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‘declaring any sect as infidel unislamic’
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman and Islamic Ideology Council (IIC) Member Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi has presented a 15point code of conduct for lawmakers to end ongoing terrorism and extremism in the country. In a letter written to the Islamic Ideology Council secretary on Sunday, Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said the council is a constitutional institution with an objective to bring Islamic reforms in the Constitution and law as well as help the government in resolving the problems facing the country in the light of the guidelines of the Holy Quran and Sunnah. He said the council should play its positive role in ending sectarian violence in the country. According to the code of conduct devised by Ashrafi, declaring any sect as infidel will be an un-Islamic act and provocative books, pamphlets and other material will not be distributed. The worship places of all sects and religions will be protected and respected, display of arms, especially illegal weapons, be banned in mosques, Imambargahs and religious processions and hate inciting websites, cassettes and CDs will be banned. Moreover, books and pamphlets containing material of all schools of thought will be published to instill harmony. When contacted, the PUC chairman said the prevailing deteriorated law and order situation in the country can be controlled by legislating upon the code of presented conduct. He said that the IIC will send its recommendations to the Parliament for lawmaking. inP
NNOUNCING return to active politics, Begum Nasim Wali Khan says she is going to convene a traditional Loya Jirga of Pakhtoons in two months for electing new leadership of the Awami National Party (ANP). “People like Asfandyar Wali Khan, Azam Khan Hoti and Ameer Haider Khan Hoti will not be given place in the new leadership,” Begum Nasim Wali Khan remarked while talking to reporters after chairing a long consultation meeting at Wali Bagh, Charsada on Sunday. The meeting was attended by around 300 persons, mostly associated
with the ANP in previous couple of decades. Of the ex-MPAs from Peshawar, Abdul Rahman and Atifur Rahman were prominent names. Abdul Rahman is in active politics since long whereas Atifur Rahman had contested previous general elections as an independent candidate. Begum Nasim Wali Khan is sister of Azam Khan Hoti and step mother of Asfandyar Wali Khan. She, without mentioning Afrasiab Khattak, alleged, “ANP leaders are now toys in hands of some one else.” However, a number of party’s dissidents, mostly from Karak, have criticised Afrasiab Khattak for what they called “negative policies”. Begum Nasim Wali Khan said she was forced by party stalwarts and ex-office bearers from all
KARACHI: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf march during a protest rally organised by JI against US drone strikes on Sunday. online
Killers of innocents are enemies of humanity: altaf LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain on Sunday said that those who shed blood of innocent people are the enemies of humanity and the political and religious leaders who openly support such elements also fall in the same category. According to a statement issued from MQM’s London Secretariat, Altaf told national and provincial legislators from his party that “terrorists who slit throats of army men and police personnel besides openly
over the region to fill the vacuum erupted due to inefficiencies and failure of the high command, including Asfandyar Wali Khan and others. On such grounds, now Begum Nasim Wali Khan held the first ever consultation meeting and now intends to contact others. She was hopeful of getting a positive response of the dissidents and restoring lost status of the party. So far the ANP leaders have not issued any reaction on Begum Nasim Wali Khan’s decisions, but some insiders believe that Asfandyar Wali Khan and others are considering it a good omen. Compared to Azam Khan Hoti, Begum Nasim Wali Khrn’s initiatives are likely to help sincere and dedicated party workers in strengthening the party in the province.
killing innocent citizens by carrying out suicide attacks on mosques, imambargahs and shrines are the enemies of humanity”. He said the political and religious leaders who instead of condemning these terrorists give them the status of Shaheed (martyr) are
also foes of humanity. “The people will have to unite against such elements,” he said. He said the time has come for patriotic political and religious leaders belonging to all parties and schools of thought should come forward and distinguish between friends and foes of humanity. He regretted that on one hand sit-ins and protest demonstrations are being held against US drone attacks while on the other hand dollars are also being received from the same country. STAFF RePoRT
all politicians are scared of us, rs 3 Billion emBezzled in Bisp under says Ji chief munaWar hassan ppp govt, claims auditor general KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan on Sunday accused all the political leadership of being scared of United States. “They are all so afraid of America that they can’t even stand up like a man against the drone attacks, which is a blatant violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty,” Hassan told a protest rally arranged by his party in connection with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s sit-in protests against drone attacks. He said that all the hegemonic US policies were against the interests of the Muslim Ummah. “The government should be alive to the fact that US designs its policies to exploit and weaken Islamic Ummah,” he said. Hasan said those who voted the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) into power should question Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as to what did he do to stop the US from breaching Pakistan’s sovereignty. “Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, and Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz should apologise to the nation for all the drone attacks,” said the JI chief. STAFF RePoRT
Auditor General of Pakistan Akhtar Buland Rana claimed on Sunday that the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), initiated by the last government, had seen irregularities worth Rs3 billion under the Pakistan People’s Party government, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday. Rana said in an interview that recoveries worth Rs 57 billion had been made during the last two years. He said that irregularities amounting to Rs 14 billion were discovered in the universal fund of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. According to Rana, the identification of mega financial scams like the Rental Power Plants‚ Pakistan Steel Mills‚ Haj corruption‚ NICL and EOBI scams should be credited to the office of Auditor General. In response to a question, Rana said maladministration and corruption in institutions had rendered the State spineless. He said corruption could be overcome if the administrative structure of these institutions was improved. MoniToRinG DeSK
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Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed — Blaise Pascal pti supporters conduct illegal stop and search of nato containers in several cities g police oﬃcials look the other way as Kp ig says violence will not be tolerated g
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) demonstrators dispersed Sunday evening to take a break for the night with an announcement from the party that the protest will be continued tomorrow (Monday) against the missile attacks by the CIA operated US drones inside Pakistan. On Sunday, the protesters roughed up drivers as they sought to stop trucks carrying NATO troop supplies and equipment from passing through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The rally came a day after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman
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imran Khan’s vigilantes taKe BreaK; Will re-assemBle monday Imran Khan said his party would prevent NATO supply trucks making their way to and from Afghanistan from travelling through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province until the US stops drone strikes. The US leads the NATO coalition of troops battling the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan. Close to 100 protesters on the outskirts of Peshawar checked the documents of truck drivers headed toward Afghanistan as they passed through a toll booth. They shouted at the drivers, and pulled one man, Gul Zaman, out of his truck when he told them that he was carrying commercial goods to Afghanistan, not NATO supplies. “Without waiting for me to take my documents out of the glove
compartment, they dragged me out,” Zaman said. “We are also concerned about drone attacks, but they shouldn’t come down heavy on us like this.” “They are doing unlawful acts,” said Faiz Muhammad Khan, a truck driver transporting sanitary items to Afghanistan who was stopped by the vigilantes. “They broke the sealing of my container and forcibly examined the goods. If they want to block supplies for NATO forces, they should stop [them] in Karachi or at the border.” One of the vigilantes, 28-year-old Asghar Khalil, said the PTI activists were merely heeding their leader Khan’s call to action and would not stop until drone strikes end. POLICE HELPLESS: Police were present
at the scene but did not intervene to stop the protesters, some of whom were carrying wooden batons. Muhammad Faisal, a senior police official, said the vigilante actions were illegal, but he was powerless to act. “The protesters are doing unlawful acts by checking documents and screening goods, they don’t have authority. But we can’t take action against them because we have no instructions from the government. If the government orders us, we will stop this illegal activity.” Late on Sunday night, KP IG Nasir Burrani ordered the Hayatabad Police Station to register a case against the people involved in torturing the truck drivers. He said the police would facilitate peaceful protests but violence would not be tolerated. Khan,
whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party controls the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government, has been a vocal critic of drone attacks. He and other officials say the strikes are a violation of the country’s sovereignty, although the federal government is known to have secretly supported some of the attacks in the past. Khan led thousands of supporters in a protest near Peshawar on Saturday in which they blocked a road that led to one of two border crossings used by trucks carrying NATO supplies in and out of Afghanistan. The other crossing is in Balochistan province. The demonstration had more symbolic value than practical impact because there is normally very little NATO supply traffic on the weekend.
hangu drone: samiul haq urges imran to lodge fir against oBama
MARDAN: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Samiul Haq Sunday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan should charge American President Barack Obama in First Information Report (FIR) of Hangu drone attack. He expresses these views while talking to the media at Mardan Press Club. Sami said the federal government should immediately order Pakistan Army to target drones. On November 29, 2011 Pakistan Defence Council submitted an application against drone attacks in the Supreme Court but the registrar rejected the application by saying that FATA is not under the jurisdiction of the apex court, he added. JUI-S chief added that after the 18th amendment all the areas came under the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and High Courts. Samiul Haq added that the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on May 13 ordered against the drone attacks, adding he demanded of the federal government to order the army to target drones in the light of the PHC decision. He warned that if the government does not issue such an order, his party will submit case of contempt court of against the PML-N led government in the apex court. “In this connection, chief justice of Pakistan must himself take action and order the federal government to take action against drone attacks because after the Hungu drone attack, drones can target the Parliament House, Lahore and other cites as well,” he added. Samiul Haq said his party favours Imran Khan in blocking the NATO supply line, and asked Fazalur Rehman to block the NATO supply line if he has the courage to do so, JUI-S will also support him. Former deputy speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly Ikramullah Shahid, Maulana Hafiz Hussain Ahmed and others were also present on this occasion. online
ttP threatens Pervaiz rasheed ISLAMABAD: The terrorist outfit Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Sunday threatened Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed of dire consequences for following the tone of the Awami National Party leaders. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid warned the minister to be ready to face the music. The minister, however, chose not to respond and rather said that if he was attacked, he would get a case registered against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. STAFF RePoRT
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters forcibly stop a truck during their blockade of NATO supply routes on Sunday. online
Imran bent on ruining Pakistan’s int’l relations: Pervaiz Rasheed LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan is bent on ruining Pakistan’s relations with other countries, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed said on Sunday. Criticising the PTI chief for not naming the US in the FIR against drone strikes, Rasheed questioned if Imran does not know who is conducting the missile strikes. Commenting on the PTI sit-ins to block NATO supply routes, the information minister said there is no point in holding protests on Saturday and Sunday as no truck passes through Pakistan on the weekends. He added that the supply routes are used to transport food and not ammunition. The information minister had criticised PTI earlier as well, saying that the party should avoid a “contradiction” between words and deeds. “Imran Khan’s heart beats for the Taliban but his sword serves the US,” Rasheed had said. The
War of words between PML-N and PTI turns ugly ISLAMABAD: The tussle of words between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the major opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) turned ugly on Sunday with the latter’s Shireen Mazari using objectionable language against Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed’s criticism against PTI chief Imran Khan on blockade of NATO supply route in Peshawar. Expressing amusement and surprise at Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid’s “strange” outburst against Imran Khan, Mazari said that clearly the minister seems to have “lost his marbles” after being unnerved by the success of PTI’s call for NATO supplies’ blockade. Mazari said his accusatory tirade against Khan, who is not only leader of the second largest party in the country, but also the parliamentary leader of PTI, is not only unethical but also a breach of privilege of a member of parliament - issuing threats without provocation or substance. Mazari pointed out that ironically, Imran Khan is acting on policies that the PML-N also committed to during the 2013 General Elections as reflected in the repeated promises by the Sharifs to halt drones on coming to power. “Unlike the PTI, the PML-N seems to have silently backtracked on all its electoral commitments, which has now pushed Pervaiz Rasheed over the edge. We hope and pray he recovers his equilibrium and sanity as soon as possible,” Mazari concluded. MiAn AbRAR minister had added that projects worth millions of dollars were being run with US aid in KP, adding that Imran
was surrounded by people who had allowed drone attacks and celebrated a former dictator’s coup d’etat.
nato suPPly continues via chaman CHAMAN inP
The NATO supply continued through Balochistan as seven containers of logistic support goods entered Afghanistan on Sunday from Chaman. The supplies through the Torkham border are at present at a standstill following the sit in staged by the PTI and allied parties in Peshawar on Saturday in order to avoid any untoward incident. Sources said that for the time being arrangements are being made to channel most of the supplies through Chaman border crossing. Meanwhile, a bomb planted neat Frontier Corp (FC) check post on Chaman border was defused by the security personnel. According to details, the bomb was found near Gori Kahol area by the FC officials on Sunday morning.
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The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy — Theodore White
NEWS Monday, 25 November, 2013
israel Blasts iran n-deal as ‘historic mistaKe’ JERUSALEM: Israel on Sunday lashed out at the Geneva nuclear deal brokered by world powers as being heavily stacked in Iran’s favour, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it a “historic mistake”. Following a months-long diplomatic campaign warning of the dangers of easing economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for steps to curb its nuclear programme, senior cabinet ministers chimed in, with one saying Israel reserved the right to strike Iran on its own. Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that “what was achieved yesterday in Geneva is not a historic agreement but rather a historic mistake”, according to a post on spokesman Ofir Gendelman’s Twitter account. “This is a bad agreement,” said Netanyahu’s office in an earlier statement. AGenCieS
paKistanWelcomes resolutionofiran nuclearissue ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomed the understanding reached between Iran and P5 +1 in Geneva on the Iran nuclear issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. Stating that Pakistan considers Iran to be a brotherly neighbouring country, the statement added that a peaceful solution to the issue had always been desired. The statement from the ministry said that it was being stressed that a confrontation be avoided on the Iran’s nuclear program by Pakistan as it could have destabilised the region. The understanding between Iran and P5+1 in Geneva is important as it bodes well for the peace and security situation in the region and the world. STAFF RePoRT
iran deal Wins praise, But next steps tougher WASHINGTON: Analysts praised Washington’s ground-breaking interim deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but warned negotiations for a full agreement will prove even tougher. “The interim deal is a strong one, which achieves a broader array of constraints and verification on Iran’s nuclear program than ever previously contemplated,” said Suzanne Maloney, an Iran expert with the Brookings Institution. She stressed that the sixmonth accord tied Tehran “to an ongoing diplomatic process whose primary rewards remain deferred until a far more ambitious agreement can be achieved.” After almost a decade of stalemate in negotiations between Iran and the socalled P5+1 group – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – things have moved at breakneck speed since Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani took office in August and was hailed by some as a moderate. AGenCieS
iran seals nuclear deal Us says deal halts iran’s nUclear progress, will ease sanctions
iranian minister says this is only first step
RAN and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in what could be the first sign of an emerging rapprochement between the Islamic state and the West. Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff, the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of tortuous negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva. Halting Iran’s most sensitive nuclear work, it was designed as a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and confrontation and banish the spectre of a Middle East war over Tehran’s nuclear aspirations. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has been coordinating talks with Iran on behalf of the major powers, said it created time and space for talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive solution to the dispute. “This is only a first step,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told a news conference. “We need to start moving in the direction of restoring confidence, a direction in which we have managed to move against in the past.” In Washington, US President Barack Obama said that if Iran did not meet its commitments during a six-month period, the United States would turn off sanctions relief and “ratchet up the pressure.” But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu’s government denounced the agreement as “a bad deal” that Israel did not regard itself as bound by. Before Sunday’s agreement, Israel, believed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear power, said the deal being offered would give Iran more time to master nuclear technology and amass potential bomb fuel. The West fears that Iran has been seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability. The Islamic Republic denies that, saying its nuclear programme is a peaceful energy project. The United States said the agreement halted progress on Iran’s nuclear programme, including construction of the Arak research re-
Kerry says most sanctions to remain in place
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hugs French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Sunday.
