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Friday, 25 October, 2013 Zil Hajj 19, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 117 16 Pages Lahore Edition

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MQM not to back pti plan of removing opp leader

talks with obama positive, all issues taken up: nawaz

smith and de Villiers flatten pakistan

The Muttahida Quami Movement, a major opposition party in National Assembly, has decided to distance itself from a potential PTI move to remove leader of opposition in the Lower House of parliament, it has been learnt. An alliance of opposition parties has been trying to remove Pakistan People’s Party’s Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah, however, the MQM. page 05

Nawaz Sharif has said his meeting with Barack Obama was positive in which they discussed various issues, including drone attacks, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Shakil Afridi, Pakistan’s relations with India, energy crisis, bilateral trade ties and Afghanistan. Talking to reporters in Washington and London, Nawaz reiterated that Pakistan needed to put its house in order. page 02

After bundling out Pakistan for 99 on the first day of the second Test, South Africa served them a lesson on how to grind out an opposition with the bat on the second, as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers put on a mammoth 326-run unbeaten partnership to close doors on any thoughts of a series win Mibahul-Haq might have had after the success in Abu Dhabi. page 17


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PM failed to categorically tell obaMa to stoP drone strikes: Mazari ISLAMABAD Online

PTI Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari on Thursday said it was unfortunate that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif failed to categorically tell US President Barack Obama that drone strikes must stop. “Instead all the prime minister could muster before Obama was to ‘urge’ him to halt these illegal strikes which are now being seen as possible war crimes,” she said. Mazari said the recent Amnesty International report had pointed to the illegal nature of these strikes and stated they could constitute war crimes. She said Pakistan's political parties had given a consensual mandate to the federal government, just as they had done to the previous government, to stop the drone strikes. “But neither the previous government nor the present one is prepared to act resolutely to stop these unlawful drone attacks despite their accepted illegality under international law and their brazen violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.”

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rIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his meeting with US President Barack Obama was positive in which they discussed various issues, including drone attacks, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Shakil Afridi, Pakistan's relations with India, energy crisis, bilateral trade ties and Afghanistan. Talking to reporters in Washington and London, Nawaz reiterated that Pakistan needed to put its house in order. He said the issue of Mumbai attacks, Jamaatud Dawa and cross-border terrorism also came under discussion. Nawaz Sharif said that he had taken up all issues at relevant forums during his visit to the United States. The prime minister said the US should play its role for settlement of Kashmir dispute. He said although India was against third party intervention, yet Pakistan did not see any harm in it for the resolution of this longstanding dispute. responding to a question, the prime minister said drone attacks were against the sovereignty of Pakistan and hoped this matter will be resolved soon. Nawaz said he had emphasized that drone strikes must come to an end, besides raising the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with the US president. Calling his talks with President Obama positive, he said both sides raised their reservations on various issues. He said the two countries agreed to work together to address these concerns. Nawaz said his government had started several projects to overcome the energy crisis in the country. The prime minister said he in-

nawaz laMpooned on twitter for reading off notes WAShiNGtoN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's heavy dependence on “little notes” while making a joint statement with US President Barack Obama has earned him a rash of criticism back home. Seated next to President Obama, Nawaz kept referring to notes written on several small pages while speaking about his talks at the White House on Wednesday. Moments later, twitter was ablaze with comments file photo lampooning the Pakistan PM. "Nawaz Sharif needs to read notes to deliver speeches. Empty words on democracy. I'm so ashamed of the Pakistani government today," tweeted Halima Nawaz. A tweet by Mohammad Shafi scoffed, "Nawaz Sharif! You should memorise your lines." Sarmad Gilani railed, "Nawaz Sharif is READING OFF OF PAPER in his public appearance with Obama. Embarrassing! Shocked." The comments were particularly caustic when comparing Nawaz’s apparent struggle to get it right, with the US president's characteristic eloquence while talking extempore. "Obama spoke off the cuff. Was quite detailed and eloquent. Nawaz Sharif reading from notes. Extra careful," tweeted Arif Rafiq. Tweeple also commented copiously on Nawaz Sharif inviting the Obamas for a meal of Dal-Keema. President Obama had shared memories of his stay in Pakistan as a student and learning how to cook Dal-Keema from a Pakistani friend's mother. This prompted an invitation from the Pakistan premier. The White House meeting is Nawaz’s first since he swept to power in May elections this year. Online

vited US investors to work on energy projects in Pakistan to help the country to overcome energy crisis. He said there were great opportunities of investment in Pakistan's energy sector, adding that the US president assured

him of his support for cooperation. Nawaz said that Pakistan would restart attracting foreign investment as law and order was improving as a result of the government's sincere and serious efforts. He said he ap-

prised President Obama that the process for dialogue with Taliban had been started as decided by the All-Parties Conference. Nawaz said the government would ensure transparency at all levels.l

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As many as three people were killed and seven others injured when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan on Thursday. According to official sources, 12 mortar shells fired by Afghan National Army landed in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency (SWA). As a result of attack three people were killed and seven other sustained wounds. The injured were shifted to a hospital.

three More Polio cases surface in nWa NORTH WAZIRSTAN Online

Three more cases of polio virus were reported on Thursday in North Waziristan. The Agency’s surgeon doctor Mir Jahan Khan’s announcement about these three cases has brought the total toll of polio victims to 35. The cases belong from areas of Mir Ali, Dost Ali and Datta Khel. Taliban have strictly barred polio workers from working in Wazirstan since last year.

NAB moves against Raja Rental, Gilani next in line NAB EXECUTIVE BOARD APPROVES INCLUSION OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER’S NAME IN SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCE IN RENTAL POWER PROJECTS SCAM ISLAMABAD Mian abrar The executive board of NAB in its first meeting under Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry approved inclusion of the name of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in a supplementary reference to be filed in the rental power projects (RPPs) scam, while the fate of a reference against former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani is likely to be decided in next board meeting. The decisions were made during the executive board meeting (EBM), the highest decision-making body of NAB held at the NAB headquarters. A source in NAB said the meeting decided the reference

GILANI MAY ALSO BE INVESTIGATED OVER ILLEGAL APPOINTMENT OF FORMER OGRA CHIEF

against Ashraf in only one of 12 cases forwarded to NAB by the apex court for investigation. "Investigation in rest 11 cases of RPPs is in final stages and all the 11 cases would be completed before the next meeting of EBM or the board of directors likely to be held within a fortnight," the source added. The source said the investigation in two cases of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) were also discussed. "It was informed that the reference in OGRA corruption case had already been in final stage and one accused, Shahid Hayat, was arrested and was under trial. While the matter of illegal appointment of former OGRA chief Tauqir Sadiq by Yousaf Raza Gilani was also be-

ing investigated, he said. “Gilani has time and again refused to appear before NAB investigators and a reference against Gilani may also be finalised with a fortnight and a report would also be submitted in the next EBM likely in two weeks’ time," the source added. An official handout said the NAB board meeting had decided to file a supplementary reference against former minister for water and power Raja Pervez Ashraf in RPPs case. "Preliminary reference was already filed against nine other accused persons for alleged misuse of authority in violation of rules while awarding unsolicited RPP at Naudero-II and shifting of equipment from one project to another. Thus causing huge loss to

national exchequer," said the handout. In Naudero-II RPPs case, nine accused persons against whom preliminary reference was filed in Accountability Court include former secretary of Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP) and ex-chairman PEPCO Shahid Rafi, ex-additional secretary MoWP Sheikh Zarrar Aslam, ex-MD/CEO PEPCO Engineer Tahir Basharat Cheema, ex-directors PEPCO Board of Directors (BOD) Malik Muhammad Razi Abbas and Wazir Ali Bhayo, ex-GM WAPDA Power Privatisation Organisation (WPPO), CEO Central Power Generation Company Ltd (CPGCL), Tariq Nazir, ex-CEO CPGCL Abdul Malik Memon and ex-MD PEPCO Rasool Khan Mehsud. The EBM further authorised two inquiries, first against Makhdoomzada Syed Murid Kazim, ex-minister revenue for KP and Ahsanullah, the former KP senior member Board of Revenue and others. The accused were alleged to have misused their authority for allotment of prime government land measuring 182 kanals in DI Khan, KP. In the second authorisation, an inquiry has been ordered against officials of QESCO for illegal recruitment of 280 employees without following due process. NAB (Sindh) has also been directed to redouble efforts and finalise cases of Pakistan Steel Mills corruption entrusted to NAB by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.


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tribal jirga threatens to target afghan Militant hideouts BAJAUR inP

A tribal jirga has threatened that it will target militant hideouts inside Afghanistan if the Afghan authorities fail to stop cross-border attacks. The warning was issued by a jirga attended by elders of the Mamond tribe of Bajaur Agency. The jirga was held, a day after a cross-border attack by militants on Sarkai village. The elders threatened they would target militant hideouts inside Afghan territory if such attacks continued. The elders assured the local administration of their full support in preventing cross-border attacks and promised to take strict action against the supporters of militants. "We appeal to the Afghan government to redress the issue of cross-border attacks on a priority basis. Serious steps should be taken to stop such activities because it is affecting relations between tribesmen of border areas on both sides," the jirga said. Hundreds of tribal elders and members of anti-Taliban militias participated in the jirga. Assistant Political Agent of Bajaur Agency Sohail Ahmed Khan and other officials of the local administration also took part in the meeting. The jirga discussed the law and order in border areas, activities of the "peace committees" or anti-Taliban militias and a strategy for preventing cross-border attacks. Addressing the gathering, khan urged the elders and members of the peace committees to mobilise tribesmen to protect their land against aggression by militants.

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The Law Ministry issued a new official government order under the name of former president Asif Ali Zardari, reported a private TV channel. Three presidential orders pertaining to the salaries of judges were issued on October 7 and were printed in the official gazette on October 9. Two of the documents bore President Mamnoon Hussain’s name on them while the third had the former president’s name on it. All three were issued and printed on the same dates creating the illusion that two presidents were in power at the same time. This comes a month after Zardari stepped down as president on September 8 and was replaced by Hussain on September 9.

loC firing: singh says ‘disappointed’ with nawaz INDIAN PM SAYS PAKISTANI COUNTERPART FAILED TO KEEP PROMISE FOR HOLDING PEACE

SAYS HE HOPES NAWAZ WOULD REALISE THAT LOC TENSIONS ARE NOT GOOD FOR EITHER OF TWO COUNTRIES

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S Pakistan and India continue to accuse each other of violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he was “disappointed” with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for the continuous tension on the Indo-Pak border despite his promises to hold peace. Singh’s remarks against Sharif, his sharpest so far, come in the backdrop of continued violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control. Returning from a two-nation visit to Russia and China, Singh said he hoped Sharif would recognise “at this late hour” that was a development that was not good for either of the two countries. Ignoring opposition criticism, Singh had met Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 29 despite attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba sector. “Let me say that I am disappointed, because in the New York meeting there was a general agreement on both the sides that peace and tranquillity should be maintained on the border,” the Indian PM said. “This

india's Continued Violations May esCalate tension: fo iSlAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said continued LoC ceasefire violations from the Indian side are unfortunate and alarming which may further escalate the tension, undermining Pakistan’s efforts to improve relations with India. During the last two days, Indian troops have intensified violations and have carried out unprovoked firing on working boundary in Pukhlian, Chaprar, Harpaland Charwah sectors near Sialkot. The indiscriminate shelling on civilian population and targeting of 27 Pakistani posts has resulted in casualty of two civilians and one security personnel and serious injuries to 26 civilians, a Foreign Office statement read. “The Indian Border Security Force has fired almost 4,000 mortar shells and 59,000 rounds of machine gun fires, escalating tension across the LoC and the working boundary,” it stated. The Foreign Office further said Pakistani security forces exercised restraint and gave a measured and calibrated response to the unprovoked Indian aggression. Online has not happened. It has come to me as a big disappointment.” He recalled that they had decided at the same meeting that if the 2003 ceasefire had held ground for 10 years, it could be made to hold ground later on too. “The fact that this is not happening, is something which is really a matter of disappointment,” he added. The Indian PM going public with his “disappointment” is in contrast with a recent assessment of senior officials in the security establishment that the

ceasefire violations would have to be taken up at the meeting of the director general of military operations (DGMO) as decided at New York. It was also pointed that a detailed analysis of the firing incidents would be required to arrive at a firm conclusion. terror froM ‘NeiGhBour’ AffectS iNDiA, chiNA: Earlier while addressing future leaders at the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Party School, Singh warned that terrorism and radicalism emanating

from "our neighbourhood" had directly affected both India and China and could lead to instability across Asia. "India and China have also benefited from a largely stable global order and peaceful periphery. But we cannot take a stable political and security environment in our region and beyond for granted," he said. "If we look carefully, many of our challenges are common. Terrorism, extremism and radicalism emanating from our neighbourhood affect both of us directly and can create instability across Asia," Singh said, a day after he held wide ranging talks with the new Chinese leadership, including threats posed by alleged Pakistan-based terror groups. "Similarly, maritime security in the Pacific and Indian Oceans is vital for our economies just as peace and stability in West Asia and Gulf are essential for our energy security." The other day, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said the prime minister had taken up the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil at the meeting with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang. Restive Xinjiang province has been frequently hit by heavy violence between native Uygurs, Muslims of Turkic-origin and Han Chinese settlers in the past few years. China has blamed the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, believed to be affiliated to al Qaeda, for violence in the troubled province.


