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Nawaz Sharif wants Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killers punished
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Aitzaz for summoning Faisal Raza Abidi in contempt case
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With olive Multiple blasts rock Quetta on branch in Akbar Bugti’s death anniversary hand, PM goes to sc Zardari, allies convinced to adopt reconciliatory path with court g president faces stiff resistance from senior party leaders against pM’s appearance in court g
He leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its allied parties on Sunday resolved to adopt a reconciliatory path with the superior judiciary and it was decided that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, flanked by leaders of allied parties and his cabinet ministers, would appear before the apex court today (Monday) in the NRO implementation case. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar also confirmed that the PM would appear in court today. elaborate security arrangements have been finalized on the eve of the court appearance of Pervez Ashraf and a provision for aerial surveillance of the Red Zone has also been made. On Sunday, the Presidency remained involved in consultations to decide whether or not Prime Minister Ashraf should appear before the court and whether the letter should be written to Swiss authorities in case the coalition partners agreed to the proposal. However, sources in the PPP said there was a difference of opinion within the ruling party and influential leaders like Yousaf Raza Gilani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Nazar Gondal and even Prime Minister Ashraf opposed the proposal forwarded by Law Minister Farooq H Naik seeking a middle ground to resolve the matter with the judiciary. “even President Zardari was in favor of a reconciliation with the court, but there is considerable resistance from within the PPP. Gilani and his close aides questioned the strategy, arguing why Gilani had been sacrificed if the letter had to be written to Swiss authorities,” the source added. The source said in a bid to convince Ashraf, Zardari held an exclusive meeting with the PM before the meeting of leaders of the allied parties. earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif also proposed the government through backchannel to seek a resolution to the matter of Swiss letter. During the allied parties’ consultative meeting with President Zardari and Prime Minister Ashraf, the coalition leaders advised them to respect the court’s order to avoid any chaos in the country. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) went a step ahead as its spokesman Wasay Jalil made a public comment over the rumors asking that the government should not to show disrespect to the apex court. “During Sunday’s allies meeting, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain also advised the president to show restraint and handle the matter wisely. Shujaat said the personal appearance by PM would yield a positive result and would send a goodwill message to the judiciary,” a source in the PML-Q told Pakistan Today. The Awami National Party, however, came in full support for Ashraf and its leaders called for an appropriate strategy to deal with the court order. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said Law Minister Naik briefed the coalition partners on various legal issues pertaining to the NRO case. Naik also briefed the meeting on legal implications if the PM did not appear before the court. Yousaf Raza Gilani was also invited to attend the meeting, the spokesman said. The meeting presided over by President Zardari and Prime Minister Ashraf was attended by former PM Gilani, ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan, Chaudhry Pervez elahi, Raja Basharat Ahmad, Dr Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghauri, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Afrasiab Khattak, Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Rehman Malik, Farooq Naik, Munir Orakzai, Hameedullah Jan Afridi, Senator Rashid Ahmad, Senator Kulsoom Parveen of BNP-Awami, Khuda Bux Rajar of PMLF and Farhatullah Babar. Continued on page 04
QUETTA: A Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle patrols through a market on the sixth death anniversary of Nawab Akbar Bugti on Sunday. inp
complete shutter down strike observed across Balochistan to mourn slain Baloch tribal leader
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A shutter down strike was observed across Balochistan on the sixth death anniversary of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti on Sunday, as several blasts rocked the provincial capital late on Saturday night, injuring seven people. The Jamhoori Watan Party and Balochistan Republican Party had given the call for the strike and announced to observe “black day” across the province to protest against Bugti’s death. Almost all Baloch nationalist and separatist groups, including the Balochistan National Party, Baloch National Front, Awami National Party, National Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamaate-Islami, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, trader unions and transporters supported the strike call. In Quetta, all shops, business centers, shopping malls and markets located on Jinnah Road, Sharah-e-Iqbal, Liaqat Bazaar, Prince Road, Abdul Sattar Road, Sariab, Double Road and other localities remained closed throughout the day. The roads and streets wore a deserted look due to the strike, however, light traffic started plying the roads in the afternoon. Police, Frontier Corps and other law enforcement agencies were deployed in all major parts of the provincial capital, while security was also tightened on all entrance and exit points. A shutter down and wheel-jam strike was also observed in other districts, including Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Nushki, Chagai, Washuk, Kech Gwadar, Panjgour, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad and other areas where shopping centers and other business activities came to a complete standstill. Activists of JWP and BRP separately organized demonstrations and held semi-
nars to pay tribute to the sacrifices rendered by Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti for the sake of Balochistan. The JWP also organized a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club that was attended by a large number of people. Addressing a press conference, Talal Akbar Bugti, son of Nawab Akbar Bugti, thanked all people, businessmen and transporters for the strike. He said that PPP also supported the strike call, adding that Nawab Bugti was killed through a conspiracy to deteriorate the situation of Balochistan. He criticized the PPP government, saying it had failed to provide security to the people. In the evening, a condolence meeting was held at the residence of late Nawab Akbar Bugti. Bugti was killed along with his companions during a military operation in the mountains of Kohlu district on August 26, 2006. Meanwhile, multiple grenade attacks in various areas of Quetta left seven people injured. Three grenade explosions took place in Kali Barat area of Quetta. Sources said three houses situated in a lane were targeted in the attack. Three people, including a woman, were injured as a result. According to police, a rocket was fired from unknown location on the house of a man Aslam in Kali Barat area of Jinnah town, injuring a woman and a kid. Another explosion took place when unidentified outlaws hurled a hand grenade on a house in the same area, damaging a wall of the house. Another explosion near Quetta’s Ayub Stadium injured four people. Also, a bomb explosion near the railway track at Chaman Phatak area of Quetta, injured an FC man and damaged a two-foot length of the track.
Taliban say Badar Haqqani alive, Afghans confirm he is dead KABUL AgENCiES
The Afghan intelligence authorities on Sunday confirmed the killing of Badarud Din Haqqani, son of the founder of Haqqani network, in a recent US drone strike, but the Taliban claimed Badar was alive and well in Afghanistan. Afghan intelligence agency spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri said Badar had been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan, although there was no clear comment on whether the body had been seen. But denying the recent projected death of Badar, Taliban spokesman Zabeehullah Mujahid earlier declared Badar to be in good health and alive. Pakistani intelligence sources had also expressed their 90 percent surety that the Taliban leader had been killed in the American drone attack, a fact that could not be verified since his body had not been sighted. America ranks the Haqqani Network as its number one enemy in Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabeehullah Mujahid termed the rumors about Badar’s death an unsuccessful ploy by the enemy to create chaos and confusion among Taliban elements. He said that Badar was actively engaged in performing his war duties.
Fresh cross-border raid kills one militiaman, 20 militants in Bajur KHAR: Dozens of militants attacked a pro-government militia post in Bajaur on Sunday, killing one militiaman and losing 20 fighters, government officials said. In addition to the dead, four soldiers and four militiamen were also wounded in Sunday’s attack, the third consecutive day of cross-border attacks from Afghanistan, according to one official. He said four soldiers, six militiamen and 38 militants had been killed in earlier attacks on Friday and Saturday. Pakistan has been criticizing Afghan and US-led NATO forces for not doing enough to stop cross-border attacks from Afghanistan. Agencies
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Altaf Hussain condemns sectarian attacks LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday condemned the brutal incidents of sectarian killings, saying religious extremism was part of a “vicious conspiracy against Islam and Pakistan.” He was having a telephonic chat with prominent Sunni leaders, including Tanvirul Haque Thanvi, Asad Deobandi and Dr Jameel Rathore. He urged the religious leaders from all schools of thought to play their full role against the conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan. He also asked the clerics to issue a unanimous fatwa against the killings of innocent people because of sectarian differences. The ulema condemned the attacks against people belonging to the Shia community. They praised the MQM chief for raising voice against the barbaric killings. PrESS rElEASE
Explosives defused, two drivers abducted in Balochistan DERA MURAD JAMALI: The Bomb Disposal Squad defused explosives placed along the National Highway near Shahi Chowki area of Nasirabad district, as at least two truck drivers were abducted in violence across Balochistan on Sunday. Police said unknown men had placed explosive material along the roadside. Acting on a tip-off, a police team along with the Bomb Disposal Squad reached the site and defused the explosive device weighing five kilograms. Police have registered a case and started investigations. Separately, three persons including the driver of an oil tanker were injured in a firing incident in the same region late on Saturday night. According to the police, a local oil tanker was on its way to Sindh from Quetta when armed assailants on a motorbike opened fire on it on the National Highway near Mangoli area. As a result, driver Muhammad Ishaq Bangulzai, Khan Muhammad and Ihsan Shah received bullet wounds. In another incident, unknown armed men abducted two truck drivers from Gandawa and Dangra areas of Balochistan on Sunday morning. According to the police, a truck was intercepted by unknown kidnappers on the National Highway near Gandawa area of Jhal Magsi district. Its driver Abdul Rehman was abducted at gunpoint. Another truck driver Muhammad Ismail, resident of Mach, was kidnapped from the National Highway near the Dangra area by unidentified gunmen. Police have registered cases and started efforts for their recovery. AgENCiES
Iran deports 49 Pakistanis QUETTA: Iranian Security handed over 49 Pakistani nationals to local officials on the Taftan border on Sunday. Levies Force said that these Pakistani laborers had been arrested by Iran’s security forces. They were living in Iran even after their visas had expired. Pakistani officials deployed at the Taftan Zero Gate on Pak-Iran border received these deportees and later handed them over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further interrogation. AgENCiES
Man dies on Lahore-bound flight A man died aboard Pakistan International Airlines flight number PK 712 on Sunday, a private TV channel reported. According to the channel, 70-year-old Mirza Muhammad Shafi was returning from New York to Lahore with his family through the PIA flight when he died. ASF officials said Shafi got unwell during the fight and died some time later. MoNiToriNg dESk
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Militant commander killed in ambush on Swat security forces SWAT hArooN SirAj
A militant commander was killed when his group ambushed a security forces camp in a mountainous region on Sunday in Swat. Per details, a terrorists group of three militants equipped with sophisticated weapons attacked security forces who were deputed close to Bala Gharey Mountains in Swat, which is linked with Bahrain tehsil. In response, security forces opened heavy fire on them. As a result security forces killed terrorist commander Shanakhat Zar and arrested Amanullah and Gul Zar. The security forces launched a search operation in the area after the incident and arrested a large number of suspects. ISPR Malakand Division spokesperson Lt Colonel Arif Mehmood confirmed the news and said that the forces would never compromise on peace in the valley.
chenab flowing in low flood ISLAMABAD AgENCiES
The Chenab River was on Sunday flowing in a low flood with a rising trend in Khanki-Qadirabad Reach whereas the Kabul River was in a low flood at Warsak and a medium flood at Nowshera. The Swat River was also flowing in a low flood stage at Charsadda Road Bridge while other main rivers: Indus, Jehlum, Ravi and Sutlej, were flowing at the normal stage. Tarbela and Mangla dams were at elevations of 1,519.94 feet and 1,177.65 feet respectively, 30.06 feet and 64.35 feet below their respective maximum conservation levels of 1,550.00 feet and 1,242.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs was 8.292MAF as compared to last year’s 11.238MAF. According to the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) Lahore, Saturday’s westerly wave continues to prevail over northern parts of the country. Seasonal low has developed over northwest Bay of Bengal and Monsoon currents are penetrating upper parts of the country up to 4000 feet. As predicated by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), scattered thunderstorm and rain and isolated heavy fall was
Tarbela Dam water level up by 13 feet ISLAMABAD: The water level in Tarbela Dam has recorded an increase of 13 feet during the last two days. Flood Forecasting Division said that water level in Tarbela Dam was recorded at 1,519.94 feet, while water inflow stood at 261,100 cusecs and discharge at 110,000 cusecs, a private news channel reported. At Mangla Dam, the water inflow was 27,404 cusecs and discharge was recorded at 12,000 cusecs. The Flood Forecasting Division said usable water reserves in both dams stood at 80,76,000 acre feet. APP expected over Kashmir, Punjab (Rawalpindi and Sargoda, Gujranwala, Lahore and Bahawalpur divisions), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and northeastern Balochistan along with upper catchments of rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej during the next 24 hours. Isolated thunderstorm and rain may also occur over Gilgit-Baltistan during the same period.
Nawaz wants Bugti’s killers punished MonITorIng DESK Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said the killers of Nawab Akbar Bugti must be brought to book. In a statement on the 6th death anniversary of Nawab Bugti, Nawaz said August 26 would be remembered for the wound inflicted on the existence of Pakistan by dictatorship, as this day, a coward dictator got murdered a brave Pakistani politician and a patriotic Bloach leader. The PML-N chief said Nawab Bugti had fully backed Quaid-e-Azam during his visit to Balochistan and struggled all his life for the promotion of democracy. He said the Nawab always upheld national interests and refused to bow before dictatorship. Nawaz said Nawab Bugti was an upright politician and a patriotic Pakistani and in his death had weakened the federation and increased the sense of deprivation among the Baloch people. Had Nawab Bugti not murdered, Balochistan would not have been in such a situation, Nawaz added. “The arrest of assailants of Nawab Akbar Bugti and awarding them deterrent punishment is utmost essential for strengthening the federation of Pakistan and removing the sense of deprivation of Balochistan,” the PML-N chief added.
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PESHAwAR: Mourners gather on Sunday for the funeral prayers of the victims of a mortar attack which killed six residents of a house in Achni Balla village on Saturday. Afp
More rain on way ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Saturday forecast more rain and thundershowers in isolated locations of Kashmir, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Hazara and Peshawar divisions. According to Met, a seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan while monsoon currents are penetrating upper parts of the country. Isolated rain and thundershowers are also expected in northeast Punjab Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, including Islamabad, during the next 24 hours. However, the weather will remain dry in rest of the province. In Kashmir, isolated rain/thundershower is also expected during the next 24 hours. While mostly part-cloudy weather is expected in most parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. AgENCiES
Former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan has said that the Supreme Court should summon Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on contempt of court charges and probe the whole matter. Talking to media at the residence of the newly elected President of Abbottabad High Court Bar Association, Saeed Akhtar Khan, Aitzaz said that no country had presented its head of state in courts of another country in 500 years of history. He reiterated his stance that as long as Asif Ali Zardari was president, he enjoyed immunity. He said that the Supreme Court had exceeded its powers and sentenced Prime Minister Gilani in a case which was not in indictment. He said that on April 26, seven judges awarded a 30 seconds sentence to the former prime minister but did not disqualify him, against which Imran Khan filed a writ petition. He said that the PPP Core committee decided not to appeal against the verdict for disqualifying the Prime Minister. Answering a question, Aitzaz said that there is no harm in writing a letter to the Swiss authorities, and he was not going to appear in the court for the Prime Minister. He said that the core committee of the Party would decide whether Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf should appear before the court or not.
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that the Sharif family had escaped to Saudi Arabia after signing a deal with former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf, while he (Hashmi) faced imprisonment along with his son and daughter. Speaking at an eid milan party here on Sunday, Hashmi, who was a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) until he joined hands with PTI chief Imran Khan, said that eight leaders of the PML-N had adopted the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) introduced by Musharraf. He said that after the military coup, senior PML-N leader Khawaja Mohammad Asif went to Dubai and started working in a bank, while another close aide of the Sharifs, Ahsan Iqbal, also went to Dubai. He said that he would soon expose the wrongdoings of PML-N leaders. He claimed that his revelations would force them to leave Lahore. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif could only stage a “topi drama” by setting up camps, but could not resolve issues. Hashmi said the process
LAHORE: PTI President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi arrives at an Eid Milan Party in Ichra on Sunday. inp
of change had started and that the PTI was not afraid of threats from the PML-N, and would confront it squarely. He said the PTI was giving a new color to politics, and asked the leaders
of other political parties to follow suit and declare their assets. Later, chaos erupted at the party as workers leapt towards lunch boxes, leading to scuffles among several workers.
CCP asks govt, citizens to uphold rule of law LAHorE PrESS rElEASE
The Concerned Citizens of Pakistan Society (CCP) has urged all Pakistanis to pledge to individually and collectively take positive steps to improve the deplorable conditions in which the citizens of Pakistan are struggling to survive. CCP President Nasira Iqbal said the people must start from “our own neighborhoods to educate children, reduce joblessness, control the population, combat corruption, cruelty, energy crisis, waste of national resources, and dissipation of tax payers money”. “Let us pledge to uphold the rule of law. In a country governed by a written constitution there is no room for controversy as to whether parliament or any other organ of the state is supreme,” the CCP said in a statement. It said Pakistan was governed by a constitutional dispensation wherein the constitution was Supreme. There was no scope for confrontation if all three pillars of state performed and adhered to their own functions as assigned to them in the constitution. The statement said the judiciary as a guardian of the constitution must act as a watchdog against any acts or omissions by any
other state organ which transgressed against the limits set by the constitution. It said the Supreme Court had been trying best to perform its constitutional duties and allow democracy to continue despite all defects. The judiciary had shown utmost forbearance, magnanimity and tolerance towards a stubborn executive and legislature, but the restraint should not be interpreted as weakness. “The PPP confrontation with the Supreme Court continues. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is procrastinating regards appearing before the Supreme Court on August 27, the date on which he has been summoned. Democracy is being derailed as the government has failed to implement numerous SC verdicts, including its order to write to the Swiss authorities regarding corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari which were withdrawn illegally by then Attorney General Malik Qayyum.” The statement said such conduct by members of the elected government bred anarchy and encouraged the average citizen to follow suit. The CCP said the government was duty bound to comply with SC orders and should perform its duty to uphold the rule of law.