actor, which is of special concern for the West as it can yield potential bomb material. It would neutralise Iran’s stockpile of uranium refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, which is a close step away from the level needed for weapons, and calls for intrusive UN nuclear inspections, a senior US official said. Iran has also committed to stop uranium enrichment above a fissile purity of 5 percent, a U.S. fact sheet said. Refined uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power plants – Iran’s stated goal - but also provide the fissile core of an atomic bomb if refined much further. REVERSIBLE SANCTIONS RELIEF: Diplomacy with Iran was stepped up after the landslide election of Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, as Iranian president in June, replacing nationalist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rouhani aims to mend fences with big powers and get sanctions lifted. He obtained crucial public backing from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, keeping powerful hardline critics at bay. On a Twitter account widely recognised as representing Rouhani, a message said after
the agreement was announced, “Iranian people’s vote for moderation & constructive engagement + tireless efforts by negotiating teams are to open new horizons.” The Geneva deal has no recognition of an Iranian right to enrich uranium and sanctions would still be enforced, the US official said. But Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran’s enrichment programme had been officially recognised. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the agreement would make it harder for Iran to make a dash to build a nuclear weapon and would make Israel and other US allies safer. Kerry also told a news conference that while Obama would not take off the table the possible use of force against Iran, he believed it was necessary first to exhaust diplomacy. He said the limited sanctions relief could be reversible. After Ashton read out a statement on the deal to the cameras at the United Nations in Geneva, ministers appeared elated. Ashton and Kerry hugged each other, and Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shook
how the iran deal was done WASHINGTON AGenCieS
The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-toface talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned. The discussions were kept hidden even from America’s closest friends, including its negotiating partners and Israel, until two months ago, and that may explain how the nuclear accord appeared to come together so quickly after years of stalemate and fierce hostility between Iran and the West. But the secrecy of the talks may also explain some of the tensions between the U.S. and France, which earlier this month balked at a proposed deal, and with Israel, which is furious about the agreement and has angrily denounced the diplomatic outreach to Tehran. President Barack Obama personally authorized the talks as part of his effort — promised in his first inaugural address — to reach out to a country the State Department designates as the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism. The talks were held in the Middle Eastern nation of Oman and elsewhere with only a tight circle of people in the know, the AP learned. Since March, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden’s top foreign policy adviser, have met at least five times with Iranian officials.
national sanctions in exchange for The last four clandestine meetings, Iranian curbs on uranium enrichment held since Iran’s reform-minded Presand other nuclear activity. All ident Hassan Rouhani was inparties pledged to work toaugurated in August, ward a final accord produced much of the next year that would agreement later remove remaining formally hamthe discussions suspicions in the mered out in were kept hidden even West that negotiations Tehran is tryin Geneva from america’s closest friends, ing to assemamong the including its negotiating partners ble an United a t o m i c States, and israel, until two months ago, weapons arBritain, and that may explain how the senal. Iran France, nuclear accord appeared to come insists its nuRussia, clear interest China, Gertogether so quickly after years of is only in many and stalemate and fierce hostility peaceful energy Iran, said three production and senior adminisbetween iran and medical research. tration officials. the West. The diplomatic gamAll spoke only on ble with Iran, if the incondition of anonymity terim agreement holds up and because they were not authorized to discuss by name the highly sensi- leads to a final pact preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, could avert tive diplomatic effort. The AP was tipped to the first US- years of threats of U.S. or Israeli military Iranian meeting in March shortly after it intervention. It could also prove a turning occurred, but the White House and State point in decades of hostility between Department disputed elements of the ac- Washington and Tehran — and become a count and the AP could not confirm the crowning foreign policy achievement of meeting. The AP learned of further indi- Obama’s presidency. But if the deal colcations of secret diplomacy in the fall and lapses, or if Iran covertly races ahead pressed the White House and other offi- with development of a nuclear weapon, cials further. As the Geneva talks ap- Obama will face the consequences of peared to be reaching their conclusion, failure, both at home and abroad. His senior administration officials confirmed gamble opens him to criticism that he has to the AP the details of the extensive out- left Israel vulnerable to a country bent on reach. The Geneva deal provides Iran its destruction and that he has made a with about $7 billion in relief from inter- deal with a state sponsor of terrorism.
hands. Minutes later, as the Iranian delegation posed for photos, Zarif and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius approached each other and embraced. A White House fact sheet detailed what Iran could obtain: potential access to $1.5 billion in revenue from trade in gold and precious metals and the suspension of some sanctions on Iran’s auto sector, and its petrochemical exports; allow purchases of Iranian oil to remain at their currently significantly reduced levels. “$4.2 billion from these sales will be allowed to be transferred in instalments if, and as, Iran fulfils its commitments,” the fact sheet said; license safety –related repairs and inspections inside Iran for certain Iranian airlines. Most of the sanctions, Kerry said, would remain in place. “The approximately $7 billion in relief is a fraction of the costs that Iran will continue to incur during this first phase under the sanctions that will remain in place,” the White House said. “The vast majority of Iran’s approximately $100 billion in foreign exchange holdings are inaccessible or restricted.” Kerry and the foreign ministers of the five other world powers joined the negotiations with Iran early on Saturday as the two sides appeared to be edging closer to a long-sought preliminary agreement. The Western powers’ goal was to cap Iran’s nuclear energy programme, which has a history of evading UN inspections and investigations, to remove any risk of Tehran covertly refining uranium to a level suitable for bombs. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a Twitter message that it was an “important and encouraging” first-stage agreement with Iran, whose nuclear programme “won’t move forward for 6 months and parts rolled back.” France’s Fabius said, “After years of blockages, the agreement in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear programme is an important step to preserving security and peace.” ‘CHRISTMAS PRESENT’: Tehran, whose oil-dependent economy has been severely damaged by tightening Western sanctions over the past few years, denies it would ever “weaponise” enrichment. An OPEC producer rejects suspicion it is trying covertly to develop the means to produce nuclear weapons, saying it is stockpiling nuclear material for future atomic power plants. “This is the first time in 33 years that Washington and Tehran have concluded a formal agreement. Even six months ago, few would have imagined this outcome,” said senior fellow Suzanne Maloney of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.
Wary silence from araBs over iran deal RIYADH AGenCieS
Iran’s nuclear deal with global powers was met with wary silence from Arab states on Sunday, with Iran’s only two Arab friends Iraq and Syria welcoming the accord but others keeping their opinions to themselves. All Arab countries apart from Syria and Iraq are ruled by Sunni Muslims who mainly regard Shia Iran as a foe and have been deeply uneasy over the prospect of any rapprochement with the West that would benefit Tehran. Arab leaders worry that the deal, under which Iran is being given relief from sanctions in return for curbs to its nuclear program, signals a thaw in the 30 years of hostility between Tehran and Washington which will give Iran more regional clout. “I am afraid Iran will give up something on to get something else from the big powers in terms of regional politics. And I’m worrying about giving Iran more space or a freer hand in the region,” said Abdullah al-Askar, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Saudi Arabia’s appointed Shoura Council, a quasi-parliament that advises the government on policy. “The government of Iran, month after month, has proven that it has an ugly agenda in the region, and in this regard no one in the region will sleep and assume things are going smoothly,” Askar said. At the time he spoke, Saudi Arabia had yet to give any official response, and Askar stressed that he was giving his personal views. Other Sunni-ruled Arab states also had yet to respond on Sunday. FRONTS: In the hours before Sunday’s deal was sealed, Gulf Arab leaders, including Saudi King Abdullah and the rulers of Qatar and Kuwait, met late on Saturday night to discuss “issues of interest to the three nations”. The Gulf Arab rulers oppose Iran on countless fronts across the region, including Syria, where they fund and arm rebels fighting against Iran’s friend, President Bashar al-Assad. They accuse Tehran of fomenting unrest in a range of countries including Yemen, Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq. Iran denies such meddling. “The people of the region know Iranian policies and Iranian ambitions. And they know that Iran will interfere in the politics of many countries in the region,” Askar added. By contrast, Iraq, which has a Shia-led government and is the only Arab state that is openly friendly with both the United States and Iran, was quick to praise the agreement.
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CHAMAN: Trucks loaded with NATO and US military vehicles wait for security clearance at the NLC terminal on Pak-Afghan border on Sunday. inP
British ag apologises for paKistani 'corruption' remarKs attorney general dominic grieve says he is sorry if he ‘caUsed any offence’ after saying corrUption in parts of the paKistani commUnity is ‘endemic’ LONDON
HE Government's chief legal advisor has apologised for "any offence" caused when he said corruption in parts of the Pakistani community is “endemic” and a growing problem that politicians have underestimated. Dominic Grieve QC, the Attorney General, said he had not intended to suggest there was a "particular problem in the Pakistani community". In an interview with the Telegraph, Grieve said corruption was "endemic" in some communities and he was "mainly" referring to those of Pakistani origin. On Saturday he apologised for the remarks, which were branded "offensive" by a senior Conservative MEP. In a statement Grieve said: "If I gave the impression that there is a particular problem in the Pak-
istani community, I was wrong. "It is not my view. I believe the Pakistani community has enriched this country a great deal as I know full well from my extensive contact with the community over a number of years. I'm sorry if I have caused any offence." In the interview, Grieve had praised the integration of minorities into British life, and pointed out that corruption can also be found in the “white Anglo-Saxon” community. But he said that the growth of corruption was “because we have minority communities in this country which come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic. It is something we as politicians have to wake to up to”. The MP for Beaconsfield said: "I can see many of them have come because of the opportunities that they get. But they also come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain
things through a favour culture. "One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that that is not the case and it's not acceptable." Asked if he was referring to the Pakistani community in his comments, Grieve said: "Yes, it's mainly the Pakistani community, not the Indian community. I wouldn't draw it down to one. I'd be wary of saying it's just a Pakistani problem." He used the interview to highlight the issue of electoral fraud as an area of particular concern. But his remarks drew criticism from Sajjad Karim, the Conservative Party's legal affairs spokesman in the European Parliament. He told the BBC: "As a member of the British Pakistani community myself, I found these comments to be offensive, divisive; I do think they were ill-advised and I'm afraid the very general way in which Dominic is trying to make the points that he is making will have the net effect of being seen as purely populist in nature." It was "quite clear when one carries out even the most basic examination of the claims that he is making that the facts do not support the argument that he is
presenting". Karim added: "It's absolutely essential that if any politician in an influential position, regardless of whatever personal political ambitions that individual may have, it is essential that they do not try and behave in a way that creates a general impression about any particular community. "If Dominic has got any individual specific points he wants to make in relation to voter fraud or anything of that nature that's quite a separate issue and can be looked at. "But to try and generalise in this way and to paint all British Pakistani community members in a certain light, I'm afraid that is simply something that cannot be ignored and it is certainly not something that the British public at large will accept from Dominic at all." Grant Shapps, the Conservative chairman, said it was wrong to single out a particular community. He told the BBC: "Of course corruption needs to be rooted out wherever it is in this country. But we think that's something that needs to be tackled everywhere, not in a specific community."
still no sign of na standing committees ISLAMABAD: Despite a lapse of five months, the issue of formation of various standing committees is still in a limbo, entailing problems about opposition quotas in these standing committees. Differences over quotas for the post of chairperson in these standing committees have also failed to be resolved in written as official, to National Assembly (NA) secretariat, while only 11 out of 29 committees have been able to appoint their respective chairpersons. Opposition parties, the PPP, PTI and MQM had categorically assured NA speaker of providing names of their respective nominees for the 7 standing committees before Ashura; but no name has been submitted so far. The government has given a go-ahead to the standing committees having elected chairpersons to begin their business in the House. online
treason case: court to start hearing against musharraf today ISLAMABAD: Hearing of ever first treason case against any dictator in the country’s history over abrogating Constitution and toppling a democratic government will expectedly start today (Monday). Special court comprised of Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali will start the hearing of treason case under Article 6 of the Constitution against former military dictator General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in the Federal Shariat Court’s building. Sharifud Din Pirzada, Ahmad Raza Qasoori and Ibrahim Satti will be present before the court on Musharraf’s side, while, Barrister Saif has been appointed as a legal advisor. The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered to initiate treason case against Musharraf as the government took initiative in the wake of issued orders. The public prosecutor will present the case before the court and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will present its investigation reports containing statements of important personalities. online
reagan overlooked pakistan’s nuclear programme in 1987 docUments reveal record of meetings between general ZiaUl haq and armacost WASHINGTON inP
Pakistan's nuclear procurement was exposed as early as 1987 with the arrest of a Pak national, resulting in sharp divisions in the US government, but then Reagan Administration decided to ignore it in lieu of the Islamabad's contribution in Afghanistan against the Russians, the latest set of declassified documents revealed.
The NSA released a set of declassified documents Friday related to the arrest of Arshad Pervez in July 1987 on charges of illegal nuclear procurement, which among others reflects the divisions within the then Ronald Reagan administration. "The Pervez case demonstrates how US government agencies, including the Customs Bureau and ACDA, sought to monitor and disrupt Pakistan's nuclear procurement activities. For its part, the Reagan White House used loopholes in US non-proliferation laws to avoid the enforcement of sanctions against Pakistan," the National Security Archive (NSA) said. The documents revealed a record of meetings on 5 August 1987 between the then Pakistani ruler General Ziaul Haq and the US Under Secretary Armacost.
Seeing a "conspiracy" to harm US-Pakistan relations, Armacost observed that Washington could not simply "wink" at Pakistani procurement operations. He later said that US government "information" indicated that "enrichment levels above 90 per cent have been achieved at Kahuta", the site of a secret gas centrifuge facility. This meant that Pakistan was producing weapons-grade material in violation of an earlier commitment to a five per cent ceiling, the NSA said. They supplied Pervez with nuclear "shopping lists" that showed that his "activities were part of a larger government-supported plan". Pervez, who had tried to bribe a Customs official to get an export licence, sought to purchase high strength maraging steel, uniquely suited for gas centrifuge en-
richment technology, and quantities of beryllium for his country's covert nuclear program, NSA said. Adelman wanted President Reagan to invoke the Solarz amendment, which required an aid cut-off in the event that governments receiving US aid or their agents illegally tried to procure material that could be used for a nuclear weapons program, NSA said. "Reagan, however, refused to invoke the Solarz amendment. Although Pervez would be found guilty, the White House kept aid flowing to Islamabad for reasons of "national security," it said. NSA said for the Reagan administration, aiding the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan trumped non-proliferation policy interests. The high priority given to a close US-Pakistan relationship may have encouraged
State Department officials to warn the Pakistanis of the imminent arrest of their agents, it said, adding that a key figure in the AQ Khan nuclear procurement network, Inamul Haq evaded arrest by slipping out of the United States at the last minute. "A few weeks later, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Michael Armacost explained to Pakistani dictator General Ziaul Haq that state had unsuccessfully tried to get information about the Customs Bureau's investigation of Pervez, but we did alert the GOP [Government of Pakistan] through letters, Ambassador Hinton, and our talks with the Foreign Minister that there was an issue here that needed to be addressed urgently," it said. "I understand the idea of warning, Zia replied," the NSA said.
