choreographers, event managers, highend photographers, astronomically priced wedding dresses. The mechanics of the trousseau industry have also been upscaled, with people even giving away pre-fab designer kitchens as gifts to the young couple.

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picture gone viral on the internet these days has pitched Interior Minister Rehman Malik against Veena Malik. The photoshopped image sees the government’s security czar posing in the now infamous FHM photoshoot of Veena Malik, complete with the ISI tattoo. Needless to say, not as arousing. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at whitelies@pakistantoday.com.pk

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aTe Yash chopra’s last directorial venture ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is still casting its magic on the silver screen. The romantic saga, which has already entered the Rs 100 crore club, has managed to rake in some more moolah. The film, which had collected Rs 120 crore in six days of its release, has finally earned Rs 150 crore at the box office. The Shah Rukh khan and katrina kaif starrer has set the cash registers ringing with their sizzling chemistry. Within just 10 days of the release of the film, it has been able to earn Rs 150 crores. neWS DeSK

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SIA’S biggest dance music festival kicks off the third edition of its arena format tonight with a performance by Swedish House Mafia in the capital. The artistes are on their One Last Tour, making India their second stop in the middle of a massive 50 city world tour. The artistes performed

in Mumbai on November 17 and will be entertaining thousands of house music fans with their performance in Noida, tonight. After a successful festival debut in Noida which had thousands of fans in attendance, the organizers believe that this edition of Sunburn Arena will be the most sensational dance music experience of the decade. Tickets

sold at great speed in India with a record count of one ticket per second. A world class stage has been set up at the sprawling greens of the Unitech Golf and Country Club. The night will be packed with showstopping visuals, flaming guns, and mesmerizing fireworks. The trio comprises of Axwell, who is making his 4th appearance at Sunburn, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. The One Last Tour is a highly emotional and anticipated tour for the Billboard music chart toppers, as they will be bidding farewell to fans from all over the world. Swedish House Mafia have released some of the most popular house music tracks in recent times with notable hits like One, Save The World and the recent chartbuster Don’t You Worry Child. tnn

Brown’s show cancelled after protests against Rihanna assault It’s very sweet and flattering: Sussanne on Stewart’s comment

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ack in 2010, Hrithik Roshan and Hollywood star kristen Stewart made headlines when it was rumoured that he would romance the Twilight star in Shekhar kapur’s Paani. Now, the two are in the news again, thanks to kristen’s statement. In reports published recently, the actor apparently said, “If I have a boy, I would want him to look like Hrithik Roshan, but with Rob’s (Robert Pattinson) eyes.” and although Hrithik remains unavailable for comment, wife Sussanne finds the statement amusing. “Oh God, what can I say?” asks Sussanne with a laugh. “It’s a flattering comment. kristen is a wonderful actress. So it’s sweet and pleasing for us to hear it from someone like her. and I am sure Hrithik would feel the same.” and if you are wondering why kristen has suddenly made such a comment, it wasn’t a statement in isolation. In the same report, the 22-yearold also said that if she were offered a good script, she would love to work in a Bollywood film. She added, “I would love to work with Hrithik Roshan. He is such a wonderful actor and so good-looking.” neWS DeSK

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INGER Chris Brown has backed out of his December concert in Guyana following local protests against his 2009 physical assault on ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown, 23, was supposed to headline a big show in the capital city of Georgetown. But South American women’s rights protesters and opposition lawmakers immediately released statements making it known that the Don’t Wake Me Up singer would not be welcomed in their city. Brown, upon learning of the incident was uneasy and decided to cancel his appearance, reported Ace Showbiz. This is not the first time that the troubled singer has faced angry protesters trying to spurn his concert over his Rihanna mishap. Earlier this month, a mysterious group of protesters in Sweden managed to plaster posters of Brown’s ex-girlfriend showing her battered face and used it as a promo material for the rapper’s November 19 concert in Stockholm. In 2009, the Brown hit, choked and bit Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy

Awards in Los Angeles during a heated argument. He later pleaded guilty to assault and is still serving his probation of five years. He has since taken violence counselling and has been attempting to repair his image to fans. Brown and Rihanna have recently released a duet titled Nobodies Business.

Chevy Chase leaves sitcom, ‘Community’

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SHleY Horn is reportedly unhappy that her halfsister, actress lindsay lohan has no plans to get to know her. lindsay’s father Michael lohan took a paternity test recently which confirmed that 17-year-old Horn is his daughter. “While ashley can’t stand Michael, she thought lindsay would be kinder to her. She says the lohans are trash and wants nothing to do with them, but the truth is that she is really hurt by lindsay’s attitude,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. after it was revealed lindsay, 26, has no plans to reach out to ashley because her father was still married to her mother Dina when he had a fling with Horn’s mom - kristi Horn, Michael too has been disappointed by lindsay’s feelings. “I am sorry to hear lindsay feels that way. I met ashley and she is a good kid. But we all have our choices to make in life, as well as our own prerogatives. Who knows, maybe someday things will change. Regardless, I want the best for all my kids,” he said. neWS DeSK

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IERCE Hawthorne, American TV show Community’s annoying old man in the study group that attends Greendale Community College on the comedy, because he has no-one to spend time with, will stop appearing on the show. And the veteran actor Chevy Chase, who plays Pierce is to blame, reveal reports. After appearing for more than three seasons on the show, the thespian parts ways by mutual agreement, a website confirmed, adding that his exit is effective immediately. While most of the current season (Season 4) has already been filmed, a couple of episodes have been filmed. Chase’s exit is not expected to affect production although he is expected to appear in the finale. The show’s writer Megan Ganz tweeted a picture with the actor appearing in the snapshot. Chase has had something of a

turbulent relationship with the producers, growing increasingly frustrated with his character’s progression. He used abusive language on sets but later apologised for his behaviour. He

even clashed with the show’s creator Dan Harmon, who was then replaced. Pierce isn’t one of the main characters, but he does play a significant role on the show, acting as a catalyst on the

show, and thanks to his eccentric antics. Chase’s exit and troubles with his show follows the unceremonious exit of Charlie Sheen who also parted ways with his show, Two And A Half Men.


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OHAN Marley, son of legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley, says he has always been fascinated by Indian music, especially with Bollywood tracks. He has formed a spiritual connect with the country much before he landed here. Bob Marley took reggae music to a new high and is credited with spreading Jamaican music across the world. Rohan admits he could never be drawn as close to music as his father, the music legend for an entire generation, was. “I follow Indian music and I am a fan of Bollywood also. My father has a huge fan base in Indian sub-continents and this is the reason why we are connected with the country since very long,” Rohan Marley told IANS during his visit. “What I love about Indian music is the sound and the instruments. It is very soothing, spiritual and inspirational,” he added. Rohan was on a business trip to India, his maiden visit to the country, bringing the House of Marley audio products to the country. He loved every bit of the trip and said: “The food and the essence of the people is wonderful. India as a whole

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mobilises the colours of the universe.” “I love to walk around streets and see the people. It is intriguing to be in India because India is a spiritual place. Physically this is my first visit, but spiritually (it is) not.” A former football playerturned-entrepreneur, Rohan, 40, feels India is a conducive market for House of Marley audio products collection, which ranges from inear and on-ear headphones to portable speaker docks. A student of sociology, Rohan was an avid sportsman, but says he never felt motivated to choose music as his

career. “I always loved football and I have grown playing football and cricket. I never got the focus towards music. I was never passionate about strings in instrument. I still remember the day when I was gifted my first guitar when I was 9 years old and I just had no clue what to do, so I just put it down,” he said. “I love music. But I never thought of having a career in music. My career revolves around representing House of Marley In India and abroad. My father has always been my idol. He is my hero and I learned so much from him,” he added. CourteSy toI

aIF-kaReeNa have been married for over a month now but the two haven’t got any time for their honeymoon. However, the nawab of Pataudi is working hard to wrap up his upcoming projects and take off with Mrs khan as soon as possible. “Saif wants to make sure that all his work for the sequel of Race is completed and out of the way so that he can take his much-deserved break. Only the dubbing was remaining and the actor finished it in six days flat, while working 10 hours at a stretch,” a source told Mumbai Mirror. The source also told the tabloid that Saif had not worked so hard even for his own home productions: “He wouldn’t dub for more than three hours at a stretch. looks like he is in a hurry to get away.” We wonder where the newlyweds would fly off to! neWS DeSK

Ali Zafar more popular than AR Rahman?

