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ppp opens front in punjab to thwart pti's ‘get shah’ Move Saturday, 26 October, 2013 Zil Hajj 20, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 118 20 Pages Islamabad Edition
MQM says not joining Sindh govt, PPP denies making offer stories on page 02
ECP told to hold LB polls on provinces’ proposed dates
SC decides to indict defence secy on Nov 4
stories on page 03
story on page 07
WAter miniSter WArnS OF FAmine
indian pM says ready to be questioned by police story on page 04
story on page 03
Shakil Afridi, Dr Aafia issues cannot be linked: FO story on page 03
us eavesdropped on 35 world leaders: report
after yemen, pakistan worst country in gender parity
bd govt’s religious body targets nobel winner yunus
africa in control, but hit by ball-tampering penalty
‘dark is beautiful’ drive takes on unfair india
In a revelation that could have farreaching implications for the United States, a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper said that the US monitored the phone calls of as many as 35 world leaders. The expose is based on classified documents leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden. page 04
The World Economic Forum (WEF), an international non-profit foundation working independently from Switzerland, released its annual Global Gender Gap Report for 2013, claiming Pakistan to be worst country in terms of an equitable division of resources between men and women, after Yemen. page 06
After being accused of “sucking blood” from the poor, Bangladesh's only Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus faces a new state-backed hate campaign seeking to paint him as unIslamic and a spreader of homosexuality. Following years of attempts to discredit his legacy as a pioneer of micro-finance — since copied the world over as a development tool. page 06
South Africa's march towards a result that will draw the series and prolong their seven-year unbeaten record away from home continued unabated, but the gloss on their seemingly impeccable performance was lost when on-field umpires penalised them for tampering the ball. Smith's team ended the third day needing six wickets to complete an emphatic victory. page 17
Looking to find a husband, make friends, and get ahead at work? Then you need to have lighter skin. That’s the all-pervasive message in India, and it’s something that one actress is fighting to overturn. The new poster girl of the “Dark is Beautiful” campaign, Nandita Das, has called out India’s obsession with fair skin. pag e 15
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If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. — Nelson Mandela
Saturday, 26 October, 2013
not aware of PPP-MQM alliance: Bilawal
PPP oPens front in PunjaB to thwart Pti’s ‘get shah’ Move PTI MOVE BACKFIRES AFTER MQM WAS OFFERED GOVT BENCHES IN SINDH ISLAMABAD
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted on Friday that he did not know anything about an alliance between the PPP and Mutehda Qaumi Movement (MQM). Bilawal’s tweet further said that the two parties should find common ground to work on. Bilawal, on being asked when he was planning to contest elections, said that the decision will be taken by the party. INP
naB ready to do it fast! ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the ministry of railways on Friday agreed to expand cooperation for early disposal of corruption cases of the Pakistan Railways being investigated by the Bureau. Under the tenure of former railways ministers Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and General (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi, various cases of alleged corruption had surfaced under which low quality locomotives were purchased from China and the railways properties were handed over to private sector companies on “throw-away prices”. The understanding was agreed upon during a meeting between Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry held here at the NAB headquarters. During the meeting, the chairman and the railways minister agreed to work in close collaboration for early disposal of the cases of the Pakistan Railways being investigated by the Bureau. The minister was accompanied by the secretary and other senior officers of Pakistan Railways. Senior officers of the NAB were also present in the meeting to assist the chairman on different corruption cases. The NAB chairman said the NAB would play a proactive role to strengthen regulators and support individual organisations in their efforts to eradicate corruption from the country. The chairman asked the railways authorities to detail focal persons for different corruption cases of Pakistan Railways to facilitate the NAB for timely provision of relevant record. He directed senior officers of the Bureau to actively conclude all the cases to their logical end and focus be given to recovery of the losses to the national exchequer along with action against the accused persons. STAFF REPORT
FTER getting assurance from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of support to Khurshid Shah, the angered leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has opened a new front in the Punjab Assembly seeking removal of Mahmoodur Rasheed from the slot of leader of the opposition to build pressure on the inexperienced campaigners of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). However, the PPP leadership is not ready to publicly own the move and rather all the PPP leaders requested not to quote their names in this regard.
Angered by an alleged underhand deal between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the PPP leadership for the appointment of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry as chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) without taking other parties into confidence, some PTI leaders, without finishing their homework, had leaked information to the media that their party was planning to remove Shah from his post so that he could be replaced by party chairman Imran Khan. A source in the PPP told Pakistan Today that the slot of leader of the opposition was very important for the PPP leadership as this slot was also providing leverage to it for building pressure over the PML-N government. The PPP leader said the PTI leadership looked determined to getting Shah removed from his post and after initial failure to replace Shah with Imran Khan, the PTI leaders had urged Shaikh Rasheed to try and win MQM’s support for himself. Sources said that Rasheed himself was very keen to grab the NA opposition
leader’s slot and he had assured Imran Khan that he would be able to bring the MQM on board this plan. “However, MQM’s backing down from the plan has left Rasheed green faced,” they said. The PPP leader added that the PTI had already won support of minor political forces of opposition such as the Jamaat-eIslami, Qaumi Watan Party and Jamshed Dasti but it could only secure the slot with support from MQM – its bitter opponent. However, the move backfired as the MQM distanced itself from the PTI move after offers by the PPP top brass to join the government benches in Sindh. After assurances from the MQM, the PPP is now building pressure on the PTI’s leader of opposition in a tit-for-tat move to teach the inexperienced PTI leaders a lesson. Under the strategy, the source added, the PPP leadership has let loose its two loud mouths - Raja Riaz and Shaukat Basra – to fire salvos against PTI’s Mahmoodur Rashid. “The immature and childish moves by some
imran demands reversal of power tariﬀ, tax hike
MQM says not joining sindh govt, PPP denies Making offer Memon says MQM leaders sought a meeting with Zardari in Dubai
PTI CHIEF SAYS PML-N SHOWING TRUE COLORS OF BEING ‘RICH MAN’S CLUB’
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
GOVT SHOULD NET TAX EVADERS, ELECTRICITY THIEVES INSTEAD OF RAISING TAXES, RATES ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
Rejecting recent power tariff hike, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday demanded the government to immediately take back the decision, saying by taking such decisions the PML-N was showing its true color of being a “Rich Man’s Club” rather than a political party. Addressing a press conference, the PTI chairman demanded the government immediately rollback GST and hike in electricity prices, as these were causing immense suffering to the citizens, especially those who were little able to bear the burden of spiraling inflation and rising indirect taxation. He said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif declared during his elections campaign that Rs 300 billion was being lost to electricity theft and Rs 600 billion to tax evasion and had vowed to stop that. “But where are the steps to do so now?” Khan said, adding that the government instead of increasing power tariff should immediately take action against power thieves and tax evaders.
PTI ambitious leaders without any serious planning have backfired once again and the alarmed and furious Shah has chalked out a plan to teach a lesson to the Imran Khan-led PTI ‘rankers’. But before the move, the PPP has made sure to tame MQM which has a trump card in removing leader of the opposition in national assembly,” the source added. “How did they (PTI leaders) dare think of removing Khurshid Shah, a PPP loyalist? Now they will have to face the music. We will teach them a good lesson,” the PPP leader said. Asked how could the PPP put a dent in the PTI which has considerable strength in the Punjab Assembly while the PML-Q was also supporting the PTI’s leader of the opposition, the PPP source added that building up pressure against the PTI did not aim at changing the opposition leader but it aimed at thwarting the move against Shah. When contacted, PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said PPP Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo had already disowned the statement by Raja Riaz, terming it his personal views.
The PTI chief said by ending the theft, the national exchequer would be richer by Rs 900 billion instead of gaining just Rs 150 billion through raise in electricity rates, which was heavily burdening the poverty-stricken people. “All tax evaders should be caught. The FBR has identified three million people who should be paying taxes but are not. An immediate Rs 300 billion can be added to the national exchequer if each of these tax evaders- thieves robbing the state of its dues- is made to pay even Rs 100,000, although many would be falling in a much higher tax bracket. Additionally, there is about 35% sale tax evasion in the country and if this s stopped, Rs 250 billion can be recovered.” Flanked by Asad Umar and Dr Shireen Mizari, Khan said all exempted sectors, particularly property and agriculture, be brought into the tax net. He said Capital Gains Tax must be introduced on property and the stock market and the federal government could take this meas-
ure. “The rich in Pakistan have too many legal tax exemptions, while the middle classes and the poor continue to be burdened with increasing indirect tax.” He said the government should bring back all looted money of corrupt politician from foreign countries to improve the crippling economy. “New laws in West allow the government of Pakistan to bring illegal money back. Why has the government not taken advantage of these laws to bring back this money that belongs to the poor people of Pakistan? I’m pretty sure, under a muk muka formula, Nawaz league would not bring back the $6 billion of Asif Ali Zardari stashed in Swiss banks. In return, Zardari will not speak about Sharifs’ money in foreign accounts.” The PTI chief said to end this muk muka, his party was going to try change the opposition leader in the National Assembly. Khan said his party was going to table a bill in the National Assembly seeking absolute austerity.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday claimed that it had rejected an offer to join the coalition government in Sindh led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), who in turn denied having ever made the offer. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon denied on Friday that the PPP had invited MQM to join the Sindh government. The minister made the statement after representatives of both parties met each other in the United Arab Emirates. Memon claimed it was MQM who had expressed the desire to meet PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, going on to explain that mutual discussions between the parties were a common occurrence. The meeting was attended by Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Rehman Malik from the PPP whereas the MQM delegation comprised Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Adil Siddiqui, Babar Ghauri and Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad. Rehman Malik later tweeted saying it was a friendly meeting and a coalition never came under discussion. A MQM spokesperson said the meeting was just another part of the democratic machinery, which entailed that all parties stay in discussion with others. On Thursday, Ameenul Haque, a member MQM Coordination Committee refuted reports of negotiations between the two parties saying: “These are just rumours. Our leaders have gone on personal visit and they have not held meetings with PPP leadership.” The two parties were on-again-off-again coalition partners in the federal and Sindh government between 2008 and 2013.
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Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. — Denis Waitley
Saturday, 26 October, 2013
ecP told to hold lB Polls on Provinces’ ProPosed dates COURT WARNS ECP IT WILL NOT ALLOW VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTION ECP’S COUNSEL SAYS COMMISSION FACING DIFFICULTY IN HOLDING POLLS ON PROPOSED DATES ISLAMABAD
HE Supreme Court on Friday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to follow the formal request of provinces on the subject of holding local body (LB) elections on specified date. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmad resumed hearing in the LB elections case. During the course of proceedings, Shiekh Akram, counsel for ECP, apprised
court ensures no quick exit for Musharraf
the bench that commission was facing some difficulties to hold the election by the particular dates, as very short period of time was left. The chief justice remarked that now the ball was in the ECP’s court, but one thing should be kept in mind that the courts would not allow anyone to violate the constitution. Advocate generals of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan apprised the bench that formal request for holding election were sent to ECP. All law officers of the provinces reiterated that they were equipped to conduct the elections on the given dates. Punjab and Balochistan provinces would hold polling in December, while Sindh was ready to hold the polls on November 27. Meanwhile, Attorney General Munir A Malik appeared before the bench and assisted in compliance with an earlier order on constitutional provisions. He further stated that the federal government was bound by provisions of the constitution, particularly Article 140-A of the constitution which bound the government to follow the Green Book. Later the bench directed the AG to present detailed arguments on November 4 and adjourned hearing of the case.
(lg polls in cantonMent areas)
sc decides to indict defence secy on nov 4 Court says Yaseen apologised for contempt but did not give any date for holding elections ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that contempt charges would be framed against Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif Yaseen Malik over his failure to hold local bodies elections in cantonment boards. Hearing a case regarding local bodies elections in the country, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that the court could not grant more time in this regard. During the hearing, the chief justice ordered that contempt charges against the defence secretary be framed on November 4. The secretary had filed a written apology to the apex court on Tuesday, expressing regret over not honouring his undertaking of holding local bodies’ elections in cantonment boards. He was ordered by the court to hold local government elections in all 43 cantonment boards across the country. The CJ told Asif Yaseen’s counsel Advocate Iftikhar Gilani that his client had not given any date for holding of polls in cantonment boards despite his written apology. The lawyer was of the view that the defence secretary was not entitled to hold the elections, adding that it was the jurisdiction of the prime minister. The court ruled that a contempt of court case be filed against the defence secretary and fixed November 4 for formal indictment over his failure in abiding by court orders. The Supreme Court also ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold local bodies’ elections on dates given by the provinces. The bench said Punjab and Balochistan provincial governments had informed the court that they were ready to hold local bodies’ elections on December 7, while the Sindh government was ready to hold elections on November 27. STAFF REPORT
three injured as indian forces open fire at working boundary SIALKOT: Villagers vacate their homes on Friday to save themselves from unprovoked firing and shelling by Indian border forces. INP
BANNU: A group of armed militants, equipped with automatic weapons, attacked Hawad police station in Bannu on Friday, killing one man on the spot. Officials said Hawad police station, located in the outskirts of Bannu, was surrounded by 35 to 40 militants late in the night and fired rockets and hurled hand grenades at the building. The police retaliated and the ensuing gunbattle lasted for an hour. A civilian, identified as Rasool Khan, was killed during the firing. However, the outlaws succeeded in fleeing. AGENCIES
Says implementation of IWT has to be ensured
Three persons sustained injuries in Charwah sector when Indian troops opened fire and bombed the working boundary in Charwah sector. According to reports, as many as six houses were completely destroyed due to the shelling while several domestic animals were also killed. Reports from the area said Indian troops have intensified violations and carried out unprovoked firing on the working boundary in Pukhlian, Chaprar, Harpal and Charwah sectors near Sialkot and targeted civilian population. Pakistani troops effectively responded to the Indian firing. During the last two weeks, two civilians and a Rangers soldier embraced martyrdom and 26 civilians were injured due to Indian shelling on the working boundary and LoC.