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NEWS Monday, 25 November, 2013
concerns groW in paKistan and india over Border violence
OR much of the past decade, the residents of this village near Pakistan’s border with India have lived in relative peace, tending their water buffalo and goats, despite a history of tensions between the countries. But this fall, mortar shells from India killed a 40-year-old rickshaw driver and several animals, residents say. “I have sent my family to relatives and keep my door locked,” said Mohammad Iqbal, 55. “When I am sure peace is restored, I will bring them back.” Recent attacks involving Indian and Pakistani troops have been the worst border violence since a 2003 cease-fire. Now, with snow falling on the mountainous border, fighting has subsided and displaced residents are trickling home. But analysts fear the calm will be relatively short-lived. While few expect another war, the flare-ups illustrate the simmering tensions that may only increase as the two countries jostle for influence in Afghanistan while U.S. troops withdraw. “This is the new normal,” said Stephen P. Cohen, a senior fellow and South Asia an-
alyst at the Brookings Institution. “This is going to be just like the Middle East, but only with two countries with nuclear weapons.” The fighting this fall, which included artillery and mortar fire, claimed civilian and military lives on both sides of the border. Ominously, it took place not only in Kashmir, which has been a source of tension for decades, but also farther south on the outskirts of Sialkot, an industrial area known for producing quality soccer balls. Each side has blamed the other for the recent fighting. Pakistanis speculate that the Indian government is becoming more aggressive toward its neighbour, in part to gain support ahead of national elections. Meanwhile, Indians accuse Pakistan of failing to rein in Islamist militants seeking an independent Kashmir. Some of the militant groups are widely suspected of having ties to the Pakistani military and intelligence services. The conflict started in January, when Pakistan accused Indian forces of killing a Pakistani soldier on the disputed border in Kashmir, known as the Line of Control. India then claimed Pakistani soldiers or militants crossed the border and killed three
of its soldiers. In August, the feud took a dangerous turn when five Indian soldiers were slain in Kashmir. Pakistan denied responsibility but shelling between the two sides escalated. Last month, Pakistan’s military accused India of firing 4,000 mortar shells and 59,000 machine-gun rounds during a twoday period that coincided with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with President Obama in Washington. One of those shells killed the rickshaw driver in Tahir Joian. “We were forced to retaliate,” said Brig. Mateem Ahmed Khan, a senior commander for Pakistan’s border force near Sialkot. He accused India of stoking the tension to undermine Sharif’s visit to Washington. “It was a rain of fire coming down on our villages and posts,” he said. Many Pakistani analysts doubt that this country’s military is to blame for the tension, since it is focused on battling domestic militants. A bloody insurgency by the Pakistani Taliban has claimed more than 45,000 lives. “Pakistan is preoccupied with domestic issues at the moment, so the military would have no interest in heating up the Line of Control, none whatsoever,” said
Maleeha Lodhi, a former Pakistani ambassador to Washington. “In fact, it has an interest in assuring all is peaceful on the eastern front so it can focus on the western front” with Afghanistan, an area where many militants are based. Lodhi said Singh may be adopting a tougher approach to Pakistan because of Indian elections in the spring. Singh is stepping aside, but his Congress Party faces a stiff challenge from the BJP party, led by Narendra Modi, an ardent Hindu nationalist who wants to take a harder line with Pakistan. The Afghanistan factor Even after the elections, analysts fear, the India-Pakistan border could turn volatile as the two countries struggle for influence in Afghanistan. In recent months, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been reaching out to India for military aid, a potential alliance that unnerves Pakistani leaders, who fear their country could become further isolated in the region. To Pakistanis, their nation’s regional importance was highlighted this summer when U.S. officials turned to the country for help in trying to arrange peace talks between the Taliban and Karzai’s govern-
ment. The talks ultimately didn’t happen. In Pakistan, some officials believe India escalated tension at the border to draw attention away from Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts. “India was anxious it was getting left out and that Pakistan was not taking it seriously,” said Riaz Khokhar, Pakistan’s foreign secretary from 2002 to 2005. Sushant Sareen, a researcher at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, called Khokhar’s comments “utter rubbish.” The real cause of the skirmishing on the border, he said, was Pakistan’s unwillingness to stop Islamist militant groups from crossing the border. In recent weeks, before snows in the Himalayan mountains made passage difficult, as many as 100 Pakistani insurgents sneaked into Indian territory, according to Indian intelligence and security officials. They say the insurgents plan to carry out attacks before the elections and stoke separatist fervour in Indian-controlled Kashmir. “Before, there was this looming American presence in the region that kept things from happening,” Sareen said. “But now, with that focus shifting from the area, it’s going back to business as usual.”
ex-indian army chief wants military involvement in decision making maliK says political leadership never involved military leadership, which resUlted in flawed decisions CHANDIGARH inP
Former Indian Army chief General (r) VP Malik has slammed political leadership for not involving army in decision making on nation's security, saying "lack of trust" between the civil-military officials was affecting strategic policies. He said that the decision making process in India was "fractured", which leaves out many stake holders associated with the issue. "Services chiefs were not informed about the nuclear tests until just two days prior to the big day even though the armed forces are meant to be the user in the event of a nuclear war," Malik said. Similarly, the armed forces were also unaware that India had manufactured chemical weapons until it had destroyed its stock following the signing of the Chemical Weapons Convention, he said. "The fact which bothers an Indian soldier is the absence of his voice in critical decision making," he said. Malik was speaking at the launch of his new book "India's Military Conflicts and Diplomacy: An Inside View of Decision Making". He stressed that armed forces must be involved in all decision making processes with which they are associated. "Political leadership never involved the military leadership, which resulted in flawed decisions in many times," the former army chief said. Malik's book talks about some strategic events in which he was personally involved during his long service in the Indian Army. He said that the army was not kept in the loop when the decision to send the troops to Sri Lanka was taken. Malik also raised questions over the "suspicion of the political leadership" while involving the military leadership in decision-making process. Malik said this "lack of trust and mutual understanding between the civil-military official is affecting the strategic policy". He stressed on the need for the inclusive decision making for the interest of the nation. It was always the bureaucracy in the ministry of defence (MoD) which decides everything which is resulting in the little involvement of the Armed forces leadership in higher defence management and policy planning, Malik said. He said the leadership should understand the need of the forces and criticised the attitude of the politicians for not giving the "due respect" to the martyrs of the Sri Lanka operation.
MUZAFFARABAD: Kashmiri immigrants protest on Sunday against India’s decision to build a wall along the Line of Control (LoC). online
fazl Blames state institutions for impeding enforcement of shariah JUi-f chief says it is no big deal to stop nato sUpplies throUgh sit-ins KARAK STAFF RePoRT
Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), on Sunday blamed the state institutions for not allowing the country to move on its chartered path of enforcement of Shariah in the country. Addressing a public meeting, the cleric said the legislation was not being done in the country according to Shariah because the institutions were opposing it. During the election campaign, he said, they raised the slogan of peace and the dialogue process proved that their policies were in the right direction. He criticised PTI Chairman Imran Khan, saying that it was not a big task to stop the NATO supplies through sitins. He said the JUI-F and in fact every
political party in Pakistan could block the NATO supplies. He said the PTI was formed in the name of justice but questioned where the justice has gone. About Imran Khan’s assertions that if his party failed to run the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, it would dissolve the assembly, Fazl said dissolution of assemblies was not democracy and said it was not an easy task to run the KP government. He said war for power between the centre and the provinces would only affect the people. The cleric admitted that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan did not accept the constitution and Pakistani laws, adding that they only believed in Shariah while his party talks of Shariah within the limits of the constitution. He did not agree with the idea of the TTP who wanted to enforce Shariah through the power of gun. Fazl announced to hold a tribal jirga in Peshawar on November 28 to put the dialogue process on track. He said the govern-
ment and the TTP have extended their support for the jirga. He regretted that drone attack derailed the dialogue with Taliban. He said the JUI-F raised a strong voice for the rights of the provinces as compared to the so-called nationalists and that was why people were leaving the parties in government and joining the JUI-F. He said, “Foreign forces are fanning sectarian tension which will have to be stopped as it is affecting our security and teachings of Islam.”
indian courts settle over 350,000 cases in a day NEW DELHI AGenCieS
Indian judges on Saturday settled over 350,000 of the 390,000 pending cases concerning accident claims, matrimonial disputes, dud cheques and traffic fines, among others, according to a report aired by New Delhi Television (NDTV). The mammoth exercise was undertaken in the day-long National Lok Adalat, inaugurated by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and held simultaneously in the Supreme Court and state courts. This is the first time that cases were taken up simultaneously all over the country for settlement, NDTV reported. Organised by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, the Lok Adalats took place in the apex court, all 24 high courts and all the district and sub-district courts of the country. By the end of the session, some 35,10,390 cases were settled, figures released by the apex court said. In the Supreme Court, out of the 107 cases that were taken up for amicable settlement by three courts, 51 cases were settled. Chief Justice Sathasivam had said that the main object of the adalat was to ensure speedy justice to litigants and make sure that there were no further appeals.
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LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has suggested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman to consult federal government and leaders of the political parties for developing national consensus over US drone strikes. Talking to the journalists on Sunday, Sanaullah said that political stunts were not a solution to any issue and no political party could solely deal with the crises faced by the country. He expressed concerns over the attitude and behaviour of the PTI leadership and activists as well. The provincial law minister blamed that the PTI led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is playing role of silent spectator over the ‘wicked acts’ of PTI activists which reveals the provincial government’s involvement in creating panic and disturbance in law and order situation. He questioned that whether the PTI chief had promised the masses to bring the change through violence and illegitimate tactics. inP
a heart-felt attacK! LAHORE: Former Punjab governor Sadar Latif Khan Khosa was shifted to Doctors Hospital for an angioplasty after he suffered a heart attack on Sunday. Former governors and relatives reached the spot and inquired about his health while the social media started buzzing with concern as the news spread. Khosa has been shifted to a private room and is still under treatment. STAFF RePoRT
NOTHER scandal rocks the boat of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), blowing the lid off the ‘slack’ attitude of its high ups in dealing with corruption scandals, Pakistan Today has learnt. It has been a lapse of more than a year that the PEF authorities have not been able to complete the enquiry against Foundation Assisted Schools (FAS) Director Nadeem Masood allegedly involved in selling old textbooks meant for school children. According to further details, more than 65,000 books were leftover from the stock of free books given by the Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) for the schools. Masood allegedly visited Multan office in May last year and instructed Additional Director Nasir Akram to sell all old textbooks (all of them ‘not for sale’) available at the office. DELAY DESPITE SHOW CAUSE NOTICE: The show cause notice of misconduct issued only a month later to both Masood and Akram further reveals that the former also received more than Rs 50,000 from the additional director as part of the same scandal. It also mentions use of “arbitrary” authority without sanction from the “competent authority”. The notice also mentions previous warnings (both verbal and in writing) issued to Masood to refrain from behaving “erratically”, yet he committed “misconduct”. Although the notice requires both the officials to file a reply within three days of the receipt of the notice, the department authorities have failed to finalise the probe and fix the responsibility on anyone in the scandal despite a lapse of more than a year. Sources privy to the
development however revealed on the condition of anonymity that the incumbent PEF MD Aneela Samuel has constituted a committee to probe the matter. They further maintained that replies have also been sought from all parties involved. “Masood has submitted in his reply that he was asked to pass on those instructions by DMD (Operations) Tanveer Zafar in a coordination meeting. However all three senior PEF officials present in that meeting have denied in front of the enquiry committee issuance of any such instructions by Zafar,” sources added. Interestingly, however it is the same DMD (Operations) who served show cause notices to both officials. REBUTTALS AND THE BLAME GAME: Talking to Pakistan Today Masood however denied the allegations and said he has already submitted an 82-page reply before the enquiry committee and it is up to the authorities now to decide the matter. “It is an old matter which has been brought up again by people with ulterior motives, as I don’t even directly deal with books or selling them, no way I can pass these directions nor is someone bound to obey my orders as I am not that senior in the hierarchy,” Masood added. Interestingly, this is not the first time that the PEF has been rocked by a scandal involving misappropriation of funds or irregularity committed as even previously inquiries against PEF senior officials remained jeopardised due to unknown reasons. This also created a lot of resentment among the lower staff which allege “discriminatory” attitude on the part of authorities, as seniors keep enjoying perks and privileges despite enquiries while lower staff is suspended and perks and privileges are stopped. One of the official on the condition of anonymity further alleged that the reason the inquiry is not being finalised is because Masood’s blood relatives are on senior positions in bureaucracy and police. “His [Masood’s] actual shield is relations in civil service and police which have asked their colleagues to hush up the matter or if need be, give a favourable
verdict. This is also the reason that the MD has gone abroad now,” official added. Masood however denied these allegations also saying, “Someone posted on a senior position implies he or she has some qualities and only because I am related to them does not mean they are corrupt or I have done something wrong. It’s just propaganda against me,” he added. WE LIKE TO KEEP IT CONFIDENTIAL: PEF DMD (Finance) Salman, who is a part of the enquiry committee, said it is not appropriate to disclose “confidential” information regarding an ongoing inquiry. He however said the chairman and the managing director are the competent authorities to sanction an inquiry or make a final decision. “The inquiry is ongoing and we will submit our findings and suggestions to the MD and the chairman who will decide the matter finally,” he added. To a question he said the MD has gone abroad for the completion of her thesis on a month’s leave. I JUST CAME IN: PEF Chairman Raja Anwar however told Pakistan Today that he has been abroad to Germany and the UK for treatment and has returned only days ago. “I’ve not been able to focus on work because of really bad health and just recently returned; but it is the MD’s responsibility to manage such inquiries and pass a decision. These reasons definitely need to be probed who are trying to jeopardise the good work done in setting up an institution like PEF. It is a shame if some officials are involved in such activities despite getting three times the due salary,” he added.
PEF unable to complete enquiry against FAS director involved in illegally selling 65,000 old textbooks meant for school children despite a lapse of one year FAS director, additional director charged with use of arbitrary authority, erratic behavior, misconduct and use of influence to avert enquiry FAS director refutes accusations, blames it on DMD (Operations) Tanveer Zafar
punjab govt, chinese company sign three mous for power projects LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Three memorandums of understanding were signed between Punjab government and China Western Power Company on Sunday for cooperation in the energy sector. Under the agreements, the Chinese company will set up two coal-based power plants of 660 megawatt each in Sahiwal. Punjab government would also launch three coal-based power projects of 150 megawatt each in Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan with the collaboration of Chinese company besides a 20-megawatt plant for generation of electricity from solid waste would also be established. Energy Additional Chief Secretary Jehanzeb Khan and Solid Waste Management Company Managing Director Dr Waseem Ajmal signed the MoUs on behalf of Punjab government and China Western Power Company Chairman Li Ren Chao on behalf of his company. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad
Shahbaz Sharif, chairman and other officials of China Western Company, additional chief secretary energy, Punjab Investment Board vice chairman, KASB Bank chairman and concerned officials were present. Talking to media on this occasion, the chief minister welcomed investment by the Chinese company in power sector. He said that these projects would be completed in two and a half years. The Chinese company would invest around 1.5 billion dollars in the projects. He said that Punjab government is also setting up three coal- based energy projects of 450 megawatt in Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan and the Chinese company will cooperate in these projects as well. He said that Chinese company will also establish a 20-megawatt project of generation of electricity from solid waste. He said that China is a close friend of Pakistan and trade relations between the two countries are fast expanding. He said that friendly relations between Pakistan
and China would further strengthen with the signing of these agreements with the Chinese company. China Western Power Company Chairman Li Ren Chao said that Punjab government led by Shahbaz is making sincere efforts for resolving energy crisis and his company wants to work with the provincial government in energy sector. He said that his company would establish solid waste as well as coal-based power projects in Punjab and speedy measures would be taken for the completion of these projects within stipulated period. CM LAUDS COPS, ADMINISTRATION, CLERICS FOR A SAFE MUHARRAM: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday held a meeting with senior officials of civil administration, police and other national institutions who performed duties in pursuit of maintenance of law and order in the province during Muharram. Punjab chief secretary, inspector
general police, home secretary, Lahore commissioner, Special Branch additional IG, Lahore CCPO and other concerned officers were present. The chief minister said that overall law and order situation remained satisfactory in the province during Muharram. He said that the whole nation was grieved over the tragic incident in Rawalpindi and those who showed negligence would not be able to escape punishment. He said that fact finding committee and judicial commission are working for ascertaining the facts and the action taken against the guilty persons would be deterrent. He commended the efforts of Pakistan Army, police, administration and security institutions in maintaining law and order and an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood during Muharram especially in the wake of Rawalpindi tragedy. He also lauded the cooperation of elected representatives, clerics and the masses in this regard.