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LI Zafar, who won over Indian audiences with his singing much before his Bollywood debut Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), has been declared the third-most Google searched singer in India by Variety magazine. According to the survey, Ali was just behind Jagjit Singh and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. The singer-actor was way ahead of Atif Aslam and even AR Rahman who stood fifth and sixth respectively. Ali says, “Rahman sir and many others have a very special place in my heart. I am just a humble student of music doing my own thing. I am glad that people like it.” He also feels that there is no such thing as competition as there are enough opportunities for all. “I look at people involved in music as friends. There is enough in the world for everyone to achieve and attain,” says the singer-turned-actor. Ali is passionate about music, but he has now started enjoying acting equally. “Acting takes up a lot of time

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and dedication. I am singing for my own projects and have been asked to compose and write for my next film. I am also working on my next album. I don’t like to just sing songs like a machine in a factory.” The actor has

been busy shooting for Chashme Baddoor, which releases on February 22, after which he will start the schedule of Aman Ki Asha, a romcom where he will be paired with Yami Gautam. CourteSy Ht

OllYWOOD actor Gerard Butler reveals that he once planned to skip his flight just to meet his good friend and Bollywood actress Priyanka chopra, while she was in the US. In a candid interview, Butler opened up about his affection for Priyanka, said a statement. He said: “last year, Priyanka was here (US) and I was going out of town to a wedding. I stay in Malibu and she was coming to party at Malibu and I couldn’t meet.” “I was even thinking of missing the plane and going and saying hello because I hadn’t seen her in a long time. But we are in touch all the time,” he added. The 43-year-old Butler quips, “I am still single because I am waiting for Priyanka chopra.” Meanwhile, the actor is looking forward to the release of his new film “Playing For keeps”, which hits the screens Dec 7. neWS DeSK

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CTOR Shah Rukh Khan has dismissed reports of a “patch up” between him and the Dabangg star Salman Khan. “Bachpan se poochte aa rahe ho yeh sawal...ab toh bade ho jaoo (Please grow up...you people have always been asking the same question),” Shah Rukh retorted when asked whether the acrimony between him and Salman has finally come to end. He was addressing reporters at a press conference tonight. Speculations over the Khans burying their hatchets gained momentum after Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir attended the premiere of late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s film Jab Tak Hai Jaan and the party hosted thereafter. Soon after the premiere, mega-star Amitabh Bachchan had tweeted “Danced my shoes off with all the youngsters...an amazing evening... spending time with Salman, Aamir, Shahrukh, Katrina and Anushka”. When asked about Big B’s tweet, Shah Rukh said, “If Amitji has tweeted it then you all ask him when you meet him in a press conference. There is no patch up or XYZ. Even I read about it in your newspapers. Whatever is written in your newspaper please don’t believe into it”. A heated argument between Shah Rukh and Salman at the birthday bash of the latter’s ex Katrina Kaif in 2008 created a rift between the two stars. There are several unconfirmed theories floating around and nobody knows what exactly happened at that party. AGenCIeS

Daniel Craig best Bond ever, says Sir Roger Moore

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aNIel craig is the best James Bond, so good in fact that he may have given the franchise another 50 years of life. Those aren’t the words of the random man on the street, but of an ex-James Bond himself, Sir Roger Moore. The 86-year-old star loves new 007 flick ‘Skyfall so much that he apparently wishes that when he wrote his book, ‘Bond on Bond’, including the opinion that Sean connery was the best Bond, he’d been able to include a chapter on the latest man to take on the role of the suave secret agent. Talking to NBc, when asked if he’d revised his opinion of who was the best Bond he stated: “If I had been able to see ‘Skyfall’ before finishing the book, I would have then had to have written a chapter about Daniel craig, who is a superb Bond.“ The actor, who starred in seven Bond movies, including classics like ‘The Spy Who loved Me’ and ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ even said that he thinks the latest movie has guaranteed that we’ll see another half century of James risking all for Queen and country, adding: “I think it has guaranteed another 50 years for the franchise.” When asked about what he would have put in the chapter Moore said: “I would have liked to talk about his performance in ‘casino Royale’. But with Sam Mendes directing, “Skyfall” to me is just an extraordinary piece of motion picture.” AGenCIeS

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Infotainment 14 DWARF PLANET MAKEMAKE examined for the first time

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STRONOMERS have obtained an important first look at the dwarf planet Makemake - finding it has no atmosphere. One of five such dwarfs in our Solar System including former planet Pluto, Makemake had until now eluded study. But in April 2011, it passed between the Earth and a distant star, and astronomers used seven telescopes to study how the star's light was changed. A report in Nature outlines how they unpicked Makemake's size, lack of atmosphere, and even its density. Few battles in the astronomy community are as fierce as the one surrounding the demotion of the planet Pluto from planet status in 2006 to one of what the International Astronomical Union then dubbed

“dwarf planets”. Pluto shares the category with four other little worlds: Ceres, Haumea, Eris and Makemake. Now Makemake has come under scrutiny by an international team led by Jose Luis Ortiz of the Andalucian Institute of Astrophysics in Spain, making use of seven different telescopes across Brazil and Chile. They watched as the dwarf planet blocked the light of distant star Nomad 1181-0235723, only for about one minute. The dwarf was known to be about two-thirds the size of Pluto, but the team put the measurement on a firmer footing, measuring it to be not quite spherical - about 1,430km across in one direction and 1,500km across the other. The team estimates that Makemake has a density of 1.7 grams per cubic

centimetre (similar to that of Pluto, but still less than a third that of Earth) - but the key test was that of the dwarf planet's atmosphere. “As Makemake passed in front of the star and blocked it out, the star disappeared and reappeared very abruptly, rather than fading and brightening gradually,” said Dr Ortiz. “This means that the little dwarf planet has no significant atmosphere. It was thought that Makemake had a good chance of having developed an atmosphere - that it has no sign of one at all shows just how much we have yet to learn about these mysterious bodies. “Finding out about Makemake's properties for the first time is a big step forward in our study of the select club of icy dwarf planets.” neWS DeSK

Dogs learn language differently to humans

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he volcanic activity on New Zealand’s North Island may ultimately do more to lure tourists than deter them, local tourist officials have claimed. Mount Tongariro, which stands alongside the peak that featured as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings, erupted for five minutes on November 21, sending a plume of ash and gas more than a mile into the air. Several flights were cancelled as a result. Experts say there is a “significant possibility” the volcano will erupt again, but the news is not discouraging locals, the New Zealand Times reports. Mike Smith of Visit Ruapehu, the official tourism organisation for the area, said: “For now we're in the spotlight, and sometimes that can turn out to be a positive”. “If it’s short term, which we all hope it is, then these things have a funny way of working out in a positive way. “If it’s longer term, and particularly over a number of weeks, then it’s more challenging.” Since the eruption, flights have resumed and a travel advisory for the area has been lifted – although the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the best known local trek, is closed until the weekend while the risk of further volcanic activity is assessed. Another local mayor was also optimistic about the eruptions, saying that it was “great …to be promoted on the world stage.” Mount Tongariro is one of three active volcanoes in Tongariro National Park, which were used as a backdrop for the Peter Jackson-directed trilogy. It previously erupted in August, for the first time in 115 years. It would not be the first time a natural disaster has boosted visitor numbers. The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland in 2010 – which caused widespread disruption to flights – ultimately attracted many visitors hoping for a glimpse of the country’s volatile natural powers. Research carried out by First Choice suggested that incoming travellers to Iceland were boosted by 12 per cent later that year, despite an initial dip. On an intriguing infographic, it argued that natural disasters can have “interesting and counter-intuitive” effects on tourism. neWS DeSK