civilian killed in terrorist attack on Bannu police station
Khawaja Asif predicts acute water shortage in 10-15 years
A local court extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf on Friday, dampening hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon, following months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate. Musharraf was arrested two weeks ago on charges of murdering Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, the prayer leader of the ‘Lal Masjid’ in a 2007 raid on the mosque – just as his lawyer announced the former ruler was free to leave the country after being granted bail in another, unrelated case. “The judicial magistrate extended the custody of Musharraf till October 29,” Iftikhar Chattha, an investigation officer, said, adding that the investigation had not yet finished. Friday’s hearing was held at his villa on the outskirts of Islamabad. The house has been declared a sub-jail by the authorities.
water minister warns of famine
The country may face a famine in the next 10 to 15 years if appropriate measures are not taken, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif warned on Friday. Talking to reporters, Asif said water would be a very important issue in future and there was a need to adopt a joint strategy on it. “Pakistan can be a victim of water shortage in the next 10 to 15 years.” He urged the media to highlight Pakistan’s stand on water in a positive manner. Asif said water was a matter of life and death for Pakistan and implementation of the Indus Water Treaty with India would be ensured. The minister said there were reservations on the Indus Water Treaty in Pakistan, adding that the water distribution was not just and was tilted in India’s favour. He said India was encroaching upon water which the Indus Water Treaty allows Pakistan. “However‚ the government will defend its water rights.” To a question‚ the minister said the electricity situation was improving in the country. Earlier‚ he was given a briefing on the water situation in the country.
shakil afridi, dr aafia issues cannot be linked: fo SPOKESMAN SAYS NAWAZ SHARIF’S VISIT TO US SUCCESSFUL, PRODUCTIVE DRONE OPERATIONS TO END SOON PAKISTAN DESIRES PEACE WITH INDIA
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan has said the courts will decide about Shakil Afridi and issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and Shakil Afridi could not be linked. Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said this during his weekly press briefing at the Foreign Office on Friday. He said Dr Shakil Afridi had defied Pakistani laws and he was being tried by Pakistani courts. “Whatever decision is made by court on this count, no one will interfere in it,” he said. “The court’s verdict will be implemented.” Dr Aafia’s issue had been raised with the US, he stated. “Pakistan is striving for a prisoner swap accord with the US,” he indicated. NAWAZ US VISIT: Citing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US, he said the
visit remained successful and productive. “The PM has held meetings with US President Obama and other US senior officials. Now dialogue will take place with the US on the principles of mutual respect and equality,” he underlined. “Pakistan-US ties are very vital. Our stance on drone strikes is very clear,” he remarked. The spokesman said Nawaz had raised the issue of drone strikes in no uncertain terms with President Obama. “The drone operation will soon come to a halt. Pressure from international community with respect to drone strikes is also mounting,” he pointed out. He said the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project also came under discussion with the US, adding that Pakistan had all options in this regard. “We want better relations with neighbouring countries,” he said. INDIA RELATIONS: “Nawaz Sharif has
sent positive message to India. Persistent violations of Line of Control (LoC) by India are regrettable. We have strong reservations over these violations. Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani checkposts. The Indian firing along LoC following the desire from Pakistan for peace and positive statements from PM Nawaz Sharif is regrettable,” Chaudhry said. The prime ministers of both Pakistan and India had agreed to defuse tension on LoC, he said. “No meeting has been held between DGMOS of both Pakistan and India,” he stated. “It is our stance that this meeting should take place forthwith,” he added. The spokesman said a judicial commission was working on Mumbai attacks, adding that India should provide more evidence with reference to the attacks. “Pakistan’s stance is very clear on this count,” he added.
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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. — David Brinkley
neWS monday, 21 October, 2013
us eavesdroPPed on 35 world leaders: rePort LONDON
N a revelation that could have far-reaching implications for the United States, a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper said that the US monitored the phone calls of as many as 35 world leaders. The expose is based on classified documents leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden. According to the report, the US National Security Agency (NSA) got hold of the phone numbers from a government official. Further, officials in the White House, State Department and the Pentagon were also approached to
saudi women drop plans for 'drive-in' over legal threats DUBAI AGENCIES
Activists pressing for an end to Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving have dropped plans to hold a "drive-in" on Saturday after threats of legal action against anyone getting behind the wheel. Instead, rather than making the date of October 26 a symbolic one, they have called for an open-ended campaign. "Out of caution and respect for the interior ministry's warnings... we are asking women not to drive tomorrow and to change the initiative from an October 26 campaign to an open driving campaign," activist Najla alHariri told AFP Friday. Several women said they had received telephone calls from the ministry, which openly warned on Thursday of measures against activists who chose to participate and asked them to promise not to drive on Saturday. Ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told AFP: "It is known that women in Saudi are banned from driving and laws will be applied against violators and those who demonstrate in support" of this cause. On Wednesday, the ministry said it would crack down against anyone who attempts to "disturb public peace" by congregating or marching "under the pretext of an alleged day of female driving."
keeping it all in the family! MONITORING DESK A report in The Friday Times claims that the Sharif family has “worked out a formula whereby three of the country’s most important offices will be kept in the family”. The report says that according to “rumours”, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is keen to be “Energy Czar so he will take his eldest son’s National Assembly seat”. “The son will take dad’s Provincial Assembly seat and eventually his office. And let the third twist in the tale remain a secret for the time being,” the report adds.
pass on the contact details of foreign politicians. Per the Guardian, the memo however acknowledged that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced "little reportable intelligence". The US government reacted cautiously to the report. "We are not going to comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity, and as a matter of policy we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations," a White House spokeswoman said. The revelations come after Germany demanded answers from Washington over allegations Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was
bugged, the worst spat between the two countries in a decade. The White House did not deny the bugging, saying only it would not happen in future. "In one recent case, a US official provided NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders," reads an excerpt from a confidential memo dated October 2006 which was quoted by the Guardian. The identities of the politicians in question were not revealed. The revelations in the centreleft Guardian suggested that the bugging of world leaders could be more widespread than originally thought, with the issue set to overshadow an EU summit in Brussels. Earlier this week, US President
european lawMakers to investigate spy accusations in washington BRUSSELS: European Union lawmakers will seek a response from US administration and intelligence officials next week to accusations of widespread spying on EU citizens and governments, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Members of the European Parliament's civil liberties committee will fly to Washington on Monday for the talks and explore "possible legal remedies for EU citizens" resulting from the alleged surveillance, the committee said in a statement on Friday. Berlin is also sending a separate delegation of staff from Merkel's office and top intelligence officials to the United States for talks, a German government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel demanded on Thursday that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Germany and France by the end of the year, following accusations that the US National Security Agency accessed tens of thousands of French phone records and monitored Merkel's private mobile phone. AGENCIES
Barack Obama had spoken to French President François Hollande
indian pM says ready to be questioned by police SINGH SAYS HE’S NOT ABOVE THE LAW OF THE LAND AS HE PRESENTS HIMSELF FOR PROBE IN COAL SCAM NEW DELHI AGENCIES
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he is happy to be questioned by police over an alleged coal scam amid growing speculation he will be called to give evidence. Last week, police named leading industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary PC Parakh as suspects in their probe into the allocation of coal mining rights. Singh approved the deal under investigation, which enabled Birla's Hindalco company to mine from a state-owned block in 2005, but he said it was done according to the rules and without prejudice.
indian pM ‘has no phone, eMail to hack’ NEW DELHI: India's 81-year-old prime minister does not own a cellphone or use personal email, giving New Delhi “no cause for concern” about new US hacking revelations, his office said on Friday. The Guardian newspaper reported Friday that US spies eavesdropped on the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after White House, Pentagon and State Department officials gave them the numbers. The new revelations, based on a classified document provided by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, come amid fury from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose communications were allegedly targeted. Asked if Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was concerned, his spokesman replied: “The prime minister doesn't use a mobile phone and he doesn't have an email account. AGENCIES
"I am not above the law of the land," Singh told journalists aboard his plane as he returned from a visit to Russia and China on Thursday night. "If there is anything that the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) or for that matter anyone, wants to ask, I have nothing to hide," he said, according to a transcript. He has rejected repeated calls from the opposition for him to step down.
Indian media quoted a letter on Friday from Parakh in 2005 complaining about then coal minister Shibu Soren in which he said a "coal mafia" existed in the ministry. Softly-spoken Singh, promoted to the top job owing to his reputation as "Mr Clean" and a successful stint as a reformist finance minister in the 1990s, has seen his public image battered in recent years.
following reports that the NSA listened to over 70 million phone
Parliamentary body approves appointment of 7 LHC additional judges ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Parliamentary Committee for Judges Appointment (PCJA) on Friday approved the appointment of seven additional judges in the Lahore High Court (LHC). The meeting of PCJA was chaired by Arshad Laghari, held in Parliament House. The seven judges include Justice Tariq Abbasi, Justice Arshad Tabassum, Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, Justice Shahid Nadeem, Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir, Justice Sohail Iqbal Bhatti and Justice Mohammad Ahmed. Talking to reporters after the meeting, committee member Farooq H. Naek said that if the committee has no utility than it should be abolished. He said that 14 days are far too less a period to review the judicial committee recommendations.
5 women cricketers banned for false harassment claims KARACHI AGENCIES
Pakistan cricket authorities on Friday banned five women cricketers for falsely accusing their male officials of sexual harassment after an investigation ruled they lied about the allegations. In June this year, five women cricketers from the central Multan region accused their club chairman and a team
selector of demanding sexual favours in return for their selection in the regional and national teams. The charges were initially made in a television show but Sultan Alam, Chairman of Multan Cricket Club, and his selector Mohammad Javedm, denied the allegations. Seema Javed, a prominent club cricketer, alleged that Alam, 70, once came to her and asked her to convince an-
other girl to give him favours. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set up an inquiry to look into the allegations which ruled that the five players should be banned for six months and censured the Multan cricket officials. “The inquiry committee set up to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment by five women cricketers against the management of the Multan Cricket Club has recommended that all the five should be banned from playing
any form of cricket for six months with effect from October 23, 2013,” the PCB announced in a press release. According to the same release, when questioned by the committee, three of the five women, including Javed: “categorically denied having been sexually harassed or having seen such harassment taking place,” while the other two women declined to present their case at the inquiry.
records of French nationals over a one month period.
SC stops work on tunnel for trade corridor with China Court says progress on development work is appreciable but preservation of national heritage more important ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court on Friday directed authorities to stop work on a tunnel that is part of the Pakistan-China trade corridor as it passes through the Margalla Hills that have the status of a national park. The apex court ordered the halt of all construction and digging in the Margalla Hills. It also asked the Capital Development Authority to form a committee to conduct a survey on the national park and prepare a report. The report should be submitted to the registrar of the Court within two weeks. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said progress on developmental work is appreciated but preservation of
3 killed in latest Bangladesh Protests DHAKA: At least three people were killed Friday in Bangladesh and more than 60 people were hurt when security officials clashed with opposition supporters trying to defy a ban on protests, just days before a planned national general strike. Local police official Ranjit Kumar Barua in a southern coastal district of Cox's Bazar told The Associated Press by telephone that security officials opened fire, killing two people, when opposition supporters attacked police and paramilitary border guards with sticks and firearms, ignoring a ban on rallies in the area. At least 15 people were injured in the violence, he said. "We had no other way but to open fire," he said, adding that one of the dead was an opposition member while the second man was a shopkeeper. And several television channels reported that a man died in central district of Chandpur when police and ruling Awami League supporters clashed with opposition supporters. At least 30 people were injured in the clash in the area 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of the capital, Dhaka, the stations said. AGENCIES
naval staff chief visits uavs field units KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Naval Staff Chief Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila accompanied by the Pakistan Fleet and Commander Coast commander on Friday visisted the field units of the Pakistan Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) set up at the HQ 1st Pak Marine Battalion in Sajawal and creek areas. During the visit, Admiral Sandila was briefed about the operational employment and material preparedness of PN Fleet’s UAV
Squadron deployed in the creeks areas. The Naval Chief also witnessed the operational flying activities of the indigenously built UQAB UAV and addressed the troops deployed in creeks areas on operational assignment. Admiral Sandila said that over the years Pakistan Navy has made gradual yet substantial progress in consolidating operational experience of handling Hi-Tech UAVs in line with contemporary warfare trends. He expressed his satisfaction over the operational capabilities demonstrated by the UAV Squadron.
national and environmental heritage should be given importance. He further said if a tunnel is dug through the hills, it will serve as a passageway for heavy goods traffic. The National Highway Authority had argued the construction of a tunnel would not harm the spirit of the park. The government had been considering the construction of a tunnel through the Margalla Hills - connecting Islamabad to Haripur - as part of the Pakistan-China trade corridor. NGOs and environmental organisations claim that going ahead with the tunnel will give rise to environmental and health issues. Following the controversy which surrounded the project, the chiefjJustice took suo motu notice of the issue.