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In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision — Dalai Lama
LAHORE Monday, 25 November, 2013
four coPs susPended for taKing carrots LAHORE: Lahore Deputy Inspector General police (DIG) Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar on Sunday suspended four cops involved in harassing citizens and allegedly accepting bribes. According to details, four cops from Sattu Katla Police Station, barged into a guest house and threatened the staffers, administration and guests, forcing them into giving bribes. Jabbar, on the basis of the CCTV footage, took notice of the incident and suspended all the accused besides seeking an enquiry report for Saddar Division SP. Earlier, citizens, especially the traders, had repeatedly complained about cops’ misbehaviour, harassment and bribery. They have demanded the Punjab chief minister and police high-ups to mend the attitude of the police personnel. STAFF RePoRT
sunday bazaars not the same anymore govt adopting artificial relief measures leading to distortions in open market LAHORE nASiR bUTT
HE makeshift markets of the provincial capital have lost their effectiveness owing to continuous foot-dragging of the district administration in providing facilities to its citizens. The mismanagement at Sunday bazaars established under the control of various towns of City District Government Lahore (CDGL) evidently tell the whole story. It is interesting to note that the provincial government, instead of to fixing the issue of price fixation at wholesale markets of the province to stabiles rates of edibles, has adopted artificial arrangements by starting makeshift thrice a day which further creates distortions in the open market. Sunday bazaars are the center of attraction on every weekend for
the common people. In other countries, where these markets operate efficiently, the producers directly bring their products to the designated areas to ensure cheap quality fruits and vegetables for consumers. However, in Pakistan these markets are run by the vendors who either do this business on weekly basis and often on daily basis. Rarely does a producer bring his products to these markets directly. In case an unfortunate producer happens to do so, he is doomed to return with losses due to the discouraging attitude of the administration of these makeshift markets. This week the price of fresh potato was fixed at Rs 48 to 50 per kg from last week’s Rs 66 to 70 per kg, stored potato price was fixed at Rs 34 to 38 per kg compared to Rs 44 to 46 per kg. Onion rate was increased by Rs 3 per kg, fixed at Rs 51 to 55 per
kg and lower quality was sold at Rs 55 per kg, A-grade at Rs 60 per kg. Official tomato price was fixed at Rs 101 to 105 with an increase of Rs 5 per kg but not sold in makeshift markets exposed that the government has adopted the wrong mechanism of arranging makeshift markets thrice in a week rather to streamline pricing mechanism at wholesale level. Garlic local price was raised by Rs 8 per kg fixed at Rs 108 to 110, and Chinese at Rs 100 to 118 per kg, sold at Rs 120 per kg. Ginger China was reduced by Rs 40 per kg fixed at Rs 160 to 170 per kg, Thailand by Rs 40 per kg fixed at Rs 140 to 150, and Indian at Rs 110 to 115 per kg, sold at Rs 180 to 200 per kg. Brinjal price declined by Rs 15 per kg fixed at Rs 20 to 25 per kg. Cucumber local was stable at Rs 35 to 40 per kg, Cucumber Farm was fixed at Rs 15 to 20 per kg and sold at Rs 40 per kg.
abracadabra! two dacoits killed! LAHORE RAnA hAiDeR
In a rather unexpected display of alertness, the police gunned down a robber and arrested one while three others managed to escape during a robbery bid in Jhang Road police precincts on Sunday. As per details, five men barged in a house in Sheikh Colony and were busied in crossfire few minutes after the police reached the locality on a 15 call. In exchange of fire, police killed a robber and arrested another injured, while the rest managed to flee. The police seized weapons and have registered an FIR. FIVE ROBBERS ARRESTED: Sundar Police busted a robbers’ gang and arrested its five members and
recovered looted property besides illegal weapons from their possession. The Sadar SP constituted a special team which arrested gangsters of Jabroo dacoit gang and seized gold ornaments, two motorcycle and mobile phones. During investigations, the accused confessed dozens of incidents of robbery. The arrested have been identified as Abdul Jabbar, Rizwan Masih, Irfan Masih, Adeel and Sadaqat. GAMBLERS ARRESTED: Mugalpura Police arrested 22 gamblers and seized valuables from their possession on Sunday. As per details the police raided on a tip-off in a house situated at Umer Colony, Nishtar area and arrested 22 gamblers and seized Rs 87,000 cash, mobile phones and other valuables from their possession. The police said that the criminal named Zulfiqar was gambling
siKh Pilgrims taKe the train BacK home Cauliflower price declined by Rs 20 per kg, fixed at Rs 30 to 35 per kg and sold at Rs 40 per kg, cabbage was fixed at Rs 30 to 35 per kg and sold upto Rs 50 per kg. Official price of Biter gourd was gained by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 65 to 70 per kg and sold at Rs 100 per kg. Pumpkin price was reduced by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 28 to 30 per kg, sold at Rs 40 per kg. Pea was also reduced by Rs 30 per kg, fixed at Rs 56 to 60 per kg, but not sold in makeshift market due to official price fixation issue while just outside the markets sold at Rs 100 per kg. Capsicum price was increased by Rs 15 per kg and fixed at Rs 90 to 100 per kg, sold at Rs 120 per kg. Green chili was fixed at Rs 50 to 55 per kg with decline of Rs 10 per kg, sold at Rs 60 per kg. Lemon price was fixed at Rs 35 to 40 per kg, sold at Rs 60 per kg. Reddish rate was Rs 8 to 12 per kg, sold at Rs 15 to 20 per kg. Carrot price was reduced by Rs 10 per kg fixed at Rs 32 to 35 per kg, sold at Rs 30 per kg. Turnip rate declined by Rs 10 per kg, fixed at Rs 10 to 14 per kg,
for the last many years, the FIR has been launched against the accused for further investigation. In another report police arrested 9 wanted criminals involved in robberies and making of fake documents from different area of Punjab. The police identified the criminals as Liquat, Waqas belongs to Gujjrat and Rafiq, Riaz Kashif from Gujjaranwala. Gulberg SP Zahid Nawaz said that they have arrested 376 wanted criminals in the last four months. 9KG HASHISH SEIZED: Model Town Police on Sunday claimed to have recovered nine kilogrammes hashish worth millions of rupees from a car. Model Town DSP Aftab Ahmad received information that a suspect car was parked in a car park near Club Chowk. Police searched it and found the contraband. An investigation is underway.
sold at Rs 20 per kg. Ladyfinger price was fixed at Rs 75 to 80 per kg, sold at Rs 100 per kg. The price of different variety of apples was fixed at Rs 45 to 100 per kg, while lower quality was sold in the range of Rs 50 to 90 per kg in makeshift markets while in open market good quality was sold at Rs 40 to 80 per kg. Banana price was fixed at Rs 40 to 50 per dozen, lower quality was sold at Rs 50 per dozen in makeshift markets while in open market good quality was sold at Rs 50 per kg. Pomegranate Khandari gained by Rs 10 per kg, reached Rs 130 to 160, lower quality sold at Rs 160 per kg. Pomegranate Bedana price was fixed at Rs 165 to 170 per kg and sold at Rs 200 per kg. Orange price was fixed at Rs 60 to 70 per dozen, B-grade was sold at Rs 70 per dozen. Kinow price was fixed at Rs 20 to 25 per dozen sold at Rs 60 per dozen. Grapefruit price fixed at Rs 10 to 15 per piece, B-grade was sold at Rs 15 per piece. Guava rates fixed at Rs 35 to 40 per kg, sold at Rs 50 per kg. Water Caltrop, (singara) price was fixed at Rs 30 to 40 per kg, Bquality was sold at Rs 40 per kg.
LAHORE: Around 2,350 Sikh pilgrims, who had arrived in the city on April 10 from India to celebrate the 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, returned to their country through special trains on Sunday. Shrines Secretary Khalid Ali, Deputy Secretary Azhar Nadeem Sulehry, former Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) president Sardar Sham Singh and officials of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) saw them off at the Wagah Railway Station. Talking to the media, group leader Sardar Balwindar Singh expressed satisfaction over arrangements for Gurdwaras in Pakistan. He also praised security arrangements, the provision of medical and accommodation facilities to them. During their stay in Pakistan, the Sikh pilgrims visited their holy places including Janamasthan of Guru Nanak Dev at Nankana Sahib, Such Souda, Punja Sahib Hassanabdal, Gurdwara Rohri Sahib, Kartarpur and Dera Sahib Lahore and performed their religious rituals. STAFF RePoRT
rescue 1122 saves the day at hall road LAHORE: An electronic items’ warehouse reportedly caught fire in Madina Plaza at Hall Road on Sunday. Rescue 1122 teams rushed to the scene and controlled the fire after cordoning off the electronics’ plaza. No casualties have been reported in the incident while the cause of fire has also not been traced yet. STAFF RePoRT
SUICIDE?: A 22-year-old woman, Nazia, committed suicide on Sunday in Tajpura precincts. Nazia’s family members informed police about the incident, the police reached at the spot, recovered the dead body and shifted to the morgue for the post mortem. The police said that it seemed that the victim was murdered. The police have filed an FIR against the family members for further investigation. BROTHERS KILLED IN ACCIDENT: Two brothers were killed when an over speeding car rammed into a trailer on Sunday. According to details, an over speeding car slipped and rammed a trailer moving ahead due to sudden applying of brakes at Multan Road. The car was badly damaged in the accident resulting in death of both car riders stated to be real brothers on the spot. Police said that the car driver lost the control of vehicle as he applied the brakes to reduce the speed.
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Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. –Milton Friedman
COMMENT Monday, 25 November, 2013
a significant breakthrough
the incorrigible corruption paradigm intellectual corruption being the fountain-head of all collateral ailments
iran’s interim deal with the west
HE universal sentiment is, this is a significant breakthrough– other than, of course, the reaction from Israel, which called it ‘the historic mistake’. The anti-Iran Arab states have stayed mum on the development, but, much like Tel Aviv, there would not be much celebration in those capitals either. The complete normalisation of relations between Iran and the West though may still take some time, and painstaking negotiations. But the breach has been made and the drift is towards resolution of the nuclear standoff and ending Iran’s estrangement. After 10 years of protracted endeavour by the West – which included the United States’ branding it as part of the ‘Axis of Evil’ – had delivered zilch, Iranian President Rouhani’s overture has worked. The US plus five – Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – have reached an agreement that provides Iran relief in petro-chemical exports worth around $7 billion in exchange for curbs toward taking its nuclear programme to weapons grade. What is important, the deal made the principal parties happy, for President Rouhani believed that Iran’s nuclear ‘rights’ had been acknowledged while the President Obama said, “it included substantial limitations” which will prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. In essence, this interim deal provides all concerned a window of six months in which a permanent deal can be hammered together. The retreat of the West, particularly the United States, was quite pronounced once it had to backtrack from its avowed stance of turning Syria into another Libya. Russia and China had taken the lead in reversing the tide against Assad’s Syria with Iran standing firm with its ally. That tilt in scales was a harbinger, now Iran’s coming back from the cold, even if partially, is a sign that the entire region is up for transformation after nearly three decades of business as usual in which the Salafists have mostly ruled the roost. With Iran making a slow but bold and certain comeback in international reckoning and Turkey already resurgent both economically and in terms of regional and global influence, Pakistan remains the sick man of what once was a three-nation RCD (Regional Cooperation for Development) alliance of thriving nations in South West Asia. But all is not lost. There are opportunities galore to put Pakistan on rapid growth trajectory. But are we prepared? The answer to this unfortunately cannot be in the affirmative, for bogged down by the self-created demons the power echelons refuse to remove cobwebs in the mind and be up-front about it.
Peace with india both sides need to walk the talk
AKISTAN and India have always had uneasy relations. While they share more than just geography with each other, there are elements on both sides of the border that eschew peace between the two. However, peace is what this region needs. In this backdrop, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statements over the last few months, since his party came to power after the May elections, have been very encouraging as he is personally taking the initiative to restart the composite dialogue process with India. In what seems to be a renewed effort, Nawaz Sharif reiterated aspirations about friendly ties with India the other day. That is all good and fine, as they look great on paper, but the question is: is he ready to deliver on what he is asking from India? Can he really pull off what seems to have become a bane of the centre-left and left-wing politicians: a promise of peace when the centreright and right-wing politicians, along with military establishment, have almost always worked against peaceful relations with our eastern neighbour? And that is just one part of the seemingly unsolvable puzzle. Then there are issues of terrorism, cross-border firing, peace in Kashmir, trade relations and person to person relations. The current bone of contention is a lack of action against the Mumbai incident perpetrators, as per Indian claims. If the Nawaz dispensation works out a solution to this issue, it will really be a breakthrough. However, if there is any evidence of any one being involved in that tragic incident from Pakistani side, the government should initiate proceedings against them under the terrorism laws. Such an action would not only placate India but also rasie our standing as a law abiding state a few notches. There appears to be goodwill prevailing on both sides at the moment, as is evident from the fact that Pakistan’s High Commissioner was received by the Indian prime minister at his residence where they exchanged warm sentiments and best wishes. There is still light at the end of the tunnel; however, if both the countries don’t act fast, they might not be able to take advantage of the goodwill prevailing on both sides. Islamabad needs to offer New Delhi what it has been seeking for long: justice for its victims of that tragic terror incident, and if Nawaz Sharif can deliver on that, he will be able to herald a new era in friendly relations between the two nuclear states.
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MAGINE the prime minister trying to convince that he is not playing a double game and that the protests against the drone strikes are ‘genuine’. So low has sunk the stock of his credibility, if ever there were any, in less than six months of benefiting from a flawed electoral exercise. The NAB chief whom the prime minister and the leader of the opposition had appointed through consensus to cover the tracks of their crimes and those of their cohorts has opted for long leave in the wake of the Supreme Court (SC) judgment for initiating proceedings against him for ‘hindering a smooth and transparent investigation in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam’. The judgment also held him in contempt of court for removing the FIA officer who originally was overlooking the investigation into the NICL scam. Interestingly, Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, the former secretary establishment, who has also been nominated in the alleged crime, now heads the special committee responsible for finalising key appointments in the state institutions. It would, therefore, be appropriate to assume that there would be thugs appointed to all such positions so that the loot spree could go on unchecked and there would be ‘official’ alibis to cover the telltale marks. A revealing response to the SC judgment has come from none other than the leader of the opposition who has described it as ‘an insult to the parliament’. He is right. For all ends and purposes, the parliament is elected to promote and perpetuate corruption and anyone, or any institution that tries to impede that, is a contemnor of the elected parliament. The problem is that not only are the so-called elected representatives irremediably corrupt, they are also shameless. The NICL is just one of the innumerable scams unearthed during the tenure of the so-called democratically-elected governments. In spite of the damaging indictments and the SC judgments recommending initiation of appropriate proceedings against the guilty, not one case has been effectively prosecuted and the condemned continue to enjoy the spoils of their ill-gotten millions. The induction into power of the Nawaz Sharif clan has further fuelled the fire of corruption which is now generally taken as a right by everyone elected to the legislature or appointed to a critical position in the government. They believe that they have an inalienable right to indulge in heartless loot of the state exchequer, aided and abetted by an incorrigibly corrupt leadership. The critical question that needs to be examined is that, in the event of the allegedly corrupt rulers continuing to hold sway over the power echelons, is there a viable prospect for the scourge to be controlled in the country? The obvious answer would be an assertive no because the state institutions and the people who manage them are either grossly unmindful of the damaging consequences of the corruption spree, or they are abjectly complicit in the
acts of loot as well as the attempts to hide the tracks that lead to the perpetrators. This, in turn, emanates from the manner in which key appointments are made to positions that can influence the conduct of the state institutions. The example is adequately illustrated by the case of the incumbent (?) NAB Chairman. He was allegedly guilty of having tried to cover up the NICL corruption scam as well as people who were responsible. Concurrently, in violation of the SC adjudication, he transferred the FIA officer who was conducting the enquiry, thus becoming guilty of contempt of court. With this background, why was he selected jointly by the prime minister and the leader of the opposition to head the sole accountability organisation of the country? Well, you are right: to use a corrupt person to cover the corruption that they and their parties have been guilty of committing in the past. This conclusion is given further credence by the sharp reaction of the leader of the opposition to the SC directive to institute cases against all those who were responsible for the NICL scam. This is being projected as an affront to the so-called supremacy of the legislature and, consequently, its unquestioned authority to appoint individuals with tainted past to positions of authority all across the national spectrum. A key factor that adversely impacts the initiation and prosecution of criminal proceedings against the corrupt is the paradox within the judicial system itself: while the SC is issuing directives to initiate criminal proceedings against all those found guilty in various cases, the subsidiary judiciary is busy stalling the process. Take the wilful loan default case of the Hudabiya Paper Mills against Nawaz Sharif and other members of his family. Apparently, there is sufficient evidence including the 43-page confessional statement of the incumbent finance minister (whose son is married to the prime minister’s daughter to keep it all within the family!) to convict the alleged transgressors, but a bench of the Lahore High Court stayed the proceedings back in October 2011. The case hearing was concluded in December 2012 and the verdict was reserved. It remains ‘reserved’ to-date and, most probably, shall remain so to perpetuity! The confessional statement of Ishaq Dar is a mind-boggling document indicting members of the Sharif clan: “I opened two foreign currency accounts in the name of Sikandara Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi with the foreign currency funds provided by the Sharif family in the Bank of America by signing as Sikandara Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi. All instructions to the bank in the name of these two persons were signed by me under the orders of original depositors, namely Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif. The foreign currency accounts of Nuzhat Gohar and Kashif Masood Qazi were opened in Bank of America by Naeem Mehmood under my instructions (based on the directives of the Sharifs) by signing the same as Nuzhat Gohar and Kashif Masood Qazi”. In spite of such apparently conclusive evidence, further proceedings in the case remain stayed and the alleged criminals
continue to occupy positions of power in the country, defining its fate and, more importantly, the fate of their personal illicit gains acquired through decades. This conduct is in consonance with that of another alleged criminal who manoeuvred his way to becoming the head of the state and, thereafter, thwarted all moves to initiate criminal proceedings against him and recover from his coffers the illicit millions that he had scavenged. There are pending cases also with regard to Ittefaq Foundries, Raiwind Assets and the others. The proceedings in all these cases remain stayed. There is no hope in hell that these will be revived as long as the Sharifs remain effectively in command of the state institutions. They may be followed by another set of criminals who may assume charge to denude the state. There will be over a hundred Mamnoon Hussains appointed to regulate all key state institutions and do the Sharifs’ bidding, and that of their collaborators. Should one, therefore, conclude that it is the inherent fate of the country to be ruled by thugs and criminals and that the promise offered by the SC is but an illusion, and even that may disappear with the exit of the incumbent chief justice? I understand that days are being literally counted to his exit so that the full repertoire of the Sharifs’ corruption and vengeance could be unleashed: “Will you, then, never grow weary of being unjust?,” wrote Pierre Choderlos de Laclos in Dangerous Liaisons. Justness and honesty of conduct are virtues that are absent from the way the country is being managed and, inevitably, shall remain so in the foreseeable future also. This is so because all instruments of the state authority that could conceivably check the nefarious onslaught are regulated and controlled by the very people who are its beneficiaries. The higher judiciary has become relatively cleaner because of two principal factors: the proactive conduct of the chief justice and the relative empowerment of the judiciary in the context of the drive for the promulgation of the rule of law. There is no such empowerment given to any other state institution that could play a vital role in the evolution of a transparent and just system regulated by people with intellectual integrity and character. Try as hard as some of us may, nothing is likely to change in the governance mechanism within the present shape and structure of the system and the corrupt doctrine that regulates it. At the same time, in the light of the increasing frustration with the way the country is being ruled and the sharp contradictions that it suffers from in the annals of policy-making and practice which remain ludicrously out of sync with the ground realities and requirements, a hope is fleetingly taking shape that things may, after all, not persist for too long. What is required is to concretise this widespread perception more clearly, candidly and effectively to provide the requisite momentum to expedite the shaping of a concerted movement towards a meaningful change.