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Babar said the meeting discussed the current political situation in the country with particular reference to the court cases the government was facing. Naik gave a comprehensive briefing on the issues involved in court cases and the options available to tackle them. After an in depth discussion on the points raised by the law minister and weighing available options the meeting decided that in line with the coalition government policy of showing respect to the majesty of law, the prime minister would appear in the Supreme Court on Monday. It was further decided that as a demonstration of solidarity, the coalition partners would accompany the prime minister to the courtroom. The coalition partners also resolved to remain united in facing all challenges confronting the government and the prime minister. The president and the prime minister thanked the coalition partners for their continued support in the face of all challenges and said their support was most valuable for political stability in the country. The president also hosted a dinner in honor of the participants of the meeting. The discord and disagreement among the PPP ranks and coalition parties was so strong that former prime minister and senior vice president of the PPP Yousaf Raza Gilani had to issue a statement to clear the air as he claimed there was no difference of opinion within the ruling party about the strategy to deal with the court appearance of PM Ashraf. “There is no double mindedness or confusion in the ranks of the PPP leadership regarding the appearing of the prime minister in the Supreme Court on August 27 and the leadership in consultation with coalition partners will decide whatever is in the largest interest of constitution, democracy, independence of judiciary and the rule of law,” Gilani said. He said media reports of double mindedness and confusion in the party and allies on the subject were contrary to the facts. He said that separation of powers as defined in the constitution must be adhered to by all three arms of the government, executive, legislature and judiciary, which would ensure keeping the democratic process on track, but warned fiddling with it due to the selfrighteous narrative of ‘activism’ will definitely push it over the cliff with consequences that the country and the people cannot afford. He said the PPP and the coalition government held judiciary in the highest esteem.
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bombs, shootings Pakistanis, indians kill eight in iraq want peace: lawmakers BAgHDAD AFP
Pakistani delegation comprising parliamentarians that returned home via Wagah border on Sunday after a five-day visit to India were of the view that both sides wanted peace. According to Geo News, Senator Jehangir Badar underscored the need for working together for establishing peace in South Asia, elimination of poverty, and economic development in both countries. He said the bilateral agreement envisaging relaxing the conditions for visa regime should be signed soon. The senator also said the exchange of senior citizens, students and educationists would be made easy. Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel said Pakistan was not the epicenter of terrorism “rather
Talks to resolve Sir Creek issue underway: Antony PORBANDAR: Defense Minister A K Antony has said that efforts were being made to resolve the disputed Sir Creek issue with Pakistan. “The dialogue process is on to resolve the issue with the neighboring country, but we can’t give a time limit,” Antony told media-persons after inaugurating the Remote Operating Station (ROS) of the Coastal Radar Network at Porbandar. Sir Creek is a 98-km disputed territory between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands,
which opens up into the Arabian Sea. The Sir Creek divides the Kutch region of Gujarat and Sindh province of Pakistan. Antony inaugurated the Gujarat leg of the ROS as part of the coastal radar network, which has been envisaged to provide security cover for the coastline. earlier in the day, he inaugurated a similar system in Maharashtra. “With the inauguration of this system, the country will be able to meet any challenges that arise either from outside or within”, Antony said. Agencies
it is a victim of this scourge”. PML-N MNA Khurram Dastagir asserted that in spite of odds sustained attempts will have to be made for the cause of peace. He said not only should there be contact between fed-
eral governments of the neighbouring countries but also the provincial governments. Anushay Rehman said the returning delegation will submit its recommendations before parliament.
A series of attacks across Iraq on Sunday killed eight people, among them three soldiers and two policemen, security and medical officials said. Three soldiers were killed and two were wounded near Garma, east of Fallujah, when two improvised explosive devices (IeDs) struck their patrol, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Jerefi said. Hamed Tafesh from Fallujah hospital confirmed his facility had received the bodies of the three soldiers and had also treated the two wounded. Two policemen were killed and another wounded at Ur, a district north of Baghdad, when gunmen opened fire on
a police checkpoint, an Interior Ministry official said. A source at the Imam Ali Hospital confirmed the facility had received the two bodies. In another attack, gunmen armed with silencer-equipped pistols shot dead three security guards in Baghdad’s district of Zayuna, the Interior Ministry official said. A source at Al-Kindi Hospital and another from the city’s morgue confirmed the toll. A sheikh was also wounded in a gunfire attack at the Al-Wathak intersection in central Baghdad, medical sources said. Late on Saturday, three soldiers were wounded by an IeD north of Baquba, a city 60 kilometers north of Baghdad, security and medical sources in the province of Diyala of which Baquba is the capital said.
PPP tells Punjab govt to name members for new province commission LAHorE NNi
drESdEN: Participants of the holi festival spread color pigments in the eastern german town on Sunday. holi is basically a religious spring festival celebrated by hindus in many countries, where people cover each other with colored powders and water. Afp
India all set to procure 126 French combat aircraft NEW DELHI: India is going ahead with the procurement of 126 French combat aircraft and effort is being made to complete the deal within this financial year. Contract negotiations for the multi-billion dollar deal will resume soon, the Indian media reported. Questions had been raised over the process by an MP besides some other quarters but a committee of independent monitors has given a clean chit to the process. The Indian government is making efforts to conclude the deal during this financial year. The examination of the process was ordered by Indian Defence Minister AK Antony after former MP Mysura Reddy questioned the method of selecting Rafale as the lowest bidder for the deal. Responding to
the charges leveled by him, Antony had recently issued a letter to the former TDP MP saying that the Contract Negotiations Committee (CNC) had been directed to proceed to complete its deliberations and finalize its report. In his letter to Reddy, Antony said, “The issues raised by you were examined by independent monitors who have concluded that the approach and methodology adopted by the CNC in the evaluation of the commercial proposals thus far has been reasonable and appropriate and within terms of the Request for Proposal and Defense Procurement Procedure.” “Before any further action is taken, the entire issue of approach and methodology adopted by the CNC to determine the L-1 vendor as well as your letter and other references received in this regard will be re-examined by the Defence Ministry to ascertain that the entire procurement process is reasonable, appropriate and as per the laid down procedure,” Antony had said. inp
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab has warned the Punjab government of not allowing it to go for the provincial assembly meeting if did not provide two names for the commission formed for new provinces. Punjab Governor Latif Khosa has already summoned Punjab Assembly session today (Monday) at 3pm. The provincial government and opposition have called a meeting of parliamentary parties to finalize the agenda of the meeting. PPP’s Deputy Parliamentary leader Shaukat Basra said the PML-Q would also support the PPP in protest. Punjab Assembly has adopted a unanimous resolution for the creation of new province in South Punjab, but the PML-N is not forwarding members’ names for the 14member commission on new provinces.
33 taliban killed Man mistakes son for monkey, shoots him dead in Afghanistan, claims ministry KABUL AgENCiES
KATHMANDU: A farmer in southern Nepal mistook his son for a monkey trying to steal his crops and shot the 12-year-old dead, police said on Sunday. Chitra Bahadur Pulami had been climbing a tree to chase away macaques that had become a nuisance to the family but his father Gupta Bahadur, 55, spotted the boy and opened fire, wrongly believing him to be one of the animals. “The son was hiding in a tree at their farm to chase away monkeys that used to come searching for food in the maize field,” said Arun Poudel, deputy superintendent of police in the remote Arghakhanchi district “The son died on the spot after Gupta Bahadur mistakenly thought there was a monkey in
the tree and opened fire. Our preliminary investigation shows that the father was unaware that his son had gone to the maize field to chase the monkeys. “Both Gupta Bahadur and the gun that he used in shooting his son are now under the custody of the police.” The three species of monkey native to Nepal, the rhesus and Assamese macaque and the common langur, are considered sacred and farmers normally try to scare them away from their crops without injuring the animals. “I realised my mistake only when my son fell down and got stuck in one of the tree’s branches,” the farmer was quoted as telling police by the Nepali nagariknews.com website after the incident, on Friday. Afp
Around 33 Taliban insurgents have been killed in operations carried out by the Afghan police, army and NATO-led coalition forces within the past 24 hours, the country’s Interior Ministry informed on Sunday morning. “Up to six other armed Taliban insurgents were wounded and two suspects were detained by joint forces in the above operations conducted in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Logar, Ghazni, Paktika and Helmand provinces,” the ministry said in a statement. They also found and seized weapons, but did not mention any casualties on the side of security forces. The Taliban insurgent group has yet to issue a statement. More than 350 insurgents have been killed, 60 wounded and over 180 others detained across the country since the beginning of this month, according to figures released by the Afghan Interior Ministry.
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News 05 Obama, French PM praise ‘legend’ Neil Armstrong PArIS AFP
President Barack Obama, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and two French led astronauts led tributes to the famed Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, lauding him as a reluctant but true American hero. “When he and his fellow crew members lifted off aboard Apollo 11 in 1969, they carried with them the aspirations of an entire nation,” said Obama, who was two weeks short of his eighth birthday when the historic mission succeeded. “They set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable – that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible,” he added in a statement. The two French astronauts paid tribute to Neil Armstrong on Sunday, calling the first man on the moon a legend a day after he died aged 82. “He was a living legend ... a great man, someone full of self-restraint, extremely discreet,” Jean-Loup Chretien, the first Frenchman in space, said of the famed Apollo 11 commander in an interview with the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche. Chretien, who met Armstrong on several occasions, also praised his “great professionalism”. Jean-Francois Clervoy, one of France’s two serving european Space Agency astronauts, also tipped his hat to Armstrong, lauding him as an “absolute legend.” “Armstrong remains and will remain the first, he’s the one who made history, an absolute legend,” Clervoy told AFP Sunday. “Besides the moon, Armstrong must have had a lucky star over his head!” he added, recalling that Armstrong escaped death several times on previous missions and even while training for the Apollo 11 flight. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also offered a tribute Sunday, saying Armstrong had paved the way for a new era of space exploration. “His famous ‘small step’ on the lunar surface realised the dream of generations of inventors, scientists, artists, poets or simply amateurs of the beauties of space,” Ayrault said in a statement. Armstrong, who died from complications following cardiac bypass surgery, inspired a generation to reach for the stars when he gingerly bounced on the moon’s surface in his chunky spacesuit in 1969 under the watch of an estimated 500 million television viewers. After retiring from NASA in 1971, he taught aerospace engineering, served on the boards of several companies and worked at NASA headquarters.
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NWA remains normal despite reports of unrest contrary to taliban and media claims of exodus, tribesmen in the agency have turned a deaf ear to reports of military offensive g Pro-militant jirga warns of resisting military operation g
O N T R A R Y to the claims and allegations of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the situation in North Waziristan Agency remained per routine on Sunday, as troops went about their weekly reshuffling in the area throughout the day. Amidst a curfew-like situation, routine traffic on the main roads along with trade and business activities came to a halt. However, in village and hamlets, especially those faraway, tribesmen contin-
ued their routine socio-economic activities. A couple of days back, the TTP had issued a statement to the media alleging that the military was finalising arrangements for a military action in North Waziristan from August 26. A TTP spokesman had even mentioned the name of an army officer who, according to him, would supervise the military offensive. The spokesman had threatened to resist the military action, saying, “Troops will be welcomed in North Waziristan by suicide bombers.” But on the same day, Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Kayani and Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani contradicted US media reports
regarding the military action. Both made it clear that any decision regarding the military action would be made by the government and they would not tolerate any sort of external dictation or pressure in this respect. The US media reports and Taliban threats resulted in wide-ranging unrest amongst the militants assembled from all over the region and some foreign countries in Waziristan. The militants had even started slipping into neighbouring tribal agencies and. Some of the al Qaeda fugitives had reportedly travelled to Syria to fight against the regime of President Bashar Ul Asad. Sources in both Miranshah and Mirali
towns reported normal situation in the area. They said local tribesmen had turned a deaf ear to reports of the military action. However, the reports have made uncertain the religious elders and tribesmen having a soft corner for the Taliban. In this regard, a joint jirga held a day ago at eidak area threatened to resist the military offensive. The participants even warned of migrating to Afghanistan and joining hands with President Karzai if the armed forces opted for military action in the agency. Meanwhile, at least nine people, including children, were killed when a mortar shell hit a residential area in Qambar Abad, Khyber agency late on Saturday.
Afghan refugees weigh their dwindling options ISLAMABAD NNi
At 70, Mohammad Issa is already struggling to survive in Islamabad, where he sought refuge from the war in Afghanistan years ago. Suffering from a heart condition, he has trouble leaving the house and depends on his children, who collect cardboard for a living. Yet with the legal status of Afghan refugees in jeopardy, Issa may be soon faced with the prospect of starting over back home. “I have lived a very tough life. I am tired now. I don’t want to bother anyone. I just want to be left alone so I can live out the rest of my years,” Issa told Integrated Regional Information Networks. He is among the 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan whose registration documents are set to expire at the end of this year. The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have not decided on an arrangement for the refugees beyond that date. The first Afghan refugees came to Pakistan when the war in Afghanistan started in the late 1970s. Many fled
Afghanistan in the decades that followed, escaping the civil war of the early 1990s and Taliban rule later in the decade. Over the years, they have set up businesses, constructed homes and settled into professions. The governments in Islamabad and Kabul, with UNHCR assistance, have provided identification cards to refugees to protect them from forcible deportation. But Pakistan’s Afghan refugees are now in limbo. Some choose not to think about the deadline; others are scrambling to find options. Few can even afford to travel to the border if they are forced out. At the Dhok Choorah settlement that houses about a hundred Afghan families in Islamabad, there is a mix of defiance, uncertainty and resignation. “I have no plan, no money, if they force us out. I don’t even have the money for a bus to the border. We will have to walk,” said Najibullah Khan, 75, who scrapes together a living collecting paper and glass from the streets to sell to scrap yards. He makes the equivalent of $2 a day, barely enough to feed his five children, four of whom have learning disabilities. Many younger Afghans, born and raised in Pakistan, do not see return to the
country of their parents’ origin – which is still wracked with violence and lacks opportunity – as an option. “There is no way I’m going back to Afghanistan, no way anyone is forcing me go to back,” said Khan Mohammad, 23, who works as a laborer at one of Islamabad’s busiest markets. “I’d rather die than allow my children and my wife to go to Afghanistan. There is nothing but bloodshed and misery there. “I’m trying to find a way to move to another country, but I have no money so it is difficult. But I’ll keep trying. If I fail, I’d rather stay here.” Mohammad shares a house with his elder brother Sultan Mohammad, 35. To stay in Pakistan after the deadline, they intend to keep a low profile. “We’ll keep our heads down, keep working hard and not get in to trouble,” Sultan said. In a small living room decorated with rugs and cushions, the family gathers to hear news from Afghanistan. The brothers say it offers little comfort. “It is clear what is happening in Afghanistan. How can I ask my children to go and live in a place like that?” asked Sultan, who came to Pakistan in the mid-1980s with his par-
ents. “Once the NATO forces leave, Afghanistan will collapse into civil war again. Never mind that, there are enemies of our family who will kill us if we set foot in our village again.” Officials have been quoted as saying registration cards for Afghan refugees will not be renewed, and that they will be asked to leave the country. But the government is rife with internal power struggles, and others insist no decision has yet been taken. The situation remains unclear, said a senior government official at the Commissionerate Afghan Refugees, run by the government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. “Several discussions have taken place. We agree that the proof of registration cards will expire at the end of the year, but we have still not made a decision on what arrangement will be put in place after that.” UN officials have also said no such decision has been made, and that various bodies are in discussions over an arrangement. Mohammad Hussain, 24, a law stu-
dent who works as an office manager at a law firm in Islamabad, is holding out hope. “No one is sure about our status after December 31, but I’ve talked to many people about this, especially human rights lawyers. I don’t think they will force us out. They can’t. It would be a major international issue and the United Nations will not allow that,” he said. UNHCR says Afghans in Pakistan will maintain their refugee status regardless of the government of Pakistan’s decision. “People have built their entire lives here. This is their home,” Hussain said. “The government can’t just say, ‘Leave everything and go.’ I am expecting them to figure out a solution soon.” Sitting outside her two-room mud house, Bibi, 55, who goes by just one name, wants the confusion to end. “No officials have come to us to explain what is going on, what my options are,” Bibi said. Her husband and son, both disabled, provide the family’s only income by selling plastic bags in Islamabad’s markets. “If they are going to throw us out, they should let us know instead of keeping us in suspense.”