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We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate. –Kin Hubbard
Saturday, 26 October, 2013
oBaMa trusts nawaz sharif: nyt NEW YORK AGENCIES
S President Barack Obama’s decision to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, free up $1.5 billion in aid that had been put on hold and offer assistance on energy and public works projects shows he has confidence that Nawaz is committed to building a democratic state and it is in the interest of both countries that Nawaz succeeds, the New York Times in its lead editorial on Thursday said. The newspaper said after so many years of animosity between Pakistan and the United States, Nawaz and Obama used their first meeting at the White House this week to begin to set the relationship on a more constructive path. The editorial said Nawaz, who was elected in May, is stronger politically than his predecessor, and the absence of Gen Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, the army chief of staff, and probably the most powerful man in Pakistan, was one of the most hopeful aspects of the meeting. It shows that Nawaz may be making some progress asserting civilian control over a government long dominated by the military. According to the newspaper, it was also significant that Nawaz brought along Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar underscoring his focus on reviving Pakistan’s devastated economy. Of course, it is not just the emphasis on development, foreign investment and trade that impressed his American hosts. Nawaz has also acknowledged that there will be no economic growth without security, and there will be no security unless Afghanistan is at peace and Pakistan’s relations with India are improved. To advance those goals, Nawaz has held separate talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But at a time of uncertainty, Afghanistan and India are both facing elections and American troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, Pakistan needs to do more to improve regional stability, the newspaper argued. This should include cracking down on the Afghan Taliban, who have links to the Pakistani military and use the lawless border region to attack Afghanistan, and working with India to end cross-border skirmishes in Kashmir. It pointed out that American drone strikes against insurgent targets in the border region remain a source of tension, and Nawaz made the obligatory request that Obama halt them. But Pakistani officials have acquiesced to the attacks in order to deal with their own virulent Pakistani Taliban in-
After so many years of animosity between Pakistan and the United States, Nawaz and Obama used their first meeting at the White House this week to begin to set the relationship on a more constructive path surgency. Concerns raised by international nongovernmental groups about civilians killed by drones should cause both governments to limit the programme. The newspaper however in its comments said the United States enlisted Pakistan as an ally in the anti-terror fight after
September 11, 2001, and provided it with billions of dollars, mostly in military aid. But the Pakistani military has long played a double-game, accepting that money while also enabling Taliban groups; relations with Washington plummeted to their lowest point in 2011 after several incidents, including the Navy SEAL team raid that killed Osama Bin
LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his son Hassan Nawaz enquire after the health of Nawaz’s personal photographer, Zulfiqar Ali Balti at a London hospital on Friday. INP
Laden. It believed that Pakistan remains a dangerous country in a region with the world’s fastest-growing nuclear weapons program. Over the past decade, the distrust between the United States and Pakistan has grown so deep that the Obama administration reportedly stepped up its surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear programme.
despite diﬀerences, Pakistan tiesvital:Us WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
INDIA HOPEFUL OF EXPEDITIOUS TRIAL OF 26/11 AFTER PAK-US TALKS NEW DELHI: India on Friday said it was hopeful of an expeditious trial in Pakistan against those involved in the 26/11 terror attack and action against Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed after the US grilled Islamabad over the Mumbai attack trial. “We are hopeful that President Barack Obama's tough talking to Nawaz Sharif will have impact on the ground. It will help in expediting the trial and proceed against Hafiz Saeed,” Indian Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters here when asked to comment on Nawaz’ meeting with Obama on Wednesday. Asked about the current location of Dawood Ibrahim, Shinde said India's most wanted terrorist and key accused in 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai was now staying in Pakistan. “Our talks with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is on and we are hopeful that with America's help, we will get him back in India soon,” he said. ONLINE
Pakistanreleases 30indianfishermen KARACHI: Pakistan's maritime security agency released 30 fishermen, following the arrest of at least 40, after they strayed into its territorial waters, an official said. Earlier on Thursday, Pakistan's maritime security agency had arrested at least 40 Indian fishermen, an official said Friday. The fishermen were held after sailing deep into Pakistani waters, though 30 have since been released, an official from Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) said. The detentions came a month after Pakistan held 58 Indian fishermen in similar circumstances, and two months after more than 300 were released from Pakistani jails as a goodwill gesture. “They illegally came 30 to 35 nautical miles deep into Pakistani territorial waters and we arrested them,” commander Mohammad Farooq said. “On
humanitarian grounds we set 30 old fishermen free there in line of our policy to not arrest children and old fishermen.” The fishermen were handed over to the police for further legal proceedings that generally mean months or even years in prison. Such arrests are frequently carried out by both countries, as the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined and many fishing boats lack the technology needed to be certain of their precise location. The fishermen often languish in jail even after serving their term, as poor diplomatic ties between the two archrivals mean fulfilling official requirements can take a long time. In late August, 337 Indian fishermen, including seven juveniles, held by Pakistan for violation of its territorial waters were set free from a district jail. AGENCIES
On humanitarian grounds we set 30 old fishermen free there in line of our policy to not arrest children and old fishermen pakistani official
Amid increased focus on controversial US drone strikes, the United States has said Islamabad and Washington are working together to address Pakistan’s concerns but stressed that despite differences, the key bilateral relationship is moving on positive trajectory. “We obviously had an important meeting with the prime minister of Pakistan. It was a productive meeting here at the White House, and our relationship with Pakistan continues on a positive trajectory,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “Obviously, we don’t agree on everything with Pakistan, but it is important even where we have differences on some issues that we work together to cooperate where we can. And we have a strong ongoing dialogue with Pakistan regarding all aspects of our bilateral relationship and shared interests, including security and counterterrorism cooperation, and we work together to address concerns that Pakistan has in these areas,” Carney stated. He said the White House meeting provided an opportunity for the leaders to discuss “concrete cooperation on issues of mutual concern, such as energy, trade and economic development, regional stability, and countering violent extremism”. “We want to advance our shared interest in a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan that is contributing to regional and international security and prosperity, and we want to find ways for our countries to cooperate,” he added. “So all the issues were on the table when these leaders met. And the meeting was very productive, as was the series of meetings that were held during the course of the prime minister's visit.” The press secretary would not comment on a news story in The Washington Post on past US-Pakistan understanding on drone operations, “What I can’t speak about is specific operational issues. What I can tell you is that on matters of bilateral cooperation, on counterterrorism, we have regular conversations with Pakistan and that is obviously a piece of the kind of conversations that we had during the prime minister’s visit.” Carney also reminded reporters that Pakistan had been a major victim of terror and underlined the importance of US assistance for the key South Asian country.
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Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. –Wayne Dyer
neWS Saturday, 26 October, 2013
after yemen, pakistan worst country in gender parity: wef
HE World Economic Forum (WEF), an international nonprofit foundation working independently from Switzerland, released its annual Global Gender Gap Report for 2013, claiming Pakistan to be worst country in terms of an equitable division of resources between men and women, after Yemen. Pakistan was ranked 135 among 136 countries, in a continuing tradition of being awarded the lowest positions since 2006. Neighbouring India was ranked 101. Among countries with Muslim majority, Bangladesh was ranked 75, Saudi Arabia 127, Iran 130, Turkey 120, Malaysia 102 and Indonesia 95 whereas Iraq and Afghanistan were not included in the report. WEF states their Gender Gap Index is “a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of genderbased disparities and tracking their progress.” The 136 countries assessed by the report represent more than 93% of the world’s population, ranking them on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations. “The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, educational and
health-based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time.” The Report measures the size of the gender inequality gap in four areas or sub-indexes: 1. Economic participation and opportunity (135): In terms of salaries, participation and highly skilled employment, Pakistan received an overall rank of 135. Breaking this down further, the country was deemed most unequal in its employment of men and women for labour force and the relative incomes earned by the two groups. In terms of wage equality between men and women for the same job, the country fared a little better with a rank of 113. 2. Educational attainment (129): Women in Pakistan were ascertained as having better access to education once they moved from basic to higher studies. While a comparison between the overall literacy rates of men and women put Pakistan at an
unimpressive 131, the country fared better in equality between males and females in terms of enrolment in tertiary education, getting the 95th position. Unequality was higher in primary and secondary education though. Health and survival (124): While Pakistan was awarded the top position in terms of giving birth to an equal number of males and females, WEF again found the country’s women to be among the worst ones in terms of having a healthy life expectancy similar to men in the country. Political empowerment (64): Pakistan did have a lot to be proud of in the area of conferring politically empowering positions on women. Women in the country enjoy a representation in decision-making structures of the country which is better than 72 other countries in the report though trailing behind 63 others. There may be more women in ministerial positions in other countries than Pakistan (which ranks 97), but there are more women in the
parliament here than many other nations (rank 69). Lastly, thanks to Benazir Bhutto’s two terms (or five years) in office as Prime
Minister, Pakistan has spent more time with a female head of state in the last 50 years than 20 other countries (rank 21).
four Persons kidnaPPed froM Qatari Minister’s hunting caMP KECHH: Unidentified militants attacked the camp of a Qatari minister in district Kechh and kidnapped four people and burnt two vehicles. Sources in the Levies force said a hunting camp was being set for the delegation of a Qatari minister when armed men arrived on three motorbikes and opened fire near the camp. No casualty occurred in the firing, however, the militants kidnapped four servants and burnt two vehicles. After the incident, Levies authorities reached the spot and cordoned off the area. BBC said four men of the hunting party of Qatar Minister for Energy and Industries Abdullah Bin Hamad-al-Attita had been kidnapped. The minister was not present in the camp when the incident occurred, but after this attack, a ban has been imposed on hunting in the district by Arab Sheikhs. The report said all abducted persons were Pakistani nationals and were working with the Qatari minister for his hunting expedition. ONLINE
FAISALABAD: Schoolchildren peep into an electronics display centre on way home on Friday. INP
bangladesh govt’s religious body targets nobel winner yunus DHAKA AGENCIES After being accused of “sucking blood” from the poor, Bangladesh's only Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus faces a new state-backed hate campaign seeking to paint him as unIslamic and a spreader of homosexuality. Following years of attempts to discredit his legacy as a pioneer of micro-finance — since copied the world over as a development tool — the hounding has turned more personal and dangerous. The perceived crime of the 73-year-old was to sign a joint statement along with three other Nobel laureates in April 2012 criticising the prosecution of gay people in Uganda. Little remarked at the time, it has since been seized on by the Islamic Foundation, a government religious body, and amplified through tens of thousands of imams on its payrolls. Protests have been held, leaflets calling him “an accomplice of Jews and Christians” have been distributed, and a “grand rally” has been called for Oct 31 in Dhaka to denounce him. “How can a state-run organisation run a campaign of criminal intimidation? It'll instigate violence against professor Yunus,” Sara Hossain, a top lawyer and rights activist, warned in an interview with AFP. The harassment has echoes of another movement against feminist writer and religious critic Taslima Nasreen who was forced to flee the country after being denounced like Yunus. “It's unfortunate
that he's facing the kind of campaign that I faced in 1994,” Nasreen told AFP. “I was forced to leave the country because of the campaign by the fundamentalists, which the then government actively supported.” Yunus has been at odds with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina since 2007 when he made a brief foray into the country's violent and polarised politics which is dominated by Hasina's family and her arch-rival Khaleda Zia. Yunus's recent statement calling for free and fair elections in January 2014 is also thought to have angered Hasina following changes
to the electoral process and a crackdown on the opposition. In 2011, he was forced out of the board of his beloved Grameen Bank by the central bank in a move widely believed to be orchestrated by the prime minister who accused him famously of “sucking blood from the poor”. Grameen Bank was set up by Yunus in 1983 to make collateral-free micro loans to rural and mostly women entrepreneurs. Its record in reducing poverty earned global fame and a Nobel Peace Prize for its founder in 2006. Abul Kalam Azad, a spokesman for Hasina, rejected suggestions that the latest campaign against Yunus was directed by her. “She is not the DG (director general) of the Islamic Foundation,” he told AFP. A duty to denounce him? The Islamic Foundation is part of the Ministry of Religious Affairs with a mandate to promote Islam. Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal told AFP that it was his “moral responsibility” as a Muslim and head of the organisation to take a stand against the man nicknamed the “banker to the poor”. “His statement has gone against the Quran and Hadith,” Afzal told AFP. In speeches to clerics all over the country, Afzal has told them of their religious duty to protest Yunus's stand on homosexuality. One imam told AFP that he had been pressured to join rallies against his wishes. The imam, who works in a southern district and asked not to be named, said
clerics were asked to hold banners and distribute leaflets printed by the local Islamic Foundation office. “Yunus has become an apostate for supporting homosexuality. He must publicly apologise, or we'll force him to leave the country like Taslima Nasreen,” Maolana Moniruzzaman Rabbani, an organiser of anti-Yunus campaign, told AFP. Rabbani is the secretary of a committee that helps run the state-funded national mosque in Dhaka and a deputy chief of an Islamic political party allied with the government. Yunus, a former economics professor, declined several requests to be interviewed for this story. He has found support in the politically polarised country in opposition parties who have rallied behind him after a government commission called for the state to take full control of Grameen Bank or dismantle it into 19 parts. During a visit to the country in May last year, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also publicly supported Yunus, who is a personal friend of her and her husband Bill. “I don't think they can force Yunus to leave the country,” said Nasreen. “Unlike me, he has many powerful friends. But this campaign is going to bring a bad name for the country. No government should appease these fundamentalists.” Bangladesh is 90 per cent Muslim. Although it is officially secular, Islam is the state religion. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by a maximum life term
Yunus has been at odds with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina since 2007 when he made a brief foray into the country's violent and polarised politics which is dominated by Hasina's family and her arch-rival Khaleda Zia. Yunus's recent statement calling for free and fair elections in January 2014 is also thought to have angered Hasina following changes to the electoral process and a crackdown on the opposition but prosecutions are rare. Early this year, the chairman of the state-run National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) called for a new law which would ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation and gender.
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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. — Wayne Dyer
lhc scratching its head over lg elections
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A H O R E High Court (LHC) special division bench was found befuddled on Friday during the hearing of petitions against non-party based local government (LG) elections in Punjab. The court, adjourning the hearing till October 28, directed the Punjab government to file its reply and the counsels to assist the court on matters relating to devolution of powers to local governments, Article 17’s implications and party/non-party based elections. The bench comprising LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan passed the order on petitions filed by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and others. Earlier, the PTI’s counsel contended that the impugned legislation did not fulfill the criteria of the constitution which required provinces to establish a local body system and devolve political, administrative and financial authority to it. He contended that the local councils were under subservience to the Punjab government through the act which was against the constitution. Lawyers’ Foundation for Justice’s counsel said the constitution authorised the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the local government elections and the ECP had the authority to delimit constituencies as well. He added that the Punjab government had started the delimitation of constituencies illegally. He
pleaded the court to stop the Punjab government from delimitation of constituencies. However, the bench adjourning the matter directed the Punjab government’s counsel to submit their arguments on the next date of hearing. The PPP, PTI and others in their petitions contended that sections 1(3), 13, 14, 15, 17, 92(3), 95(2), 105(4), 110,111, 112, 113, 114,122, 123 and 125 of the Punjab Local Government Act-2013 were in violation of section 9, 10A, 17, 19(a), 32 and 140A of the Constitution. They pleaded the court to declare the sections ultra vires of the constitution. LHC CALLS VCS OVER NTS MONOPOLY: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued notices to the vice chancellors of 100 universities on a petition filed against the National Testing Service (NTS). LHC justice Mansoor Ali Shah heard the case in which the counsel of the petitioner Anum Iliyas argued that the NTS failed her client without any reason in NTS examination for admission in Doctor of Philosophy (Phd). Officials of more than 25 universities were present in the court and argued that some universities have declared the NTS exam compulsory, however, many universities give admissions to students by conducting their own tests.