While many dog-owners may marvel at their pet’s human-like ability to understand new words; research by scientists at the University of Lincoln, UK, suggests that dogs learn words in a fundamentally different way to us. Dogs have long been thought to learn new words in a similar way to humans; using an object’s shape such as ‘round’ for a ball, to associate words with objects. The importance of shape in human objectrecognition is known as ‘shape-bias’. However, when dogs are learning the name of a new object, researchers found that they associate the word to the object based first on its size and secondly on its texture, rather than on its shape. “A number of recent studies have suggested that the domestic dog's word comprehension is human-like. Arguments have been made to refute this claim but until now there has been no clear empirical evidence to resolve the debate,” says Dr Emilie van der Zee, a psychologist and co-author of the paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. “Our findings bring a fundamental new insight into this discussion and add to our understanding of the cognitive equipment necessary for true human word learning.” The researchers worked

with a five-year old border collie called Gable, using a series of challenges to test his word comprehension abilities. New objects and new object names were introduced by holding the object in view and sounding out the object name several times. Gable was then given the opportunity to play with the object while the word was repeated again. Researchers tested his knowledge of the new word by asking him to retrieve the object on its own, followed by picking it out of a line-up of familiar toys. Gable appeared to make distinctions based first on the object’s size, then on texture, after he had longer to become familiar with the new object. The shape of the new toy appeared to have no influence on his language-association. The study sheds further light on language abilities in other species and how they communicate with humans. The researchers believe that how word-knowledge is developed in dogs and how it works in reference to objects is fundamentally different to these processes in humans. The idea that dogs learn words in a very different way to us could advance our understanding of how languages first developed in humans. neWS DeSK

Lifetime of tea drinking can reduce risk of ovarian cancer

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lifetime of tea drinking can significantly reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in later life, according to the results of a new medical study. Women who begin drinking tea at a young age and drink the beverage more often are less likely to get the disease, which affects around 7,000 Britons a year. The results of the study were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology and have been welcomed by the Tea Advisory Panel. Health experts conducted a two-year study of 1,000 women with an average age of 59, half of which were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, while a controlled group of 500 were free of the disease. They were questioned about their tea drinking habits from how often they made a cup, what kind of tea they drank and when they first started. The researchers discovered that the women without cancer were more likely to be tea drinkers from an earlier age than those diagnosed with the illness. But even within tea drinkers in both groups, those who did not have cancer had been drinking tea for longer and, on average, consumed more cups a day than the others. Researchers from the School of Public Health, Curtin University in Perth, Australia, carried out the study on 1,000 women living in southern China. Of the two groups, 79 per cent of women not diagnosed with cancer were tea drinkers compared to 51 per cent who have or have had the disease. They found that flavonoids, powerful compounds with strong disease-fighting properties, were found in black tea in particular. Previous studies have suggested that adding milk does not weaken their effect. Study co-author Dr Andy Lee said: “Tea is a safe and inexpensive beverage. Its consumption should be encouraged because of the potential benefit in preventing this common and deadly disease for women.” Dr Catherine Hood, of the Tea Advisory Panel, said studies had shown that flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the growth of body cells. “Overall this new study adds to the evidence base linking tea consumption with reduced risk of ovarian cancer,” she said. “This is good news for British women among whom tea is a very popular beverage.” The study suggests it is not just the occasional cuppa that might help but a long term habit of drinking four or more cups a day. It shows almost 40 per cent of the non-diagnosed women drank four or more cups a day compared with 22 per cent of the other group. They were also more likely to have been drinking tea for longer – an average of 22.7 years for the non-diagnosed group compared to 18.3 years the others. neWS DeSK

Australian scientists claim South Pacific Island does not exist at all

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USTRALIAN scientists from the University of Sydney discovered in the third week of November 2012 that the South Pacific Island which is located between Australia and New Caledonia in South Pacific is not in existence. The island is shown on the marine charts, world maps as well as Google Earth, but in reality it has no existence. Geologists from the University of Sydney became suspicious about its existence when navigation charts which are used by ships showed 1400 metres depth in the area while the scientific maps as well as Google Earth showed large island at that place. When the geologists sailed through the place, they found nothing except the blue ocean. The error had broadcasted through to world coastline database, which is responsible for making a lot of maps. It is notable that the island which does not exist at all has also appeared in the scientific publications since 2000. No one has an idea how island appears on a lot of maps. neWS DeSK

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Yousuf looks at T20 Cup for another national stint Nazimuddin, Shahadat dropped from bd odi squad LAHORE

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Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf said his appetite for cricket and runs has not diminished with age and he is confident of doing well during the upcoming national T20 championship here. Yousuf, who has been ignored by the national selectors and cricket board since he last played in November, 2010 against South Africa, said he was delighted to make a comeback to domestic cricket by appearing in the national T20 event. Yousuf missed playing in the President`s Trophy first class tournament for which he had applied to the board. "Missing out on the President`s Trophy was disappointing but these things happen and there is no point in worrying about that. It

Spot-fixing is rife in the game, says lalit modi LONDON AGenCIeS

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modihas said that spot-fixing is "rife in the game”and that he has survived three attempts on his life for refusing to fix IPL matches. "Spot-fixing is rife in the game. And I'm talking globally. It's a Pandora's box. It's staring you straight in the face, but difficult to prove. Almost impossible to prove,”Modi said in an interview in the controversial book - Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld - by Ed Hawkins. Modi goes on to say that some players had to be warned about the presence of 'undesirable elements' and states his belief that players should take more responsibility to stop corruption, rather than "pushing it under the carpet". "I think it {IPL} was clean, but I could never, sitting here today, categorically tell you that we picked up everything for spot-fixing, and that goes for all games, not just IPL,”he said. "It's extremely difficult to spot. We had to warn players from time to time. We found undesirable elements in the stadium and removed them. We found them touring with players or managers of players who were in touch with bookmakers and we removed them,”Modi insisted. "The players have to be the ones who take responsibility. It's their game. The game is by them, for them and of them. They need to be speaking out instead of pushing it under the carpet, which is normally the case. They need to come out and tell the truth. No one will know better if it is happening than the teammates. If they won't talk or give information it's difficult for anyone else to know." Modi recounts three occasions when he says that his life was threatened "by the underworld for refusing to fix IPL matches". "There was a shoot-out outside my house (in 2009) and one guy got killed and one got picked up,”he said. The other attempts came in South Africa in April of the same year and in Phuket, Thailand, in January 2010. On each occasion, he was warned by the police or the intelligence agencies. Author Hawkins says the aim of the book is to "get under the fingernails of the bookmakers, punters and fixers who seek to corrupt cricket". The book made news recently when Hawkins claimed that the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan was fixed.

would have been good to play some 4 day cricket but it wasn`t meant to be and there is nothing I can do about it,” said Yousuf,

who would lead the Lahore Lions. "As far as my appetite for top class cricket is concerned ? it has never diminished. I still want to play cricket at the highest level, as much as I always have wanted to,” he told the Pakpassion website. "As far as a return to international cricket is concerned ahead of the series in India and then South Africa, I`m not even thinking about it. That is down to the selectors, the most important thing is to get some domestic cricket under my belt and make some runs. The rest is out of my hands." Yousuf insisted that he was in good shape to play in the T20 format and that he kept his batting skills upto date with regular practice. "Whilst I`ve not been playing first class cricket in the ongoing Presidents Trophy, I have been playing club cricket in Lahore as well as doing a lot

of gym work to maintain my levels of fitness,”he said. "In addition I have been going to the National Cricket Academy on a regular basis to work on my batting with the coaches at the NCA,”he added. Yousuf said he was delighted to be leading the Lahore team in the coming event. "I`m delighted to be playing domestic cricket in Pakistan again. It`s been a long break and I am raring to go. I`m excited at the thought of playing in the upcoming domestic T20 tournament in Karachi in front of the local crowds. "Twenty20 cricket in Pakistan is very popular and playing in front of big crowds and passionate fans always brings the best out of players irrespective of how long they have been playing and I am no different." Yousuf`s illustrious career has spanned 90 tests and 288 one-day internationals.

