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eU delegation warns pakistan over death penalty
gay pakistan: Where sex is available, relationships are diﬃcult
An EU human rights delegation on Tuesday warned Pakistan that resuming executions would be seen as a “major setback” as the European parliament considers the country's application for preferential trade status. The government of PM Nawaz Sharif scrapped a five-year moratorium on the death penalty in June in a bid to crack down on criminals and militants in the violence-torn country. pag e 04
Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as "a gay man's paradise", according to a BBC report. Underground parties, group sex at shrines and "marriages of convenience" to members of the opposite sex are just some of the surprises that gay Pakistan has to offer. pag e 19
Malala scoops 2013 Children’s peace prize
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govt reports big rise in tax revenues as reforms kick in
Zimbabwe seal pakistan defeat with a six
The Finance Ministry, keen to show its commitment to fixing the country’s ailing finances, on Tuesday reported a 25 per cent rise in tax revenues since the beginning of the fiscal year due to a raft of new tax collection measures introduced by the new Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz government. The Finance Ministry said new measures such as a sales tax rise to 17 per cent from 16 per cent had already generated $1.3 billion. pag e 16
Coming off a disappointing T20 series, where Zimbabwe failed to figure out how to close out a chase, they held their composure and applied themselves better despite the short turnaround time. A strong opening stand of 107 between Sibanda and Masakadza was the bedrock in their chase of 245. Having dealt with the seamers with ease during the T20s, Zimbabwe’s chances of victory hung on how they would perform outside their comfort zone. pag e 20
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unprovoked firing by indian troopS injureS CiviLian ISLAMABAD: Indian troops continued unprovoked shelling in Forward Kahuta sector’s Nezapir Keerni area on the Line of Control (LoC), some 150 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, and injured a civilian in the early hours of Tuesday. A house was also damaged in the area, the local administration and police said. India has been violating the ceasefire on the Line of Control for the last four weeks. On Monday, Indian troops opened fire injuring six civilian in Nakyal sector’s Turkandi area, some 200 kilometers off south of Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani troops, in retaliation, opened fire. AGENCIES
2 SeCurity offiCiaLS kiLLed in attaCk on CHeCkpoSt in SWa PESHAWAR: At least two security forces’ personnel were killed and another two were injured when militants attacked a checkpost in Sararogha area of South Waziristan early on Tuesday. The security forces claimed killing four militants in retaliation but the Taliban said five of their accomplices had been killed. An official in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan, said a group of militants attacked the security forces checkpost late in the night, adding that the attack was very severe and one security official had been killed while three had been injured. He said of the injured had later succumbed to his injuries. The official said the security forces retaliated and the ensuing encounter continued for around three hours. He said one of the militants was a suicide bomber and he blew himself with explosives while another three were killed in the encounter. Four bodies of militants had been taken into custody. The Taliban told reporters that they had lost five accomplices in the attack. SHAMIM SHAHID
by-poLLS: LeveL pLaying fieLd Led to anp’S viCtory ISLAMABAD
He by-poll results have strengthened the claims of left-wing parties that they were not given a level playing field in the May 11 general elections for running their election campaigns, as they have won many seats in the by-elections. During the general elections, left-wing parties encountered many terrorist attacks that killed many of their supporters. Some of the election candidates were also killed in the attacks, forcing the parties to limit their election campaign. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
ANP’S ZAHID SAYS ANTI-TALIBAN PARTIES WERE PREVENTED FROM CAMPAIGNING IN THE GENERAL ELECTIONS and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) dominated the general elections, taking advantage of the absence of the leftist parties, including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP). As a result, the PPP, ANP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) lost im-
portant seats during the May 11 polls. However, in the by-elections, which were held in a relatively peaceful atmosphere, the leftist parties made a comeback by winning five National Assembly and six provincial assemblies’ seats. Before the general elections, the Taliban had warned the voters to stay away from the rallies of the PPP, ANP and MQM and also warned to attack party members, said the leaders of these political parties. The ANP, which was ousted by the PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the general elections, managed to win back the NA-1 in the by-polls, which was previously won by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
KP mobile courts pass first historic verdict
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the most vital of all matters was the “recovery of missing persons and if we have
SC SetS aSide LHC’S order in Haj quota CaSe
PESHAWAR: People submit their applications at Mobile Court bus at Hayatabad Phase 3 on Tuesday. INP
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Mobile courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, set up to provide speedy justice at a low cost, passed their first verdict on Tuesday. Currently, the mobile courts, set up by the provincial government, are hearing six civil and 24 criminal cases. The first verdict was given on a civil case in Hayatabad, Peshawar. A dispute of Rs 0.6 million was resolved after both the sides reached a mutual agreement. DG Judicial Academy Hayat Ali Shah and District and Sessions Judge Shabbir Khan told reporters that the aim of these mobile courts was to provide people with a speedy and inex-
pensive justice. “If this experiment is successful, more mobiles will be summoned,” he said. Mobile courts will conduct court proceedings of civil cases in front of the public. Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan had proposed the project nearly two years ago to provide quick justice for litigants who could not afford to travel to courts. The plan was meant to resolve petty civil disputes and criminal cases at the earliest and at involved parties’ doorsteps – speedy justice at a low cost. A project which was initially meant to be kick start in 2012 was finally inaugurated by PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan in July 2013. The travelling court is equipped with a solar energy generation system and is prepared at a cost of Rs 15 million.
FC gets another tWo Weeks For reCovering Missing persons CJP SAYS RECOVERY OF MISSING PERSONS TOP PRIORITY OF SC
ANP senior leader Senator Zahid Khan, while commenting on the NA-1 victory said, “In the general elections, liberal and anti-Taliban parties were sidelined. We were prevented from holding rallies. We were unable to run the election campaign as the names of our supporters and candidates were placed on the hit-list of the terrorists who launched many attacks on the liberal parties, killing 71 ANP supporters.” In the by-elections, the PPP won three NA and three provincial assemblies’ seats, the MQM won one NA and two provincial assembly seats from Karachi and the ANP won one NA and one provincial assembly seat.
to abandon work at Islamabad for the sake of missing persons, we will abandon it”. Hearing the missing persons case at the SC Quetta Registry, the CJP remarked, “Had any effective effort been made, at least four missing persons would have been recovered.” The additional attorney general (AAG) told the court that the FC IG had held out assurance that he would hand over wanted FC personnel to CID. “Success will soon be achieved in recovery of missing persons.” The CJP remarked, “What hope can we nourish now when nothing has been
done on this matter for three years.” Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “There are several such cases with regard to which the federation yields no reply. We have to start the matter after six months where we leave it. Nothing has been done after the last six hearings.” The CJP observed, “There are several cases wherein no cooperation has been extended to us. Some people are held by the FC and some by other agen-
cies. Those who are with the FC be brought to public. If missing persons are involved in criminal cases, legal proceedings should be initiated against them.” The court allowed two weeks to the police, FC and intelligence agencies in connection with recovery of missing persons, reiterating its ruling that keeping any one under illegal detention was a breach of human rights. The court later adjourned proceedings of the case for two weeks.
The Supreme Court, in its short order, on Tuesday set aside the Lahore High Court’s verdict in the allotment of haj quota, calling it a violation of the principle of trichotomy of powers, which it said, was one of the foundational principles of the constitution. A two-member SC bench of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Amir Muslin Hani while accepting the haj tour operators’ appeals against the LHC’s order, observed that it was not the high court’s function to interfere in the policymaking domain of the executive. The SC’s short order stated that the LHC, in exercise of its constitutional jurisdiction, directed that the selection of haj group organisers be conducted through bidding and thereby substituted the criterion laid down in the haj policy framed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs without hearing the appellants, who had already been allocated the quota and had made arrangements for the intending pilgrims, which was not tenable in law. The LHC in its order on June 24, directed the selection of haj group organisers through bidding and substituted the criterion laid down in the haj policy framed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs without hearing the appellants and others who had already been allocated quota and had made arrangements for the intending pilgrims. The SC said the Ministry of Religious Affairs would continue to regulate the operation of haj, ie enrollment, registration and allocation of quota, every year in the light of a fair and transparent policy and in accordance with the guidelines to be laid down in the detailed judgement.
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pakistan’s prosperity linked with afghanistan‚ says nawaz
india aSkS pakiStan to Hand over daWood ibraHim
AFGHAN PRESIDENT KARZAI CONCLUDES TWODAY TRIP TO PAKISTAN MURREE
RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a 2nd round of one-on-one exclusive talks on Tuesday, with the prime minister saying prosperity of Pakistan was linked with peace in Afghanistan. The prime minister hosted a luncheon for the visiting Afghan president and his delegation. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar‚ Adviser on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani also attended the meeting. The meeting discussed regional security situation besides other issues, including ways to curb terrorism and further improving Pak-Afghan relations to bring stability and peace to the region. earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Hamid Karzai held a oneon-one meeting in Islamabad in the morning and exchanged views on bilateral issues besides discussing regional
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif discusses the Afghanistan situation with President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday. INP
situation with particular focus on postNATO withdrawal situation in Afghanistan. During the meeting, Nawaz said both countries faced common challenges and the two needed to be on the same page. He said Pakistan would continue to support the Afghan reconciliation
93 miSSing perSonS traCed So far: niSar ISLAMABAD APP
Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday informed the Senate that law enforcement agencies had so far traced 93 of 381 missing persons from all over the country. Replying to a question of Senator Col (r) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, the interior minister said the law enforcement agencies had traced 48 missing persons from Punjab, 32 from Islamabad Capital Territory, seven from Balochistan and six from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, no missing person was traced from Sindh, he added. He also informed the House that around 381 persons had disappeared during 2012 from all over the country. According to the record of the law enforcement agencies, 75 people went missing from ICT, 153 from Punjab, 98 from Sindh, 34 from KP and 21 from Balochistan. Nisar said that the cases of remaining missing persons were being investigated by seasoned police officers, which were expected to be worked out soon. All station house officers have been strictly directed to register a case upon receipt of any complaint regarding enforced disappearance immediately, he added.
process. The two leaders also discussed border situation and possible cooperation in war against terrorism. The Afghan president requested the Pakistani government to assist in the ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability in the country. It is pertinent to mention
that the Afghan president extended his visit for a day on the request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Karzai later left for Afghanistan after concluding his twoday visit. PM’s Special Representative on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz bade him farewell at the Nur Khan Airbase.
Khan not ready to eat his word! ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday refused to tender an apology to the judges, but submitted himself to the mercy of the court. In response to the Supreme Court’s contempt notice, Imran Khan through his lawyer submitted a detailed reply, saying he didn’t criticise judges of the superior judiciary for abetting rigging in elections. “I only pointed a finger at the role of the returning officers who are members of the lower judiciary. Therefore, apologising to the superior judges is uncalled for,” Khan stated. The Supreme Court will hear the contempt case against Khan today (Wednesday). The PTI chief is likely to be present in court to hear what the judges think of his use of the word Sharamnak (shameful) for the members of the “lower judiciary”. Khan is accused of trying to incite hatred against the SC during a press conference over the May 11 poll rigging issue. The apex court considered the word a verbal assault on it, and held the PTI chief in contempt of court. During the last hearing, the SC had rejected Khan’s rejoinder and ordered him to re-submit a detailed statement by August 28. Khan has publicly said that he would not seek an apology for criticising the returning officers, who he believed, played a major role in rigging in the elections.
NEW DELHI: India has asked Pakistan to hand over underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to New Delhi, Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Tuesday. Shinde, who was responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, said he had a talk with Pakistan’s interior minister in this regard and had also raised this matter with Interpol. According to the Indian media, Abdul Karim Tunda, the arrested Lashkar-eTayyaba’s ‘bomb expert’, has claimed that Dawood Ibrahim is still in Karachi. Until now Pakistan has denied his presence on its soil, though Indian security agencies have repeatedly mentioned his name and details in dossiers handed over to Pakistani authorities. According to reports, Ibrahim was based in Karachi, where he had fled after the 1993 Mumbai bombings in which 257 people were killed and over 700 injured. INP
ppp to reSiSt privatiSation of pSm and pia
ISLAMABAD: PPP Parliamentary Leader in Senate Raza Rabbani has declared his party’s resolve to resist the government’s endeavours to privatise national assets as Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Addressing a press conference at the Parliament House on Tuesday, he criticised the government’s efforts to privatise the PSM and PIA to some ‘strongly favoured business associates’, under false assumptions, accusations of illegal overstaffing which had overburdened PSM’s financial aspects. Rabbani said the PPP had never made any new appointments during its tenure, but rather regularised those working on contract basis, and daily wages; while he also ruled out any bail-out packages granted to Steel Mill during PPP tenure, save for some commercial loans, mark-ups of which PSM failed to pay. He also cited a Rs 21 billion bail-out package for the PSM by the caretaker government, which was augmented to Rs 28 billion by the industries secretary without prior legally mandatory permission of board. “Any attempt to privatize Steel Mill shall never be tolerated by labor or PPP, so forget any privatization of Steel Mill”, he cautioned.
pML-n’s indeCisiveness deLaying BaLoChistan CaBinet ForMation LAHORE NADEEM SyED
The failure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership from Balochistan to finalise the list for the cabinet slots, when its partners are fully ready and waiting in the wings, is delaying the formation of cabinet in the troubled province. Sources in the PML-N revealed that all major stakeholders in Balochistan had agreed to a formula of 6-4-4. According to this agreement, the PML-N will have six ministers, while Balochistan National Party, the ruling party, and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party will get four ministers each.