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eSPITe repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the programme and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. The files describe dozens of drone attacks in the Tribal Areas and include maps as well as before-and-after aerial photos of targeted compounds over a four-year stretch from late 2007 to late 2011 in which the campaign intensified dramatically. Markings on the documents indicate that many of them were prepared by the CIA’s Counterterrorism Centre specifically to be shared with Pakistan’s government. They tout the success of strikes that killed dozens of alleged al Qaeda operatives and assert repeatedly that no civilians were harmed. Pakistan’s tacit approval of the

WP REPORT SAYS PAKISTANI OFFICIALS HAVE FOR YEARS SECRETLY APPROVED DRONE STRIKES drone programme has been one of the more poorly kept national security secrets in Washington and Islamabad. During the early years of the campaign, the CIA even used Pakistani airstrips for its Predator fleet. But the files expose the explicit nature of a secret arrangement struck between the two countries at a time when neither was willing to publicly acknowledge the existence of the drone programme. The documents detailed at least 65 strikes in Pakistan and were described as “talking points” for CIA briefings, which occurred with such regularity that they became a matter of diplomatic routine. The documents are marked “top-secret” but cleared for release to Pakistan. A spokesman for the Pakistani embassy in Washington did not respond to

PAKISTANI OFFICIALS HAVE ALSO ROUTINELY RECEIVED CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS ON STRIKES AND CASUALTY COUNTS a request for comment. A CIA spokesman declined to discuss the documents but did not dispute their authenticity. Some files describe tense meetings in which senior US officials, including thensecretary of state Hillary Clinton, confront their Pakistani counterparts with US intelligence purporting to show Pakistan’s ties to militant groups involved in attacks on American forces, a charge that Islamabad has consistently denied. In one case, Clinton cited “cell phones and written material from dead bodies that point all fingers” at a militant group based in Pakistan, according to a Pakistani diplomatic cable dated September 20, 2011. “The US had intelligence proving ISI was involved with these groups,” she is cited as

saying, referring to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency. In a measure of the antagonism between the two sides, a 2010 memo sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to its embassy in Washington outlined a plan to undermine the CIA. “Kindly find enclosed a list of 36 US citizens who are [believed] to be CIA special agents and would be visiting Pakistan for some special task,” said the memo, signed by an official listed as the country’s director general for Americas. “Kindly do not repeat not issue visas to the same.” The earliest of the files describes 15 strikes from December 2007 through September 2008. All but two of the entries identify specific al Qaeda figures as targets. The campaign has since killed as many as 3,000 people, including thousands of militants and hundreds of civilians, according to independent estimates. Several documents refer to a direct Pakistani role in the selection of targets. A 2010 entry, for example, describes hitting a location “at the request of your government”. Another from that year refers to a

“network of locations associated with a joint CIA-ISI targeting effort”. The files also contain fragments of code words — including SYL-MAG, an abbreviation of Sylvan Magnolia — that correspond to covert drone operations. The code word was later changed to Arbor-Hawthorn. In time, the CIA identified so many suspected al Qaeda and militant compounds that it gave them coded designations, including MSC 215 for a Miran Shah Compound where explosives were manufactured and SC 5 for Spailpan Compound number 5 in South Waziristan. The dates and number of strikes generally correspond with public databases assembled by independent groups, indicating that those organisations have reliably tracked drone attacks from media reports, even if the number of civilian casualties has often been a source of dispute. Although often uncertain about the identities of its targets, the CIA expresses remarkable confidence in its accuracy, repeatedly ruling out the possibility that any civilians were killed.

gilani, seCurity US backs TTP talks decision but avoids offiCials deny comments on call to end drone strikes drone Collusion SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT WaSHinGtOn

officials say wp story a us attempt to undermine nawaz sharif’s criticism of drone campaign ISLAMABAD/LAHORE aGenCieS/naDeeM SYeD

Pakistani security officials and former prime minister Yousuf raza Gilani on Thursday denied a report that they had approved US drone strikes on the country’s soil. The Washington Post on Wednesday quoted leaked secret documents as saying Pakistan had been regularly briefed on the strikes and in some cases helped choose targets. The purported evidence of Islamabad’s involvement came as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the White House and urged an end to the attacks, which are widely unpopular with the Pakistani public. A senior Pakistani security official said the story was a US attempt to undermine Sharif’s position and reduce criticism of the drone campaign, days after an Amnesty International report warned some of the strikes could constitute war crimes. The Washington Post’s revelations concerned strikes in a fouryear period from late 2007, when military ruler Pervez Musharraf was in power, to late 2011 when a civilian government led by the Pakistan People’s Party had taken over. Gilani, prime minister from 2008 until June last year, vehemently denied giving any approval for drone strikes. “We have never allowed Americans to carry out drone attack in the tribal areas,” Gilani told Pakistan Today. “From the very beginning we are against drone strikes and we have conveyed it to Americans at all forums.” Gilani said that he took a very strong stand against the drone strikes all along his tenure. He said that it was the PPP government that forced the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase and closed the supply routes after the Salala attack. The former PM also said that he had taken up the drone strikes with President Obama during their meeting in Seoul, adding that then foreign minister Hina rabbani Khar and other officials were privy to this discussion. Islamabad routinely condemns the strikes targeting suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in its northwest tribal areas. But evidence of collusion or tacit approval has leaked out in recent years. A diplomatic cable from then-US ambassador Anne Patterson, dated August 2008 and released by Wikileaks, indicated Gilani had agreed to the strikes in private. “I don’t care if they do it as long as they get the right people. We’ll protest in the National Assembly and then ignore it,” the leaked cable quoted Gilani as telling US officials. In April this year Musharraf told CNN that he had authorised drone strikes in Pakistan while he was in power.The senior Pakistani security official flatly denied any official deal to help with the drone campaign. “There has never been official arrangement at the strategic or government level,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity.“The purpose of giving such stories is nothing but face-saving. Americans are trying to dilute the growing pressure by using back channels and making Pakistan a party to the whole issue.” The US has carried out nearly 400 drone attacks in Pakistan’s restive tribal districts along the Afghan border since 2004, killing between 2,500 and 3,600 people, according to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The US supports Islamabad’s decision on holding talks with the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan, senior US officials said on Thursday but offered no elaboration on American response to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s call end to drone attacks on Pakistani territory. In a background brief with reporters, senior State Department offi-

cials also echoed agreement with Pakistan on nudging peace progress with India. The State Department and administration officials also sounded amenable to Islamabad’s concerns on misuse of Afghan soil by India and Afghanistan against Pakistani interests. “He (PM Sharif) indicated his intentions (to hold talks with the Taliban) and we indicated our support,” a senior State Department official said, when questioned about US reaction to Islam-

abad’s decision to hold talks with TTP. Nawaz told at the conclusion of his talks with US President Barack Obama that the US was informed that Pakistan had made a conscious decision on holding talks with the TTP as part of efforts to contain militancy. He sought the US support on the issue. Asked pointedly about US reaction to the controversial drone strikes issue on Pakistani soil, the official termed it a classified subject. Instead, he referred

reporters to President Obama’s speech on the issue a few months ago and Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks during a trip to Pakistan. The official also declined to comment on revelations in The Washington Post story that Pakistan and the United States cooperated on some of the drone strikes on Pakistani territory. The senior American official said Nawaz “raised the drone issue in (both) public and private” discussions.

Saudi Arabia warns women govt given time only to complete against defying driving ban legalities: Justice nisar MISSING PERSONS’ CASE

Court orders Chakwal sessions judge to hold fresh inquiry into missing brothers’ incident ISLAMABAD: Justice Saqib Nisar has remarked the Supreme Court (SC) is not helpless and it is giving time to intelligence agencies and government only to complete legal formalities and reach the credible evidence. He also said, “The ISI is not getting recover missing persons and it is providing more evidence against itself by making request to seek more time. It would have been better if proceedings had been initiated against the missing persons as per law. SC is not helpless and it is giving time to sensitive agency and government only to complete the legal formalities and reach the solid evidence.” He gave these remarks while heading a two-member bench during the hearing of missing persons’ case. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar filed the reply of Muhammad Anwar and told the court that Anwar was not present in Chakwal when both brothers went missing. It is only an allegation against him. However, he has no relevance with Omar Bakht and Omar Hayat incident. Tariq Khokhar also said the court should cross-examine Naik Anwar as per his affidavit the way it had got other witnesses cross questioned by the Chakwal sessions judge.

The court remarked, “You should think over it again as all the avenues are leading towards you and the inquiry which was got conducted by Sessions Judge had also gone against you. You are gathering more evidence against you by asking for holding inquiry afresh.”Amna Masud Janjua said, “elderly parents of the missing brothers are passing through state of anguish and distress due to the forced disappearance of their sons. These two brothers were labourers and their father says if the intelligence agency does not want to return his sons alive then it should at least return their dead bodies. Their father is suffering from redoubled agony.” The court said, “Court’s jurisdiction is also limited. It wants that all the ends of justice are met. We are not showing leniency towards any one. But we want that the agency which has picked them up should set free them on its own or the proceedings be initiated against them as per law. We are not leaving these matters. We cannot give more days but we can do this we give order to sessions judge Chakwal to conduct the inquiry afresh. He should carry out the inquiry of the matter till November 7 and include ISI Naik Muhammad in the inquiry process. If Amna Masud Janjua and family members of missing brothers want to cross question Naik Muhammad Anwar they should then contact sessions judge Chakwal.” StaFF rePOrt

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Saudi Arabia on Thursday warned it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the conservative Muslim kingdom. “It is known that women in Saudi are banned from driving and laws will be applied against violators and those who demonstrate in support” of this cause, interior ministry

40 indian fisherMen arrested KARACHI Online

The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) arrested 40 Indian fishermen for violating Pakistan’s territorial waters on Thursday. According to MSA officials, 40 Indian fishermen were held for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters and violating territorial limits. The launches of the fishermen have been seized and the fishermen are handed over to the police. Fishermen from both countries were frequently held for straying across the disputed and poorly defined maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea.

spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told AFP. Activists have called on social networks for Saudi women, individually, to go behind the wheel on Saturday, in a campaign in the world’s only country that bans women from driving. On Wednesday, the interior ministry issued a statement saying it would crack down against anyone who attempts to “disturb public peace” by congregating or marching “under the pretext of an alleged day of female driving.” Activists have

repeatedly insisted throughout their campaign that no demonstrations will be held. “October 26 is a day on which women in Saudi Arabia will say they are serious about driving and that this matter must be resolved,” the Dubaibased Sharif has told AFP about the weekend protest. She said women have begun responding to the call and over the past two weeks have posted videos online showing women already driving in Saudi Arabia.

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Germany on Thursday summoned the US ambassador to Berlin over suspicions that Washington spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. In this regard, American ambassador John B emerson was summoned for talks with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. In the meeting, Westerwelle will personally meet with the US envoy and explain Germany’s concerns over the alleged spying, the spokeswoman said.

On Wednesday, Merkel had called US President Obama in which she demanded answers that the US spies may have monitored her phone, warning this would be breach of trust between international partners. The allegations sparked outrage in Germany and Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement and said that she had demanded an immediate and comprehensive explanation from Washington. The White House did not deny the possibility that her communications may have been intercepted in the past but now her calls are not being listened.


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He Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), a major opposition party in National Assembly, has decided to distance itself from a potential Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) move to remove leader of opposition in the Lower House of parliament, it has been learnt. An alliance of opposition parties has been trying to remove Pakistan People’s Party’s Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah, however, the MQM, which is second-largest opposition party, has decided not be part of any such move, sources said. Imran Khan’s PTI initiated the move of dislodging Shah as the opposition leader in protest for not being con-

sulted on the appointment of the new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Apart from this, the PTI also considers Shah as a friendly opposition leader. Sources in the PTI said after the refusal of MQM, there were fewer chances of the party going ahead with the move, however, the PTI leadership would continue its effort to win MQM’s support in this regard. PTI, the major opposition party in the National Assembly with 35 seats, is

trying to field Pakistan Awami League chief Sheikh rashid Ahmed as the new opposition leader. However, the PTI cannot go ahead without the support of MQM, which has 24 NA seats. Shah is enjoying the support of 45 PPP members. A joint candidate of the PTI and MQM could easily snatch the slot of opposition leader from the PPP. In addition to this, the PTI could easily win support of four members of the JI. The PTI’s nominee could also get three votes, two from the PML-Q and

one from the Qaumi Watan Party. However, without the MQM, the plan would be falling flat on its face. Talking to Pakistan Today, MQM’s engineer Nasir Jamal indicated that the MQM had decided that it would not be part of any move of removing Shah. A few days ago, MQM leader Babar Ghauri said Sheikh rashid had contacted the MQM to win support, however, Jamal said there had been no such move. On the other hand, a source in the MQM said with the support of the PTI, it was very easy for the MQM to remove Shah, however, the MQM did not want to put its weight behind the PTI for Sheikh rashid. He said that both parties were rivals in Karachi’s politics. Currently, the MQM is considering PTI as its main rival in Karachi, as the PTI managed to win a number of seats and has been enjoying support of over 700,000 voters. Sources said the MQM also did not want to offend the ruling PML-N, which had decided to resist any move to remove Shah.

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lhc issues notices to federal govt, nePra on increasing PoWer tariff LAHORE Online

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday issued notices to the federal government and National electric Power regulatory Authority (NePrA) on a plea filed against the increase in power tariff. LHC Chief Justice (CJ) Umer Atta Bandeyal heard the case. Counsel for petitioner argued that the government has neither taken action against power thieves nor made recovery of bills from defaulters. The counsel argued that the increase in power prices is illegal and unconstitutional and it has burdened poor people. The LHC adjourned the case hearing till October 28 and issued notices to the federal government and NePrA and also called the water and power joint secretary to be present before the court on next hearing.

jf-17 thunder Planes on sale froM next year ISLAMABAD Online

Pakistan has decided to start sale of state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder combat planes to other countries from next year. According to sources, a sum of $100 million has also been released to Wah Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF) in connection with up-gradation of its machinery. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) in Kamra has started carrying out up-gradation of the cobra helicopters. earlier the complex was only installing high tech systems in them that were under army’s use. With this up-gradation, Pakistan will also import modern helicopters from Turkey. The Defence Production Ministry sources said so far as many as 42 JF-17 Thunder planes have been developed under a joint venture with China. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been assigned target of exporting five to seven JF-17 Thunder planes next year and discussions in this regard are under way with Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Qatar and other friendly countries, sources maintained. On the other hand, the Defence Production Ministry officials have expressed optimism that Pakistan would succeed in exporting these modern planes next year. According to media reports, the Taxila Heavy Industries has manufactured a prototype of Buraq vehicle that will be helpful in defusing land mines and remote controlled explosive material. The source also mentioned that Pakistan is also negotiating with Turkey to acquire T 120 high tech helicopters. Pakistan is also trying to launch a joint venture to manufacture these helicopters, but if both countries failed to reach an agreement then Pakistan will resort to purchase these helicopters from Turkey, sources added. Sources said that Kamra PAC has already refurbished many helicopters that are being used by Army Aviation. This helicopter were acquired from US and besides US’s concerned over their up-gradation, they have now been upgraded with modern technology.