Cm leaves his mark on Japanese ambassador too! LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in which he challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s order on NA-122 constituency in the city. As the proceedings started, ECP’s law officer filed a fresh report in response to court queries on the last hearing on returning officer’s powers. A single bench comprising LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the matter. However, the counsel for parties sought time to asses their position in the light of the stance taken by the commission. Sadiq in his petition stated that he was declared returned candidate from NA-122 in the May 11 general election on a PML-N ticket. He said that Imran Khan filed an application before the ECP for public inspection of election record of NA-122 and the commission on June 18 had allowed the application and directed Khan to make another application for examination of documents before the returning officer (RO) concerned. The petitioner contended that presently the RO did not have any election record because it had been forwarded to the ECP. He said the RO had completed his job and did not have the jurisdiction to conduct proceedings assigned to him by the impugned order of the ECP. He pleaded the court to set aside the impugned order by declaring it void ab initio, illegal and unlawful. The court accepted the request and adjourned the matter until November 21. STAFF REPORT
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Japanese Ambassador in Pakistan Hiroshi Inomata called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Matters of mutual interest, bilateral relations and cooperation in different sectors were discussed in the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that Pakistan and Japan have warm and friendly relations and Japan is a role model for the developing countries. He stressed that Japan should cooperate with the Punjab government in technical education sector. It was decided in the meeting to increase cooperation in energy, technical education, tourism and other sectors. The Japanese ambassador said that he was very happy to visit Lahore and the efforts of the Chief Minister Punjab for the development of the province are commendable. JAPANESE AMBASSADOR INAUGURATES SCHOOL: Japan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Hiroshi Inomata on Friday inaugurated a school at Sheikhupura.
The school was built with the assistance of $122,656 provided by the Japanese government to Care Foundation, an NGO working in the education sector. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the managing trustee of the foundation, members of the NGO and children from the school. The new school has been designed to accommodate approximately 360 children from elementary to high school levels and expected that new opportunities will be opened for the rural youth. Speaking on the occasion, Inomata said that the project would improve welfare of children in the area and would strengthen the existing friendly relations between people of Japan and Pakistan. JAPANESE DELEGATION CALLS ON SSP: A three-member delegation of the Japan Embassy called on SSP Admin Rana Shahzad Akbar in CCPO Office on Friday. The delegation was led by Second Secretary Toshi Cazuyamama. In the meeting, the SSP and Cazuyamama exchanged views on matters of mutual interests besides steps taken by police for the security of Japanese citizens living in Lahore.
They further emphasized on the need of constituting a national level testing service institute under the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to give admissions to the students willing for high education at national level. The establishment of such institute will eliminate the monopoly of any private institute. They also urged the court to take steps in devising legislation in this regard. The court adjourned the hearing till December 13 and also issued notices to the vice chancellors of 100 other universities demanding their reply on this issue. MURDER IN POLICE CUSTODY: The LHC Complaint Cell on Friday directed the Faisalabad district & sessions judge to ensure submission of police report u/s 173 CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code), before the trial court within three days regarding death of a citizen allegedly owing to police torture. Ali Razabad Police reportedly raided a gambling den in the Kaleem Shaheed Colony and allegedly tortured Ghulam Rasool to death. After the incident, family of Ghulam Rasool staged a protest in Chohar Majra Chowk placing his body on road and demanded registration of case against
ASI Waqas. After cognizance of LHC Complaint Cell, the D&SJ submitted that Razabad Police registered a case of murder against ASI Muhammad Waqas and six unidentified persons. On the other hand, the accused ASI had obtained pre-arrest interim bail from the court of additional session’s judge. However, the investigation officer has been directed to hold the investigation of said the case without getting prejudiced due to official status of the accused ASI. The Complaint Cell has directed concerned D&SJ to immediately comply with the orders regarding submission of police report within three days so that justice could be assured.
LOOKING FOR HELP: A banner at the Old Anarkali blast site calls for Punjab chief minister’s help for the victims. Murtaza ali
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LAhOre Saturday, 26 October, 2013
drones – we could just bring them down! D LAHORE
E F E N C E Production Federal Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain on Friday said that Pakistan was technologically capable of bringing down the US drone aircrafts but such decisions needed thorough deliberation. Hussain was talking to the mediamen in the city after visiting the Micro Electronics International (MEI). MEI’s owner former senator Haji Abdul Rehman briefed the minister about the production of wireless communication equipment. Hussain appreciated the efforts and said that the government will patronise such
units to get self sufficiency in the field. Replying to a query about Abbotabad operation the minister said that the radar system could catch anything but did not why it could not trace US marines helicopter on that night. He termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United States as successful. He said that results of the visit cannot surface quickly but nation would see positive effects in coming days. Giving his remarks on LoC tensions, the minister stated that Indian prime minister is deteriorating situation in the region‚ as general elections are nearing in India. He said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and wants cordial relations with all its neighbouring countries.
As a part of the security arrangements for Muharram, acting DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar has directed all divisional SPs to look after the security situation in their respective areas. The acting DIG has ordered conducting search operations on daily basis. He said that violations of law during Muharam will
not be tolerated at any cost and zero tolerance will be observed against banned organizations. Furthermore, he said any poster or banner by any banned organization will be strictly prohibited during Muharam. Following the directions, SP city comprised a team under the supervision Tibbi City DSP. The police team arrested two accused and recovered 450 cartons of fireworks from a truck as a part of search operations.
LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Syed Munawar Hassan on Friday termed the Obama-Nawaz meeting a futile practice and said that the long awaited meeting had yielded nothing and the prime minister had returned empty handed. Hassad said that the US president was visibly indifferent during the meeting and he did not give weight to the prime minister’s request for ending drone attacks or Dr Aafia’s release. On the other hand, the US categorically stated that the drone policy will not be changed, he said. He said Pakistan had suffered heavily both in terms of casualties and economic losses in US war on terror and the release of mere $ 1.6 billion aid is nothing as compared to the actual losses. The JI ameer also criticised Nawaz Sharif’s disagreeing remarks on the Amnesty International’s report in which the drone attacks were termed as a war crime. He said that Pakistan would not be able to come out of the vicious trap of loans set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. STAFF REPORT
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A man, giving up to his failure to make the ends meet, killed his wife and later committed suicide on Friday. Reportedly, Asghar, 40, a resident of Awami Colony, Kot Lakhpat, was stressed over unemployment. He stabbed his wife Asiya and later hung himself with the ceiling fan. The couple’s daughter Taiba, 8, who witnessed the incident, told the police that her father was depressed for the last few years and time and again threatened to commit suicide.
The couple is survived by three children. The police have shifted the dead bodies to the morgue for further investigation. ROBBERS BUSTED: Two members of a robber’s gang were arrested by the Nishtar Colony police on Friday. A police team led by ASP Kahna Syed Qarar Hussain arrested Laeeq Ahmad and Arslan when they were fleeing after injuring a shopkeeper Abdul Razzaq and snatching Rs 36,000 and a mobile phone from him. During interrogation, the arrested criminals confessed a number of other robberies in the city.
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LAHORE: Noted human rights activist IA Rehman called upon the common citizens of Pakistan to fight for their political and economic rights. While chairing a commemorative seminar to pay tribute to the eminent Pakistani social scientist and activist Hamza Alavi on the occasion of his 10th death anniversary on Thursday at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS), Lahore School of Economics, Liberty Campus, Rehman said that Alavi was no ivory-tower academic but an activist right from the start of his career. “Alavi did not leave Pakistan, but was forced to leave due to his activism, rather than his ideas. What he studied and later wrote about on colonial capitalism, bureaucracy and the overdeveloped state convinced him that power was a means to rule as well as of change, and the desire for change would attract him anywhere in the world,” he said. Dr Zafar Shaheed, a former student and close friend of Hamza Alavi, and formerly of the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Dr Akmal Hussain, distinguished professor of economics at Forman Christian College, Dr Ali Cheema, senior research fellow at IDEAS and professor of economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Samar Shaheed, a graduate of the University of Manchester, Raza Naeem, research fellow at GIDS and the 2013-14 Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Bradford in UK and Dr Rashid Amjad, Director of Graduate Institute of Development Studies at LSE, also addressed on the occasion. The speakers highlighted the inter-disciplinary nature of studies at GIDS in order to focus more on work of neglected social scientists like Hamza Alavi. PRESS RELEASE
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COmment Saturday, 26 October, 2013
it’s nawaz sharif’s turn now Time to walk the talk
hallmark of the washington summit Resumption of the strategic dialogue
HE stand taken by PM Nawaz Sharif in Washington was persuasive. For democracy to flourish in Pakistan, he maintained, it was imperative to put the economy back on its rails, improve internal security, bring an end to power shortages and find new avenues for exports. This would improve the livelihood of the people which would in turn strengthen democracy. For this Pakistan needed friendly relations with India and peace in Afghanistan. The talks with to Pakistani Taliban were needed to obtain and give a chance to peaceful means of conflict-resolution. It was a reasonable narrative and Obama also affirmed that a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan was an essential partner for the United States in the advancement of shared goals of peace, security and socio-economic development in South Asia. In the unusually lengthy joint declaration issued after Obama-Nawaz meeting, the US pledged to help Pakistan in a number of spheres. The two sides decided on the strategic priorities for the five working groups on law enforcement and counterterrorism, economics and finance, energy, security, strategic stability and non-proliferation and the Defense Consultative Group. It was decided to hold the ministerial-level strategic dialogue in Washington on March 24. One will wait to see how seriously the pledges are implemented as the promise to set up economic zones in tribal regions made many years back has never materialized. Again, Pakistan’s persistent demand for grant of privileged market access to its textile goods remains unfulfilled, though one expects the government to take it up again at the relevant working group. The ball is now in Nawaz Sharif’s court. He needs to urgently take up the issue of talks with the militant groups within the parameters of the constitution. The TTP and other outfits have to end their attacks forthwith. They have to be told further that Pakistan being a responsible country cannot allow them to use its soil as a launching pad to attack other countries. In case they fail to fall in line, they have to be deterred by all the means at the disposal of the state. Those responsible for Mumbai attacks must be tried without delay. The evidence provided by Washington against JuD and its chief needs to be scrutinized carefully and if found to be conclusive, necessary action should be taken. Dr Afridi’s case should be decided strictly in accordance with the law. There is also a need to persuade the Afghan Taliban to bring them back to the negotiating table. As Nawaz Sharif has put it Pakistan’s politics should come out of duplicity and hypocrisy.
the bogey of ‘third force’ Why is PTI shy of calling a spade a spade?
F ever there was an excuse worse than the crime, this definitely falls in that realm: Blaming every other terror incident by the government high-ups on ‘outside forces’ – a euphemism for the Indian spooks. In recent memory, Rehman Malik used to take refuge behind it ad nauseum. And he patently looked and sounded insincere, trying to lamely pass the buck, as if obstructing the ‘outside forces’ as the internal security point man was not his basic job description. Now the baton has been passed on to other equally comical figures mostly found in the PTI and the party’s nemesis in KP, the JUI-F, with Rehman Malik’s successor not a very distant third on this ‘honors list’. The PTI’s third legislator, Israrullah Gandapur was suicide-bombed to smithereens along with nine others with 30 injured in DI Khan on Eid day. A full week after the tragedy, the pencil-slim KP chief minister Pervaiz Khatak in Quetta has raised the bogey of the ‘third force’, also alternately mentioned as ‘hidden hand’. This is a shift in position, as earlier an unnamed political group was held responsible by Khattak. There are few takers for the KP government’s word view because while the province has been rocked by one deadly terror attack after another, and it has kept on shifting blame on “the elements opposed to talks” – without ever bringing up hundreds of attacks for which the TTP and its affiliates, including LeJ, had claimed responsibility. The excuse has been presented repeatedly, without mentioning who these ‘elements opposed to talks’ actually were, dittor for linking terror attacks to the ‘third force’ without a shred of evidence. Another factor begs for an answer. Was the TTP Incorporated – something like 60-odd entities that kill and maim with gay abandon, some of which also monstrously work as guns for hire for the much maligned ‘third force’ – was averse to indulging in acts of terror, killing the innocent or the security forces prior to the time much before the ‘talks’ emerged as the sole panacea? If not, then why point the finger at the ‘elements’ opposed to talks now? It is about time the PTI leadership looked at options beyond clinging to its monologue of a stated narrative, which has started sounding stale and jarring to the man on the street with average intelligence a long time ago. The PTI’s ranks and file should take ownership of the fight against terror in the province it rules. It cannot come to pass until it first learnt to call a spade a spade.