It is learnt that acting on the formula, both regional parties have finalised the list of its members to become ministers, waiting for the PML-N to follow suit. But it has turned out to be a long wait as the PML-N leadership has not yet finalised its list. The sources confided that one difficulty in putting together a list for the cabinet slot was the desire of every PML-N MPA to become a minister. To appease and convince these members, the PML-N leadership has offered members left out in the cabinet selection the chairmanship of standing committees with status of minister. But no member is ready to take the bait.
“every member wants to become minister and nothing less,” one senior PML-N leader said. It appears the PML-N chief in Balochistan, Sanaullah Zehri, is helpless in the face of the unfolding situation with most members not ready to listen to him. There is a grouping also within the party, with Chengez Marri wanting his say in the formation of cabinet. Marri is not ready even to accept the leadership of Zehri. Sources in the party believe that ultimately, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would have to intervene to find a solution following failure of local leadership to break the deadlock. Already, the cabinet formation has
been delayed inordinately, hampering progress on issues confronting the provincial government. The government in Balochistan was formed in June and yet it is finding the formation of cabinet an uphill task despite the lapse of over two months. A political analyst commenting on the cabinet formation delay said if the chief minister and others could not complete cabinet, there was little one could expect from them when it came to solution of other problems of the province. Interestingly, JUI-F, which has joined hands with the federal government in the centre, is also vying for cabinet slots in Balochistan.
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Karachi situation getting out of control, bring in the boots! KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Awami National Party (ANP)’s reiteration of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s demand to hand over Karachi to the armed forces due to the increasing incidents of extortion, kidnapping and killing of traders is likely to generate trouble for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led Sindh government. Five more killings in the city’s violence-stricken Lyari area during pitched battles overnight prompted the ANP Pakhtun Action Committee (PAC) Chairman Senator Shahi Syed to second MQM’s demand of deploying troops in Karachi, saying there was a need for conducting a Swat or Malakand-like army operation in the metropolis to get rid of terrorist hideouts and to make Karachi a city of trade and education. “We do not indulge in number scoring
games and we have previously passed a resolution in the Sindh Assembly to make Karachi arms-free,” Syed said. He said instead of criticising the demand for army intervention, the federal and provincial government should take practical steps to improve law and order in the country’s financial hub. Justifying the demand for army takeover, the MQM said on Tuesday that the party’s chairman demanded army deployment to protect the life and property of the city’s ‘katchi abadis’ in light of the law and order situation in certain areas of Karachi and said that Article 149(4) and 245(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan and Article 9 and 14 of the 1994 Supreme Court judgment in the Shehla Zia case should be referred to. SINDH TRADERS THREATEN TO GO ON STRIKE: Traders in Sindh have also threatened to go on strike for an indefinite time due to the increasing incidents of extortion, targeted killings, and kidnapping
for ransom, saying it is due to the failure of the Sindh government in eliminating criminals. The Sindh Tajir Ittehad (STI) staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club. Speaking on the occasion, STI Chairman Jameel Paracha said that the traders had decided to question the Sindh Assembly in its coming session over its failure to restore of peace in the city. He said the STI had started a movement for protection of the city’s traders, which would continue till the traders were provided security. He said that STI was contacting traders all over the country for a one-day complete shutter-down from Karachi to Khyber. “The federal government should not stay aloof from the matter of law and order in Karachi by terming it a provincial subject post the 18th Amendment,” he said, adding that if the center did not intervene then Karachi, which generates 70 percent of the country’s revenue, would be paralysed.
ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Additional Chief Secretary and Chairman of Bank of Khyber Khalid Pervaiz presides over the 122nd meeting of the Board of Directors on Tuesday. BoK earned Rs 553 million profit after tax in the first six months of this year ended June 30. PRESS RElEASE
BALOCH WITHDRAWS CASE AGAINST ARY QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch announced on Tuesday to withdraw the case registered against ARY television channel and formed a committee to investigate the matter. Speaking on a point of order during the Balochistan Assembly session in Quetta‚ the chief minister said the government believed in freedom of expression and respected the judiciary. He said the Balochistan government had not called for the registration of an FIR against the private channel but a misunderstanding led to the filing of the case. He said the statements by the channel’s administration against the provincial government were regrettable. Dr Malik said he was chairing a cabinet meeting when Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan telephoned him and said that the Balochistan government had registered a case against ARY. He said he had not been aware of the case. On enquiry, he was told that the case was registered on the orders of the Supreme Court (SC). INP
Sardar Mengal to take oath as Balochistan MPA today QUETTA STAFF REPORT
After much deliberation, Balochistan National PartyMengal (BNP-M) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal has decided to take oath as member of the provincial assembly on Wednesday. Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Mir Hamal Kalmati are likely to take oath as members of Balochistan Assembly during the current session on
Wednesday. “Yes I have decided to take oath as member of Balochistan Assembly,” Sadar Mengal said on Tuesday. He said the central committee of BNPM had decided to raise voice for Baloch rights and protection of resources within the parliament as well. “That is why, we are taking oath as members of assembly,” he added. BNPM, the mainstream Baloch nationalist party has de-
cided to sit on opposition benches in the provincial assembly. The party had serious reservations over the authenticity of the historic May 11 elections in Balochistan and repeatedly blamed the government for polls rigging. After a three and half month delay, the party has finally made its way to the Balochistan Assembly and decided to be part of the parliamentary system in the country.
MQM’s CaLL For arMy in karaChi FaiLs to Move govt ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
He Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a major opposition party in the National Assembly, on Tuesday urged the government to invoke Article 245 of the constitution and hand over the control of Karachi to the military. “The situation in Karachi is worsening. Killings, robberies, kidnappings for ransom and other crimes have paralysed the city,” Farooq Sattar, parliamentary leader of the MQM, said in the National Assembly on Tuesday. “Criminals are being patronised and the situation has gone beyond control," Sattar added. "Apparently being an undemocratic demand, invoking Article 245 has become imperative as nothing is more important than lives and property of citizens," he added. Sattar also called upon the federal government to take notice of the situation, which was normal three days before the by-election, but killings and other crimes gripped the city from the very next day. NO SUPPORT TO MQM: PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi contested the demand for invoking Article 245, saying Karachi’s situation was worrying, but that was not the right course to take. He demanded the government to take the opposition into confidence and update the House on measures being taken to maintain law and order in the port city. Syed Naveed Qamar of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) said there could be other ways to tackle the situation other than invoking Article 245. "We invite the MQM to sit with us and discuss measures to improve law and order, just as they evolved
eU delegation warns pakistan over death penalty ISLAMABAD: An EU human rights delegation on Tuesday warned Pakistan that resuming executions would be seen as a “major setback” as the European parliament considers the country's application for preferential trade status. The government of PM Nawaz Sharif scrapped a fiveyear moratorium on the death penalty in June in a bid to crack down on criminals and militants in the violence-torn country. Hangings were due to resume last week until a temporary stay was ordered following objections from the president and rights groups. European officials are visiting to assess the human rights situation
as the bloc considers whether to grant Pakistan access to the so-called GSP-plus scheme of preferential trade tariffs. The matter is expected to come before the European parliament in the coming weeks and delegation chief Ana Gomes, a Portuguese MEP, told reporters in Islamabad progress on human rights was crucial. “We value as extremely positive the fact that Pakistan adopted the moratorium on the death penalty,” she said after talks with government officials, political parties and campaign groups. “We hope that Pakistan will keep it. It would be viewed as a major setback if Pakistan were to lift
the moratorium on the death penalty.” Countries wanting to gain GSP-plus status are required to ratify and implement a series of international conventions relating to labour rights and governance. EU ambassador to Pakistan Lars-Gunnar Wigemark said that while the terms did not specifically include the death penalty, it contributed to the picture. “It would send an overall negative signal since the EU position on the abolition of the death penalty is very clear,” he said. “We don't believe that it will deter any violent crime. There's no evidence it deters any violent crime, including terrorism.” AGENCIES
consensus with us on the local government law," he stated. Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah went a step ahead and invited the MQM to join the Sindh government. He, however, called Farooq Sattar’s demand “undemocratic”. “Invoking Article 245 will not only be an undemocratic decision but also a political blunder. We do not know where this conspiracy has been hatched." He added that
the MQM was partially a part of the government as they had their governor in Sindh province. "And if they demand so, they should first leave the office of the governor." Replying to points raised by the PPP, MQM's Nabeel Gabol said the PPP itself had taken such decisions in the past when its governments had imposed governor's rule in provinces in 1997 and 2009 and slapped curfew in Karachi in 1974.
arMy gave Us saFe poLLs, they’LL give Us a saFe karaChi too: MQM LONDON: Calling Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s chief Altaf Hussain’s demand of handing Karachi over to the army “constitutional, lawful and democratic”, the party’s Coordination Committee member, Qasim Ali Raza on Tuesday said if the army could be called to the city to ensure free and transparent by-elections, it could also be called in for the protection of life and property of the citizens. Commenting on Pakistan People’s Party leader Khurshid Shah’s statement that the demand of calling the army in Karachi was akin to “a slap on the face of democracy”, the MQM leader asked Shah “whether leaving the citizens’ life and property at the mercy of terrorists and professional killers could be described as democracy?” The MQM leader said terrorists were wreaking havoc on the lives of unarmed members of the Kutchhi community, attacking their houses with hand grenades, forcibly ejecting them from their houses, issuing extortion slips to traders and kidnapping businessmen and citizens for ransom, but still no action was being taken against them. Raza asked the PPP leader “can the act of patronising and nurturing professional criminals, extortionists and leaving unarmed innocent citizens at the mercy of terrorists be described as ‘a slap’ on the face of democracy and humanity”? Justifying Altaf’s demand of handing Karachi over to the army, the coordination committee member said the MQM leader’s demand which was aimed at protection the life and property of the citizens, was in accordance with Clause 4 of Article 149 and hence it was constitutional, lawful and democratic. Raza also advised Shah and “the other so-called champions of democracy” to tell their constituents what services they had provided for their progress and prosperity. AGENCIES
INDUS, CHENAB FLOWING IN MEDIUM FLOOD AS DEATH TOLL REACHES 183 ISLAMABAD: River Indus was flowing in medium flood at Guddu and in low flood at Chashma and Sukkur-Kotri Reach on Tuesday, as the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that over 5,000 villages, mostly in Punjab and Sindh, were affected by the recent floods and some 183 people had reportedly denied in rain and floodrelated incidents. According to the daily report by the Ministry of Water and Power, River Chenab was also flowing in medium flood at Panjnad, while River Ravi and River Sutlej were flowing in low flood at Sidhnai and Islam Headworks respectively. Other main rivers, Jhelum and Kabul were flowing normally. Per details, the death toll due to the floods and rain-related incidents is 183 and 887 have been injured across the country. AGENCIES
WEST COULD HIT SYRIA IN DAYS, ENVOYS TELL REBELS 1965 war veteran Brig sher passes away at 94 AMMAN/BEIRUT AGENCIES
LAHORE PRESS RElEASE
Brigadier (r) Abdul Qayyum Sher, Hilal-e-Jurrat, the most highly decorated living war veteran of the 1965 War died after protracted illness in Lahore on Tuesday. He was 94. Despite his age, he was still actively working as senior executive member of National Society for the Rehabilitation of Disabled – a welfare organisation. The epic action of Brig Qayyum Sher to re-capture Wagah position occupied by the Indian Army on the other side of BRB Canal is considered as exemplary in Indo-Pakistan military history. Brig Sher personally led the counter offensive on enemy position and led his force with such a speed and valour that the enemy, despite its numerical superiority, had to retreat leaving behind over 200 dead and 5 tanks knocked out. He kept up the momentum and recovered most of the lost territory by throwing the enemy off-balance. The enemy put in over 20 fresh attacks to recapture the position but all enemy attempts
Commander-in-Chief General Muhammad Musa Khan decorating Abdul Qayyum Sher with Hilal-e-Jurrat for his gallantry during the 1965 War.
were repulsed with heavy losses to them. Brig Sher’s swift manoeuvre surprised the enemy commander, Major General Narandan Parsad, who fled leaving behind his jeep and official diary. The general was later sacked by the Indian high command.
Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday. US forces in the region are "ready to go", Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said, as Washington and its european and Middle eastern partners honed plans to punish Assad for a major poison gas attack last week that killed hundreds of civilians. Several sources who attended a meeting in Istanbul on Monday between Syrian opposition leaders and diplomats from Washington and other governments told Reuters that the rebels were
told to expect military action and to get ready to negotiate a peace. "The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days, and that they should still prepare for peace talks at Geneva," one of the sources said. Ahmad Jarba, president of the Syrian National Coalition, met envoys from 11 states in the Friends of Syria group, including Robert Ford, the US ambassador to Syria, at an Istanbul hotel. United Nations chemical weapons investigators, who finally crossed the frontline to take samples on Monday, put off a second trip to rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. But Washington said it already
held Assad responsible for a "moral obscenity" and President Barack Obama would hold him to account for it. However, with Russian and Chinese opposition complicating efforts to satisfy international law - and Western voters wary of new, far-off wars - Western leaders may not pull the trigger just yet. British Prime Minister David Cameron called parliament back from its summer recess for a session on Syria on Thursday. US FORCES READY: Asked if US forces were ready to strike Syria just "like that", Hagel told the BBC: "We are ready to go, like that." "We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfil and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take." Top generals from the
United States and european and Middle eastern allies met in Jordan for what could be a council of war. In Britain, whose forces have supported the US military in a succession of wars, Cameron called for an appropriate level of retribution for using chemical weapons. REGIONAL CONFLICT: Russia, a major arms supplier to Assad, has said rebels may have released the gas and warned against attacking Syria. Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov criticized Washington for cancelling bilateral talks on Syria that were set for Wednesday. "Working out the political parameters for a resolution in Syria would be exceptionally useful now, when the threat of force hangs over this country," Gatilov wrote on Twitter.