Prominent US citizens call for Aafia Siddiqui’s immediate release WASHINGTON PreSS releaSe A group of prominent American citizens have written an open letter to US President Barack Obama to immediately release Pakistani born Dr Aafia Siddiqui from American custody. The letter jointly addressed to President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif states: “Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned write in reference to Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani citizen with no legal status in the United States. Despite the representations of the government of Pakistan that it seeks Dr Siddiqui’s repatriation to her homeland, we are deeply concerned that she continues to suffer needlessly in a US federal prison thousands of miles from her family and country. We are also very concerned about her deteriorating physical and mental

health throughout her excruciating ten year ordeal. “In the past, both governments had missed several opportunities to reunite Dr Siddiqui with her family. For example, two years ago, US government intelligence contractor Raymond Davis unjustifiably killed two Pakistani citizens in broad daylight in Pakistan. The US government demanded his repatriation, and Dr Siddiqui’s family and legal counsel requested that the transfer should only be made if Dr Siddiqui was also repatriated to Pakistan. Unfortunately, the leaders of Pakistan at the time failed to take any action to secure Dr Siddiqui’s return. “As US citizens we are deeply disappointed by the lack of concern shown by our own successive administrations, first the Bush Administration and now the Obama Administration, for the endless suffering of this highly talented MIT and Brandies laureate cogni-

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shifting charges exposes our support for Malala Yousafzai as insincere and merely a propaganda tool in the so-called war on terror (that is being perceived by many as a war to recolonise the Muslim world). “We are also saddened that her children in Pakistan have had to spend the past 10 years separated from their mother – their pleas for help to return their mother to them have so far been ignored. With the recent election of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, we are heartened by the representations of the new government that it would finally take steps to facilitate Dr Siddiqui's return to Pakistan. “At this historical juncture, when both governments are seeking to turn a new page in their relationship, there are multiple options for a positive resolution to this tragic case that would result in the repatriation of Dr Siddiqui within legal frameworks that would

provide enormous benefit to the image of the US in Pakistan and across the Muslim world and the region. Such positive winning of hearts and minds can only help bring about a better climate of trust and cooperation. Accordingly, we urge our own government, the Obama administration, to take immediate action and make a firm commitment to end the decade-long injustice and send Dr Siddiqui home before the end of 2013.” The letter has been signed by 28 eminent personalities including Ramsey Clark, former US attorney general, former senator Mike Gravel, former Congressman Paul Findley, for Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, Gamila - State Senator, St Louis Missiouri, Ako Abdul-Samad - Iowa State Representative, Dr John Esposito Chairman, Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understandin, Sara Flounders - Co-director, International Action Center, Steve Downs, Executive Director, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Nahla Al-Arian, Coordinator, National Liberty Fund, El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan - Peace Thru Justice Foundation, Mark Hinkle Chairman, California Civil Rights Alliance, Dr Mohammad Ashraf Toor - Chairman, Pakistani American Congress, Dr Zahid Bukhari - Director, AMA-Foundation, and Dr Agha Saeed - CEO, AMA Foundation.


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sjc Moved to bar cjP froM exercising executive PoWers ISLAMABAD Online The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has been moved to bar the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) from exercising administrative powers and the Supreme Court (SC) registrar from discharging his official duties until the completion of inquiry into alleged links of the CJP with a Lahore-based construction company. In an application sent by Shahid Orakzai to the SJC, it was complained that the CJP had issued orders to pay Rs 1.87 billion to Eden Housing despite its involvement in a mega scandal. The application also reads that the total payment, Rs 900 million has yet to be paid. The application read further the CJP’s daughter was engaged to the son of the company’s CEO. Orakzai also informed the SJC that the matter was brought to the notice of the president but he evaded taking action in accordance with the constitution. The SJC was told that the CJP had stopped inquiry against him in 2007. The question has been raised if any judge is authorised to hear the case of his relative without bringing it to the notice of other members of the bench.

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to avoid any untoward situation. fAzlur rehMAN propoSeS Apc oN BAlochiStAN: Jamiat Ulemae-Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Thursday suggested convening an all parties conference (APC) on Balochistan issue. According to media reports, Rehman said that the Balochistan issue should also be resolved through dialogues as it was the best possible option. While talking to journalists, the JUI-F chief said that the prime minister during his meeting with President Obama represented the Pakistani nation in letter and spirit. He said it is the first time that the people, both at public and private level, have lauded Nawaz Sharif for his comments regarding national issues. He said the law and order situation is Pakistan’s internal matter and no other country should intervene and guide us in handling our personal matters. Pakistan is capable of tackling its own problems, he maintained.

QuettA: Supporters of the pakistan tehreek-e-insaf fight after a quarrel began between three different groups on the arrival of Khyber pakhtunkhwa chief Minister pervez Khattak at Quetta Airport on thursday. Online

earthQuake island starts sinking ISLAMABAD aPP The Earthquake Island surfaced as a result of an earthquake in Balochistan is now vanishing as predicted by oceanographers. The mud island appeared in Balochistan's waters near the Gwadar port about 250 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake attracted global curiosity, but scientists had forecasted that it would not last long and will disappear in a couple of months. They said methane gas under the seafloor pushed up the big pile of mud. The island was about 70-feet high, 300-feet wide and 120-feet long. But fresh satellite images show that the island has now sunk up to 10 feet. Samples collected by experts of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) are being analysed as more facts about the island are likely to be unveiled next month.

Chance of a new life trumps risks for afghan refugees KABUL aGenCieS An elderly Afghan man with a bearded, tired face gazes from the television screen and says sadly: “My son wouldn't listen to me. He borrowed money just to pay for his death.” The hard-hitting advert is part of a new campaign run by Afghanistan's refugee ministry to dissuade young men from using people smugglers to flee the war-torn country in search of a better life. Using real families' stories, the publicity drive aims to highlight how traffickers and treacherous journeys pose a deadly threat to migrants who often face deportation even if they reach their intended destination. The television clip shows the father, from the marginalised Hazara ethnic group, sitting in his shoe-repair stall remembering his son who tried to reach Australia. “I told him repeatedly not to go, not to trust the smugglers,” he says as the camera closes in on his distraught eyes. “But he went and now he is dead, drowned at sea.” Many Afghans are looking for an escape as more than a decade of international intervention winds down and fears grow that hardline Islamists or violent

warlords will return to power. Ambitious young men are needed to help the country to develop, but the exodus has picked up pace as uncertainty deepens, Nato-led troops pull out in 2014 and aid money dries up. Afghans made 36,600 asylum claims in industrialised countries last year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), up from 36,200 in 2011. Even 12 years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains the world's leading country of origin for refugees. Afghans often choose to head to Australia, Sweden, Germany or Norway, but they face a tough battle even if they complete epic overland journeys and sea passages in rickety smugglers' boats. In Australia, the new government came to power in September vowing to use its navy to tow the boats to back their place of origin -- typically Indonesia -- and its embassy in Kabul issues dire warning that migrants are not welcome. Those who do reach Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, are now processed and settled in under-developed Papua New Guinea. “Given the past experience of civil war and the Taliban rule, many Afghans feel pressured to flee the country at any cost,”

refugee ministry spokesman Islamudin Jurat told AFP. “Our campaign is intended at reversing the belief that leaving through illegal channels and putting your fate in the hands of traffickers carries little risk. “There is a real risk of death, and a little chance of reaching your destination safely and being accepted. We have seen too many Afghan lives lost while trying to reach the shores of Europe and Australia, but traffickers see a golden opportunity to lure stressed Afghans into paying thousands of dollars”'I am sure I would be happy and prosperous.'" The six-month campaign, which is backed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), is holding meetings in villages as well as airing TV and radio broadcasts, and distributing posters and leaflets. But it may struggle to convince people like Saber Rezayee, 20, an unemployed man from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sahrif who has already made two failed attempts to reach Europe. “I prefer to go and die on the way than to stay here and be slaughtered by the Taliban, or blown up by bombs,” he told AFP, recalling how he was deported from both Iran and Turkey as he tried to get to Sweden where he has relatives. “I am young, but I clearly remember the Taliban

killing some relatives when they were in power. Someone I know has opened a shop in Sweden. I am sure I would be happy and prosperous there.”Migrants pay as much as $20,000 to smugglers who run routes out of Afghanistan using road transport or enable people to board flights with illegally obtained visas. Many heading to Australia fly first to Malaysia, then take one sea trip to Indonesia and another on overcrowded fishing boats to Christmas Island. The Australian government recorded two migrants who went overland to Pakistan, and then flew to Indonesia via Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore, before making the final leg of the journey by boat. More than 600 people, including refugees from other countries such as Sri Lanka, are thought to have died making the sea journey to Christmas Island since 2006, though exact figures are not available. “They know the dangers and that they may be deported back but it is a good business,” one smuggler who declined to give his name told AFP during an interview in Kabul. “We simply facilitate their escape. We take them mostly to Turkey, where some others will then take them to Europe and Australia.” The IOM

Many Afghans are looking for an escape as more than a decade of international intervention winds down and fears grow that hardline Islamists or violent warlords will return to power says many Afghan migrants have little idea of what they face when they pay smugglers and set off into the unknown. “Nobody can stop people wanting to move, but we want them to make a decision based on well-informed knowledge and correct information,” Sato Mio, liason officer for the IOM, said.


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At least 29 new cases of dengue virus surfaced across Punjab within 24 hours, raising the number of dengue affected people to 649. According to Punjab Health Department, dengue virus was increasing across Punjab day by day. Lahore and rawalpindi were mostly hit by the dengue fever. The Health Department said that 29 new cases of dengue were confirmed across the province in which only 23 patients from various areas of Lahore were admitted in different hospitals of the city. The department further said that total number of dengue affected people reached to 629 in the province in which 381 patents were from Lahore. The Health Department urged the people to take steps to eliminate dengue virus from the province.

‘Personal reasons’ MuM lhc on sri lankan teaM attack case LAHORE StaFF rePOrt

Two judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday refused to hear the Sri Lankan cricket team attack case due to ‘personal reasons’. During the previous hearing, the LHC Special Bench adjourned the hearing of the Punjab government appeal seeking cancellation of bail granted to Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, alleged mastermind of attack on Sri Lankan cricket team. The bench headed by Justice Shahid Hameed Dar also excluded the accused from court appearance as he requested the court that ‘his life was in danger’. earlier, Punjab Additional Prosecutor General Abdul Samad told the bench that Zubair was a prime accused in the attack and they had arrested him with the help of CCTV footage. He said police had ample proofs of his involvement in the attack but an anti-terrorism court had granted him bail without going through facts. The prosecutor requested the court to cancel the bail granted to Zubair and issue orders for his arrest. LHC, excusing from hearing the case, referred the case to LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

CoronaVirus – with blessings from the holy land! LAHORE UMair aZiZ

The threat of Coronavirus, popularly known as the Middle east respiratory Syndrome, looms large as pilgrims start returning home after performing Haj in Saudi Arabia. According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, of more than a hundred infected people around 50 have lost their lives in Saudi Arabia alone since April last year. The Saudi government had also issued strict instructions for pilgrims from Pakistan to get proper vaccination and medical fitness certificates before travelling to KSA. However, the health machinery at the airport has nothing except to rely on the declaration given by a pilgrim himself. Jinnah Hospital CeO Professor Mehmood Shaukat said identifying the virus is a complicated procedure. “We only know the symptoms. If someone gets flu and then has a bad condition of pneumonia means he or she is infected with coronavirus. every other person these days is infected with seasonal flu which has made very difficult for us to screen for the virus. The blood samples of the patient needs to be sent to National Institute of Health in Islamabad for proper tests and ascertain if someone has the virus,” Shaukat added. To a question, he said the initial fear was of congo virus but fortunately no case

appeared. A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson said the federal health officials are present at the airport for all the flights including the ones taking home pilgrims. “It is their [the federal health officials] responsibility to scan the incoming patients and not ours,” the spokesperson added. Federal Health Director at Lahore Airport Dr rubina told Pakistan Today that pamphlets were distributed to the pilgrims before they went on the flight. “every passenger is supposed to fill out a health declaration form submitting he or she has no illness. Besides, our officials are also standing at the counters observing incoming passengers and have the facility available to shift any patient to Mayo or Shaikh Zayed hospitals if needed,” she added. To a question she said riyadh and Jeddah are the two most affected cities and pilgrims do visit the latter and hence there can be cases, but no one surfaced so far. However, medical experts believed that it is very difficult to identify possible patients from scores of pilgrims, many of whom contract flu normally during their stay in Saudia. Besides, the Punjab Health Department is already burdened with polio and dengue as routine. Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal was not available for comments.

existing provincial assembly. Furthermore, in the press conference, neither PPP’s parliamentary leader in PA nor any other lawmaker from the PPP was present. Above all, PPP Punjab President Manzoor Watto, who had several meetings with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) bigwigs in the province to gather all the opposition parties at a single platform, while addressing a press conference at his residence in Model Town, strongly reacted to the demand raised by raja riaz and Shaukat Basra, terming it a sheer contrast to the PPP policy of reconciliation with

opposition parties in the province. He said that since PTI has majority in PA, hence it was its right to nominate the opposition leader. PPP has nothing to do with the replacement of opposition leader in provincial assembly, he added. Furthermore, Watto added that rasheed was a thorough gentleman and he personally found him man of character. PPP AFFAIRS: To a question regarding PPP’s Foundation Day celebrations, he announced that PPP Punjab will celebrate it in Faisalabad. He said that PPP had planned to reorganise the party on the provincial level and in this regard he was busy holding meetings with PPP’s office bearers from all districts these days. Watto said that PPP would take part in Local Government elections with full strength in Punjab. PA OPPOSITION LEADER SPEAKS OUT: responding to riaz’s demand for his replacement, rasheed told Pakistan Today that PPP, owing to its hypocritical politics, disliked the genuine opposition in PA and riaz’s demand was in fact in reaction to the upcoming replacement of opposition leader in the National Assembly. Terming the riaz’s allegations baseless, he alleged that politics of give and take was instilled in the character of PPP’s leaders while PTI refrained from such ways. He further alleged that riaz’s press conference was held on the behest of PML-N.