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Punjab govt takes dengue head on Anti-dengue drive continues in full swing on Sunday g MNAs, govt oﬃcials out on the roads, schools, colleges, hospitals, govt oﬃces swept clean, pamphlets, kits distributed, various localities sprayed g
citywide dengue awareness campaign was launched on Sunday in which various government departments and universities took part. In spite of the week-end, environment Department, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Punjab University (PU),
University of engineering & Technology (UeT), and various other departments remained open to make the anti-dengue drive a success. Anti-dengue mosquito kits and leaflets bearing necessary information on how to prevent the mosquito from breeding, hiding, and biting were distributed among the citizens. Visual aids like hoardings and banners were also put up across the city to
bring the citizens around. The campaigners carried out fumigation in different departments as well. A special walk for the same purpose was organized in Gulberg, in which MPAs, top officials and other notables participated. Nurses had set up a special camp at Chairing Cross where they handed out awareness leaflets. While addressing a seminar held in connection with dengue awareness campaign at the Directorate of General Public Relations Punjab, Manager Training Dengue Control Cell, Health Department Punjab, Dr Nadeem Zaka said that collective and individual efforts were needed for completely controlling dengue. “Dengue has also become a social problem; therefore, everyone has to pay special attention to the cleanliness of his house,” he added. Dr Zaka also provided information about dengue, about preventive measures, symptoms of the disease and its treatment. He said that on the direction of chief minister Punjab, free diagnoses and treatment facilities were available in all government hospitals. “High dependency units have been set up where trained doctors and staff are available,” he added. He expressed the hope that due to governmental efforts and public participation, the dengue would not form an epidemic during the current year. Secretary Women Development Department eram Bukhari said that keeping surroundings clean was essential in order
to remain safe from dengue. She said this during a visit to the officers of Women Development Department, CDCs and Working Women Hostels. Later, she chaired a meeting in her office to finalize week long events scheduled to culminate on September 2, 2012, which will be marked as ‘Anti-Dengue Day’ in Punjab.
Activities proposed for the week include holding seminars, arranging walks and dissemination of awareness raising material on dengue eradication with a focus on female population. Female members of the provincial assembly, NGOs and representatives of civil society shall be associated in all events to be held in all districts of the Punjab during the campaign.
PA meets to debate 4 bills today Corruption probe against Bills on Multan Women University, Public Sector Universities, organ transplant and UVAS to be presented
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The Punjab Assembly session will meet today at 3pm amid tight security. The session which is the 40th of the current assembly will be presided over by Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal. Besides privilege and adjournment motions, other issues will also be discussed in the House. Three of the four bills that will be presented for passage are The Women University Multan (Amendment) Bill, The Public Sector Universities (Amendment) Bill and The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Amendment) Bill.
The Punjab government will also propose amendments to the Punjab Assembly Privileges (Amendment) Bill. If passed, it will give the speaker of the house the authority to call an imprisoned member of assembly to the house for a session or other assembly-related business. The Punjab Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Ordinance 2012 will also be laid down before the house while the excise and Taxation Department minister will answer questions about his department’s performance. Other ministers who will answer questions about their departments include those for the S&GAD, Communication and Works, Home, Health, Food, Dairy Development, Special ed-
ucation and Agriculture Departments. Special squads of quick response police and commandoes will be deployed for security in and around Punjab Assembly premises. PA Chief Security Officer Sardar Muhammad Akbar Nasir said that on the special directive of Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, extraordinary security arrangements had been made for legislators and media persons. Special metal detectors have been provided to security staff and high-tech walk-through gates installed at the entry points of the Punjab Assembly. A close-circuit TV network installed at all important entry and exit points will help monitor movement.
Lahore education EDO begins LAHorE STAFF r EPo rT
Punjab Anti-Corruption establishment (ACe) has started investigation against Lahore education eDO Pervaiz Akhter on charges of financial embezzlements and irregularities in recruitment of employees, ACe sources said on Sunday. Having received a complaint against the eDO from Syed Zeeshan Haider, a subject specialist of a secondary school, the Punjab chief secretary had earlier directed
the ACe to start investigation. The sources said further that after initial investigation the ACe DG had deputed Director ACe Lahore region to launch a thorough probe into the matter and start proceedings against the accused. In his application to the chief secretary, the complainant said the eDO had been involved in financial embezzlement in purchasing furniture and other school items of worth about Rs 15 million. He further alleged that the eDO had recruited 140 employees in BS-1 to 4 in violation of merit and through corrupt practices.
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274 prisoners mend ways and fly free IG prisons says special remission of up to 2 years rewarded to prisoners for memorizing the Holy Quran, getting a degree in technical education
NSPeCTOR General of Prisons, Punjab, Mian Farooq Nazeer, has awarded special remission ranging from one month to two years to 274 convicts across the province for memorizing the Holy Quran and passing different exams during their confinement. The convicts, who memorized the Holy Quran or pass exams, learn trade skills during confinement, get special remission of up to two years in their sentence. The IG said the Punjab Prisons Department on the special directive of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had mapped out a programme to impart religious education and technical training to inmates for their rehabilitation as responsible citizens after their release from prison. He said over three dozen convicts, undergoing different terms in five jails of the province, after qualifying the Quran Nazra ex-
aminations, were memorizing the Holy Quran under the supervision of qualified religious teachers. everal convicts, on the report of a panel of examiners drawn from top religious institutions of the province, had recommended two years’ special remission in their sentence, he added. “Christian convicts are also provided with the services of Christian teachers to guide them in their faith,” he said. The IG said training in trades like ceramics, TV assembly, pottery, carpet weaving and tailoring was also being imparted to convicts in all central jails of the province. Nazeer explained that six months’ remission was granted to convicts who passed exams of universities/boards/technical education boards. Sahiwal Senior Superintendent Central Jail Gulzar Ahmad Butt said that on the special directive of IG, 1,000 convicts were attending elementary education courses at jail launched in collaboration with the Punjab education Department.
A ShoWEr NEVEr hUrTS: A little boy showers under a public tap. NNI
‘PU: Lowest fee, best result’ LAHorE
PM has no option but to appear before court: JI LAHorE iNP
Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Liaqat Baloch said on Sunday that Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had no option but to appear before the apex court and execute its orders. While talking to media after participating in annual Teachers’ Conference organized by Red Foundation held at Bhambar, Azad Kashmir, he said that those who were flouting court orders would ultimately become symbol of disgrace. Commenting on drone attacks in North
Waziristan, he said the US was promoting terrorism by subversive activities. “These attacks are spreading hatred against the US, that is why more people are taking part in struggle to save themselves from US slavery,” he added. Meanwhile, in an address to party workers at Wazirabad, he said JI was an organized, human serving and a countrywide party. “JI is struggling for an Islamic welfare state without any discrimination of color, caste, ethnicity and creed”, he maintained. He appealed to Pakistanis to support JI in order to get rid of a regime of cruelty, corruption and US slavery.
Punjab University (PU), the oldest seat of learning, has emerged as one the best public universities equipped with the maximum number of faculties and disciplines having the lowest fee for postgraduate and undergraduate studies. PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, in an interview with journalist on Sunday, said that a record number of new teaching departments, new programs at master’s level and disciplines at bachelor’s level had successfully been introduced. He said during the academic session 2012-2013 a total of 30,000 students would be given admission to various BA/BSc and MA/MSc
courses on merit in morning, afternoon and evening sessions. The VC said that despite high standard of education, PU charges the lowest semester fee not only in the country but also in the world, ranging from Rs 3,265 to Rs 8,987 for postgraduate programs, which was less than the majority of schools operating in the city. “The total member of faculties and students in PU in all teaching disciplines is also higher than all other universities across the country,” he said. He said that science students of PU always compete with foreign students in certain areas of specialization. “Punjab University has a unique privilege to be the only educational institution in the country that is imparting knowledge to students in all disciplines ranging from social science, humanities, science, computer, law and foreign languages, and also including Hindi and French,” the VC added.
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The Lahore Grammar School delegation for Harvard Model United Nations India 2012 made it back home across the border on Saturday after winning the competition and bringing back a few souvenirs. Represented by Mahnoor Faisal Khan, Neha Mukhtar, Ayesha Anjum, Shaheera Saleem, Maaheen Afzaal and Raza Goraya, LGS Defense bagged a Best Delegation
12 more arrested for flying kites MonITorIng DESK City police launched a crack down on Sunday against kite flying in the area of Sandha, City42 reported. According to the channel, strict orders were given by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Ray Tahir to the SHOs of the city against kite flying. In Shandha, police raided and arrested five men seen flying kites. The police had also taken into custody kite threads and kites form their possession.
GAMBLeRS BUSTed MonITorIng DESK A police party raided and arrested five gamblers from Badamibagh on Sunday, City42 reported. Per details, the police, in a crack down against gamblers, raided a place in Badamibagh area and arrested five gamblers. Police also recovered thousands of cash, mobile phones and many other valuables from their possession. An FIR has been filed against them for further investigating the matter.
Award (School Award) as Norway with three out of its six team members winning as best delegates and one as honourable mention in their independent committees.(Mahnoor Faisal Khan, Ayesha Anjum, Maaheen Afzaal and Shaheera Saleem). LGS Defense and KGS won two out of the three coveted school awards at a conference in Hyderabad India, with more than 1,000 delegates representing 199 countries.
There is no need for PM to appear in the SC: Khosa
Agri dept shifts focus to solar energy, biomas to meet needs
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Latif Khosa has said that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf should not appear before the Supreme Court on Monday. He said in case the PM was disqualified, the SC would not escape from the accountability of the people. He said the PPP was not protecting Asif Zardari but the head of state. Khosa said that the SC was dealing with cases against the PPP at 150kph while its speed was not as fast in cases related to the Sharif brothers. STAFF rEPorT
LAHORE: Punjab Agriculture Minister Ahmed Ali Aulakh said a comprehensive energy roadmap had been evolved to meet future agricultural needs through solar energy and biomass and Rs 10 billion had been set aside in the provincial budget 201213. A plan, he said, is also underway for promotion of biogas and attractive subsidy was being offered to farmers so that the rural population could meet its energy requirements through biomass. APP
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HURCHeS, which predate the creation of Pakistan, form an integral part of the cityscape of Lahore. Be it their sprawling compounds
or their magnificent arches, these awe-inspiring architectural marvels stand as testimony to coexistence. Some of them have interesting stories of how they were designed and built and the role they are playing in our society today. A comprehensive study by the
University of Alberta on the churches in Lahore tries to cover the historical and social role of churches in the city. Presented here are brief stories and details about five of them.
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Seen across the Shaharah-Quaide-Azam (the Upper Mall) from the High Court, is a contemporary stained glass tower which marks the entrance to one of the most important neo-Gothic buildings of the city—the impressive Cathedral Church of the Resurrection. The sprawling compound, containing the looming towers of the cathedral, provides a haven in the middle of the bustle of downtown Lahore. The story of the establishment of the Anglican Church in the Punjab can be traced to the first chapel that was set up in Lahore Fort, in the once sumptuous Diwan-eKhass of Emperor Shah Jahan with the altar occupying the eminent position once reserved for the most celebrated of the Great Mughals. Once the Punjab had been brought fully under subjugation, a church was established in another historic building, the Tomb of Anarkali. However, soon a site was chosen on high ground that lay between the Upper Mall and Mcleod Road. Although the foundations of the cathedral had been sunk, the work was stopped in December 1867 when the Punjab was constituted a separate dio-
cese. It was decided to enlarge the building into a “larger church fitted as a cathedral, with library, chapter house, etc.” Oldrid Scott, the son of the celebrated architect Gilbert Scott whose neoGothic exploits had become the rage of London and Bombay, was commissioned to design the new cathedral. The work was carried out in an unusual combination of fine brickwork and grey stone which was procured from the Taraki quarries beyond Jheulm. The church designed in “decorated early English style” has a footprint 226’ in length and 152’ in breadth. Although it was only partially completed, it began to be used in 1885, while its two large saddleback western towers, were completed much later. Both the weathercock and the lantern tower that it topped are no longer extant; however, the name Kukkar Girja (Rooster Cathedral) that it is referred to in local parlance survives. The ringing bells are in the southwest tower. The Cathedral guide-book says ‘Originally the frame for the bells was made to accommodate eight, but only six of them arrived from England. The largest bell is about 1 ton in weight and when in use, the foundations used to vibrate.’
SACRed HeART CATHedRAL Also known as the Roman Catholic Cathedral, it is located on the Upper Mall Road and is accessed from Hall Road, a street that branches out to the south from Regal Chowk. Situated in sprawling grounds, landscaped with large trees, plantation and shrubbery, the cathedral is an interesting combination of spires, towers, and a large cupola juxtaposed against each other. This magnificent edifice was constructed by the Belgian Capuchins in a prominent place in the heart of the city and consecrated on November 19, 1907 as the mother Church of the diocese of Lahore. It replaced the historic old
ST JoSePH’S CHURCH St. Joseph’s Church, Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road, is the oldest church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lahore in Pakistan. It was blessed on October 31, 1853. St Joseph’s was originally built to serve Catholics in the British Army. The parish priests were Fathers Nasir Gulfam and Frans Labeeuw (OFM Cap) in 2003. The parish of 5,000 families consists of approximately 25,000 Christians. The parish also has a church in Batapur which was rebuilt through the help of a local benefactor. The Parish Franciscan Youth Group established a book bank to
ST ANdRew’S CHURCH Located on Empress Road, St Andrew’s Church with its calm and quiet compound is a little further north of the Railway Headquarters and set back from the road. It is an attractive church built with mellow red Lahori brick. In contrast to its neighbour St. Anthony’s across the road, St Andrew’s relies on Roman arched openings on the ground, while twin Romanesque windows adorn the belfry tower. This octagonal tower punctured by Roman arch openings ends in a decorative flourish and a cupola. The pitched roofs of the nave and side ambulatory covered with simple metallic covering point towards an economical construction. Although originally the church came about as a result of a makeshift arrangement, the building is impressive in its simplicity and unadorned, unpretentious architectural character. Before the current structure was built, the church was housed in the adjacent tomb of Muhammad Saleh Kamboh, the court chronicler of Emperor Shah Jahan, and his brother Inayatullah.
ST ANTHoNy’S CHURCH It is located on Empress Road, close to its junction with the famous Shimla (Simla) Hill. The neoGothic building is dominated by its tall octagonal tower which marks the entrance vestibule as well. Other predominant architectural features include the recurring solid masonry buttresses and tiled pitched roofs which lend the church a special character. Although comparatively simple in plan, and carrying little flourish of ornamentation, the church is striking in its unaffected demeanour and a lofty nave of handsome proportions. You might like to walk to the rear of the compound where you will find a whitewashed single-storey structure with massive brick walls and cusped arched verandas, reminiscent of 19th century bungalows of the city. Opposite the church on the east is the impressive North Western Railway Headquarters. It is a brick structure, echoing the transparent air of veranda arcading seen in several other buildings of the period. Pro-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception built in 1861 near the famous Anarkali bazaar, outside the Old City. The cathedral was founded by Bishop Godfrey Pelkmans. In 1893 he took charge as the third Bishop of Lahore at the young age of 39. Bishop Pelckmans gathered money from benefactors in Belgium and bought the land in a prominent place in the heart of the city. The building was started in 1902 and he had the joy of blessing the foundation stone on October 4, 1903. But he was not destined to see his dream become a reality. He passed away on August 3, 1904. The total length of the building is about 200 feet. The belfry steeple stands 165 feet high, while the magnificent dome, 120 feet high, is flanked by four elegant turrets. help deserving students. Graduating students give their old books and some are bought by the Parish, helping nearly 300 students. The members also visit the sick in hospitals and in their homes. A Christian and Muslim Peace Committee helps to keep the peace and harmony among the communities. Special days, festivals and other holidays are celebrated together. The committee arranges medical camps, social programmes and awareness programmes. This group also helps to find jobs for unemployed Christians. Schools in St Joseph’s parish currently educate 3,500 in an effort to reduce the estimated 30-40 percent of parish children who receive no schooling at all.
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Syria accused of ‘massacre’ as hundreds of bodies found DAMASCUS
e V e R A L hundred bodies have been found in a town near Damascus after a ferocious assault by the Syrian army, a watchdog said on Sunday, as activists accused government forces of another gruesome “massacre.” Grisly videos issued by opposition militants showed dozens of charred and bloodied bodies lined up in broad daylight in a graveyard, and others lying wall-to-wall in rooms in a mosque in the town of Daraya. At least 320 people were killed in a five-day onslaught on Daraya by troops battling to crush insurgents who have regrouped in the outskirts of the capital, according to a toll from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists on the ground, described it as a “massacre” by the regime
of President Bashar al-Assad and said many victims had been summarily executed and their bodies burnt. “The shabiha (pro-regime) militias... have been transformed into a killing machines that threatens the Syrian people and our future,” it said. Human rights groups have accused the regime of committing many atrocities since the uprising against Assad’s government erupted in March last year, and a UN panel said earlier this month it was guilty of crimes against humanity. “An odious massacre committed by the gangs of the Assad regime in the Abu Sleiman Addarani Mosque,” said a commentary with a video posted by opposition militants on YouTube that showed dozens of bodies lined up in dimly lit rooms. In another LCC video, Daraya’s dead, among them at least two children, were shown being prepared for burial in mass graves. Palm leaves were strewn on the bodies that were covered in blankets and laid in a hastily dug trench.
