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AfghAnIStAn to grIll PAKIStAn AboUt MUllAh bArAdAr’S whereAboUtS KABUL: Afghanistan will demand an explanation from Pakistan on the whereabouts of former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar when the leaders of both countries meet next week to discuss how to end years of insurgency, an Afghan official said on Saturday. The whereabouts of Baradar has been the source of intense speculation since Pakistan announced his release on Sept 20. Pakistani sources say he is still kept in a safe house and is closely watched by his Pakistani handlers. Afghanistan believes Mullah Baradar, who was once a close friend of the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, has enough clout to persuade the Taliban to make peace, but his prolonged stay in Pakistan may have marred his reputation among fighters. “Mullah Baradar is still under strict supervision,” said Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “We will be seeking an explanation from Pakistan on the whereabouts of Mullah Baradar and how Pakistan can facilitate direct talks between him and the High Peace Council.” Karzai formed the High Peace Council in 2010 to seek a negotiated end to the insurgency the Taliban have waged since being forced out from power in 2001 by a US-led invasion. Faizi said Karzai would raise the issue when he meets Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London next week for a summit hosted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. “The High Peace Council is in touch with Mullah Baradar's family, not himself, unfortunately,” Faizi said. AGenCieS
never APProved drone StrIKeS, PAKIStAn tellS Un enVoy says CiVilian Casualties By drones Violates humanitarian laws UNITED NATIONS
AKISTAN told a UN committee on Friday that drone strikes resulting in civilian casualties violate international law, and that Islamabad did not approve such attacks on its territory. “It is not justifiable to launch strikes in the context of non-international armed conflict in Pakistan-Afghanistan border area,” Ambassador Masood Khan said while commenting on the seminal report by Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism. Emmerson formally presented to the General Assembly’s Third (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Committee on Friday his report on the use of armed drones in various parts of the world. The Pakistani ambassador, while agreeing with Emmerson that the continued use of remotely piloted aircraft
amounts to a violation of Pakistani sover- istani territory. Noting that there was no geeignty, took issue with the special rappor- ographical disjunction between the location teur’s observation that “while the fact that of drone strikes and primary battlefield, the civilians have been killed, or injured does Pakistani ambassador said, “A signature not necessarily point to a violation of in- strike has to be justified under IHL (Interternational humanitarian law, it undoubt- national Humanitarian Law) or IHRL (Inedly raises issues of accountability and ternational Human Rights Law) to prove transparency.” “We believe that civilian that it is a legitimate act of self-defense. “Legally, it is important to define the casualties as a result of the drone strikes do violate international humanitarian law, geographical scope of the conflict. It is not as well as international law and human justifiable to launch strikes in the context of non-international armed conflict in the rights law,” Masood Khan argued. “The use of drones violates Pakistan’s context of Pakistan-Afghanistan border area.” In Paksovereignty and istan, he said, all territorial indrones strikes tegrity,” he said. were a chilling “In the asymmetreminder that ric terrorist war, the well-estab- Legally, it is important to define the reprisal strikes terrorists are lished humanigeographical scope of the conflict. It by around the cortarian principles of distinction, is not justifiable to launch strikes in ner. “They put all Pakistanis at proportionality the context of non-international risk. The psyand precaution chological immust be obarmed conflict in the context of pact of the use served. This is not being done.” Pakistan-Afghanistan border area. of drones on the relatives of He moreover civilians killed called for the imin an inhumane mediate cessaMASOOD KHAN manner incites tion of drone strikes on Pakun enVoy sentiment and
US Congress to hear testimonies of Pakistani drone victims WASHINGTON Online
The ice is finally breaking as the United States Congress will hear the testimonies of the US drone attacks survivors from Pakistan for the first time. The briefing is organised by Congressman Alan Grayson on Tuesday. Rafiq ur Rehman, whose mother was killed in an October 2012 drone attack in Pakistan will testify, as will his two young children Nabila and Zubair, who were among those injured in the drone attack in North Waziristan Agency. “I’m looking forward to hearing from the drone strike victims,” Grayson said in a statement. When it comes to national se-
curity matters like drone strikes, it is important that we hear not only from the proponents of these attacks, but also from the victims. They have a unique perspective to share with Congress, and I hope that my colleagues will attend this important event, he said. Grayson spokeswoman Lauren Doney, however, was unsure about the lawmakers who will attend the briefing. A preview from an upcoming documentary, ‘Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars,’ will also be shown at the briefing. It is reported that Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who represents victims of US drone strikes wanted to attend the briefing and serve as a translator, but was unable to get a visa to enter States. Grayson’s office said the family would bring another translator.
hatred and radicalises more people. “Drone strikes are therefore counterproductive,” the Pakistani ambassador added. Emmerson’s report alleges there is “strong evidence” to suggest that between June 2004 and June 2008 drone strikes in Pakistan were conducted “with the active consent and approval of senior members of the Pakistani military and intelligence service, and with at least the acquiescence and, in some instances, the active approval of senior government figures.” Khan rejected the notion that the strikes were carried out with consent. “Let me also state authoritatively that no explicit or implicit consent, approval or acquiescence has been given by the Government of Pakistan for the drone strikes,” said the Pakistani ambassador. Masood Khan urged the rapporteur to make stronger recommendations in his final report – his Friday’s report was initial – that will help enforce a more stringent, prohibitive regimen for the use of drones to save civilians from unforeseen, instant death, injury and disability. Pakistan, he said, hoped that the final report would suggest practical measures to advance the debate on the legality of the use of armed drones at the UN and focus more sharply on their disastrous humanitarian and human rights consequences.
It’s up to Pak and India to solve Kashmir issue: US WASHINGTON: The US has dismissed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's plea for an intervention on Kashmir issue asserting that its position on this matter has not changed and she will encourage New Delhi and Islamabad for a dialogue. "(Our) position has not changed. (It's) up to India and Pakistan, US continues to encourage dialogue between two countries," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said during her maiden Twitter briefing. Psaki was responding to a question on the statements made by Sharif during his trip to Washington this week during which he repeatedly urged the Obama Administration to use its growing influence over India to resolve the Kashmir issue. Online
US deﬁant, says drones 'necessary and just' Brazil, China and Venezuela sharply CritiCal of 'illegal' programme But us says it has taken steps to introduCe new guidelines UNITED NATIONS AGenCieS
The US government has defended its use of drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries in front of the UN, telling a chamber full of largely critical nations that in President Obama's view the deployment of unmanned aerial attacks against al-Qaida targets was "necessary, legal and just". Representatives from a slew of nations, including Brazil, China and Venezuela, lined up to berate the Obama administration for its intensive use of drone strikes. But the US delegation told a plenary meeting of the general assembly in the UN building in New York the president had taken steps to introduce new guidance and standards, and
to set out the legal rationale for unmanned weapons deployed in the fight against alQaida and affiliated threats. The UN debate marked the first time that member nations have come together to discuss the rapidly expanding militarised use of remotely piloted aircraft and the fraught international legal issues that it raises. It came at the climax of 10 days in which the question of the legality of drones has caught the headlines, with the release of two UN reports that have sharply condemned aspects of the programmes. The authors of the two reports addressed Friday's UN debate, beginning with Christof Heyns, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. His study warned of the danger of prolifera-
tion of the un-piloted weapons among states and terrorist groups. In his opening remarks to the UN debate, Heyns said "drones are here to stay". He argued that it was hard to make a case that unmanned aircraft were inherently illegal: "It is difficult to suggest that a weapon system is unlawful because a pilot is not on board." But he added that drones were easy to deploy across international borders, often secretly. "So it is my view that although they are not illegal, they do pose a challenge, particularly as they are used often in secret, raising accountability issues." The accountability theme was picked up by the second UN expert, Ben Emmerson, the special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism. His ongoing investigation into lethal extra-territorial counterterrorism operations has concluded that the 33 drone strikes that are known to have caused civilian casualties may have been carried out in violation of international law. He told the assembled nations that lack of transparency was "the single greatest obstacle
to an evaluation of the civilian impact of drone strikes and it's a challenge which makes it extremely difficult to assess claims of precision targeting objectively". He urged delegates to consider whether an absolute ban was needed on secret deals cooked up between states for engagement in joint military actions. Emmerson also underlined the state of chaos that exists in international law over drones: "Despite the proliferation of this technology, there remains a lack of consensus among international lawyers and between states on the core legal principles." He added: "It's not the drone that is the problem. The problem is the lack of clarity under which it is lawful to deploy lethal force by drone." The UK, one of three countries alongside the US and Israel that have attracted most attention for the use of unmanned assault aircraft, also tried to defend its military deployment of the technology. Emmerson's report points out that the UK government has reported only one incident involving civilian casualties: an RAF strike in March 2011 in
Afghanistan in which four civilians were killed. The UK mission attempted to defend its use of drones in military situations, telling the debate that the weapons systems were controlled by personnel on the ground and were therefore not "autonomous" or robotic – a status which would push them over into illegality in the opinions of most legal experts. But several countries questioned the legality of the weapons. Venezuela called drones "flagrantly illegal" and said that by its accounting, 1,800 people had been casualties – only about 10% of whom were "targeted individuals". Brazil wondered where the line would be drawn in terms of potential targets for drone strikes. China, which normally keeps to the sidelines of the most contentious international disputes, was driven to state that drones were a "blank space in international law, and this blank space is subject to abuse … We should respect the principles of UN charters, the sovereignty of states and the legitimate rights of the citizens of all countries."
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. — Aristotle
PM looKS to PolItIcAl PArtIeS for SecUrIty bIll APProvAl nawaz says terrorism spread due to suCCessiVe diCtatorial regimes and erosion of state’s writ pml-n laCks required support in senate to pass ordinanCe ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday wrote a letter to the heads of all political parties and sought their proposals, if any, to improve the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 and sought their support to get the bill passed from parliament. The ordinance was promulgated on October 20 by the president on advice of the PM for an immediate and strict action to be ensured against the terrorists, terming them 'enemies of the state'. However, the government would have to get the legislation passed from
Shia pilgrims' bus targeted: 2 fc personnel killed in Mastung MASTUNG AGenCieS
A car bomb hit a Frontier Corps (FC) van escorting a bus of Shia pilgrims in Dringarh, Mastung on Saturday, killing two soldiers, officials said. The incident took place on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta. Frontier Corps and Balochistan Levies convoys were escorting five passenger buses of Shia pilgrims on the highway when they found a suspected car parked on the road. “The buses were stopped from proceeding and two FC personnel got off and went near to search the car. As they got closer to the car, a huge explosion took place killing both on the spot,” said Assistant Commissioner Mastung Shafqat Anwar. He said it was a remotelycontrolled bomb, apparently targeting the Shia pilgrims. All the pilgrims on the bus, who were on their way to Iran, were safe but several security personnel were wounded by the remotely triggered bomb, Sayed Mehrab Shah, a senior government official in Mastung said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast but most attacks in the province bordering Afghanistan and Iran have been linked to militant insurgency or sectarian violence. The dead bodies were taken to Quetta and the buses were allowed to proceed towards Taftan border. One of the deceased was identified as Sobadar Farhatullah. PrevIOuS ATTAckS: On December 30, 2012, a car bomb attack on buses carrying Shia pilgrims to Iran had killed 19 people and injured 25 in Mastung officials had said. The remotely-triggered bomb hit a convoy of three buses in Mastung district and set one of them ablaze, Tufail Baluch a senior government official in the district had said. On September 18, 2012, three people were killed when a blast took place near a bus carrying pilgrims in the Mastung district. Nine people, including three Levies personnel who were escorting the pilgrims, were injured in the incident.
both houses of the parliament to turn it into a law. The ordinance authorised joint probe teams, consisting of security agencies and law enforcers, to be tasked to investigate the matters relating to terrorism and crimes. Though the PML-N and its allied parties have the required strength to get the legislation passed from the National Assembly, but it lacks the required support in the Senate where opposition parties have a majority. In his letter, the premier put blame of the spread of militancy and terrorism across the country to the successive dictatorial regimes and erosion of the state’s writ and authority. "As you are aware, we have been elected to the parliament by the people of Pakistan with the hope to end the extended regime of terror unleashed since the adoption of post 9/11 policies. Decades of dictatorial regime and mis-governance have resulted in complete erosion of state writ and authority," the letter stated. Nawaz also referred to the safe havens of terrorists in urban and rural centers of the country. "Apart from the remote areas, safe havens in urban centres and towns have also become a cause of serious concern. Coupled with the failure of law enforcement agencies responsible for internal security and prosecution of
crime, due to a variety of reasons, we are currently facing a situation where life and property of the people is in grave danger. On the other hand, the organized mafia is roaming free due to legal vacuum created by constant tampering with different legislations over an extended period of time. Resultantly the socio-economic fabric of our society as well as the age old value system binding this nation is in danger of disintegration," the premier added. He added that it was in this context and with a view to the potential unfolding events in post 2014 Afghanistan that the federal government considered it imperative to put in place a legal mechanism for intervention to protect the right and liberty of the common man as well as the sovereignty and integrity of the state of Pakistan. "A team of legal and security experts have worked diligently to ensure that the new law is in complete consonance with the constitution of Pakistan. I am enclosing a copy of the 'Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013', which is being promulgated with a view to give a strong message to the organized crime and anti-state elements regarding the will and determination of the state and the people of Pakistan to face and eliminate all chal-
Nisar to share TTP talks status with politicians shah, imran and fazl had sought goVt’s seriousness to implement apC deCisions ISLAMABAD MiAn ABRAR
Under pressure from opposition parties to start talks with the banned Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take political parties into confidence in this regard. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah had written a letter to Nawaz, demanding him to take the parliament, political parties and people into confidence on the progress made in the dialogue process. All political parties showed their agreement in the APC held on September 9 and gave a mandate to the government to start talks. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman have also been urging the government to implement the decisions of the APC. On the other hand, TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud had also hinted to withdraw any conditions over dialogue with the government, arguing that neither the government nor the militants should set preconditions. Other factions of the TTP, however, have time and again linked talks with halting of drone strikes, release of top TTP warlords from prisons. During a meeting with Chaudhry Nisar at the Prime Minister’s House, Nawaz said that all political parties
nawaz says politiCal parties haVe mandated goVt to hold talks with taliBan had mandated the government through the APC to hold dialogue with the Taliban. "The representatives of different political parties should feel as part of the process," an official handout quoted Nawaz as saying, adding that peace and security were pivotal for economic development and prosperity. When contacted, Waqar Gilani, PRO to Khursheed Shah, confirmed that Shah had written a letter to the prime minister, demanding the government to take the political forces and the nation into confidence on the progress made on the dialogue process with the militants as resolved in the APC. The letter was written on October 23rd, he added. In his letter, Shah said that despite the lapse of one and a half months since the APC was convened, no political party or individual had been taken into confidence about the headway in the dialogue process. “Shah said that it is the prerogative and right of the nation to know about development in peace process with the militants. We should be told when and where talks were held and who were the negotiators and the interlocutors.” He added that the APC had been held on September 9 but since then the government had failed to take the political forces and the nation about any development in talks while the innocent people were being killed on streets and roads in across the country.