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TUDeNTS of major colleges of the city pledged to fight against polio in an exhibition of pictures, paintings and portraits organised by Punjab Health Department in collaboration with the UNICeF at Nairang Art Gallery on Thursday. Students from Lahore College for Women University, Kinnaird College, Home economics College and National College of Arts took part in the exhibition with great zeal and enthusiasm. Photographers of various media outlets contributed their pictures taken during the national immunisation days of polio. The exhibition was inaugurated by Punjab Special Health Secretary Babar Hayat, Health DG Dr Zafar Ikram along with the representatives of UNICeF including Dr Tahir Manzoor, Dr Naeemullah and Ibrahim Khan. Addressing the participants, special health secretary called for maximum cooperation on the part of all sections of society to rid the country of polio. “We need to walk the last mile with extra care as Pakistan is nearing elimination of polio,” Hayat said. The participating students were

given certificates in the evening. Speaking on the occasion an NCA student Hyder Ali stated that parents need to cooperate with the government teams during the polio drives. “We should not ridicule polio teams when they go door to door during immunisation drives,” he said. Total number of cases stand at 49 so far in the year with FATA at the forefront in terms of

number of cases which stand at 36, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 7, Sindh, 3 and Punjab, 3. SEMINAR STRESSES NEED TO END POLIO: “To give a final blow to crippling Polio disease, everybody needs to come forward and contribute. If we all do our part, we can and will end this disease. But we must act quickly and give ourselves the

very best chance to succeed,” were the remarks of the speakers at a seminar organised by rotary clubs of Lahore Garrison, Lahore Cantt, Lahore Jinnah, Lahore Metropolitan, Lahore Midtown, Lahore Mozang road and Lahore Shaheen in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Overall, the annual number of new polio cases has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when polio infected about 350,000 children a year. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 deaths. The LCCI President engineer Sohail Lashari was the chief guest while other speakers included Atiq ur rehman rana, Tazeem Ahmad, Sheikh Parvez, Anthony richards, Mian Zahid Javed and G.r. Siddique. Speaking on the occasion the LCCI President engineer Sohail Lashari appreciated the role of rotary Club in creating awareness about polio and in providing polio drops to the children. The LCCI president said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry would continue to play its role for creating awareness about this disease. He said that LCCI FM radio (FM 98.6) would broadcast awareness program against this disease in collaboration with rotary Club.

jigar, let’s Walk for a healthy liver! LAHORE: A walkathon, titled “Jigar, Let’s Walk for a Healthy Liver” was orgainised by Bayer Healthcare and PSG at Ghurki Hospital, Lahore, to shed some light on the fast increasing rates of liver cancer in Pakistan and thus the ever increasing need to maintain the health of this vital organ. Lahore PSG Vice President Dr Shamail Zafar, while addressing the audience, emphasised the need to take care of our liver. “Being a little cautious and making small changesin our diet and daily exercise can go a long way in protecting us from this silent killer,” he said urging the audience to be especially careful of hepatitis which is the leading cause of liver cancer and quite predominant in Pakistan; the second highest prevalence of Hepatitis C2. PreSS releaSe

tokens not to be taken for granted! LAHORE: Punjab excise and Taxation Department has started a crackdown against unregistered vehicles, motorcycles and token tax defaulters. The deadline for registration and paying token tax was September 30, and after repeated warnings the department launched operation against the vehicles and motorcycle owners who have not paid token tax or got their vehicle registered. excise police inspector said that the campaign is vital as it will help in lessening the terrorist activities and also generate revenue for the department. He said that so far 350 unregistered 1000CC vehicles have been fined for not paying lifetime token tax while 28 vehicles were taken into custody. excise officials claimed that revenue of rs 250 million was generated through registration of vehicles in rawalpindi from July to September, 2013. inP

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Another polio case was reported in the city on Thursday after which the number of polio cases detected during current year has reached to three in Punjab. According to health sources, one-year-old Asad, a resident of Muridke, was shifted to Lahore for treatment after being diagnosed with polio. Asad’s father said that his son was not administered anti-polio vaccine as no team visited his village. The citizens have expressed concerns over the emergence of another polio case and they demanded the provincial government and health authorities for taking solid steps to overcome the further spread of the dreadful virus. They also urged the health authorities to launch polio immunisation campaign in far flung villages of the province to save the children from lifetime disability.

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jud’s saifullah dies in car accident LAHORE: Jamatud Dawa representative Hafiz Saifullah Mansoor died in a car accident on Thursday. As per details, Saifullah was making his way with his security guard in his car driven by his driver that he met an accident near Faizpur Interchange. The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital where Saifullah died while his driver and security guard are under treatment. Saifullah’s body has been shifted to his residence at Pindi Stop, Township. StaFF rePOrt

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lAhore: Dr Ali Cheema, Dr Akmal Hussain, IA Rehman and Dr Zafar Shaheed paying tribute to Hamza Alavi on the occasion of 10th death anniversary at GIDS, Lahore School of Economics, Liberty Campus. PreSS releaSe

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CIA Kotwalai Police claimed to have arrested seven men from an ‘inter-district dacoit gang’ while they were on their home from the airport on Thursday. On the directions of Lahore CCPO, CIA SP Umer Virk constituted a special police team under the supervision of CIA Kotwali DSP which conducted a raid and arrested Usman Butt, ring leader of the gang, and his six accomplices including Awais, Saifullah, Nasir, Umer, Hayat and Amir. Police also seized stolen property worth rs 2 million, mobile phones and illegal weapons from their possession. During the course of interrogations, the gangsters confessed of 30 incidents of robbery. NINE HELD WITH CONTRABAND: Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) on Thursday claimed to have arrested nine men involved in various crimes and seized 17 litres of liquor, one kilogramme of hashish, a rifle, a gun and two pistols from their possession. The criminals have been identified as Asif Javaid, riaz, Sameer Abbas, Shakeel Abbas, Ashraf, Jalil Ahmad, Arshad, Mushtaq Ahmed and raees. The PHP officials handed over the accused with contraband to the local police for investigation. The PHP also handed over two missing children; Komal, 5, a Gujranwala resident and Ihtisham, 12, to Gujranwala Child Protection Bureau.

tevta’s skills coMPetition concludes LAHORE StaFF rePOrt

A three day skills competition was held at Government College of Technology, railway road among 95 projects made by trainees of 11 technical colleges situated in seven districts of TeVTA Central Zone. A large number of renowned industrialists, employers, faculty members of UeT and general public witnessed the competition. Students of TeVTA Technical Colleges from Lahore, Sahiwal, Pindi Bhattian, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sheikhupura, Nankana, Gujrat and Mandi Bahaud Din took part in the competition. Govt College of Technology railway road, Government College of Technology Sialkot and Government Swedish Pakistani College of Technology Gujrat won first three positions respectivel.

Sealed tenders on item/percentage/MRS rates on t.S. estimate, are hereby invited from the approved contractors/firms of Public Health engineering Department, who have got their names enlisted/renewed and have deposited their enlistment/renewal fee for the year 2013, for the work mentioned below, in the office of the undersigned. the tenders shall be recieved & opened on 12-11-2013 at 2.00 P.M. in the presence of intending contractors or their authorized representatives, who may like tobe present. the tender documents will be issued by the Divisional Head clerk of this office up to 11-112013 during office hours on payment of tender fee. (Non refundable) the amoung of earnest money in shape of deposit at call from a scheduled bank in the name of the executive engineer, Public Health engg: Division Sialkot must be attached with the tender documents, failing which the tender documents shall not be entertained. All the contractors/firms are required to present the original enlistment/Renewal letter alongwith Government receipts vide which enlistment/renewal fee deposited with the Department. the undersigned reserves the rights to reject any or all the tenders without assigning any reason thereof.

neW dco is uP and about! Note: As per Government of the Punjab Finance Department Notification No. Ro(tech) FDI-2/83(VI)(P) dated 06-04-05 in case the total tendered amount is less than 5% of the approved estimated (DNIt) amount, the lowest bidder will have to deposit an additional performance security from the Schedule Bank equal to the tendered amount below estimate cost within 15 days of issuance of notice or within expiry period of the bid, whichever is earlier.

lAhore: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Medical Director Dr Aasim Yousaf, receiving an honorary shield from Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute Rawalpindi Commandant Maj Gen Waqar Ahmed Khan on their visit to the hospital. PreSS releaSe

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LAHORE: Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Dr Ahmed Javed Qazi soon after assuming charge of his post took initiative to activate all his subordinates to work actively and paid a visit to different areas of the city on Thursday early morning to inspect cleanliness arrangements. The areas where DCO personally observed the arrangements include Circular road, Shadman, Ferozepur road, Gulberg, Mall road and Jail road. Qazi also paid surprise visit to Badami Bagh General Bus Stand and checked cleanliness arrangements thoroughly. The DCO also visited fruit and vegetable market and checked staff duty roaster. Moreover, he also inspected different branches of revenue Department of CDGL and met with workers and inquired them about their performances. StaFF rePOrt

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N view of the present state of relations between Pakistan and the US not much was being expected from Nawaz Sharif’s visit. The meeting with Barack Obama affirms that relations that had touched the nadir after the Abbotabad attack and the killing of two dozen Pakistani soldiers by the ISAF are on the mend now. Obama administration which was less than sure about a leader who wanted to hold talks with the Pakistani Taliban has been sizing up the PM through meetings with Secretary of State John Kerry, prominent US legislators and Vice-President Joe Biden. The meeting with Obama ended on a positive note and should be considered as the first successful step that needs to be followed up by others. Unlike the KP CM who claims that if his party had ruled the centre it would have ordered the shooting down of the drones, Nawaz acted more sagaciously. He can now claim that he has done whatever he could to present Pakistan’s case against the drone strikes at all public forums that were available to him in Washington and in talks with the top US leadership. As he had held several meetings with the army chief and DG ISI prior to the visit, what Sharif said on various issues must have carried weight as something on which the civilian and military leadership were on the same page. Obama made no mention of drones but there were hints in his remarks that indicate he understood Pakistan’s sensitivities. He said, he wanted to prevent security cooperation from being a source of tension between the US and Pakistan and that though fighting terrorism was a challenging task, he and Sharif discussed how they can cooperate “in ways that respect Pakistan.” Sharif was keen to seek the US cooperation in matters related to economy and power sector. Obama has agreed and the two sides would hold meetings at various levels to thrash out the issues. He has also expressed keenness for “a goal that is good for Afghanistan, but also helps to protect Pakistan over the long term.” This should allay some of the concerns of Pakistani establishment regarding the postISAF scenario in the neighbouring country though much would depend on the concrete measures devised. What would rile the irrational fringe, however, is the absence of any mention of Afia Siddiqui during the talks and the US keenness to get Dr Afridi released. The PM is not supposed to cater to the whims of those who are out of sync with the times.

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Here are always a thousand ways to mess something up but there is only one way to make it work. The way the Karachi problem has been handled for years on end falls in the former category. Successive governments have always found a way to mess it up some more. even the current half-heartedly launched Karachi operation a few weeks ago has hit a snag in a sense that it is apparently leading to nowhere as special prosecutors, appointed to prosecute cases on behalf of the government, have refused to proceed any further, citing a lack of security for themselves and their families. After the brutal killing of senior lawyer Naimat Ali randhawa, the prosecutors maintain, “it has become obvious that any lawyer can be targeted by criminals at any moment. There’s no security for us and our families at all.” The criminal justice system in Pakistan is already far from ideal. However, the recent issue is a lot simpler. The criminals who have been booked by the police have strong political contacts, mainly from one Karachi based ethnic party, the same one that was against this operation in the first place. There is an element of fear in the air. The prosecutors would not proceed further unless the state can offer them, and their families, protection. And their fears are not unfounded: eyewitnesses have been killed, disappeared or retracted their testimony under dubious circumstances, and prosecutors too have been targeted. This peculiar situation puts the government in a tough spot, leaving the fate of the ongoing operation in the metropolis hanging in the balance. Much like prosecutors, the witnesses are under the same level of threat, if not far more severe. In a unique solution, the prosecution officers have offered a workaround which is no solution either. Under the Pakistan Protection Ordinance, prosecutors from other provinces can be called in to work on cases. This won’t be an ideal situation as it would send negative signals about the government’s ability to handle the security hazard, still put the life of whoever is the prosecutor at risk and could make matters worse in other different, but related, cases. For example, what would government do when the TTP or any of its affiliate threatens prosecutors in one province, for they have proven that they have access throughout the country? Would it follow the same course as it is has been suggested now? Instead of opting for stopgap solutions, why is the government not more interested in removing lacunas in anti-terrorism legislation, making it impossible to manipulate? That would be a real solution.