State media said Daraya, a mainly Sunni Muslim town of some 200,000 people, was being “purified of terrorist remnants.” “Our valiant armed forces cleared Daraya of the remnants of armed terrorist groups which committed crimes that traumatised the citizens of the town and destroyed public and private property,” the government newspaper Ath-Thawra said. At least 183 people were killed nationwide on Saturday, the Observatory said, as the brutal conflict that has convulsed Syria for 17 months showed no signs of abating. Activists described the Daraya offensive as a bid to crush “once and for all” the insurgency in Damascus after rebel Free Syrian Army fighters regrouped to the southern outskirts following an army offensive in the heart of the city last month. The LCC accused the regime of blockading Daraya to choke off supplies and then indiscriminately shelling the
town with heavy weapons and warplanes. “Afterwards the gangs of killers entered the town and carried out summary executions, before dismembering and setting fire to the bodies.” Reports by activists cannot be independently confirmed because of severe restrictions on media operating in Syria. Assad’s Alawite-led regime insists it is fighting foreign “terrorists” aided by regional Sunni Muslim rivals and the West, but has been hit by a wave of defections, including several high-ranking officials, as the violence escalates. SyRIAN VP MAKES PUBLIC APPEARANCE: On Sunday, Vice President Faruq al-Shara made his first public appearance in over a month, following rumours that he had tried to defect and that he was being held under house arrest. Shara — the regime’s highest-ranking Sunni Muslim official — and Assad both held talks with the visiting head of the Iranian parliament’s foreign policy com-
mittee, Aladin Borujerdi. “We see Syria’s security as our security. On this basis, we will stick by our Syrian brothers,” Borujerdi said, according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA. Tehran — the regime’s staunchest ally — has said it will submit a plan for ending the conflict to a Non-Aligned Movement summit it is hosting on Thursday and Friday. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem also said that any negotiations between the government and the opposition would only begin “after purging Syria of armed groups,” IRNA reported. Tehran’s initiative comes as its foes in the West seek to ramp up the pressure on Damascus, with Washington and London threatening action if it uses its chemical weapons and Paris voicing support for a partial no-fly zone. The Observatory also reported shelling or air strikes in other parts of the country on Sunday including the battered northern city of Aleppo and Daraa in the far south, the cradle of the uprising.
Venezuela in mourning after refinery blast kills 39 PUnTo FIJo AFP
Venezuela was in mourning Sunday after a massive explosion tore through the country’s largest refinery, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 80 others. President Hugo Chavez declared three days of national mourning Saturday, saying the tragedy affected “the great Venezuelan family, civilian and military.” Among the dead were 18 members of the National Guard — who were protecting the state-owned refining facility in the northwestern town of Amuay — and 15 civilians, Vice President elias Jaua said. The bodies of another six victims had yet to be identified. Falcon state Governor Stella Lugo had earlier told official television that a 10-yearold child was among the victims. Another 82 people were injured, Health Minister eugenia Sader said. Fifteen of the injured remain in hospital, according to Jaua. Chavez expressed his sympathy to the families of the dead, urging calm because “fortunately, the greatest danger has been controlled.” Ordering a “thorough investigation,” he vowed to help the people who have
been displaced from their homes at the refinery complex, which also houses workers and their relatives, and in impoverished neighborhoods nearby. energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the explosion was triggered by a gas leak at the refinery, which is owned by state oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the cause of which remained to be determined. “The gas cloud exploded, igniting at least two storage tanks and other facilities at the refinery,” he told VTV television. Ramirez, who is also president of PDVSA, said the refinery was shut down but operations would resume in two days. The blast damaged 209 homes and 11 shops, while 13 families saw their homes completely destroyed and were temporarily moved to a naval base, according to preliminary figures. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, though smoke was still billowing from the facility. Before the blast, the Amuay refinery, one of the biggest in the world, was able to process about 645,000 barrels of crude oil a day. OPeC certified in 2011 that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world at 296.5 billion barrels, surpassing Saudi Arabia.
BEdAr: Members of a wildfire brigade of iznalloz and Puerto lobo of granada try to extinguish a fire in Bedar, Spain on Sunday. Afp
gunmen kill south Yemen separatist
N Korea threatens war over US-South Korea drill
SEOUL: North Korea’s leader has warned of an “all-out” war against the South while denouncing its ongoing joint military drill with the United States, state media said Sunday. The US and South Korean militaries on Monday began a two-week exercise aimed at testing defences against the communist North, insisting it was defensive in nature but Pyongyang called it a drill for a preemptive nuclear attack. More than 30,000 US troops, including most of those based in the South plus 3,000 from overseas, are taking part in the annual joint drill known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called the drill a grave threat and said his army was ready to deal “deadly blows” if their territory was violated during the exercise. “If the enemies fire even a single shell on our inviolable territory... the whole army should turn out as one and lead the battle to an all-out counter-offensive,” said the leader, according to KCNA news agency. On the eve of the ongoing drill, Kim, believed to be in his late 20s, visited a frontliner artillery unit that carried out a deadly 2010 bombardment of a South Korean island near the disputed western sea border. AFP
Unknown gunmen shot dead a south Yemen separatist on Sunday when they fired at a protest camp in the port city of Aden, an activist said. The attack took place while security forces arrested two Al-Qaeda suspects, eight days after a deadly attack on the intelligence headquarters in the city. “Gunmen fired from a car at the camp of the (Southern) Movement, killing one of the activists,” Nizar al-Saadi told AFP. He said that protesters camping in AlMansura neighbourhood “blocked the
road” in retaliation. Yemen’s southern separatists have for decades complained of marginalisation by Sanaa. Although the movement remains fractured, it demands autonomy and in some cases independence. South Yemen was a separate nation before unification with the north in 1990. Meanwhile, two suspected Al-Qaeda militants were arrested in a raid on a house where they were hiding, said a security official. The raid took place “near the intelligence headquarters” where 19 soldiers had been killed in an August 18 rocket attack which the authorities blamed on Al-Qaeda.
Iran seeks NAM support in nuclear showdown TEHrAn AFP
Non-Aligned Movement leaders should take a stand against Western sanctions at a Tehran summit at the end of the month, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday, adding that many NAM members backed Iran’s nuclear programme. “The NAM... should seriously confront unilateral sanctions of certain nations against some members of the NAM,” Salehi said in a speech opening days of preparatory meetings for the summit on Thursday and Friday. He asserted that “so far, the NAM has condemned these measures.” Salehi added that “we take this opportunity to thank the NAM for its support”
backing Iran’s “legitimate rights” to nuclear activities. Iran is subject to severe US and eU economic sanctions pressuring it to roll back nuclear activities that many Western governments suspect is aimed at acquiring an atomic weapons “break-out” capability. Iran denies any such ambition, insisting its programme is exclusively for power generation and medical purposes. It dismisses as illegal six UN resolutions calling on it to suspend all uranium enrichment. Three other NAM members states are also subject to Western sanctions: North Korea, over its own nuclear programme that has created bombs; Syria, over its brutal offensive against opposition groups; and Zimbabwe, over political violence and human rights abuses.
Iran, which is taking over the rotating three-year NAM presidency from egypt, says its hosting of the summit is evidence it is not as internationally isolated as its archfoe the United States has sought to portray it. Tehran especially wants the NAM summit to take its side in the high-stakes showdown with the United States and its Western allies over its nuclear activities. “Regarding our peaceful nuclear programme... we have always said that we are only seeking our legitimate rights” to nuclear energy as permitted under the NonProliferation Treaty, Salehi said. He said Iran was seeking NAM support to have those “rights” upheld regardless of the repeated demands by the UN Security Council that its activities be curtailed.
“We are seeking a just solution and not solutions based on the IAeA (International Atomic energy Agency) and other UN entities’ double standards. We take this opportunity to thank the NAM for its support in this regard,” Salehi said. The minister also said he hoped the summit would take a stand against “all sorts of terrorism, especially the state-sponsored sort which is backed by Western powers and which last occurred with the assassinations of our nuclear scientists.” Underlining the murders of four Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010 — attributed by Tehran to US, British and Israeli intelligence services — organisers placed some of the victims’ blast-shredded cars at the entrance to the venue where the senior officials were meeting.
Powerful typhoon hits southern Japan ToKYo AFP
One of the most powerful typhoons in decades hit Japan’s Okinawa on Sunday, with meteorologists warning it could bring record rain and wind to the southern region and waves of up to 13 metres (43 feet). Typhoon Bolaven, packing winds of up to 252 kilometres (157 miles) per hour, was some 90 kilometres east of Okinawa’s capital Naha, slowly moving northnorthwest, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. “As the typhoon is moving slowly, violent winds are expected to continue for many hours on the Okinawa main island,” the agency said, also warning of 13-metre waves through Monday. The atmospheric pressure of the typhoon indicated it was one of the strongest since the weather agency started taking records about 60 years ago, local media said. Residents of Naha city were being advised to stay indoors as public broadcaster NHK showed footage of deserted streets lined with trees felled by strong winds. Some 300 residents evacuated to municipal offices and other public facilities, NTV reported, fearing that their homes may be submerged in heavy rains. The traffic system was paralysed, with all flights to and from Naha airport and ships linking the main island with smaller islands being cancelled, the Kyodo news agency said. Roads and bus services were closed on the island while an elevated rail link in Naha city had also been shut down, Kyodo added. About 3,000 homes in Okinawa and 16,400 homes in Amami island were hit by a blackout, the news agency reported, citing local utilities. Four people sustained minor injuries in Okinawa prefecture, including a 91-year-old man who was knocked down by strong wind, Jiji Press said.
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10 Comment The operation in n Waziristan Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
And the need of a vision
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Ashraf’s day in court? A nation waits with baited breath
oday is to be the latest instalment in the showdown between the government and the judiciary. The last one, lest candid posterity forget, did not go so well for the government. And it wasn’t too peachy for the judiciary either. This isn’t said often enough; while even the mightiest office in the land being subjected to the court’s directives might be exciting for a particular demographic for a period of time, the gravity of sending an elected premier home does not need much explaining to the public at large. Increasingly, some of the accusations of intransigence on the matter of the Swiss letter have begun to be leveled against the judiciary as well. It is clear that for the stability of the system that both sides need to exercise restraint. Till now, it has been an eyeball-to-eyeball battle of attrition. Prime Minister Gilani going home isn’t meant to be interpreted as the ruling party blinking; it implies quite the opposite. They’re digging in their heels. The judiciary, on the other hand, had shown its cards much earlier in this saga when it revealed the six options it could consider. One of the options was making the NAB chief write the now infamous letter. Another option was, barring a few words here and there, straight out of the PPP playbook. If the government was indeed hell-bent on maintaining a confrontational attitude, said the honourable justices, then, given the delicate position of the various pillars of state, the court would not insist on the issue and transfer the matter to the court of the people. By sending a prime minister home, however, have the honorable justices burnt all other options? Given that none of the other stimuli have changed, how would they be able to justify one judgment in Yousaf Raza Gilani’s case and quite another in Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s case? Obviously, if things are going to be different this time, there needs to be some cooperation, anything really, from the government’s side, for it to be even considered.
By rabia Ahmed
PoliTact By Arif Ansar
he talk about the military operation in North Waziristan has picked up feverish pace. This is not the first time, in the last decade, and historically, Waziristan has been the bone of contention several times before. The attempt here is not, as many other assessments are doing, to name different locations along with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders who may have been killed in Waziristan. Nor is the emphasis on presenting the best tactical approach to conduct the operation. Rather the focus is on the less talked about dimension: how does the operation fit in the larger vision and strategy? Obviously, tactics and strategies are two different things, and are suppose to be connected to the larger vision. A vision is an ideal future state that an entity may be striving for. On the other hand, strategy lays out the best approach to accomplish the vision. Different tactics may be deployed in support of a selected strategy. However, too much emphasis on tactics, without consideration for the strategy and the grand vision is a sure recipe for failure. At the same time, the vision and strategy cannot be set in stone, as the reality is quite dynamic. Thus, to be successful, any shrewd strategist has to constantly adjust lofty goals to the ground reality. Applying this logical structure to the present AfPak predicament presents an alarming misalignment between the vision, strategy and tactics. We have a vision that is dramatically disconnected with ground circumstances and reliance on tactics and strategies that have long outlived their utility. One of the goals of the revised American strategy is to withdraw majority of its troops from Afghanistan by 2014 and shift most of the security responsibilities to Afghan forces. However, the Afghans have demonstrated scarce ownership for the nation’s defense and are more inclined on blaming almost all and everything on its neighbor: Iran and Pakistan. In an alert issued in February 2012, PoliTact had noted: “The killing of western security personnel at the hands of Afghan troops is creating a dangerous environment for NATO operations in Afghanistan. US exit strategy is built on training and handing over the security affairs to Afghan forces by 2014. However, the recent events
[green on blue attacks] have put the reliability of the future US strategy in Afghanistan in to question, which is increasingly perceived as not respectful of the Afghan culture.” Around the time of the Quran burning incident, Martine van Bijlert of the Afghanistan Analysts’ Network wrote in an analysis, “The demonstrations are a combination of religious outrage, pent-up frustration and groups wanting to stir trouble”. “It is difficult to predict how bad things will get; this will depend largely on who manages to control – or hijack – the expressions of anger.” The crux of the matter remains; who has the upper hand in this conflict. If Taliban were to be decisively beaten militarily, the achievement of the political solution would have been much easier. However, Afghanistan has never lent itself to such easy formulations. In absence of this, one would assume that one or the other party would move towards compromise. Although they have gestured, neither NATO nor Afghan Taliban appear willing to do that. The Qatar dialogue process lies in ruin, with the continued insistence on military tactics to bring warring parties to the negotiating table. The other goal of the new vision was to prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a safe haven for the extremists. The performance of the campaign against terror in this regard is checkered at best and depends on the narrative adopted. Yes, the highly visible goal of eliminating the Al-Qaeda head honchos has been achieved but they have also been replaced. The war has spread to many new corners. In addition to Afghanistan, many new safe havens have popped up all over the map, to include FATA. Sectarian and ethnic tensions and fault lines are threatening many a nation-state in the region. The balance of conservative, liberal and religious forces has been tilted almost to the tipping point. Whereas at the start of the war against extremists, the equilibrium was securely in favor of the liberal and secular forces. Additionally, it’s not clear where the cam-
paign ends. After Taliban, Pakistan still has to take care of Kashmir related jihadist, such as the LeT, the perpetrators of Mumbai attack. On the other hand, the classification between good versus bad extremists has reemerged with increased relevance in the case of Syria. With enhanced western concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and the level of its involvement in Syria, it is unlikely the country will cooperate in Afghanistan. US and Pakistan ties are only beginning to emerge from the shadows of the Mohmand tragedy. In short, another premise of the strategy focused on regionalism, lies flat on its back. The global support for the Afghan war is also waning. The US-Russia reset has not turned out what it was hoped, especially on matters related to Syria and the missile defense system. On the other hand, the US continues to build up its military presence in the Pacific, irking China. Not only this, the global recession is taking a serious toll on the American and the european economies, with the fate of european Union marred with uncertainty. This only ups the pressure to quickly draw down in Afghanistan, as the NATO allies have lost the appetite for the perpetual conflict there. Moreover, US itself wants to shift more of its focus to the pacific realm. It is in this context that we should evaluate the North Waziristan operation. even if it actually does materialize this time, it will only buy temporary respite and will cause more internal strife in Pakistan. The safe havens will move and emerge somewhere else. The operation is likely to widen the war and engulf Pakistan more fully, and start another spiral of military operations that can last another decade, with no clear victors. This begs the question; if the tactics and strategies being employed are failing to produce the desired outcomes, why continue to use them. Perhaps, the stated vision is not real, as Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War, all war is based on deception. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at email@example.com
A dim endorsement jirga: a group of men entrenched in the status quo
orwegian courts sentenced Andre Breivik to 21 years in prison after finding him legally ‘sane’ and therefore responsible and guilty of murder. Breivik accepted this result of his psychiatric assessment, because it gives his phobic views the weight of the opinions of a sane person. A British judge convicting the parents of Shafilea Ahmad of murder refused to use the term ‘honor’ killing to describe their crime; as did, to their credit, the British police, which had sufficient nous to differentiate between honor and anger. Little words such as ‘sane’ and ‘honor’ can hide a deranged ideology, and a sickening murder, as can others, such as ‘freedom’, ‘religion’, ‘liberty’, ‘rights’, ‘duty’, ‘tradition’. Perhaps this is why the Arabic language with its subtle nuances and multiple layers of meaning was chosen to convey such revolutionary concepts, because it can be precise; and why Muslims are encouraged to read the Quran, with understanding, in the original. In Pakistan we are given to