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We are currently facing a situation where life and property of the people is in grave danger...we have been elected to the parliament by the people of Pakistan with the hope to end the extended regime of terror unleashed since the adoption of post 9/11 policies NAWAZ SHARIF prime minister lenges to sovereignty and integrity of this country." The PM expressed optimism that the political leaders would give it a reading and support the government in the passage of the ordinance.
nAwAz forMS coMMIttee to fIll legAl vAcUUM After 18th AMendMent
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday constituted a three-member committee to formulate necessary recommendations to fill the legal vacuum created after passing of the 18th Amendment. The PM passed the directive during a meeting with Law Secretary Barrister Zafarullah who called on him at the Prime Minister House. The three-member committee headed by Federal Minister Zahid Hamid will recommend new legislation in order to overcome the legal vacuum created after passing of 18th Amendment, while other members of the committee would be PM’s Special Assistant Khawaja Zaheer and Law Secretary Barrister Zafarullah. The PM observed that after passing of the 18th Amendment the criminal negligence by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in making legislative reforms has created a legal vacuum. On this occasion, Barrister Zafarullah briefed the PM about the working of the ministry.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man. — Ronald Reagan
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16 HANGED AFTER 14 IRANIAN BORDER GUARDS DIE IN ATTACK offiCial says attaCks on CiVilians and seCurity forCes won’t go unanswered TEHRAN
RANIAN authorities on Saturday hanged 16 “rebels” following overnight clashes between alleged rebel groups and Iranian border forces in which 14 border guards were killed
iranian Border guards kill pakistani, injure four others in washap area on the frontier with Pakistan, a judicial official said. “Sixteen rebels linked to groups hostile to the regime were hanged this morning in the prison of Zahedan in response to the death of border guards in Saravan,” Mohammad Marzieh, the attorney general of Sistan-Balochistan province,
was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. “We warned the rebel groups that any attack targeting civilians or members of the security forces would not go unanswered,” he added. Earlier, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported armed men killed 14 border guards in clashes Friday night in a mountainous region outside the southeastern town on the border with Pakistan. “Fourteen border guards were killed during armed clashes in the region of Saravan, and five others were wounded,” the agency quoted an informed source as saying, only
Balochistan province has seen militants from the Sunni group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) launch bloody attacks in recent years. It was still unclear whether the attackers were drug smugglers or armed opposition groups. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, officials said a Pakistani was killed and four others injured when Iranian border force personnel opened fire in Washap area on the Pakistan-Iran border. The apparently unrelated incident took place close to Taftan town on the Pakistani side of the border and around 100 kilometres from
identifying the gunmen as “bandits or rebels opposed to the Islamic republic”. Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said that the guards had been killed during the ambush set by Iranians who were “members of hostile groups”. He claimed that “three soldiers have been taken hostage and taken to the other side of the border in Pakistan”. Saravan lies in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan near the Pakistani border and is home to a large community of minority Sunni Muslims, unlike the rest of Shia-dominated Iran. The Sistan-
Zahedan, the main town in Iran’s Sistan province. A Levies paramilitary official, who requested customary anonymity, said five Pakistanis tried to illegally enter the Iranian side of Washap area this morning when border policemen opened fire on them. “Iranian border force opened fire when they crossed Pakistan’s border and entered the Iranian side of Washap area,” he said. The injured were rushed to a hospital in Taftan town for medical treatment. The Levies official said all injured Pakistanis had received bullet wounds.
Rasheed disappointed as PTI (EXPLOSION IN ISLAMABAD FLAT) Mystery surrounds Peshawar wants Imran to lead Opp in nA commissioner’s presence on site MONITORING DESK
IMrAn KhAn IS 'bUzdIl KhAn': bIlAwAl
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) central leadership on Saturday decided that party chief Imran Khan would be fielded as a candidate for opposition leader in the National Assembly. TV sources said that the party’s core cabinet reconsidered PTI’s decision to support the fiery Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed for the position after the latter failed in convincing the Muttahida Qaumi Move-
ment (MQM) to join the bid for removal of Pakistan People’s Party’s Khursheed Shah
one injured as India continues loc shelling
will consider stopping nATO supplies if drone strikes don't stop: KP CM
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Zardari has vented anger for being called 'bacha' (child) by PTI Chairman Imran Khan, saying that Khan called politicians with names but he was Buzdil Khan (Coward Khan) himself. Bilawal said this on Twitter on Saturday. He said Imran Khan termed Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif as dengue brothers, Asif Zardari as Mr 10 percent and called him a child. The tweet reads, "IK calles (sic) Sharifs dengue brothers, AZ MR 10% & me Bacha. Whn (sic) he is accurately described as #BuzdilKhan?” Later, in another tweet, Bilawal advised Imran Khan that courage was not the absence of fear rather it was speaking out in spite of fear. inP
from his position. The MQM is reportedly in talks with the PPP to join the Sindh govern-
ment, but both parties are being very secretive about the development.
PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
One person was injured in Indian firing in the Tata Pani Sector along the Line of Control on Saturday as Indian border forces continued to violate the ceasefire agreement along the working boundary with another incident taking place in Lahore. According to military sources, Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) and targeted a civilian namely Kaale Khan, resident of village Kundi. According to military sources, no loss of life has been reported and firing stopped only after Pakistan Army’s retaliation. Indian forces also opened fire at a Rangers’ checkpost near the Wagah border in Lahore. The firing took place at 2am near Ali checkpost in Thatti Kodi village.
Miscreants blow up girls school in bannu BANNU inP
Unknown miscreants on Saturday blasted a girls’ primary school with explosives. According to police, anti-literacy militants had planted explosive material in government-run girls primary school located in Hawaid area of Bannu. As a result of the explosion the school building was badly damaged, however, no human loss was reported as the school building was vacant at the time of explosion and also located away from residential area.
With the recent trip of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yielding no visible gains on drone strikes, the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) led KhyberPakhtunkhwa government said on Saturday that their patience was wearing thin and that they may take a unilateral step. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that they were tired of picking up bodies, whether they are of victims of terror
or of drone strikes, and that if the government does not take decisive steps to stop both they may take unilateral steps, including stopping the NATO supply through Khy-
ber Pakhtunkhwa. “If they [government] do not want to talk [with Taliban] and we keep picking up the bodies, and they [US] continue drone strikes, we will take a final step.”
sahiBzada anis reCeiVes 99 perCent Burns, says he was Being Chased By some men when he ended up in the flat ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
Peshawar Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, who was seriously injured in an explosion inside an apartment in Sector F-10 Islamabad, said in his statement to police that he was trying to run away from some people who were after him when he ended up in the flat. The BS-20 officer has suffered 99 percent burns and is currently undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital. He said that the explosion occurred right after he stepped into the flat, after which he lost consciousness. A 29-year-old woman, Asghar Nisa, was also in the apartment and sustained 45 percent burn injuries. The explosion occurred in Apt 17, located in the basement of the
Park Towers studio apartments, which is located next to the main towers. cONflIcTING rePOrTS: Police sources had attributed the explosion to a gas leak in the apartment, but mystery shrouded the incident after various conflicting reports were put forward to explain why Anis happened to be in the apartment at the time. The commissioner’s statement to police came after some sources had said the commissioner was staying at the KhyberPakhtunkhwa House along with his family and was in town to see-off his son, who left for the UK on Friday. Others, however, said his family was in KP. Meanwhile, SSP Operations Muhammad Rizwan said the commissioner was at the apartment to visit a friend. crITIcAl cONdITION: Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences spokesperson Dr Ayesha Eshani said Anis was in a critical condition as the burn injuries summed up to almost 100 per cent. The door of the apartment was completely destroyed in the explosion but items such as the TV in the small living room and the bed in the bedroom appeared undamaged. There were
glass shards in a narrow lane next to the apartment from shattered windows. A security guard of the complex said the explosion had affected around 10 adjacent apartments. Khurram, who was one of the first people to reach the explosion site, said he was visiting a friend who lives across the hall from Apt 17. Khurram, who wished to be identified by his first name only, said the window of Apt 15 broke during the explosion and he rushed outside to see what had happened. “There was heavy smoke in front of the apartment and then a man emerged from the smoke,” he said. “He was wearing a shalwar and vest and his arms had fresh burns, which looked very serious.” Khurram said the man identified himself as a government officer and asked for help before almost collapsing to the floor. Khurram said he steadied the man and called the guards for help. Nisa emerged from the room moments later with injuries on her face and neck. “There was no fire at the site, but some windows were broken and pieces of glass were spread everywhere,” he added.
PAKISTAN SHOWS POOR PERFORMANCE IN WEF INDICATORS Country has lost 12 points on politiCal empowerment pillar and stands 64th this year ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
Pakistan has shown poor performance in all indicators of the Global Gender Gap (GGG) Report, issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The world’s gender gaps narrowed slightly in 2013 on the back of definite if not universal improvements in economic equality and political participation between the sexes, according to the GGG Report 2013 published on Saturday. “Both within countries and between countries are two distinct tracks to economic gender equality, with education serving as the accelerator. For countries that provide this basic investment, women’s integration in the workforce is the next frontier of change. For those that haven’t invested in women’s education, addressing this obstacle is crit-
iCeland most adVanCed Country in terms of gender equality for fifth suCCessiVe year ical to women’s lives as well as the strength of economies,” said Saadia Zahidi, co-author of the report and head of the Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme. The areas where Pakistan showed improvements are labour force participation (134 last year to 131 this year), estimated earned income (131 to 129 this year), enrollment in primary education (133 last year to 125 this year), enrollment in secondary education (126 in 2012 to 114 this year) and enrollment in tertiary education (105 last year to 95 this year). Other countries, however, outshined Pakistan’s gains by adopting pro-active approach for bridging the gender gap. The country shows no progress on improving its ranking on most of the indicators of the GGG index. This identifies lack of commitment from the policy makers both at public as well as private sec-
tor to include more women’s participation in economic, social and political spheres. Among areas where Pakistan lost its rankings are; wage equality for similar work 110 in 2012 to 113 in 2013. The level of gender parity among professional and technical workers was downgraded, losing 3 points for Pakistan, ranking at 108 among the 136 countries globally. On the political empowerment pillar, although Pakistan is doing relatively better, it still lost 12 points on the political empowerment pillar and stands at 64 this year, similarly, women in parliament has been ranked 64 this year, as compared to 52 in 2012. The report also shows that Pakistan has a large undocumented economy, where 3 percent of the female population has an account in a formal financial institution, the percentage for male population is 17 percent. The female and male employment in the informal sector (percent of non-agricultural employment) 76 percent and 79 percent respectively. “Countries will need to start thinking of human capital very differently – including how they integrate women into leadership roles.
This shift in mindset and practice is not a goal for the future, it is an imperative today,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. The eighth annual edition of the report ranks 136 countries on their ability to close the gender gap in four key areas: economic participation and opportunity, political empowerment, health and survival, educational attainment, political participation and economic equality. Of the 133 countries that were measured in both 2012 and 2013, 86 actually improved their gender gap during this time. Overall, the report finds Iceland the most advanced country in the world in terms of gender equality for the fifth year running. It, along with Finland (2nd), Norway (3rd) and Sweden (4th), has now closed over 80 percent of its gender gap. These countries are joined in the top 10 by the Philippines, which enter the top five for the first time, Ireland (6th), New Zealand (7th), Denmark (8th), Switzerland (9th) and Nicaragua (10th). Elsewhere, in 14th place Germany is the highest-placed individual G20 economy, although it falls one place from 2012. Next is South
Africa (17th, down one), the United Kingdom (level on 18th) and Canada (up one to 20th). The United States comes 23rd, also down one place since 2012. After South Africa, the next highest BRICS nation is Russia (61st), followed by Brazil (62nd), China (69th) and India (101st). At the bottom of the ranking are Chad (134th), Pakistan (135th) and Yemen (136th). At the global level, the report finds that in 2013, 96 percent of the health and survival gender gap has now been closed. It is the only one of the four pillars that has widened since the report was first compiled in 2006. In terms of education, the global gender gap stands at 93 percent, with 25 countries having closed their gaps completely. The gender gaps for economic equality and political participation are only 60 percent and 21 percent closed respectively, although progress is being made in these areas, with political participation narrowing by almost 2 percent over the last year. In both developing and developed countries alike, relative to the numbers of women in tertiary education and in the workforce overall, women’s presence in economic leadership positions is limited.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Teresa
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Dengue season sets in: 2 kick the bucket MONITORING DESK In the fresh series of deaths this season, two people lost their lives owing to dengue fever on Saturday. Reports said that a woman, Urooj, aged 30, resident of Shadbagh, was sick due to dengue fever for the last few days and was under treatment in Combined Military Hospital (CMH) but died on Saturday. The man, 23-year-old Asif died in the Holy Family Hospital. He was brought to the hospital for treatment two days ago but could not survive. Although Punjab health department has completed many rounds of larvaeciding in risky areas of the city to eradicate dengue, some 670 new dengue cases were reported across Punjab so far in the season, according to Health Department. The government teams to find larvae claim to have eradicated dengue larvae from over 3,000 places in the city. The doctors have advised the people to get anti mosquito sprays, keep their windows closed, cover all food items and cover water pots to avoid the disease.