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lot of preparations were made for the first meeting between PM Sharif and President Obama. The tête-à-tête was over in an hour and a half. Keeping in view the present state of Pak-US relations, the talks can in no way be described as unsuccessful. The extremist fringe with a perverted sense of reality would feel dissatisfied with the outcome but its views should not matter to a prime minister trying to do what is possible. Bringing Afia Siddiqui on his plane back home was only a pipedream. Both sides were keen for the meeting and had made preparations to make it successful – as both were in need of each other – and desperately so. The US is desperate to ink a strategic pact with Afghanistan, negotiate a possible deal with the Afghan Taliban leading to an honourable exit and at the same time secure its strategic interests in the region. The US thinks Pakistan can help bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. To cap it, Pakistan provides by far the cheapest and shortest routes for the 2014 drawdown, removing its heavy non-lethal stores, and subsequently supplies to the remaining foreign troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s assistance would also be indispensable during the Afghan election due April 2014. Taliban would try their level best to disrupt the crucial exercise for the formation of the next government. The capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces are yet not considered sustainable even by their ISAF trainers. The Pakistan army would therefore be called upon to help seal the approximately 2,600 km porous and mountainous Durand Line separating the two countries. A similar exercise had been taken up by it in the last elections also. In case of a government agreement with Kabul to maintain the US forces in Afghanistan for counterterrorism operations, it would have to be supplied through Pakistan. Washington was wary of Sharif who as an opposition leader and opposed to joining the American war on terror and wanted a review of the foreign policy. The Secretary of State John Kerry who came to sound Sharif in Islamabad in early August found him to be a different man when in power. Soon after the meeting Kerry announced the two sides had agreed to re-establish “a full partnership”. Talking about drone strikes in a television

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interview later the same day, an effusive priority issue. The drone attacks could be Kerry declared, “I think the programme delayed for a few weeks at his insistence. will end as we have eliminated most of The PML-N thinks this would help holding talks with the TTP. Drones or no the threats and continue to eliminate it.” A week before Nawaz Sharif was to drones there is no possibility of the TTP depart for Washington, US special envoy and its allies like LeJ stopping terror atJames F. Dobbins met Sartaj Aziz in Is- tacks as they are driven by an ideology lamabad to finalise the agenda of talks where pluralism has no place and the isand potential points to be raised in the sues are to be settled not through peaceful Nawaz-Obama meeting. Thus the Amer- discussion but recourse to arms. Before the US leaves Afghanistan, the icans dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s days before the talks. They didn’t want terrorist outfits need to be taken out. Once the ISAF leaves Afghanistan the task will any confusion at the eleventh hour. After assuming power Sharif found become much more difficult and the price that Pakistan badly needed the US help to will be very heavy. The TTP wants to protide over is financial difficulties. Like the long the talks, create confusion and divide previous government, the PML-N admin- political parties on the one hand and the istration too wants tariff concessions, government and army on the other. The US help would be useful progreater access to the US market, American investments and help in building vided it is not tied up with conditions like dams and ending power shortages. Unless the discarding the Iran-Pakistan pipeline the economy started reviving, and there project which alone can bring the much was respite from rising prices and new needed gas to Pakistan within less than jobs were created for the youth, the gov- two years. Any succumbing to the US pressure on the issue would be widely ernment feared widespread unrest. Sharif therefore made preparations considered as surrender to the US dikat. While there is a need to use the for what looked like a tough diplomatic assignment. On October 15 he chaired a American help to put the economy on high-level meeting on national security. rails, any dependence on one country A strategy or the talks was devised in the alone would restrict the country’s space meeting. While Sharif wanted economic to manoeuvre. Despite being a super cooperation to take centre stage in talks power, the US is fast declining economwith the US through upgradation of trade ically and its control over the world is links, he knew regional dynamics and diminishing. Pakistan has to meanwhile develop ties with anti-terror policy the emerging cenwould be high on tres of power, exthe US agenda. This panding trade and explains who was to Before the US leaves cultural relations be called for providneighbours as ing inputs to devise Afghanistan, the terrorist with well as with counthe strategy for talks. Besides Ch outfits need to be taken tries like russia and China. To decrease Nisar Ali Khan, Sartaj Aziz and Tariq out. Once the ISAF leaves the army’s influence the government, Fatemi, COAS Afghanistan the task will on diplomacy should Kayani and DG ISI become much more be given more imZaheerul Islam were portance than use of also asked to attend difficult and the price will military force to rethe meeting solve problems with The day Sharif be very heavy. the neighbours. reached WashingSome in the ton he had three PML-N have unrehour long talks with alistic expectations a high level security team that included US Defence from the US. They entertain the unrealSecretary Chuck Hagel, National Secu- istic hope of having a treaty with the rity Adviser Susan rice, Director CIA US for transfer of civilian nuclear techJohn Brennan and Special representa- nology forgetting the close ties between tive for Afghanistan and Pakistan James the US and India and the latter’s oppoDobbins, besides Secretary of State sition to Pakistan’s demand. Ishaq Dar Kerry. everything was discussed here in fact said at a briefing in Islamabad in from Afghan Taliban, the TTP, Pak- July that Pakistan and the US had istan’s relations with Afghanistan and agreed in principle to continue dialogue with India. The meeting was considered on cooperation in civil nuclear technolnecessary as it helped the Americans to ogy. This was immediately contradicted further size up the new prime minister. by the State Department. Nawaz Sharif’s call to the US to play The Pakistan side was also conveyed a role in resolving the Kashmir dispute is Washington’s priorities. On Wednesday, Sharif was invited for also thoroughly unsound. Washington has a breakfast meeting with Vice President highly suspect strategic goals in the reJoe Biden. This helped to settle most of gion and cannot be trusted as an honest the things between the two sides before broker. Appointing it as an arbiter could be detrimental to the cause of the people the much awaited meeting hours later. With the talks over, the prime minis- of Kashmir and likely to harm Pakistan. ter has to face challenges at home. While Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad is a political in Washington, Mian Nawaz Sharif took up the cessation of drone attacks as a high analyst and a former academic.

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drone ‘disappointment’? The release of Amnesty International report calling the US drone campaign not only as illegal and illegitimate but also calling some of the killings carried out “unlawfully, which could even amount to war crimes” at a time when Premier Sharif expressed his vow to raise the issue in his meeting with president Obama “is timely” as Aizaz Ch, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman call it. Though the commentators here were not very optimistic as to whether NS would be able to convince the Obama administration, yet they say he had with him solid argument with concrete evidence. Already the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the

UN’s special representative in his report, and the experts of international law at The Hague have called the drone attacks unlawful act challenging the sovereignty of a country. Keeping in view the Americans’ Syrian experience and government shutdown at home under economic circumstances, there is a hope of the drone campaign ending. However, there is much to see as to what the Sharif government has close to its chest regarding undertakings given to the Obama administration. The times to come would determine whether Nawaz Sharif was able to cash in on the situation near the US withdrawal from Afghanistan or he was made to surrender for political gains. PROFESSOR ALYA ALVI Rawalpindi


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S a nation, Pakistan suffers from a severe malady, a disease of the mind. The crushing weight of history and a lack of education has given Pakistan the worst sort of an inferiority complex, intellectual inferiority, a debilitating poverty of the mind that only colonised countries can lay claim to. Mubasher Lucman’s recent show on the illeffects of teaching comparative religion and the Punjab government’s oafish response to the same speak volumes of what is a symptom of society. For followers of a religion whose Prophet once exhorted his people to travel to the ends of the world for the acquisition of knowledge, this is nothing less than a tragedy. The first question that needs to be addressed is whether there is a good or bad component to knowledge. Once having dealt with that question, we must ask as to who decides whether certain kinds of knowledge are good or bad. Knowledge, in and itself, is completely neutral, like money for example, it is what you do with it that is of consequence. After realising that mass could be converted to energy, two kinds of people arose, those who wanted an atomic bomb and those who wanted atomic energy. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not the fault of knowledge; it was what humans did with that equation that mattered. In the same vein, teaching comparative religion cannot be inherently bad. A pharmaceutical drug rohypnol for example, is used to alleviate symptoms caused by severe insomnia. While at the other end of the spectrum, it is also used as a date-rape drug. Should we then ban rohypnol because it might be used in the commission of such a vile act? And if indeed, we as a society feel that comparative religion should not be taught to our children, this decision should be arrived at through a long process of introspection, debate and discussion and should certainly and under no circumstances be the outcome of one episode of a political talk show.

As a good, more knowledge will always quire a certain kind of courage to question be preferable to less knowledge. Knowledge one’s core beliefs but once questions have and information bring with it distinct advan- been addressed, what comes out is a firmer tages that nothing else can. To believe that foundation for one’s views. a deeper understanding of things and people It would be safe to assume that the study could be potentially subversive is a state- of comparative religions would produce citiment one might have heard in the 16th cen- zens that are more tolerant and open towards tury europe. The mediaeval church would other religions and cultures. In a world where globalisation is breaking down cultural barbe proud of Pakistan. Sadly though, that statement still rings riers, we want our children to be able to untrue in some quarters of Pakistan. This is the derstand the root of other peoples’ beliefs and thinking of a nation that has an almost infan- opinions and we would want to imbibe the tile approach to its beliefs. It clings to its coming generation with a kind of tolerance and respect which is beteachings, without quescoming increasingly tion, because it is so necessary to conduct afraid and so ignorant oneself in this world. and so fearful of everyAs a country too, thing on the outside and As a country, Pakistan Pakistan could very anything that might rattle well do with a little less the foundation of their could very well do with a of religious bigotry. The belief system, through no margin of benefit from fault of their own – little less of religious each additional unit of which makes it even bigotry. The margin of tolerance is at an allmore heart wrenching. time high. The exact same benefit from each Or maybe that’s not mindset was on display when we banned additional unit of tolerance what we want. Maybe what we want is for our YouTube. One amateur, is at an all-time high. children to be indoctriill-informed film maker was able to rob this Or maybe that’s not what nated and dogmatic, proudly unflinching in country of what is one we want. Maybe what we their beliefs, of the kind of the greatest educational resources known want is for our children to only very naïve and stupid people can be. Willto mankind, all because be indoctrinated and ing only to bow to this we felt humiliated by or that authority figure, his movie. By responddogmatic, proudly because they know beting and reacting, we only stooped down to unflinching in their beliefs, ter and we’re just a bunch of bleating sheep. that person’s inanity. It No single entity can was one fool against the of the kind only very naïve government of Pakistan, and stupid people can be. be allowed to pass judgment on the value of edand the fool won. But really though, if Willing only to bow to this ucational content and least of all we are such staunch or that authority figure, knowledge, political talk show hosts Muslims and proud defenders of our faith, because they know better that have little experience in doing the same. should we not be able to and we’re just a bunch of Should society find cerwithstand intellectual tain kinds of knowledge challenges from the outbleating sheep. unacceptable, the least side without giving in to society can do before them? In a battle of idebranding such knowlologies, the stronger, edge as ‘subversive’ is ideologically firmer to thoroughly debate the idea ought to survive. Are we then so weak so as not to seek any issue before passing any sort of judgment on it. Ideally, though, knowledge however sort of battle, lest our ideology perish? And is it not always better to come to a ‘subversive’ should be entertained without conclusion through a process of questioning society meddling in it. Because knowledge rather than it being fed to you? Would a per- is knowledge, it’s what you do with it that son’s faith not be stronger if they arrived to matters; Spread peace or kill people. the conclusion of Islam being the one and Abdullah Humayun can be contacted at only religion through a process of inquiry Twitter: rather than through the simple dissemina- abdullah.humayun@gmail.com. tion and retention of information? It does re- @Ahshafi

He US continues with its threatening posture towards Pakistan over the implementation of the Pak-Iran gas Pipeline. The latest warning came in the backdrop of the resolve expressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his speech at the UN General Assembly, to go ahead with the project, vitally needed for the energy-starved Pakistan. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, in response to a question by the Chairman Senate Foreign relations Committee SenaMaliK MUHaMMaD aSHraF tor robert Menendez told the lawmakers, “On Pakistan, we have had those discussions (on Iran-Pak gas pipeline) and will continue with the Pakistani government. My own assessment is it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But they (Pakistan) certainly understand where we are and what our sanctions require should it proceed.” Similar warning was given by US State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on the eve of the inauguration of the construction of Pakistani section of the Pak-Iran gas pipeline on 11 March, 2013. She said, “We have serious concerns, if this project actually goes forward, Iran Sanctions Act 1996 would be triggered. We’ve been straight up with the Pakistanis about these concerns.” US Secretary of State John Kerry during his recent visit to Pakistan also raised the issue with the prime minister and hinted at the possibility of sanctions against Pakistan. The foreign ministry handed him a nonpaper on the project spelling out the rationale and importance of the venture for Pakistan as well as urging US to look at the proposition realistically. It is pertinent to note that a US government report on implementation of UN and US sanctions against Iran, pointed out that 22 countries are defying the sanctions and continuing with their commercial relations with Iran. According to the report, India topped the list of bad guys which also included russia, China, Brazil, Belarus and Turkey. The report also highlighted that the US had not been consistent in enforcing the sanctions against the defiant countries and consequently they have had very little desired impact. Another noteworthy point is that the UN sanctions against Iran only pertain to transactions regarding oil and petroleum products and do not cover the gas sector. Hence Pakistan is not under any international obligation to scrap the agreement with Iran. Only the sanctions imposed against Iran by US cover the oil and gas sector. So if Pakistan goes ahead with the Pak-Iran gas pipeline, the US can invoke its 1996 Act to take punitive measures against Pakistan on bilateral level. It is also noteworthy that US in the last 12 years has not taken any action at the bilateral level against powers like russia, China, India and Turkey for defying the US sanctions regime against Iran. Turkey is still the biggest importer of gas from Iran. Indian companies are also collaborating with Iran for developing gas fields and refineries. In view of foregoing facts the US stance on the issue is hypocritical to say the least and steeped in the maxim ‘my enemy is your enemy’. The Pak-Iran gas pipeline project if completed as envisaged in the agreement has the potential to add 4,500 MW of electricity to the national grid, which will be a quantum jump in the production of power and could go a long way in fulfilling the energy needs of the energy-starved Pakistan. The project is very much in our national interests and also tangos well with the new narrative to build regional linkages for promoting political stability in the region in line with our strategic regional goals. Pakistan and Iran are two brotherly Muslim countries with a geographical proximity to each other and having strong historical bonds between them. The non-implementation of the project under pressure from US can lead to estrangement between the two countries and jeopardise the achievement of our other foreign policy goals in the region. Pakistan therefore cannot afford to wriggle out of this venture for appeasing US against its own national interests. The PML-N government by standing firm on the issue has exhibited a great vision. Pakistan belongs to South Asia and our economic prosperity and security is inextricably linked to our own region. The US must realise that Pakistan as its ally in the war on terror has already suffered tremendously in men and material and can no more bear the burden of promoting her objectives in the region at the cost of its own long term interests dictated by the geographical and emerging geo-political realities. As they say there are no permanent friends and foes in the conduct of international relations. Who knows US and Iran might sort out their difference and become friends again in the near future, for which there are already indications of renewed contacts between the two countries at the top level. In the event of this perceived eventuality, Pakistan will be the biggest loser in case it succumbs to US pressure now. Pakistan is already in the process of recalibrating its relations with the US and removing the irritants that have marred ties between the two countries in the backdrop of unilateral military actions by US within Pakistani territory and the continuation of drone attacks in complete disregard to the repeated requests and diplomatic approaches. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his ensuring visit to US is likely to discuss the whole range of issues with President Obama and the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project will surely be raised by the US. It is hoped that Nawaz Sharif will be able to convince the US president about the desirability and indispensability of this project for Pakistan. The visit will be a challenging undertaking by the prime minister as it would put his diplomatic and schmoozing skills to a severe test. In case the US remains adamant on the issue, the prime minister will have to show the same resolve and determination as he exhibited while going ahead with the nuclear explosions in our supreme national interests despite US pressure. Pakistan did survive US sanctions while pursuing its nuclear programme to ward off nuclear threat from India and can again show the same resilience and determination to safeguard its vital national interests. The entire nation will support the government in this regard. Where there is a will, there is a way. Despite the resource-constraint at the moment, Pakistan would hopefully be able to muster finances to fund the project for its on time completion. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: ashpak10@gmail.com.