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conferring and embracing grandiose titles. If it is Arabic or a traditional title, it is accepted as synonymous with religion and wisdom. Zia-ul-Haq played upon this sentiment, and so we have the Hudood Ordinance liberally sprinkled with dangerous ideas with elaborate Arabic titles. We also have ‘jirga’, a term wrapped in tradition and tribal mystique. Over the years, parliaments have evolved, the power of monarchs curtailed, marginalised groups granted rights, and other systems and institutions transformed, enabling change for the better. A jirga, which adjudicates criminal and other cases in the tribal and rural areas of Pakistan, could also be changed to incorporate powerful criteria of composition and qualifications, making it a valuable local council that settles minor complaints to take some load off the courts. This would be a promising development. But at present it remains a gathering of the ‘elders’ of a community, little educated,
possibly illiterate, men –they are always men– rarely neutral, respected because of their position, entrenched in unchanging systems, adjudicating important cases. With conditions as medieval as they are in our tribal and rural areas, these men view anything new with suspicion. Their interest lies in maintaining their power within a status quo, which is that of a primitive, violent society with little education, where women have no rights. This is not the ‘will of the people’, it is power play at its worst. Given the tribal concept of justice, a jirga’s adjudication is often based on revenge, and the point of a gun, and smacks bizarrely of dark creeds such as LaVeyan Satanism, which promotes vengeance as its central concept, and is based entirely on a philosophy of ‘an eye for an eye’ and the concept of the satisfaction of the self by means of acts of revenge based on ‘do unto others as they do unto you,’ rather than ‘as you would be done by’, or any concept of right. Islam, (after laying down crite-
ria for its judges and their judgements) encourages forgiveness, but takes a measure of just revenge into account – provided any violence in the name of justice does not exceed the crime, is in the name of God alone and not for personal gain, and therefore for the greater good. This was best illustrated when Ali’s adversary in a war against the enemies of Islam, spat upon Ali’s face. Ali withdrew his sword from the man’s neck and said that killing him would now constitute revenge, and would therefore be wrong. Implementing such concepts requires a degree of legal wisdom, which, unfortunately, is not the hallmark of a gathering of tribal elders. Recent judgements passed by jirgas illustrate this point: A young man from Mansehra dared marry a girl from another tribe. In punishment, the jirga gave his six-year-old niece in marriage to a ten-year-old boy from the other tribe, because her father was unable to pay a fine. The father ap-
pealed to the regular courts to annul the marriage. Another man, this time from Peshawar, asked the high court to intervene because, he alleged, the jirga had ordered him to pay Rs 27,000 to his nephews because he had refused to give his minor daughters to them in marriage. The list of such judgements is endless. With the elections close at hand, people have been weighing their choices, and the PTI has a growing following. However, after Imran Khan’s vociferous endorsement of the jirga, many supporters are thinking again. After all, which would you endorse, if any, the sixyear-old marrying the ten-year-old, or the two minors being forced to marry their cousins? The PTI is often viewed as ‘the lesser evil’. Sadly, it is rapidly acquiring the potential of being yet another one. The writer is a freelance columnist. Read more by her at http://rabia-ahmed.blogspot.com/
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The local money solution Editor’s mail There isn’t just one kind of money banking By najma Sadeque
olonialism everyone understood. But the most deceptive method of continuing appropriation of global wealth was perfected by the global ‘banksters’. Once in a while, the locals got wise. Guernsey, a tiny island in the english Channel, separates england from France. Its currency was the British pound sterling. During the early 19th century, england and France were constantly warring. War being an expensive undertaking, country-governments were borrowing heavily from the big bankers who controlled the financial scene across europe and england. The bankers, then as now, cynically financed both sides to maximize profits, and stopped lending to small borrowers to divert every bit to war lending. Public works ground to a standstill. Unemployment soared. Then a realization struck the authorities. Lack of money need not be a hurdle – it was merely a medium of exchange. What they needed most – raw materials and labor – existed in plenty. They just had to be facilitated. So why couldn’t they create their own money instead of depending on england which had stopped helping? After all, the island enjoyed autonomy with all the rights of sovereign government. And that is exactly what they did, fulfilling under pressure a long-felt need, because a bank didn’t even exist on the island. The Guernsey government issued its own money. People bought, sold and paid their bills with their new money. The government carried out all necessary public works and paid government employee salaries. It also controlled inflation by exacting a small amount of tax to withdraw any excess money. employment soared and the economy boomed. Similarly, about 80 years ago, unemployment was high and economic conditions pretty bad in europe. Many governments, both national and local, were deep in debt. Public works stalled, and dependent workers were left penniless. Money and jobs were hard to come by. But in a tiny town of 4000 in Austria, the mayor had a bright idea. With the permission of the local government,
he created the town’s own money. The tokens known as scrips were issued in the same denominations and equivalent value of the official currency, in ones, five and tens. The local government put it into circulation by paying workers and bills. Building and repairs of roads, drains and bridges were back in full swing. Jobs reappeared. Declared official, the scrip bought all their food and other needs from local shops, and paid bills and taxes. The sole restriction was that the scrip could be spent only within the town, not outside it. But the key advantage was that all economic activity and all benefits from earning and buying, accrued only to townspeople and the town. Within a decade Geurnsey became so prosperous english banks aggressively intervened. They set up branches and began to influence local representatives mostly unfamiliar with private banking machinations. Guernsey Island was strong-armed into ceding its sovereign right over its own currency. Private banks took over with interest-based loans. The island was never the same again. In the case of the Austrian village, the Austrian National Bank feared that successful local currencies would threaten central control over the country’s money, and put a stop to its self-reliance. Both schemes were obviously too successful, imitated by others including in America. Many local US currencies appeared in America until 1933, when New York bankers persuaded President Roosevelt to declare them illegal — the same kind of monopolistic bankers that caused the global financial crash of 2008. even the US has no independent, sovereign state bank. Finances are in the hands of the Federal Reserve, a private consortium. The US is the only country that prints endlesss paper money without having to prove it can back it up with anything tangible. Why? Because they say so… . at the point of a gun. Saddam and Gaddafi were punished for rejecting dollars for oil, but China is too big. And Iran: who knows? This in simplified manner reflects a parallel situation that prevails worldwide. Just because most have state banks and unique currencies, people believe their countries
are sovereign. But weak nations heavily in debt to foreign powers are never quite so. They are dependent countries, allowed to play-act at independence in exchange for financial and economic subservience. Yet most foreign debts are unnecessary. Foreign currency loans are needed only to purchase technology, goods and expertise lacking in one’s own country. Otherwise, paper money without any tangible backing no longer represents real wealth, although it is pretended to do so. They are just symbols of purchasing power granted to or appropriated by the authority, and in recent decades, excessively and unduly. They create psychological economic dependence of borrowing countries on foreign lenders. Yet none of it is needed for local payments, investments and purchases. They also weaken or thwart local technologies, initiatives and self-employment. Consequently, as long as development is overly based on foreign loans and investment, the masses will be thwarted in development. This is because inflated interest or profits will revert to foreign lenders, not recycled into local works without creating unbearable tax burdens for the people. One’s own natural resources, labor, indigenous technology and strengths will be undermined and underpriced. As long as the public are encouraged to harbour the illusion that foreign money, particularly western, represents the only real wealth, and is something way beyond being merely a medium of exchange, people will remain locked in debt, deceit and deprivation. Had some of our previous finance ministers possessed the imagination – and the integrity and concern – for people’s rights and upliftment, they could have created local money delinked from foreign exchange to accord real value to local goods and services, and spur local economic activity. Towns and villages could have carried the initiative further. Unless they grow, neither can the economy and people’s standard of living. There isn’t just one kind of money banking; there are several of the kinds not practiced here, adjustable to local or national needs. It’s just that the limited minds in charge in our country haven’t been working in the public interest.
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Prepaid SiMs The plan of the federal government to block all prepaid SIMs has generated a needless debate which could have been avoided in present circumstances when our economy is already in shambles and allegations of violation of human rights in the country abound. There are factors pertaining to individual liberties as well with this decision. The biggest worry is that if authorities can implement such draconian measures without any significant opposition, its natural temptation will be to take even more freedoms away from citizens, again using the threat of terrorist attacks as a justification. SYED NOMAN ASLAM Wah Cantt
Stop crime against women We are living in 21st century but the unending incidents of human rights violations in our society, especially against women, are cause for extreme concern and depressing signs of the lawlessness time we are live in. Mariam’s murder in Khanewal district and the torturing of a woman at the hands of another woman who cut off her hair in Gujranwala district, reflect the extent of social degeneration. This is with the reference of news August 9, 2012 that said: “Two women were allegedly paraded naked around in the Khangarh area Muzaffargarh district here when they took a wedding proposal to the house of a girl.” My aim is to the draw the attention of the people of our society and especially those people who were seen this bashful incident. During the whole episode the local people played the role of silent spectators and did not dare to intervene as those who were parading the naked women were armed. Some butcher masses (relatives of the girl) filmed the whole incident on a mobile phone. This is very shameful for us and a question mark on the performance of NGO’s, political leadership and law enforcement agencies (especially police). In our country, apart from murder,
rape and acid throwing, stripping people naked and parading them in the public is the latest disgusting trend. Despite the revulsion of ordinary Pakistanis for such abatement and cruelty and the presence of laws protecting against such criminal behavior, not only do the culprits go scoot free, but also the fact that the culprits are at times the police themselves, is further food for thought. The police have become a part of problem, not the solution. I appeal to the political leadership, judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take stern against those convicted persons who are allegedly involved in crimes against women. The government must make a harsh example of those guilty of such harassment. SHER MUHAMMAD KHAN Multan
flow below kotri There is a lot of confusion about water release below Kotri for protection of the Indus delta. Clause 7 of the Water Accord states: “The need for certain minimum water flow to sea, below the Kotri to check sea intrusion was recognised. Sindh held the view that the optimum level was 10 MAF, which was discussed at length. It was, therefore, decided that further studies would be undertaken to establish the minimal release needs for Kotri.” The federal government launched three studies in October 2004. The first study was on water required below the Kotri to check sea intrusion. The second was on water flow required blow the Kotri to address Sindh’s environmental concerns and the third study was on environmental concerns of all four provinces. These studies were entrusted to consultancy firms of international repute. A panel consisting of Dr Fernando J Gonzalez, the ex-regional director of World Bank, Dr Thinus Basson, a professor and consultant with various US universities, and Dr Bert Schultz, a Dutch national and world renowned consultant on irrigation and drainage, conducted these studies and finalised the recommendations. The panel recommended that 5,000 cusecs per day or 3.6 million acre feet (MAF) of water annually will be required to flow below the Kotri Barrage to stop seawater intrusion, contrary to Sindh’s demand of 10 MAF annually. The recommendation would require an additional release from storages of 1.26 maf to 2.20 maf, depending on the weather, during the low flow months of September to middle of June. This would require additional storage capacity to prevent reduction in water availability for irrigation use. This means that unless additional storage capacity is available the required release below Kotri cannot be made. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
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12 tO SINg WIth WILL.I.AM while Priyanka Chopra’s album is scheduled to release later this year, the actress turned recording artist will debut ‘In My City’, her single featuring the Black eyed Peas frontman will.I.am at the National Football League’s (NFL) Thursday Night Kickoﬀ match on September 13. The track has been produced by Lady Gaga’s producer Redone.Speaking to ToI exclusively from Los Angeles, Priyanka tells us about the entire process.
How HAVe yoU BeeN SPeNdING yoUR TIMe IN LoS ANGeLeS? the month in LA was quite productive. We got a lot done but there is still a long way to go before we’re ready to release. It’s been a great start and I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great talent. I’ve made some serious headway with the album, which is really exciting. there is a lot left to be done and I’m really looking forward to it. wHAT’S THe ReCoRdING PRoCeSS LIKe? Where do I begin? (laughs). It’s a whole new ballgame for me. But in the past month, I’ve learned so much and have also become more comfortable with the whole process. to be honest, I was quite nervous the first few times I went into the recording booth to sing but everyone has been very supportive and helped me find my feet. ARe yoU wRITING yoUR owN SoNGS oR Co-wRITING wITH SoMeoNe? A bit of both. this trip has really been a very creatively enriching experience for me and has opened up a side of me I never knew existed! I’ve been writing poems and prose for a long while now but that was more for myself; more private. But song writing is completely different and most often you’re using your own thoughts and feelings. that’s a bit scary given that you’re going to be sharing that with the rest of the world! TeLL US ABoUT How yoU’Re MAINTAINING yoUR VoICe? I have been working with two voice coaches — one in India and one in the US, whenever my schedule permits. It’s great because it has helped me understand what I can do with my singing voice and has also helped me develop it in many ways. It’s almost like going to a gym for my vocal chords (laughs). Singing is pretty much like using any other muscle in your body; when the vocal chords get tired, you know it, you feel it. At this stage, I try not to extend myself too much. I’m also currently relying on the music producers to guide me. I’m just very thrilled to be singing and I count on their judgment as to how much I can push my voice. yoU’Re A HIP-HoP/R&B FAN. wILL yoU RAP AS weLL FoR THe ALBUM? Yes, I am a fan of hip-hop and R&B, but no, that’s not something I’m going to be doing for now at least! wILL ANy oF THe TRACKS HAVe ReMIxeS? Not as of now. Currently I am working on all original tracks. -COURtESY tOI
Mallika Sherawat Katie goes shopping to play Bhanwari devi to cheer herself M
ALLIKA Sherawat has been roped in by K C Bokadia to play the lead role in his next, Dirty Politics. “Mallika plays the role of Anokhi Devi in the movie, who, besides being a stage-dancer, is also a politician in the movie,” Bokadia tells us. Ask him if her role has any semblance to that ofBhanwari Devi and her murder case and he says, “I am making a commercial film for the junta and there is no relation to Bhanwari Devi, but all I can say is that I read news and even I can be inspired from something.” And what is interesting is that Bokadia is going to shoot the dance sequences amid a crowd of 50,000-plus people. “I will shoot her dance sequences as a live performance by putting up a stage in the middle of a village in Rajasthan and capturing it while she performs live in front of the audience” says the director. And for all you know, this role might change Mallika’s image in the industry as Bokadia says, “She is a stage-dancer in the movie but no seductress”. The movie stars Om Puri, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, and Ashutosh Rana, among others.
OST her divorce with actor Tom Cruise, actress Katie Holmes is on a shopping spree. She spent a whooping $15,000 only on lingerie. “Katie treated herself to a lavish post-split pick me up shopping spree. She splurged on nearly $15,000 worth of sexy lingerie and undergarments alone,” National enquirer magazine quoted a source as saying. “She also bought 15 pairs of pricey Christian Louboutin shoes and went on a tear at Barneys New York department store, buying a closet`s worth of clingy cocktail dresses and power suits to wear to auditions and meetings,” the source added. The 33-year-old is also trying to get back with work and doing everything it takes to revamp her career and establish her as a confident working single mother. neWs desk
Alicia to launch new album at MTV Awards
INGeR Alicia Keys will launch her fifth album ‘Girl On Fire’ at the MTV Video Music Awards. Keys, 31, will sing the album`s title track at the award ceremony to be held here Sep 6, reports a website. The album will be released Nov 27 and feature collaborations with singers Jeff Bhasaker, Gary Clarke Jr and emeli Sande. However, the single will be available for online download via iTunes from Sep 4. Keys recorded the album while travelling the world and she spent time in studios in London, Jamaica and New York. neWs desk
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13 SHIRISH APOLOGIZES TO SHAH RUKH Filmmaker Shirish Kunder has finally put an end to the ongoing animosity between him and superstar Shah Rukh Khan by tweeting a public apology. The editor-turned-director, who is married to Khan’s close friend, choreographer-director Farah Khan, had created a stir last year when he took to Twitter for a pot shot at the superstar’s mega-budget venture RA.One. “I just heard a 150 Cr firework fizzle,” Kunder had tweeted. Kunde apologised in a tweet on Saturday. “I’ll always regret one thing that I feel very guilty about. I sincerely apologise for my tweet on RA.One,” he tweeted. In January, Kunder and Khan were caught in a brawl at actor Sanjay Dutt’s bash. However, the two called a truce. Recently, Khan also got photographed with the aliens used in Kunder’s new film, Joker. This sparked speculation that the actor is helping to promote the film. However, Farah Khan, who was present at an event for her acting debut in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, lost her cool when asked if SRK was promoting her husband’s film. “Where have you seen Shah Rukh Khan promoting the film? Has he come on any channel to promote it? He just took one picture with the aliens. Please don’t spread nonsense,” she said. Joker, which is due to release in India this week, stars Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar. even though Farah Khan was not aware of the tweet, she said she was proud of her husband. “I haven’t read the tweet right now. But I am proud of my husband. It takes a big heart to apologise,” she said. gULf neWs
Newly crowned Miss World yu Wenxia of China waves after she won the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant at the ordos Stadium Arena in inner Mongolia, China.