Pr offIcer ArreSted on corrUPtIon chArgeS lAHOre: A senior Pakistan Railways officer and former divisional superintendent (DS) Multan Muhammad Ali Rajpar was arrested on charges of corruption on Saturday. According to the PR Police, a case of misconduct and corruption has been filed against three accused - Ali Rajpar, head-clerk Malik Riaz and group STE Sarfaraz Khan, after an enquiry found them guilty. The former DS was found involved in illegal promotions, appointments of TLA staff, changing of cadres by illegally utilizing his authority and regularisation of gang-men of class four by getting money from them. PR Police Inspector General Syed Ibne Hussain formed an enquiry committee under the supervision of Special Branch DSP Syed Ameer Hussain Shah on the direction of PR Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique. STAFF RePORT
cheeMA IS PUnjAb’S new cS ISlAMABAd: The government has appointed Naveed Akram Cheema as new chief secretary of the Punjab on Saturday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave the approval for Cheema’s appointment. Notification in this regard has been issued and Cheema has been asked to assume charge of his office without any delay. Naveed Akram is a grade 22 officer and has served on various important positions in different national institutions including the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and secretary housing. inP
EDERAL Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that Right to Information Bill was being worked out very speedily as the Senate Standing Committee on Information had been examining its draft assuring that all stakeholders be taken on board in this regard. He disclosed this on the SAMS certificates distribution ceremony for the anchorpersons who participated in a media course arranged by South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) at the SAFMA House, where its General Secretary Imtiaz Alam, Iftikhar Ahmed and a large number of other senior journalists were also present. The minister said he would help arrange a joint meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information with representatives of the APNS (All Pakistan Newspapers Society) and CPNE (Confederation of Pakistan News Editors) to further refine the Right to Information Bill for approval. He added that the recommendations given by media bodies through newspapers advertisement would also be discussed in the meeting and incorporated in the bill accordingly. He said the government was committed to get this important Bill passed to formulate the law and implement it as early as possible for the betterment of journalism in the country. To a question, he made it clear that access to information concerning the
national security could not be given to everyone citing that it was the rule throughout the world that no country leaked its information which posed any sort of threat/damage to its national security. Pervaiz Rashid said the Punjab governor had already promulgated an ordinance pertaining to Right of Information which had also been implemented in the province. To another question regarding threats to journalists by the extremists groups, the minister said provision of security and protection to the people of Pakistan, including the media community was a responsibility of the state, assuring that the government would fulfill this prime responsibility at all costs. To a query, he said Youtube was blocked by the previous government, adding that this website would soon be opened but after installation of filters to block the objectionable material i.e. blasphemous, religious extremism. Earlier, the minister said Pakistan and its society had earned each and every thing through hard work and struggle, saying that was why today's media was more free, powerful and active. Pervez Rashid, however, underscored the need for utilisation of media's energies for educating and creating awareness about various aspects of life and issues among the general public, besides exposing the real facts before them. He observed that ignorance had been taught in the educational institutions and it was promoted through TV, music and even the worship places that ultimately led the people to hate, extremism, intolerance
and narrow mindedness. He added that Indian media had also needed the same, as its media sensationalized petty issues or any skirmish on the Line of Control. Imtiaz Alam advised journalists, anchorpersons and media analyst to speak within the domain of their relevant subject and did not try to be 'jack of all trade and master of none' by speaking thoughtlessly on sorts of issues. He cited that this would help make the media analysis more credible and thought provoking. He also urged the government to get an evaluation of the media education being imparted in the colleges and universities, and also make the media internship programmes in its youth development activities.
lAhORe Sunday, 26 October, 2013
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. — Soren Kierkegaard
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Punjab chief minister accorded special protocol in both countries LAHORE
UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has left on a four-day foreign tour on Saturday. According to reports, during his Turkey visit, Sharif will talk about cooperation between the two countries in education, energy and security sectors. He hoped that his visit would open up new avenues of
cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey and would make significant headway in promoting mutual cooperation. The Punjab chief minister during his visit to Germany will ink agreements on solar energy, alternative sources of energy and other projects. Shahbaz Sharif will also be visiting Britain before returning home, where he is expected to hold some important meetings relating to education and trade.
Clf to promote book reading culture LAHORE
HE Children’s Literary Festival (CLF) is happening the third time in Lahore and the seventh time in Pakistan on October 30. It is going to be a two-day event. The CLF aims at promoting the culture of book-reading in children across Pakistan to enhance their capability to think both creatively and critically. It brings together children from all backgrounds without any discrimination. The CLF organisers make sure there is always something new for better learning of these kids. This time Zambeel Dramatic Readings group (Karachi) is coming to Lahore to take part in the event. They will organise a training session for the participants. In these sessions, children will be taught the contemporary form
of radio play and dramatic expression of storytelling. The CLF will be featuring a number of activities including storytelling, theatre, skits, workshops on creative writing, comics production and puppet shows. Indian delegates -including famous storytellers, educational consultants, and children’s writers- are also invited to the event to impart their knowledge to Pakistani children. In addition to these delegates, there will be participant students from India too. The key founders and organisers of the Children’s Literary Festival are, Baela Raza Jamil, the director programs for Idara-eTaleem-o-Agaahi (ITA), and Ameena Saiyiad, managing director of Oxford University Press (OUP). Also, there are some of the eminent institutions working in collaboration with CLF this time, such as British Council, USEF, UNESCO, and Oxfam.
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ATTArI: India has claimed to have killed three alleged Pakistani smugglers carrying 24 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 1,200 million on the Indo-Pak border as they were allegedly trying to sneak into the Indian territory. “The Pakistani intruders were shot dead at Mullapur village during the cross firing with night patrolling party of Border Security Force (BSF),” BSF officials claimed on Saturday. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from their possession. Online
lAHOre: Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Sohail Chaudhry on Saturday visited the Defence Circle area to assess traffic flow and issued show-cause notices to nine wardens on absence from duty. A spokesman for traffic police said that the CTO reviewed performance of wardens at the sectors, including Defence, Old Airport and New Airport. Sohail Chaudhry said that stern action would be taken against wardens who were found absent from duty. APP
Sanjan nagar trust, a role model for Pakistan lAHOre: The Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust (SNPET), started almost 18 years ago with a generous endowment by Reza Kazim with a simple vision: “If you educate a girl, you educate a household.” Kazim laid down the broad parameters of the education to be imparted; contemporary education based on the system of inquiry and analysis, where liberal arts and science were taught side by side, music, art and drama were essential and the medium of instruction be English. Education was free and only the most disadvantaged in society were eligible. It started off as being a girl-only school but later the school became coeducation after 15 years or so. STAFF RePORT
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. — Mahatma Gandhi
Sunday, 27 October, 2013
Singh to nawaz: I haven’t become PM of India to redraw border
US Ignored nAwAz’S PleA to Intervene on KAShMIr ISSUe, SAyS KhUrShId
indian pm says preVious pakistani pms raised india’s role in BaloChistan But did not giVe any eVidenCe NEW DELHI
N D I A N Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s displeasure with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif on failing to restore ceasefire on the border followed a blunt message he delivered to Sharif in New York about a month ago when he said, “I have not become prime minister of India to redraw the boundary.” The PM’s September 29 meeting with Sharif, which took place amid escalating firing on the Line of Control and the international border, began with Singh making no bones about his resolve to protect India’s territorial integrity, Times of India said in a report on Saturday. In fact, Singh’s “Churchillian moment”, reminiscent of the British leader’s declaration in 1942 that he had not become the King’s first minister to “preside over the liquidation of the British Empire”, even surprised his senior aides as the PM brushed aside Sharif’s arguments. The newspaper said Singh responded to Sharif’s attempt to
raise India’s “role” in Balochistan, saying the matter had been raised by previous Pakistani PMs as well without an iota of proof being offered. Sources said Singh’s unusually sharp words expressing his “big disappointment” with Sharif on Friday indicate his annoyance over the Pakistani PM not heeding an unambiguous signal that firing on the LoC and the border must stop. On his way back from Beijing, Singh told the media, “Let me say that I am disappointed, because in the New York meeting, there was a general agreement on both the sides that peace and tranquility should be maintained on the border, on the Line of Control as
well as on the international border and this has not happened.” In the New York meeting, Singh had also categorically rejected the Pakistani suggestion that restoration of the 2003 ceasefire agreement could be discussed by a politico-military committee, insisting the matter be sorted out at the military level. The PM made it plain that Indian and Pakistani directors general of military operations must sort out the ceasefire violations and restore peace and tranquility on the LoC and the international border. Observers said Singh’s tough talk on Friday signals his waning patience as the political calendar in India begins to
rapidly move towards the 2014 elections and Congress wards off the opposition charge of being soft on Pakistan’s aggression on the borders. Sources said the PM junked his moderate approach, even when being critical of Pakistan, as he felt nothing short of an unequivocal comment would work given the rising tensions on the J&K border and LoC. On Friday, the PM did express the hope that Sharif would “even at this late hour” recognise that the developments on the border do not augur well for both nations, but this time around he made it clear that the onus was on Pakistan to mend fences.
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Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that the United States has dismissed Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef’s appeal to intervene in the Kashmir issue. He said that the issues between New Delhi and Islamabad must be resolved through the composite dialogue. Khurshid further said it is sad that the dialogue between the two Asian neighbours had to be suspended because of Mumbai attacks and continued incidents on the Line of Control (LOC).He said India is confident about its relationship with the United States of America. India has explained to the United States that the issues between Pakistan and India must remain a bilateral issue as reflected in the Shimla agreement and must be resolved without third party’s intervention. “But we are satisfied that the United States has understood Indian point of view and has taken a very clear and firm position on this,” he added.
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QUETTA: Earthquake survivors pose for a picture in a wooden structure in Mashkay. Inp
Pakistan has requested the Indian Election Commission (IEC) to provide voters electronic machines (VEM) to curb rigging in next general elections. As per Indian media reports, Pakistan has requested the IEC in this regard. The Indian High Commission has informed Indian Foreign Ministry about this plea of government of Pakistan. The IEC has filed all the details about VEM and use of these machines with Pakistani high commission. Now the IEC is looking forward to Indian government reply so that necessary steps could be taken to deliver these machines to Pakistan.
Mumbai attacks: 99% evidence in Pakistan: India NEW DELHI AGenCieS
A spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that 99 percent of evidence for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks is in Pakistan since the attack was plotted there. The Pakistani judicial commission was in Mumbai last month to cross-examine Indian witnesses in the case. Earlier this month, India issued arrest warrants for several Pakistanis that India claimed were involved in the attack. Pakistan, however, said they required stronger evidence to indict the accused, in response to which, India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin alleged that ”the entire planning of the dastardly
Mumbai terrorist attack was hatched in Pakistan, the training of the terrorists who launched that attack was undertaken in Pakistan, the financing of the conspiracy was in Pakistan. It, therefore, follows that 99% of the evidence will be available in Pakistan.” The spokesperson went on to claim that India had fully cooperated with Pakistan. ”On our part, we have fully cooperated with the Pakistan Judicial Commission which visited India in September 2013 and all information that they wanted was handed over to the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on October 14 and 15. “It now devolves on Pakistani authorities to ensure that justice is done in the Mumbai attack case in accordance with their own assurances.”
Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed. — Mark Twain
newS Sunday, 27 October, 2013
car bomb at Syria mosque kills 40, including children syrian goVernment, reBels aCCuse eaCh other of Carnage DAMASCUS
HE toll from a car bomb explosion at a mosque in Suq Wadi Barada near Damascus Friday soared to at least 40, including seven children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Syrian government and opposition exchanged blame for the carnage in the town. Suq Wadi Barada is under rebel control and ringed by troops loyal to the regime of President Bashar alAssad. “The toll from a car bomb explosion that detonated after Friday prayers in Suq Wadi Barada has risen to 40, including seven children and a woman,” said the Observatory. “The number of dead is likely to rise because there are dozens of wounded, most of them in critical condition,” it added. State news agency SANA had earlier reported the blast, blaming “terrorists”, the term the Assad regime uses for forces fighting to oust it.