At the same time, in the light of the increasing frustration with the way the country is being ruled and the sharp contradictions that it suffers from in the annals of policy-making and practice which remain ludicrously out of sync with the ground realities and requirements, a hope is fleetingly taking shape that things may, after all, not persist for too long.
The writer is a political analyst and the Executive Director of the Regional Peace Institute. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hope and change? We're not doing that anymore. They're doing attack and blame. And so, I just think people are going to see through this. They want real leadership. They want us to get this country on the right track. –Paul Ryan
Monday, 25 November, 2013
democracy in Pakistan a plus point: musharraf’s failure
AKISTAN Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s announcement to retire on Nov 29 was a lead story in his country’s media. Some newspapers had bannered it. The opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah welcomed the statement. In fact, there has been relief all over including in India that Kayani had announced his exit. This was primarily because Kayani was considered an ambitious general. Moreover, it was believed that there might KUlDiP nAyAR be another coup because such has been the practice in the past. But fortunately, Kayani had come out in the open on what his plans were. “I am grateful to the political leadership and the nation for reposing their trust in me and Pakistan Army at this important juncture of our national history. However, I share the general opinion that institutions and traditions are stronger than individuals and must take precedence.” The perception about Pakistan is that the army can walk in whenever it likes. The coups first by Gen Mohammad Ayub, then by Gen Zia and finally by Gen Pervez Musharraf have given the impression that although the army goes back to the barracks, its influence does not wane. This is true as well because even Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has said that the PM is the ‘boss’, has been careful not to lessen the pre-eminence of the army. Since the prime minister, after election through a democratic process, was thrown out by Gen Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif is understandably respectful to the army chief. Both the PM and Kayani are reportedly discussing who should succeed Kayani, a job which in a democratic country is settled by the government. Most pictures I see in newspapers show Kayani by the side of Nawaz Sharif. Therefore, there was surprise as well as a sense of satisfaction when there was a cryptic press release from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) that the COAS would retire on Nov 29, when his extended tenure ends. In fact, when Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani gave Kayani three-year extension, there were rumours that Gilani had no choice as if the extension was secured at gunpoint. There was nothing like that. Gilani wanted a professional head to depoliticise the army, something which Musharraf had not done during the eight and a half years that he stayed in power. Whether Kayani’s retirement in a regular manner is enough of an evidence to infer that there would never be a coup in Pakistan is not easy to say. But chances will lessen as the days go by because the people have more and more vested interest in the election process. I find the leading politicians of different parties going on record as saying that the people would come on to the streets if ever the army tries to take over. I wish it would be true. But my experience is different. When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto assumed power in the wake of Bangladesh war, he told me that “we have learnt from the history” and that the Pakistanis would revolt and hit the streets to stop the tanks if they ever came out. This was proved wrong when Zia took over. The Pakistanis, like we Indians, want to rule themselves. But with almost a span of 50 years of military rule since the 66-year-old independence, democracy has not taken roots in the country. The people are too afraid. Today the situation has worsened because the army is the only force which has the wherewithal to fight against the menace called the Taliban. The challenge would become bigger when the western forces leave Afghanistan next year. I am intrigued by more or less the farewell statement that Kayani has made. He has said: “It is important that the military leadership in future also continues to play its unreserved role for strengthening of democratic system in the country.” That Kayani made the statement on Oct 12 to coincide with the military coup in which the elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was thrown out is significant. He announced his retirement on Oct 6 but delayed the statement by six days. I do not know what message he was trying to convey. But Kayani’s use of words like military’s ‘unreserved role’ for strengthening of democratic system conveys it all. The ‘unreserved role’ means that the military is expected to act in a manner which is not written in any constitution, nor defined otherwise. The role is important to ‘strengthen democratic system’ but not spelled out. Kayani has been concentrating on Kashmir. He has removed the demand for plebiscite and forsaken Musharraf’s proposal to make the borders of Jammu and Kashmir irrelevant. During Kayani’s time the violations of ceasefire have increased, to as many as 100 in the last few weeks. Kayani’s vague words remind me of what Gen Zia told me during his dictatorial regime. He argued that the army had every right to intervene if the situation went bleak. I told him you had come in whenever you wanted to do. Where did the worsening of situation arise and where was the justification? Kayani should know that the elected government has the final word. Most of Pakistan’s problems are the doings of the military. The Taliban whom it is trying to eliminate in its own country is because of the military’s thinking that the group fired by the ideology of jihad would come in handy to keep India on its toes. Today Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has become such a Frankenstein that Nawaz Sharif has promulgated an ordinance of special powers to confront it. Kayani’s farewell advice to his successor, yet to be named, to back democracy is unsolicited and uncalled for. Kayani should realise that democracy is not a gift, definitely not from the armed forces. What he was saying from experience is that the Pakistanis are not prepared for another military rule. This is a positive impact of Musharraf’s failure and people’s loss of faith in a military rule. It is a plus point for democracy in Pakistan.
the new middle east moving towards persian and turk orientation
HE process of transformation in the Middle East appears to be speeding up. Now that the western powers have reached an accord with Iran, it comes with tremendous risks and opportunities for both the region and the West. The agreement represents a turning point in the West’s relations with the Islamic world, and perhaps in the long term, a move away from the Arab centric to Turkish and Iran oriented policies. The traditional balance of power of the Middle East first got disturbed in Iraq. The environment of the Arab world has also been altering as a result of the war against extremists and Arab Spring. Both have played havoc with the equilibrium of secular, conservative and religious forces of the region. How will the normalisation of ties between Iran and the West impact these forces is a critical consideration. However, we first have to understand what may have forced the West to engage with Iran. The last attempt to push through a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict failed during the Clinton era. Subsequently, the death of Arafat, now thought to have been poisoned, was followed by a period of stalemate. During the Bush term, no serious effort was made to revive the Middle East peace process, and besides, the US got busy with Al Qaeda after 9/11. There was a growing realisation in the West that a fresh approach was needed towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if the two-state solution was to ever materialise. The new approach likely assessed the role played by the Arab autocrats during the previous peace efforts. And it must have quickly become clear that the monarchies were now more of a liability than an asset. Due to challenges of credibility, they usually clung to the West and US for support. However, to remain relevant on the Arab street, they also had to take a strong position on the issue of Palestine. The arrival of the war on terror further complicated the dilemma of Arab authoritarian rulers. It increased their dependency on the West for survival while they compromised further on their traditional stances against Israel.
This was most evident when the Gaza Blockade started in 2007, Hosni Mubarak supported the Israeli moves while the Gulf States remained oblivious. The Arabs, especially the Gulf States, did not recognise at the time their inertness was causing Iran and Turkey to gain. The first visible sign of this shift came during the Mavi Marma incident in 2010. The Turks were seen as standing up to the Israeli injustices, while the Arab states came across as accomplices. While the Arabs were mostly engaged in rhetoric, it was Iran doing the heavy lifting in Iraq, and for the Palestinian cause, using Hezbollah and even assisting the Sunni Hamas in Gaza. The Arab States interpreted Turkish, Iranian, and Qatar’s support for Hamas in Gaza as attempts to sabotage the two-state solution. Nonetheless, this dynamics further proved that in order to have a lasting solution for the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, Iran and Turkey were the key, and less so the Arab states. Ironically, as these developments were transpiring, the issue was identified less and less as a matter between the Arabs and Israelis and more and more as Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This led to the next question of how then to deal with Iran: through a military solution or a political one. As this argument was taking place, pretty much the same debate was occurring on how to tackle Taliban in the AfPak region. In 2009, President Obama presented a new strategy for Afghanistan. Engaging Iran politically was not only beneficial for the western policy in the Middle East but also for dealing with Afghanistan and Al Qaeda. Throughout George W. Bush’s two terms, and especially after the invasion of Iraq, the debate on the best course for Iran came up for consideration on several occasions. Each time the route of negotiations was pushed back due to strong resistance from within the American system and from Israel. From the Israeli perspective, once Iran’s nuclear programme matured enough to produce a nuclear weapon, it would be too late and therefore it persistently threatened a unilateral strike. On the other hand, every time a military option was explored its limitation also came to the fore, and even the American military
advised against it due to the risk of a wider regional conflagration. Then another opportunity presented itself about three years ago with the arrival of Arab Spring in Syria, a strong ally of Iran. If Assad’s regime could be removed, and in addition to economic sanctions, could Iran be pressured to change course on its nuclear ambition? The Saudis and Qataris went full fledge in supporting the rebels in Syria. This option ran in to trouble when Russia and China resisted strongly against any Libyastyle military intervention. The West was not about to start a world war over Syria, and a political opportunity was presented when Assad offered to dismantle the chemical weapons. In addition, Iran’s new regime took a more moderate stance resulting in the restart of the negotiations on its nuclear programme. The question now is, with a nuclear deal with Iran reached, how will the Arab world, in particular the Gulf States, respond to this sea change? Egypt and Saudi Arabia are already probing Russia, which seems willing to reciprocate. War on terror has caused tremendous damage to the repute of US and NATO in the Islamic world and China and Russia are well positioned to gain from this. On the other hand, Pakistan has been drifting ever closer to China. Even Turkey, a member of NATO, is flirting with the prospect of joining SCO. Then there are ties between Islamic states themselves. With the easing of sanctions on Iran, the South and Central Asia can benefit tremendously economically. However, Pakistan ties with Gulf region are likely to be tested in case of normalisation of Iran’s relations with the West. The gravest challenge, however, would be to prevent a confrontation between the resurgent Sunni extremist forces with Shia groups, which are likely to be energised by Iran’s emerging regional and global stature.
Pakistan’s ties with Gulf region are likely to be tested in case of normalisation of Iran’s relations with the West. The gravest challenge, however, would be to prevent a confrontation between the resurgent Sunni extremist forces with Shia groups, which are likely to be energised by Iran’s emerging regional and global stature.
Arif Ansar is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington-based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com). He can be reached at: email@example.com, and on Twitter at: @ArifAnsar.
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything — James Cameron
parveen shakir remembered on 62nd birth anniversary
Johansson poses in sexy White corset on 29th Birthday
A Yemeni wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK-47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to pop hit “Gangnam Style”, according to a police source and a video posted online. The police source said the guest at the wedding in the southern city of Taiz lost control of his rifle, leading to the deaths. Two other people were being treated in hospital. A video circulating on the web purportedly shows the incident, which happened late last week. Its authenticity could not be immediately verified. The footage shows a man shooting a gun in the air and then starting to dance with several other guests to the hit song. The rattle of gunfire is then heard and when the camera pans down, bodies are seen lying in pools of blood. The music stops as the guests rush to help the victims. Celebratory gunfire is common at Yemeni weddings.
Scarlett Johansson celebrated her 29th birthday by posing for the front cover of Vogue magazine’s Mexican edition. In the cover, which is apparently one of Johansson’s sexiest shoots, the actress can be seen wearing a sexy white corseted dress that shows off her trim waistline, the Mirror reported. Johansson, who is captured with her trademark lips pouting as she looks back over her shoulder, is pictured wearing the engagement ring given to her by fiance Romain Dauriac. neWS DeSK
tWo shot dead at‘gangnam style’Wedding dance in yemen
EGENDARY poetess Parveen Shakir was remembered in literary circles on her 62nd birth anniversary on Sunday. Parveen Shakir was born on November 24, 1952 in Karachi. She was one of those female poets who could be regarded as pioneers in defying tradition by expressing the “female experience” in Urdu poetry. Parveen Shakir was the first female poetess who expressed emotions and feelings of a young girl in a realistic manner. Spontaneity in expression was the hallmark of her poetry that mesmerized the young lot, especially girls. Parveen played greater role in de-
piction of romanticism in her poetic work. She portrayed the issues related to the women. She was a self-made woman and adopted purely eastern style in her poems. She not only expressed her feelings but also of working women. Parveen Shakir started writing at an early age and published her first volume of poetry, Khushbu (Fragrance), in 1976. She was known as poet of dreams, colors and fragrances. Parveen Shakir started writing at a young age, penning both prose and poetry, and contributing columns in Urdu newspapers, and a few articles in English dailies. She was highly educated with two Masters degrees, one in English Literature and one in Linguistics. She also held a PhD and another Masters degree in Banking Administration. She subsequently published other volumes of poetry including
Sad-barg (Marsh Marigold) in 1980, Khud Kalami (Soliloquy) and Inkar (Denial) in 1990, Kaf e Aina (The Mirror’s Edge) besides a collection of her newspaper columns, titled Gosha-eChashm (The Sight Corner), and was awarded one of Pakistan’s highest honours, the Pride of Performance for her outstanding contribution to literature. Her work was often based on romanticism, exploring the concepts of love, beauty and their contradictions, and heavily integrated the use of metaphors, similes and personifications. On December 26, 1994, Shakir’s car collided with a bus while she was on her way to work in Islamabad. The accident resulted in her death, a great loss to the Urdu poetry world. The road on which the accident took place is named after her.