I never said Aamir Khan’s show was manipulated, says Resul Pookutty
Bollywood's 'grand old R man' AK hangal dies Bollywood veteran and favourite character actor AK Hangal, dubbed the "grand old man" of Hindi cinema for his elderly roles, died on Sunday aged 95. The actor's son, Vijay Hangal, told reporters the news outside Asha Parekh hospital in Mumbai, where his father was recently admitted after he slipped and injured his thigh and back. "My father was put on a ventilator but his health kept deteriorating since yesterday. He passed away at 9am today," he said. Hangal was born in Sialkot in now Pakistan, where he spent three years in jail for his freedom fighting against British rule. After partition, in 1949, he moved to Mumbai and joined a leftist theatre group. The former tailor entered Bollywood relatively late in life but went on to appear in more than 200 films, making his name in roles as the on-screen elderly relative to big Bollywood stars. He was best known for his parts in films such as "Sholay" (embers) and "Namak Haraam" (Traitor) in the 1970s, and he was honoured with India's civilian Padma Bhushan award in 2006 for his contribution to Hindi cinema. "The Marathon Man of Hindi Cinema reaches the final winning post. We will miss you," said veteran actor Anupam Kher. Afp
eSUL Pookutty is a very unhappy man that is, since the last couple of days ever since he was quoted as having said that Aamir Khan’sSatyamev Jayate was doctored in the post-production studios to give it an emotional overhaul. “I don’t ever want to wake up like that again,” says Resul, “I was mixing english Vinglish all night, and returned home around 7am. I had just fallen asleep when the phone rang. After that, I haven’t slept,” he says. But isn’t this the usual grouse? Of being misquoted? “I am not saying I didn’t say those things. I did, but that was by way of explaining how the craft is done. I took many shows’ names I also spoke about ekta’s shows on TV, and reality shows. I usually do talk about sounds and mixing in movies and shows - for that is my job, and I follow what happens in the industry. What I was trying to do was explain the difference between a live show, or a debate show and a show like Satyamev Jayate. I was talking about designing sound mainly for films and narratives. We design sound, so that the audience’s emotions are manipulated. neWs desk
Ajay and Sanju will gym together in Hyderabad
ANJAY Dutt and Ajay Devgn will be neighbours for the next month. The two hemen will be stationed next door to each other through August and part of September in a studio on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Coincidentally, both actors who have become really close in the last couple of years are shooting for remakes. While Ajay is shooting forHimmatwala, Sanjay is shooting for the remake of the South hit Samy. Now, it so happens that their likes and dislikes also match. Both are fitness freaks and have decided to exercise together everyday. Sanjay is reportedly carting along his gym equipment and he will fly a cook who will whip up diet meals for him and Ajay. One hears that Kajol with her two kids —Nysa and Yug and Manayaata with her twins Iqra and Shahran will also join their husbands on the weekend. Yes, the Devgns and Dutts are all set to combine work with pleasure. “I’m always happy to have Sanju for company,” says Ajay. “With him around I will miss Mumbai a little less.” NEWS dESk
Karan Johar confirms `India`s Got Talent` stint
ILMMAKER Karan Johar has finally confirmed that he is joining the judges` panel of the fourth season of talent hunt show ‘India`s Got Talent’. “Shooting for `India`s Got Talent 4`!!! It`s back to back reality television,” tweeted Johar, who is currently judging dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5’. The last season of ‘India`s Got Talent’ saw Dharmendra, Kirron Kher and Sonali Bendre on the judges` seat. Karan is said to have replaced Dharmendra, and Malaika Arora Khan is reportedly likely to take the place of Sonali on the show. In the past, Johar has hosted celebrity chat shows like ‘Koffee with Karan’ and ‘Lift Kara De’. NEWS dESk
Azfar Ali and Naveen waqar tie the knot
T wasn’t a rumor that shocked everybody here. Naveen Waqar married Azfar Ali. Naveen Waqar was an RJ on an FM channel then became a VJ on a music Channel and later turned to TV actress. Her popular work so far is “Sara” character played in “Humsafar”. “Annie ki ayegi Barat” is her another success. Azfar also is a renowned director and host and runs a production house by the name of “Kolachi Productions”. Azfar Ali is a father of two Children and was Married to Salma Married for 9 years. The divorce took place a few months back. The masses seem pretty upset with the marriage and expressed their disappointment. A fan tweet said “Naveen did it true what she can’t do in Hamsafar Drama”. Naveen, Azfar or Salma have not passed any comment whatsoever. NEWS dESk
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Infotainment 14 OU carry around a three-pound mass of wrinkly material in your head that controls every single thing you will ever do. From enabling you to think, learn, create, and feel emotions to controlling every blink, breathe, and heartbeat—this fantastic control center is your brain. It is a structure so amazing that a famous scientist once called it “the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.”
YOUR AMAzINg BRAIN!
Your brain is faster and more powerful than a supercomputer Your kitten is on the kitchen counter. She’s about to step onto a hot stove. You have only seconds to act. Accessing the signals coming from your eyes, your brain quickly calculates when, where, and at what speed you will need to dive to intercept her. Then it orders your muscles to do so. Your timing is perfect and she’s safe. No computer can come close to your brain’s awesome ability to download, process, and react to the flood of information coming from your eyes, ears, and other sensory organs.
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OMMeNTS made by sports commentators during the  Summer Olympics that they would like to take back: 1. Weightlifting commentator: “This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria . I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.” 2. Dressage commentator: “This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother.” 3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.” 4. Boxing Analyst: “Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.” 5. Softball announcer: “If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.” 6. Basketball analyst: “He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.” 7. At the rowing medal ceremony: “Ah, isn’t that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.” 8. Soccer commentator: “Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.” NEWSdESk
Your brain generates enough electricity to power a light bulb Your brain contains about 100 billion microscopic cells called neurons—so many it would take you over 3,000 years to count them all. Whenever you dream, laugh, think, see, or move, it’s because tiny chemical and electrical signals are racing between these neurons along billions of tiny neuron highways. Believe it or not, the activity in your brain never stops. Countless messages zip around inside it every second like a supercharged pinball machine. Your neurons create and send more messages than all the phones in the entire world. And while a single neuron generates only a tiny amount of electricity, all your neurons together can generate enough electricity to power a lowwattage bulb.
formation at more than 200 miles (322 kilometres) per hour.
Neurons send information to your brain at more than 150 miles (241 kilometres) per hour
When you learn, you change the structure of your brain
A bee lands on your bare foot. Sensory neurons in your skin relay this information to your spinal cord and brain at a speed of more than 150 miles (241 kilometres) per hour. Your brain then uses motor neurons to transmit the message back through your spinal cord to your foot to shake the bee off quickly. Motor neurons can relay this in-
Riding a bike seems impossible at first. But soon you master it. How? As you practice, your brain sends “bike riding” messages along certain pathways of neurons over and over, forming new connections. In fact, the structure of your brain changes every time you learn, as well as whenever you have a new thought or memory.
Exercise helps make you smarter It is well known that any exercise that makes your heart beat faster, like running or playing basketball, is great for your body and can even help improve your mood. But scientists have recently learned that for a period of time after you’ve exercised, your body produces a chemical that makes your brain more receptive to learning. So if you’re stuck on a home work problem, go out and play a game of soccer, then try the problem again. You just might discover that you’re able to solve it. NEWSdESk
hundreds view ‘restored’ Christ painting in Spanish town
Mad at driver, traﬃc aide throws own helmet, shirt, bike
Caged big cats stuck on Paraguay border for 2 months
MAGINe being stuck in a cage for two months while going through customs. That’s the border limbo 16 tigers and lions have faced in Paraguay because Argentine officials refuse to approve their paperwork for re-entry. The nine Bengal tigers and seven African lions belong to an Argentine circus that performs in the Paraguayan capital each August. Their owner, Oswal Wasconi, brought them back for this year’s circus only to learn that a new law in Paraguay bans live animal acts at circuses. With no chance of performing, Wasconi tried to ship his big cats back to Argentina. But then they got stuck at the border. CoUrTESy AP
N a busy street in Calamba City, a traffic enforcer took off his shirt and undershirt, threw his helmet, and pushed his motorcycle to the ground. It wasn’t for a show. The unidentified member of the Calamba City Traffic Management Office was mad at a bus driver. The motorist’s offence: he refused to surrender his driver’s license and be slapped with traffic fine. The traffic aide, already half-naked, was ordering the driver to go down. He refused. Then expletives flew. Then the traffic enforcer headed for the bus’s door and nervous passengers could be heard frantically telling the driver, “Close the door. Close the door.” Finally a man arrived; who the driver said is a police officer. He was in civilian clothes. “Off-duty, maybe,” a passenger surmised. “What happened?” the policeman asked. The bus driver replied: “e ayan ho nanggugulo. He’s making trouble. Maybe there’s something wrong with his head.” “Ang yabang-yabang e. Pinipilit akong tiketan ay nasa tabi ako (He’s so arrogant. He insisted on issuing me a ticket but I’m just staying at the side),” he added. “Bakit ka tinitiketan (Why are you given a citation ticket)?” the policeman asked. “Ay awan ko naman dyan (I really don’t know),” he replied, adding the traffic enforcer wanted to get his driver’s license. The driver was then seen getting near the traffic aide. “Oh he’s reeking of liquor,” the driver said. A passenger quipped: “Maybe he needs more liquor money.” “Tell it to Tulfo.” They burst into laughter. The traffic enforcer then sped away. AFP
Roboworld Cup pits robot against robot The original version of the painting ecce Homo (L) by 19th-century painter elias … It’s been dubbed the “world’s worst restoration”, but a 102-year-old church painting of Christ that now resembles a pale monkey is drawing visitors by the hundreds to a sleepy Spanish town. The north-eastern town of Borja garnered global press attention after residents decried the well-meaning restoration efforts of Cecilia Gimenez, described as being in her 80s, who made a horribly botched attempt to restore a flaking oil painting of Christ wearing the crown of thorns. The “restored” painting now looks like a pale monkey’s face surrounded by fur, with misshapen eyes and
nose, and a crooked smudge for a mouth. Some media have called it the worst restoration in history. On Saturday, hundreds of curious visitors queued up outside the Iglesia del Santuario de Misericordia church, where the image is painted on a column. “The previous painting was also very pretty, but I really like this one,” a woman who had travelled to the town said on public television. Titled “ecce Homo” (Behold the Man), the original was painted in 1910 by an artist called elias Garcia Martinez. Almost 18,000 people have now signed an online petition to halt the town’s plan to return the painting to its pre-restoration glory. AFP
HIS competition isn’t between humans, though, it’s between robots. The essence of the movie “Real Steel” comes to life. Twenty six teams of robotics experts have converged on Bristol, england, to test the mettle of their metal men in the Federation of International Robotics Association (FIRA) RoboWorld Cup, an annual event now in its 16th year. Soccer is the main sport of interest, but the robots — including one named “Usain Volt” in homage to the Jamaican runner also compete in sprinting, basketball and weight lifting. Just like human athletes spend a lifetime preparing for an event that may last a few moments at most, so too do the scientists put their blood, sweat and gears into their robot racers, according to Peter Gibbons from Plymouth University, the team with the Usain Volt robot. NEWS dESk
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Pakistan, australia seek revival in Uae
ShArJAh: Pakistan's vice captain Mohammad hafiz and Australia's captain Michael clarke hold the one-day international trophy during a press conference at the Sharjah Stadium. Afp SHArJAH
AKISTAN and Australia will seek to reverse their recent poor fortunes amidst oppressive heat and unusual timings in their limited over series which starts here on Tuesday. Pakistan, who have not beaten Australia in a one-day series since 2002, have lost 4-1 to england and 3-1 in Sri Lanka, slipping to sixth in the one-day rankings. Australia, who slid to fourth from number one for the first time in three years after a humiliating 4-0 defeat in england last month, not only face an opponent laced with quality spinners but also with high temperatures. Pakistan, who are playing their home series on neutral venues because of security fears in their country, was forced to host the series in the extreme hot conditions in United Arab emirates after Sri Lanka backed out as alternate. Pakistan also considered Malaysia as the option but threats of rains ruled out that option too, forcing them to start the one-day matches
at 6pm in the evening and finish them at 1:45 am the next day. Australia had the taste of conditions and timings in their 66run win over Afghanistan here on Saturday. But Pakistan's vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez believed both teams will have to cope with the conditions. "We have to deal with that, as professionals we are ready to play and although the timings are odd but we will manage once the series gets underway," said Hafeez, who is also Pakistan's Twenty20 captain. The three one-day matches will be followed by as many Twenty20 internationals. Hafeez hoped Pakistan will not think about the past. "We always believe in performing well in every series. The history (not beating Australia since 2002) is also on your mind but we are not bothered about it and start with an aim of doing well," said Hafeez. Pakistan will rely heavily on their spinning trio of Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, more so because they left out frontline paceman Umar Gul for the onedayers. "Our spinners got some success here against Sri Lanka and england with
ShArJAh: Pakistan's cricketer Shoaib Malik throws a ball during a training session at the Sharjah Stadium. Afp Ajmal, being one of the best in the world, and Afridi, so we have got good spinners for the conditions and hopefully they do well again," said Hafeez. Pakistan also left out experienced Younis Khan but included wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal to supplement the fragile batting. Australian captain Michael Clarke sought consistency in his team's performance. "Both teams are keen to get some consistency back into the one-day game. It's just about performing consistently, getting out and playing some of your best cricket. That's our goal as a team: to make sure we are playing as well at home and away." Clarke said it will be a hard fought series, with Pakistani spinners holding the center stage. "I know it's going to be a hard fought contest against Pakistan. I think spin in general is going to be a factor. To have success in these next three one-dayers, I think it is going to come down to whoever bowls spin the best and whoever plays spin the best will win the series. "Pakistan are a very good one-day team. I think their greatest strength is definitely going to be their spin bowling. They got some really
good spinners in conditions where scoring against spin bowling is going to be quite tough." Australia have left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty in their squad to add to leg-spin of Steve Smith, and off-spinners Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey and part-timers in Clarke.
TEAMS ANd MATCh oFFiCiAlS AUSTRALIA (fROM): Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Alister McDermott, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade. PAKISTAN (fROM): Misbahul Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL) and Zameer Haider (PAK) Tv umpire: Nigel Llong (eNG) Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)
Australia's Starc relishes Pakistan challenge SHArJAH AFP
Lanky Australian paceman Mitchell Starc said Sunday he believes fast bowlers will play a big role on the dry pitches in the limited over series against Pakistan starting this week. The fast-rising left-armer grabbed 447 and was ably assisted by new-ball partner James Pattinson (3-46) and Mitchell Johnson (2-34) to help Australia beat a brave Afghanistan by 66 runs here on Saturday. With hype over the spin-friendly pitches in the limited over series against Pakistan starting here on Tuesday, Starc believed fast bowlers will not be ineffective. "We prepared for wickets that were going to spin a lot," Starc said of the Afghanistan match, the first-ever between the two sides. "The quicks took nine of our wickets so the fast bowlers are going to play a massive part as well as the spinners in these conditions." Pakistan will rely more on their spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi, a fact Starc believed makes them a dangerous side. "Pakistan are a dangerous side so I think we are going to have to sit down and work out a plan. We have to be at our best to beat them," said Starc, who was declared man-ofthe-match against Afghanistan.
cricket bringing peace in Afghanistan: omar SHArJAH AFP
Cricket is bringing peace to war-ravaged Afghanistan and can further stabilise the country if foreign teams tour, an official said Sunday. Afghanistan took a big step at international level by playing former world champions Australia on Saturday, their second limited overs match following their first against Pakistan six months earlier. Despite their 66-run defeat, Afghanistan put up a great fight, further hinting they can improve if given more chances against top teams. Afghanistan Cricket Board president Omar Zakhilwal believes the Australia match will go a long way in promoting the game and, in turn, peace in his country. "It's a great occasion," Zakhilwal told AFP. "The oneday matches with Pakistan and Australia will go a long way in promoting cricket which is bringing peace in our country."
Australia defeat brave Afghanistan by 66 runs SHArJAH AFP
Former world champions Australia defeated a battling Afghanistan team by 66 runs in the first-ever limited overs international between the two sides on Saturday. Australia did well to reach 272-8 in their 50 overs despite some hiccups in the middle overs before overcoming a tough mid-innings resistance by Afghanistan who in the end were bowled out for 206 in 43.5 overs. Michael Clarke hit a 94-ball 75 while Matthew Wade also made 75 off 108 balls to take Australia to a fighting total on a dry Sharjah Stadium pitch in sultry 35-plus degree heat. The match, which started at 6pm local time to avoid the heat and ended early Sunday, was Afghanistan's second against a full Test-playing side after they met Pakistan in February this year. Strapping new-ball bowlers Mitchell Starc (4-47) and James Pattinson (3-46) then rattled Afghanistan's top order with some vicious short and full length deliveries, dismissing the first four batsmen for 49 runs. Opener Karim Sadiq hit the innings' first delivery for a boundary, but Starc then clattered Sadiq on the helmet to fell the batsman before bowling him with a delivery that nipped back sharply. Starc earlier had Javed Ahmedi (nought) in his first over, while at
AUSTrAliA M. Wade c and b Nabi 75 d. Warner c Shehzad b Shapoor 24 M. Clarke st Shehzad b Shinwari 75 g. Maxwell c Najeebullah b Nabi 2 M. hussey b Sadiq 49 d. hussey run out 13 g. Bailey b Shapoor 23 M. johnson b Sadiq 1 j. Pattinson not out 1 M. Starc not out 1 Extras: (b1, lb4, nb2, w1) 8 Total: (for eight wickets) 272 did not bat: X doherty FoW: 1-37, 2-168, 3-172, 4-181, 5-210, 6-263, 7-269, 8-271. Bowling: Shapoor 8-0-60-2 (nb1), dowlat 10-0-53-0, Naib 2-018-0, Sadiq 6-0-22-2, Ahmadi 4-0-16-0, Shenwari 10-1-48-1 (w1), Nabi 10-0-50-2 (nb1) overs: 50 AFghANiSTAN: karim Sadiq b Starc 17 javed Ahmedi b Starc 0 Asghar Stanikzai c Clarke b Starc 66 Mohammad Shehzad c Wade b Pattinson 11 Nawroz Mangal lbw b Pattinson 0 Mohammad Nabi b johnson 46 Samiullah Shinwarai b Starc 14 Najeebullah zadran c Wade b johnson 0 gulbadin Naib c Wade b Pattinson 22 dowlat zadran c M. hussey b doherty 8 Shapoor zadran not out 1 Extras: (b1, lb9, w11) 21 Total: 206 FoW: 1-6, 2-26, 3-49, 4-49, 5-135, 6-165, 7-166, 8-171, 9-199, 10-206 Bowling: Pattinson 9-1-46-3 (w3), Starc 9-1-47-4 (w3), johnson 9-1-34-2 (w4), doherty 7.5-1-34-1, Maxwell 5-2-21-0, d. hussey 2-0-6-0, Clarke 2-0-8-0 overs: 43.5, result: Australia won by 66 runs
ShArJAh: Australian cricketers celebrate after dismissing Afghanistan's batsman karim Sadiq while Afghanistan's Samiullah Shinwarai checks his teammate Asghar Stanikzai lying on the ground during a day-night international. Afp the other end Pattinson dismissed Mohammad Shehzad (11) and skipper Nawroz Mangal (nought) in his sixth over to leave Afghanistan reeling at 49-4. But Asghar Stanikzai, with a 106-ball 66, and Mohammad Nabi, with an aggressive 60-ball 46, put on an impressive 86-run stand for the fifth wicket to push Australia onto the back foot. Nabi hit four towering sixes and three boundaries while Stanikzai sent six balls to the ropes. But Afghanistan's resistance waned once both fell in the space
of five overs. Nabi became one of Mitchell Johnson's two wickets while Clarke pulled off a sensational catch at mid-wicket off Pattinson to end Stanikzai's knock. Clarke praised his fast bowling trio. "They did well to get us wickets but I must give credit to the batsmen as well for getting us to 272," said Clarke. "It was nice to have a good start to the tour, obviously with the heat and dry pitch." Mangal said he was satisfied with his team's performance. "Our top order did-
n't put on runs but on the whole I am satisfied with the performance as the margin of defeat isn't big," said Mangal. earlier Australia, who lost opener David Warner (24) to seamer Shapoor Zadran in the seventh over, were coasting along with Clarke and Wade adding an invluable 131 runs for the second wicket. But Australia lost four wickets in the space of 42 runs as off-spinner Nabi (2-50) broke the stand by catching Wade off a return drive from his own bowling.