The opposition National Coalition meanwhile blamed the Assad regime for the “massacre” caused by what it said were two car bombs placed outside the Osama Bin Zeid mosque in Suq Wadi Barada. “Bashar alAssad’s gangs detonated two car bombs at midday… that were planted in front of the Osama Bin Zeid mosque in Suq Wadi Barada,” the Coalition said in a statement. “The regime’s constant commission of massacres makes it the duty of countries of the free world, the friends of the Syrian people, as well as international human rights and humanitarian organisations to fulfil their responsibilities towards civilians,” it added. They must “protect the lives of Syrians and uphold their rights”. An activist on the ground told AFP via the Internet that there had only been one explosion. “A second car bomb had been planted but it was discovered and defused before it exploded,” he said. Amateur video shot after the explosion showed clouds of smoke rising above a burning car, while cries of men and women could be heard amid the chaos that followed the blast. The footage also showed people carrying away casualties. Car bombings have plagued Syria in recent months, killing scores across the country.
Tens of thousands march for same-sex marriage in Taiwan TAIPEI AGenCieS
Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press demands to legalise same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation. Organisers and participants said they were heartened by the prospect of same-sex marriage becoming a reality, despite enduring traditional attitudes among many residents. Taiwan’s legislature on Friday began a review of a gay marriage bill, which has the support of 53 percent of the public, according to a recent opinion poll, though acceptance of a gay family member remains low. “Chinese families are still very tradi-
tional,” said Jennifer Lu of the counselling group Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association and one of the hosts on the centre stage. “People still emphasise having an heir and passing on the family name.” On a cool autumn day, the 11th annual parade was marked by colourful costumes, plenty of exposed skin, musical performances and vendors lining the route to and from the city hall. Spokeswoman Meico Tsai praised the liberal attitudes that have put Taiwan far ahead of its neighbours in terms of tolerance of gays. “Compared to other Asian countries, we’re more open, but we still have a long way to go,” she said. Sexual-orientation education is a part of the primary school curriculum and LGBT individuals enjoy legal protection from hiring discrimination and other forms of prejudice.
Saudi women break driving ban, defying warnings RIYADH AGenCieS
A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on Saturday, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution to take part in a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said. But some others stayed at home, put off by phone calls from men who said they were from the Interior Ministry, reported organizers of the demonstration against an effective ban on women drivers. Police put up checkpoints in some parts of Riyadh, Reuters witnesses said, and there appeared to be more traffic patrols than usual on the streets of the capital - the latest sign of the sensitivity of the issue in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. “I know of several women who drove earlier today. We will post videos (online) later,” one of the campaign organizers told Reuters by phone. Five videos were published on the campaign’s YouTube feed and Twitter on Saturday morning, dated October 26 and purporting to show women driving in Riyadh, the oasis region of al-Ahsa
Five videos were published on the campaign’s YouTube feed and Twitter on Saturday morning, dated October 26 and purporting to show women driving in Riyadh, the oasis region of al-Ahsa and the city of Jeddah. and the city of Jeddah. It was not possible to verify when they were filmed. King Abdullah has pushed some
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A series of bombs killed at least 16 people across Iraq on Friday as Shias celebrated a holy festival, police and medical sources said. Nine bombs were detonated by remote control. The deadliest were two roadside devices that exploded in quick succession in a market in the Shia town of Yousufiya, 20 km south of Baghdad, killing at least seven people. It was not immediately clear who was behind Friday’s attacks, but Sunni insurgents have been regaining ground in Iraq this year, reversing a drop in the level of violence. In Baquba, at least four people were killed by six roadside bombs planted near the homes of Shia families who had recently returned after being displaced from the area due to fear of attacks by al Qaeda militants. A roadside bomb exploded in a Shia neighbourhood of western Baghdad, killing at least four people. In Buhriz, a bomb attached to a car killed one member of a Shia family, police said. Al Gadeer is one of the biggest festivals for Shias who renew their pledge of allegiance to Imam Ali, the second-most important Islamic figure for Shias after the Prophet Mohammed.
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cautious reforms, expanding female education and employment. But he has also been careful not to open big rifts with conservative clerics. Mosques across Saudi Arabia broadcast sermons on Friday telling women to stay at home. Protests are illegal in Saudi Arabia, and public demands for political or so-
cial change have traditionally been interpreted by the authorities as an unacceptable challenge to the ruling al-Saud family’s authority, local analysts say. However, organizers said their call for women to drive on Saturday was not a political protest as they had not called for gatherings, rallies or processions of cars.
A gunfight broke out between Afghan and foreign soldiers on the outskirts of the capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least one Afghan serviceman and injuring a number of other soldiers, according to Afghan and NATO officials. So-called “insider attacks” are severely straining ties between the NATO-led alliance and the Kabul authorities and further undermine waning support for the war in the West. They have become one of the Taliban insurgents’ most effective weapons against the coalition. “There was an argument between an Afghan and foreign soldier inside a military base... where they opened fire on each other. An investigation is ongoing,” defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said. The soldier killed was Afghan, a spokesman for the NATO-led force said. A number of others were reported to have been injured. Insider attacks have been on the rise in recent months, with at least five reported since Sept 21, compared to 11 incidents since the start of the year.
I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. –Rita Rudner
it’s a complex world, and very cruel
Sunday, 27 October, 2013
dr Imran's popular panacea suggests pain for the rich and well-heeled
HE PTI chief has long been obsessed with the idea that the PPP and the PML-N are covert collaborators in each other’s alleged illegalities and self-serving policies. In a press conference Friday, he spoke on this and other subjects relating to revenue generation which are causing the present state of national political, economic and social paralysis. His opening salvo was on his pet theme: the two majority parties are scratching each other’s back by appointing a mutually acceptable NAB chief and reaching an underhand deal on the new Public Accounts Committee chairman. It would appear that he would not mind at all stepping into Syed Khursheed Shah’s shoes, if he could only get his numbers right. That cannot happen without the MQM’s support, which is already talking to the PPP for joining the Sindh cabinet. So the sight of the tenacious bulldog grappling with the tame watchdog in the NA seems highly unlikely. But the other matters Imran touched upon hit their mark. His sarcastic reference of the PML-N as ‘a rich man’s club’ was not amiss, considering the business community to be the party’s main constituency. His seven point formula would find a ready acceptance with the vast suffering majority: nabbing tax evaders by bringing the promised millions into the tax net to generate about Rs300 billion; plugging 35 percent sales tax evasion to yield another Rs250 billion; taxing agriculture and real estate sectors; imposing taxes on capital gains, property and the stock market; eliminating gas and electricity theft; bringing back all the looted money and ending of the money whitening schemes. Particularly critical of the hike in the gas and electricity prices which had fuelled countrywide inflation, with middle and poor classes hit the hardest, Imran called for their withdrawal despite these were the IMF conditionalities, and promised a campaign in the Punjab from November 1. Imran’s emphasis on the vast gulf and brutal inequity between the filthy rich and the unjustly taxed poor would strike a sympathetic chord in many Pakistanis. But then the old question arises: who will bell the cat? Already the tax returns for this year have been delayed twice; rumour has it that the filing of wealth tax return is the real issue. Amid all the hype over broadening the tax base, is this the right message to the tax-payers? It would seem that despite all his good intentions, Imran Khan’s agenda, is most likely to meet the same fate as another seven point, that of the then general, now prisoner, Pervez Musharraf. A privileged class does not voluntarily surrender its privileges.
It must cease exchange of fire on loC
HERE was exchange of messages conveying warm feelings between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh soon after the PML-N won the electoral victory in May. Within days of assuming office Sharif appointed a seasoned former diplomat to help revive the back channel talks. In his interview with the Daily Telegraph the new prime minister made it clear that he saw his election victory as a “mandate for peace with India”. At a couple of occasions later Sharif vowed to restart the dialogue where it was left at his historic meeting with Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. There was a widespread perception that the stalled composite dialogue between the two sides would be restarted within a short period. The dream was shattered when border incidents once again started miring the friendly environment as had happened earlier in January this year when both sides were preparing to take major steps towards normalisation. Obviously the spoilers on both sides are again at work to foil the fresh peace offensive. The 2003 ceasefire between the nuclear-armed neighbours has by and large been held all these years. This has happened despite sporadic though relatively minor incidents on the LoC. What is different this time is that border skirmishes have escalated significantly and the exchange of fire has occurred at places which had never been affected before. During the last few weeks a number of civilians and men in uniform have died in firing and mortar attacks from both sides. During their talks in New York last month Sharif and Singh agreed to task their respective DGMOs to come up with a clear plan to restore ceasefire along the LoC. It was decided that the two officers would meet soon. Four weeks after the talks, the proposed meetings have yet to be held. In fact there has been an increase in the border incidents after Sharif-Manmohan talks. On Thursday, Manmohan Singh expressed disappointment, putting the blame on the Pakistani side. On Friday, Pakistan government called for an immediate meeting between the military officials of the two countries. Blame game or wringing of hands would not do. What is required on the part of the political leadership on both sides of the border to assert their will effectively to put an end to the ongoing muscle-flexing. Unless they do this both the countries would be losers.
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E only have Nawaz Sharif’s word that he talked to Barak Obama about ending drone strikes. So too, claimed the ‘government’ before his. No result. Instead, drone strikes increased after 2008. I suppose Sharif may have mentioned drones, like Obama mentioned ‘qeema’ and ‘daal’ – mincemeat and lentils – that he had learned to cook when he visited Pakistan, but neither drones nor qeema and daal found mention in the ‘Joint Statement by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Obama’, and issued by the White House Office of the press secretary on October 23, 2013. I suppose too that Obama knew that nothing focuses Sharif’s mind like food does and he doesn’t need notes to discuss it. “He’s sound on food”, Obama may have been told. Sharif should also have known Obama’s culinary preferences and brought qeema and daal along with the usual carpet or watch. “Mud in your eye,” says America. “If you cannot get rid of the terrorists, we will. If there is collateral damage, bad luck. We have to look after our interests first, not yours.” The indirect US response via a leak published in The Washington Post was that Pakistani governments have endorsed drone strikes, so what is the hullabaloo all about? It’s about fooling one’s public, Sir, that’s why. Actually, Nawaz reserved his bombast and fulminations about drones and ‘topplers’ of governments for Pakistani-American gatherings. “Those who topple governments should be punished,” fumed Nawaz. Quite, but he left the sentence unfinished: “…and those who create conditions that cause governments to be toppled should also be punished.” But that will put him in the cooler too. We should learn that whatever decisions we take should be in our interest first, not anyone else’s. However, if our decision harms anyone else’s interests we should also be prepared for the response. If we cannot bear it then we perforce have to choose the lesser evil. And that is what we have been doing ever since 9/11. Shoot down a drone if you will and be prepared for the consequences but only if you have unity and the strength to bear it. Not only will our beggar’s bowl become empty, the bombing that could ensue would put drones in the shade. They wrongly claim that Musharraf caved in to a phone call from Colin Powell. I’ll tell you what. Reverse history. Put your money where your mouth is. Foreign minister Nawaz Sharif should phone John Kerry and tell him that “the deal is off, no more cooperation on the war on terror or else. Another drone and we will strike it down.” Then see the money go and the monkey dance. Words come cheap, Sir; living up to them is more difficult. Instead of eliminating our terrorists we give them recognition and legitimacy by calling them ‘stakeholders’ and offer talks from a position of weakness. We blame drone strikes as an excuse for our terrorism, forgetting that the terrorists have killed far more innocent Pakistanis, soldiers and police than drones strikes have. We forget that terrorism raised its ugly head on our land in the mid-1980s. Suicide bombing, not an original tactic
of our terrorists, manifested itself after 9/11. We forget that we are historically the third largest recipients of the US money after Israel and Egypt. We forget that America is our largest export market and one of the largest investors in Pakistan. We forget how many scholarships they have given us. I can bet that if and when drone strikes stop terrorism will not only continue but could also increase because of emboldened terrorists wanting to implement their agenda of seizing the state and ceasing it by imposing their personal Sharia on it. I can bet that if US bailouts stop we will bite the dust faster than you can say “a penny for your thoughts, Sir” and our military will come to a grinding halt. The country will cease too in the absence of a coherent ideology from which correct strategies emanate. Lacking any solid information from a credible source, this paper tried to put a gloss on it. The usual “diplomatic source” told it on the usual “condition of anonymity” that “a possible understanding on [an] end to drone strikes could emerge and the US authorities could agree to bring [a] halt to strikes in [the] Pakistani Tribal Areas by the end of 2014.” Focus on the words ‘possible’ and ‘could’. End of next year the drawdown should be complete and the US may stop drones strikes if they don’t need them. This beats any sailor’s yarn. And ‘agree’? We will make the US ‘agree’ on something, anything? When we start cooking delusions the smell creates delusions. No wonder the only interesting thing discussed in the meeting was food. Stratfor’s GeoPolitical Diary of October 25, 2013, ‘Problems Mount for Pakistan’s Leader’ seemed closer to the truth. “Thursday was a bad day for Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif was getting ready to return home from a trip to the United States, during which he failed to get Washington to even consider the issue of drone strikes in the country’s northwestern tribal badlands. On the same day, Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of Pakistan’s archrival India, said that he is disappointed with his Pakistani counterpart for not doing enough to end the clashes between Pakistani and Indian forces along their disputed border in Kashmir. The Pakistani prime minister is thus coming home to more problems than he left behind. “Within hours of Sharif’s Oct 23 meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House, where he ostensibly called for an end to drone strikes in his country, The Washington Post, citing leaked highly sensitive CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos, reported that Islamabad had been secretly endorsing the drone strikes. The leaks were designed not only as a rejoinder to Sharif’s demand but also in response to the Amnesty International report released a day before the meeting claiming that the airstrikes had led to many civilian deaths. “Sharif…has long promised the Pakistani public that he will work toward bringing an end to the drone strikes. In fact, before leaving for the United States he explicitly said that he would raise the issue with Obama. That much he did… in the hope that he would be able to show his constituents
back home that he is honoring his commitment to bring an end to what a majority of Pakistanis believe is a violation of their national sovereignty. “The Pakistani prime minister had hoped that Obama would respond with a statement to the effect that Washington would work with Islamabad to eventually get to a point where the United States would not have to conduct the strikes. Not only did Obama say nothing of the sort, the leak to The Washington Post was meant as a signal to Islamabad to back off from the issue. After all, if Islamabad has lost control of its territory to the extent that transnational jihadists have sanctuary, then Washington has to continue with the drone strikes, especially in a country in which the use of regular land and air forces is not in the American interest. The net effect is that the Sharif’s trip was a failure – in fact, the leak has further complicated US-Pakistani relations. Focus on the phrase “…he ostensibly called for an end to drone strikes in his country.” ‘Ostensibly’, what? The joint statement is the usual diplomatic gibberish. I have looked high and low for any mention of drones in it and found none. I will now look at it sideways and upside down too. I have to find Nawaz Sharif’s mention of drones and his request to end them. There’s nothing new in it except pious desires to turn old projects in the doldrums into work in progress. Apart from what is missing there’s nothing wrong in it, but there’s nothing in it to get excited about either. The only ‘success’ was that the meeting was held at all and we are talking. It says that the two leaders focused on the usual five things: law enforcement and counterterrorism; economics and finance; energy; security, strategic stability and non-proliferation; and the Defense Consultative Group. The joint statement ‘affirmed’ the two countries are committed to democracy, human rights, freedom, and respect for international law… blah, blah, blah. Nawaz should be careful. Elections under western political systems are America’s post-Cold War weapon to put pliable, obedient governments in place as window dressing of ‘democracy’. If such a government goes off at a tangent that damages US interests, democracy is forgotten and it is mercilessly ‘Morsied’. They don’t even call the Egyptian military intervention a ‘coup’. A ‘correction’, perhaps? When President Ayub Khan visited Washington in 1961, President and Mrs Kennedy received him at Andrews Airbase, US military forces gave him an honour salute, the US public was at the airport waving Pakistani flags, and they drove off in the presidential limousine waving to people lined-up along both sides of the road. ‘Friends, not Masters’, what? Innocent abroad, Nawaz didn’t even get a family photo with Obama that he did with Clinton on the second try when he had gone to Washington to cave in on Kargil. Perhaps the second lady had gone shopping again. It’s a complex, complex world, Sir, and very, very cruel.