AWAZ Sharif is back from an ostensibly successful official US visit. No earth shattering or momentous decisions were announced as a consequence of the Nawaz-Obama summit. However the fact that there were no glitches or major public disagreements underscores the spirit of bonhomie that prevailed during the hour and a half long meeting between the two leaders. The operative part of the summit is the one on one discourse – sans aides. Only the prime minister can disclose what transpired or any understanding reached during the bilateral discourse. But let’s face it. Like in the 1960s and early 1970s, Pakistan is no longer ‘the most allied of allies’ of the United States. It is not even an ally proper. Some US analysts who have termed Pakistan as a ‘frenemy’ of America are not way off the mark. Islamabad is an ally that Washington needs right now to steer its way out of the Afghan imbroglio by next year – with some measure of grace. Paradoxically speaking, on one side Pakistan is a country that is the major supply route for NATO forces and on the other it is also a safe haven for the Afghan Taliban. Notwithstanding Pakistan’s own perceptions about its strategic importance, relations with the US are more of a transactional nature. The trust deficit between the two countries cannot be overemphasized here. The year 2011 during which Osama bin Laden was killed by the US Navy SEALs in a covert operation and later in the year shooting down of several Pakistani troops by the US forces brought the relationship to the lowest of lows. As a consequence of the NawazObama summit, relations that had already been somewhat salvaged are back on track. Nevertheless it is obvious that Washington is more focused on security-related concerns in the region, whereas Sharif under the garb of the slogan, ‘trade not aid’ wants US cooperation in retrieving Pakistan’s precarious economy from the brink. Nawaz failed to get any specific commitment from his interlocutors on the issue of drone attacks on Pakistani badlands. Two reports emerged on the eve of his meeting Obama. One helped Sharifs’ cause while the other negated it.
According to the Amnesty International drones kill civilians, violate international law and are hence tantamount to war crimes. Another report leaked to the Washington Post, notwithstanding the denials is quite damning. It exposes the duplicity of successive Pakistani governments in not only tolerating drones as an instrument of death but in some cases actually being a party to such attacks. Obviously drone attacks though already having become fewer and far apart, are not going to entirely stop unless Pakistan agrees to launch a military putsch of its own in N. Waziristan and its tribal belt. For the time being taking such a strategic decision is beyond the call of the Pakistani prime minister. How and who Sharif chooses as his next military chief to succeed Gen Kayani late next month will have an ultimate impact on the future security policies. It will also depend upon whether the present government unlike its predecessor, is willing to take ownership of c o u n t e r- t e r r o r i s m policies. Interestingly during the summit there was a detailed discussion on the whole ambit of tensions between India and Pakistan. There is also a vague mention of the US facilitating a dialogue between India and Pakistan. Some analysts have mistakenly construed it as an offer by President Obama to mediate on the Kashmir issue. Despite the prime minister’s forlorn hope, this is not going to happen. New Delhi has consistently and assiduously avoided third party mediation on Kashmir. It has even become allergic to both the adversaries being treated as equal. Washington has implicitly accepted this position. Perhaps for this reason Sharif had to make a separate trip to Washington only a few weeks after the Indian prime minister met the US president on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. President Obama however did amplify New Delhi’s lament about Islamabad’s reluctance to try the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai massacre, booking Hafiz Saeed and proscribing his jehadi outfit JUD (Jamaat-ud-Dawaa). The US State Department does not buy Islamabad’s explanation that there is insufficient evidence against Hafiz Saeed,
As a consequence of the Nawaz-Obama summit, relations that had already been somewhat salvaged are back on track. Nevertheless it is obvious that Washington is more focused on securityrelated concerns, whereas Sharif wants US cooperation in retrieving Pakistan’s precarious economy from the brink.
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ELL, everyone and their aunt Zulekha had a thing or two to say about Bilawal’s speech from the week ago. It was trashed; it was lauded. Many thought his address, which pulled no punches and took on anyone and everyone, was an indication that the Boy Who Would Be King has arrived. But that, however, is not as much of an indication of his arrival as a more recent event. You see, amongst the targets in his speech were “those who fly Kites
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pointing out there is already a bounty on his head. This is a tough call for Sharif. He has very correctly stated that we have to set our own house in order. But in this case where our security establishment considers some of the jihadists as strategic assets it will be difficult for him to walk the talk. The crux of the summit is Pakistan agreeing to help bring the Afghan Taliban to the table for an “Afghan led and Afghan owned peace and reconciliation process.” Pakistan‘s objective is that in the post-NATO/ISAF withdrawal scenario in 2014 a broad based government including the Taliban should be in place in Kabul. This dialogue will however be only meaningful once the Afghan President Hamid Karzai steps down after completing his term in April 2014. Taliban will be loath to talk to Karzai. Hence for the sake of peace, sooner he leaves the better. In the post-NATO withdrawal scenario if the Taliban are not in the successor government in Kabul, already reeling under the existential threat of terrorism, the blowback will be disastrous for Pakistan. This is where Washington and Islamabad’s goals coalesce. On the other hand both the Pakistani establishment and the US are faced with a conundrum: how to launch an operation in N. Waziristan but at the same time initiate talks with some of those holed up there? Aafia Siddiqui convicted by a US court is an issue more for domestic consumption. Her release is a no-go, so far as Washington is concerned. As for Dr Shakil Afridi, despite being on a relatively weak wicket Islamabad cannot afford to release him for the time being. A hallmark of the visit is resumption of the strategic dialogue between Islamabad and Washington that will be hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington March next year. The five working groups formed in this context is another positive development. However Pakistan getting a civilian nuclear deal, a la India, will remain a forlorn hope for the foreseeable future. Unlike India, the west feels insecure about Islamabad’s nuclear designs.
from London.” Well, the PPP has just formally invited the MQM to join the coalition in Sindh. Now that’s politics. Not a fiery, rabble-rousing speech.
HE wedding season is in full force before Muharram finally arrives and puts an end to merrymaking. Well, the amount of money that the high society types are throwing away at such events is ridiculous. Event management has become a more than viable career choice. Forget the shamiaana chaps of yore; these guys come waltzing in to the functions in cars flashier than the groom could afford, do their thing and go. Their attitudes are reaching fashion diva proportions. Stuffy old classist grandmothers who wouldn’t want to socialise with this lot (“they’re help”) are now finding to their utter horror and dismay, that the feelings are quite mutual.
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tackling terrorism Taliban’s ideology needs to be countered, with an ideology
the wages of us imperialism No delight for the people of the world WILLIAM C LEWIS
ORPORATE imperial militarism controls US society and wages destructive occupations abroad to serve the capitalist interests of the war-making, armaments manufacturing class whose bombs eradicate human beings for profit. Externalized racism and depleted uranium radiation warfare smashes the aspirations of target victims in Afghanistan and Iraq, CIA drones slaughter civilians mercilessly in Pakistan, napalm and agent orange used in Vietnam is still effecting children with birth defects, hundreds of thousands in El Salvador and Guatemala miss their disappeared relatives that the US military and CIA trained Latin American dictators and their police constabularies in racist anticommunist doctrine to murder and justify the imperial extraction of natural resources to protect the elite wealthy classes and rich landowner death squads using secret police assassination methods. The CIA trains murderous guerillas as part of proxy sabotage whenever a government the US imperial corporate war masters don’t like achieves advances in health care and education for their population while simultaneously offering land reform or industrialization beneficial to the population and plentiful jobs. Whether CIAcontra proxy mercenary guerilla insurgent violence against teachers, priests and peasant farmers supporting the Sandinista revolutionary government or NATO massive aerial bombardment of infrastructure and terrorization of the Libyan African population with jihadist barbaric killers, the goal is to undermine systems that are functioning for the majority of people and therefore undermining the control of the U.S imperial wall street armaments manufacturing oil mafia elite. The US massacre armaments machine didn’t like the Sandinista revolution because El Salvador and Guatemala were stable customers of armaments to terrorize their populations and one leftist regime left standing in the hemisphere perhaps might result in the strengthening of revolutionary upheavals in the neighboring colonies and therefore represented a threat to the sale of counterinsurgency equipment to these nations. Gaddafi’s Libya featured a free health care system, free university, public infrastructure projects for his population and this leader threatened to demand payment of his nations’ oil in gold rather than the dollar. These nations are seen as targets for obliteration and destruction of the US military corporate war imperial NATO masters who thrive on death and arms sales to profit their personal bank accounts. The destructive apparatus known as the US war machine builds bases all around the world for the private corporate profit of Halliburton, Kellogg Brown and Root and maintains concentration camps with emaciated prisoners cleared for release at Guantanamo who are being force fed and choked to maintain the profitability of running overseas prison garrisons for the sake
of a bloody empire run by the rich. Lies make money. Lies are an immensely profitable undertaking. A lying industry prevails in the United State serving the corporate military war factory interests that enriches the capitalist ruling class. Televisions and armaments factories are running in smooth operating precision as the conditioned masses are left to stare at their leaders who threaten to crash the global financial system and lie about a lack of funds for the civilian government while innocent civilians are blown to smithereens with National Security Agency reconnaissance assisted CIA-military piloted drones from the skies during a shutdown of basic services for the poor. Mass media deception is a perpetual function of the armaments industry as it uses the avenues of print, electronic television and radio to sell the homicidal lies of the arms merchants who wanted to lay waste to Syria as part of the NATO/US imperialist capitalist destruction of this land with Tomahawk missiles. A study of the mass media on http://public-accountability.org/ reveals that MSNBC, Fox, PBS and CNN television anchors interviewing former Bush national security advisor Stephen Hadley, who made various arguments in favor of a US/NATO military attack against Syria, failed to mention that he is a director of Raytheon which manufactures the Tomahawk missile. Raytheon paid Hadley $128,500 in compensation last year, and he is owner of 11,477 shares of stock in this armaments company, worth $900,000. Out of the four times Hadley’s arguments for US military violence against Syria were featured in mainstream media, including three televised interviews— on Bloomberg TV, Fox News and CNN and once in a Washington Post opinion editorial, media anchor or editorial personnel responsible for identifying a guest experts’ official title only mentioned his position as former national security advisor and nothing about his war profiteering affiliation with Raytheon. A variety of other guests which appeared on the mainstream corporate networks and advocated for militarized violence against Syria during the attempted run-up for war are affiliated with munitions company or “defense” or intelligence contracting interests. The study shows that 22 different commentators with connections to defense and intelligence contractors or defense related investment firms made 111 appearances as quoted guests, experts on news shows or opinion editorial authors and mass media news personnel made only 13 attempts within the various media outlets to disclose the guest commentators’ connections to the military-intelligence weapons industry. Former Centcom commander Anthony Zinni expressed support for attacking Syria with NATO/U.S weaponry three times on CNN, once on CBS This Morning and in an opinion editorial in the Washington Post and none of the media personnel working in an interviewer or editorial capacity for these outlets mentioned that he is an outside director of BAE Systems, the third largest military services company in the world, based in London.
So much for the mass media serving as a fourth branch of government to check the powerful when reporters at media outlets that reach the vast majority of the population are completely bought off by the armaments industry and reporters who are actually doing their jobs are repeatedly spied on and more whistleblowers are persecuted than any other administration combined under the Espionage act of 1917. Armament factory military corporate war interests of the US Pentagon war machine cause Pakistani teenagers to commit suicide due to the ever present trauma of assassination squad drones hovering over their land. What does this say about the moral level of the United States when because of a lack of investment in socially uplifting employment prospects, students are now being channeled into this industry tainted with the blood of innocent men, women and children because of the massive influence of the military industrial armaments complex in shaping the educational institutions that are the main determinant in producing the array of occupations, industries goods and services that we call the economy? Newspaper columnists blurt obscenities of internalized racism such as murdering Pakistani children is better from an American standpoint because they could somehow harm US citizens in the future. How many of these future drone operators will work for humanitarian purposes such as rescuing people during disasters or delivering food to the homeless versus violating the fourth amendment of US citizens with a constitutional right from unreasonable searches and seizures and, worse yet, political assassination of activists deemed criminals by an elite corporate militarized cabal? Perhaps this is an unknown, but we might ask how many of them are affiliated with progressive social causes or anti-racist, ant-imperialist views or know that imperialism is a process by which military empires extract natural resources for corporate profit as is the case with Afghanistan’s lithium as well as geostrategic positioning for oil pipelines and that US/NATO/ CIA military attacks against target nations always involve the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians. Thirty thousand drones will fly over the US by 2020. This war-surveillance machinery is already used in a global assassination campaign that denies both foreigners and US citizens the right of trial before execution. Surveillance drones deny the target freedom from unreasonable searches, seizures and surveillance under the fourth amendment, domestically, not to mention the national sovereignty and lives of the targets of U.S-CIA-military imperial violence including scores of innocent civilians deemed “collateral damage,” or worse yet, associates of the target deliberately murdered for political assassination purposes. US Imperialism—it’s no delight for the people of the world and increasingly not for US citizens unaffiliated with the war machine either. William C Lewis is a journalist, researcher and writer from California, USA.