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He Punjab Youth Sports Festival 2012 began among the 55200 Sports and Youth Development Councils (S&YDCs) at Neighbourhood and Village level throughout the province with the entire focus remained on reviving of the sports culture and healthy activities. In Lahore alone competitions in athletics, badminton, billiard, cricket tape ball, arms wrestling, tug of war and volleyball started at 9 am and by noon the events were concluded except from some of the union councils and towns where the last day’s rain left the fields and ground unplayable. In these localities and areas the events were postponed for the next day. On the sideline of the Punjab Youth and Sports Festival, special dengue awareness campaign was also launched by the officials and organisers at the neighbourhood and village union councils of all the nine towns of Lahore including Gulberg, Iqbal, Nashtar, Samanabad, Ravi, Data Ganj Baksh, Shalimar, Aziz Bhatti and Wahga. The honourable and respected personalities of these towns declared open the competitions at their respective councils. The UC 1 and 2 held dengue awareness walk before the start of the regular PYSF events while at
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UC 41 before the beginning of proper festival activities a seminar on dengue awareness was held. At UC 31 and 32, Baja Line A beat their B team 2-1 in volleyball competition while Baray Mian Dars Reds defeated their Whites team 2-1 in Tug of war contest. In arms wrestling, five bouts were held and the winners were Shahzad Mehmood, Ijaz Nawaz, Suraj Mukhtar, Akash Sohail and Imran Zeeshan. They beat Khalid Youhana, Zamran Hameed, Atif John, Najad Akram and Shahbaz Rafiq respectively. Naseer Ahmed Bhutta, MNA, was the chief guest of the day
at UC 31 and 32. He was introduced with the participants and later he enjoyed different competitions held among the council members. The competition at Govt Science College Wahadat Road started at its normal time. Honorable Arshad Ali Mian (Chairman Sports) was the chief guest of the opening ceremony. In all 112 players participated in different events of the festival while 54 players from Union Council 110 and 58 from Union Council 111 locked their horns for top honour. Pyf INITIATION A WELCOME STEP: CM: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad
Shahbaz Sharif has said that starting of Punjab Youth Festival at union council level throughout the province is a welcoming step. He said that not only new talent will emerge out at local level through this mega event started for youth but healthy activities will also be promoted in an organized manner all over the province. He said that by holding Punjab Youth Festival, Punjab government has arranged a platform for providing equal opportunities to the citizens for displaying their abilities. He said that besides sports, Punjab Youth Festi-
val has been made more interesting and popular by including the competitions of extracurricular activities in this mega event. He was talking to a delegation of youth, here on Sunday. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that youth are the guarantee to bright future of Pakistan. He said that only those nations have made tremendous progress which equipped their young generation with latest knowledge and utilized all-out resources on them. He said that information technology has become an admitted fact and due to it, the world has become a global village.
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The Pakistan Olympics Association on Sunday announced that the 32ND National Games will be held at Lahore and will be oganised by the Punjab Olympic Association o October 16 to 22. A meeting of POA Sports Commission and representatives of the participating units of the National Games was held at the Olympic House under the chairmanship of Syed Aqil Shah, Chairman of the Commission. The Punjab Olympic Association will hold two separate meetings In September to finalise, review the final arrangements and technical details and modalities. the athletes from Punjab, kPk, Sindh, balochistan as well as islamabad olympic and fAtA, Services/departmental organizations of the Army, navy, Air force, wAPdA, railways, Police and hec will compete in 27 disciplines that also include 15 female events. the disciplines are Athletics, baseball, bodybuilding, boxing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, Ju-Jitsu, kabaddi, karate, netball, Shooting, rowing, rugby, Sailing, Softball, Squash, Swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, tug of war, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.
The Pakistan Federation of Baseball on Sunday organized a OCA Baseball Coaching Course 2012 at the Sports Board Punjab Academy, National Hockey Stadium, Lahore. Shaukat Javed, Vice President POA/President Pakistan Federation Baseball was the Chief Guest on Opening Ceremony. Muhammad Khalid Mehmood, Secretary Pakistan Olympic Association, Idris Haider Khawaja, Secretary General Punjab Olympic Association, Syed Khawar Shah, Secretary General Pakistan Federation Baseball, Arif Shehzad, Course Director and course participants from different Departments, Provinces and Universities from all over Pakistan attended the ceremony. Shaukat Javed thanked Pakistan Olympic Association for allotting OCA Baseball Coaching Course to Pakistan Federation Baseball and he also highlighted that this coaching course of Baseball will be fruitful for the promotion of Baseball in the country. Muhammad Khalid Mehmood, Secretary General POA praised the Pakistan Federation Baseball for the befitting arrangements of the
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Shaukat Javed, vice President PoA and President Pakistan federation baseball chairs the ocA baseball coaching course. sTAff pHoTo course. Before this Mr. Khawar Shah, Secretary General Pakistan Federation Baseball informed the participants and the guests about the details of the course. FolloWiNg ArE ThE PArTiCiPANTS oF ThE oCA BASEBAll CoAChiNg CoUrSE 2012: Mussadiq hanif and usman Shahzad were the coordinators while farhan rashid, Abdul Momin, M. Aslam rasheed, Syed nasir bukhari, Saima basher, nazia tabassum, Amir imdad bhatti, waseem Saleem, tahir Mehmood, Muhammad ramzan, hurria hussain¸zeba Manzoor, Asif
zaigham, Muhammad zubair, , farooq Aziz, yousaf younas, Shahab wisal, usman Shaukat, Saqib butt, basit Murtaza butt, Shabana Akhter, Muhammad Abdullah, Arsalan Ahmed, kamran Mehboob, nisar Ahmed, Major umar farooq, Salma faiz were the participants. international qualified coaches, nutritionist and wAdA qualified doctors will conduct the lectures. Lt. general (rtd.) Syed Arif hassan, President Pakistan olympic Association will be chief guest and distribute the diplomas among the successful participants on September 6th, 2012 at the closing ceremony of the course.
Unmukt Chand became only the third batsman in history to score a century in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final as India defeated Australia by six wickets at Tony Ireland Stadium here in Townsville on Sunday. Chand, who had scored only 135 runs in the lead up to the final, thoroughly displayed his temperament, talent and shot-selection to score a masterly 111 not out as India achieved the 226 runs target for the loss of six wickets with 14 balls to spare. The victory gave India its third World Cup title, after M Kaif and Virat Kohli had lifted the trophies in 2000 in Sri Lanka and 2008 in Malaysia. In contrast, Australia failed in its attempt to match Pakistan’s feat of winning back-to-back titles. Both Australia and India now have won the World Cup three times, while Pakistan has won it twice and england once. SCorES iN BriEF: FiNAl - india beat Australia by six wickets at tony ireland Stadium, townsville Australia 225 for eight, 50 overs (will bosisto 87 not out, Aston turner 43; Sandeep Sharma 4-54), india 227 for four, 47.4 overs (unmukt chand 111 not out, Smit Patel 62 not out, baba Aparajith 33), Player of the final – unmukh chand (india), Player of the tournament – will bosisto (Australia).
Ashwin fires india to innings win in kiwi Test HYDErABAD AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin exposed New Zealand's batting limitations against spin with a second successive six-wicket haul as India won the opening Test by an innings and 115 runs on Sunday. The off-spinner (6-54) was superbly supported by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (3-48) as New Zealand, following on after conceding a 279-run lead, collapsed to 164 in their second innings on the penultimate day in Hyderabad. Man-of-the-match Ashwin, who grabbed a career-best 631 in the first innings, finished with 12-85, his best matchhaul in seven Tests. It was also the best performance by an Indian in a Test against New Zealand, surpassing 12-152 by off-spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan at New Delhi in 1965. "It's a good start and the pressure is off my back. I can enjoy myself and let the ball do the talking. I enjoyed the wicket. There was enough in it for the bowlers and it was a very good batting wicket as well," said Ashwin, 25. "I thought there were a couple of very good catches. When catches are being taken, it puts the batsmen under a lot of pressure and it's definitely something you relish as a spinner." New Zealand were comfortably placed at 98-1 at one stage before losing their last nine wickets for just 66 runs in a dramatic collapse on a spinner-friendly track. There was no hint of collapse in the morning session as Kane Williamson (52) and opener Brendon McCullum (42) denied India success with their determined batting. "Not only Aswhin, but Ojha also bowled very well. They bowled well in tandem and put a lot of pressure on us," said New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor. "I guess any time you are bowled out for 160 both times, you have got to be disappointed. Obviously spin is an area we
india 1st innings 438 (C. Pujara 159, MS dhoni 73, V. kohli 58; j. Patel 4-100, T. Boult 3-93) New zealand 1st innings 159 (j. Franklin 43 not out; r. Ashwin 6-31, P. ojha 3-44) New zealand 2nd innings (overnight 41-1): M. guptill lbw b ojha 16 B. McCullum lbw b yadav 42 k. Williamson c Sehwag b ojha 52 r. Taylor b Ashwin 7 d. Flynn lbw b Ashwin 11 j. Franklin c Sehwag b Ashwin 5 k. van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 13 d. Bracewell c kohli b ojha 1 j. Patel not out 6 T. Boult c Sehwag b Ashwin 0 C. Martin lbw b Ashwin 0 Extras (b1, lb10) 11 Total (for all out; 79.5 overs) 164 Fall of wickets: 1-26 (guptill), 2-98 (McCullum), 3105 (Taylor), 4-138 (Williamson), 5-142 (Flynn), 6-145 (Franklin), 7-148 (Bracewell), 8-160 (van Wyk), 9-164 (Boult), 10-164 (Martin). Bowling: ojha 28-9-48-3, zaheer 13-5-17-0, yadav 10-1-32-1, Ashwin 26.5-9-54-6, raina 2-1-2-0. result: india win by an innings and 115 runs Man of the match: r. Ashwin (iNd) Toss: india Umpires: ian gould (ENg) and Steve davis (AUS) TV umpire: Vineet kulkarni (iNd) Match referee: Chris Broad (ENg) Second Test: Bangalore (Aug 31-Sept 4)
hyderAbAd: indian cricketers look on at the screen during the fourth day of the first test match against new zealand at the rajiv gandhi international Stadium. Afp need to work on and come back harder and stronger at Bangalore (venue for the second Test)." The tourists' slide began in the afternoon session with the dismissal of McCullum, trapped leg-before by Ojha after adding 72 for the second wicket with Williamson. India struck twice in the opening six overs of the second session through paceman Umesh Yadav
and Ashwin. McCullum was unlucky to be given out lbw as TV replays suggested he had inside-edged a Yadav delivery on to his pads, while Taylor (seven) was bowled by Ashwin offering no stroke. Ashwin also removed Daniel Flynn (11) and James Franklin (five) in the afternoon before taking three more wickets in the last session to complete an easy Indian win.
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17 Sports former olympic champion kluft ends career
NEw YORK: British-Irish boy band, The wanted, perform during the Stadium Show on Arthur Ashe Kids' Day prior to the start of the 2012 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. AFP
Former Olympic and world heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft brought her career to an end on Saturday, claiming her body could not take the strain any longer. The 29-year-old Swede was an Olympic gold medallist at Athens in 2004, and world champion in 2003, 2005 and 2007, but she had already intended to bring down the curtain after injury prevented her from taking part in the London Olympics.
Arsenal still goalless in absence of van Persie
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Both Stoke City and Arsenal remained in search of their first Premier League win of the season after a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. A share of the spoils left Stoke 11th and Arsenal 12th in the table after they had each played two league games. The Gunners had the best of the chances but, in the absence of star striker Robin van Persie -- sold to Manchester United -- failed to find the back of the net in a second successive goalless draw.
New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko seized a onestroke lead in the Canadian Women's Open on Saturday, setting her sights on becoming the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. Ko, 15, fired an even-par 72 on the Vancouver Golf Club layout for an eight-under total of 208. She was one stroke in front of a quartet of players: American Stacy Lewis and South Koreans Jiyai Shin, Inbee Park and Chella Choi. "It's good to stay at the top of the leaderboard, but my first goal was to make the cut and hopefully top 15 or something," Ko said. "But to be up there is just an honor, especially playing against the world's best. "Fifteen year olds don't lead at an LPGA event all the time. Like I said, I'm very surprised. But I've been playing really good golf and I've been really confident with my game." Choi, who shared the overnight lead with Ko, carded a
73. Lewis climbed up the leaderboard with a 66, Shin posted a 69 and Park carded a 70. It was two further strokes back to Sydnee Michaels (69) and Moira Dunn (72) on 211. Park said she wasn't surprised to see Ko atop the leaderboard, but noted it might be hard for the less experienced youngster to close the deal on Sunday. "I heard she was a really good player and some of these young amateurs can play golf," Park said. "It's not a big surprise, but I would be nervous if I was her -- so we'll see tomorrow." The South Korean-born Ko could also become the fifth amateur to win an LPGA title and the first since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational. Ko won the US Women's Amateur championship a fortnight ago and in January whe won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win an event on a professional tour. Lexi Thompson is the youngest LPGA Tour winner, taking the Navistar LPGA Classic in September at 16.
coquitLAM: Lydia ko of new zealand hits a tee shot on the third hole during round three of the canadian women's open at the vancouver golf club. Afp
Gazan vows to bring home gold gAZA CITY AFP
After winning medals in Arab and international competitions, Gaza Paralympian athlete Khamis Zaqout is hoping to set a new world record when he competes in the London Games. Zaqout, a 47-year-old father of nine who comes from Khan Yunis refugee camp in southern Gaza, will participate in three disciplines -- shot, discus and javelin - after qualifying earlier this year. A construction worker by trade, Zaqout had a bad accident while working in Israel in 1992 which left him partially paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. In his late 20s at the time, he was sent to the West Bank for treatment at the Khalil Abu Raya Rehabilitation Centre in the West Bank city of Ramallah where he spent several years learning how to live with his disability. It was there that he began playing basketball and swimming. "I started in 1992 at the Abu Raya Rehabilitation Centre where we later started doing sports for the physically disabled in Palestine," says Zaqout, who quickly excelled at wheelchair basketball. "I was exceptional among the athletes and then I was made team captain," he says. Two years later, Zaqout took part in the Paralympic qualifiers in Iran where his team came sixth in wheelchair basketball. The
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beLfASt: People watch a fireworks display after a Paralympic cauldron was lit outside northern ireland's parliament. Afp next year, Zaqout changed track after talks with his coaches, switching to the disciplines of shot, discus and javelin. Following nearly two decades of training, during which the stocky Gazan took part in multiple international sporting events, Zaqout finally achieved his long-awaited dream in March during the Paralympic qualifiers in Dubai. "I set a new (shot) world
edinburgh: the Paralympic games cauldron being lit on the Mound in edinburgh as part of the Paralympic torch relay. Afp
record of 11.4 metres," he says of the competition, which saw him return home with five gold medals in shot, discus and javelin. With the London tournament set to begin in just days, Zaqout is now eyeing the ultimate trophy -- a Paralympic gold. Palestinian athletes have never won any medals in the Olympic Games but have managed to win three medals in the Paralympics -- a
bronze for shot from Sydney in 2000, and two more from the 2004 Athens Games: a silver for shot and bronze for longjump. This year, Zaqout, who competes in class 55/56 for wheelchair athletes who throw from a seated position, is one of just two Palestinians taking part in the 2012 Paralympics which begin on August 29. His co-competitor is Mohammed Fannouna, a 32-year-old
partially-sighted long jumper, who took home a bronze from Athens for a jump measuring 6.59 metres. Fannouna, who competes in class 13 for athletes with a visual impairment, is also to participate in the 100 and 200 metres, as well the javelin. Zaqout says Palestinian athletes face huge obstacles when training to compete at such a high international level, since they suffer from a lack of equipment and woefully inadequate facilities. Although athletes and sportsmen across the occupied territories are affected by the financial crisis facing the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority as well as Gaza's Hamas rulers, the situation is much tougher for those living in Gaza, which has been subjected to an Israeli blockade since 2006. "We don't have the basic rights of any athlete," says Zaqout, who was barred by Israel from leaving Gaza in early June to attend a pre-Olympics celebration organised by the British Consulate in Jerusalem and Ramallah. "We don't have proper sports equipment, or training grounds -- or even wheelchairs," he explained. "each player should have at least 10 javelins but we have six people training with only four. And our team only has five discuses instead of a minimum of 20." In the run-up to the Games, Team Palestine spent 10 days training in Qatar before flying to London on August 23.