Nawaz should be careful. Elections under western political systems are America’s post-Cold War weapon to put pliable, obedient governments in place as window dressing of ‘democracy’. If such a government goes off at a tangent that damages US interests, democracy is forgotten and it is mercilessly ‘Morsied’.
Humayun Gauhar is a political analyst. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. –Friedrich Nietzsche
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Sanctity of the fIr a shift needs to take place in the prosecutorial and judicial application of relevant law
rebuilding Pakistan-US ties toward mutually respectful and enduring relationship?
F easing tensions is taken as the first step towards erasing trust deficit between Pakistan and the United States, the outcome of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s White House meeting with President Barack Obama this week could be interpreted differently in narrow and larger perspectives. In the immediate context, Obama’s silence over the contentious drone strikes issue has done little to soothe the Pakistani public sentiment, despite the fact that the visit of the Pakistani leader was marked by a positive tone and candid discussions. The closest Obama came to touching the prickly drone issue, was when he spoke about counterterrorism at the conclusion of his twohour meeting with Nawaz Sharif: “We agreed that we need to continue to find constructive ways to partner together in ways that respect Pakistan’s sovereignty, that respect the concerns of both countries.” Analysts believe irrespective of The Washington Post revelations of the past tacit understanding on drone operations, the deadly optics of the tactic are likely to defy goodwill public diplomacy vibes on both sides until the clandestine operations cease and responsibility for civilian deaths is accepted. “Concerns raised by international nongovernmental groups about civilians killed by drones should cause both governments to limit the program,” The New York Times noted in an editorial as Sharif traveled back. The lingering issue has already been overshadowing productive aspects of the engagement like the US support for Pakistan’s energy and education sectors. In the same way, Pakistan’s help in elimination of several al-Qaeda operatives is often blurred by the controversy around Afghan Taliban sanctuary along the Afghan border. But viewed in the continuum of the key bilateral relationship, strained by years of Afghan war-related controversies and divisive narratives, the White House meeting afforded an opportunity to the two leaders to start rebuilding ties. Towards that end, a series of indicators and concrete announcements emerged that signal the US climbing down from the Afghan war rhetoric about Pakistan being part of the problem in Afghanistan. In fact, news stories and White House official statements sounding “optimism and hope” on the future of Pakistan-US ties paved the way for honest conversations on persisting issues with the goal to move towards a mutually productive partnership. The full revival of US-Pakistan Strategic Partnership and announcement on resumption of stalled $1.6 billion in security and economic
assistance are meaningful manifestations of normalization of ties that ebbed precariously in 2011 with discovery of al-Qaeda chief, te Abbottabad raid and the Salala killings. Another positive indication emanating during the visit, was the absence of Afghanistan as the overriding elephant in the bilateral discourse. Yet, discussions included all points of grievances on the regional laundry list like Pakistan’s concerns about Indians and Afghans misusing Afghan territory to stoke troubles in Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the US concerns about tribal areas sanctuary that militants use for attacks across the Afghan border. The US officials and the joint statement issued after the Oval Office parleys took special care to underscore the wide-ranging nature of cooperative ties and economic and trade priorities Pakistan has been advocating for a long time get a proper mention. This expression of realization that Washington should treat Pakistan on account of its own strengths and importance stems partly from the fact that Washington needs Pakistan’s crucial help in the countdown to 2014 drawdown deadline and in the Afghan Taliban’s reconciliation with Kabul for a relatively acceptable end to war. Reports say the United States may expand the proportion of troops and materiel leaving Afghanistan via Pakistan from 20 to 60 percent by the end of 2014. Secondly, Washington appears to be conscious of the “enormous” value in having a long-term relationship with its old nucleararmed ally, located at the heart of the region that includes rising China, India, oil-rich Gulf and energy-resourceful Central Asia. “The impending coalition exit from Afghanistan is a short-term issue. A stable and prosperous Pakistan is what will matter most for the long run,” says Shuja Nawaz, who heads the South Asian Center at Washington’s Atlantic Council. The warmth of the tone and breadth of discussions encompassing trade, economic and energy cooperation, also show Washington’s deference to the new Pakistani leader, who swept to victory on the promise of fixing the ailing economy. Meanwhile, availability of Pakistan overland routes has greatly helped repair ties. But, the two sides still have to deal with Pakistani concerns regarding Washington’s policy towards India and the impact of future Afghan situation on Pakistan as its landlocked neighbour moves to 2014 transition. “Despite these improvements, significant points of contention between the two countries persist, especially regarding the security situation in South Asia and U.S. policy in the region,” say experts Frederic Grare and Reece Trevor in a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace commentary. “The United States and India have moved toward creating a strategic partnership in the past decade, and this burgeoning relationship has challenged American ties with Pakistan,” they observe. The Pakistani leader, who is seen as a politically more powerful head of government than previous coalition leaders, raised the issue of LoC tensions with India and sought Washington’s role in facilitating a resolution to the Kashmir dispute. Although, Obama and the joint statement
did not say anything in this respect, senior State Department officials explained Washington’s position the following day. “India was discussed at some length in nearly all of his meetings… and he [Sharif] urged the United States to do whatever it could to encourage continued progress in the Pakistan-India dialogue,” a senior official commented in a background briefing. And Washington’s response: “That we very much support improvements in this [PakistanIndia] relationship and that we’ll continue to use our influence with both governments to encourage them to move in that direction.” The statement, though made in the background, is surely a welcome sign of the US willingness to be attentive to Pakistan’s security concerns vis-à-vis India at a time when Obama’s Asia pivot sees India an important partner in view of rising China. On a similar note, the senior State Department official, while commenting on Pakistani concerns regarding India and Afghanistan interfering from its Western Afghan border, stated: “I think the Pakistani concern is mostly the use of Afghan territory by both India and Afghanistan, for that matter, as a sort of reverse sanctuary. I think that at least was what the concerns that they were expressing and we made clear that we are against the use of proxies, that we opposed cross-border militancy, this is something that’s in the interest of all of the countries of the region and we’re communicating that message to all of the countries.” Additionally, the Obama administration also nodded in yes to Nawaz Sharif’s attempt at seeking a negotiated path to curbing the TTP insurgency. But Nawaz Sharif will have to show leadership in taking along all institutions in his avowed drive to curb militancy. To his credit, he repeatedly acknowledged the need in his public appearances that Pakistan has to put its own house in order to deal with economic, security and governance challenges. Other issues impacting the regional climate from Pakistani perspective are US discriminatory nuclear treatment of Islamabad after its award of a nuclear deal to New Delhi. And from Washington’s perspective the concerns revolve around Pakistan’s lack of ability to stop militants from launching attacks in India and Afghanistan. But the fact that the two sides have been able to put the relationship back on track is a clear indicator of improvement in the relationship. The proof of the pudding, however, will certainly lie in the actions the two countries take to satisfy mutual concerns and priorities in the months ahead, when all five working groups – on Energy, Finance, Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism, the Defense Consultative Group and the Strategic Stability – meet by the end of the year. How far the two countries make progress on immediate issues – Pakistan with a check on cross-border militancy and help for Afghan reconciliation, and the US on materializing trade concessions and high visibility energy programmes for Pakistan as well as drone restraint – will determine the extent to which Washington and Islamabad would be able foster the strategic trust necessary for a mutually respectful and enduring relationship – something that has eluded them in the past. Ali Imran is Washington-based journalist.
HE recent and consuming debate about reform and redrafting of the anti-terrorism law stems from a recognition of two specific issues relating to the prosecution of suspected terrorists: 1) allegedly, the law enforcement agencies are unable to apprehend, detain and investigate terror suspects, and 2) even when such terror suspects are brought before a court of law, no conviction takes place owing to lack of sufficient evidence, or due to improper investigation. SAAd RASOOl The first of these two issues – apprehension, detention and investigation of the suspects – is mostly operational in nature, dealing less with the legislative provisions, and more with the capacity and operational expertise of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies. And consequently, the improvement of this issue requires a long-term strategy of improving the training and building the capacity of our law enforcement establishment. The second of the two issues – prosecution of the terrorist suspects, resulting in meaningful convictions – squarely falls within the four corners of legislative reform, along with its interpretation and implementation. Therefore, at least in theory, this can be done almost immediately, with a stroke of a pen. While discussions and deliberations will continue to rage on about the precise contours of the legislative provisions and procedures that must govern the empire of a new anti-terrorism law, and more broadly our criminal justice system, one aspect of the prosecutorial process that requires our particular attention (an issue that perseveres across all criminal justice system) is the sanctity that is afforded to the First Information Report (FIR). By way of background, it is pertinent to mention that the FIR, conceptually, is simply meant to be the earliest communication or intimation of the occurrence of a cognizable offence to the relevant State agency, aimed at setting in motion an investigation into the matter. Specifically, per the mandate of section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1898, such ‘first information’ is to be conveyed to the relevant police authorities, reduced in writing, and duly signed by the complainant. The FIR, in almost all instances, includes an account of where the incident in question took place, the offences attracted, some assertion about the description or identity of the suspected offenders, and frequently also assigns specific ‘roles’ to the suspects in the commission of the alleged crime. Introduced under the colonial rule, historically, the FIR did not hold a sacrosanct place in the prosecution of criminal offences. Numerous judgments of the superior courts have held that the primary purpose of the FIR is simply to inform the police about the commission of a cognizable offence, and that it is not essential that “all” details regarding the commission of an offence be provided at the FIR stage. In this regard, senior police officials and lawyers relate (fabled) stories about a time, many decades ago, when a brief (two or three lines) FIR, without much detail or evidence, could trigger a prosecution that resulted in the conviction of a murder suspect. However, over time, trial courts across Pakistan (including the antiterrorism courts), guided by eminent defence lawyers, started placing a much higher (evidentiary?) value on the contents and sanctity of the FIR. A line of jurisprudence, emanating from the trial court and later upheld by the superior courts, encouraged significant details about the events and identity/role of the accused to be included in the FIR itself, for a meaningful conviction to take place. As judicial interpretation of evidentiary standards evolved, trial courts started requiring the prosecution to prove their case in line with a narrow view of Qanoon-e-Shahadat and Islamic injunctions concerning ocular testimony (especially concerning offences such as murder). It soon became necessary to have eyewitness accounts to convict suspects for heinous offences. And the natural nexus was to include the eyewitnesses in the FIR itself, given their proximity to the scene of the crime. As a result, through a process of reverse-engineering the prosecution and the police, with the aid of the complainant, were forced to ‘create’ FIRs that included (false) eyewitness accounts, without which convictions could not take place. And as is true for most false testimonies, it thus became easy for the defence counsels to poke holes in and point our discrepancies in such ‘manufactured’ eyewitness accounts. Naturally, such manufactured evidence led to a reduced number of convictions, and a larger fraction of the accused being granted bail at the interim stages of the trial. A cursory reading of most FIRs concerning the offence of murder, across Pakistan, would demonstrate a set pattern of events in which the accused (along with his friends) issues a ‘lalkara’ (a sort of hollering used as a warning or threatening posture) prior to firing upon the deceased, and the entire story is witnessed by bystanders, all if not most of whom, are relatives or friends of the deceased or the complainant. In this cyclostyled set of circumstances, everyone – on the defence as well as the prosecution side – is aware of their roles and responsibilities, in a game that is geared by rules of conviction, instead of any measure of truth. The prosecutorial system has thus become hostage between two competing ideas: that of creating an FIR which includes enough evidence and testimony to satisfy the judicial standards of conviction, and that of being vulnerable to the weaknesses of an FIR that is inherently false. And when this model is applied to acts of terrorism, it becomes virtually impossible to get any meaningful result. A debate about the re-evaluation of our criminal justice system, its standards, its procedures, and its application must necessarily entail a rethinking of the judicial sanctity afforded to the FIR. The truth is that most murders, almost all rape cases, and certainly most acts of terror are not done in the plain sight of eyewitnesses. Crime, in the modern day, has evolved to become more sophisticated, and less traceable. A corresponding shift now needs to take place in the prosecutorial and judicial application of relevant law. And in this process, a rethinking of the sanctity that our criminal justice system affords to the FIR is perhaps the first step. Saad Rasool is a Lahore-based lawyer. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com, or Twitter: @Ch_SaadRasool
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john MAyer SPeAKS At oxford
Listen to advice, but follow your heart — Conway Twitty
‘MerI betI’, the new show on the BloCk!