PCB finalises Test tour to West Indies in 2013 LAHORE

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HE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finalised a Test tour to the West Indies next year in July-August that will ensure that the national team and its players remain busy throughout the year. Reports quoted a reliable source in the PCB said that the Pakistan Team has three major series lined up for 2013, an away and home series against South Africa and a tour to the West Indies and is also hoping to organise a home Test series against India. “The team will go to the Caribbean after taking part in the Champions Trophy in England that will be held in June. Before the tournament we will also be playing a series against Ireland,” the source said. He said that the series

against the West Indies will include three Tests, ODIs and T20 matches. He said after the Caribbean tour the board has a window open in AugustSeptember and will try to convince the Indian board to play a series in this period which will be treated as a home series for Pakistan. “The idea is there and

discussions on this will be held when Pakistan goes to India in December but it is too early to say anything concrete now,” the source said. He said later in the year starting October South Africa is also due to tour Pakistan but the source admitted that would be depend on the security situation in the country.

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Opener Nazimuddin and paceman Shahadat Hossain were dropped from the Bangladesh squad for the first two oneday internationals against West Indies, the country's cricket board (BCB) said on Friday. The selectors also left out left-arm spinner Elias Sunny, who is part of the test squad but did not play a match, from the 14-man ODI squad, to be captained by Mushfiqur Rahim. Nazimuddin, who replaced Zunaed Siddique for the currenttngoing second test in Khulna, wasted an opportunity to impress the selectors when he was dismissed on four in the first innings. Naeem Islam, who scored a century in the first test, took Nazimuddin's spot to make a return to the ODI squad after a year while off-spinner Sohag Gazi, yet to make his ODI debut, got the nod ahead of Sunny. Abul Hasan, who on Wednesday became the second debutant only in test history to record a century on debut batting at number 10, was also part of the squad. Shahadat was dropped in the second match after he managed to take just one wicket in the first test which West Indies won by 77 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Rubel Hossain returns to the ODI side after missing the Asia Cup, Bangladesh's last one-day competition held in March at home, due to a shoulder injury. The first two ODIs will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in Khulna. Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Jahirul Islam, Naeem Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Abul Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam.

Samuels, Chanderpaul set up big lead for Windies KHULNA

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Marlon Samuels rode his luck to score his maiden double century as West Indies seized control of the second test against Bangladesh in Khulna on Friday. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 109 as the visitors reached 564 for four wickets at the close of the third day, a lead of 177 runs. Samuels, who resumed on 109, was the last man out in the final session and added 326 runs for the third wicket with Darren Bravo (127). The stand between Samuels and Bravo was the highest for West Indies for any wicket against Bangladesh, surpassing Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin's unbroken 296 in the previous test in Dhaka. Bravo, who was unbeaten on 85 overnight, also completed his century, his fourth in tests, before off-spinner Sohag Gazi trapped him lbw. Samuels made Bangladesh pay heavily after Naeem Islam dropped the righthanded batsman on 117 off Abul Hasan at slip. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan beat Samuels on 167 for the ball to hit the stumps but to Bangladesh's dismay the bails remained unmoved. Paceman Rubel Hossain had a strong lbw appeal turned down against Samuels, on 191, on the first ball after the tea break and was again unlucky when Samuels edged him in his next over between the first slip fielder Shahriar Nafees and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for a boundary. Samuels, who hit 31 fours and three sixes, flicked Rubel away for a single to complete his double century and looked well set for a triple before a tired-looking shot off the same bowler ended his knock with substitute fielder Elias Sunny com-

BAnGLADeSH FIrSt InnInGS 387 (ABuL HASAn 113, MAHMuDuLLAH 76, nASIr HoSSAIn 52; FIDeL eDWArDS 6-90) West Indies first innings (overnight 241-2) C.Gayle c rahim b Gazi 25 K.powell c Shakib b rubel 13 D.Bravo lbw b Gazi 127 M.Samuels c sub b rubel 260 S.Chanderpaul not out 109 D.ramdin not out 4 extras (b-10 lb-6 w-2 nb-8) 26 total (four wickets, 172 overs) 564 Fall of wickets: 1-37 2-43 3-369 4-546 to bat: D.Sammy, V.permaul, S.narine, t.Best, F.edwards. Bowling: Sohag Gazi 49-4-143-2, Abul Hasan 24-0-113-0 (1w, 4 nb), rubel Hossain 28-8-75-2 (3nb), naeem Islam 11-1-35-0 (1nb), Shakib Al Hasan 38-8-111-0 (1w), Mahmudullah 10-0-420, nasir Hossain 12-1-29-0. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.

pleting the catch at point. Wicketkeeper Ramdin (four not out) was at the crease for West Indies with Chanderpaul, who compiled his second century in the series having notched up a career best unbeaten 203 in the first test. West Indies won the first test int he two-match series by 77 runs. sAMuels RIdes HIs luCK In BAnglAdesH: Marlon Samuels rode his luck to score a maiden double century as West Indies seized control of the second test against Bangladesh in Khulna on Friday. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 109 as the visitors reached 564 for four wickets at the close of the third day, a lead of 177 runs. Samuels, who resumed on 109, was the last man out in the final

session and added 326 runs for the third wicket with Darren Bravo (127). The stand between Samuels and Bravo was the highest for West Indies for any wicket against Bangladesh, surpassing Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin's unbroken 296 in the previous test in Dhaka. Bravo, who was unbeaten on 85 overnight, also completed his century, his fourth in tests, before off-spinner Sohag Gazi trapped him lbw. Samuels made Bangladesh pay heavily after Naeem Islam dropped the right-handed batsman on 117 off Abul Hasan at slip. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan beat Samuels on 167 for the ball to hit the stumps but to Bangladesh's dismay the bails remained unmoved. Paceman Rubel

Hossain had a strong lbw appeal turned down against Samuels, on 191, on the first ball after the tea break and was again unlucky when Samuels edged him in his next over between the first slip fielder Shahriar Nafees and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for a boundary. Samuels, who hit 31 fours and three sixes, flicked Rubel away for a single to complete his double century and looked well set for a triple before a tiredlooking shot off the same bowler ended his knock with substitute fielder Elias Sunny completing the catch at point. "It is most definitely disappointing," Samuels told reporters. "Nevertheless, a double-century is a big milestone. I have to work with it and enjoy to the fullest. "The way Bangladesh are playing on this pitch, they are continuing to put everyone in the boundary. They wanted me to go over the top consistently. "There's a lot of singles to take, I don't mind until the midon and mid-off come up and I take the chance going over the top."


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No one likes bowling to Sehwag: warne

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Clarke’s annus mirabilis earns Bradman comparisons SYDNEY AGenCIeS

No name is more evocative in Australian cricket than Donald Bradman and merely to be mentioned in the same sentence as the 20th century great is the highest praise that can be bestowed on a batsman. To have actually outdone the batting master, as Michael Clarke did on Thursday on the Adelaide Oval ground that Bradman called home for much of his career, summoned up special plaudits. "One year in Bradman's company as Clarke bats and bats and bats," read the headline on the front page of the Australian newspaper on Friday, while the Daily Telegraph led with: "Aussie skipper Michael Clarke pushes Proteas and Donald Bradman aside." The Australia captain's unbeaten 224 on the opening day of the second

ted for more than 43 hours and scored 1,265 runs at an average of 140.56 in 2012. The Bradman Stand at the Ade-

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Shane Warne said Virender Sehwag is one of the most dangerous players in the game and bowlers dislike facing the Indian opener. "He is a good guy. With Kevin Pietersen, he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. No one likes bowling to him," Warne said. The former Australian leg-spinner said Sehwag is not just about natural talent. "To play a hundredth Test match, you need a lot of things going for you, outside of just natural talent. He is a very good player. You have to have commitment, dedication and sacrifice. "You have to be prepared to play for a long period of time. So to see him play his 100th match tomorrow (Friday) is going to be fantastic. I am very happy for him to get to hundred Test matches," Warne added. Warne was formally introduced on Thursday as part of the ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) presentation team for the second Test between India and England, starting Friday at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Test cricket's second highest wickettaker and one of the most charismatic players to have graced the game, Warne was pleased to see Sehwag returning to his old usual self after a lean run. "I know a lot of people doubted him when he first came into the side. He has been through a bit of form slump so it is great to see him back, smashing all the attacks as he does. "He is great to watch and I wish him the very best for his hundredth Test," Warne told reporters at an event, on the eve of the second Test against England.