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british not our heroes. they came here uninvited: Sanaullah
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PA disapproves notion of naming road after Government College’s founder GW Leitner, approves hepatitis vaccination be made compulsory for children, Local Body Elections in all cantonment areas be held alongside other areas and beggars be kept in shelter homes
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election Tribunal Lahore has accepted Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf (PTI) candidate Hamid Khan’s application against alleged rigging in NA-125 by Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique during the general elections. For the first phase of hearing today, the tribunal has summoned all the candidates including the railways minister who was elected from the same constituency. Khan, demanding railway minister’s disqualification, had alleged that Rafique got Lahore Development Authority (LDA) employees deployed at polling stations and later got the electoral result changed in collusion with returning officers. Meanwhile‚ the tribunal will hear the petition of PTI chairman Imran Khan against alleged rigging in NA-122 in the first week of September. Imran Khan has demanded recounting of the votes in this constituency in accordance with NADRA record. The tribunal has issued notices to the parties concerned.
He Punjab Assembly was disgruntled when during Tuesday’s session treasury member Sheikh Alauddin tabled a resolution demanding road between Kutchery and Neela Gumbad be named after Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, former principal of Government College who also laid the foundation stone of Punjab University. The assembly did not like the notion of naming a road after a Hungarian professor who although served meritoriously in the field of education for the betterment of the masses in this region. Alauddin tried to prove it to the house that Dr Leitner deserved all the respect since he provided an opportunity for their forefathers to abreast themselves with education in 1800s but the assembly was not happy with naming the road after a non-Muslim. The treasury member detested the fact that the government was changing the names of various monuments earlier named after subcontinent’s non-Muslim heroes. “What are we achieving by renaming institutions? We changed the name of Balik Ram Medical College to Fatima Jinnah Medical College and Lawrence Garden to Jinnah Garden. We are not doing any service to anyone by doing this. If we
don’t like the names of non-Muslims then why are we educating our future doctors in King edward Medical College?” he continued explaining paying a tribute to the nonMuslim heroes of the region. Soon after Alauddin’s speech, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah barged in the discussion saying, “Who invited the British to come to this region and plant their saplings? No one did. We cannot accept them as our heroes. Our heroes are those performed prominently in the fields of social services, civic development and in the freedom movement. Leitner was born in Hungary. He can not be the hero of a Muslim nation.” Jamaat Islami’s Dr Waseem and Pakistan People’s Party’s Faiza Malik also opposed the resolution and thus the resolution was rejected with majority. The PA session on Tuesday entertained four resolutions out of which three were unanimously approved. While the assembly rejected naming road after Dr GW Leitner, the House accepted that hepatitis vaccination be made compulsory for children up to the age of five years, Local Body elections in all cantonment areas be held alongside other areas and beggars be kept in ‘shelter homes’. LB POLLS IN CANTONMENTS BE HELD SIDE BY SIDE: PPP’s Faiza Malik demanded that Local Body elections in the cantonment areas be held side by side other civilian areas. In the resolution, it was demanded of the federal government to hold next Local Government System elections in all the cantonment areas too so that the residents of those localities can also get benefits of Local Government System by electing their own local body representatives. The treasury side did not oppose the resolution and the resolution was adopted unanimously. HEPATITIS VACCINATION BE MADE COMPULSORY: The resolution tabled by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) legislator Dr Noshin Hamid was also adopted by the House unanimously. In the resolution, it was demanded that vaccination of every child below the age of five years must be declared necessary to avert chances of Hepatitis. BEGGARS BE KEPT IN BEGGARS’ HOME: Similarly, the resolution moved by treasury member Tahseen Fawad against the menace of beggary was also passed after an amendment. In the resolution, it was demanded that all the beggars must be kept in Beggars’ Homes to control the menace of beggary. It was also said in the resolution that retaining the beggars in these homes is necessary to make them a working organ of the society by giving them proper education and training. The PTI lawmaker Siddique Khan presented an amendment that ‘Beggars Home’ is not a
respectable term and it must be replaced with ‘Shelter Home’. On the occasion, Rana Sanaullah told the house that government with the cooperation of edhi Welfare Organisation and other NGOs is considering establishing an institution for the welfare of beggars. ON SPECIAL EDUCATION: The Question Hour in the assembly’s session on Tuesday was on Punjab Special education Department, during which Punjab Special education Minister Asif Saeed Manais responded to the queries of lawmakers. Saeed told the House that the number of special persons in Punjab was 2,284,490 and 237 special education institutions were working in all tehsils under the Special education Department. Responding to the questions, he said 16 special education institutions were working in Lahore and over Rs 300 million had been set aside for the institutions for year 2012-13, adding that every institution had a pick and drop facility for children. PROCEEDING’S BOYCOTT AND THE FISH MARKET IT WAS: Meanwhile, the Punjab Assembly Press Gallery boycotted the proceedings at 11:50am in protest against PTI workers’ attack on media persons and a case registered against a private TV channel. The speaker constituted a committee comprising provincial minister Anwar Shuja Khanzada and PTI MPA Mian Aslam Iqbal to pacify the journalists and bring them back. The journalists returned at 12:30 pm. During the assembly proceedings, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PTI made the assembly a chaotic house as both were leveling accusations of bullying and torturing journalists. During the whole disturbance, the PA Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal looked helpless to control the situation as nobody was ready to abide by his rulings. However, the situation turned normal after expelling the treasury’s female lawmaker Rukhsana from the house for five minutes over raising a placard inscribed: ‘Jew Agent’. While answering a question on PTI’s torture on journalists, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that if PTI Punjab president would not offer arrest, he would be arrested as per law and then would go through an interrogation process to get the names of his companions in the torture incident. During the debate, PTI kept insisting that journalists were protesting against Baluchistan government’s act of registering a case against a private TV channel, while treasury members kept saying that journalists were protesting against PTI’s torture on journalists. Later, the session was adjourned for Wednesday at 10am.
Will ending night packages save our culture? CIVIL SOCIETY SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR BANNING CELLULAR NIGHT PACKAGES LAHORE UMAIR AZIZ
Civil society and youth have termed the federal government’s decision to ban night packages of mobile networks an infringement of their basic rights, Pakistan Today has learnt. Reportedly, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman directed mobile phone operators to bring an end to night packages, saying such packages had tried to “destroy our culture”. State Minister for Frontier Regions and Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir said during the Senate session on Monday that the government had directed the mobile operators to bring an end to night packages. But the companies had moved the Supreme Court against the PTA decision. However, the court did not grant stay. A senior official said the PTA had directed mobile companies to stop night packages, adding that the decision was challenged in the high court, but the court gave verdict in favour of the PTA. Now the decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court, but the stay has not been granted so far. People maintained “culture” is
OFFICIAL SAYS PTA HAS DIRECTED MOBILE COMPANIES TO STOP NIGHT PACKAGES
LAWYER ASKS WHETHER GOVT HAS CONDUCTED STUDY IN THIS REGARD
too subtle a term to be defined initially and only then it could be ascertained if it has been destroyed. Others questioned the government’s authority and termed it an infringement of their freedom. Yet many others accepted the government’s right to ban it, but thought there are tougher challenges at hand. Lahore Conservation Society’s Dr Ajaz Anwar said it is not a “wise” decision because if the government bans night packages the youth will resort to day packages. “We should train our children in such a way that they know and are able to decide what’s good or bad for them. Banning mobile communication will always push them to use chatting. These are not children of yesteryears but internet generation,” he added. Sajid Minhas, an activist, said like every issue it is no doubt debatable, but “I am against the move”, because this is a free country and it is for the people to decide. “The telecommunication companies have offered very cheap rates in Pakistan unmatched across the world, hence it is a part of their overall strategy, which will disturb their entire business model,” he
added. Qudsia Sajjad, an educationist, said the government should realize that what they think “detrimental” to the culture is part of a bigger phenomenon in which the society has transformed at large. “Just as after the cable TV, people started used to watching a lot of channels and hence developing new habits. The government cannot stop such changes through such moves,” she added. Rafay Alam, a lawyer, asked if anyone in the government has conducted a study or what’s the proof to substantiate her [Anusha’s] claim since she is making a policy decision. “I don’t think she is actually going to do that because the PTA is a completely regulated body,” he said, adding, “Bombs, illiteracy and hunger are destroying the social fabric of our society and the government need to focus on that as well.” IT Ministry spokesman Kamran Khattak said Anusha Rehman only briefed the Senate about what has been happening and has not herself banned the night packages. He said the matter comes under the regulator, the PTA and the ministry has nothing to do with it.
It is not a wise decision because if the government bans night packages the youth will resort to day packages. We should train our children in such a way that they know and are able to decide what’s good or bad for them. Banning mobile communication will always push them to use chatting. These are not children of yesteryears but internet generation. dr ajaZ anWar LAHORE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
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it’S not over for dengue: tWo neW CaSeS LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Dengue continues to hold Punjab in its grip as two new cases were confirmed on Tuesday. The number of confirmed dengue cases has now risen to 47 across the province. According to the Punjab Health Department, two dengue cases were confirmed in Lahore and are being treated at the Mayo Hospital. As many as 1,726 people are believed to the infected with the dengue virus in the province and during the last 24 hours 59 new cases were reported. LTC REVIEWS ANTI-DENGUE ARRANGEMENTS: Teams headed by Lahore Transport Company’s CeO Khawaja Haider Latif visited various bus depots near Green Town and Kot Lakhpat and reviewed measures regarding antidengue campaign. Latif along with staff of LTC inspected the cleanliness arrangements, monitored the sprinkling of anti-dengue spray while issued necessary instructions to the private transport operators to bring further improvement in their depots.
LHC wants govt to explain ‘biased’ imposition of luxury tax LAHORE
He Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply from the Punjab government and excise and Taxation (e&T) Department on 37 petitions moved by the citizens against luxury tax on residential houses situated in some housing schemes of the provincial capital. Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh directed the respondents to file replies till September 5. The petitioners through lawyer Shahnawaz Khan and other counsels submitted that the provincial
government through Section 10 of The Punjab Finance Act 2013 has imposed a ‘newfangled’ one-off luxury tax on residential houses measuring two kanals and above which are located in a rating area specified as Category A for the purposes of the Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax Act, 1958. They argued that the impugned luxury tax was ostensibly only imposed in three districts of Punjab and it was ‘novel and unheard of ’ in others, the counsels pointed out. They argued the tax had been imposed on houses which are located in the Rating Area specified as Category A of the e&T Department which did not include
the Cantonment, eMe Colony/Society, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Defence RAYA, Lake View, Bahria Town and Jati Umrah as these were anachronistically considered as ‘rural areas’ despite their modern atomic age. By excluding these areas, notwithstanding, the fact that they encompassed residential houses of two kanals and above, the respondents had clearly discriminated, they added. The petitioner requested the court to strike down luxury tax on residential houses by declaring it discriminatory, inconsistent and violation of the constitution.
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, H E Dr Cyrill Nunn, ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Tilo Klinner, The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Tilo Klinner along with Pakistan German Business Forum board members at the Inauguration Ceremony of PGBF Lahore Office. STAFF PHOTO
MAN HANGS WIFE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A man on Tuesday killed his wife over a family dispute and fled from the scene. According to details, a man named M Azam, a resident of Talley Flats; Liaqatabad hanged his wife Zubaiba from a ceiling fan. After getting information, police reached on the scene, recovered the body and shifted it to the city morgue for autopsy. An FIR has also been
registered by Liaquatabad police against the accused on the request of Zubaida’s mother Perveen. SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL RAPED: A seven-year-old girl was raped in Peer Ronaki Dabar, Shadbagh. Anum Shahzadi, daughter of labourer Yousaf, was alone at home when rickshaw driver Javed Gaddi forced into the house, raped her and fled from the scene. Her parents along with area people gathered at Shadbagh Police Station
and protested against the police and demanded to arrest the criminal. MISCREANT ARRESTED: A miscreant and his son were arrested on Monday night on the orders of the IG. Reports said that the criminals were involved in fraud and also had connections with police high-ups. Chaudary Naseer and his son Atif Naseer were arrested by Mozang Police. The police said both father and son fraudulently took millions of rupees from different people for business. When the people demand for their money they threatened them.