releases second episode of season 6 Episode features ‘Ishq di Booti’ by Abrar-ul-Haq, ‘Laage re Nain’ by Ayesha Omar and ‘Tori Chab - Kalenin Burcu Muyam’ by Rustam Fateh Ali Khan and Turkish vocalist Sumru Ağıryürüyen LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Coke Studio on Sunday released its Second Episode of Season 6 featuring “Ishq di Booti” by Abrar-ul-Haq, “Laage re Nain” by Ayesha Omar and “Tori Chab Kalenin Burcu Muyam” by Rustam Fateh Ali Khan and Turkish Vocalist Sumru Ağıryürüyen. Abrar-ul-Haq made his Coke Studio debut in this episode with “Ishq di Booti”, presenting a composition rooted in folk rhythm, which when brought onto the Western scale of music finds itself comfortably placed in shades of Jazz and Funk. The overall song demonstrates conflicting sentiments in that the wordings express a prayer in the name of self-actualization bordering between happy musical accents and the eternally present sad undertone. Lyrically, the song, as written by Abrar, speaks of inner growth and the process accompanied on the journey within beginning with Intent. As the song
progresses, he uses verses by Sufi poets to symbolize the link between this world and the next asking what it really is that we carry with us into the oblivion. Thematically, the verses speak of the gift of true self-actualization lying in the idea of selfnegation. The song is one that is personal to Abrar, as he feels it demonstrates his relationship with God, the world and his own existence. Musically, the song’s conflicting tones find a form of whimsical harmony between the instrumental elements by the Serbian House Band alongside the Dhol beat of the Dhol Group and the percussive accents of Morocco while the Serbian String Orchestra, in true subtlety, bring the underlying melancholy of the song to the foreground all the while staying true to the scale presenting a rich mix of fusion. Coke Studio’s “Laage Re Nain” also marks Ayesha Omar’s debut on the platform. Based on the early evening raag Bhopali, the song’s composition has manifested in the form of an easy listening expe-
rience. A raag that she had learnt at the age of 9, Ayesha feels that this experience now transports her to her childhood, as this was one of the earliest raags she had learnt. Composed in the ancient sub-continental language of Poorbi, the verses speak of classic love, mirroring the restlessness that comes with being in love across distance. While the yearning does tug at the heart, the experience in this song is not one of sadness; it is a celebration of being in love and fully experiencing all the feelings associated with the state in true bliss. While the lyrics are reminiscent of folklore, the verses thematically express the perpetual state of search we find ourselves in while all along the way; the true voice of love is within. While the overall composition stems from Eastern Classical origins, the feel of the song finds itself well placed with the mountain music of Nepal – a connect that begs to dive in further to discover the harmony with the Zen of Buddhist musical influences. The groovy sunshine feel of the song, performed by the band in Serbia, meets influences from Nepal
such as the Flute coupled with the calming quality of bells. “Tori Chab - Kalenin Burcu Muyam” manifests as another step in Coke Studio’s journey, delving further into the many cultures of the world and experiencing its hidden connect points. The song itself begins with an expression of the rare South Indian raag known as Abhogi Kangra – a raag rooted in a 5000 year old history and is unique because of its structure. Due to its scale being so different, very little work has been done with the ancient raag, something that Rustam Fateh Ali Khan now feels is something worth presenting to exhibit a feel that is one of a kind and thereby create a sound that, with the accompaniment of contemporary sounds, cements the raag’s influence in modern day music. As the song progresses, Coke Studio travels to Turkey to connect with a rendition by Sumru Ağıryürüyen of the traditional Anatolian classic that is ‘Kalenin Burcu Muyam’. Lyrically, the verses of both pieces talk of love demonstrating the similarities in culture not just in theme but also in words.
ranveer sPends rs 0.2m on dinner With deePiKa? The team of Ram Leela seems to be basking in the film’s success. Actor Ranveer Singh was spotted with alleged girl friend Deepika Padukone, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and choreographer turned film producer Shabina Khan. According to a report in Mid-Day, the team was celebrating Ram Leela’s success at the Box Office by dining out at a restaurant in a south Mumbai five star hotel. As the food and drinks flowed, Ranveer apparently decided to be generous and foot the bill which summed up to an alleged amount of Rs 200,000. Further to the report in Mid-Day, a source informs that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to take Deepika and Ranveer out for dinner before Ranveer headed out of the country for the shoot of his next film Gunday. But as the team enjoyed a five course meal with drinks, Ranveer is said to have insisted on paying the bill as Ram Leela was a special film for him. neWS DeSK
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roBert de niro’s name mentioned in fir filed in india
EHELKA editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s name appears to have illustrious company in the FIR which charges him with sexual assault. Along with the journalist-novelist, the name of Robert De Niro, the legendary actor who played Don Corleone in “Godfather 2” finds inadvertent mention in the first information report, a copy of which is in IANS’s possession. De Niro was the biggest star at the Tehelka Thinkfest, a high profile conference held in Goa last week, at a five star resort Grand Hyatt, where a junior employee of the weekly newspaper has accused Tejpal of sexually assaulting her twice in an elevator. “Let’s go wake up Bob (Mr. De Niro) and I asked him why he wanted to do that. I then realized that Mr Tejpal
was simply pressing buttons on the lift’s panel to make the elevator stay in circuit, preventing it from stopping anywhere, and for the doors to open,” says the FIR quoting extensively from the written complaint sent by the victim to Tehelka’s managing editor Shoma Chaudhury. The FIR was filed by police inspector Sunita Sawant at 2pm on Friday. De Niro, had in all likelihood retired for the night in his VIP suite at the Club House in the resort, only a few metres from the scene of the alleged crime. The other reference to De Niro is in the FIR’s following page where the victim has been again quoted from her complaint to Chaudhury as saying: “The door opened on the second floor, on Mr. De Niro’s floor and he (Tejpal) said again ‘The universe is telling us something’ to which I said ‘I’m taking the stairs’ and
Waar Becomes highest grossing paKistani film of all time With rs 200m earnings
Blockbuster Pakistani film ‘Waar’ has become the highest grossing film of all time in the country with Rs 200,145,809 earning. The movie passed ‘Choorian’s’ Rs200 million mark at the box office on just its 36th day of screening. The film had initially been released on 53 screens at 35 cinemas all across the country on Eidul Azha. It’s still playing at five different sites, meaning it could gross more from its domestic screenings. The Bilal Lashari directed film is also expected to see a limited release in India, and the UK. neWS DeSK
The rivalry between Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Bigg Boss 7 contestant Kushal Tandon seems to be a never ending topic. Just when everyone thought that the TV heartthrob will finally make peace with the host of Bigg Boss 7 post his re-entry on the show, Salman Khan has added another twist to their fight. In last night’s episode (November 23, 2013) Salman Khan told Kushal Tandon he is not important to him and that he has more important things to do in life. The young lad who was dismissed from the seventh edition of Bigg Boss 7 for his aggressive behaviour with co-contestant Andy returned to the show last week. Salman Khan also mentioned that he is just the host of the reality show and never interferes nor has any decision making powers in the show. He further said that he felt that the way Kushal was dismissed from the house and was again brought back in the game show was unfair. And had it been any other contestant in his place Salman Khan would have felt the same.
started to walk out. He pulled me back in, sensing that I was on the verge of hysteria - by this point, he was totally comfortable physically manhandling me, but sensing my sheer panic.” The FIR also says that police had tried contacting Chaudhury via email as well as SMS asking her to forward the victim’s complaint via email, but according to Sawant, she did neither. Finally when police called the managing editor from the police control room was the contact established. “I contacted her from the police control room on her mobile number again requesting her to forward the complaint of the victim and the other relevant information as told to her. She informed that she will go through the mail and do the needful in the matter,” the FIR quotes Sawant as saying. neWS DeSK
preity zinta moves hc, claims rs 20m from amrohi family Actress says she gave late Shandar Amrohi money to fight legal battles on assurance it would be returned; after his death, with verbal requests for a refund going unheeded, she has now filed a suit Two years after the demise of Shandar Amrohi, elder son of legendary filmmaker Kamal Amrohi, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta is seeking a refund of money she had supposedly lent him, to fight his legal battles and for other purposes. Zinta filed a suit in Bombay High Court last week, seeking to recover a principal amount of Rs 20 million and interest of Rs 8 million — calculated at an annual rate of 18% from the day after Amrohi passed away, i.e. August 22, 2011. While Zinta is seeking recovery of the money from surviving members of Amrohi’s family, his brother Tajdaar has rubbished her claims, saying they will decide their next course of action when the time comes. Zinta’s suit said that she did not give the money to Amrohi by way of charity, but had done so on the assurance it would be returned once Amrohi grew financially stable. neWS DeSK
During the show Kushal tried to explain his point and said that that he has no ill feeling towards the actor and said that even he would have done the same thing if he was in Salman Khan’s place. Kushal said Salman’s support for Tanisha, who is like a family to the superstar, after her fight with Kushal was justified and he would have also done the same thing. The entire controversy started when after his eviction Kushal during all his media interactions stated that “I was a huge fan of Salman. I did not expect that Salman ‘bhai’ will do this to me. But I also understand his emotions. He is emotional like me and I could relate to him. It was his personal decision but he was biased towards Tanishaa. I haven’t done anything wrong,” He also said, “Salman bhai has seen Tanishaa grow up in front of his eyes, so I can understand when he takes her side. But Armaan? I am shocked that Salman cannot see how he has been bad-mouthing the women in the house.” Kushal also went ahead to claim that
photographer Wins $1.2 m from companies that tooK pictures off tWitter A federal jury on Friday ordered two media companies to pay $1.2 million to a freelance photojournalist for their unauthorized use of photographs he posted to Twitter. The jury found that Agence France-Presse and Getty Images willfully violated the Copyright Act when they used photos Daniel Morel took in his native Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people, Morel’s lawyer, Joseph Baio, said. The case is one of the first to address how images that individuals make available to the public through social media can be used by third parties for commercial purposes. “We believe that this is the first time that these defendants or any other major digital licensor of photography have been found liable for willful violations of the Copyright Act,” Baio said in an email. Lawyers for AFP and Getty did not immediately respond to requests for comment. US District Judge Alison Nathan, who presided over the trial, had ruled in January that the two companies were liable for infringement. An editor at AFP discovered Morel’s photos through another Twitter user’s account and provided them to Getty. The photos were then widely disseminated to Getty’s clients, including several television networks and the Washington Post. The trial was held solely to determine the amount of damages for Morel, based on whether the jury found that AFP and Getty willfully infringed on Morel’s copyrights.neWS DeSK
Salman Khan had apologized to him but during an interview to Times Of India online, the actor said that his statements about Salman Khan were misinterpreted by the media and were blown out of the proportion. There were also several reports in the media claiming that Kushal’s claims had not gone down well with Salman Khan and that the delay in Kushal’s re-entry on Bigg Boss 7 was because of Salman Khan. To which Salman Khan said that he has better things to do than to stop Kushal re-entering Bigg Boss’ house. Salman said that Kushal is too small as an entity for him to matter that much. Kushal immediately responded to Salman that even he feels the same way. He said: “You (Salman Khan) are a superstar, I am just a beginner, why would you care about me.” Kushal tried to explain Salman that he never said anything against Salman Khan to which Salman said that the way he had behaved in the house it is not difficult to not believe that Kushal could have said all that. He also told
Salman that he can never take mileage by using Salman Khan or anyone else’ name. While Kushal tried his best and requested Salman to say that everything was fine, the actor refrained from saying that and told if Kushal says so he believes him. Salman also said that all the contestants of Bigg Boss 7 should sort out their fights, differences between Monday to Friday and should not bring them to the Saturday episode so that at least he stays in a good mood. Looks like Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who is never known to forgive and forget his enemies has added a new name to his list of rivals. neWS DeSK
man starts hillside message for ex, But gives uP
A hill near Peavine Mountain has, for 100 years, had a large “N” written out with white rocks as a symbol for the University of Nevada, Reno. However, as reported by KOLO News Now 8, a mysterious “A” written in chalk suddenly appeared next to the “N”, and nobody knew why. It turns out it was a lazy attempt by a Reno resident to win back his ex-girlfriend. Brent Wilbur, who on what we believe to be his LinkedIn account has given himself the title, “King of Reno”, told KOLO that on a moonless night he, “rented a truck, I bought a palette full of marking chalk, actually I bought all they had left. I was trying to write a woman’s name, ‘Tina,’ I started with the ‘A’ and just ran out of steam”. He said that it took him five and a half hours to create the “A”, and so he pretty much just quit. So why was Brent doing this? He wanted to win back his ex, Tina, who according to KOLO is someone “he dated four years ago for a nine month time period”. So obviously, this is as epic a romance as any. He wants to let Tina know, “I owe her a great many apologies for the way I treated her,” and that he has zero regrets even if there are legal consequences. It looks like he’ll escape punishment for the act, though. The Washoe County Community Services Department, or WCCSD for short, says the letter doesn’t violate codes and the University of Nevada, Reno will just let nature take away the “A” on its own. It’s possible this is all just a comedic stunt by Wilbur. He’s listed on the voice-over talent website, Voices.com. That could mean he’s just a lovelorn guy who also provides voice-overs, but when you combine that with his LinkedIn interests of “wearing my royal robe and making official decrees”, well, you know. KOLO also says that Brent calls himself an entertainer. neWS DeSK
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The IPL is just pure, intense. You don't need all the other stuff. I don't believe in coaches in international cricket. — Shane Warne
Bhatti Bulldoses Proteas Anwar Ali’s all round performance proves fatal for South Africa CAPE TOWN
Monday, 25 November, 2013
afghanistan qualify for t-20 World cup 2014 SHARJAH: Kenya failed to win what was a must-win game for them against Afghanistan, meaning they are out of the running for a spot in the 2014 World Twenty20. Afghanistan's victory meant they topped Group B and ensured their passage into the showpiece Twenty20 event in Bangladesh next year, irrespective of what happens in the playoffs that follow this round. The victory was a relatively straightforward one for Afghanistan, built on a halfcentury by No. 3 Noor Ali Zadran and a five-for from legspinner Samiullah Shenwari. Afghanistan were dealt an early blow after choosing to bat, but Zadran and Karim Sadiq counterattacked with 48 in 4.4 overs. After Sadiq fell for 30, Zadran held the innings together. He was out in the penultimate over of the innings, lbw for 50 to Collins Obuya, but by then Afghanistan were well on their way to a competitive total. They ended with 148 for 9. After a brief sparkle from Kenya's openers, Shenwari proceeded to carve up their top and middle order - he claimed five of the top seven batsmen, and was on a hat-trick at one point of his spell. Kenya never looked like chasing down the total towards the end, despite a half-century from Rakep Patel, and fell well short, bowled out for 114 in 18.2 overs. PAPUA NEW GUINEA BEAT BERMUDA: Papua New Guinea fought their way to a 25-run victory over Bermuda to ensure they stayed in the race for a place in the World Twenty20 2014. Their victory, coupled with Kenya's loss to Afghanistan, meant PNG finished at No. 5 on the Group B points table and edged out Kenya - who finished sixth - for the final spot in the playoffs. PNG chose to bat and were off to a disastrous start, reduced to 3 for 9 and 4 for 26, before the middle order rescued the innings alongside opener Tony Ura. First Ura was involved in a 76-run stand with Mahuru Dai - who top scored with 64 - at close to nine an over. Then, when Ura fell three short of a half-century, Dai carried the innings forward with Charles Amini. They added 66 in 6.5 overs to lift the team to 168 for 5. AGenCieS
Chasing 289 on an outfield that looked like it was wet because of persistent rain and not dew, West Indies had it all to lose, and some of their batsmen tried their best to do so. Ultimately, the cool head of deposed ODI captain Darren Sammy prevailed to level the series 1-1. Kieran Powell and the brothers Bravo threw their wickets away, and Lendl Simmons tried to do so unsuccessfully, but Sammy timed the final assault well to carry a stumbling West Indies to their first win of the tour. The West Indies bowling towards the end of the Indian innings played a key role in keeping the series alive. India were 194 for 3 when the 36th over began, with Virat Kohli on course for an 18th ODI century. Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder and Sunil Narine pulled them back, and Kohli fell for 99. Narine bowled his last five overs, coming back in the 37th, for just eight runs, bowling two maidens while Rampaul took the wickets. Despite MS Dhoni’s assault towards the end, a total of 95 in the last 15 overs meant a manageable chase, which became easier as the dew got heavier. The balls must have felt
ILAWAL Bhatti and Anwar Ali's all-round performances helped Pakistan defeat South Africa by 23 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Cape Town on Sunday. Ali was declared the man of the match. After putting up a solid batting performance, Bhatti picked up three wickets and Ali picked up 2 wickets to change the course of play. Ali's strike in his second spell to remove a well-settled Jacques Kallis came at the perfect time. Kallis scored a half-century while JP Duminy scored 49. However, South African batsmen struggled in front of Pakistan bowlers. Anwar Ali, who was unbeaten on 43, picked up two wickets. Earlier, tail enders Bhatti and Ali defied a strong South African bowling attack to enable Pakistan to post 218 for nine. Bhatti (39) and Anwar (43*) put on 74 for the eighth wicket after Pakistan's recognised batsmen struggled against a strong South African pace attack. For the first time since South Africa began their rise to the top of the Test rankings, the hosts fielded all three of their leading fast bowlers - Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel - in the same one-day side. With Jacques Kallis returning for his first one-day international since February 2012, South Africa applied relentless pressure as Pakistan struggled to 131 for seven in the 36th over. But Bhatti and Ali went for their shots to keep their side in the game on what looked a good batting pitch. Steyn took three for 33 and Morkel three for 39,
while Philander claimed one for 37. Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad put on 49 for the first wicket but Steyn dismissed Jamshed in the 16th over and followed up with the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, both caught in the slips. Pakistan's leading batsmen were unable to build any substantial partnerships and could not lift the scoring rate. They looked to be headed for a low total when Shahid Afridi was bowled by Steyn in the first over of the batting powerplay. But Bhatti and Ali, both playing in their first one-day internationals, put on 74 off 70 balls. Bhatti made his 39 off 25 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes, while Ali hit six fours in a 55-ball innings.
steyn tongue clipped finally SPORTS DESK Dale Steyn has been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Cape Town on Friday. Steyn was booked under Article 2.1.4, which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match". The incident occurred at the end of Steyn's second over and he admitted the offence and accepted the sanction from match referee Andy Pycroft.