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eIGNING US Open champion Novak Djokovic was disappointed in the doping downfall of American cyclist Lance Armstrong, whose seven Tour de France titles have been stripped by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong, who won the world's most famous bicycle race every year from 1999 through 2005, said Thursday he would not fight charges by US anti-doping officials that his success came as part of a doping conspiracy. "When I heard that story, and many others, I'm disappointed as an athlete, because I know how much it takes to get to where we are and on the top of our own sport, how much sacrifice, commitment, hard work," Djokovic said. "In the end we are all seeking to have pure sport. I'm happy that in tennis we do not have that many cases and we are trying to keep that going to keep tradition and
to protect the integrity of the sport. "That's something that sends a strong message about our sport also to young kids because they look up for heroes and they look for role models." Djokovic, 25, has been that to the youth in his native Serbia and beyond for years and his fame could rise even higher with a repeat as US Open champion, which would bring him $2.9 million in prize money. "I do feel physically stronger and better prepared than I did last year," Djokovic said. "Mentally I had some ups and downs throughout the season, but I think that was maybe expected in a way. It's normal to have ups and downs." World No. 2 Djokovic won his third Grand Slam title in a row in January at the Australian Open by outlasting Nadal in a record-long final that went nearly six hours. Djokovic won at Miami and reached the French Open final, where Nadal denied him a career Grand Slam with a four-set triumph. He also fell to Federer in a Wimbledon semi-final but
bounced back with a victory in Toronto and a run to the Cincinnati final before falling to Federer in the last big US Open tuneup. "I was very glad that I had a very successful Toronto and Cincinnati tournament," Djokovic said. "Coming into US Open, it was very important for me to get into some hard court matches." Djokovic dismissed the notion he has a perfect draw with Nadal absent due to lingering knee trouble and Federer and Murray on the opposite side of the draw. "I don't think there is a perfect draw," he said. It's a question of luck. "There are 128 players here who have plenty of motivation to perform their best in the last major of the year so I'm sure that they want to cause some upsets in the opening round. "I'm truly taking one step at a time. I've had good and bad draws. It's something I cannot affect. I'm not calculating or predicting anything. I'm just trying to focus on my game, which is the most important thing." Nadal will definitely be missed, Djokovic said.
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John Isner won his second straight Winston-Salem ATP title Saturday, surviving three match points en route to a 3-6, 64, 7-6 (11/9) victory over second-seeded Tomas Berdych. Isner, seeded third, successfully defended a title for the second time this season to go into the US Open starting Monday at Flushing Meadows on a roll. The towering American, who also retained his title at Newport this year, fired 22 aces and also got a little bit of luck in the third-set decider as a forehand struck by Berdych hit the netcord and bounced high and wide to give Isner a second match point at 10/9. Isner made the most of his opportunity, sealing the victory with a forehand winner after two hours and 26 minutes.
LOS ANGELES: Lance Armstrong, branded a drug cheat and banned from cycling by the US Anti-Doping Agency, was back on a bike in Colorado on Saturday and loving every minute of it. "Had a blast racing the #poweroffour this morning," Armstrong tweeted after finishing second in the Power of Four mountain bike race, a mostly local affair featuring tough climbs and descents on four peaks in the Aspen-Snowmass ski resort area. "Got whooped up on by a kid young enough to be my son! Keegan Swirbul - remember that name!" added Armstrong, a father of five who finished second behind 16-year-old Swirbul in the race. Armstrong, now retired from elite level cycling, was making his first public appearance since USADA announced on Friday that he would be banned for life from cycling's top pro events and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The record seven titles, that helped make him a sports icon in America, will be expunged from his career record because of "numerous anti-doping rule violations, including his involvement in trafficking and administering doping products to others," but Armstrong sounded like that was the furthest thing from his mind on Saturday. "I'm more at ease now than I've been in 10 years," Armstrong said
after the race in comments quoted by the Denver Post. "I have five great kids and a wonderful lady in my life. My foundation is unaffected by all the noise out there." USADA said Armstrong will forfeit all titles, medals and prizes earned from August 1, 1998, which means that in addition to the Tour titles he earned from 19992005 he also stands to lose the Olympic bronze medal he won in Sydney in 2000. The International Cycling Union (UCI) and Tour de France organizers have yet to comment officially, but USADA made it clear it believes they must honor its findings under the World Anti-Doping Code. "Because Mr Armstrong could have had a hearing before neutral arbitrators to contest USADA's evidence and sanction and he voluntarily chose not to do so, USADA's sanction is final," the agency's statement said. Known as a fierce fighter on the bike and off, he surprised many on Thursday night when he said he would not seek to clear himself of the official charges levied by USADA through independent arbitration. Such a case would have allowed him to hear the evidence USADA says it has gathered and contest it in a public forum in a process that could have eventually gone to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. AFP
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Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova claimed her second title of the season by beating Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (11/9), 7-5 in the final of the WTA Tour's New Haven Open on Saturday. The 22-yearold second-seeded Czech earned her ninth singles title by hammering seven aces and winning 56 percent of her firstserve points in the two hour, seven minute match. The hardcourt tournament served as a tune-up for the US Open which begins on Monday in New York. Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011, outlasted Kirilenko in a marathon opening set that took more than an hour. She then rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second by winning five consecutive games. "In the tie-break I just played point by point -- I wasn't thinking about the score," Kvitova said. "In the end it was pretty close and I'm really glad I won it."
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new york: novak djokovic of Serbia participates in the Stadium Show during Arthur Ashe kids' day prior to the start of the 2012 u.S. open. Afp
Maria Sharapova has not played a match since settling for a silver medal at the London Olympics but she thinks rest might be just the thing to help her thrive at the US Open. The 25-year-old Russian completed a career Grand Slam in June by capturing the French Open title, having already taken Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. "I've had an incredible year. Winning the French was very meaningful to me. It was just one that I really wanted to get," Sharapova said.
Federer, Murray, Stosur to play on day one at Open nEW YorK AFP
World number ones Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka, Olympic men's champion Andy Murray and defending women's champion Samantha Stosur are among the tennis stars playing on Monday at the US Open. Three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters, playing in the final event of her career, and Russian beauty Maria Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in June, are also in action on day one. The year's final Grand Slam tournament begins on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts with 56 matches, with the men's first round spread across the first three days and the women's opening round set to be completed in two days. Top seed Federer has the last night match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against American Donald Young while Stosur, seeded seventh, begins her title defense in the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium when she faces Croatian Petra Martic. British third seed Andy Murray, fresh off an Olympic gold medal after beating Federer in the London final at Wimbledon, will play American Alex Bogomolov in the first men's match on Ashe. Azarenka is fourth on
Louis Armstrong Stadium against Russia's Alexandra Panova while Sharapova and Clijsters claim the other spots at Arthur Ashe. fEDERER TARGETS RECORD SIxTH US OPEN: Roger Federer aims to cap his dramatic renaissance by becoming
the first man in 87 years to win six US Open titles when the season's last Grand Slam event takes place from Monday. World number one Federer currently has five New York wins, a mark he shares with US legends Pete Sampras and Jimmy
Connors, an equal-best performance in the Open era. But the last man to win six was Bill Tilden, who achieved the feat in the strictly amateur days of 1925 before finishing his career with seven in 1929. Having just turned 31, Federer is back at world number one thanks to a recordequalling seventh Wimbledon title, his 17th Grand Slam trophy. He was a silver medallist at the Olympics and has six tour titles in total this year, a statistic capped by a record fifth Cincinnati Masters where he swept past Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer won his five straight US Open titles between 2004 and 2008 but missed the chance of a sixth in 2009 when he lost a five-set thriller to Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro. Rafael Nadal, missing through injury this year, and Djokovic claimed the 2010 and 2011 editions. Federer's record at the majors remains one of outstanding consistency -- he has reached the quarter-finals or better at 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Twelve months ago, he squandered match points and lost to Djokovic in the semi-finals in New York, but has gone 56-7 in 2012. "There have been a lot of sacrifices," said the top seed. "I took some time to assess the situation and how should I move forward. "It has been a great last 12 months.
I always did believe that if things turned for the better for me I was always going to be very near to World No. 1. I wasn't far off. NEVER A DOUBT I'D BE BACK ON TOP, SAyS fEDERER: Roger Federer, who went two and a half years without a Grand Slam title before winning the record 17th major of his career last month at Wimbledon, said he never doubted he would return to the top. In his final session with reporters ahead of Monday's start of the US Open, the 31-year-old Swiss top seed said Saturday that he always knew he had the form to bounce back and regain the World No. 1 ranking. "Doubts? Maybe you believe less or you believe more, but doubt, not really," Federer said. "I knew how close I was. I was actually extremely close on many occasions to give myself chances to win Slams. "So it was just a combination of many things that set me back at times, but I never gave up. Mentally I was always ready to do the work and willing to travel and give it a shot. At the end it all paid off. I'm extremely happy. "People think I can win every Grand Slam that comes up and if I don't win the US Open I will never win one again. It's always the same story. I'm just happy I was able to get Wimbledon. It just shows what I knew, if I do play well I can win Grand Slams."
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Prime Minister Singh, in charge of coal ministry from 2004 to 2009, has been personally implicated in mismanagement nEW DELHI
UNDReDS of Indian protesters angry at a controversial allocation of coal fields were baton charged by police and sprayed with tear gas during a demonstration in the capital New Delhi on Sunday. Police also fired water cannons to disperse the protesters as they tried to march towards the residences of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Singh has been a target for the demonstrators following a recent report by the state auditor which said private companies had made “windfall gains” since 2004 after being given coal mining rights via a process that “lacked transparency”. The prime minister, whose reputation has been sullied by a string of scandals during his administration, was in charge of the coal ministry from 2004 to 2009 and has been personally implicated in the mismanagement. The government has said its efforts to introduce open bidding for coal resources were held up by protests from some state governments, notably the ones run by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. “We wanted to tell the country how the Congress and the opposition are hand in glove in this coal scandal,” Arvind Ke-
five Muslims killed in new unrest in ne india gUWAHATI AFP
Five Muslims were murdered in northeast India by an armed gang from the ethnic Bodo community in fresh violence, after more than a month of clashes, police said Sunday. “A group of seven Muslim villagers in two vehicles were returning home from a relief camp when they came under attack,” said Sanjit Krishna, police chief of the western Chirang district, in Assam state. Five were found dead near Choudhurypara village, about 220 kilometers from Assam’s main city of Guwahati, while police are trying to trace the other two. The party had apparently been trying to reach their village after a few days of calm in the area and had dared to venture out on Saturday from their guarded government relief camp. An estimated 90 people have died and 400,000 people from both communities are taking refuge in camps spread across four western Assamese districts of Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Baksa. In a separate incident early on Sunday, four Muslim villagers were wounded in an attack by tribal Bodos in Kokrajhar. The wave of violence, a recurrence of problems that have plagued the volatile region for decades, has had far-reaching consequences in India. Rumours that migrants from the northeast, who travel widely in India to study or work, would be attacked by Muslims in retaliation for the violence in Assam saw tens of thousands flee southern cities such as Bangalore. The government has since unveiled wide-ranging efforts to counter Internet content seen as fanning the panic, with orders given to block hundreds of websites and web pages. The orders even covered material found on the websites of reputed media organizations such as Australia’s ABC network or London’s The Daily Telegraph, leading to allegations of censorship. The government also ordered the blocking of half a dozen fake Twitter accounts mimicking the prime minister and targeted two journalists.
NEW dElhi: indian police fire teargas shells and water cannon to prevent the activists of india Against Corruption (iAC) from marching towards the indian prime minister’s residence on Sunday. Afp jriwal, an aide of popular anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, told his supporters at the protest venue. “We are ready to take blows from the police. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the sake of our country,” added Kejriwal, whose movement goes under the name of “India Against Corrup-
tion”. Police said they resorted to force as the protesters were turning unruly and had broken down the barricades. “We could not have allowed the protestors to move forward. Rules prohibit any kind of protest in security sensitive areas like the residence of the prime
minister,” a police officer at the scene told AFP. Kejriwal, who was detained briefly by police, claimed the protest had been successful and criticized the use of force on his supporters. “We were only holding a peaceful protest. It seems the police were acting on the orders of
Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. The real face of this government has been exposed,” he said. Hazare, who was not part of Sunday’s protest, last month announced his support for Kejriwal and his party which is set to contest the general elections in 2014.
droves flee Waziristan fearing military offensive MIrAnSHAH AFP
Thousands of people have fled the North Wazirisatn agency in recent days, fearing a military offensive in the area against militants, locals and officials said. Panicked residents have hastily left North Waziristan despite officials repeatedly insisting that Pakistan had no immediate plan to launch an offensive in the volatile region, they added. North Waziristan is considered a stronghold of the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda operatives. Although Pakistan has fought Taliban militants across much of the region it has so far withstood American pressure to
move against the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in North Waziristan. “Thousands of people have so far left the area, they are fleeing their homes due to the fear and rumours of a military operation,” Saif-Ur Rehman, a government official in the main town of Miranshah, told AFP. Tasleem Khan, another government official confirmed the evacuation. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told AFP that thousands of people had reached several districts in the province. Rumours started early this week after a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban told local media that it had received “an exclusive intelligence report” about an offensive in North Waziristan.
In an email sent to media, Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan spokesman ehsanullah ehsan said the campaign was to be launched on August 26 and would last a month. Government and military officials have taken to local radio, asking people to remain calm. “This is a peaceful area with a peaceful atmosphere. The government has no plan to launch any military operation here,” a radio announcement heard by local residents said. On Saturday, some 2,000 tribal elders and religious leaders warned the government not to launch any offensive and threatened to move to Afghanistan “in case of any military operation”. “We will migrate to Afghanistan, if
Pakistan launches any military operation,” Maulvi Abdur Rehman, a religious leader who presided over the tribal jirga said. The Jirga held in Mirali Town of North Waziristan also requested residents to stay at home. An AFP reporter in the area witnessed people fleeing their homes in vehicles. Washington has long demanded that Pakistan take action against the Haqqanis, whom the United States accused of attacking the US embassy in Kabul last September and of acting like the “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence. Pakistan has in turn demanded that Afghan and US forces do more to stop Pakistani Taliban crossing the Afghan border to launch attacks on its forces.
Tanker-bus crash inferno kills 36 in China double-decker sleeper bus slams into the rear of methanol tanker g officials say sleeping passengers, single exit door cause of deaths g
At least 36 people died when a doubledecker sleeper bus slammed into the rear of a methanol tanker and burst into flames on Sunday in China’s worst traffic accident in more than a year. Both vehicles caught fire and only three of the 39 people onboard the bus survived the motorway crash, which occurred in the early hours of the morning in Shaanxi province, the state Xinhua news agency said. A traffic police official said the fact most the passengers were asleep at the time might account for the high number of deaths, while there were also suggestions they had been unable to escape because there was only one door. A total of 36 bodies were pulled from the charred shell of the bus and three people were taken to hospital. The driver and passenger of the tanker were taken into police custody, Xinhua said. It appears the bus slammed into the back of the tanker as it was re-entering the motorway from a service station in the northern Yanan City, according to a report on the website of the Shaanxi government. Skid marks stretching for ten meters
were clearly visible on the road, suggesting the bus had noticed the tanker in its path before the collision, the report said. “Only the shell remains, it is not possible to see even the luggage or the passenger seats in the wreckage,” the Shaanxi website said, quoting a report from state-run China Central Television (CCTV). “The bus also only has one door, which could be a reason that the passengers could not escape.” Pictures showed the front of the tanker was unscathed, while the bus had been almost completely destroyed by the blaze. The accident was the worst in China since a fire on an overcrowded sleeper bus carrying flammable materials killed 41 passengers in central China in July last year, according to the country’s work safety watchdog. Yue Jiuxiang, a local traffic police official in charge of the rescue operation, told CCTV: “Soon after the collision, the bus was engulfed by flames. The front part of the bus was seriously damaged. Most of the passengers were sleeping. This is why so many people died.” Police were investigating the cause of the accident, which happened on the BaotouMaoming expressway, which spans the length
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of China from the northern city of Baotou to the southern province of Guangdong. The bus – which was not overcrowded – had departed Hohhot in Inner Mongolia at 5pm on Saturday and was heading to the Shaanxi provincial capital Xian when the collision occurred, reports said. An official at Yanan city government information department surnamed Liu confirmed the death toll. Separately, ten people were killed and two injured when a van and a truck collided in southwest China, Xinhua said, without providing more immediate details. China’s roads are highly dangerous, with traffic laws and safety widely flouted, and truck drivers typically overworked. Last year, more than 62,000 people died in traffic accidents, state media said, citing police figures. Vehicles carrying explosive materials – which must first get permission from the police before traveling on the roads in China – are involved in many accidents. Buses are also commonly involved in road accidents as operators often seek to cram as many people as they can into their vehicles to maximize profits and drivers hurtle down highways.
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gunmen kidnap 10 students, kill 4 in Afghanistan CHAgHCHArAn iNP
Unidentified gunmen killed four of the 10 students they abducted in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Sunday, residents and officials said. The schoolchildren were kidnapped on Sunday morning from the Khafak Band area of Charsadda district and taken to the Qalmin area on the outskirts of Chaghcharan, a resident of the area said on condition of anonymity. The abductors later killed four of the students and kept the other six in captivity, he said. Acting police chief Col Murtaza Muslih confirmed the incident, but had no details. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnap and killing incident.