40 LumS students complete uSaid funded internship LAHORE: Fourty students from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) completed their six-week internship at various government and civil society organisations all over the country through USAID-funded Assessment and Strengthening Program (ASP). USAID Mission Director in Pakistan Gregory Gottlieb said, “The United States funds a variety of educational programs throughout Pakistan to help it’s youth acquire the skills necessary for building a brighter future for their country.” The USAID-funded internship program aimed to introduce LUMS students to the operations of the public sector and civil society organizations and to encourage LUMS students to take up jobs in these organizations after completion of their studies. APP
power shortfall reaches 3,200mW LAHORE: Power situation in the country is gradually inching towards a crisis-like situation as the electricity shortfall on Tuesday reached 3,200 megawatts (MW). According to the National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL) sources, national system was generating 13,600 MW while electricity demand stood at 16,800 MW; shortfall being 3,200 MW. The NTDCL spokesman said that four power plants of 805 MW capacity each have started power generation which were shut down on Monday owing to technical fault. The spokesman further said that the Unit No one and five of Muzaffargarh Power Plant having capacity of 350 MW and Liberty Power Plant of 200 MW have been closed shut down due to technical issues; resultantly power generation of 550 MW has been reduced in the overall system. STAFF REPORT
pm’s uncle passes away LAHORE: Abdul Hameed Butt, uncle of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, on Tuesday passed away at Ittifaq Hospital after prolonged illness. His funeral prayer was held at Model Town’s HBlock Park in the evening. The funeral was attended by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Punjab Governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar and other MNAs and MPAs. A large number of people attended the funeral prayer. The Rasm-e-Qul of the deceased will be held at Model Town H-Block at 5pm today. APP
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A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. — Margaret Thatcher
Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
afgHan taLiban kiLL 12 'government' WorkerS
Long-term nerve damage feared
after Syria CHemiCaL attaCk LONDON
HERAT: The Afghan Taliban executed 12 Afghan workers in two provinces after accusing them of working for the government, officials said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on civilians this year. The Taliban are increasingly targeting civilians seen to be cooperating with the government, raising concerns about the prospects for peace after most foreign troops pull out next year. President Hamid Karzai condemned the killings with a swipe at Pakistan which he has been visiting for two days. "The killing of innocent engineers and workers shows that the Taliban and their foreign masters want Afghanistan to be a impoverished and underdeveloped country forever," he said in apparent reference to Islamabad, among others, which he has often accused of playing a double game in the 12-year-old war. Karzai on Monday stressed the need for Pakistan's help in arranging peace talks with the Taliban in a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In Herat, one of Afghanistan's most stable provinces whose small but promising private sector is driving the national economy, the Taliban kidnapped and killed four engineers and two workers on Sunday, Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said. The men, four engineers and two trainers and all Afghan, worked for a World Bank-funded program created by the Karzai government that aims to improve local project management. "We had gathered some elders to meet the Taliban to tell them that they ... worked for everyone in the country, but the Taliban killed them before they arrived for negotiations," Wahidi said. The killings came within hours of the discovery of the bodies of six Afghans in the restive eastern province of Paktia. The six, all drivers, were killed by Taliban because they were working with the government, deputy provincial governor Abdul Wali Sehee said. Elections are expected to be held in Afghanistan in April to replace Karzai, who came to power in 2001 after USled forces toppled the Taliban. Taliban executions of workers associated with the Karzai administration or the international community are not rare, but recent attacks have typically occurred in the restive eastern and southern parts of the country. About two weeks ago, eight people who worked for Afghan security forces were executed in violent Ghazni on their way to Kabul by bus. AGENCIES
top india Court SLamS rape aCquittaLS NEW DELHI: India’s top court has criticized the large number of rape cases that end in acquittal, amid renewed outrage over violence against women after the gang-rape of a photographer. The Supreme Court questioned the reason for the high number of acquittals during a Monday hearing, adding that the situation “is going from bad to worse.” “What is wrong with the system? Why are 90 percent of rape cases ending in acquittals? The situation is going from bad to worse,” Justice R.M Lodha told the court in New Delhi. The two-judge bench also ordered the country’s states to come up with better systems to compensate and rehabilitate victims of rape as well as to improve protection for victims and witnesses. AGENCIES
VeN those who survived the suspected chemical weapons attack in Damascus - and many hundreds didn't - may have life-long disabilities and health problems for which there are few effective treatments. The death toll from the incident, the latest grisly episode in Syria's two-and-a-half-year civil war, could well rise in coming days as doctors and other health workers who suffered secondary exposure via the direct victims start to succumb to the agent's poison. Antidotes and emergency treatments do exist for patients suffering the immediate effects of poisoning by a nerve agent - something many experts fear happened to the thousands affected in rebel-held areas of the Syrian capital on Wednesday. But if no help comes within the first hour or so, the chances become slim that an antidote drug like atropine or oxime, or the sedative diazepam, will do much good. "(Treatment) needs to be immediate. The damage is done very quickly," said Ray Zilinskas, a chemical and biological weapons expert at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the United States. "Longer term, the major risk is the result of significant restricted breathing," which could also lead to brain damage, said Alastair Hay, a professor of environmental toxicology and chemical weapons expert at Britain's Leeds University.
Activists wearing gas masks bag a dead cat as they collect samples in the Zamalka area of Damascus of what activists say was a chemical weapons attack.
sualties we've seen - the figures I'm seeing at the moment are up to 2,000 dead - and the sorts of symptoms, the rapidity of death ... the only plausible explanation is a chemical weapon," said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former commander of the chemical, biological and nuclear counter-terrorism unit at Britain's defense ministry. "If it is a chemical weapon, it's
most likely to be a nerve agent - and we know that sarin has been used in the past in Syria. We know that Assad has very large stockpiles of sarin, and a delivery of sarin would create these kinds of casualties." Hay said that from pictures and videos he'd seen, nasal and lung secretions - signs consistent with nerve gas poisoning - were "very evident in many of the victims".
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Us gave iraQ inteLLigenCe in 1980s, ignored CheMiCaL attaCks
Nerve gases are the most potent and deadly of the known chemical agents. "They are rapidly lethal and are hazardous by any route of exposure," says Sharon Ruetter of the US Army edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland. In a review of chemical weapons hazards in the environmental Health Perspectives journal, Ruetter said it was theoretically possible to release nerve gases in high enough concentrations that "one breath would be incapacitating or deadly". Nerve gases include tabun, soman and sarin - the agent experts think is most likely to have been used in Syria. They interfere with transmissions between nerves, or between nerves and muscle cells, causing muscle weakness or paralysis, including paralysis of the diaphragm and heart. They also cause seizures, loss of body control, restricted breathing, sweating, profuse nasal and lung secretions and constricted pupils. "With the number of ca-
WASHINGTON: The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported on Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus last week. The magazine said the US knew in 1983 that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would not hesitate to resort to shelling Iranian forces with sarin or mustard gas. "As Iraqi attacks continue and intensify the chances increase that Iranian forces will acquire a shell containing mustard agent with Iraqi markings," a top secret CIA report said in November 1983. "Tehran would take such evidence to the UN and charge US complicity in violating international law," the agency warned. In late 1987, US satellite imagery showed that Iran was concentrating a large force east of the southern Iraqi port city of Basra in preparation for a spring offensive. The images also showed that the Iranians had identified a strategic weakness in the Iraqi defenses. The report, titled "At the Gates of Basra," was shown to president Ronald Regan, who wrote a note in the margins that said, "An Iranian victory is unacceptable," according to Foreign Policy. The United States decided to inform Baghdad of its findings and help the Iraqis with intelligence on Iranian logistics centers and anti-aircraft defenses. Saddam's forces smashed the Iranian buildup before it could get off the ground, launching a vast offensive in April 1988, backed by bombardments with chemical weapons, on the Fao Peninsula. AGENCIES
antidote StoCkpiLeS? Then there's the question of whether the antidote is available - and if so, in what quantities. If the victims - whose writhing bodies and agonized faces shocked the world when Syrian activists published pictures and videos - did suffer a nerve agent attack, then atropine would be the treatment of choice. A generic medicine, it is used in anesthesia as a premedication, in emergency situations or during surgery to make the heart beat faster, and to reverse the effects of poisons that make people hyper-salivate, or foam at the mouth. Troops at risk of chemical weapons attacks often carry atropine auto-injectors to administer into thigh muscles. Since it is a core medicine on the World Health Organization's "essential Drugs List" - a list of minimum medical needs for any basic healthcare system - hospitals in Syria should have it, but may not have enough to treat a large number of people quickly."We have emergency (atropine) stockpiles here in the United States that could be accessed in a short time - and most industrialized countries would be the same," said Zilinskas. In Syria, while most hospitals should have small amounts when they are functioning properly, the fear now is that supplies will be severely limited, and that any stockpiles are most likely to be held by the military. "The question is how quickly would the military share? How quickly would they get it to victims?" said Zilinskas. "It doesn't do much good if it arrives two or three hours later.
China sees no basis for japan talks as islands dispute simmers BEIJING AGENCIES
China on Tuesday brushed aside calls from Japan to hold a leaders' summit as "grandstanding", while Japan's finance minister said Tokyo should make clear it would use its navy to defend islands at the core of a dispute with Beijing. Ties between the world's second- and third-largest economies have been strained for months because of a row over the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, as well as disputes over the countries' bitter wartime past. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to improve ties and has called for dialogue with China, though he has rejected any conditions on talks. China has shown no inclination to respond to the overtures. "A meeting between leaders is not simply for the sake of shaking hands and taking pictures, but to resolve problems," Chinese deputy foreign minister Li Baodong told reporters ahead of a G20 summit next
week that both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Abe will attend. "If Japan wants to arrange a meeting to resolve problems, they should stop with the empty talk and doing stuff for show," Li said, when asked about the possibility of a meeting of Chinese and Japanese lead-
ers on the sidelines of the G20. Aircraft and ships from both countries have played cat-and-mouse games near the islands for months, ratcheting up tension. Japan's coastguard said on Tuesday three Chinese coastguard vessels had briefly entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near the disputed islands. China said the trip was a routine patrol in its own waters. FALKLANDS ANALOGY: Japan's finance minister, Taro Aso, who doubles as Abe's deputy, said the government must make clear its intent to defend the islands or risk what happened when Argentine troops landed on the Falkland islands in 1982, triggering war with Britain. "When Britain deployed aircraft carriers to the Falkland Islands, it did not convey its intentions to protect the islands. Argentine saw that (Britain) had no intention of protecting the Falklands and so invaded," Aso said in a lecture to parliamentarians in Yokohama, near Tokyo. "Fighting ability, national consensus and inform-
ing other countries (of our intention to use force) can act as a deterrent only if these three are all present," Aso said. "We must clearly convey our intention to protect the Senkaku with the Maritime Self-Defense Forces. In that sense, we cannot avoid increasing defense spending ... This is the reality we're in while facing the situation in the east China Sea." The legacy of Japanese militarism in the 1930s and 1940s also haunts Sino-Japanese ties. China's Li said denials by some Japanese politicians of the country's wartime past do not help. "Under these conditions, how can we organize the kind of leaders' summit that Japan wants?" Li said. China reacted angrily this month when Abe sent an offering to a shrine for war dead, which also honors war criminals, while cabinet members visited it in person. China suffered under Japanese rule, with parts of the country occupied from the 1930s. Japanese leaders have apologized in the past but many in China doubt their sincerity, partly because of contradictory remarks by politicians.
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CHITRAL: Tourist make their way to Kalash Valley on foot on Tuesday as the highway has been washed away by heavy torrential rains. INP
malala scoops 2013 Children’s peace prize
THE HAGUE AGENCIES
balochistan being driven to brink of civil war, warns Zehri BNP LEADER SAYS LEVIES BEHIND RISING INCIDENTS OF KIDNAPPING FOR RANSOM AND MURDER ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
RITICISING the Balochistan government, the leader of the Balochistan National Party (Awami) and former minister for postal services, Mir Israrullah Zehri on Tuesday said the province was being pushed to the brink of a civil war due to the wrong policies of the provincial government. During an exclusive sitting with Pakistan Today at the Parliament House, the member of the opposition in the Balochistan Assembly, Zehri said, “A fake mandate always proves fake and cannot be justified through any manner.” Accusing the provincial government for not delivering anything on ground,
Zehri said the Abdul Malik Baloch-led provincial government had failed in resolving the issues of the province as all major issues were still there. “The missing persons issue is of major concern for the people of Balochistan and nothing has been done by the incumbent
Benazir murder case: Court summons doctors RAWALPINDI ONlINE
The anti-terrorism court (ATC) Rawalpindi on Tuesday summoned the doctors who conducted the post-mortem of Pakistan People’s Party’s slain leader Benazir Bhutto. During the hearing before ATC judge Chaudhry Habibur Rahman, the court was told that the doctors who conducted the post-mortem could not appear due to personal engagements. The ATC summoned the three doctors, including Dr Ashraf and Dr Hina, and adjourned the hearing till September 3.
Balochistan government,” he said. Declaring the mandate of the Balochistan government fake, Zehri said half of the tasks for which the present setup was formed had been completed and the rest would be completed in the coming three months, after which there will be no need of the present provincial government, adding that “then they may be sent home”. To a question, he said earlier the Baloch people had complaints against the federal institutions, but now they also had complaints against the provincial institutions. To another question, Zehri said the number of killings in the province had increased threefold, adding that the Baloch were being killed regularly and no road was secure for the general public any more. He said local district administrations had awarded contracts of security to private militias who were free to act anywhere who had contributed to worsening the law and order in the province. The former minister directly held the Levies responsible for the deteriorating law and order, saying as “they were behind the growing incidents of kidnapping for
ransom and murder for its vested interests.” Hitting hard on the provincial government, Zehri said the people in the province were already suffering and now their miseries had been multiplied tenfold by the Balochistan government. On Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent claim of turning the province into a replica of Hong Kong, Zehri said prior to transforming Balochistan into Hong Kong, Nawaz should bring peace in the province. He said establishing peace in Balochistan was also the prime responsibility of the federal as well as the provincial governments. Lodging a complaint against the Balochistan government, Zehri said the chief minister-led provincial government was pushing its opponents to the wall and this policy should be revised as it could prove negative for the country as well as the province. To another question, he said the current policies of the provincial government were not only contributing to raising personal enmities of the people but were also driving the province towards a civil war that was alarming.