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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. –Rumi Michelle Williams is pretty as a picture at the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala & Studio Party, put on by Louis Vuitton at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City.

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The top-earning celebrity of 2013 doesn't even have a pulse. Forbes released a list of the top-earning dead celebrities for this year, and the No.1 earner on the list, Michael Jackson, raked in a whopping $160 million from June 2012 to June 2013. Jackson easily trounced the No. 1 earner still living, Madonna, who earned only $125 million. ackson took the top spot from Elizabeth Taylor. This year, the late movie star's earning landed her in fourth place. Elvis Presley came in second, earning $55 million despite passing away in 1977. In third is Charles Schulz, creator of the cartoon "Peanuts," who earned $37 million. Schulz died of colon cancer in 2000. Other entries on the list include Bettie Page, Bob Marley, and Dr. Seuss. A new entry on the annual list is Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer who died in a plane crash last year. Since her death, Forbes reports, Rivera has sold more than 880,000 records, which contributed to her total of $7 million. neWS DeSK

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Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina, has filed for divorce after withdrawing documents in which she requested a formal separation, TMZ reported. Dina, 48, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split from Clint, 83, in new papers she filed Tuesday. She requested full physical custody of their 16-year-old daughter, Morgan, as well as spousal support and attorneys' fees. The couple married in 1996 and stopped living together last year. Clint has seven other children from previous relationships and reportedly has a new girlfriend, Erica Tomlinson-Fisher. neWS DeSK

aMrita no villain in shahid-kareen sPlit If you thought that it was actress Amrita Rao, who actually played the villain in Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor's love story, that finally led to their split, you are certainly mistaken. As per Ms Rao, she has nothing to do with either of them and is certainly not responsible for the break up. When Kareena Kapoor shared the screen space with Amrita Rao for the first time in Satyagraha, it became the talk of the town. It was obvious keeping in mind Amrita's alleged affair with Shahid Kapoor, who was then dating Kareena. neWS DeSK

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CTORS and actresses of Pakistan always wish to go beyond the border and perform for Bollywood film industry. Perhaps it is considered to be the peak point of their career where they get all the fame they desire. The couple who got fame via Pakistani drama serial ‘Hamsafar’ has reportedly received offers for a debut in Bollywood films. After gaining massive audience for their drama, the drama couple gained attention from producers and directors of Bollywood. Rumours are that Yash Raj Camp has offered Hamsafar girl Mahira Khan a movie opposite to Ranveer Singh. Although sources claim that Mahira has not yet approved the offer that maybe helpful to open many future opportunities in Bollywood. In an interview, she said that a lot of things would be needed for consideration if such an opportunity arrives. She also added “I don’t want to become a Bollywood star for sure, because the kind of stardom we get from Pakistan,

I am very happy with that. Becoming a Bollywood actress is not something I am aspiring to do”. On the other hand, Fawad Khan who was a leading character of the drama ‘Hamsafar’ has also been offered a movie co-starring Sonam Kapoor under the flagship of UTV Motion Pictures produced by Boney Kapoor. Earlier, this movie was set to be given to Aalia Bhatt but change of plans got Sonam on the scene. According to a rumour, Fawad Khan is ready to do the movie to be released next summer. However he earlier had said that till anything concrete he won’t announce anything. Before the two, there have been various television stars to bag the attractive offer of Bollywood including Imran Abbas, Meesha Shafi, Humaima Malik, Meera and Sara Loren. Besides that singer Ali Zafar has been also success story in B-town to act and sing at the same time. Atif Aslam, Roxen, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan have also proved their talent in Indian Industry. neWS DeSK

The mass hype created by the movie WAAr well before its release promised an action packed thriller broaching the subject of terrorism and the infringement of Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty. Somewhere confused between a national rhetoric and a half cooked critique on dynastic politics, the film offers a visually delightful way to kill 140 minutes by virtue of its excellent production quality, crisp cinematography, skillful editing and beautiful sweeping aerial shots. These winning determinants integrating in particular instances make for unforgettable scenes imparting lasting visual pleasure to the viewer (an artistically done shot of cigarette smoke wafting out into the dark and the brilliant visual effects during combat scenes deserve special mention). One of the stronger strong suits of the movie is the sound track done by Qayaas, which provides a pleasant backdrop for appropriate and well-paced instances in the movie. However, these fail to save the story from falling down the pit of obscurity as the plot, the themes brought to the fore by it and the accompanying script are hackneyed to a point that it resonates with tones of oft-repeated military propaganda which has demonized the Indian nation and perpetuated the two-nation theory. The plot, which is a fictionalized account of real life events, revolves around a special task comprising of Major Mujtaba (Shaan), Javeria (Ayesha Khan) and her sibling ehtesham (Hamza Ali Abbasi) strategizing against a major impending terrorist attack in Pakistan to be carried out by a high-level rAW operative rammal (Shamoon Abbasi) and his accomplice Lakshmi/Zoya (Meesha Shafi), serving as a philanthropist by day, a vixen and a devious rAW operative by night who is aided by an unsuspecting

and progressive politician, ejaz Khan (Ali Azmat). The story climaxes as the hunt for rammal intensifies, with a certain faction of Talibans infiltrated by foreign elements abetting him in his destructive mission, and culminates in the death of rammal and the expert sharpshooter ehtesham while the attack is successfully foiled in the nick of time. Discussing the ideology promulgated by the movie, Bilal Lashari classified the movie as a ‘semi-patriotic action thriller which aims to portray issues of the highest order extant in Pakistan today’. “We wanted to make a movie Pakistanis can be proud of,” he added. Indeed, the movie touches upon overwhelming issues such as the energy crisis and load shedding, the ravages of dynastic power politics, exploitation of young boys in madrassahs and terrorism. Major Mujtaba, a retired military officer who has lost his wife and son to the plague of terrorism but continues to fight for justice and the ‘good’ (the distinction between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ being a commonly recurring fixture), reflects on some level the resilience of a nation in the face of its fair share of adversities. However, an overly simplistic depiction of the cause and effect mechanisms of terrorism at work, as well as a script steeped in an overtly pro-state rhetoric take the story out of the realm of completely plausible. The blatant glorification of armed forces in Pakistan seems far-fetched; however, at the same time, the portrayal of women in these forces can be heralded as revolutionary for Pakistani cinema. All in all, WAAr inheres the potential of making the average sensitive, nuanced Pakistani leave the cinema with mixed feelings: although the story pigeonholes the global and domestic political scenario in a very reductionist manner, it is also a celebration of the sacrifices made by the unsung heroes of the country’s defense forces.


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HE House of Kamiar Rokni are bringing their critically acclaimed bridal collection, recently showcased at the prestigious PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week, to Ensemble at an exclusive trunk show on October 24th 2013. Titled ‘The Orientalist’ and as the name suggests, the collection is inspired by the glory and fascination that captivated the West when they first encountered the exotic East. As its core design ethos, The Orientalist captures art, culture and imagination with each creation a celebration of the merging and blending of creative art and heritage from around the world. Hot off the ramp, each Orientalist creation draws from traditional, regional and global embellishments and silhouettes bringing them together to form a bridal signature from The House of Kamiar Rokni. Expect cuts that vary in length, volume and diversity, fabrics that are sheer with diaphanous textures that compliment otherwise bold forms, silhouettes that integrate layering with variations in the sleeve and structured jackets, all of which work together to reinvent the classic bride for the modern era. The collection celebrates fabrics created from regionally

indigenous textiles and to that end is based in a selection of hand-woven silks, organzas, jamavars, chiffons and nets, in an eclectic mix of vibrant colours for which The House of Kamiar Rokni has come to be renown. Speaking about their collection design trio at The House of Kamiar Rokni, Tia Noon, Rehan Bashir said Kamiar Rokni said: “The Orientalist is a

its classicism and unwavering in its quality." The 3 pillars of the House of Kamiar Rokni; Kamiar Rokni, Tia Noon and Rehan Bashir are

manifestation and interpretation both of our shared seraiki heritage and diverse backgrounds. Tia's unique mix of Punjabi, Tajik, English and Memon traditions present themselves in this collection, while Kamiar's warrior Rajput and rich Persian heritage blends delicately with Rehan's Kashmiri influences to introduce a collection that exults in intricate craftsmanship, detail, colour and an aesthetic that is both uncompromising in

Manna dey Passes aWay Singer Manna Dey, whose mastery over classical music made him the first-choice for complex raga-based melodies among composers but who was also a master of fun-and-frolic tracks that Hindi cinema abounds with, passed away around 4 am after a prolonged illness in a Bangalore hospital on Thursday. He was 94. That he could deliver both Laga chunri mein daag (film: Dil Hi To Hai) and Aao twist karein (film: 'Bhoot Bangla') -- songs that belong to opposite ends of the film music spectrum with consummate ease underlined his versatility and quality as a singer. No surprise, the peerless Mohd Rafi once told journalists, "You listen to my songs. I listen to Manna Dey's songs only." Born in Kolkata, barely three weeks after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, the nephew of the great blind singer KC Dey was the last of the Super Six male singers -- Mohd Rafi, Hemant Kumar, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood and Kishore Kumar being the other five -- whose distinctive voices post-independent India grew up listening to on radio and gramophone through the 1940s to the 1980s. He sang over 3,500 songs in a career spanning six decades. Dey's first film song, Jaago aayi usha panchchi bole jago, came in Tamanna (1942) and his last in Duniya walon ko nahi kuchch bhi khabar (film: Umar, 2005). None of his more prolific contemporaries had such a long career. In Bombay cinema, Dey was respected by his peers and admired by composers but was never a favourite of top stars. neWS DeSK

legendary british sculptor dies at 89 The family of Sir Anthony Caro OM CBE have confirmed that he has died after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 89. Caro was regarded as the pre-eminent sculptor of his day for his abstract work and pieces made from metal and 'found' industrial objects. A former assistant to Henry Moore, Caro is credited with being one of the first people to remove sculpture from its plinth – a radical departure from the way the artform had been previously displayed – allowing the viewer to engage with the work on a one-on-one basis. He first came to prominence when he showed his large, abstract sculptures brightly painted and standing directly on the ground at a Whitechapel Gallery show in 1963. neWS DeSK

coke studio churns out ‘laili jaan’ Following the opening of Season 6 with the release of “Jogi”, Coke Studio releases its next single “Laili Jaan” by Zeb & Haniya. "Laili Jaan" is a song that first took the world of Afghan Pop by storm in the 1970’s, by a man who is considered the King of Afghan music – Ahmad Zahir. While Afghanistan is known for its wealth of heritage music, Zahir contributed towards creating a legacy of Pop and Rock music that mirrored Elvis Presley, which led him to be regarded as the ‘Elvis of Afghanistan’. The song talks about classic heartbreak; a song that represents the tragedy of love lost with a comical tinge. Zeb & Haniya perform the song as an ode to Ahmad Zahir as well as reimagining the composition through the female perspective of a song sung by a man. The song is reminiscent of a time where the rich tunes of Afghan music prevailed in various parts of the world and had become a huge part of growing up in cities like Peshawar – something Zeb & Haniya remember fondly from their childhood. Today, the duo bring to the song a gypsy feel that is complemented by the instrumentation performed by L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio – a modern sound that meets the tone of rhythm and blues with an added layer of jazz. neWS DeSK

the powerhouses behind the premier designer label. They hail from

quintessentially aristocratic families that are symbolic of an old world charm and traditional heritage. The trio’s diverse backgrounds shines through the label’s clothing representing a seamless amalgamation of a combined history and cultural diversity that the three have inherited. The brand strives to provide an immaculate essence of style in all their creations, designing signature one of a kind pieces that evoke a sense of individuality and elegance in the people that wear them. The Houses’ core philosophy is to embrace art, culture and imagination in their fashion. The luxury label’s prêt-à-porter and Haute Couture collections have consistently hit the runways in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan to critical acclaim. Internationally, the fashion house has showcased in Paris at the Prêt-à-porter Feminine and at Mauritius Fashion Week. The label has had the much coveted honour of having been nominated for the Lux Style Awards consistently since 2008 in the Best Prêt Wear and Best Couture Designer categories respectively and won the Lux Style Award in 2012 for Luxury Prêt. The House was also awarded the first ever Libas Heritage Award at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week for their inspired approach of turning traditional craft into contemporary fashion. This is the first time the label showcased their bridal couture at the prestigious PFDC L’Oreal Paris Bridal Week platform and will be avail to view and order at the Ensemble trunk show in Karachi on October 24th 2013. neWS DeSK