‘M While ladylove Katy Perry celebrated her 29th birthday performing for high schoolers in Colorado, John Mayer was over in the U.K. talking with college students. The blues rocker turned up in Oxfordshire, England where he gave an address at Oxford University's Student Union Friday, talking for an hour and a half about his career, his education and imparting the worldly advice he's picked up over the years to pupils studying there. A transcript of his speech has not yet surfaced, but those in attendance took to Twitter to express their excitement about Mayer taking time out from his current British trek to talk to them. And he looked good doing it as the singer wore khaki pants and a preppy cable knit sweater and top. "Studying at Oxford just became worth it after seeing @JohnMAyer at the Union today! #amazing," tweeted incoming masters candidate Rebecca Miles. Added another student by the name of Tom Board: "Great to see @JohnMayer in Oxford – excited to hear the next album!" For his part, John was also thrilled by the invitation. "Thank you to the Oxford Student Union for this afternoon. It was a great event," he tweeted. Mayer's final gig of his U.K. jaunt is set for London's Wembley Arena on Saturday. And since Katy's been getting attention of late with her big "Roar" competition, we think it's only fair John gets a little love, too. Check out this video from his Thursday show in Amsterdam in which he joked with fans, signed a guitar and teased Guns N' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine." neWS deSK
ERI Beti’ will be starting this week and from the promos, this one looks promising. The drama shows the bond between a mother and her. Written by Mohsin Ali and directed by Badar Mehmood, the drama stars Samina Peerzada, Arij Fatima and Ismat Zaidi in lead roles. Although the concept is not a new one, it will be refreshing to see Samina Peerzada on screen yet again. Arij Fatima too will hopefully get some room to shine and if the story is any good, the drama will definitely make its way to the top
soon since there is not much competition these days. ‘Adhoori Aurat’ has some fine twists and turns going on in it. For one, we got to see that a father who was least interested in his daughter when she was born is now taking huge risks to bring her back into his life. Zain meets Arshiya accidently at a book store and Arshiya who was so deprived of her father’s love wanted to get to know this man better since she could see a father figure in him. Little does she know that he abandoned her when she was just a few months old. Arshiya has quite a lot of complaints
from her mother. For one, she wants to know why her parents separated and Mariyum is reluctant to tell her anything. If Arshiya is old enough to sneak out to meet her father at a mall, she is certainly old enough to know why he left them in the first place. Mariyum is busy with her job as a teacher and she cannot give
jAyA bAchAn loses it at ghai’s party
MAn goeS bAcK Into bUrnIng hoUSe to SAve beer Paula Patton, Robin Thicke & Julian in West Hollywood, aka Celeb Central come Halloween time.
Budweiser phased out its "Real Men of Genius" commercials in 2008, but this man may be enough to bring them out of retirement. In that vein, today we salute you, Mr. "Run Into a Burning Building to Save a Beer" man. While others are fearing for their safety and wondering what to do, you courageously dive back into the inferno, jeopardizing your own safety, and possibly the safety of firefighters, for just one more round. That real-life man of genius is Walter Serpit, a Columbus, Ga., resident who was watching television at his house Thursday afternoon, when a new water heater is believed to have started a fire. As the room filled with smoke, Serpit, five other adults and two children escaped to safety, reports ABC2 News. Once clear of the structure, though, Serpit had other things on his mind. It wasn't the possible loss of family photos, beloved pets or family heirlooms. No, Serpit ventured back into the burning building to rescue some beers. "I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out," he said later to WTVM. neWS deSK
enough time to her daughter, that is probably what’s drawing them apart. Although Zain loves his daughter, I doubt that he is man enough to tell her the truth. Will he take Arshiya away from the mother who spent her whole life taking care of her only daughter singlehandedly? neWS deSK
According to Indian media reports Bollywood veteran actress Jaya Bachchan lost her cool with a cameraman who reportedly addressed her daughter-in-law as Aishwarya instead of Mrs. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The incident took place at Subhash Ghai's party, when a photographer called out to both the actresses’ to pose for the camera. Bachchan reportedly got quite angry when the photographer addressed her ‘bahu’ by her first name. However, Aishwarya chose to remain silent. "Kya Aishwarya Aishwarya bula rahe ho, tumhare class mein padhti thi kya?,” the veteran actress was quoted as saying to the cameraman. Photographers at the scene were were reportedly quite shocked by her reaction. A photographer said "what else does one call her? Sometime ago, Abhishek Bachchan too had screamed at us for referring to his wife as Ash telling us that her name is Aishwarya and not Ash. Do they expect us to call her Mrs Bachchan?" neWS deSK
QUINCY JONES SUES MJ’S ESTATE FOR $10 MILLION Maybe Quincy Jones didn't want to be startin' somethin', but somethin' has begun, nonetheless. The 80-year-old music legend, who coproduced Michael Jackson's biggest albums, including Thriller, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the late pop icon's estate, alleging that "clandestine arrangements" put in place have served to cheat him out of royalties he's due for his contributions to Jackson's earlier work. Per court documents obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Jones claims that the recordings he worked on have been edited and remixed in a way to deprive him of his deserved cut from projects like the This Is It soundtrack and the two current Cirque du Soleil shows that utilize Jackson's music. "Quincy has been frustrated with these matters for a number of years, felt he was not making any progress and needed to take more formal action," his attorney, Henry Gradstein, told THR. Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said in a statement that they were "saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a law-
suit seeking money from Michael's estate. To the best of [the estate's] knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for
his work with Michael." The lawsuit, filed today in L.A. Superior Court, charges that Jackson's estate "secretly entered into a venture agreement with
Sony" to share profits in violation of deals Jones signed in 1978 and 1985 assuring that he would get a "backend" piece from the sale of revamped tracks. The deals also gave him the first opportunity to remix or re-edit any of the master recordings that he was a part of if he so desired, the suit contends. In addition to coproducing Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad with Jackson, he also conducted and produced the famed charity ensemble recording "We Are the World," which was written by M.J. and Lionel Richie, featured Jackson as a soloist and five of his siblings in the chorus. In suing for breach of contract, Jones is seeking at least $10 million in damages, a full accounting of what he may be owed and other unspecified compensation. Jackson's estate suffered another legal blow early this month when a jury found entertainment promoter AEG Live not liable in the singer's 2009 death from an accidental propofol overdose—and therefore didn't owe his beneficiaries a cent. neWS deSK
Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment — Alexander McQueen
MOUSE AND SCORPION fight to the finish … for sCienCe
HO would win in a fight: a bark scorpion or a grasshopper mouse? It seems like an easy call. The bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) delivers one of the most painful stings in the animal kingdom—human victims have compared the experience to being branded. The 25-gram grasshopper mouse (Onychomys torridus) is, well, a mouse. But as you can see in the video above, grasshopper mice routinely kill and eat bark scorpions, blissfully munching away even as their prey sting them repeatedly (and sometimes right in the face). Now, scientists have discovered why the grasshopper mice don’t react to bark scorpion stings: They simply don’t feel them. Evolutionary neurobiologist Ashlee Rowe at Michigan State University has been studying the grasshopper mice’s apparent superpower since she was in graduate school. For the new study, she milked venom from nearly 500 bark scorpions and started experimenting. When she injected the venom into the hind paws
of regular laboratory mice, the mice furiously licked the site for several minutes. But when she injected the same venom into grasshopper mice, they licked their paws for just a few seconds and then went about their business, apparently unfazed. In fact, the grasshopper mice appeared to be more irritated by injections of the saline solution Rowe used as a control. Rowe knew that grasshopper mice weren’t entirely impervious to pain—they reacted to injections of other painful chemicals such as formalin, just not the bark scorpion venom. To find out what was going on, she and her team decided to determine how the venom affects the grasshopper mouse’s nervous system, in particular the parts responsible for sensing pain. Luckily for Rowe’s team, feeling pain involves just a few of the body’s many possible chemical channels, so they were able to quickly zero in on two of them: Nav1.7 and Nav1.8, which work by moving sodium ions in and out of cells. In mammals, Nav1.7 initiates a pain signal, while Nav1.8 transmits that signal to Jennifer Garner & Violet as they flash their fake 'staches ahead of Halloween.
the brain. Both channels need to be activated for something to hurt. In a petri dish, Rowe and colleagues could tell that the bark scorpion venom works by targeting Nav1.7 in cells from lab mice and grasshopper mice. But in grasshopper mice, Nav1.8 comes to the rescue with a neat trick: It shuts down in the presence of bark scorpion venom. “The [pain] signal might get generated by sodium channel 1.7, but it does not get sent to the brain by 1.8,” Rowe says. Her team reports its results online today in Science. “They’ve actually shown the molecular basis by which an animal has evolved [pain] resistance, and that’s very cool,” says Glenn King, a structural biologist at the University of Queensland in Australia who was not involved in the research. Pain resistance, even to specific stimuli like scorpion venom, is an unusual adaptation, Rowe says. Typically, pain “prompts us to take care of ourselves,” she says, alerting us to dangerous situations, like a nearby flame or a cut that could become infected, and teaching us to avoid them in the future. She speculates that grasshopper mice evolved their resistance to bark scorpion venom so that they could eat the arthropods, which are abundant in the Arizona desert where the mice live. Bark scorpions “represent a really valuable food resource” in an ecosystem where other prey is scarce, she says. Although grasshopper mice can usually
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feel other kinds of pain, Rowe observed that they seem to be temporarily insensitive to other painful stimuli after a dose of bark scorpion venom shuts down their Nav1.8 channels. She hopes this trick might be useful for engineering a new class of painkillers for humans. “The ideal painkiller is one that you take and your pain goes away but nothing else is affected,” says Ewan Smith, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the cur-
rent research. Because Nav1.7 and Nav1.8’s only jobs are to trigger pain, he says, a drug that targeted one or both of them as well as bark scorpion venom does would inhibit pain but let you keep other types of sensations (no more numb faces after a visit to the dentist). What’s more, it would have no side effects or risk of addiction because it would affect the pain pathways and nothing else, Smith says. Now that’s a superpower worth writing home about. neWS deSK
Jon Cryer’s wife demands moolah for child support Jon Cryer's ex-wife Sarah Trigger has filed a petition asking for a bump in the amount of child support she receives from the Two and a Half Men star. Trigger, who shares 13-yearold son Charlie with the actor, is asking the court to modify their current spousal support agreement, which has Trigger receiving $8,000 from Cryer per month. So just how much more does Trigger want from her former hubby? Almost $89,000 a month ($88,969 to be exact)! Claiming that the astronomical pay raise is for "the benefit of our minor child," Trigger notes in the legal docs, "Currently, I am unemployed. Petitioner is highly successful actor who I believe earns approximately $2,000,000 per month." "Currently, Charlie experiences two different lifestyles depending on which parent he is with," Trigger, who shares custody with Cryer 50-50, says. "Fifty percent of the time Charlie is able to compete with his peers on a level playing field and the other fifty percent of the time Charlie is not able to compete on a level playing field." Trigger goes on to note that she doesn't have the money to pay for lavish parties, summer camps, extracurricular activities or global vacations, things that classmates from Charlie's posh and expensive school enjoy on a regular basis (she even name drops a lavish Bar Mitzvah they went to recently!). Trigger explains that Charlie is noticing the disparity in the lifestyle he has with her and the ones his friends are privileged to. In addition to the $89,000 per month, Trigger is also asking Cryer to pay for her attorney's fees. neWS deSK
$400 MIllIon fortune
According to Indian media reports Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has made an entry into the list of super-rich Indians. The list features individuals who have a wealth of over $300 million. The ‘Chennai Express’ star sits at 114th position on the list with personal assets of over $400 million. He is reportedly the only Bollywood celebrity to have made to top 120. Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani with a wealth of $18.9 billion reportedly tops the list followed by Londonbased ArcelorMittal's chief L.N. Mittal with $15.9 billion. Reports further reveal currently 141 individuals in India possess personal wealth of over $300 million of which nine percent of them reside in Dubai. Meanwhile last year the list featured only 101 names. neWS deSK
Hunter accidentally shoots man on toilet! A moose hunter in Norway found himself inadvertently pursuing a different type of game this week when an errant bullet missed its mark and broke through the wall of a nearby cabin. According to local reports, the hunter accidentally shot a man who was on the toilet Thursday. The bullet darted straight through the wooden wall of the Vesteroy cabin and pierced the man in his abdomen. The injured man, in his 70s, was airlifted to a hospital southeast of Oslo. Police investigator Anders Stroemsaether told Norwegian broadcaster NRK the gunshot wound was not life-threatening, Reuters reports. However, other reports indicate the injury is
serious. Police said the hunter, armed with a hunting rifle, was taking aim at a moose at the time but likely did not realize there was a cabin behind his target, Norway's The Local reports. After the hunter took the shot, the bullet whizzed past the animal and pierced the cabin wall, about 330 feet out. The hunter was taken to a police station in the region for questioning. "It is obvious that there is a risk involved in hunting. A hunter is always responsible for ensuring the background is clear when a shot is fired and everyone understands that what has happened here should not happen," Stroemsaether told NRK, according to Sky News. neWS deSK
Cricket is only 30 per cent physical and 70 per cent mental. South Africans train 120 per cent physically. — Boeta Dippenaar
AfrIcA PreServe AwAy reCord in test series
called oﬀ due to rain, wet outﬁeld CUTTACK AGenCieS
The fifth ODI between India and Australia in Cuttack has been called off due to a wet outfield. The conditions were bright and sunny on Saturday morning and match referee Roshan Mahanama had an inspection at 11 am, but the outfield was deemed unfit for play. Heavy rains over the week had cast doubts on the possibility of play in Cuttack. On Friday, the Odisha Cricket Association had released a statement which said that the ground was "completely water-logged and the chances of it drying up are extremely remote". The association had employed helicopters to dry the ground, but it did not prove too effective. "The operators of the helicopters visited the ground and expressed that they could dry the pitch but were unable to remove the mud that has accumulated through the playing area," the statement said. The fourth ODI in Ranchi was also abandoned after heavy rain. Australia lead the seven-match series 2-1.