Doctors strike KP govt PMA FILES CONTEMPT OF COURT PETITION AGAINST KP CM, HEALTH MINISTER, CHIEF SECY PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Tuesday submitted a contempt of court petition in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) against KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, KP Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Chief Secretary Arbab Shehzad and Health Secretary Dr Fakhare Alam regarding the appointments of chief executive of main hospitals in the province. The petition was filed by KP PMA
President Dr Hussain Ahmad Haroon. He informed the court that the KP government had violated the court’s August 5 short order. In its August 5 decision of the petition filed by Dr. Hussain regarding the appointments of chief executives of main hospitals in KP, the court had declared that “in the meantime the KP government may proceed with the matter but shall not pass any final order”. According to the petition, the KP government had decided to replace chief executives of four main hospitals of the province. The petitioner had also attached newspaper clippings of reports regarding the appointment of new chief executives of Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad. Dr Hussain said that as the matter was
being considered in court, the respondents had indulged in contempt of court. The PHC has yet to fix a date for hearing the petition.
Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by a Taliban militant last October after campaigning for girls' right to education, has won the prestigious International Children's Peace Prize, KidsRights announced Tuesday. The Pakistani 16-year-old will receive the award from 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and women's rights campaigner Tawakkol Karman at a glittering ceremony in The Hague on September 6, the Amsterdam-based organisation said. Malala “risked her life in the fight for access to education for girls all over the world,” KidsRights said in a statement. “By awarding the 2013 International Children's Peace Prize... KidsRights shines the spotlight on a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children's rights,” it added. The passionate advocate for girls education was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while on a school bus near her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley last year. She was given life-saving treatment in Britain where she now lives, but the attack galvanised her campaign for greater educational opportunities for girls. Malala's brave fight back from her injuries and her speech at the United Nations in July have made her a leading contender for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. But the response to her in Pakistan has been mixed, with many hailing her as a national heroine while others have criticised her for promoting a “Western” agenda. The International Children's Peace Prize, an initiative of the Dutch-based KidsRights Foundation, was launched in 2005 by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, when he chaired the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. It carries a cash value of 100,000 euros ($133,000) that is invested in projects relating to the winner's cause. Last year's winner was 13-year-old Cris “Kesz” Valdez for his work with Filipino street children while he himself was destitute. Cris received the prize from South African peace icon and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, who is the award's patron.
int’l conventions to be considered for dr aafia’s release
MONITORING DESK Interior Ministry officials have said that a summary report recommending two international conventions for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui has been prepared, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday. The summary report has been forwarded to the federal cabinet which is scheduled to discuss the recommendations put forth in its session tomorrow. The two conventions which have been suggested include the european Convention and the Inter-American Convention. Upon the approval of the cabinet, a 5 month long process will be initiated to bring the suggestions into effect. The report has been prepared in light of US refusal to agree to a bilateral treaty guaranteeing Dr Aafia’s release. Aafia was sentenced to 86 years on September 23, 2010 after she was found guilty on seven counts, including attempted murder. She is currently being held at an American maximum security prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Sikhs urge Sindh govt, Cj to take notice of desecration of holy book
KARACHI: Pakistan Sikh Council Chairman Sardar Ramesh Singh addresses a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday. INP
He Pakistan Sikh Council on Tuesday called on the government and the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of growing incidents of desecration of their holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, in various parts of Sindh. Addressing the press conference, PSC head Sardar Ramesh Singh said that so far five incidents have occurred which forced him to bring it to the government’s no-
tice. Most of these incidents have occurred inside Hindu temples where the holy book was kept as many people from the Hindu community also believe in the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. The first incident occurred a few months ago at the Samadha Ashram in Shikarpur where a Hindu elder was accused of “drawing pictures” on the holy book, enraging many in the Sikh community, Singh told the press conference. Similar incidents later occurred in Dil Darbar in Pannu Aqil, then Khatt Wali Darbar in Shikarpur, the Sajal Sher Jhoolay Lal Darbar in Shikarpur and Guru
punjab, kp unite over war against dengue
Nanak Darbar Meer District of Dadu. Singh alleged some “extremist elements” wanted to create a discord between Hindus and Sikhs who had been living peacefully in Sindh. “We, like any other Pakistani, don’t want a negative portrayal of our country. That was one of the reasons we didn’t appear in the media. But now the situation is getting out of our control,” he added. explaining further, he said most of the cases in which the holy book was desecrated occurred in the Sukkur division. Following the incidents, the PSC approached police officers, and though the police registered an FIR, they still haven’t arrested the person nominated as a suspect. “I believe that such people have no religious or political identity, but in this case we think there is a political motive behind it,” Singh added without naming any names. Ramesh Singh said DIG Police West Shahid Hayat was contacted for his help in registering the FIR. When asked, Hayat said: “We facilitated them in registering the case in Sukkur against the person they nominated after complaints that the local police was not registering the FIR. The government has formed a committee to look into the situation. Further details will be communicated by the committee itself.” The Sukkur police recently managed to arrest a person named Mahesh Kumar, but Singh said the person had no link to the case. “We have categorically mentioned the name of a man, Sudhan Chand, but the Sukkur police have made no attempt to arrest him yet,” added Singh. Singh called on the Sindh government to resolve the issue. “Otherwise, we have the right of removing the holy book from the temples, and nobody can stop us from doing so,” he said.
PESHAWAR: The number of dengue cases in Swat valley is on the rise, with the disease spreading to adjacent areas and districts as well. Saidu Sharif Group of Hospitals Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Shah Dauran Khan told Pakistan Today on Tuesday that 383 patients were tested positive with the dengue virus so far and hundreds of other patients suspected to be suffering from dengue were approaching hospitals in Saidu Sharif, Matta, Khwazakhela and other areas. He said paramedics and other health technicians were also affected, thus complicating the situation further. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Tuesday declared an emergency in the three main hospitals of Peshawar. The government directed the hospitals’ staff to remain alert, adding that Swat hospitals could did not have the capacity to accommodate more dengue patients. Doctors in Saidu Sharif Group of Hospitals said that most general wards were being vacated to accommodate the dengue patients. In response to a question, Dr Khan said so far no patient had died from dengue. “Many patients have recovered and they have been discharged,” he said. PUNJAB DOCTORS ARRIVE IN KP: A seven-member delegation of physicians from Punjab has arrived in Swat to help doctors in Swat and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to deal with dengue. These doctors have the experience of treating many dengue patients during the dengue outbreak in Punjab. They will be joined by expert physicians from Khyber Medical University, Peshawar. STAFF REPORT
gay pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are diﬃcult MONITORING DESK
AKISTAN is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as "a gay man's paradise", according to a BBC report. Underground parties, group sex at shrines and "marriages of convenience" to members of the opposite sex are just some of the surprises that gay Pakistan has to offer. Under its veneer of strict social conformity, the country is bustling with same-sex activity. Danyaal, as he's asked to be known, is a 50-something businessman who lives in an affluent part of Karachi, and uses his smartphone to organise Karachi's gay party scene. "One of the first things I did online, maybe 12 years ago, was type in G - A - Y and hit search. Back then I found a group and made contact with 12 people in this city," he says. "These days there are smartphone apps that use GPS to tell you how close you are to another gay person with an online profile. There are thousands of gay men online in Pakistan at any one time." The party scene is big - so big, he jokes, that he rarely gets time to himself. "If you want sex too, it's a gay man's paradise. If you want a relationship, that may be more difficult." These invitation-only parties are a rare opportunity for gay men to be open about their sexuality. Pakistani society is fiercely patriarchal. Pakistanis are expected to marry a member of the opposite sex, and the vast majority do. The result is a culture of dishonesty and double lives, says researcher Qasim Iqbal. "Gay men will make every effort to stop any investment in a same-sex relationship because they know that one day they will have to get married to a woman," he says. "After getting married they will treat their wives well but they will continue to have sex with other men." Sex between men occurs in some very public places - including, surprisingly, Karachi's busiest shrine. Families go to the Abdullah Shah-Ghazi shrine to honour the holy man buried there and to ask for God's blessings, but it is also Karachi's biggest cruising ground. Every Thursday evening, as the sun sets, men from across the city gather there. A tightly packed circle is formed and those in the centre of the circle are groped by those on the periphery.To outsiders it looks like a writhing mass of men huddling around one another. Some even describe it as a "mysterious religious ceremony". For participants, it's anonymous group sex. This kind of behaviour is, of course, not condoned by Pakistan's religious authorities. Most Pakistanis
view homosexuality as sinful. The vast majority of clerics interpret the Quranic story of Lot as a clear indication that God condemns homosexual men. Some scholars go even further and recommend Sharia-based punishment for "men who have sex with men". The shrine is far from the only place in Karachi where gay sex is freely available. It is, for example, easy to buy from a malchi walah - a masseur who offers massage and "extras" for the equivalent of £5, or $7.80. "We get important people - police, army officers and ministers too," says one masseur, Ahmed. He claims to have slept with more than 3,000 men during his working life - despite having two wives and eight children. One of his wives, Sumera, wears a burqa and the niqab, but she has no objection to her husband's chosen profession and wishes more people would keep an open mind. "I know he has sex. No problem. If he doesn't work how will the kids eat? I get angry when people call them names. People are stuck in their ways." Sumera's position may appear surprising, but in fact it's not hard to understand, says Qasim Iqbal. "In Pakistan men are discouraged from having girlfriends and so often, their first sexual experiences will be with male friends or cousins. This is often seen as a part of growing up and it can be overlooked by families - it's the idea that 'boys will be boys'," he says. "Sex between men will be overlooked as long as no-one feels that tradition or religion are being challenged. At the end of it all, everyone gets
married to a member of the opposite sex and nothing is spoken about." Technically, homosexual acts are illegal in Pakistan. The British introduced laws criminalising what is described as sex "against the order of nature" in the colonial era. Sharia-based laws dating from the 1980s also lay down punishments for same-sex sexual activity. In practice, though, these laws are rarely enforced, and the issue tends to be dealt with inside the family. "There was an instance where two boys were caught having sex in a field," says Iqbal. "The family tried to bribe the police with money because they didn't want the story going public. When the police wouldn't back down the family asked for one detail to be changed - they wanted their son to be presented as the active sexual partner. For them, their son being passive would be even more shameful." In almost all cases charges will be dropped, Iqbal says, but the boys will be forced to get married by their families. Just occasionally, though, Pakistani parents do reconcile themselves to children entering a longterm gay relationship. Akbar and Ali are one such couple who have made things work, against the odds. "Ali's family was run by a matriarch," recalls Akbar. "His grandmother was the head of the house so I knew that winning her over would mean everything else would fall into place. I took the time to talk to her and convince her that I was a good person. That was first and foremost. It
wasn't about 'coming out' in a formal sense. It's more important to convince Ali's family that I'm a good human being. "She once gave me a hand-embroidered decorative cloth that she had made as a teenager. She said she was giving it to me because she knew I 'take care of things'. It was a kind gesture and a very personal kind of acceptance." Akbar and Ali have now set up home together with the support of their families. Akbar has a good relationship with Ali's mother. "She comes to stay with us and I love watching soaps with her. At the end of the night she goes to her room and Ali and I will retire to our room. Two men sleeping in the same bed? Sure she knows what is going on. We don't have to have a big discussion about it." Stories like this are, however, exceptionally rare. For many gay men in Pakistan, a heterosexual marriage and a life of anonymous groping is the long-term reality. But life can be even more difficult for gay women. Expressions of female sexuality are shunned in the public sphere, even among heterosexuals. So how do gay women make their lives work? In Lahore, twenty-something lesbian couple Beena and Fatima have come up with an inventive way to stay together. Beena, although not publicly "out", says she is optimistic about the future. "I think we'll have a marriage of convenience. I know some gay guys and maybe we'll do a deal so we put in money together and they have one portion of the house and we'll have another portion. We may as well do that." Fatima, who contributes to an invitation-only online gay support group, believes it's only "a matter of time" before Pakistan begins to debate gay rights openly, and people declare their homosexuality with pride. "You can't stay in the closet forever. You have to come out. It's inevitable," she says. Beena is less hopeful. "Gay rights in America came after women had basic rights. You don't see that in Pakistan. You are not allowed a difference of opinion here. My father is a gentleman but I wouldn't put it past him to put a bullet through my head. I'm all for being 'true to myself' but I don't want to die young," she says. "I think it's selfish for me to come out and campaign for gay rights now. It's selfish to the women in my family who are fighting for education and the right to marry the man of their dreams, or not to marry at all." It may take a generation for any real change to occur - even liberal Pakistanis tend to regard sectarian violence and economic instability as more pressing issues. But there will still be private spaces where gay Pakistanis can express their sexuality openly.