SCoReboARD PAKiSTAn nasir Jamshed c Kallis b Steyn 24 35 Ahmed Shehzad c de Kock b Kallis Mohammad hafeez c Amla b Steyn 5 22 Sohaib Maqsood c imran Tahir b Kallis Misbah-ul-haq c de Kock b Morkel 13 Umar Akmal c de Kock b Philander 0 26 Shahid Afridi b Steyn bilawal bhatti lbw b Morkel 39 43 Anwar Ali not out Saeed Ajmal c Duminy b Morkel 3 Junaid Khan not out 0 8 eXTRAS (b 2, lb 1, w 5) ToTAl (9 wickets; 50 overs; 227 mins) 218 FAll oF WiCKeTS 1-49 (nasir Jamshed, 15.2 ov), 2-58 (Mohammad hafeez, 17.3 ov), 3-73 (Ahmed Shehzad, 23.3 ov), 4-97 (Misbah-ul-haq, 28.6 ov), 5-98 (Umar Akmal, 29.4 ov), 6-124 (Sohaib Maqsood, 34.3 ov), 7-131 (Shahid Afridi, 35.5 ov), 8-205 (bilawal bhatti, 47.3 ov), 9-213 (Saeed Ajmal, 49.2 ov) boWlinG: DW Steyn 10-2-33-3, VD Philander 10-0-37-1, M Morkel 10-0-39-3, JP Duminy 5-0-23-0, imran Tahir 7-1-30-0, Jh Kallis 8-0-53-2 SoUTh AFRiCA GC Smith st Umar Akmal b Mohammad hafeez 12 3 hM Amla b Junaid Khan Q de Kock b bilawal bhatti 19 50 Jh Kallis b Anwar Ali Ab de Villiers b Shahid Afridi 10 JP Duminy c Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 49 4 DA Miller c Umar Akmal b Anwar Ali VD Philander c Sohaib Maqsood b Saeed Ajmal 14 15 DW Steyn b bilawal bhatti M Morkel b bilawal bhatti 17 imran Tahir not out 0 2 eXTRAS (w 2) ToTAl (all out; 48.1 overs; 219 mins) 195 (4.04 runs per over) FAll oF WiCKeTS 1-12 (Amla, 2.2 ov), 2-20 (Smith, 3.5 ov), 3-62 (de Kock, 12.1 ov), 4-79 (de Villiers, 17.2 ov), 5-115 (Kallis, 25.4 ov), 6-123 (Miller, 29.4 ov), 7-155 (Philander, 37.4 ov), 8-168 (Duminy, 43.1 ov), 9-192 (Steyn, 46.6 ov), 10-195 (Morkel, 48.1 ov) boWlinG: Junaid Khan 8-0-38-1, Anwar Ali 6-0-24-2, Mohammad hafeez 10-0-341, bilawal bhatti 7.1-0-37-3, Saeed Ajmal 10-0-28-2, Shahid Afridi 7-0-34-1 Match details Toss Pakistan, who chose to bat Series Pakistan led the 3-match series 1-0 oDi debuts Anwar Ali and bilawal bhatti (Pakistan) Player of the match Anwar Ali (Pakistan) Umpires JD Cloete and Cb Gaffaney (new Zealand) TV umpire bnJ oxenford (Australia) Match referee bC broad (england) Reserve umpire S George
West indies slip and stumBle, But draW level like bars of soap to India and had to be changed on three occasions. They skidded on, negating the slowness of the surface that had pulled India back when the conditions were dry. West Indies, though, were benevolent. Darren Bravo was dropped three times in four deliveries before he went to cut a length ball from R Ashwin and was dismissed. That ended West Indies’ best partnership of the tour, an even 100, and left Powell kicking the ground in disgust at the other end. Soon, Powell would show an equal lack of situational awareness. In the 26th and the 27th over, both the wet balls were changed for drier ones. And once again, Powell had the best seat in the house to learn from his partner’s mistake. Lendl Simmons went driving at the first delivery of the 26th over, but the drier ball gripped and turned past the bat. The second took the edge, and fell short of slip. Powell, though, wasn’t observing, and premeditated a skip-and-defence to the first dry ball he faced, missing the line of the ball by at least six inches, and getting stumped by a mile. That was R Ashwin’s
second wicket; he bowled 10 overs for 37, a big achievement for a spinner in wet conditions. At 123 for 2, West Indies needed 166 in 28 overs; at 185 for 4, the 104 required off 15.4 overs seemed even more manageable with a wet ball. Somehow, they managed to throw it away on both occasions, this time Dwayne Bravo pulling to the only man in the deep. Sammy, though, came out and showed his team-mates how to do it. The maiden that Sammy was played was at the start of the Powerplay. There was a concerted effort from Sammy and Simmons to not lose a wicket in the Powerplay - India had lost two for 15. West Indies too managed only 15, but they had wickets in hand to score 86 off the last 10 overs. Sammy began the assault in the 41st over, taking 12 off Mohammed Shami, and it was clear West Indies were edging ahead. Simmons, though, nearly threw it away in the 42nd but was dropped by Yuvraj Singh at long-on. Perhaps the wetness of the ball caused that slip, but it came a night before India discuss Yuvraj’s shaky position for
the tour of South Africa. Sammy kept backing himself to clear the field whenever he wanted to, but he also played with the field, beating short fine leg on more than occasion while dragging short balls from outside off. Every time an attempted yorker went too full, Sammy put it into the crowd. He had to contend with one final brain fade, though. West Indies needed 22 off 19 when Jadeja got one to skid and trap Simmons in front. The game was still in West Indies’ grip, which was tightened with a four and a six from Sammy in the next over. This is where Jason Holder and Sunil Narine went for the glory, and made it four required off nine deliveries with two wickets in hand. Sammy, however, made sure he had crossed over before Narine’s top edge was caught, and took a single to keep strike for the last over. The field came up, but the runs were scored, and Kohli’s effort earlier in the day - which could have made him the first man to have scored five centuries each in consecutive years - was overshadowed.
inDiA RG Sharma c Sammy b Rampaul 12 S Dhawan lbw b Permaul 35 V Kohli c holder b Rampaul 99 yuvraj Singh c Samuels b Sammy 28 SK Raina c DJ bravo b Rampaul 23 MS Dhoni not out 51 RA Jadeja b Rampaul 10 R Ashwin c †Charles b holder 19 b Kumar not out 1 eXTRAS (lb 1, w 9) 10 ToTAl (7 wickets; 50 overs) 288 DiD noT bAT Mohammed Shami, MM Sharma FAll oF WiCKeTS 1-21 (RG Sharma, 4.5 ov), 2-69 (Dhawan, 13.2 ov), 3-138 (yuvraj Singh, 27.4 ov), 4-203 (Raina, 37.2 ov), 5-209 (Kohli, 39.6 ov), 6-240 (Jadeja, 46.3 ov), 7-287 (Ashwin, 49.5 ov) boWlinG: R Rampaul 10-0-60-4, Jo holder 10-0-63-1, DJ bravo 8-0-540, V Permaul 10-0-55-1, SP narine 10-2-39-0, DJG Sammy 1-0-11-1, lMP Simmons 1-0-5-0 WeST inDieS J Charles c & b Kumar 12 KoA Powell st †Dhoni b Ashwin 59 Mn Samuels c †Dhoni b MM Sharma 8 DM bravo c †Dhoni b Ashwin 50 lMP Simmons lbw b Jadeja 62 DJ bravo c Dhawan b Kumar 18 DJG Sammy not out 63 Jo holder c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 7 SP narine c sub (AT Rayudu) b Mohammed Shami 0 V Permaul not out 0 eXTRAS (lb 7, w 3) 10 ToTAl (8 wickets; 49.3 overs) 289 DiD noT bAT R Rampaul FAll oF WiCKeTS 1-14 (Charles, 2.4 ov), 2-23 (Samuels, 5.4 ov), 3-123 (DM bravo, 22.1 ov), 4-147 (Powell, 26.1 ov), 5-185 (DJ bravo, 34.3 ov), 6-267 (Simmons, 46.6 ov), 7-285 (holder, 48.2 ov), 8-285 (narine, 48.5 ov) boWlinG: b Kumar 9-1-56-2, MM Sharma 6.3-0-48-1, Mohammed Shami 7-0-55-2, R Ashwin 10-1-37-2, SK Raina 7-0-42-0, RA Jadeja 10-1-44-1 Match details Toss West indies, who chose to field Series 3-match series level 1-1 Player of the match DJG Sammy (West indies) Umpires VA Kulkarni and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire AK Chaudhary Match referee DC boon (Australia) Reserve umpire nA Patwardhan
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Hockey is the original extreme sport. â€“Tom Ward
SPORTS Monday, 25 November, 2013
vettel on pole for Brazilian grand Prix SAO PAULO: Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the season-ending Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix after a rain-hit qualifying session at Interlagos on Saturday. The 26-year-old German, more than ever in a class of his own, made his 45th career pole - and ninth of the season - look all too easy as he swept round a rain-soaked track with a time of one minute 26.479 seconds. Nico Rosberg joined his compatriot on the front row for Mercedes, but the 0.623 second gulf between his time and Vettel's told the real story. "He was really impressive in that last session there," said Red Bull principal Christian Horner after a jubilant Vettel had celebrated the pole with a cheer of 'Ole, ole' over the team radio. "To produce two laps that were over half a second clear of the rest of the field in such tricky conditions, what more can you say?" Ferrari's Fernando Alonso equalled his best position of the season with third place next to Vettel's Australian team mate Mark Webber, preparing for his Formula One farewell before heading off to race sportscars with Porsche. Webber, who had topped the timesheets in a meaningless final practice with most drivers conserving tyres, was more than a second off Vettel's pace while Alonso said a mistake had cost him eight tenths. "I went off at turn four, I was very late and missed the corner," he explained, saying second place would have been possible but not pole. RECORD WIN Vettel, who clinched his fourth title in a row in India last month, is now perfectly placed to claim a record ninth successive win in a single season on Sunday. Victory would also be his 13th of the season, equalling Michael Schumacher's 2004 record with Ferrari. Vettel, along with the others who made it through to the last 10, had to wait 45 minutes in the garages to complete the session due to the incessant rain and standing water on the track delaying the final phase. "I was so happy after the quali, especially Q3," he told reporters. "It took a long time for us to get out, there was a lot of rain after Q2...we had to wait. If there's too much water on the track, the risk of aquaplaning is too high. "Maybe someone can tell me today and hopefully I'll have another chance tomorrow." AGenCieS
Warner's trott comments 'disresPectful', says cooK BRISBANE
NGLAND captain Alastair Cook branded Australian batsman David Warner "disrespectful" on Sunday after a tempestuous final couple of days in the first Ashes test at the Gabba. Australia won the contest by 381 runs to take a 1-0 series lead after a day punctuated by chatter and fingerpointing between the two sides in the middle. But it was Warner's comments in the press conference on Saturday, that under-pressure England's batsman Jonathan Trott's dismissal had been "weak", that attracted Cook's ire. "I think for any professional cricketer, really, yeah," he said when asked if the comment was disrespectful. "On the pitch it's pretty much a war, isn't it anyway? So there's always going to be a few words on the pitch. "I think that's the way people want to watch cricket being played. Tough, hard cricket. On the pitch is fine." Cook said he thought the testiness between the two teams was the result of playing back-to-back Ashes series this year, a measure taken to take the Australia hosted series out of its place in the calendar next to the limited overs World Cup. "I think when you play each other for quite a few games in a row, the niggles can increase," he said. "It's competitive cricket." Cook's Australian counterpart Michael Clarke said he thought the sledging came about because both teams wanted to win so badly but that it was not a sign of a lack of respect. "I think we all respect the game, the traditions the history. Australia versus England has always been competitive no matter which team has won. "I certainly understand and respect that there's a line and both teams shouldn't over-step that line and I hope that
hasn't been the case through this test match but I think the rivalry and the banter on the field, it's give-and-take both ways," Clarke said. "There is not one English player that anyone has a personal vendetta with or anyone disrespect as a cricketer. "I think I've heard a lot worse said on a cricket field than what any of the Australian players or the England players have said throughout this test match." TROTT AFRAID? Clarke said if there had been a problem with Warner's comments, which also included the observation that there was fear in Trott's eyes when faced with the short ball de-
livered at pace, they would be dealt with by the ICC. Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson, who dismissed him in both innings, said he thought there maybe was a little fear in Trott's eyes when he ratcheted up the pace. "There were a couple of nice ones that were zinging past his nose," said Johnson, who was named Man of the Match after taking nine wickets including 5-42 in the second innings. "As a fast bowler you give a bit of a stare and have a look into the eyes and ... I don't know, there might have been a little bit of fear there, maybe. I don't know, you'd have to ask him that.
england may be scarred by drubbing, says vaughan SPORTS DESK Former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan fears England's drubbing at the hands of Australia in the first test in Brisbane could have inflicted long-term damage. Two woeful battling displays and ferocious bowling by Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson condemned England to a 381-run defeat in four days. It was England's second worst Ashes loss in Australia in terms of runs-deficit and with the second test starting in 11 days Vaughan is concerned at the impact on the tourists. "This could have long-term effects, because England have been blown away. People are trying to avoid facing Mitchell Johnson," Vaughan, England's skipper when England reclaimed the Ashes in 2005, told the BBC. Johnson, often the butt of jokes for England's travelling Barmy Army, was in
devastating form, finishing with nine wickets in the match. He took five for 42 in England's first innings of 136 and was at it again on Sunday as he finished with four for 61 to help bowl out the touring side out for 179. "They will know they have a lot of soul-searching to do," Vaughan said. "They have to come out with a different mindset in Adelaide. This is one tall order, a bigger challenge than coming back to win in India. "This England side have a lot of character. However, I have the sense that Australia are a better side, that's what we began to see in the English summer." Geoffrey Boycott, another former England batsman who was commentating for BBC radio, said winning the series would now be a tall order for Alastair Cook's side. "I think Alastair Cook would bite your hand off if you offered him retaining, rather than winning the Ashes," Boycott said.