dU PleSSIS PleAdS gUIlty, fIned for bAll-tAMPerIng
DUBAI: South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has pleaded guilty to the charge of ball-tampering and been fined 50% of his match fee. The match referee David Boon said that du Plessis' actions warranted the charge being brought against him, but also said that he was satisfied that it "was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball." According to an ICC release, "Before the start of fourth day's play on Saturday, David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees handed the fine to du Plessis who had pleaded guilty on Friday evening." Boon said: "I am satisfied that the player's actions warranted the umpires applying clause 42.1.1 of the ICC Test Match Playing Conditions, including the laying of a charge under the ICC Code of Conduct against Mr du Plessis in respect of changing the condition of the ball. After discussions with Mr du Plessis, he has elected not to contest that charge, but I am also satisfied that this was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball, and that the imposition of a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee is appropriate considering the circumstances." The incident occurred two overs after tea on the third day, before the start of the 31st over, following television visuals of du Plessis rubbing the ball near the zipper of his trouser pocket. AGenCieS
Sunday, 27 October, 2013
Azfar hassan wins challenge Shield at royal Palm golf championship
OUTH Africa's unbeaten run in Test series on the road will extend even further after their victory in Dubai, which allowed them to share the spoils of this two-match rubber with Pakistan. The last time South Africa lost a Test series abroad was in Sri Lanka in 2006. Since then, they have become the No. 1 ranked Test team and they will stay there, but their lead will be cut by four points by virtue of the drawn series. Pakistan have risen to No. 4, thanks to their victory in Abu Dhabi, but were unable to protect fortress UAE, losing in their adopted home for the first time since moving here in 2010. They went down fighting though, with Asad Shafiq notching up his highest score in Test cricket and sharing in a 197-run fifth wicket stand with Misbah-ul-Haq, which kept South Africa in the field for much longer than they would have anticipated. On the fourth evening, AB de Villiers said the team felt they were one wicket away from running through Pakistan. That dismissal came 20 minutes before tea as Misbah, who had treated South Africa's attack with the caution of someone handling a shipment of crystal glasses, gifted Dean Elgar, the part-time spinner, his first Test wicket. In Elgar's second over, Misbah attempted to slog him out of the park, but got a thick outside edge which Jacques Kallis collected at first slip. That ended a vigil in which Misbah had ushered Shafiq to his second century against this opposition, and the fourth of his career, and seen off the second new ball to put Pakistan in a position to frustrate South Africa even further. They had only one wickettaking opportunity before Misbah's lapse in concentration, when Shafiq was given out lbw in the fifth over to a Vernon Philander delivery that pitched on leg-stump and hit him on the front pad. He was on 36 at the time and reviewed with replays showing the ball would have missed leg stump. Shafiq survived and went on to play a balanced innings combining defence with attack, particularly against the spinners. His footwork against Imran Tahir and JP Duminy was excellent, typified by the shot of the day - a spank over midwicket off Tahir. Misbah was more stoic, nudging the ball into spaces and encouraging Shafiq to keep the scoreboard moving, but not too quickly. They both brought up halfcenturies off 121 balls before slowing
down as the second new ball came. Once comfortable against it, Shafiq pushed past his captain after lunch. He danced into the nineties with a boundary off Duminy and brought up his century with a square drive off a full and wide ball from the same bowler. Encouragingly for Pakistan, once the milestone had been reached, Shafiq kept going. Misbah will be furious that he did not do the same. Although South Africa's attack did not lapse into the lazy short-ball showing they put on in Abu Dhabi, they seemed to be running out of ideas. After trying everything from having two short midwickets in against the spinners - between whom Shafiq threaded the ball through - to having two short covers in for the quicks, Smith turned to Elgar to buy time. Smith would probably not have imagined getting a wicket off the tactic, Elgar's delivery was innocuous as well, but once Misbah ran out of patience, the result was a foregone conclusion. Pakistan's tail proved pesky to remove even though they were without Zulfiqar Babar, who did not bat because of the torn webbing on his right hand. With a ball short of 10 overs remaining in the day, Shafiq, after resisting for seven
SCOReBOARd PAKiSTAn 1ST inninGS 99 SOuTH AFRiCA 1ST inninGS 517 PAKiSTAn 2nd inninGS Shan Masood lbw b Steyn 0 Khurram Manzoor c Kallis b Philander 0 Azhar Ali lbw b duminy 19 younis Khan b imran Tahir 36 Misbah-ul-Haq* c Kallis b elgar 88 Asad Shafiq st †de Villiers b duminy 130 Adnan Akmal† lbw b imran Tahir 5 Saeed Ajmal lbw b imran Tahir 9 Mohammad irfan b duminy 14 Junaid Khan not out 2 Zulfiqar Babar absent hurt eXTRAS: (b 10, lb 5, w 1, nb 2, pen 5) 23 TOTAl: (all out; 135.1 overs) 326 FAll OF WiCKeTS: 1-0 (Shan Masood, 0.4 ov), 2-2 (Khurram Manzoor, 1.5 ov), 3-48 (Azhar Ali, 25.1 ov), 4-70 (younis Khan, 33.2 ov), 5-267 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 108.4 ov), 6-278 (Adnan Akmal, 115.4 ov), 7-301 (Saeed Ajmal, 123.1 ov), 8-323 (Mohammad irfan, 131.1 ov), 9-326 (Asad Shafiq, 135.1 ov) BOWlinG: dW Steyn 22-9-48-1,Vd Philander 19-7-34-1,M Morkel 22-7-47-0,imran Tahir 42-14-98-3,JH Kallis 7-3-90,JP duminy 21.1-3-67-3,d elgar 2-0-3-1 MATCH deTAilS TOSS Pakistan, who chose to bat SeRieS 2-match series drawn 1-1 PlAyeR OF THe MATCH GC Smith (South Africa) PlAyeR OF THe SeRieS AB de Villiers (South Africa) uMPiReS iJ Gould (england) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV uMPiRe PR Reiffel (Australia) MATCH ReFeRee dC Boon (Australia) ReSeRVe uMPiRe Shozab Raza (Pakistan)
hours, was stumped off JP Duminy, to give him the same number of wickets as Tahir in the innings - three.
The contest for Challenge Shield, concluded after 36 holes in the 7th Aquafina Royal Palm Golf Team Championship, at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course, and the glorified champion turned out to be Azfar Hassan of the host club, who played superbly on Saturday to outshine all his rivals. For Azfar it was a memorable day with every shot perfect and never did he stray from the fairways. Other two members of the Gymkhana'A'Team are Imran Ahmed and Waleed Zubair.Another team that lifted its position is the Royal Palm 'B'Team.This team was placed 12th after the first round but with some amazing performances by Azfar Hassan(gross 71) and Faisal Sayid(gross 75) the Royal Palm 'B' Team is placed fourth at an aggregate team score of 474.Other two members of the team are Faisal Malik and Raza Ali Khan. In the fight for top honors in the individual event, the front runner at the end of second round is Ashiq Hussain of Multan with two rounds scores of 73 and 74 and an aggregate of 147.Placed second is Tariq Mehmood of Islamabad at a score of 148 followed by Fakhar Imam of Defence Raya at 150.The fight on the final day on Sunday is going to be close. Others in line are Zulfiqar Ali at 151,Ahmed Sarwar,152,Taimur Khan 152,Aleem ur Rehman 153,Zohaib Wasif 153,Sajid Khan 153 and Saleem Raza 153.This a great display of good golf from Saleem Raza who is a handicapped golfer from Gujranwala, yet he continues to match wits with the best amateurs of the country. The finals will be played on Sunday at the Royal Palm Golf Course.
Icc explanation on ball tampering punishment: Sethi ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi on Saturday said PCB is writing a letter to ICC seeking explanation of inconsistency by match referee in application of ball tampering rule to Afridi vs Faf. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the issue of ball tampering could not be ignored. He said that a wave of public outrage was witnessed in Pakistan due to soft punishment to the South African player on ball tampering. He said that PCB had reservations on different attitude of ICC toward Pakistani and SA players. The letter would be sent to ICC till Monday in this regard, he said. He said that PCB wanted to know the considerations of ICC in recent ball tampering issue.
MCCULLUM, TAYLOR TO MISS SL TOUR DHAKA AGenCieS
Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, andRoss Taylor will miss the limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka, which starts on November 10, in order to prepare for the home series against West Indies. Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand in the three ODIs and two T20Is in Sri Lanka. Luke Ronchi and Ian Butler will replace McCullum and Taylor in the squad. Bruce Edgar, New Zealand Cricket's general manager - national selection, said the pair will not travel to Sri Lanka so that they can have "red-ball preparation" ahead of the home series against West Indies. New Zealand are scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is against West Indies, between December 3 and January 15, 2014. This will be followed by a home series against India, comprising five ODIs and two Tests, between January 19 and February 18, 2014. "Ross and Brendon need red-ball preparation to be at their best for the summer," Edgar said. "Both players are vital to our success and fine-tuning their red-ball skills before the West Indies series starting in early December is paramount." McCullum and Ross will play in the Plunket Shield, New Zealand's first-class competition, and are also likely
to feature in a few games for New Zealand XI before the first Test against West Indies on December 3. Edgar also said that the board was trying to manage player workloads effectively in the lead-up to bigger competitions, like the World Cup 2015, and stressed that resting senior players allowed the team to develop a larger talent pool in limited-overs cricket. "This summer we have 37 days of international cricket at home and Brendon and Ross are expected to play all of these, so it's essential that we manage their workloads," he said. "It's important we provide game time to a wider playing group in one-dayers and Twenty20s, and establish a bigger bench of playing experience with the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh next year and World Cup 2015 beyond that." New Zealand will play the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka on November 10 and 12 in Hambantota, followed by the third ODI in Dambulla on November 16. The two T20Is will be held in Kandy on November 19 and 21. New Zealand squad for Sri Lanka ODIs and T20Is: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Ian Butler, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. â€“Joseph Chilton Pearce
SPORTS Sunday, 27 October, 2013
no retirement plans: hopkins ATLANTIC CITY: Bernard Hopkins says retirement is far from his mind as he prepares to defend his IBF lightheavyweight title in Atlantic City on Saturday night at the age of 48. Hopkins handed Tavoris Cloud his first defeat to win the title in March and is expected to prolong his reign when he takes on former Nathan Cleverly victim Karo Murat. Talk in the big-fight build-up revolved around the possibility of a mighty catch-weight contest against Floyd Mayweather - something Hopkins refused to rule out. Hopkins said: "People are always asking me when I'm going to retire, but I am coming to defend my title and look for bigger things next. There is the possibility of anything happening. "I love winning opportunities, and what's on my mind right now is Saturday night. I want to make a profound statement, which I'm not expecting to get 100 per cent credit for." AGenCieS
night of thunder earns classic quotes at doncaster
fInn, treMlett, rAnKIn coMPete for fInAl bowlIng SPot LONDON
NGLAND'S jetlagged batsmen and a handful of second-tier West Australians will spend the next week hopping around in the WACA ground nets and the middle after the touring captain Alastair Cook foreshadowed a willing battle between Steven Finn,Chris Tremlett and Boyd Rankin for his side's final Ashes bowling spot. With Tim Bresnan in the latter stages of his recovery from a back injury that is unlikely to allow him to be considered for the first Test, Finn, Tremlett and the former Irishman Rankin will have the bounciest practice and playing surfaces in the country on which to state their cases. Each must try to sway Cook, the coach Andy Flower and bowling mentor David Saker into a decision on who will share pace duties with James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Following England's first training session of the trip, Cook said his side's plans to make the most of the bounce on offer in Australia had been conveyed clearly enough by the selection of the tour party, but it was now up to the bowlers chosen to press their cases. Apart from their height in common, Finn, Tremlett and Rankin all have slightly differing stories and attributes: temperament and stamina will be under scrutiny in addition to bowling skill.