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Resistance to the organised mass can be effected only by the man who is as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself. –Carl Jung
COMMENT Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
building a democratic culture One hopes positive tendencies persist
He first ever completion by an elected government of its full term followed by an orderly transfer of power indicates a positive development in our political culture. This would not have been possible without mutual tolerance and respect for the institutions on the part of the two major political parties. One hopes the positive tendencies would persist in days to come. Forgetting his reservations about certain aspects of the elections President Asif Zardari invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to dinner laid out in honour of the Chinese premier. Nawaz also participated in the reception given by Zardari to foreign diplomats. The interaction was in keeping with good working relations among parties which are needed to sustain and strengthen the system. Political maturity requires that the leaders show deference for one another despite past rivalries and present differences. On Monday, Zardari assured the media persons invited to the presidency that the PPP would extend complete support to the PML-N government in tackling challenges like terrorism and economic recovery. The sentiment was also echoed in the NA by the leader of the opposition Khurshid Shah. It was, however, qualified that whenever and wherever the government faltered it would be taken to task. Fair enough, for this is how a responsible opposition acts. There is a need to preserve this spirit of peaceful coexistence to develop the political culture. Learning from its mistakes of the 1990s, the PPP shunned vengeful activities during its recent tenure. There is a need to continue with the tradition in days to come. It needs to be realised that it is the opposition’s duty to be vigilant and keep the government on its toes. The opposition has a right to go for public protest if its voice is not properly heard in the parliament or if it is steamrolled by the majority. Protests have however to be undertaken with a sense of responsibility. Public shutdowns of the type declared frequently in Karachi have to be shunned as they impact badly on national economy and cause harm to life and public property. There is little possibility of improvement in the working of the government in the absence of a vigilant opposition and an independent and vocal media. There is a need on the part of the government to be patient with both the opposition and media as they perform their functions. Despite its various failures, foibles and shenanigans, the PPP government throughout its recent stint in office persecuted neither the opposition nor the highly critical media, both which on quite a few occasions went overboard. There is a need to further strengthen this decent tradition. The PML-N would do well to emulate the now electorally vanquished PPP, and indulge in nothing that that could even remotely be interpreted as an act of revenge on the part of the government. Asif Zardari would be leaving the presidency on September 8. One expects that he would be seen off with honour and dignity.
pti’s street fracas Ruling party also needs to display tolerance and restraint
He PTI leadership needs to cast a critical eye at the behaviour of its cadres ever since the general elections of May 11 and the August 22 by-elections. The PTI holds out a great promise for the country. It has introduced a much needed new element in the realm of national politics, a third force that is neither extra-constitutional nor wears shiny boots. Therefore much is expected of it now and in the future as its membership largely comprises the idealistic youth which is educated, social-media savvy and capable of debating national issues in a calm and dispassionate manner. But this is exactly what it is not doing. Its workers have started resorting to violence on the streets, something that is not, or should not be, in character for the reason mentioned above. The recent pictures of the familiar ‘lathi’ charge and the pushing and shoving of protestors into the back of waiting vans culminating in a final smart cuff by one or the other heroes of the Punjab Police, no angels themselves, bring the PTI and its image into disrepute before a national audience. It has to be said that the PML-N government in Punjab should have displayed more tolerance and restraint and not allowed the Lahore administration to use its usual tactics in breaking up a protest – something that even the PM has quite rightly directed it desist from. But it is time that the PTI leadership altered its strategy from its present ‘oppositionist’ mindset to one that encompasses a future national leadership role. It is, after all, ruling in one of the most troubled provinces. Therefore the calls for ‘dharnas’ must cease and recourse taken to the peaceful settlement of its grievances, in the present instance, by going to the election Commission of Pakistan rather than taking to the streets. The DHA dharna in Lahore backfired when the local residents fed up with road blockades forced the demonstrators to break up their congregation. even if to PTI’s view there was something a little fishy in the general elections and the biggest by-elections in the country’s history, hopefully the evil is expected to lessen with each election as its cadres grow more aware and street smart to the wiles of the old-school politicos. Perhaps the PTI’s win after recounting in one of the national constituencies of Karachi influenced its post-election strategy to an unusual degree. But if the end result is the manhandling in Lahore of a photo journalist, who was merely doing his job, and which resulted in his hospitalization, it is time Imran Khan took decisive action in order to prevent future unsavoury actions and to preserve his party’s particular reputation. Street scuffles and violence should not be its forte in future, or it might impact adversely in the minds of so far sympathetic people and more ominously on its own fate in future polls.
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iran’s mounting malaise Inept policies, religious pressure add to poverty, poor health and cross-border challenges
JAMSHEED K CHOKSy
ASSAN Rouhani took charge of Iran with its socioeconomic safety nets unraveling, thanks to deleterious policies exacerbated by tightened sanctions from the West. Addressing the parliament on July 14, while president-elect, he acknowledged that the nuclear impasse is far from the only factor transforming the Islamic Republic of Iran negatively with impact on other countries. Iran’s challenges pose severe consequences at home and abroad. Sanctions worsen existing problems even as the internet offers Iran widening access to the world beyond. Wealthy or poor, young or old, healthy or ill, Iranians must struggle with restrictions on what they wear, hear, say and with who they interact. Yet more than 30 percent of Iranians have access to satellite television and 61 percent to the internet, circumventing government constraints on communications with the rest of the world. Thus Iranians are well aware that living standards are much higher in the Gulf countries to their south. They see european and North American nations providing not only a comfortable life but sociopolitical liberties as well. Iranians have responded with small, futile gestures, ranging from pumping up the volume of banned music or beating up the enforcers of religious orthopraxy, and there was the populist uprising of 2009. But these are not their only responses. Another reaction is to flee the country. Indeed, Iran remains the largest long-term source of asylum seekers in Turkey and Canada – straining those nations’ welfare resources. Iran’s economy and politics are stressful. Mehr News Agency reports that 60 percent of Iranians are overweight and many suffer from preventable diseases such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Iran’s fertility rate, already on a downward trend in 2000, has now plummeted by 70 percent as 40 percent of young adults opt to remain single and many others defer marriage until their 30s or elect to have small families. Iran’s fertility rate is 1.64 births per woman, reports the World Bank, and, as a result, Iran’s hitherto youthful population has begun skewing toward the elderly who comprise 37 percent of citizens, bringing with it mounting burdens for the domestic health network. The result has been a steady outflow of Iranians seeking residence in countries with better healthcare like Britain and Canada. Tehran responded in August 2012 by scrapping family-planning programs and diverting those funds to encourage larger families, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling upon women to have more children. But rather than
increasing birthrates, official and re- ficking link it to Pakistan, India, the ligious pressure may only put more emirates, Central Asian Republics, stress on women and lead to their Turkey and France. In January, Iranian officials esabjuring motherhood even further. In 2011, 35 percent of Iranian timated at least 2.4 percent of the students were reported to have population of 75 million was addropped out from school, with many dicted to narcotics. The number of assuming there’s little career value drug abusers rises by over 100,000 to be gained from an ideologically- annually and they consume 5 tons of driven educational system. even in- controlled substances each day in dividuals who make it into the the capital city of Tehran and more university system find few opportu- elsewhere in the country. Most narnities to participate in global knowl- cotics come across borders with edge networks. Likewise, Afghanistan and Pakistan, gripping socioeconomically advantageous those nations in a losing battle synergies are cut off by gender seg- against poppy growth. Moreover alregation in public universities and though nearly 450 tons of illegal stifled thereafter in public work- drugs like opium and heroin were places. Indeed, by Rouhani’s own seized and destroyed by Iran’s auadmission, up to 5 million graduates thorities in 2012 many times that are unemployed. Many search for volume flows through the country better opportunities outside Iran, onward to europe and North Amertriggering a brain drain that com- ica – adding to the West’s substance pounds the country’s other negative abuse problems as well. Under pressure to reform not transitions while adding to the skilled-worker pools of Asian coun- just foreign but also domestic politries like Pakistan (up to 120,000 cies, thereby “reducing the people’s Iranians) and Malaysia (estimated at suffering and paving the way for 100,000 Iranians) in addition to progress,” Rouhani has called for those of the eU and North America. change. He urges Supreme Leader Yet all those nations are facing eco- Khamenei and other clerics and nomic retrenchment, so the arrival politicians to understand that: “A of well-educated Iranians is not al- strong government does not mean one which limits the lives of peoways well received. An estimated 60 percent of Iran- ple.” The Tehran stock exchange ian workers have slipped below the reached new highs and the Iranian poverty line, up 40 percent from a currency regained 30 percent of its decade ago; unemployment has value against the US dollar because risen to 24 percent overall and to 67 the financial sector hopes Rouhani percent among women. even the will succeed in his quest to give the employed find their earnings de- society much-needed positive voured by inflation, which rose 200 boosts. Yet former reformist Presipercent between 2009 and 2012, dent Mohammad Khatami sought and now deflates buying power by change between 1997 and 2005 and another 45 percent; by housing recently-departed President Mahcosts, up 220 percent over the past moud Ahmadinejad wanted it, too, eight years. Food prices have spiked during his second term from 2009 to 57 percent over the past year. 2013. Neither chief executive made Growth dropped to zero this year headway against the ideologues according to the Iranian parlia- who hold final sway over Iran’s nament’s budget committee. The Inter- tional and international policies. Iranian politicians conveniently national Monetary Fund forecasts economic expansion for the nation blame mismanagement by those expresidents for ranking third in the nation’s inoil and second ternal problems. in gas reserves Fundamentalist at only 1 perayatollahs atcent for 2014. Iranian politicians tribute the probAs a direct conconveniently blame lems to lax sequence, as well. Iran’s imports mismanagement by those morals And both are slipping – ex-presidents for the groups utilize by 33 percent nuclear disor US $3 bilnation’s internal problems. the pute with the lion with PerFundamentalist ayatollahs West as an exsian Gulf countries in attribute the problems to lax pedient means of rallying the 2012, for exmorals as well. nation together ample – negain the face of tively affecting decline. Worse neighboring of all, unfortueconomies. nately for Iran Due to the socioeconomic hardships, at least and the world, setting aside ideol26 percent of marriages in Tehran ogy to resolve domestic issues and end in divorce; nationwide the rate their spillover into foreign affairs is is 14 percent, modest compared to not regarded as essential by western nations but high when com- Supreme Leader Khamenei and othpared to pre-revolutionary Iran. In a ers of his persuasion. So, a worst panic, clerics pushed through parlia- case scenario could result in Iran rement a bill in 2009 legalizing con- sembling North Korea by respondcomitant second marriages by men. ing to internal socioeconomic They even instituted a “No Divorce disintegration with externally-diDay” to encourage marital fidelity. rected aggression, even nuclear Nonetheless, prostitution – esti- threats. mated in 2000 by Tehran’s Cultural The writer is professor of Foundation as having risen by 635 percent among high school students Iranian Studies and chairman of the since the late 1990s – continues un- Department of Central Eurasian abated as more enter the sex trade in Studies at Indiana University. He their early teens, according to also serves on the US National Health Ministry officials. Again, Council on the Humanities Iran’s internal problem is swiftly overseeing the National Endowment spilling over as webs of human traf- for the Humanities.
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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. –Lao Tzu
Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
border skirmishes Firing on LoC and peace process
Social media: the new route for justice? Imagine how many more of us there would be if we moved beyond the like button
F late it seems like people have found a new manner of trying to get justice, and at a glance it does seem that the route to justice has left its traditional conventions and is opting for a more digital approach. Whenever an injustice takes place in our part of the world our selfproclaimed social media activists take the stage to right all the wrongs. The problem is, while social media doesn’t highlight a lot of issues, it cannot push for a favourable outcome to any of those issues. And while the situation in terms of social media is different the world over, in Pakistan the situation is at best bleak. There seems to be something of a trend going around where each lost person, lost cause and lost ideal has been propped up for display on the social media jungle. All you need is a Facebook page and a similarly appropriate Twitter handle, and you’re all set for making a difference. From Malala to the floods, there’s a page for just about everything. If social media was to be believed then people who have more likes on their page are all set to move towards justice – except that that’s not really true. Our most recent obsession, it seems, is a hand print with a yellow backdrop. The hand is dressed as the Pakistani flag with a simple message: I stand with minorities. And a majority of the Pakistani populace on Facebook seems to do just that: stand with minorities. But a majority of the actual Pakistani populace doesn’t seem to give minorities a second glance. So when someone says that social media is about to add fuel to the fire of social change, one can’t help but wonder what fuel they’ve been consuming. Remember the time the Hazaras took to the streets with coffins of their dead? People in Karachi sat on
roads to protest, just as people did in Islamabad. But no one in Sialkot cared, and we heard no similar responses from Kot Lakhpat. The media rallied alongside the groups of people supporting the Hazaras, while our authorities were nowhere to be found – perhaps they’re not as social media savvy as the rest. And that’s just one example of social media succeeding to raise voice for an issue, but failing to do anything beyond that. The Shahzeb Khan murder case was the first of its kind where I noticed such a large number of people coming together in such a short span of time. And it is the main case that is constantly touted as having been dealt with as swiftly as it was because of the part that social media played. I remember the many faces, pictures and stories of other young men just like Shahzeb. The Chief Justice didn’t wait long to issue a sou motu notice in the Shahzeb Khan murder, however, many following it didn’t garner the same attention. There was great hue and cry about the lost brothers and sons that were just as important as Shahzeb and needed justice as well. But justice eluded them then just as it eludes them now. Be it Hamza Ahmed or Abbas Arif – the stories may change but the need for some legal closure is the same. Legal closure that might never actually come. But even when justice somehow does trickle down out of a perpetually clogged faucet we’re still left with an unsettled feeling. When the Malala shooting first happened it took only a day or two for the conspiracy theories to start. One could argue that if Malala and her friends had been as vigilant on social media networks as many others then those rumors could’ve been laid to rest a lot faster. At least in my newsfeed it took a lot longer for the conspiracy theories to go away. When I compared that to the young boys we’ve lost to miserable acts of violence I see a marked difference. The conspiracy theories or alternate points of view were very hushed and subtle to begin with. And they didn’t take long to simply go away. Malala’s Facebook war was being fought by people she’s never met, while boys like Shahzeb had their sisters raising a voice; perhaps that’s the main reason for the disparity.