test against South Africa at the Adelaide Oval made him the first batsman to score four double centuries in a calendar year. Bradman managed three in 1930 and Ricky Ponting matched the feat in 2003 but a fourth placed the 31-year-old, still known as "pup" for his youthful enthusiasm when he first burst onto the test stage, out on his own. "It was actually hard to imagine Clarke getting out again, short of natural disaster or divine intervention, such is his certainty, fluency and apparent invulnerability at the crease," Gideon Haigh wrote in the Australian. "Among myriad records, he became the first batsman to score four double or triple centuries in a year. Donald Bradman and Ricky Ponting managed three. That is the company Clarke is now keeping, and he does not appear out of place." At close of play on Thursday with Australia on 482 for five, Clarke had bat-

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N unbeaten century by Graeme Smith kept South Africa afloat as the tourists set about matching Australia's first innings total of 550 on Day 2. Smith was 111 not out at the close out of a total of 217 for two as the first day batting heroics of home captain Michael Clarke were brought to an abrupt halt. The Proteas ended the day 333 runs behind and also had the satisfaction of bringing Clarke's impressive innings to an end. Morne Morkel (five for 146) was the star in the morning as Australia were bowled out just before lunch for 550, only James Pattinson (42) offering any resistance. Thereafter, it was all about Smith, Alviro Petersen (54) and Jacques Rudolph (25 not out) as South Africa looked to keep a foothold in the Test. After registering a record fourth double century of the year on a day when Australia scored 482 runs, Clarke would have hoped for more of the same today (Friday). But it was not to be as, in the fifth over of the day, he was trapped on the crease and bowled by Morkel, who then got Matthew Wade to edge behind moments after Australia had passed 500. Rory Kleinveldt claimed his first Test wicket as Peter Siddle edged to Smith at first slip, before Morkel got his fifth of the innings when Ben Hilfenhaus top-edged a hook. That meant Australia had slipped from 482 for four to 504 for nine, but Pattinson prolonged the innings as he took a liking to leg-spinner Imran Tahir. So tortured by the specialist batsmen on Thursday, his two overs cost him 21

bcci mum on blind cricket body plea neW delHI: The first ever T20 blind cricket World Cup will beheld from December 2 to December 13 in Bengaluru and have nine countries taking part. Apart from the hosts, England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal will be participating. However, the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (Cabi),which is organising the event, is worried at the fact that they are still running short of Rs. 1.5 crore required for the event. Although they have written to the Board for Control of Cricket in India asking for some help with regards to the funds in March, the BCCI is yet to reply. Cabi president S.P. Nagesh said, “Organising a cricket world cupis not a small thing. It is a mammoth task and a huge challenge for an NGO like ours to have taken it up solely. “We have met the BCCI officials a number of times, but we haven’t received any concrete reply. However, we are hopeful that the BCCI will give a positive reply. Their support will not only help us to meet the financial demands but also conduct the event in a better manner,” he adds. It is an irony that the BCCI, which had registered a profit of Rs. 382 crore for 2011-12, a doubling over the previous year predominantly due to the Indian Premier League, is yet to reply to the request. The notfor-profit cricket body’s turnover in2011-12 was Rs. 849 crore, a 46 per cent jump over the Rs. 581crore it reported in 2010-11. AGenCIeS

runs including two big hits over the legside boundary from Pattinson. Faf du Plessis fluffed an easy chance, but it did not prove too costly as Pattinson edged Dale Steyn two overs later and Smith held a juggling catch at slip. Pattinson had no success with the ball, though, Smith taking three fours off his third over, two of them clipped through the leg side. When Petersen took two more boundaries off the quick bowler's next over, Clarke turned to the spin of Nathan Lyon, which succeeded in slowing the run-rate, and South Africa edged past 50 just before drinks. Smith greeted Hilfenhaus' return to the attack by driving him for four, but he should have been dismissed when Clarke

AuStrALIA FIrSt InnInGS (482-5 oVernIGHt) D. Warner c Smith b Morkel 119 e. Cowan c & b Kallis 10 0 r. Quiney c Smith b Morkel 4 r. ponting b Kallis M. Clarke b Morkel 230 M. Hussey b Steyn 103 6 M. Wade c De Villiers b Morkel 6 p. Siddle c Smith b Kleinveldt J. pattinson c Smith b Steyn 42 B. Hilfenhaus c Kleinveldt b Morkel 0 7 n. Lyon not out 23 extras (lb-11, w-1 nb-11) 550 total (all out, 107.2 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-43 2-44 3-55 4-210 5-482 6-494 7-501 8-503 9-504 10-550 Bowling: Steyn 23.4-4-79-2, Morkel 30-5-146-5, Kallis 3.31-19-2, Kleinveldt 20.1-4-81-1 (nb-6, w-1), tahir 23-0-180-0 (nb-5), Du plessis 7-0-34-0 SoutH AFrICA FIrSt InnInGS G. Smith not out 111 54 A. petersen run out (Hussey) 11 H. Amla st Wade b Warner J. rudolph not out 25 extras (b-7, lb-2, w-3, nb-4) 16 total (two wickets, 67 overs) 217 Fall of wickets: 1-138 2-169 Still to bat: J. Kallis, AB de Villiers, F. du plessis, M. Morkel, r. Kleinveldt, I. tahir, D. Steyn Bowling: B. Hilfenhaus 12-4-36-0, J. pattinson 8-0-40-0 (nb-4, w-1) n. Lyon 24-2-53-0, p. Siddle 12-3-34-0, M. Clarke 3-0-10-0, M. Hussey 1-0-7-0 (w-2), D. Warner 5-0-27-1, r. Quiney 2-1-1-0 third test: WACA, perth nov. 30-Dec. 4

brought himself on to bowl and drew a false stroke from his opposite number as he advanced down the pitch. Wade missed the stumping. Smith took advantage to reach 50 just before tea and went on to make a century. He lost opening partner Petersen when he was run out by Michael Hussey and Hashim Amla was stumped by Wade off David Warner for 11. But with Smith on 111 and Rudolph looking set much will depend on how South Africa start the third day as they look to haul themselves back into the match.

Sachin may be back: Dhoni MUMBAI AGenCIeS

Sachin Tendulkar may be about to play Test cricket on his home ground for the final time - but MS Dhoni is not banking on it. At the age of 39, Tendulkar's next opportunity of a Test at the Wankhede Stadium - after the match set to start against England tomorrow (Friday) - will be at least two years away. One of the most enticing prospects, therefore, for the Mumbai crowd over the next five days, will be the possibility of their favourite son adding a 101st international hundred to mark the significant occasion. Dhoni, however, suspects Tendulkar may yet be back for more before he eventually retires. "When it comes to Sachin, I think the best thing to do is not to speculate," he said. "He may come back and play a few more Test matches here. "So let's wait and watch, and enjoy the kind of cricket he plays." England could do without a Tendulkar virtuoso, as they seek to overturn strong historical trends by levelling the four-Test series after last week's nine-wicket defeat in the opening match in Ahmedabad. There, only Alastair Cook - in his first Test as permanent captain - prevented India marching to victory much more quickly. Dhoni is wary nonetheless of concentrating solely on Cook's wicket, to the exclusion of other capable batsmen. "He is someone who plays spin really well," he said of his opposite

number. "The way Cook bats, he treats each ball according to its merit. He doesn't use his feet very often, but loves to go on the front foot very close to the pitch of the ball. "I think he's someone who gives himself a bit more time, and doesn't get rattled by the turn or the bounce. "It is a valuable wicket. But I won't say it's the most important, because through their whole line-up they've got players who can really score a lot of runs at a good pace." India are set to make one enforced change from their winning team, with pace bowler Umesh Yadav a likely absentee because of a sore back. Dhoni, meanwhile, is expecting England to shuffle their pack - and certainly select Monty Panesar as a second specialist spinner. "England's attack looked quite balanced," he said of the formula of three seamers, one spinner and all-rounder Samit Patel's left-arm orthodox which the tourists used last week. "Monty is a very good left-arm spinner, and may get a bit of turn and more bounce (here) compared to some of the other sub-continental wickets. "I think his role will be crucial. It will be interesting to see who they will omit from the side - I suppose one of the allrounders who can bat will be out."

laide Oval has been reduced to rubble as the picturesque old ground is redeveloped but the field has retained its short boundaries and the quickest of outfields also helped Clarke on his way to his huge total. "If there is a cricket ground that could contain Michael Clarke right now, it is not the economy-size Adelaide Oval and its welcome mat of a pitch," Greg Baum wrote in the Age. "If there is an attack that could limit him, it is not this South African set, made threadbare this day by injury and left to cower before his broad and tireless blade. "There is, of course, a record book that can confine him, but it will take much rewriting." That the hosts, who also enjoyed centuries from opener Dave Warner and Mike Hussey on Thursday, were unable to overhaul the 1910 record of most runs scored in Australia in one day (494) was only due to the tourists miserly over rate.