VERY day events transpire around us that affect the course of individual lives. Such an incident recently took place in Peshawar on September 22, 2013, when a suicide attack on All Saints Church killed more than 83 people and wounded several hundreds. This tragic incident has sent shockwaves of sadness and anger among the Christians of Pakistan. Repeated attacks on the minority community have escalated VICTOR V GILL, SALMA PETER JOHN the situation of chaos and fear, while no significant measures have been taken by authorities to protect the life and property of Christians in Pakistan. The government has failed to safeguard minorities in Pakistan, despite its past assurances of protection. With the passage of time, religious zealots and militant organisations have become more powerful due to the government’s leniency. They have held the entire country hostage and compelled the government to negotiate with them. This perturbing situation is further complicated when criminals are not brought to justice but rather granted concessions which acknowledge them as equal to the government, thus shielding their crimes beneath the cover of religion. No doubt, it’s getting harder and harder to get rid of the term “Islamic terrorism” as opposed to just “terrorism”. In response, many argue that the Muslims are also victims of terrorism themselves. They point out that Muslim mosques have also been attacked by terrorist organisations like Tehreek-e-Taliban of Pakistan (TTP). But they forget that the attacks on their mosques are the actions of other Muslims and not of Christians. Others, in an effort to save the honour of Islam, emphatically deny the Muslim beliefs of terrorists by saying that ‘they are not Muslims’. Subsequently, many good Muslims reach out to victims in various forms of compensations as if diluting the value of God-given sacred life. ‘Who is a real Muslim and who is not’ is none of non-Muslims’ business. It is indeed an undeniable fact that if a certain sect of Muslims propagates talibanisation by abusing Islamic tenets, it becomes the responsibility of Muslim scholars (and Muslim Ummah at large) along with Muslim governments to clean up ‘this act’. By just brushing off that ‘they are not real Muslims’, neither justifies the perpetrators nor appeases the victims. After all, the bombers do declare their motive, and that is to enforce strict Sharia Islam in the country. Other blame-shifting excuses for terrorist attacks include foreign interferences, like a) an act of rival India, and b) US drones. Such assumptions fail to explain how a Hindu India so easily convinces a hardline Muslim to commit a suicide attack, and why the Islamic terrorism continues to be harboured in countries where US drones are non-existent. In our global village of today when terrorism is discussed, all roads lead to Pakistan calling it a terrorist state. Pakistan did not get this title overnight. Historically speaking, Pakistan’s constitution was gradually Islamised by annexing religious hot coals like Objectives Resolution and Blasphemy Laws. The hot coals have now ignited into a full-fledged religiously fuelled fire. It’s time that Pakistan’s government capped this terrorism with the thumb of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by annexing his covenant into the constitution which he had made with non-Muslim Christians. This document of 628 AD hanging in St Catherine’s Church in Egypt, stamped with Muhammad’s thumb, speaks volumes as to how non-Muslims must be treated in Muslim lands. It states: “This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).” Hate begets hate and wars breed misery without changing of the hearts. The word ‘Taliban’ itself has become now an ideology and an ideology can only be countered with another ideology. Taliban consist of many factions and only God knows which faction actually attacked the Christians in Pakistan. But in a post-attack statement, they stunned the world by endorsing the attack and claiming its compliance to Sharia Islam. Strict Sharia Islam is very much based on the interpretations of traditions as narrated by others who knew others who have heard from the companions of the Prophet (pbuh), but a document decreed and thumbed by Prophet (pbuh) himself must take precedence over all tell-tales and traditions. Pakistan, being the epicentre of self-destructive religious tussles and tensions, could benefit significantly if such a covenant be included in our constitution, in our school textbooks, and be widely distributed throughout country as a peace making gesture to citizens of all faiths. Perhaps this small step could bring a sigh of relief to those who differ in belief within the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Victor V Gill is a Pakistani Christian and can be reached at email@example.com. Salma Peter John, Director ICAN-Islamabad, also contributed to the above article. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Chinese say that having two homes is the way to madness. I'm not mad, but I definitely wish Hollywood would move to Trafalgar Square — Alice Eve
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roBert May have taken jfk’s Brain, says new Book
President John F Kennedy's brain may have stolen by his brother, Robert, to prevent disclosures about the medications he was taking when he died, according to a new book. Mr Kennedy's brain, which was not buried with his body at Arlington Cemetery after his assassination in November 1963, was placed in a container and secured in a locker at the National Archives. Yet almost three years later, his secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, discovered that the brain and other autopsy materials were missing, while she worked to organise the late president's papers. Conspiracy theorists have long claimed the materials were taken to cover up the fact that Mr Kennedy was shot from the front, rather than by Lee Harvey Oswald from the Texas School Book Depository. However in End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, James Swanson claims that an inquiry ordered by the then-attorney general, Ramsey Clark, indicated that his younger brother was to blame. While the inquiry failed to recover the brain, it did "uncover compelling evidence suggesting that former Attorney General Robert Kennedy, aided by his assistant Angie Novello, had stolen the locker", Swanson writes, according to an excerpt in The New York Post. "My conclusion is that Robert Kennedy did take his brother's brain - not to conceal evidence of a conspiracy but perhaps to conceal evidence of the true extent of President Kennedy's illnesses, or perhaps to conceal evidence of the number of medications that President Kennedy was taking," he said. Historians have since unearthed records detailing the cocktail of drugs Mr Kennedy was taking to combat a string of medical problems as well as for anxiety and sleep disorder. NEWS DESK
RLANDO Bloom and Miranda Kerr’s three year marriage has come to an end. According to E! News, the separation was announced by a rep for Bloom. "In a joint statement, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have announced that they have been amicably separated for the past few months," the rep said. "After six years together, they have recently decided to formalize their separation." "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they love, support and respect each other as both parents of their son and as family." The British actor and the Australian Victoria’s Secret model had been an item since 2007 and were married in 2010. Their son, Flynn, was born in Jan. 2011. Rumors began swirling in late 2012 of trouble in paradise for the couple when Kerr was spotted not wearing her wedding ring and the pair had not been photographed together in months. However, the duo squashed the speculation of marital trouble by publicly stepping out on numerous occasions as a happy family. Bloom's mother, Sonia Copeland-Bloom, defended her son's marriage in Dec. 2012 telling the Daily Mail that everything was "fine” and that the spouses were “very happy" amid the reports. Ahead of their split announcement, Kerr and Bloom were last seen together cozying up at the after party for the Broadway opening night of "Shake-
speare's Romeo And Juliet," in which Bloom plays Romeo on Sept. 19. Bloom, 36, rose to fame after he appeared as elven archer Legolas in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, a role he will reprise in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ His popularity grew when he played Will Turner in the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, alongside Johnny Depp. Kerr, 30, became famous as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2007 and was ranked number four in the "Top 20 Sexiest Models" on Models.com. NEWS DESK
devgan BecoMes the victiM of theft
Zooey Deschanel saddles up at a ranch in Los Angeles.
According to Indian media reports Bollywood couple Ajay Devgan and Kajol has lodged a complaint of theft from their Juhu house in Mumbai. The incident reportedly happened on October 22nd when the 39-year-old actress was getting ready on the auspicious Hindu occasion of Karwa Chauth. The complaint was reportedly registered at Juhu police station on Wednesday. It states 17 gold bangles worth 5 lakh rupees have been stolen, which she discovered when her wardrobe was broken and jewelry box was left half open. While the couple remained unavailable for comment, Kajol’s mother Tanuja has confirmed the news. "Yes, it is true that Kajol's bangles were stolen. But I do not know the details as I was out of town and have just come back," the veteran actor was quoted as saying. This marks the second theft at the bungalow, called ‘Devgan House’. In a previous incident a member of the family’s domestic staff was reportedly involved and was arrested from Chhattisgarh. NEWS DESK
workers discover MaMMoth bones in us The discovery of prehistoric mammoth remains in Oklahoma has made students at the state university very excited, while pipeline workers were left stunned. Natural gas provider Access Midstream was working on a buried pipeline northwest of the city of Enid last August, when workers stumbled upon the beast's fossilized bones. The company reached out to the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, which in turn asked nearby Oklahoma State University if it might like to participate in the excavation and "reassembly" of the mammoth, local NBC affiliate KJRH reported. “This is a dream come true,” Tom Cox, a geography graduate student at the university, told another local news outlet, KFOR. Cox, who is supervising the dig and preservation efforts for his master's thesis project, also spoke with KJRH, saying: "This has been 20 years in the making for me. ... I've wanted to do it all my life and now I've got my opportunity." Among the roughly two dozen Oklahoma State students helping Cox is Taylor Iberosi, a sophomore. She told KJRH that being able to leave the classroom and get her hands dirty was "the best kind of experience
you can have." And it's not only students who have fallen under the mammoth's spell. “We are really fortunate to be involved in excavating such a find and the mammoth’s fossilized remains are in very good condition for this type of removal and reassembly,” Dr. Dale Lightfoot, head of the geology department at the university, said in a written statement. Even Access Midstream was surprised by the quality of the remains. “It’s not unusual to find fossils, but to find such a large animal and for it to be so complete is exciting,” Michael Rinehart, an environmental health and safety specialist with the firm, said in the statement. “Access is committed to following environmental best practices and we are pleased to work with [Oklahoma State University] and the Oklahoma Archeological Survey for the preservation of these historic artifacts.” Researchers say they believe the mammoth is about 50,000 years old, and it's probably an Imperial or Columbia Mammoth rather than the better known woolly mammoth. Both were common in the region tens of thousands of years ago. NEWS DESK
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Great liars are also great magicians — Adolf Hitler
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‘dark is Beautiful’ MoveMent takes on unfair india
OOKING to find a husband, make friends, and get ahead at work? Then you need to have lighter skin. That’s the all-pervasive message in India, and it’s something that one actress is fighting to overturn. The new poster girl of the “Dark is Beautiful” campaign, Nandita Das, has called out India’s obsession with fair skin – a prejudice she says has driven some young women to the brink of suicide. “Magazines, TV, cinema – everywhere being fair is synonymous with being beautiful,” Das told AFP. Described as having “dusky” skin as opposed to a fair complexion, the 43-year-old is well used to Indian preoccupations with colour, and not just in the film industry, where she has refused requests to lighten her skin for roles. “How can you be so confident de-
spite being so dark?” is a question regularly asked of Das, who has preferred to star in unconventional, issue-based films but says she would struggle to get ahead in mainstream Bollywood movies. In May, Das became the face of the Dark is Beautiful campaign, launched in 2009 by activist group Women of Worth to celebrate “beauty beyond colour”. Her backing has helped to generate increasing debate in the media, but the response has underlined just how ingrained the preference is for fairer skin, which has long been associated with higher social classes and castes. “I started getting tonnes of emails from young women pouring their heart out about how they were discriminated against. Some wanted to commit suicide because they couldn’t be fair,” she said. Das found her own photograph had been lightened by a newspaper even for a feature on the campaign. When looking for a nanny, she was told one candidate was “good, but quite dark”. Amid such pressures to be pale, India’s whitening cream market swelled from $397 million in 2008 to $638 million over four years, according to market researchers at Euromonitor International. Skinlightening products accounted for 84 percent of the country’s facial moisturiser market last year, their report shows. NEWS DESK
lata says Manna dey deserved far more Lata Mangeshkar remembers Manna Dey as a versatile singer and says that the late singer didn’t get as much as he deserved. “I feel really sad to see a colleague go. We sang so many memorable melodies together. If there was duets as romantic as Pyar hua ikrar hua, Yeh raat bheegi bheegi and Sochke yeh gagan jhoome with Manna da, we also sang light playful songs,” said Lata. Manna Dey passed away on Thursday at a private hospital in Bangalore after prolonged illness. He had been ailing for four months. He was 94. “Though he was unwell for some time, his going away saddens me deeply, as he was the last of my singing colleagues,” said Lata. “Manna Da was a very versatile singer. He started his career as a singer much before I did. I remember as children we Mangeshkar siblings used to hear Manna Da’s songs on the radio,” said Lata who sang with Manna Dey for the first time in 1953. “It was a song titled ‘Ritu aaye ritu jaaye’ composed by Anil da (composer Anil Biswas). Manna da was very accomplished in Hindustani classical music. He inherited his talent from his uncle KC Dey. I had met Dey saab in Kolkata. At that time I didn’t know Manna da was related to him. Manna Da would proudly say he learnt music from his uncle,” said Lata. Apart from recording studios, Lata says that they used to meet socially and quite frequently. “I used to
go to his house… At that time Manna da used to live alone. Later we couldn’t meet as much,” she said.“I think the last time we met was when we sang the songs in the Bengali version of V Shantaram’s Marathi film Amar Bhopali. I think we were called to sing songs together when the tune required a classical training, though we also did some fun songs like Aiso re papi bichua for Salil da (Salil Chowdhury) and Chunri sambhal gori for Pancham (RD Burman). “Manna da was a very versatile singer. It was my pleasure to give him an award named after my father Dinanath Mangeshkar some years ago. He deserved a lot more than he got,” she said. NEWS DESK
‘scandals’ new bromance revealed Thursday's episode of Scandal introduced two new duos that should make for great TV: Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) and Huck (Guillermo Diaz) make up the best new bromance, while Mellie (Bellamy Young) and Josie Marcus (Lisa Kudrow) are now apparently enemies, which will make for an interesting campaign season. Let's start with Friends alum Kudrow, who made quite a splash as Josephine Marcus. The democratic congresswoman who has her sights on the White House has choice words for the philandering Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), much to Mellie's annoyance. At a press conference where all the questions are Josie-related, Mellie plays it cool for the cameras, and only makes a snide remark after she exits the room. Unfortunately, a microphone is still on and Mellie's remarks are blasted! Yikes. Cyrus worries the backlash could send female voters fleeing Fitz's camp for the alternative. Thankfully, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) has dug up possible dirt that suggests Josie may have had a child she gave up when she was younger, so we can't wait to see what comes next! (Anyone else wishing the congresswoman was named Regina Falange?) Meanwhile, Olivia (Kerry Washington) kicks Jake out of her apartment, though he insists that Olivia needs protecting. In denial, she believes her father would never hurt her. NEWS DESK
Kanye West takes a meeting in Los Angeles.