Today we have no way of punishing the people who shot Malala so we can forget about justice there. But even in Shahzeb Khan’s case, his convicted killer’s sparkling smile left a bad taste in most people’s mouths. Why was Shahrukh Jatoi so exuberant after being handed a sentence? The simple and disappointing answer is that our legal system could potentially leave him hanging in the middle of the verdict and the implementation; and then allow us to watch helplessly as he somehow wiggles his way out of it all. It’s happened before, it could happen again. And no, a Facebook page will not overturn whatever the courts decide. We all take to social media to express our disgust and stomp around like angry little children. Social media has a long way to go before it can change anything in Pakistan. Putting up a display picture or a status will not bring about change. Perhaps we need more of the people who took to the streets at the same time as the Hazaras did with their coffins. Imagine how many more of us there would be if we moved beyond the like button. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. She tweets @luavut
INCe January 6 till now, 15 incidents of exchange of firing or unilateral firing on the Line of Control in Kashmir have occurred, resulting in casualties on both sides. Not surprisingly both sides have stuck to their predictable reaction of denial or blaming the other party for having initiated the skirmishes. MAlIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF These border encounters probably represent the worst bout of killings on the LoC during the last ten years. Reportedly these incidents have claimed the lives of seven Pakistani soldiers including a captain and six civilians. India has lost eight soldiers and one civilian. The incident of January 8, 2013, in which allegedly two Indian soldiers were killed and one of them was beheaded, sparked an outrageous reaction by India. Prime Minister of India Mnmohan Singh said that “the incident has seriously damaged the ongoing peace process and after this dastardly act, there can’t be business as usual with Pakistan”. Indian Chief of Army Staff termed the incident as a pre-planned move by Pakistan and said that India reserved the right to retaliate at a time of its own choosing. Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj went a step forward and forcefully advocated befitting retaliation for the killing of the Indian soldiers saying “If Pakistan does not return the severed head of the martyred soldiers, India should get at least 10 heads from the other side”. The episode also led to protest demonstrations outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Pakistan out rightly denied the incident. The ISPR dubbed the presentation of the episode as a propaganda ploy by India to divert the attention of the international community from an earlier unprovoked firing by India on 6th of January which killed one Pakistani soldier. It also urged investigation of the incident by the UN to ferret out the truth. The then Foreign Minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar told the media “I am unpleasantly surprised by the Indian accusations. The government of Pakistan and its people have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to normalise and improve relations with India and to really start a journey of trust building.” The military command in Pakistan, responding to the bellicose posturing of the Indian COAS, said it was ready to deal with any situation. Nevertheless, after talks between military commanders of the two countries, an understanding was reached to de-escalate the situation and the following four months passed without any worrisome happenings. But regrettably on 27 July, 2013, the border skirmishes reignited when one Pakistani soldier was killed by Indian firing. This was followed by kidnapping and killing of four Kashmiri civilians by the Indian forces who were picking herbs and strayed into the Indian side of the LoC. During August 2013, there have been nine skirmishes along the LoC resulting in casualties on both sides including a captain of the Pakistan army. These adventures along the LoC have again heightened tension between the two countries. Indian media and leadership are incessantly trying to blame it all on Pakistan and hinting at the possibility of rupture in the dialogue process between the two countries. There are also talks about teaching Pakistan a lesson. The frenzy built by Indian media has also been instrumental to an attack on Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid also view these developments as a threat to the peace efforts and believe that under the circumstances, no meaningful and substantive progress can be made in regards to nudging the process of dialogue. In Pakistan also there is considerable resentment over the bellicose attitude of India and there is no dearth of voices calling for adoption of tough stance on the issue. However, at the government and political level the response to the Indian tirade and belligerence has been quite restrained. Punjab Assembly passed a unanimous resolution expressing concern over the violation of LoC by India and called upon the federal government to raise the issue at the international level. The National Assembly through a unanimous resolution condemned the incidents and urged the government to take up the issue with the Indian government forcefully but in a prudent manner. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remains a staunch advocate of normalisation of relations with India. During his election campaign improvement of relations with India without compromising on Kashmir formed the pivot of his foreign policy. He has stayed unprovoked by the latest Indian indiscretions, rightly so, expressing his commitment to the policy of restraint. In his maiden address to the nation he forcefully reiterated the need for rapprochement with India. He has also been urging the Indian leaders not to allow the process of normalisation to be derailed by the skirmishes on the LoC. While he is trying to reach out to India on political and diplomatic level, he has also underscored the need for enhanced interaction between the military commanders of the two sides to defuse the situation and find a mechanism to prevent their recurrence in the future. The government is right in putting his faith in the dialogue process. With no possibility of a military solution or having it resolved through UN or with the help of world powers who control the chess game on the global level, at present, Pakistan perforce has to find a solution through the bilateral forum. end of confrontation between the two countries, as contended by the prime minister, is utmost necessary for the economic development of both the countries and opening up the vistas of shared economic prosperity in the region. India needs to respond to his reconciliatory gestures. Normalisation of relations and resolution of Kashmir dispute is only possible when leaders on both sides exhibit the sincerity and courage to tame the detractors of peace. The writer is an academic.
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kristen Stewart training hard for action movie?
`Twilight` star Kristen Stewart is reportedly training hard to get a muscular look for an action movie. The 23-year-old actress is reportedly a martial arts expert and is reinventing herself by training with a top combat solider for her new film, reported Daily Star. “No-one knows this but Kristen is a martial arts expert, she`s practised karate since her fifth birthday. Teen romance roles like `Twilight` are her past,” a source said. “She has learnt brutal torture skills for her new movie to prove she`s a great actress and not just Robert Pattinson`s ex-girlfriend,” the source added. Stewart has already developed an impressive six-pack by training with a soldier from the Israeli army who fought in the Lebanese war. COURTESy ZEENEWS
madonna is highest-earning celebrity
did miley Cyrus’ vmas performance hurt the disney brand?
UDIeNCeS across the country let out a collective “oh Miley” sigh during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, as Cyrus, 20, gyrated and “twerked” provocatively around the stage while Robin Thicke sang “Blurred Lines” – stripping down to a nude bikini, thrusting anything that moved, holding a giant foam finger to her crotch and sticking her tongue out as if it no longer fit in her mouth. “Robin is pissed,” an inside source told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “She was all over him, much more so than anything that was rehearsed.” However, Thicke likely isn’t the only one less-than-impressed. Chances are Disney— the mega family-friendly brand that nurtured Cyrus as a teenage superstar, shut down its Disneyland park for the first-time ever so she could host a Sweet 16th Birthday bash in 2008 and made “Hannah Montana” a household name—- isn’t so thrilled about being connected to the risqué songstress either. “When Walt Disney was running the company, it would have been unthinkable that a former Disney star would go this route,” said Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the Parents Television Council. Indeed, during his time as head of the brand, Walt Disney was strict with his former child stars. Annette Funicello, for example, honoured the creator’s wishes that she not dress provocatively long after she left the Disney brand. Henson speculated Cyrus’ latest antics are complicating things for Disney. “I can’t imagine any parent, knowing what Miley’s current stage persona is, letting their child get too attached to the ‘Hannah Montana’ character. So for that reason, Disney may find themselves forced to retire the character all together.” even though the wildly popular series – which premiered with an unprecedented 5.4 million viewers
and peaked with 10.7 million – ceased production in May 2010, the Disney website still offers online clips, games and activities for fans related to the “Hannah Montana” series on its website, but it no longer sells merchandise other than DVDs. No reruns currently appear on the Disney Channel schedule for the television series, but “Hannah Montana: The Movie” is scheduled to air on both Wednesday and Thursday this week. Still, Jeetendr Sehdev, celebrity branding authority and author of the upcoming book “Superstar: The Art & Science of Celebrity Branding,” argued there’s more to the “Hannah Montana” craze than Miley. “The show began with Miley Cyrus, but certainly doesn’t end with her. ‘Hannah Montana’ is a mega brand unto itself and transcends Miley Cyrus or any one celebrity. ‘Hannah Montana’ reruns would probably benefit from the buzz surrounding Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance.” And MTV, which is also known as the world’s premier youth entertainment brand, certainly reaped the rewards. In a press release issued Monday, the network proudly announced that the Moonman granting show garnered a total audience of 10.1 million viewers, a 66 percent increases on 2012 and a telecast ratings jump of 47 percent compared to last year. According to Twitter,
Miley Cyrus set a new Twitter record for tweets per minute during her scandalous showdown, racking up a whopping 306,000 tweets per minute. Not surprisingly, Cyrus’s team from RCA Records bounced off the surge in interest and issued a release
announcing that her new album entitled “Bangerez” will be released on October 8, and that is marks “a creative evolution for Miley.” Yet this certainly isn’t the first time Cyrus has gone above and beyond to prove that she’s “a grown woman now!” The entertainer caused a stir back in 2009 when she donned short shorts and flung herself around a stripper pole during the Teen Choice Awards – when her Disney program was still on the air. (The network was quick to distance itself from the jaw-dropping performance, insisting that all content it airs is age-appropriate). even though Cyrus is clearly rejecting the notion of being a tween/teen idol, other experts have suggested that she is still longing for the same level of fame and admiration she held as a sweet, smiling and baby-faced young beauty. “It was an absurd act of desperation,” noted Nicole Clarke, former model turned educator and filmmaker on media manipulation. “Hopefully teens will not emulate her absurd behaviour and take this as a lesson.” However, well before Cyrus’s wild ways became her norm, the Hollywood heavyweight rejected the notion of being anyone’s idol. “An idol for me is someone you want to replicate, you want to be them and I don’t wish that on anyone to lose what they have personally,” Cyrus told us in 2009 while promoting her “Hannah Montana” movie. “What I think people like about me is that I don’t try to change, I haven’t let what I do for a living become my life and completely affect me.” And whether you liked her VMAs dirty dancing or not, a source connected to the star said the backlash comes as no surprise. “everyone is talking about her,” added the insider. “She’s smarter than you think.” Reps for Disney, Cyrus and Thicke did not respond to a request for comment. COURTESy FOXNEWS
Why did ranbir kapoor Billy ray Cyrus’ thoughts are on syria, not Miley’s vMas performance give katrina kaif’s
family function a miss?