Kallis doubtful for third test

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Jacques Kallis will not be able to bowl for the remainder of the second Test against Australia and may not be available for the final match. Kallis suffered a hamstring injury on Thursday morning in Adelaide, having started the match well with the wickets of Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting. He left the field and, having been sent for an MRI scan, has been told he will only be allowed to bat for the next four days. His fitness for the final game in Perth on November 30 has yet to be determined. Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, said: "Jacques has suffered a Grade 1 strain to his right hamstring. He will not be able to bowl in the current Test match but can bat, we can only make a call on his availability for the next Test match closer to the time as it is subject to how he responds to treatment." Paceman Vernon Philander was ruled out of the game with back trouble before the toss and could return to the side for the third Test. "Vernon's scan reveals nothing more than a lower lumbar muscle strain as initially suspected," added Moosajee. "He will receive treatment and undergo rehabilitation during the course of the current Test match and we are hopeful he will be fit for the final Test in Perth."

morkel backs Sa to carry fight to australia ADELAIDE AGenCIeS

Actions speak louder than words for South Africa's world number one test team and the players needed little encouragement to turn around their fortunes on day two of the second test against Australia, according to paceman Morne Morkel. Spanked for 482 runs on day one, South Africa rattled through Australia's last five wickets prior to lunch before captain Graeme Smith struck a patient century to drive the tourists to 217-2 at Adelaide Oval by Friday's close. Morkel symbolised the South African grit, capturing three wickets in the morning as the hosts were dismissed for 550 and the paceman notched his first five-wicket haul against Australia after being punished by their batsmen a day earlier.

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17 Sports Garcia surges to course record-tying 64 in dubai

dubai: Sergio Garcia swats one on the 18th at the dubai Golf course.

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Sergio Garcia, competing this week for the first time since the Ryder Cup in September, equalled the course record with a remarkable eight-under 64 in the DP World Tour Championship second round on Friday. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who had eye surgery last month to correct an astigmatism, collected only four pars - all on the front nine - in a rollercoaster round at the Greg Norman-designed Earth course. Garcia produced a flawless first nine holes containing five birdies and four pars then on the inward half notched two eagles, four birdies, two bogeys and a triple bogey at the par-four 16th to finish with a sevenunder aggregate of 137. Garcia's 64 matched the previous record held by British pair Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher, Germany's Martin Kaymer, Peter Hanson of Sweden and defending champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Giles separates the great from the good STOCKHOLM AGenCIeS

Former Manchester United, Leeds United and Ireland midfielder John Giles has no problem with Barcelona's Lionel Messi joining the pantheon of great players - but says Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is not yet welcome. Although he calls the Portuguese winger a 'phenomenon', Giles says Ronaldo's temperament is what stops him joining the likes of Pele, Bobby Charlton, Diego Maradona and Messi. "(It's) because of his attitude," the 72-year-old told Reuters in a telephone interview from his home in Birmingham, England. "I think Ronaldo is a goal-scoring phenomenon. He does lots of things that great players do, but he also does lots of things that great players would never do. "Getting on to his team mates, complaining to the referee, not chasing back. In one or two of the matches in the European Championship he was outstanding, but in the big matches he was non-existent," said Giles. "But with Messi, I'd have no doubt with his attitude and his ability, I'd put him in as one of the greats, up with the best of them. He plays for the team, works for the team." Generally accepted as one of the few great footballers Ireland has produced, Giles joined Manchester United in 1956 at the age of 15 and formed part of the famous 'Busby Babes' side, much of which was wiped out in the Munich air disaster of 1958.

ahf appoints rashid as umpires manager LAHORE StAFF report

Asian hockey federation has appointed Pakistan’s Rashid Mehmood Butt as Umpires manager of Mens Wolrd Hockey Leagfue being played from Nov 27 top Dec 12 at Qatar. Rashid, Sports Ofifcer, Pakistan Railways, will be leaving for Doha on Nov 25.

Donald, McIlroy prove to be Dubai’s dynamic duo DUBAI AGenCIeS

World number two Luke Donald made a flying start in his bid to record back-toback victories by snatching the firstround lead at the DP World Tour Championship on Thursday. Donald fired a seven-under 65 to move one stroke ahead of top-ranked Rory McIlroy, Briton Marc Warren and Gonzalo FernandezCastano of Spain at the European Tour's season-ending tournament. Briton Donald, who won the Dunlop Phoenix title in Japan last week, was not at his best in the early stages and had to sink a putt of eight feet at the first and 15 feet at the fourth to avoid dropping two strokes. He then reeled off seven birdies in a scintillating 10-

hole sweep from the fifth to overpower his rivals at a Greg Norman-designed Earth course softened by a monsoonlike downpour at the start of the day. "It was nice to pick up from where I left off in Japan and I felt very comfortable out there," Donald told reporters after a round that began in overcast conditions and ended in scorching heat. "You always feel different the week after winning. "You just feel like you have that little extra pep in your step and there's a bit more confidence flowing through for sure. Winning by five shots last week gave me a huge boost." Donald came to this event last year with the pressure heaped on his shoulders during an eventually successful bid to become the first player to clinch the moneylist crowns on both sides of the Atlantic.

appolo Sports, Zahoor academy in a challenge match LAHORE StAFF report

Challenge Match Appolo Sports beat Iqbal Zahoor Cricket Academy by 7 runs in a challenge cricket match here on Friday at Railway Allama Iqbal Institute Ground. brief scores, appolo Sports batted first 237/7 in 40 overs. afzal Shah batting well and scored a fine 105, haji Shahzad abdullah 45, rashid butt 16 & adeel Khan 13 runs. iqbal Zahoor cricket academy bowling Sunny 3/26 & mudassar 3/40 wickets. in reply iqbal Zahoor cricket academy were all out at 230 in 38.4 overs. amir 58, Salman 45, mudassar 36 & waqas watto 34 runs. appolo Sports bowling Shahid 4/36, adeel Khan 2/39, irfan butt 2/42 & afzal Shah 2/54 wickets. end of the match chief Guest manzoor ali arif Secretary General PSwa gave away man of the match award to afzal Shah.

Vettel pays tribute to boyhood hero Schumacher SAO PAULO AGenCIeS

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel hailed Michael Schumacher as his hero and inspiration on Thursday as the German great prepared for a final farewell to the sport at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Sitting alongside the seven times champion at a news conference, Vettel suggested the 43-year-old might like to cover his ears before singing the praises of a man he first met as a schoolboy karter. "He was a true inspiration back then, for me and for many other kids," said the 25-year-old, who could become the youngest triple world champion on Sunday. "He was our hero." Vettel recalled how Schumacher,

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then at the peak of his fame and success with Ferrari, had handed out the trophies in the German karting championship at the champion's familyowned circuit in Kerpen. Schumacher, he said, had spoken to the fans and every competitor and only now, as a champion himself, did he realise how much time he had set aside from a busy schedule. "When I met him the first time, obviously I didn't know what to say because I didn't want to ask something stupid," said the Red Bull driver. "When I talk to him now, it doesn't feel like talking to my childhood hero, it feels like talking to Michael so I see the person rather than what he has achieved." Vettel, who was once nicknamed

'Baby Schumi' and Schumacher have become firm friends since the older German returned to the sport as a Mercedes driver in 2010 for a comeback that has delivered far less than he had hoped. The two have also competed together as a team in the annual Race of Champions event, winning it for the past five years and preparing for a sixth victory in Bangkok next month. Asked whether there was "a certain sadness" in his imminent retirement, Schumacher - winner of a record 91 races with Benetton and Ferrari - replied: "Probably not, no. "I have tried that mission to end successful," he added. "It didn't work this time but I'm quite happy to finish from here and go for a different life again."