SHEARER RULES HIMSELF OUT OF ROLE SPORTS DESK Inverness stand-in manager Duncan Shearer has ruled himself out of taking the job on a permanent basis. The former Caley Jags' striker presided over a 1-0 triumph against St Johnstone in the first game since Terry Butcher's departure to Hibernian. Billy McKay's thirdminute goal decided the result in a game where neither goalkeeper was seriously tested. But with chairman Kenny Cameron possessing a shortlist whittling down the candidates for the manager's job, Shearer has no interest on being on it. "Absolutely not," he said. "It's not for me, I had a taste of it at Aberdeen and I didn't like it. "It's the first time I've ever worked with someone like (ex-assistant manager) Maurice Malpas and I see a lot of myself in him. "I'm not saying I'm at his level of coaching but I like the way he goes about his business and the way he helps everything. That's the kind of coach I aspire to be. "I'm enjoying doing my under-20s and I'm enjoying helping the club keep things ticking over and loved it for the fans in this
game. "Even the team talks, you speak to them and you don't even have to tell them anything. They're seasoned pros now and if I've got to repeat it all to my left-back or right-back now, it's no use as they've heard it all a thousand times." St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright praised the defensive qualities of Shearer's side as the Perth side failed to break down the hosts. Despite threatening on the counter-attack, Dean Brill did not have a save to make and Wright said it was testament to the effort Caley Thistle put in. "They're a side that when you go one down against, it's hard to get back in the game," he said. "They work extremely hard for each other and you have to compliment them for that. "I thought we had started the game alright but they scored with their first attack. We defended the cross poorly and it shouldn't happen, it's too easy. "They played on the counter on us and we knew they would. They have guys like Aaron Doran, Billy McKay and Nick Ross who are going to make it difficult for you. "I thought we controlled possession for most of the game but didn't do enough with it."
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When did I know I had talent? I think it started when I first started playing sports, organised sports. â€“LeBron James
Monday, 25 November, 2013
Jason day wins emotional World cup MELBOuRNE
USTRALIA'S Jason Day fended off Danish challenger Thomas Bjorn and rode an emotional wave of crowd support to win the World Cup of Golf by two strokes at Royal Mel-
bourne on Sunday. World number 18 Day, mourning the loss of eight relatives killed in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, broke clear of the tenacious Bjorn on the par-four 16th with a nerveless clutch putt for par before holding firm in the final holes. After tapping in the winning putt on the 18th, the 26-year-old raised his arms
luKe donald defends title at dunloP Phoenix
aloft in triumph and embraced his grieving mother by the green as a huge gallery of home fans roared their approval. "For her to be out here over the weekend, and even to have my sisters and my nephew to be here as a family, knowing that I can hold them is very special to me," Day told reporters after winning his second PGA Tour title on another breezy, sunny day at the famed sandbelt course.
"The biggest thing right now is to know that I just didn't give up. It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week -- just to be up there with my mum and support her. "But I really wanted to come down here and play with Adam (Scott) and really try to win the World Cup and we achieved that which was great."
manchester city smash six past miserable spurs
MIYAZAKI: Luke Donald shot a 5-under 66 on Sunday to defend his title at the Dunlop Phoenix and earn his first victory of the year. Heading into the final round with a two-stroke lead, Donald had seven birdies and two bogeys at the par-71 Phoenix Country Club to finish at 14-under 270 on the Japan Tour. Kim Hyung-sung of South Korea finished second at 8 under after a final-round 70. Shingo Katayama shot a 65 to finish third, one stroke behind Kim. Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Japan's Shunsuke Sonoda tied for fourth. AGenCieS
time to rest ronaldo? madrid must take heed of Barcelona's messi problems It was the sight no Real Madrid fan will have wanted to see. Cristiano Ronaldo, clearly in discomfort, was hurt and was asking to be replaced. With a grimace on his face, the world's most in-form footballer stayed behind the goal and walked straight down the tunnel to leave madridistas everywhere wondering what exactly had happened - and just how serious it might be. The answer came quickly and it was good news: the Portuguese had suffered nothing more than a knock. "It's nothing serious," he said afterwards. Later, coach Carlo Ancelotti added: "I don't think it is anything important because he isn't feeling any pain. He got a kick in the first half and felt the muscle somewhat tight. It is just a precaution." Ronaldo, who netted the opening goal after three minutes and saw Madrid add four more following his departure, will undergo tests back in the Spanish capital on Monday to determine the full extent of the problem and establish whether the forward can play a part in Wednesday's Champions League clash at home to Galatasaray.
Goals will come: Clark SPORTS DESK Rangers forward Nicky Clark is not worried about his lack of goals so far this season but is keen to see his name on the scoresheet more often in the coming weeks. The 22-year-old has netted just twice for his new club since making the move to Ibrox in the summer, having scored more than 40 goals last season in the same division with Queen of the South. Clark is happy with his overall displays at the moment, though, and is confident of adding to his tally. He said: "You always want more. I've scored two so far and I would like to score more but I'm not really getting worried about it. "I know they will come. I just want to keep playing the way I'm playing just now. I feel as though I'm playing well and the goals will eventually come." Clark does not feel any pressure to live up to last year's standards, insisting it was a unique campaign. He added: "Last year was exceptional. It's a new season so I just need to keep my head down and work hard and hopefully score a few more. "I've played in the last
few games and I feel as though I've been playing well with big Jon Daly. "I'm really enjoying it. He's scoring a lot of goals just now and hopefully that continues on Monday night." Next up for Rangers is the Scottish League One clash with Arbroath at Gayfield, where they are likely to be confronted with a bracing wind coming in from the sea. Clark said: "We have been talking about the game. It's an interesting one but we are ready for it. "I played up there twice last year. It wasn't a Monday night, to be fair, it was just a Saturday afternoon, but the wind was still quite high during the day.
Manchester City ran riot against Tottenham as they cruised to a 6-0 win in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini's men continued their perfect home record in the league, and the 2011-12 champions have now averaged four goals a game in home matches this season. Tottenham's defence, the meanest in the league going into Sunday's match, was repeatedly cut open by the home side from the opening moments of the game: indeed, the first goal took just 14 seconds as City made the most of an abysmal clearance by Hugo Lloris that gifted the ball to Aguero. Lloris saved the Argentine's shot, but Jesus Navas was on hand to thump in the rebound. Spurs were initially undaunted, and began to dominate possession - yet they never seemed to know what to do with it. City, by contrast, were ruthless whenever they got within sight of goal. Alvaro Negredo's scissor kick from a loose ball cannoned in off Younes Kaboul and Sandro just after the half-hour mark, while Aguero made it three just before the break finishing a brilliant team move. SPoRTS DeSK
lucky star makes a winning start LAHORE: Lucky Star Cricket Club and Faran Sports Cricket Club move in to the second round of 2nd Rahber Cup T20 club cricket tournament. On the opening day of the tournament, Baghbanpura Eagles and Mahboob Park Gymkhana lost their matches. In the first of match of the tournament Lucky Star beat Eaglets by 5 runs. Bating first, Lucky Star managed to score 117 in 19.2 overs. Nasir Ramzan 42, Numan Ashfaq 23 and M Tanzeem scored 21. In the other match, Faran Sports beat Mehboob Park by 7 wicktes. Juma Khan scored 1st century of the tournament. STAFF RePoRT
BOERRIGTER BUOYED BY HOOPS DISPLAY SPORTS DESK Derk Boerrigter believes Celtic showed on Saturday that they have the qualities to beat AC Milan in their crunch Champions League game at Parkhead on Tuesday night. The Hoops displayed their never-saydie spirit once again with a 3-1 win against Aberdeen where the Dutch forward grabbed his first goal in green and white since his ÂŁ3million signing from Ajax in the summer. After Niall McGinn had cancelled out Kris Commons' opener for the home side it looked like Neil Lennon's men would be facing the Rosseneri on the back of a draw. However, Boerrigter pounced from close range in the first minute of added time before Commons grabbed a second to extend the Hoops' unbeaten Scottish Premiership run to 13 games. Celtic's European campaign, though, is proving more problematic. They are bottom of Group H with three points from four games and, with a trip to face Barcelona in their final fixture next month, the Scottish champions need to beat AC Milan to have a realistic chance of reaching the last 16 of the competition for
the second successive season. Boerrigter, 27, who believes he has al-
most fully recovered from an ankle injury which has curtailed his Hoops career, be-
lieves it can be done. "Yeah I think so," he said. "We are playing at home, we will have the fans behind us and there is quality in the team. "We have to play our own game and (if we do) we can win. "It is good that we can be patient and have the qualities to score goals in the final minutes." Asked if Celtic might need to be similarly patient against the Serie A side, who are two points ahead of the Hoops and one ahead of third-placed Ajax, Boerrigter smiled when he said: "I would rather do it comfortably than wait for the final minute but I will take the win." Lennon expects to have his firepower enhanced for the visit of Milan. Winger James Forrest will be back from a hamstring injury and striker Anthony Stokes will return after personal issues led to him missing the Dons game. However, the Northern Irishman will be just as buoyed by the form of goalkeeper Fraser Forster, whose late save from McGinn, when he tipped a strike by the former Celtic player onto the post, was a probable game-saver. Lennon praised his number one who recently made his England debut in the 2-0
defeat to Chile at Wembley. "There are only a few 'keepers who can make that save and he is one of them," he said. "It even got a bounce before which makes the save even more outstanding. I thought he could have come for their goal but if there is any blame to be attached he certainly redeemed that with a world-class save." Aberdeen returned to the Granite City still looking for their first league win at Celtic Park since 2004. However, manager Derek McInnes took plenty of positives from his side's performance, despite the result dropping them to fifth place. "When it is 1-1 with a few minutes to go (in the future), we would like to think that it is Aberdeen who goes away with three points," he said. "That's what we are working towards and I feel we are making way to becoming that team. I felt there was a determination to win the game instead of settling for a point and (in) another game it could have been a win for us. "We have a lot going for us at the minute. We are not where we want to be but we are working towards that."
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Karzai refuses to sign us-afghan security pact afghan president’s call for delay stUns Us and assembly he convened to approve deal critical to paying afghan army and police salaries KABuL
US-Afghan security pact critical to Afghanistan’s ability to pay its soldiers and hold off the Taliban is in limbo, after President Hamid Karzai shrugged off the recommendations of a national council he convened to approve the deal, and said he would continue talks with Washington. After a year of negotiations, the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, of 2,500 delegates was widely expected to approve the agreement to keep US troops in the country after the current combat mission ends in 2014. But Karzai stunned US diplomats and many of his own security officials when he told the opening session of the jirga that the bilateral security agreement should not be signed until after presidential elections in April. Washington quickly announced that a deal had to be agreed by the
5 Killed, 8 inJured in north Waziristan, parachinar PESHAWAR: At least five persons including two personnel of security forces were killed and eight others injured in separate acts of violence in North Waziristan and Kurram Agency. The killed also included two school going children. Reports from North Waziristan reveal that unknown terrorists targeted a convoy of the security forces with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Mirali Town. As a result, a vehicle in the convoy was destroyed whereas two on board were killed and five others injured. Soon after the attack, security forces carried out a search operation in the area. The security forces also embarked on blind shelling in surrounding areas, however there were no reports regarding human losses and property damages due to it, which continued with short intervals for couple of hours. Meanwhile, reports from Parachinar, headquarter of Kurram Agency reveal that two explosions occurred in surrounding villages, killing at least three including two teenage students and injuring three others. STAFF RePoRT
end of the year, but on Sunday Karzai said the US had to prove its good intentions by keeping its soldiers out of Afghan homes, ensuring the vote was transparent, and promoting peace talks with the Taliban. “If I sign and there is no security, then who is going to be blamed for it?” he told delegates, who interrupted his speech several times to both question and support him. The agreement will allow US soldiers to stay on at nine bases, mentoring the still illequipped and patchily trained Afghan police and army, and pursuing al-Qaida and linked groups. It is politically sensitive for
many reasons, not least because it undermines Afghanistan’s reputation as the “graveyard of empires”, with the ignominious withdrawal of Soviet forces referenced several times in jirga speeches on Sunday. But without a deal, the US is unlikely to part with the $4bn a year needed to pay Afghan military salaries, or provide the helicopters and other equipment promised to the Afghan army. Many Afghans feel that the imperfect deal is the only protection they have against powerful neighbours. One of Karzai’s security advisers warned parliament that without the agreement the country would be isolated “among wolves”, and his military chief asked opponents of the deal to say where else they would come up with police and army funding. At the end of the Loya Jirga, which has no legally binding powers, a string of delegates came up to the podium to commend the deal, some to ask for small changes, but the majority to urge Karzai to sign the agreement by the end of year. Karzai chose to ignore those requests, warning his audience that “Afghanistan has always won the war but lost in politics”. He added that he planned to carry on with negotiations because the US had broken previous commitments to protect the country and support
the peace process. “Lack of trust is the core of the problem,” his spokesman, Aimal Faizi, said before the speech, adding that Karzai thought American officials were bluffing when they warned of a total pullout by the US. “We don’t believe there is a zero option,” he said. But many in Washington and Afghanistan fear Karzai is underestimating the exhaustion of both the US public and the Obama administration with a long and costly war, and that he is taking a huge risk by delaying the deal. After Karzai finished, Sebghattulah Mojaddidi, the chairman of the gathering, took to the podium again to give an emotional speech aimed at the leader who he said is like “my own child”. Afghanistan had kicked out a superpower before, Mojaddidi said, and could do the same if they did not stick to their side of the deal. “This is good for us. If the Americans don’t follow the agreement, I will be responsible.” Mojaddidi warned that he would go into voluntary exile if Karzai did not sign the deal. The US embassy in Kabul declined to comment on the status of the agreement. “We are studying the president’s remarks. We continue to believe that concluding the agreement as soon as possible is in the interests of both nations,” a spokesman said.
indonesian vp quizzed in corruption case JAKARTA AGenCieS
Indonesian Vice President Boediono said he was questioned as a witness by anti-graft investigators over a controversial bank bailout in a case that could prove problematic for the government ahead of polls next year. The case centers on a 6.76 trillion rupiah ($584 million) government bailout of small lender Bank Century at the onset of the financial crisis in 2008. The total amount paid out to save the bank was far higher than the initial proposal of just 680 billion rupiah, and the bailout money was allegedly siphoned off by well-connected depositors. The case rocked the
government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and renewed attention on it comes as his beleaguered party seeks to claw back popularity ahead of elections in 2014 following a string of corruption scandals. Boediono was central bank governor at the time of the bailout and along with other top officials including then finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, authorised the bank rescue. Indrawati now works for the World Bank in Washington and was questioned over the case earlier this year as a witness. The vice president said late Saturday that he was questioned by investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for 10 hours as a witness in the case. “The focus was on a short-term loan facility,” said
Boediono, who himself is not a member of any political party. “There were many questions which I answered as thoroughly as I could from the early stages until after the bailout,” he said. He did not provide details saying they “would disturb the law enforcement process”. Defending the move, he told reporters the period was “very explosive”. “I can only say that I had carried out my responsibility with all sincerity with the aim of contributing the best for the nation in the face of extraordinary challenges,” he said. Boediono’s questioning followed the detention of former central bank deputy governor, Budi Mulya, last week by the KPK for his role in the same case. He has been named as a suspect in the case.
egypt’s president signs laW restricting protests CAIRO: Egypt’s president signed a new bill into law on Sunday restricting rallies and other public gatherings, a move likely to raise fresh questions about the armybacked government’s democratic credentials. Thousands of antigovernment protesters were on the streets of Cairo and other cities when the new bill was announced on state media, as they have been regularly in the nearly three years since autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted. The new legislation will require them to get advance permission from the police before gathering in the future, according to a draft seen by Reuters. AGenCieS Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.
damascus fighting leaves scores dead foreign fighters join ranks of both sides as battle in capital’s suburbs kills more than 160 in two days, activists say
A fierce two-day battle in the eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus has killed more than 160 rebel and regime forces, activists said on Sunday. The latest fighting in the Eastern Ghouta region came against the backdrop of regime advances in the region that have cut rebel supply lines to the capital and its southern districts. Rebels have been struggling to break the blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Londonbased rights group, said the fighting began on Friday when rebel forces launched attacks against checkpoints and military stations in five areas in the region. “They are trying to break the siege imposed by the army,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the group, told AFP news agency. “It is a ferocious fight between the two sides because it’s a struggle over our ultimate fate here,” said Bara Abdelrahman, an activist who works with the rebels, according to Reuters news agency. Foreign influence The battle has also drawn in hundreds of foreign fighters on both sides, activists say. The Observatory said that the dead included 55 rebel fighters, including seven battalion leaders, and 41 fighters from the al-Qaedaaffiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the al-Nusra Front. At least 36 Syrian regime troops were also reportedly killed, along with 20 members of a Shia Iraqi group fighting alongside the army, and eight members of a Syrian pro-regime militia. The Observatory said the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah was fighting alongside regime forces, but gave no details of casualties in its ranks.