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S.PERvEZ QAISER South Africa skipper Graeme Smith on Thursday went past the 9,000-run mark in Test cricket as he reached his double century against Pakistan at Dubai on the second day of the second Test of the three match-series in the United Arab Emirates. After bowling out Pakistan for 99 on the first day, Smith, in company of AB de Villiers took the attack on the opposition to take an imposing lead. Smith came into the match at the back of 8,800 runs from 111 matches at an average of 48.35, including 26 tons and 37 half-centuries. Ever since making his Test debut in March 2002. Smith has gone to the become South Africa’s second-highest run-getter after Jacques Kallis. The South African skipper also became the first South African and 12th batsman overall to score five or more double hundreds in Test cricket. His fifth double hundred came in the 195th innings of 112nd Test match. Don Bradman holds the record of making the highest number of double hundreds in Tests. The Australian batsman scored 12 double hundreds in 80 innings of 52 Test matches. West Indian Brian Lare is the second with nine double hundreds in 232 innings of 131 Test matches while Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara is third with eighth 200 plus scores in 200 innings of 117 Test matches.

sutherland to stay even if aus lost 5-0 SYDNeY: James Sutherland's 12-yearold tenure as chief executive of Cricket Australia is so secure that not even a 50 defeat to England at home in the forthcoming Ashes series would be enough to remove him, the CA chairman, Wally Edwards, has said. Following an AGM in Melbourne, CA laid out a strong financial position, to the point that the game's governors have set up a future fund that will peak at A$70 million in reserves. Edwards launched a fierce defence of his chief executive, with Sutherland himself rebuking Ricky Ponting's contention that the organisation lacked vision and ignored requests for greater forward thinking when the national team was strong. Edwards confirmed that Sutherland was under contract until June 2015 following that year's World Cup, and that nothing would stop him from seeing out that term. "We want to see continued improvement," Edwards said. "If we lost the series 5-0, James Sutherland will still be the CEO of Australian cricket, and James is contracted through to June 2015 after the World Cup, and there will not be any changes in that situation, regardless of the way we perform on the field this summer. aGenCieS

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FTer bundling out Pakistan for 99 on the first day of the second Test, South Africa served them a lesson on how to grind out an opposition with the bat on the second, as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers put on a mammoth 326-run unbeaten partnership to close doors on any thoughts of a series win Mibah-ul-Haq might have had after the success in Abu Dhabi. Smith scored an almost chanceless double-century - his fifth - while AB de Villiers brought up his 17th hundred and with three days still to go, the two put South Africa in a dominating position with a lead of 361 runs. It was Smith's first

century - his fourth against Pakistan - on return from a five-month lay-off during which he underwent an ankle surgery. If there were any lingering doubts about his fitness or form, he dispelled them with nimble use of the feet against the spinners and assured strokeplay against the seamers. He reached the century-mark with a straight drive off Saeed Ajmal in the first session and strolled to his double in the third. The 200th run also made him only the 12th batsman - and second South African after Jacques Kallis - to have accumulated 9000 runs in Tests. By the end of the day, Smith had batted for more than six hours, a testament to his fitness in sapping conditions. Smith briefly faced some problems against Irfan's steep bounce in the second session. He was

smacked on the helmet of one such delivery that chased him as he was making room. But apart from that, his innings was largely unblemished. In de Villiers, Smith had an ideal partner to complement his solidity with breathtaking strokeplay. The contrast was at its starkest during the second session when de Villiers tore into the bowling with a flurry of boundaries against the new ball, while Smith was happy in turning the strike over. But as de Villiers slowed down as he closed in on his century and then later, because of cramps, Smith brought out an array of aggressive strokes to thwart the bowlers. He had hit only six boundaries in his first hundred, but increased the number to 16 as he started playing horizontal bat shots to the seamers and lofted shots against spinners in the latter half of his innings. By the end of the day, Smith had added 158 runs to the partnership, neatly balancing the 157 added by de Villiers. After a slow start to the day when 70 runs were scored in the first session, Pakistan leaked 262 runs in the next two. It was de Villiers who switched the gears first, unfurling back-foot punches and front-foot drives against Irfan and the new ball, then he drilled Zulfiqar Babar to the straight boundary to bring up his halfcentury and 1000 Test runs against Pakistan.

confident of chasing any target: fulton MIRPUR aGenCieS With only day left in the Test and Bangladesh replying strongly in their second innings, New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton has said his side is confident of chasing any fourth-innings target they are set. New Zealand gained a 155-run first-innings lead after they were bowled out for 437. They now trail by 114 runs and need to take the seven remaining wickets. The visitors have never lost a Test to Bangladesh, having played out two draws. The most recent one was in Chittagong, but the Mirpur Test is heading towards an uncertain finish, with neither team holding a significant advantage. "We would have liked at least two more wickets tonight," Fulton said. "We need to come out tomorrow morning and if we get a couple of wickets in the first hour, it will be an exciting day. There is still obviously a lot of time to go in this game. Bangladesh have a lead, but not a huge one. "I am pretty sure, if there is a target, we will try to do as much as we can to win the game. If we can get some early wickets, then we have a lot of overs to chase a smaller target. But we have to wait and see how it unfolds." New Zealand were frustrated on the fourth afternoon by the third-wicket stand of 157 between Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque, particularly Mominul's second century in as many Tests. Fulton praised the batsman, and said there was not much a fielding side can do in such a situation. "He has played very well so far. After the last game, we spoke about our plans to him and maybe wanting to play a lot straighter to him and bowl just outside off stump," Fulton said. "He was very patient today, left a lot of balls and when we did bowl him a bad ball, he hit it for four. Sometimes you have to take your hat off to the batters." But New Zealand did try different things. There was some reverse swing going for the three-man pace attack, but it was minimal because the wicket has, predictably, slowed down. "We were trying to get the ball to reverse. It did get quite rough, we got that side a little coarse. There's not a lot of pace in the wicket now. Even if the ball is reversing, it is difficult when the wicket is not too fast.

MoMinul ton leads bangladesh fightbaCk MIRPUR aGenCieS Mominul H1aque became only the second Bangladesh batsman after Tamim Iqbal to hit centuries in two consecutive Tests. Tamim hit two hundreds in consecutive Tests against England in 2010. The 157run partnership between Mominul and Tamim was Bangladesh's highest for the third wicket in Tests. Tamim faced 218 deliveries for his 70 runs in this innings; this was his slowest innings of fifty-plus runs in terms of strike-rate. This was only the seventh instance of Bangladesh scoring 200 or more runs before the fall of their third wicket in a Test innings. The unbeaten 57-run partnership between Mominul and Shakib Al Hasan was Bangladesh's tenth fifty-plus partnership of the series. This equals Bangladesh's

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record for the most fifty-plus partnership in a series. Before this, Bangladesh had ten fifty-plus partnership in a homeseries against England in 2010. Mominul Haque and Tamim Iqbal exhibited patience and character to shore up Bangladesh, and by the end of the day the home side had secured a handy 114run lead in Mirpur. Mominul remained unbeaten on 126 after raising his second successive Test century. The pair chipped away at the 155-run deficit, and in the process laid to rest the unsettling trend of Bangladesh batsmen throwing their wickets away in the third innings of a Test match. Their record 157-run partnership for the third wicket ensured New Zealand were chasing the game at the end of the fourth day. Though the stand was broken in the final hour of play, Mominul will have the company of Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh head into the final day's play. New Zealand made a promising start, but were unable to replicate their discipline from the first innings. Neil Wagner ran in hard and had both Anamul Haque and Marshall Ayub caught in the slips. On their first full day fielding under the Dhaka sun, he and his fellow seamers struggled to put pressure on the batsmen. The fielders were running low on energy as well, exemplified by Ish Sodhi's keeling over on the boundary in the 66th over, and letting a cut from Mominul go through him. Tamim and Mominul hardly forced the issue, their interest fixed on orthodox Test match batting, extending the bowlers' wait for a mistake. There were occasions when Mominul showcased his dominance from the first Test when he scored 181. New Zealand had not learned from Chittagong

and continued to be either too short or too full, especially outside the off-stump and Mominul took full advantage, and became only the second batsman from Bangladesh to score back-to-back Test hundreds. More than his shots or the milestone, Mominul's calm in trying conditions - exhibited best when he wasn't flustered despite being stuck on 99 for ten deliveries - caught the eye. Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, packed the off side and asked his

bowlers to bowl wide of the off stump, trying to prey on the batsman's nerves. Mominul did play away from his body twice, but would not be tempted when McCullum ran up and had a word with him. He waited, and when the ball was pitched up, drove straight, to collect the four that gave him a second Test century. He found excellent support in Tamim, who played within himself and concentrated on preserving his wicket, as would be expected of a senior batsman. He struck just four boundaries in his 218ball innings. This was his second slowest fifty and has never scored so many runs with so few boundaries. The last time it happened was in Colombo on a thick, grassy outfield in March. He was careful with balls outside off stump, reining in his usually extravagant cover drives, and collecting his runs by tucking the bowlers on the leg side when the bowlers strayed on his pads. He looked gutted when Ross Taylor leapt up and clung safely to a topedged cut, lingering before making the walk back. In the morning, New Zealand could only add 18 runs to their overnight total as they were bowled out for 437. Ish Sodhi was slow to react to BJ Watling's call for a single and Mominul Haque scored a direct hit to break the 93-run ninth wicket stand. There were no heroics from the tenth-wicket stand, as Boult was trapped leg before by Abdur Razzak two overs after the ninth wicket fell. Shakib was the better of the two leftarm spinners though, finishing with 5 for 103 while Razzak took two for 96 in 23 overs. Debutant seamer Al-Amin Hossain and Nasir Hossain took a wicket each but Sohag Gazi and Rubel Hossain remained wicketless.


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daly returns with pain-free 68 John Daly is enjoying a new lease of life after recovering from surgery to his right elbow. The larger-than-life American returned to action on Thursday following three months of recuperation. A two-time Major champion, Daly opened his account at the BMW Masters in Shanghai with a four-under-par 68 and is alone in second spot behind compatriot Luke Guthrie. Daly's bogey-free round leaves him well placed to post his best result of the season so far - he is yet to register a top40 finish in 16 starts during 2013. And the big-hitting 47-year-old was satisfied with his play at Lake Malaren where difficult windy conditions meant only three players broke 70. Daly said: "After not playing a competitive round in about 14, 15 weeks, it felt pretty good. "It's been ailing me for probably six years and the last four have been really brutal for this elbow. "To finally get the surgery done is great. It's nice to be able to pinch chips and three-quarter golf shots again which I haven't been able to do in a long time. "It's good to be out playing again. Those 14, 15 weeks were the longest I've spent in one place I can ever remember." Daly, making the most of a sponsor's invitation this week, won the PGA Championship in 1991 followed by The Open at St Andrews four years later. He last competed at the Greenbrier Classic on July 3 when he withdrew due to injury. As for his first round in China, he added: "I putted OK. Just hit a lot of greens. It's just one of those days where you just want to survive." SPOrtS DeSK

quick 149 in just under 21 overs for the opening wicket. But Steven Smith fell for a first-ball duck, spooning a catch back to the left-arm spinner Jon Holland, and NSW had lost two quick wickets. Warner was involved in stands of 69 and 48 with Nic Maddinson and Ben rohrer respectively to keep them in the hunt. He reached his century off just 75 balls, 74 of those runs coming in boundaries. He didn't slow down after getting to 150, belting William Sheridan for two sixes and a four off consecutive balls. When Warner cut John Hastings to the third-man boundary to move into the 190s, he went past Queenslander Jimmy Maher's 187, the previous highest score on Australian soil in domestic limited-overs cricket. The situation was delicately poised for Warner as both he and the team were

Brits aiming for Mercury prize SPORTS DESK Monsieur Joe and Angels Will Fall make the trip across the Irish Sea to take their chance in what looks a particularly openlooking Mercury Stakes at Dundalk on Friday night. robert Cowell has booked Joseph O'Brien for Monsieur Joe and feels the six-year-old has as good a chance as any in the seven-strong field for the five-furlong Listed race. Without a win since a Longchamp Group Three more than a year ago, he was fifth to rocky Ground at Beverley last month. Cowell said: "Basically he needs faster ground and there isn't anything else left for him in Britain so it's worth trying him on the all-weather again. He has also had to carry a penalty all year. "He's training well and it's not a great race, they are all closely matched, and he should be in the mix. "He is in the sales next week. Maybe he'll be sold, maybe he won't, we'll see what happens." Charlie Hills snapped up Wayne Lordan for Angels Will Fall, who bounced back to form in the Portland at Doncaster and was seen in Ireland as recently as October 13, when second to last year's winner Balmont Mast in a Listed event at the Curragh. Balmont Mast's trainer eddie Lynam saddles Yulong Baoju, a course winner who could do with reversing a slump in form. "She's had a busy season but we're taking our chance hoping to get a bit of black type with her," said Lynam. She's won twice there (Dundalk) over five and six furlongs. "Just on her last couple of runs it would suggest she's coming to the end of her tether for the season but there are only seven runners so it's worth taking a chance." Timeless Call, third 12 months ago,

represents rathangan trainer reggie roberts, who said: "She ran well in it last year and seems to be in good form. "She's had terrible draws all year. She ran in the rockingham and was drawn out wide. Then at Tipperary she was out wide and also back at the Curragh again. "She runs well at Dundalk. She likes good ground but wasn't right early in the year. She seems back in good form now." Fast In The Wind is only a two-yearold having just third second outing, and his first since late May. "He did it well first time at the Curragh and then was

fourth in a Listed race but came back with a bit of an injury," said trainer Paul Deegan. "There aren't many options for him so we decided to take our chance up on the all-weather. We had planned to go to Doncaster but the ground went against him. "He's in great order - in very good form. It's always tough for two-year-olds against the older horses, it's whether they are mentally strong enough. "He's a good horse and hopefully he goes well." David Marnane's established pair, Nocturnal Affair and Almadaa, complete the line-up.