ancient galaxy, oldest, farthest ever oBserved Scientists have discovered the most distant and ancient galaxy ever spotted By using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope and observations from the Keck I telescope at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, astronomers have now confirmed that the galaxy designated z8_GND_5296 formed within 700 million years after the beginning of the universe, making it the oldest and most distant galaxy ever verified. Because the galaxy is so far from Earth, scientists were able to observe z8_GND_5296 as it would have appeared about 13.1 billion years ago. [How Galaxies are Classified by Type (Infographic)] "The most exciting aspect in general of what I do is the fact that we can learn about what things were like in the very early universe," Steven Finkelstein, the lead author of the new galaxy study in Nature and an astronomer at the University of Texas, Austin, said. "Because the speed of light is constant, light takes time to get here, we're not seeing these galaxies as they are now. We're seeing them as they were 13 billion years ago which is 95 percent of the way back to the Big Bang." Scientists are seeing the galaxy as it was when it was very young. Many of the now old stars that were part of the galaxy are probably still in existence today, but they
might be part of a bigger galaxy, Finkelstein told SPACE.com It's possible that Hubble has detected galaxies that are farther away, but z8_GND_5296 is the farthest galaxy confirmed by follow-up observations using other astronomical instruments, scientists said. Hubble's CANDELS (Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy) survey has discovered about 100,000 galaxies, and the team of astronomers observed 43 of them for the new study, published in the journal Nature. Scientists use hydrogen to calculate distances of galaxies. The research team searched for a hydrogen emission line in the 43 galaxies they observed, but they only saw the emission line in z8_GND_5296. This surprised the astronomers because they were expecting to find about six galaxies with the emission line, "This work shows that, with new technology, it has finally become possible to make significant advances in the detection of yet more distant galaxies," Dominik Riechers, an astronomer who wrote a commentary about the new study, told SPACE.com via email. "However, the work also mentions that they expected to find six galaxies at similar distances, but just were able to confirm one," he added. "Thus, we know
now that we will be able to push the frontiers in studies of the early universe further, but it may be even harder than anticipated." It's possible that scientists got these results from peering deeply into "the era when the universe made its transition from an opaque state, in which most of the hydrogen gas between galaxies is neutral, to a translucent state, in which most of the hydrogen is ionized," representatives from the University of Texas at Austin said in a statement. Galaxy z8_GND_5296 has another extraordinary quality: The most distant and ancient galaxy also produces stars about 150 times more quickly than the Milky Way. While the Milky Way may produce about one or two sunlike stars each year, z8_GND_5296 birthed about 300 per year approximately 13 billion years ago, according to the astronomers' observations. The new record holder for distance is in the same part of the sky as the previous record holder, which also has a high rate of star formation. "It could be that we found two weirdoes, but now we've found two weirdoes in the same Hubble image in this tiny little region of the sky," Finkelstein said. "More than likely, they're not weirdoes. I think what it's telling us is that in the distant universe you can actually make a decent number of these galaxies." NEWS DESK
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africa in control, But hit By Ball-taMPering Penalty
Saturday, 26 October, 2013
africa Penalised for Ball taMPering
DUBAI: Members of the South African team will likely be the subject of a postplay hearing after they were penalised five runs and the ball was changed by the umpires during Pakistan's second innings. Those actions are consistent with the sanction for unlawfully changing the condition of the ball, according to law 42.1. The ICC confirmed South Africa were penalised for ball tampering. "As per 42.1 of the ICC playing conditions, the umpires replaced the ball and fined South Africa team five penalty runs for ball tampering," an ICC spokesperson said. The incident took place at the start of the 31st over of Pakistan's innings, two overs after tea, when umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker called South African captain Graeme Smith for a chat. The fourth umpire, Shozab Raza, brought a box of balls onto the field and a new one was selected for use. No individual player has been charged yet but television images showed one of the South African players rubbing the ball allegedly on the zipper of his trouser pocket. The umpires will decide whether to lay a charge at the close of play and that will determine if and when a hearing will take place. AGENCIES
OUTH Africa's march towards a result that will draw the series and prolong their seven-year unbeaten record away from home continued unabated, but the gloss on their seemingly impeccable performance was lost when the on-field umpires penalised them for tampering with the ball. Graeme Smith's team ended the third day needing six wickets to complete an emphatic victory - probably by an innings considering Pakistan were still trailing by 286 with two days remaining - but the likelihood of a meeting with the Match Referee loomed large as the sun set in Dubai. The incident occurred two overs after tea, before the start of the 31st over, following television visuals of one player rubbing the ball allegedly on the zipper of his trouser pocket. The umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker called Graeme Smith over for a chat and subsequently changed the ball and awarded a five-run penalty against South Africa, sanctions that are consistent with the penalty for unlawfully changing the condition of the ball. A second television visual showed another player allegedly
picking at the side of the ball with his finger. On either side of that unsavoury episode, however, South Africa made strides towards victory, albeit not at the pace at which they had shut Pakistan out of the Test over the first two days. After South Africa were dismissed for 517 with a lead of 418, 16 minutes before lunch, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander punched Pakistan in the gut by dismissing their openers in their only overs before the break. Steyn swung the ball back into Shan Masood's front pad and the left-hand batsman continued Pakistan's lousy use of reviews by wasting one on an lbw that was plumb. Philander then handed Khurram Manzoor his first pair in Test cricket; the right-hand batsman hung his bat outside off stump and watched Jacques Kallis dive to his right at second slip to take the catch at head height. Pakistan were 2 for 2. After lunch, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali focused on survival. Steyn swung and seamed the new ball away from the righthanders; Philander bowled with unrelenting accuracy; Morne Morkel hit speeds off 149.6 kph - the fastest ball of the Test - in his first over. With four slips and other catches in place, there were gaps to exploit on the huge outfield but
only 18 runs were scored in the first 13 overs. One of Tahir's legbreaks spun so viciously from the rough around off stump that it went straight to first slip. Azhar and Younis, however, survived all that until Smith brought on the parttime offspinner JP Duminy ten minutes before tea. His first ball spun sharply into Azhar and kept low to hit the back pad just in line with off stump. In an instant, a vast amount of hard graft had come undone and Pakistan were 48 for 3. Duminy could have struck in his second over, too, but Kallis failed to catch an outside edge from Younis off the penultimate ball before the break. Younis' composure, which had served him well through the second session, disappeared soon after the tampering incident, when he charged Tahir and attempted a mow across the line. He missed and the ball bounced off his pad on to his stumps. At 70 for 4, Pakistan were in danger of sliding further towards defeat but Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq put on an unbeaten 62-run stand. Shafiq was fortunate to survive a stumping chance on 18 off Duminy, and Pakistan will need a miraculous performance from him and the rest to prevent an innings defeat.
SCOREBOARD Pakistan 1ST INNINGS 99 517 SOUTH AFRICA AB de Villiers† c †Adnan Akmal b M Irfan 164 JP Duminy b Mohammad Irfan 7 F du Plessis not out 17 8 VD Philander b Saeed Ajmal 7 M Morkel c younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 2 Imran Tahir c Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal EXTRAS: (b 5, lb 8, w 2) 15 TOTAL: (all out; 163.1 overs) 517 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-37 (Petersen, 10.5 ov), 2-91 (Elgar, 32.6 ov), 3-119 (Kallis, 42.2 ov), 4-134 (Steyn, 55.4 ov), 5-472 (de Villiers, 138.4 ov), 6-478 (Smith, 141.2 ov), 7-486 (Duminy, 146.6 ov), 8-505 (Philander, 155.6 ov), 9-515 (Morkel, 161.2 ov), 10-517 (Imran Tahir, 163.1 ov) BOWLING: Mohammad Irfan 34.3-5-102-3,Junaid Khan 31.32-105-0,Saeed Ajmal 55.5-8-151-6,zulfiqar Babar 36.2-2-124-1,Azhar Ali 5-0-22-0 PAKISTAN 2nd INNINGS 0 Shan Masood lbw b Steyn 0 Khurram Manzoor c Kallis b Philander 19 Azhar Ali lbw b Duminy younis Khan b Imran Tahir 36 Misbah-ul-Haq not out 42 Asad Shafiq not out 28 EXTRAS: (w 1, nb 1, pen 5) 7 TOTAL: (4 wickets; 55 overs) 132 TO BAT: Adnan Akmal†, Saeed Ajmal, zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan FALL OF WICKETS: 1-0 (Shan Masood, 0.4 ov), 2-2 (Khurram Manzoor, 1.5 ov), 3-48 (Azhar Ali, 25.1 ov), 4-70 (younis Khan, 33.2 ov) BOWLING: DW Steyn 10-4-17-1,VD Philander 8-2-16-1,M Morkel 94-18-0,Imran Tahir 16-3-47-1,JH Kallis 3-2-1-0,JP Duminy 9-0-28-1 MATCH DETAILS TOSS Pakistan, who chose to bat PLAyER OF THE MATCH tba UMPIRES IJ Gould (England) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV UMPIRE PR Reiffel (Australia) MATCH REFEREE DC Boon (Australia) RESERVE UMPIRE Shozab Raza (Pakistan)
bangladesh iMpress but rain forces draw MIRPUR AGENCIES
Overnight rain and a persistent light drizzle through the day ruined the last day's play in the second Test, in Mirpur. That meant Bangladesh had registered their second successive drawn series after finishing 1-1 against Zimbabwe in April this year. The 0-0 result against New Zealand, a team ranked higher than them in the Test rankings, is a fine result for the home side. They have now drawn three Tests against New Zealand in eleven matches. The covers came on and off twice in Mirpur in the morning session, but they remained on since 11.00am. The rain never progressed into a downpour, but it was enough to bring everything to a standstill. Mominul Haque, with his 376 runs in four innings, and Sohag Gazi, with eight wickets, take the top positions in the batting and bowling charts for the
series. For New Zealand, Kane Williamson is the top run-scorer with 250 runs, while Neil Wagner's sevenwicket tally ranks the best among his team's bowlers. Mominul, however, missed a chance to topple Habibul Bashar's record for aggregate runs in a series by a Bangladesh batsman. Bashar had made 379 runs against Pakistan in a three-match series in 2003. Mominul's tally is second on the list. After the match, Tamim Iqbal was fined 50% of his match fees for nudging Brendon McCullum with his shoulder during New Zealand's innings, while moving past the batsman to his fielding position at mid-on. Tamim pleaded guilty to the charge, and was penalised under Article 2.2.4 of the ICC code of conduct, which deals with "inappropriate and deliberate contact between players during the course of play". The two teams now play a threematch ODI series, starting on October
29. New Zealand depart from Bangladesh on November 7, a day after the one-off Twenty20.
SCOREBOARD Bangladesh 1ST INNINGS 282 New zealand 1ST INNINGS 437 BANGLADESH 2nd INNINGS Tamim Iqbal c Taylor b Williamson 70 Anamul Haque c Fulton b Wagner 22 Marshall Ayub c Taylor b Wagner 9 Mominul Haque not out 126 Shakib Al Hasan not out 32 EXTRAS: (b 8, lb 1, nb 1) 10 TOTAL: (3 wickets; 89 overs) 269 DID NOT BAT: Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim*† FALL OF WICKETS: 1-39 (Anamul Haque, 10.1 ov), 2-55 (Marshall Ayub, 14.2 ov), 3-212 (Tamim Iqbal, 71.2 ov) BOWLING : TA Boult 16-2-62-0,DAJ Bracewell 14-2-47-0,N Wagner 184-52-2,IS Sodhi 14-2-37-0,Corey J Anderson 9-2-18-0,KS Williamson 18-4-44-1 MATCH DETAILS TOSS Bangladesh, who chose to bat SERIES 2-match series drawn 0-0 TEST DEBUT Al-Amin Hossain (Bangladesh) PLAyER OF THE MATCH Mominul Haque (Bangladesh) PLAyER OF THE SERIES Mominul Haque (Bangladesh) UMPIRES RK Illingworth (England) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia) TV UMPIRE Sharfuddoula MATCH REFEREE J Srinath (India) RESERVE UMPIRE Anisur Rahman
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SpOrtS Saturday, 26 October, 2013
Play highly unlikely in wet cuttack CUTTACK
HE cricketing gods seem to have had enough of batsmen ravaging helpless bowlers, and have called up a friend. The weather gods have swooped in, washed out the Ranchi ODI - 312 in 54.1 overs before their intervention - and now pose an even bigger threat to the game in Cuttack. The organisers already sound resigned. An Odisha Cricket Association release said: "We deeply regret to mention that the sunny weather that we have been expecting has failed to come true. The ground is completely water-logged and the chances of its drying up are extremely remote."
It has rained in Cuttack for five continuous days in the lead-up to the match, and the forecast for Saturday is similar. More than two balls and new field restrictions, the words that have been uttered regularly in Cuttack has been: helicopters - to dry the ground should it stop raining; wells - being dug up around the ground to help drain the ground; and of course Duckworth-Lewis. The helicopter, too, didn't prove effective. "The operators of the helicopters visited the ground and expressed that they could dry the pitch but were unable to remove the mud that has accumulated through the playing area." Ravindra Jadeja - although he added his side was prepared to play whatever the duration of the match presented to them -
was candid enough to say in his press conference, "It doesn't look like there will be a match tomorrow." Shane Watson was less optimistic about the game, and already seemed to be thankful the rain might have cut short the series significantly. "A fivematch series is a bit more enjoyable anyway," Watson said. "The rain has sort of made it that way." For the Cuttack groundstaff and locals, this isn't a matter of relief. They badly want the game to happen. The challenge for the groundstaff begins once it stops raining for a considerable period of time, signs of which have been scarce ever since Cyclone Phailin crossed Odisha earlier this month. The outfield isn't quite submerged like the Indian roads in rain, but it gives the impres-
sion you will sink ankle deep once you step on it. The water level in the drain outside the stadium is pretty high too, which is why the wells are being dug. If the game indeed is abandoned India will be left with a more difficult task in the series. Down 1-2 after four games, they will need to win the remaining two matches to win the series. FORM GUIDE Australia WLWWL (most recent games first, completed matches) India LWLWW TEAM NEWS The changes in the bowling combination seemed to work at the start of the Ranchi ODI. Mohammed Shami took the wickets, Jaydev Unadkat was tight, ad for the first
froome backing for cookson
aquafina golf team championship LAHORE: At the end of the first round in this three rounds 7th Aquafina Royal Palm Golf Team Championship, in progress at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course, the Lahore Defence Raya Golf Club Team, the Multan Team and the Royal Palm 'A' Team were bunched together, as leaders, at a team aggregate score of 233 followed by Islamabad 'A' at an aggregate score of 234, while the eleven other teams participating in this contest were lagging behind. As a result these four teams look much more formidable as compared to their other competitors and over the next two rounds the battle for supremacy will be amongst these four only, unless teams like Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore Gymkhana can turn the tide through extraordinary performances. For Defence Raya team the main performers were Col M Shafi (gross 76), Fakhar Imam (gross 77) and Shafiq Bhatti (gross 80). The Multan team stars were Zulfiqar Ali (gross 72), Ashiq Hussain (gross 73) and Farhan Ahmed, a rather poor 88.For the Royal Palm team, Abbas Ali Khan carded a steady 77, Sardar Murad managed a score of 78 and Mohsen Zafar also scored a similar 78.The contest looks fearsome and the next two rounds are likely to produce a lot of thrills with quality golf, the order of the day. In the individual competition, the best one is Zulfiqar Ali of Multan who started the first round with a spectacular display of golfing excellence, scoring five birdies in a row on the front nine and when he completed his first nine holes, the word was out that we have a brilliant golfer on the course. And watched by many young ones he kept up his display until he reached the 16th hole. That is where everything went Topsy Turvy, as the focus seemed to have vanished and the shot making control was non-existent. He finished the par-4, in eight and that eroded the excellence and he had been content with a score of 72 for the first eighteen holes."I really do not know what struck me, but hope I can leave that behind and strive for dominance over the next two rounds", said Zulfiqar. Other competitors in line for honours in Individual gross section are Ashiq Hussain (Multan) at a score of 73,Tariq Mehmood (Islamabad) 73,Taimur Khan (Peshawar) 75,Col Shafi (Defence Raya) 76, Fakhar Imam(Defence Raya) 77, Saleem Raza (Gujranwala) 77 and Zohaib Wasif 77. STAFF REPORT
Quigley into world final Boxer Jason Quigley became the first Irishman to reach the AIBA World Championships final with a stunning win on Friday. The 22-year-old from County Donegal scored a unanimous points decision after outclassing Russia's Artem Chebotarev in Kazakhstan. Quigley is now assured of a silver medal but will have his sights set firmly on the middleweight gold after such an impressive display over his Russian opponent. It was a cagey opening round with both fighters looking to scout each other out and few punches of note being thrown. SPORTS DESK
time in the series India kept Australia to under 300. The two quicks could retain their places, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar possibly replacing the profligate R Vinay Kumar. India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/ R Vinay Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami Australia have played the same XI in the first four games, and are likely to do so again. Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey (capt.), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.