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Sports 18 Wozniacki pulls a Christmas cracker on boyfriend McIlroy

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Golden Star bt Nayyar Soch in Nazar memorial cricket cup LAHORE StAFF report

Golden Star Club beat Nayyar Soch Club by six wickets in a match of Nazar Memorial cricket cup here on Friday.Summarised scores, Nayyar Soch Club batted first and scored 142 for all out in alloted overs. Atiq Shabbir 30 and Azhar Mehmood 31 were the main batsmen. Sohail Elahi 3 for 17, Mohammed Shahid 2 for 22 and Bilal Butt took 2 wickets for 31 runs. In reply Golden Star achieved the target for the loss of 4 wickets. Nadeem Khan 40 and Jahandad Khan 47 not out, Moazzam Butt took 2 wickets for 33 runs. Qaiser Waheed and Ansar Mehmood supervised the match as umpires.

Phf reduces irfan’s ban LAHORE DUBAI AGenCIeS

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arsenal’s wenger yet to speak to henry about loan spell LONDON AGenCIeS

AROLINE Wozniacki brought the house down on Thursday when she spiced up Rory McIlroy's postround news conference at the DP World Tour Championship by asking her boyfriend what she was getting for Christmas. The Danish tennis player, a former world number one, interrupted the normal talk about birdies and bogeys and five-irons and three-woods with a question out of the blue from the back of the room. A smiling Wozniacki, dressed in all white, took the microphone from one of the reporters and asked McIlroy amid roars of laughter from the assembled media: "If you win this week am I going to get a really nice Christmas present?".

The world's number one golfer pulled his cap over his eyes before telling his girlfriend: "Have you not already got a lot of nice presents? "I have been looking, I have been looking. But it won't take winning this week to buy you a nice present - I'll get you a nice present anyway." It drew another smiling response from the golf-watching Wozniacki: "That must be because I'm an unbelievable cheerleader". McIlroy prompted more giggles from the floor when he said: "You're a better tennis player", to which the Dane replied, "That's not very nice". An expensive gift is sure to be heading Wozniacki's way next month with the Northern Irishman having already banked almost $13 million in official earnings by winning the money-lists on both sides of the Atlantic. McIlroy can add $1.33 million to

his bulging account by landing the first prize here this week plus a $1 million bonus from the end-of-season prize pool. He is, however, more concerned about adding the Dubai title to his European money-list crown come Sunday night. "It would be great to emulate what Lee Westwood did in 2009 and win both trophies," he told reporters after a first-round 66 left him one stroke behind tournament leader Luke Donald. "That's the goal and the motivation this week. I've come to the last two DP World Tour Championships with a chance of winning the moneylist and missed out. "Having already wrapped it up this year, I guess I can go out there and play without thinking about it. It is definitely a nice thing to not have that pressure on your shoulders."

nadal set to make comeback in Doha DOHA

Striker Thierry Henry is no closer to making another return to his former club Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger said he had yet to speak to him about a second successive short-term loan. Henry, who was on hand to watch Arsenal demolish rivals Tottenham 5-2 last weekend, rejoined his old club last January on a two-month loan spell from Major League Soccer (MLS) side New York Red Bulls and scored twice in seven appearances. The 35-year-old is again looking to maintain his fitness during the MLS off-season and has been training with Arsenal, but new Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh is reportedly apprehensive about him returning to the Emirates and favours him resting over Christmas and New Year.

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Rafael Nadal will make his ATP World Tour comeback in Doha, it has been confirmed. Nadal's name heads the list of entries revealed on Thursday for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, which gets under way on December 31 - the opening week of the new ATP season. The Spanish star has not played since June due to a knee injury but this week returned to the practice court in a bid to be ready in time for the start of the 2013 campaign. Before his return to ATP action, Nadal is due to play in an exhibition tournament in nearby Abu Dhabi in the days before the Doha event - he is scheduled to

play either Andy Murray or Janko Tipsarevic on December 28. He will then move on to Qatar where his main title rival will be compatriot David Ferrer. Richard Gasquet is the other top-10 player among the entries. Three-time champion Roger Federer, who played in last year's Doha tournament, has not entered this time around. He has opted to play a slightly reduced schedule in 2013 and has left Doha off his diary for the season. Meanwhile, the Aircel Chennai Open, which is being staged in the same week as the tournament in Doha, has also revealed its entry list with top-10 stars Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic the leading names on show in India.

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Pakistan Hockey Federation has reduced the ban of full back Mohammad Irfan of six months to one month but no relaxation was show in his Rs 100,000 fine. Irfan made a mercy appeal to President, PHF, Qasim Zia against the ban and the fine imposed by PHF’s disciplinary committee for his indiscipline of skipping the national team’s training camp to prepare for the champions trophy without a justification. The banned player appeared before the President ,PHF who heard his side of point of view during half an hour long meeting here on Friday at National hockey stadium. “President PHF gave a sympathetic consideration to his case and reduced his ban to one month but maintained the fine,”said Secretary, PHF,Mohammad Asif Bajwa . Bajwa said PHF has zero tolerance against players misconduct and indiscipline and that is why no soft corner is being shown to any player regardless of his need for the team or standing in the game. “Keeping in view his track record and assurances not to involve himself in any sort of indiscipline PHF has decreased the ban which will end on December five and the player will be available for selection of Pakistan senior team,”said the PHF official. He made it clear if the player commits the same offense he can be banned for life. Irfan said he regretted the whole incident and vowed to exhibit a higher standard discipline. “Whatever happened was painful and unfortunate and an eye opener for me to show exemplary discipline as long as I am associated with the team,”he said. The full back said the President PHF showed a big heart and minimized his ban for which he was grateful to him. “I have learnt a lot from this (punishment) and it is a turning point in my five long hockey career,” he said. Irfan said he would do his best to maintain his fitness and form to win back his place in the national team. ”Hockey is my passion and whatever happened is now a part of past and I will be looking into the future with a positive hope to play my due role in enhancing teams performance”, he added.

Chelsea challenge too great to turn down: Benitez LONDON AGenCIeS

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez said the challenge of trying to win five trophies this season was too great an opportunity to turn down as he returned to the Premier League on Thursday. The 52-yearold Spaniard, who left Liverpool at the end of the 2009-10 season and has replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge, told a packed news conference he was unconcerned about any notion of a short-team deal at the west London club. "I don't care about the short term, we have five trophies to fight for," Ben-

itez said after being photographed on the podium with Chelsea's blue shirt, a slightly surreal sight as he was so associated with Liverpool's red one in England. "The only thing that matters is that you win matches and then you can win trophies and then we will see what happens. In football, and in life, you never know what may happen." As well as the Premier League, the European champions are still involved in the Champions League - although they face elimination in the group stage. They are also in the League Cup with their defence of the FA Cup starting in January, a month after they take part in FIFA's Club World Cup in

Japan. Di Matteo was sacked on Wednesday following Chelsea's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus and just six months after taking the team to the title. Asked how he felt at being perceived as a stop-gap until Chelsea's billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich attempts to appoint former coach Pep Guardiola, currently on a sabbatical, Benitez said he was not concerned. "I have a very good relationship with Pep, he is a great man and a great manager, but what will happen in the future you never know. All I know is that we have a massive game at the weekend against Manchester City and five trophies to fight for. "When you

analyse why you go to a club for seven months, when you wait for the right opportunity to come after 18 months, two years, you go to a club that can win matches and win trophies." Benitez has asked former Chelsea and Liverpool player Boudewijn Zenden to be his assistant at Stamford Bridge. "He was a great player for me at Liverpool and spent three years here, so he knows the place, and that is very important," said the Spaniard. Benitez, who took Liverpool to the Champions League title in 2005 is Abramovich's ninth appointment since the Russian bought buying the club in 2003 but has yet to meet the owner.