three away from a double-century and a victory respectively. But he clipped Hastings to deep square leg where Holland took a low catch. His knock included 20 fours and ten sixes. NSW eventually got home with three balls to spare. earlier, Victoria's openers Christian and Quiney were equally ballistic, bringing up the 200 just before the 30th over. Quiney fell 11 short of his century off a leading edge to cover, off Josh Hazlewood. Christian, who hit ten fours and seven sixes, fell for 117 in the 34th over, caught at square leg off Doug Bollinger. The run rate slowed down after the pair departed and Victoria lost wickets in quick succession. Cameron White's 42 off 37 balls lifted the side to 321 but, as they later found out, it was not enough as NSW blazed home without breaking into a sweat.

leal, 26, dies of injuries

Mexican boxer Francisco Leal has died of a brain injury in a San Diego hospital, four days after collapsing in the ring following a fight with Raul Hirales. The 26-year-old super-bantamweight, nicknamed 'Frankie', was taking part in a televised bout in Cabo San Lucas where he was twice floored by his opponent. Leal was first sent to the canvas in round six, before Hirales sent him crashing down for a second time in the eighth. He survived the referee's count before he collapsed and was carried out of the ring. He was taken to hospital and, after slipping into a coma, was transferred to San Diego. Promoter Fernando Beltan told ESPN: "Frankie was a good kid, a great fighter, a warrior in and out of the ring. "As a company we took responsibility and tried to save his life as much as humanly possible. "Now we are united in the grief felt by his family and his boxing family. We will try to help, whatever is needed." SPOrtS DeSK

MALDONADO COY OVER 2014 PLANS SPORTS DESK Pastor Maldonado has admitted it is not certain he will stay on at Williams for 2014 - but is adamant he will still be in Formula 1 next year. The Venezuelan is one of a number of drivers who are currently at the centre of the increasingly intriguing driver market among Formula 1's midfield, with Maldonado linked with a potential switch to Lotus or even Force India should he not stay at his current team into a fourth season. Speculation regarding Maldonado, whose career is supported by the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, who currently sponsor Williams, has been particularly rife in recent days amid reports that he could take the vacant seat at Lotus to be replaced by Ferrari exile Felipe Massa. Speaking ahead of the Indian GP on Thursday, Maldonado cast further doubt over his Williams future by suggesting that although

he says he does have a contract to stay at Grove for 2014, his plans remain unresolved. "Next year, we'll see. There is a lot of rumours from everywhere. [One report says] my relationship with the team is broke - I'm here, racing,

with everyone," Maldonado told reporters. "For sure the season has been quite hard for myself, for the team. We've been working together - I've never worked like that in my life, it's been very hard. "In my three years in the

team I've never seen the team working like they work. They try to do all the best, but sometimes Formula 1 is like that. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. In this time it's not a good moment for the team. "Next year I have a

contract in the team. You never know. At the moment I have not taken any decision, which is [set to be in] the next couple of races." But in regards to his general F1 future, Maldonado added: "For sure I will continue. If it's here in Williams, or somewhere else, I will continue. "I'm one of the most interested to be confirmed, to announce my situation for next year. As soon as we can, it will be there." The Williams driver also moved to deny that his F1 future could be put in jeopardy by the onset of a sports currency scandal in his homeland of Venezuela, which has seen hard payments to motorsport drivers racing abroad frozen pending an official investigation. Maldonado expressed disappointment over the situation and hoped it wouldn't derail the progress of the country's next generation of racing talent. "It is not concerning me because I never received money from the state," he said.


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into a fourth-minute lead with a tidy finish, but Juventus were level midway through the opening period when Fernando Llorente bundled home from close range. ronaldo took his tally to an incredible seven goals in just three Champions League games this season with a penalty five minutes later and Juve's task became even tougher when Giorgio Chiellini was sent-off just after the interval.

Manchester united grab 3 iMPortant Points MANcheSter: Manchester United ground out a tight 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Wednesday to move closer to a place in the Champions League knockout phase. The decisive goal in the first ever meeting between the teams came within moments of kick-off, Inigo Martinez scoring an own goal after the excellent Wayne Rooney had struck the post. Both sides hit the woodwork thereafter, Real Sociedad on two occasions, but unlike in Saturday's 11 draw at home to Southampton in the Premier League, United were spared the pain of shipping a late equaliser. "I thought we played well tonight. I thought we created opportunities," said United manager David Moyes. "But while it was 1-0, I still had feelings of Saturday left inside me and while it was 1-0, you know you can always lose a goal from a corner kick or a free-kick. "But it wouldn't have been right if we hadn't taken all three points tonight." Victory, coupled with Bayer Leverkusen's success against Shakhtar Donetsk, leaves United a point above the German side at the top of Group A ahead of their return fixture against La Real on November 5. "It makes life difficult when you go 1-0 down so early on," said visiting coach Jagoba Arrasate, whose side have lost their first three games. "You have to say it's a fair result." Amid domestic shortcomings, the win also eased some of the pressure on Moyes, whose storied predecessor, Alex Ferguson, was once again in attendance, a day after launching his new autobiography. aGenCieS

Gareth Bale was then introduced to make his home european debut for real, but despite failing to make the most of their numerical advantage they held on to make it three wins from three in Group B. Defeat, however, leaves the Italian champions in a perilous situation with just two points from three games, now two behind Galatasaray after they beat FC Copenhagen 3-1 in the other game in the group on Wednesday. "After the sending-off they backed off and it was more difficult for us to create opportunities," Madrid captain Iker Casillas told Canal Plus. "But we have taken an important step towards qualifying with nine points in three games." The return of Casillas in goal was one of four changes that real boss Carlo Ancelotti made to his side from the 2-0 win over Malaga at the weekend, but the Spanish captain showed no signs of rustiness as he parried away a fine drive by Claudio

Marchisio inside the first two minutes. Two minutes later and Madrid were in front as Angel Di Maria cut inside and slipped a perfect reverse ball in behind for ronaldo to round Gianluigi Buffon and find the net from a narrow angle. Juventus responded brilliantly to going behind, though, as they swarmed forward and Carlos Tevez saw two efforts from distance fly just off target. And they were deservedly level on 22 minutes when Casillas parried Paul Pogba's header at the end of a flowing move and Llorente swept home the rebound for just his second Juve goal since joining from Athletic Bilbao. It took Madrid just seven minutes to edge back in front as referee Manuel Graefe rightly awarded a penalty when Chiellini hauled down Sergio ramos as the defender tried to get on the end of Di Maria's free-kick.

LAHORE The 7th Aquafina royal Palm Golf Team Championship will commence at the par-72, royal Palm Golf and Country Golf Course from Friday, 25th October and will be contested over three rounds with final round to be played on Sunday. This was stated by Sardar Murad Khan, Vice Captain, royal Palm Golf Club, in a press conference attended and addressed by Khurram Shah of Pepsi Co, the event sponsors, Lt Col (r) M Jameel Khalid, Director Golf, Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed, Director Media of tournament and rana Farooq, Head of Marketing and Sales, royal Palm. Lt Col Jameel Khalid said that, "In a championship of this level, the venue and the playing arena have an extremely important role to play. And since

royal Palm Golf and Country Club is the venue and royal Palm Golf Course is the competition arena, every aspect starts to gain wide acceptability, as royal Palm stands acknowledged as an arena of national and international standing. The golf course is admirably splendid in appearance, with fairways, greens and the multitude variety of age old trees making the competing golfers feel blissful". He further said that from the competing angle, golfers are tested to the full and golf course attributes like fast greens, water hazards, bunkers, out of bounds and fairways contours making life difficult for those who have their eyes on the victory stand and related glory. Spelling out the history of this event, Jameel stated that, this tournament has been an annual event of the golf calendar but was abandoned in 2000. royal Palm Golf &

berdych reaches london finale loNDoN: Tomas Berdych has become the fifth player to book his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. The Czech guaranteed he will join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro at the O2 after poor results for the other contenders this week. Berdych himself lost in the first round in Basle but so did Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic are staking their hopes on good performances in the Paris Masters next week. It is the fourth consecutive year Berdych has qualified for the eight-man end-of-season showpiece, which begins on November 4. This week could also be decisive in Roger Federer's bid to reach London, with the six-time champion the only one of the contenders to win his first-round match in Basle. Ninth spot will qualify due to Andy Murray's withdrawal following back surgery and the race could go down to the wire in Paris. aGenCieS

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Pettersen leads in taiwan tAiWAN: Defending champion Suzann Pettersen has grabbed the early lead at the LPGA's Sunrise Championship in Taiwan. The Norwegian's opening fourunder-par 68 included six birdies in 11 holes from the fifth, offset by a brace of bogeys. Pettersen was the only player to break 70 and goes into Friday's second round with a three-stroke advantage over four players. Her nearest challengers are Americans Alison Walshe and Irene Cho, Caroline Hedwall of Sweden and French pro Karine Icher. Hedwall had a particularly topsy-turvy round that yielded five birdies and four bogeys. Pettersen is hoping to close the gap on South Korean Inbee Park at the top of the LPGA rankings. Park is not participating this week at Yang Mei where Catriona Matthew is the leading Brit after 18 holes. The experienced Scot is seven shots off the pace in a tie-for-35th, as she ruined her day with bogeys at each of the last two holes. aGenCieS

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Country Club re-introduced the event in 2006 based on its unique format where club teams get an opportunity to compete against each other in an effort to bring honours to their parent Club. In the Country’s National Golf Calendar this is the only championship contested on team basis that makes it a very special occasion for those representing their club teams. It brings them honour and recognition and they in turn strive to keep their clubs name in the forefront during the days of the championship. Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed said that, in this championship the events at stake are, royal Palm Team Trophy, Net Challenge Shield, Gross Cup and Ladies Cup. He further said that, Golf Clubs from around Pakistan are eligible to send two teams each consisting of 4 players per team. Two teams have been fielded by the major Clubs like; Lahore Gymkhana,

Lahore Garrison Golf & Country Club, rawalpindi Golf Club, Islamabad Golf Club, PAF Peshawar Golf Club and of course the host royal Palm Golf & Country Club. The Karachi Golf Team won last year and are here to defend the title once again.

as regards player participation, Sardar Murad said that prominent ones are taimur Khan and adnan Khan from (Peshawar), Zulfiqar ali and ashiq Hussain (Multan), ahmed Sarwar (PaF islamabad), Sajid Khan (arabian Sea) Zuaib asif (DHa Karachi), Sameer iftikhar, imran ahmed, aleem ur rehman and Waleed Zubair (lahore Gymkhana), Fakhar imam, Shafiq bhatti, Col asif Mehdi and Col M Shafi (Defence raya), Sardar Murad, Mohsen Zafar and Omer Salamat (royal Palm), tariq Mahmood and Wajid ali (islamabad), Capt ansar Mehmood Pn, Mansoor teli, aly rana and rizwan Feroz (Karachi), tariq Mahmood and Wajid ali (islamabad). Khurram Shah, Head of PepsiCo was pleased that player participation is from all over the country, and they are going to come up with heart warming performances during the three days of this championship. He further committed that PepsiCo is all for promotion of sports activity and will not lag behind in golf promotion too. amongst the ladies Miss Ghazala Yasmin will be defending her tile whereas others; Mrs tahira nazir (rawalpindi) Mrs asma Shami (Garrison), tahmina rashid (GYM), Mrs Samia Javed ali, nighat akram, Maryama Khan (Gymkhana) and ami Quin, Malhia elahi and Zenat from islamabad, are all set to snatch the title from her.

MoScoW: Manchester City got their Champions League bid back on track on Wednesday, coming from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 in testing conditions in the Russian capital. CSKA took a 32ndminute lead courtesy of former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic, but Sergio Aguero quickly equalised and then put the Premier League club in front before the interval at the Arena Khimki. Aguero, who scored twice in the 3-1 weekend win at West Ham United, picked up where he left off to give Manuel Pellegrini's side a second victory in Group D that leaves them well-placed, along with Bayern Munich, to progress to the competition's knockout stages. "It is an important win," Pellegrini told UK Sky television after the game. "Now we have to play the next two games at home. I told the players that we had to make sure we didn't lose this one. We are not in the next round yet but this was an important step." Reaching the last 16, of course, is something City have never managed to do before despite their huge outlay on players in recent seasons, but their attacking quality shone through here on a poor pitch in cold conditions and in an unsavoury atmosphere. aGenCieS

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Victoria Azarenka's chances of making a challenge for Serena Williams' title at the WTA Championships took a significant blow when she was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul on Wednesday. Azarenka was once again unusually error-prone, as she had been while struggling past Sara errani of Italy on Tuesday, and after dropping serve to 2-4 down in the first set, appeared to struggle with lack of confidence. The world number two from Belarussia admits to having become over-tired near the end of the season, and once the intelligent and strongly-focussed Jankovic had tenaciously clung to her break to take the first set she began to make steady progress. It was a tremendous result for the Serbian, who has only just climbed back into the top eight after two years following injury problems, and had not beaten seventh-seed Azarenka for four years. "What's happened has definitely made me understand how to schedule things better," formner world number one Azarenka had said before the match. "It's another learning experience for me." This loss added to the learning experi-

ence, for as Azarenka's uncertainty grew on a slowish surface she admits to not liking,

she tried to push forward more and found she could not force enough attacks through. Jankovic's steadiness helped her make a good start, and the extra enterprise she has added to her game since suffering injury problems helped her capitalise. The Serbian broke serve in the third game, lost the advantage, but broke again immediately, and then became impossible to shake off. Azarenka tried to do that by forcing the issue much more, advancing to launch some imperious drive volleys, but Jankovic hung on bravely, and whenever possible tried to press to deny her more powerful opponent an attacking momentum. The most important moments came in the eighth game which lasted ten minutes and in which Jankovic tenaciously saved two break back points. After that Azarenka looked discouraged, soon serving a double fault to go two set points down at 15-40, and though she saved those well and held on, she was unable to trouble Jankovic as she closed out the set with a solid service game. Azarenka was soon in trouble in the second set. She was soon a break down at 1-3, and was constantly in trouble on her serve, saving fully a dozen break points, her body language often betraying her frustration.


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