simonsiglikelytomissking Georgeaftersetbackathome SPORTS DESK Smart chaser Simonsig is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a setback in his preparation for the new campaign. Nicky Henderson's dashing grey was unbeaten in three starts during his debut season over fences and completed his hattrick in the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in the spring. The seven-year-old headed ante-post lists for the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, but is "highly unlikely" to line up at Kempton, or any-
where else over the Festive period, according to his trainer. Henderson told Press Association Sport: "We are just going to have to put his preparation on hold for three weeks as a result of a splint on his near fore. "He was lame earlier in the week. He is sound now, but he was sore a few days ago and we had it X-rayed to have a look at it. "We've decided the best thing to do is give it three weeks and see where are after that. "He'll go in the spa and hopefully he can do some swimming exercise. He was quite forward in his preparation as well. "We'll advise on where we are in
three or four weeks. For the moment all plans are on hold, which is extremely frustrating, but it's one of those things. "It's aggravating the horse and it's aggravating me and Ronnie (Bartlett, owner) as well, but that's horses and it always seems to happen to the good ones. "Horses get splints all the time and only one out 100 actually interfere with what you're doing. Unfortunately, this is one of those. "Three weeks takes us to the middle of November, so you'd have to say it's going to be difficult to do anything at Christmas. It's highly unlikely."
Tour de France champion Chris Froome has backed new International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson to rid the sport of its doping culture. Froome had to field a number of questions and suspicions related to his performances during his masterful victory at the Tour in July as some equated his dominant displays in the mountains to the use of illegal substances. And while Froome says he can understand it to a certain degree, he hopes the election of Cookson last month to replace his tainted predecessor Pat McQuaid at the UCI helm will help the sport recover from its tarnished image. "It really is important for us and hopefully that's something a new president in the UCI can help us to achieve, which is move past that old image and the baggage from the past and show people that the sport really has turned around since those darkest days," the 28year-old Team Sky leader said in Japan ahead of the Criterium de Saitama. "It is frustrating, but I have got perspective on it and can see it from the fans' point of view and the media's point of view. I too used to follow those races and support those riders, so I can understand where the anger and frustrations are coming from, and it is up to us now to show that we have moved on." SPORTS DESK
Guthrie FOur in FrOnt At BmW SHANGAI AGENCIES
American Luke Guthrie remains in the driving seat after two rounds of the BMW Masters in Shanghai. The 23-year-old, who opened with a 65 at the par 72 Lake Malaren course, increased his three-shot overnight lead to four after carding a one-under 71 to post a halfway total of eight-under 136. Guthrie, who finished fifth in last week's PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, made the ideal start with an opening birdie to go four in front of US colleague John Daly and maintained that advantage despite playing the next eight holes in level par. The back nine looked set to be a different story when he bogeyed 10 and 12 and at one stage Simon Dyson pulled to within a shot after the Yorkshireman birdied the 16th to go four-under for the day and sixunder overall. But Dyson, who had chipped in for eagle at the seventh, double bogeyed the last and dropped back into a six-way tie for second alongside Ricardo Gonzalez, Scott Jamieson, Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Casey and Craig Lee.
Guthrie, meanwhile, kicked five shots clear thanks to birdies at 15 and 17 before a bogey at the last meant a halfway lead of four. Gonzalez shot the low round of the day - a five-under 67 - to leap 20 places to tied second while Jamieson also moved to four-under with a 68. Jaidee, Casey and Lee all fired 70s for the second straight day, Lee
holing his second from 188 yards at the tough par four 16th for an unlikely eagle. Former world number one Rory McIlroy, still seeking his first win in 2013 after five victories last year, had moved to three under with birdies at the third and seventh but lost momentum after that and finished at one-under after a round of level par 72.
He's now in tied 12th alongside Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. Poulter produced a back nine charge with four birdies in six holes from the 10th but was hurt by bogeys at 16 and 18. Daly, who had been Guthrie's nearest challenger after a bogey-free 68 in round one, carded a 74 to slip to tied ninth. After a low-key first 12 holes he finished birdiebogey-birdie-double bogey-birdie-bogey to end the day at two-under. Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell's hopes of eating into Henrik Stenson's Race To Dubai lead took a blow after a poor finish. Second-placed McDowell currently lies 425,573 euros (£362,660) behind the Swede, but with a first prize of 850,000 euros (£725,000) on offer here and a total prize fund of almost £20million in the four events of the inaugural Final Series, the battle to become European number one in Dubai in mid-November is far from over. FedEx Cup winner Stenson dropped down the field to 28th after a second round 74 left him at two-over but, after looking nicely placed, 2010 US Open champion McDowell dropped three shots in his last five holes to card a 74 of his own.
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It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf. –Robert Wilson Lynd
Saturday, 26 October, 2013
Bayern, Psg the Biggest winners on giants’ night PARIS
OLDERS Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain were the biggest winners in the Champions League on Wednesday as Real Madrid and both Man-
chester clubs also recorded important victories. Frenchman Franck Ribery scored a brace, including one from the penalty spot, while David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze were also on target as Pep Guardiola’s Bayern romped to a 5-0 home win against Czech champions Viktoria Pilsen, their eighth consecutive
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win in the competition. The German outfit are three points clear at the top of Group D from Manchester City, the Premier League club who claimed a potentially crucial 2-1 win at CSKA Moscow earlier in the day. City had fallen behind on a difficult pitch at the Arena Khimki when Zoran Tosic lobbed Joe Hart, but Sergio Aguero netted twice before the interval to turn the game on its head. “It is an important win,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said after the game. “Now we have to play the next two games at home. I told the players that we had to make sure we didn’t lose this one. We are not in the next round yet but this was an important step.” That game was also marred
by reports of racist chanting from the home sections of the stadium directed towards City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure. “It is unbelievable and very, very sad. We want to stop that and UEFA have to be strong, maybe close the stadium,” Toure said. PSG recorded their biggest European away win as they took Anderlecht apart in Brussels, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring four times and Edinson Cavani once in a 5-0 victory. Ibrahimovic’s evening featured a hat-trick in the space of 19 first-half minutes, with his third goal a ferocious volley from 30 yards that brought many of the home supporters to their feet. And he now has nine goals in his last four games in all competitions.
MADRID: Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has insisted he is ready to face Real Madrid on Saturday should he be selected by Gerardo Martino, despite playing just one game since returning from knee surgery. Puyol made his comeback after seven months out in the 0-0 draw with Osasuna last weekend and completed the 90 minutes without any physical problems. Martino reverted to his tried and trusted central defensive partnership of Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano for the 1-1 Champions League draw with AC Milan on Tuesday. However, with Pique struggling with a hamstring strain, Puyol is readying himself to make his first appearance at the Camp Nou since March. “Just to return to training with my teammates and be feeling good is a great joy for me so imagine what it would be like to be involved in a Clasico,” he said. “It is a game that everyone wants to play in, I just have to prepare myself and wait to see what the manager decides. “During the Osasuna game I felt very good sensations. “Afterwards, I had my doubts as to how the knee would react, but in the recovery sessions everything went well.” With Barca already holding a three point advantage over Real at the top of La Liga, a win for the Catalans would be a serious blow to Madrid’s title hopes. AGENCIES
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India's Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a petition seeking the cancellation of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix because
organisers have allegedly not paid entertainment taxes for the 2012 event. "We will hear the petition tomorrow," Chief Justice P Sathasivam said in court, announcing a new legal snag for Formula One in India which has been dogged by
problems since the inaugural 2011 event. The Supreme Court, which has executive powers, ordered organisers two years ago to freeze 25 percent of ticket revenues until they had settled a tax dispute with the state where the racetrack is located. That ruling came in response to Public Interest Litigation filed by campaigner Amit Kumar, who is also behind Thursday's petition seeking cancellation of the race on Sunday. Kumar successfully argued in 2011 that Formula One was entertainment and not sport, and should not benefit from tax exemptions granted by the state of Uttar Pradesh which borders the capital New Delhi. Entertainment tax, applicable for large-scale shows and sponsored festivals, has been levied on tickets this year for the first time.
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Mickelson struggles continue Phil Mickelson says he still has "a lot of issues" with his swing as he battles to stay in the hunt at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia. The left-hander added a two-under 70 to his opening 71 on Friday to end the day in tied 25th - 10 shots behind leader Keegan Bradley. After saying his swing was badly out of synch in round one, Mickelson told reporters that, despite finding a better rhythm, there was still much to sort out. "It's not much better," said the Open champion after a round which included four birdies and two bogeys. "I don't have the control of the swing that I'd like. I'm not sure what side I'm going to miss it on. Playing this golf course from the rough, which I did today, is extremely difficult. The rough is tough and you're fighting for pars the whole day. "It was closer today, the rhythm was a little bit better but technically, I've got a lot of issues." Mickelson, who is ranked 76th out of 78 for Driving Accuracy after the first two rounds, hopes short game and putting can come to his rescue over the weekend. "With the wedges, the technical flaws really don't come through, it's really the longer stuff. So I can get away with it if I can manufacture a few swings into the fairway. "I won't worry so much about technique and the technical side these next two days and just see if I can get a good rhythm with the swing and maybe I can make some birdies." SPORTS DESK
Vicky Chandhok, head of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, said he did not foresee the race being cancelled. "I don't think the court case will affect the event at all," he told AFP. "I am certain it will go ahead as scheduled. Such cases are not uncommon in India." A spokesman for circuit owner Jaypee Sports International Limited acknowledged previous tax problems in 2011 and said they were ready to comply with any order. "We will wait for the court's directive this time around as well. Whatever the court says, we are ready to follow," Askari Zaidi told AFP. Asked about the claim that taxes had not been paid last year, he replied: "Why should we comment on somebody's allegation?"
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BASEL: Roger Federer stormed back after a slow start to turn the tables on Denis Istomin for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 second round win at the Swiss Indoors on Wednesday. The third seed and five-time champion at his hometown tournament thrilled a sellout 9,200 crowd at the St Jakobshalle with the fightback which keeps him solidly in the chase for a place in the season-wrapup event in London next month. Federer, now into the quarter-finals, stands provisional seventh in the field but needs strong showings this week at home and next week at the Paris Masters to ensure his passage into the year-end event which he has won six times. The third set was a true test for the 17-time grand slam winner who has had a dismal 2012 season, Federer laid down a marker as he held serve for 1-1 in the final set, winning that eight-minute game after saving four break points. From then on, the momentum shift was complete for the Swiss favourite, who coasted into the last eight, firing a backhand winner on his first match point. “I stared poorly, making too many errors, especially on the forehand,” said Federer. “I was risking too much and it was not paying off. “I had to cut that risk and was a bit lucky to win. I started fighting back and got better as the match went on. AGENCIES
ISTANBUL: Serena Williams reached the WTA Championships semi-finals by brushing aside 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3 on Thursday to complete a clean sweep of her group matches. The defending champion was relentlessly focused against the former champion from the Czech Republic, hitting 27 winners and 11 immaculately delivered aces, taking her total for the season to a remarkable 468. "I feel pretty good -- I was really aggressive tonight," Williams said. "Petra was aggressive too, but I think my serve did really well. I'm just glad to still be alive in the tournament -- I didn't have any expectations coming here, I just wanted to come and enjoy myself, and that's what I've done. "It just feels good to not be out of the
tournament." Against Kvitova, Williams was intense, poised, rhythmical, and completely blinkered to thoughts outside the court. She was 15-40 down in the first game when Kvitova's early ball hitting gave a warning of what she might be capable of. From then on Williams surged into a higher gear. It was her third win in three days, which means she now has a day's rest before seeking a place in the final with a match against the runner-up in the other group, which could be Jelena Jankovic, Li Na, or Victoria Azarenka. "I'm definitely going to watch the matches," said the world number one. "And then just lollygag around." Azarenka has so far notably found it harder than Williams to remain mentally in good condition, and another was Agnieszka Radwanska, the third-seeded Pole, who had little left to offer against Angelique Kerber of Germany and departed the tournament with three losses. AGENCIES
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