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Taliban repatriation largely symbolic; may backfire LAHORE

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HE recent news of repatriation of Afghan Taliban from Pakistani custody has been hailed as a positive “goodwill gesture” by the popular media, yet the move has little intrinsic value, and seems more a part of political spin accompanying the US drawdown efforts ahead of the 2014 deadline, rather than a serious reconciliation effort, if developments concerning the Taliban resistance are anything to go by. The move is aimed at the so-called Quetta shura – Mulla Omer and his inner circle, allegedly directing the Afghan resistance from Balochistan – and follows the Afghan election commission’s recent concession of allowing reformed Taliban to contest the national election. However, notions that some of the released men, once close to Omer, will play a “negotiating” role with insurgents seems to gamble too much on the assumption that the shura will agree to disarm, as well as desert the former ‘amir ul momineen’, in

return for freedom and democracy. Heroic assumptions “Islamabad may be ready to help broker peace talks with the militants as the western military withdrawal from Afghanistan looms,” said New York Times correspondent Declan Walsh’s November 14 report, implying a link between the prisoner release and possibility of discussions with senior insurgents. The Pak-Afghan joint communiqué issued after the visiting High Peace Council and Pakistani government agreed to the deal was even more optimistic. Obviously supportive of Kabul’s peace drive, it makes special mention of facilitating “safe passage to potential negotiators to advance the reconciliation process”. However, the crucial pivot point of the negotiations – the Afghan Taliban who have zero input into the initiative – remains unhinged. The ‘resistance’ was quick to rubbish the deal, dismissing former affiliates caught in Pakistan as compromised, and no longer significant. But more seriously, barely a week into the euphoria and just as President Karzai praised the move during General Kayani’s one-day visit to Kabul on

Tuesday, a bomb blast in western Afghanistan killed Noor Mohammad Jahani, a local police chief and former Taliban commander who abandoned the insurgency and joined the police in a similar carrots-and-sticks exercise two years ago. Few people familiar with Afghanistan’s zero-sum politics will dismiss the hit as random or coincidence. A deepeR looK: So far the Pakistani press has been just as accommodative of the positive spin as America’s dominant centre-right media. A remark by senior journalist Najam Sethi to NYT seems to sum up the local media’s line: “This is definitely an attempt by Pakistan to change tack and show both sides they are serious about a settlement and an endgame”. But ground reality is more complicated, according to analysts. It is difficult to see, for example, how released prisoners of war will make contact with the Quetta shura. “Omer’s inner circle camouflages itself extremely well,” says Amir Rana, director at the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) and one of the most prominent counter-insurgency analysts in Pak-

istan. And while it would be ridiculous to expect the shura to break rank and risk exposing itself, especially since the amnesty does not extend to Omer, it is hard to see any use for the released than what has already been accomplished. “Its value lies in sending a message to the Taliban, that Kabul is ready for reconciliation”. Apparently such concern has been voiced on the Pakistani side, which is why Mulla Baradar (Omer’s former number two) and other sensitive personnel have been kept off the goodwill bandwagon for the time being. “What will Baradar do on the outside? What’s the point?” asks Saifullah Mahsud, executive director at the FATA Research Centre, an Islamabadbased think tank specialising in the tribal insurgency. Both Kabul and Washington have played the negotiation card before, with little success. sHARIA enfoRCeMent: “It’s far more important to ascertain what these prisoners are doing in Pakistan in the first place,” says Mahsud. They were apprehended under the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) backed international

five policemen injured in lakki marwat, Swabi attacks pesHAWAR: At least three policemen were injured when a suicide bomber attacked a security checkpost outside an imam bargah in Lakki Marwat on Friday night, while two cops sustained injuries due to a minor bomb blast in Swabi. Officials said policemen present on duty at a barricade established outside an imam bargah in Mohallah Saiddaan in Lakki Marwat, signalled a rickshaw to stop. However, the occupant ignored the signal and accelerated towards the imam bargah. News reports had said that the passenger inside the rickshaw exploded the bomb when he was signalled to stop, however, locals said the explosives-laden rickshaw exploded as a result of police firing. A number of houses were partially damaged as a result of the attack. Soon after explosion, police cordoned off the area and barred people from entering the imam bargah. The police also raided certain houses for suspects. Meanwhile, two policemen were also injured in a minor bomb explosion in Swabi on Friday afternoon. Officials said around half a kilogramme of explosives were packed in a shopping bag and placed besides the road by unidentified assailants. The explosives were detonated with a remote control when policemen were passing by the area. Police have registered cases and started investigations into the attacks. STAFF REPORT

Sri lanka’s chief justice appears before impeachment committee ColoMBo: Sri Lanka’s chief justice appeared on Friday for the first time before a parliamentary select committee considering an impeachment motion against her filed by the government. The bid to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka’s first female head of the Supreme Court, has raised the risk of a destabilising clash between the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government and the judiciary. The impeachment motion was filed on November 6 after months of deteriorating relations between the chief justice and Rajapaksa, with the government complaining she over-stepping her authority and Bandaranayake’s supporters complaining of interference. The motion contains 14 charges ranging from undeclared assets to violating constitutional provisions.AGEnCIES

regime that coordinated the wider war effort. None of them have been tried in all these years in custody. Their repatriation was a logical follow-up that should have been addressed already, adds Mahsud, questioning the basis of the deal. There is also the matter of the Taliban agreeing to de-escalation, especially disarming, when the insurgency is swinging in their favour and the proposed US ‘residual force’ will not be able to assist the Afghan army enough to subdue it. In the most likely continuation, when Taliban control large parts of Afghanistan after 2014, these released prisoners could even return to their fold instead of embracing the democratic process, embarrassing all governments involved in setting them free. Even though the Taliban bullied most of the country into submitting to their harsh reading of Islam, their higher command structure always comprised committed ideologues. It is unlikely that they will easily give up pursuit of sharia enforcement. CoNtINuEd oN PagE 04

Pm ashraf sacks privatisation minister Ghous bux maher

GAzA CIty: Hamas police officers embrace after their return to their destroyed Al-Saraya headquarters on Friday.

IslAMABAd: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday removed privatisation minister Ghous Bux Khan Maher from his office. Maher is a member of the Senate elected on Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid ticket from Sindh. According to the sources, he had differences with members of the Pakistan People’s Party Sindh over the local government bill. Talking to reporters, Maher said he had submitted his resignation on November 21 to party chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and confirmed his differences with the PPP Sindh. Sources said Maher planned to join the PML-F after quitting the PML-Q. They said Maher was in contact with PML-F and Shujaat had asked the PM not to sack him, however, Ashraf went ahead with the move. Maher’s sons have already joined the PML-F. STAFF REPORT

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Guardians receive text messages informing them of when their women leave the kingdom

Following curbs on travel without consent from male guardians and a ban on driving cars, women in Saudi Arabia will now be monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movement. For the last week, Saudi women’s male guardians have been receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple. The husband, who was travelling with his wife, received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that

his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh. “The authorities are using technology to monitor women,” said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the “state of slavery under which women are held” in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the “yellow sheet” at the airport or border. The move was condemned on social network Twitter — a rare bubble of freedom for millions in the kingdom — with critics mocking the decision. “Hello Taliban, herewith some tips from the Saudi e-government!” read one post. “Why don’t you cuff your women with tracking ankle bracelets too?” wrote Israa. “Why

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don’t we just install a microchip into our women to track them around?” joked another. “If I need an SMS to let me know my wife is leaving Saudi Arabia, then I’m either married to the wrong woman or need a psychiatrist,” tweeted Hisham. “This is technology used to serve backwardness in order to keep women imprisoned,” said Bishr, the columnist. “It would have been better for the government to busy itself with finding a solution for women subjected to domestic violence” than track their movements into and out of the country. Saudi Arabia applies a strict interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law, and is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. In June 2011, female activists

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launched a campaign to defy the ban, with many arrested for doing so and forced to sign a pledge they will never drive again. No law specifically forbids women in Saudi Arabia from driving, but the interior minister formally banned them after 47 women were arrested and punished after demonstrating in cars in November 1990. Last year, King Abdullah — a cautious reformer — granted women the right to vote and run in the 2015 municipal elections, a historic first for the country. In January, the 89-year-old monarch appointed Sheikh Abdullatif Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh, a moderate, to head the notorious religious police commission, which enforces the kingdom’s severe version of sharia law. nEWS DESK

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