"It's quite clear to see that Jimmy and Broady have done enough over their fantastic careers to be first-choice bowlers," Cook said in Perth. "We tend to play three quicks and a spinner, so there is one space up for grabs. It's pretty clear for everyone to know that and people have to stick their hand up for selection. If they do really well in these couple of warm-up games in the opportunities they get they're going to put their name ahead." Finn and Tremlett were each part of England's triumphant 2010-11 tour, part of a pace attack that improved with every Test match despite Anderson being the only constant throughout the series. Having begun the tour as the third seamer, Finn was dropped after Perth as his wickets were deemed to have come at too great a cost. Tremlett, in contrast, graduated from a reserve berth to part of the quick-bowling triumvirate in mid-series, and by its end was arguably England's most threatening bowler. Rankin is the lesser known entity of the three, having switched allegiance from Ireland to England in order to pursue Test ambitions. He has turned plenty of heads on limited-overs duty for his adopted country, but must now show he has the ability to sustain his hostility and accuracy over the longer spells Cook will demand of him in the Tests. "We think pace and bounce will be quite crucial on Australian wickets. I think that's quite common. Very, very skillful shorter bowlers can have success but, in gen-
eral, pace and bounce is quite key," Cook said. "[Rankin] gives us that option, he obviously hasn't played a Test match or been around the Test match environment before, so interesting to see how he goes, but I think the next four days might be quite interesting with him, Finny and Broady all bowling." England's preparation will closely mirror that of three summers ago, the one change being that their tour matches against WA and New South Wales teams will be
head-to-head with rounds of the Sheffield Shield, thus weakening their opposition. Cook said his men would take what they could from the success of the previous trip without resorting to facsimile. "It's very similar to what we did last time in 2010," he said. "That should give you enough time in the middle and some miles in your legs for the bowlers. We've got a long build-up for it and I think you need that for such an important tour."
ALONSO: STRATEGY SUCCESS 50/50 SPORTS DESK
Night Of Thunder emerged as another potential Classic prospect for champion trainer-elect Richard Hannon with an impressive performance in the Scott Dobson Memorial Doncaster Stakes at the Town Moor course. The testing autumn conditions failed to hide the colt's undoubted ability as he took this Listed contest in his stride, only 13 days after making a successful debut. Held up just behind a steady pace set by Rufford, the 6-4 favourite quickened in some style to lead under Richard Hughes and pull away to win by three lengths from Aeolus. "That was very impressive. On that performance he could be a Guineas horse," said the champion jockey. SPORTS deSK
Fernando Alonso has rated the chances of his reverse tyre strategy succeeding in the Indian GP as "50/50" after he sacrificed grid position in order to start on the medium rubber on Sunday. In a Q3 at the Buddh International characterised by drivers in the top ten opting for divergent tyre strategies amid uncertainty over the soft tyres, Ferrari split their tactics with Massa taking the faster 'option' tyre and qualifying fifth while Alonso opted for the slower 'prime' and took eighth. For their strategies to work effectively in the race, the drivers who have opted to start on the medium compound - Red Bull's Mark Webber is the best placed in fourth - are relying on the high degradation levels seen on the soft tyres throughout practice being repeated on the cars that start on that compound when their cars are heavy on fuel in the first stint.
StroUd, Moore clAIM cIMb ShAre Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore both overcame dropped shots on the back nine to claim a share of the lead heading into the final round of the CIMB Classic. The American duo are tied on 12-under-par but Moore will be ruing a late collapse which saw him bogey four out of five holes on the way back to relinquish his lead. "It was almost two different days out there," said Moore, who is looking for his first win since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2012. "I'm rolling it well and if I'm putting well, I'm going to have opportunities and I know I'm going to make some birdies." Stroud, who started the day five strokes back, surged into contention after making five birdies on the front nine including four in a row - before bogeys on the 12th and 15th but rallied with a birdie on the 16th . Overnight leader Keegan Bradley looked nothing like the golfer who shot 65 and 66 in the first two rounds, carding a four-over 76 to fall back to a share of sixth place. Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat (69) and American Gary Woodland (67) are both lurking one off the leaders after impressive third round displays. Jerry Kelly's classy 67 also moved him into contention, while world number three Phil Mickelson shot four birdies and a lone bogey on the fifth hole to finish five strokes off the lead in the $7 million event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour. SPORTS deSK
Alonso's decision to adopt this tactic was particularly intriguing given in Q2 on the soft tyres he had set the second-fastest time to Sebastian Vettel - a lap which
would have been good enough for a season-best third on the grid had he repeated it in Q3. The Spaniard, however, says Ferrari had decided to tackle the final
shootout on the medium tyres prior to the start of the first stage and it worked for them to run split strategies. "You need to decide and to commit to one strategy from Q1 because you need to use the first set of tyres in Q1, Q2 etc to have the possibility in Q3 to choose the best one," Alonso told reporters. "Here it's tough to make a decision: it depends on how many laps the soft will last tomorrow. So it's 50/50. The best thing for the team was to put one car in one strategy the other car in the other strategy, to maximise the points for the team and I think Felipe and me to help the maximum this different strategy an tomorrow hopefully score more points than Mercedes." Asked if the podium was a realistic target for him should his strategy succeed, Alonso agreed that it was - and even mentioned the possible of challenging for the win should it really come off.
Dyson disqualified in China SHANGAI AGenCieS
Simon Dyson has been disqualified from the BMW Masters in Shanghai following an unfortunate rules infringement during the second round. The 35-year-old was in a tie for second place on four under par after opening with two rounds of 70, but he was then alerted to an incident on the eighth green on Friday. The Englishman was adjudged to have touched the line of his putt with his ball after marking on the green, which incurred a two-shot penalty. But because he had already submitted his card to officials, he was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score. European chief referee John Paramor said in a statement on europeantour.com: "Simon Dyson has been disqualified from the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group under the rules of golf (6-6d). "Simon was found to have breached rule 16-1a, which states that a player must not touch his line of putt. Television viewers alerted The
European Tour to the incident, which took place on the eighth green during the second round. "When the footage was reviewed Simon was seen to touch the line of his second putt after marking and lifting his ball on the green. He subsequently failed to add a two-shot penalty to his score when signing his card, and as a result has now been disqualified. "He was bitterly disappointed, he had no way of explaining why or how he came to do what he did, he had no recollection of it till I showed him and even then he said 'I can't even remember doing it.' It's a very sad thing and unfortunately his event is over." Dyson's disqualification has dealt a huge blow to his chances of making the lucrative Race to Dubai finale. Only the top 60 on the European Tour money list are eligible for the final event, with Dyson currently ranked 66th. Dyson must now perform well in the two remaining tournaments before the Dubai finale - the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Turkish Airlines Open - if he is to compete in the event.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. –William James
Sunday, 27 October, 2013
MoyeS denIeS vAn PerSIe rIft LONDON
ANCHESTER United manager David Moyes has rubbished reports suggesting that he has suffered a falling out with Robin van Persie. It has been speculated that the Dutch
striker is unhappy with some of the methods introduced following a first managerial change at Old Trafford in 27 years. Tension is said to have mounted on the training field ahead of Van Persie being left out of United's side for a UEFA Champions League clash with Real Sociedad on Wednesday. Moyes, though, claims Van Persie could not be happier and his ab-
ArSenAl Keen to leArn froM SetbAcK LoNDoN: Per Mertesacker has warned Arsenal must learn from their midweek Champions League setback if the Premier League leaders are to sustain their impressive start to the domestic campaign. The Gunners travel across London to face struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday after Robert Lewandowski’s late winner secured Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium. With second-bottom Palace without a manager following the departure of Ian Holloway, the odds are stacked heavily on Arsene Wenger’s side securing the win that will guarantee they maintain their place at the top of the table. Arsenal will be hoping to reproduce some of the thrilling forward play that illuminated their 4-1 home victory over Norwich City last weekend. But centre-back Mertesacker believes there is plenty of room for improvement. AGenCieS
barcelona rules out bid for 2022 winter games MADRID: Barcelona mayor Xavier Tiras confirmed on Friday that the Catalan capital will not bid for the Winter Olympics in 2022, suggesting that the city would instead present its candidacy for 2026. “The conditions to win the 2022 edition are not right and we have to concentrate our efforts and commitment to work and win the Winter Olympics in 2026,” he said after meeting the Spanish government, national and international Olympic committees. Barcelona hosted the summer games in 1992 and began to work on a bid to become the first city to host both summer and winter games in 2010. AGenCieS
sence in midweek was due to a prior arrangement regarding management of toe and groin complaints. The United boss said in the Daily Star: "I would say that's (talk of a rift) complete nonsense. Predict the correct scores for our six selected matches to win the £1million jackpot. If no-one predicts all six scores correctly then our £10,000 guaranteed prize will go to the person with the highest score of the round. "All that stuff you're saying is a load of rubbish. I don't even need to answer it because it's such rubbish." Moyes added: "He's been great, fantastic. "I told him before Southampton that if I played him in that, he'd miss the midweek game to try and give his toes a rest.
His groin was a bit affected because he's been playing with injections. "He played with the injections in Holland. The previous games for us he played with injections in his toes so we are trying to get away from injecting him. "He's been bothered by the toe problem and been taking injections in one of his small toes. "Then he got the other one stood on in Shakhtar as well. So his toes have been bothering him for a long time and he felt it was affecting his groin as well so we took the chance to get him a little bit of recovery. "He's doing great, doing some great stuff for us and I've only found him fantastic to work with. I'm finding it hard to answer because he's been that good."
taC team fear royal-oak young guns SPORTS DESK Trainer Marco Botti fears younger rivals as Tac De Boistron bids to go one better than on his last visit to Longchamp in the Prix Royal-Oak on Sunday. T h e
six-year-old was runner-up in the Prix du Cadran on Arc de Triomphe day to the reopposing Altano, but it is the four three-year-olds, including Michael Bell's The Lark, that worry B o t t i more.
MIleStone wIn for del Potro Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro progressed to the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors thanks to his 300th career victory. Del Potro was a 6-4 6-4 winner against France's Paul-Henri Mathieu to reach the milestone. He broke Mathieu's serve once in each set and did not face even a break point on his own delivery while sending down 11 aces. Del Potro will take on another Frenchman, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, in the last four. Roger-Vasselin saw off Germany's Daniel Brands 6-3 4-6 6-3. "I played a good match," said Del Potro. "I was solid from the baseline and served well. "I've been working a lot of my serve. I'm playing better and better with each match. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow and I'll have to lift my level even more." SPORTS deSK
"He's in good form and has taken his last race really well," said Newmarketbased Botti. "He likes the ground and coming back in trip a little should an advantage. "In my opinion this looks a stronger field than the Cadran. The threeyear-
olds are there with the advantage of the weight. I didn't expect it to be such a strong race. "Having said that, he's a fresh horse and goes on the ground, so we're hopeful. "He ran well in this race two years ago and this is his best trip." Among the older horses in the 15-runner line-up over just short of two miles is sole Irish challenger Missunited. Michael Winters' admirable mare was runnerup to Eye Of The Storm at the Curragh last time after beating Aidan O'Brien's three-year-old at Galway earlier in September. The pick of the home team could be the Alain de RoyerDupre-trained Ebiyza, winner of the Prix de Royallieu for owner the Aga Khan on this course three weeks ago.
wAtCh it Live TENSPORTS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS, ISTANBUL - FINAL
Porte sets dual aim for 2014 Richie Porte hopes to be able to help Chris Froome at the Tour de France next summer after taking his chance to lead a Grand Tour team for the first time. The 28-year-old Australian is likely to be Team Sky's No 1 hope at the Giro d'Italia in May, but that will not be his only big target after a 2013 season that proved to be immensely successful for him and the team. Porte won the prestigious Paris-Nice title, the biggest stage race victory of his career, finished second to close friend Froome in the Criterium International and helped him to victory in the Tour de France as the team took the season's highlight for the second successive year. But he has already turned his thoughts to next year, when as well as providing his top-class talents as a domestique, he is expected to get his first opportunity to bid for Grand Tour glory. "Obviously, the big goal for me next year is the Giro," Porte said ahead of the end-of-season Criterium de Saitama in Japan. "I haven't really sat down and talked to the team about it but I think it is the next step for me. "They want to develop me into a Grand Tour racer and that is hopefully going to be my first big opportunity to lead a team. "I would like to start the Tour Down Under, then Paris-Nice, I would like to go back and defend that, too. "But come July I want to be there in England for the start [of the Tour de France]. I do think I can do a good Giro and come out and be good in the mountains and help Chris [Froome] there." SPORTS deSK
li to face Kvitova in semis ISTANBUL AGenCieS
Li Na booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2 6-1 win against an ailing Victoria Azarenka in her final match of the round-robin. The Chinese player's third straight victory also confirmed Jelena Jankovic as the other player from the White Group to make it through to the last four. Jankovic progressed despite losing the final match of the day - by this stage a dead rubber for both players - to the previously winless Sara Errani 6-4 6-4. Jankovic, Errani and Azarenka all ended up with one win but the Serb advanced courtesy of her superior sets record. The final place in the semi-finals was taken by Petra Kvitova, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 6-3 in a straight fight for second place in the Red Group behind World No.1 Serena Williams. World No.2 Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game against Li, needing a medical timeout and treat-
ment during several changeovers. She only managed to win one game after the injury as she crashed to her third defeat to complete a miserable tournament. Azarenka, who was wincing in pain and in tears at one point, said: "I just wanted to try to do my best for the fans who came and watched our match, for respect for my opponent. It was just about trying to do the most you can out there." Li said: "Today the match is not about tennis, about fitness ... because I thought maybe after the first set she will give up or retire, but she still try to continue to play. "I think it's tough because I have to focus, hope all time, because you never know what happen on the court." Williams was the first player into the last four on Thursday when she beat Kvitova to maintain her 100 percent record.
Sunday, 27 October, 2013
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