OP star Madonna was the world’s top-earning celebrity over the past year, trumping the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. The 55-year-old Material Girl made an estimated $125m (£80m) thanks to her MDNA tour, clothing and fragrance lines, according to Forbes. The magazine said it was the most money Madonna had made in a single year since it began tracking earnings in 1999. Director Steven Spielberg was at number two with $100m (£64m). Most of his earnings came from his back catalogue of film hits such as ET and Jurassic Park - which has just been released in 3D to mark its 20th anniversary - as well as last year’s Oscar winning Lincoln. The director also takes a cut of all ticket sales at Universal Studios theme parks. Third place was a three-way tie between 50 Shades of Grey author EL James, Simon Cowell and shock jock Howard Stern, with earnings of $95m (£61m). Thriller writer James Patterson follows with $91m (£58.5m), while TV and radio host Glenn Beck earned $90m (£57.8m). Others in the top 10 included Transformers director Michael Bay ($82m, £52.7m) producer Jerry Bruckheimer ($80m, £51.4m) and pop star Lady Gaga ($80m). Forbes compiles its annual list of celebrity earnings using input from agents, managers, producers and others to calculate its estimates for each celebrity’s entertainment-related earnings. The figures do not reflect tax deductions, agent fees or “the other expenses of being a celebrity”. COURTESy BBC
He world doesn’t revolve around Miley. even for her superstar father Billy Ray Cyrus. The “Achy Breaky Heart” singer tweeted that a post he wrote from his verified account on Sunday night had nothing to do with his 20-year-old daughter’s at the MTV Video Music Awards. He was referring to the ongoing conflicts in Syria, he explained. Billy Ray, who celebrated his 52nd birthday the same day his daughter shocked audiences at
the VMAs, tweeted late Sunday about Syria. But because his pop star daughter garnered so much social media attention that night, his tweet was misinterpreted by her fans. “Thanking God for so many blessings tonight. Continue to pray for world peace. More love ...less hate,” he wrote. Miley supporters figured he was talking about the critics, who were quick to tear down her racy performance. But on Monday, Billy Ray clarified that he wasn’t talking
about Miley. “FYI ‘Love Not Hate’ Late last night I was watching . Chemical weapons used on innocent children is unacceptable!” he tweeted. According to magazine, Billy Ray Cyrus is an advisory board member for the Parents Television Council, a group that has strongly criticized Miley’s MTV antics. His rep told FOX411 the country crooner had no comment on his daughter’s controversial performance. COURTESy FOXNEWS
F late, Ranbir Kapoor seems to have prioritized his career over his social life. The actor has reportedly skipped his alleged girlfriend Katrina Kaif’s sister’s wedding to complete his upcoming projects. According to a tabloid, the 30-year-old actor is so busy travelling between India and Sri Lanka for his upcoming films`Bombay Velvet` and `Besharam`, that he couldn’t take out time to attend Kaif’s sister Natacha’s wedding in London. The ‘Barfi!’ actor, who is currently shooting for ‘Bombay Velvet’ in Sri Lanka, was the talk of the town on whether or not he will attend his alleged girlfriend’s family function. “Kat’s family had been in Mumbai for a while to prepare for the wedding trousseau. The actress left for London on Sunday night and is expected back in the city in a couple of days. Ranbir is neck-deep in work. He does not even have time to breathe, leave alone going to London,” a source said. It is said that Kapoor’s schedule is very hectic, but he still makes sure to devote most of his time to his career. According to reports, in the middle of shooting for Anurag Kashyap’s film, Kapoor spends the remaining time in Mumbai to dub for ‘Besharam’. “Kat is cool with Ranbir’s decision as she knows work comes first,” the source added. COURTESy ZEENEWS.INDIA
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How mahalia jackson defined the ‘i Have a dream’ speech
IFTY years ago, Martin Luther King’s speech defined America’s civil rights struggle. And it was a song by soul singer Mahalia Jackson that stole the show. Mahalia Jackson took America to church 50 years ago. Minutes before her friend Martin Luther King Jr. announced “I have a dream” to cap the March on Washington DC on 28 August 1963, Sister Mahalia reminded the 250,000 citizens spread out in front of the Lincoln Memorial of the long road they had travelled. “You know my soul looks back in wonder, how I got over,” she sang, praising the heavens for allowing her people to make it this far. But their struggle was far from over. A Hammond organ simmered, and rhythmic handclapping broke out as the singer closed her eyes and rhapsodised. In the past, the gospel classic had allowed her to cut loose for 10, even 15 minutes at a time as she worked church aisles and reached into the pews to grasp hands and anoint foreheads. She had recorded several versions of the song, but they were relatively tame compared to the heights she could reach in front of a congregation. Now, in the minutes before King was to speak, it was once again Holy Ghost time – the type of performance where Jackson surrendered not just her voice but her body to the moment, bending and twisting her robust frame as she reached for the notes. The legendary singer would be the final musical performer on a day in which the civil rights movement mingled with folk music and gospel in front of a national audience – not just the quarter-million assembled to hear King speak about job equality and voting rights, but millions more watching on television and listening on the radio. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Odetta, the Freedom Singers and Marian Anderson also had performed, but it was Jackson who seized the day with a song that had particularly deep resonance in the African-American community. PIONEER OF PROTEST: There is some dispute about the exact origins of How I
Got Over. Reverend William Herbert Brewster is often credited with writing the song, though it was reinterpreted and popularized by Clara Ward and her family gospel group, the Famous Ward Sisters. In a memoir written by Ward’s sister, Willa, she claims the song was inspired by a racial incident in Georgia during the early ‘50s while the family was travelling between performances. The Wards rode in a Cadillac, which drew unwanted attention from a group of whites, who blocked the road and viciously taunted the passengers. Only a feigned speaking-in-tongues seizure by the family matriarch, Gertrude Ward, prevented the incident from turning even uglier, and possibly deadly, Willa wrote in How I Got Over: Clara Ward and the World-Famous Ward Singers. The whites scattered when they saw Gertrude writhing, shaking and babbling. The song offers a prayer of thanks, but as the civil rights era dawned, it took on broader connotations – implicitly addressing how African-Americans “got over” for centuries in the face of racism. How I Got Over turned into a huge gospel hit for
Clara Ward and her family, and became a church standard, frequently performed by Jackson and other gospel singers when they wanted to “shout” an audience – bring worshippers out of their seats. At the March on Washington, the song was particularly meaningful because of the context. earlier in the day, Baez performed the gospel standard We Shall Overcome; Odetta declared I’m on my Way; Dylan sang Only a Pawn In Their Game, about the slaying of ; and Peter, Paul and Mary harmonised on their hit version of Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, itself based on the spiritual No More Auction Block. The music of the black church was now infusing and inspiring the political consciousness of folk music; gospel was no longer just for the religious but the foundation for much ‘60s protest music. The music that day presaged a decade in which the sound of protest, of discontent, of outsiders raising their voices to plead for and finally demand equality became the foundation of national hits. The Impressions (People Get Ready, Keep on Pushing), the Staple
Singers (Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)), James Brown (Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud) and Sam Cooke hit the pop charts with songs that, in Cooke’s words, predicted that A Change is Gonna Come. NEW RESONANCE: King’s speech, too, was musical, it’s most famous passage essentially an improvisation based on the “dream” he had of “an America where my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”. He had been developing the theme in previous public statements, and was reminded on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial of the “dream” riff by Mahalia Jackson herself, who had seen King speak many times. Jackson, the reigning queen of gospel, would continue to perform and adapt How I Got Over the rest of her life. When she suffered a difficult divorce and a series of heart attacks a few years later, the song took on new shades of resonance in marking her return to public performance. It would also become a cornerstone of Aretha Franklin’s return to gospel music in a live recording at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. How I Got Over anchored what would become the best-selling gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace, the song’s impact undiminished by the decades. At the time of the recording, Mahalia Jackson was in ill health, and two weeks later she would be dead (Franklin would travel to Chicago to sing at her mentor’s funeral). The congregation at New Temple included Clara Ward and her mother, but Franklin didn’t slavishly imitate her guests’ version. Much like Sister Mahalia did in 1963, Franklin made the song her own. She sings it in a higher key, and moves beyond the wrenching sense of hard-won – if temporary – emancipation in Jackson’s version. Instead, Franklin turns How I Got Over into a celebration of a dream that refuses to fade. COURTESy BBC
aoife and demon: Cursed be the syhlain by shamila ghyas & humeira kazmi A magical plunge into a parallel universe KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID
N most fantasy novels’ case you really need to have a taste for the genre to extract any joy out of the reading. This is precisely why as someone who isn’t exactly a fantasy aficionado I wasn’t quite sure I’ll cherish it as much as my friend – a fantasy fiction buff – who recommended the book to me. My apprehensions were erased about halfway through the first chapter of this
book. Once you start reading the book, it’d take a massive conspiracy by Mother Nature for you to put it down, before you’re done reading it. It will easily be one of the fastest reads of your life, one that keeps you hooked to it with doses of adventure coming your way at over 200 mph! Aoife Edwards, a college freshman and the principal protagonist of the story, is
troubled by your stereotypical stepmother who has full control over the fortune of Aoife’s father, and in turn practical control over our heroine’s life. With skating pretty much on top of Aoife’s ‘to do’ list and worrying about her stepmother on the bottom, her life takes an adventurous turn when a peculiar, blue-skinned man helps her push open the door to her origin, her past and a parallel universe full of magic and power struggle – The Realm. Aoife’s first encounter in The Realm is with the Demon – our supercilious, yet good-at-heart, hero – and the pair’s encounters form the quintessence of the book. The dialogue exchanges between the duo, the humour, witty banter, clever puns all come together when the two chief characters take centre stage. Following the rather awkward initial encounter with the Demon, numerous intriguing characters queue up to enter the spotlight and leave their own mark on the tale. Mentors, counsellors, witches, unique creatures all play their part, majestically
adding to the genius of the script. Each character is a gem that augments the overall value of the book. The storyline is engrossing, the characterisation masterful and the imagination of the authors is thoroughly captivating. A concern readers have regarding books written by multiple authors is that the writing style might fluctuate. However, one can trace no variations and the coherence in style matches the overall coherence in the storyline, and a big thumbs-up to the authors for pulling it off so seamlessly. It takes a blend of writing dexterity and ingenious imagination to weave together a book that has a meticulously narrated script, regular bursts of magic and adventure, comprehensively detailed characters and yet manages to remain a light-hearted story at the end of it all. Anyone who wants to add fantasy to their readings and a little magic and adventure to their lives, they’d find few better books than Aoife and Demon: Cursed be the Syhain to start their journey. In fact it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see a Hollywood movie being made on the book one day, and if the movie is half as entertaining as the book, it is a shoo-in to be a hit.
no trace of om puri, police continues search
CTOR Om Puri’s married life has hit troubled waters as his wife Nandita Puri has reportedly filed a case against him at a police station in Mumbai alleging domestic violence. Speaking to the media persons, a police official revealed that an official complaint was filed by Puri’s wife on August 23. But when the police reached Om Puri’s residence to arrest him, he was clearly found missing. The investigation officer said, “The police had gone to the actor’s house to arrest him on Friday, but he was not there. Currently the police are tracing the actor through his cellphone.” The complaint was filed at the Versova Police Station and in her statement, Nandita said that she was beaten-up by a stick by Puri. “When Nandita Puri had come to the police station, we sent her to Cooper Hospital and she also submitted a medical report post the check up,” the police officer from Versova Police station told the reporters. However, the news of the couple facing marital troubles is not new. Back in 2009, Nandita had miffed her husband Om Puri when she released a biography on him, titled `Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri`, which highlighted some of his private sexual rendezvous. Om Puri was embroiled in a controversy when in 2011, a breach of privilege notice was issued against him in Parliament for allegedly making derogatory remarks against politicians during the fast carried out by Anna Hazare for Jan Lokpal Bill at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The actor is a Padma Shri awardee and has made his mark in the film industry with movies like ‘Ardh Satya’. On the other hand, Nandita is a journalist-columnist and has a son named Ishaan with Puri. COURTESy ZEENEWS
veet celebration of beauty awards 2013
VENT held at the Expo Center on Saturday night, Veet paid homage to beauty and femininity with a pink carpet replete with candles and flowers. Unlike many big events, the pink carpet was well-managed in terms of celebspotting, crowd management and refreshments. Trays laden with sumptuous cupcakes, tarts, open sandwiches and soda were passed around for guests to feast on while they mingled with bloggers, models and celebs. The downside, however, was time management. When will event organisers realise that punctuality needs to be respected? The pink carpet, which was scheduled to start at 6:30, opened at around 8:00pm. Furthermore, the show started at about 10:40pm and went on past midnight. NEWS DESK
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today (28TH AUGUST)
8 Return of Pakistan POWs (prisoners of war) Accord signed in New Delhi. 8 Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate. 8 Shaukat Aziz becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan. 8 Mass slaughter in Ukraine.
Electricity is really just organised lightning. –George Carlin
Leave hospital against medical advice? you’re more likely to be re-admitted or die
eOPLe who leave hospital before they’ve been fully treated are more likely to either die within a few months or be readmitted to hospital, a large study from Canadian researchers has found. Most hospital patients know that they need to stay until they are fully assessed and treated. But in certain patient subgroups, such as those with HIV and poor residents of inner city areas, as many as 10 per cent of patients leave before they should, the study authors say. Researchers led by Dr. Allan Garland, of the University of Manitoba’s faculty of medicine, decided to track what happened to these patients. The team looked at close to 2 million adult hospital admissions and discharges in Manitoba over almost 20 years, between 1990 and 2009. They found that in 1.1 per cent of those admissions, patients left hospital against their medical team’s advice. They found: 8 Patients who left early had three times
A patient waits along the wall of a hallway in a hospital emergency room.
the rate of ending up back in hospital within the next month, the study found. 8 Of those who were readmitted within 30 days, one-quarter occurred within one day and 75 per cent within two weeks.
8 The odds of dying within 90 days were 2.5 times higher for people who left hospital against medical advice compared to those who were discharged by their doctors. 8 People who were older and male were
more likely to be readmitted. So were those of lower socioeconomic status and who had multiple admissions to hospital in the preceding five years. The results appear in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr Garland said it wasn’t clear why patients who left early were at higher risk of dying and being re-admitted to hospital. “Potential mechanisms for these associations directly related to the patients’ acute illness include more severe illness or incomplete treatment of the illness,” he said in a statement. Interestingly, the study found that the heightened risk of re-admission and of death continued for 180 days, or six months. That could suggest that the problems these patients developed were not solely the result of incomplete treatment. The researchers suggest that the elevated risk could be related to the patients’ general behaviours, such as not following medical advice or medication orders. For that reason, they suggested that the solution to patients leaving early will not be found easily.
Samsung executive confirms Galaxy Note III and WHy Some peopLe Long before Galaxy Gear smart watch to launch on September 4 Hate everytHing
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A few words which seem to be straight out of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's slang bag have actually been around for the past couple of centuries. The word "unfriend", an option to dump a friend on social networking website Facebook by clicking a button, was first used as a noun as far back as 1275. Its usage as a verb dates back to 1659. "The verb unfriend, though it has gained widespread currency as the ultimate act of social severance in social media, dates back to 1659. It existed even earlier as a noun as far back as 1275," wrote Simon Thomas, Oxford English Dictionaries' blog editor, who keeps a tab on trending words. "The nominal sense has yet to have a 21st-century renaissance, but was briefly revived in the 19th century by the Scottish novelist Walter Scott," Thomas wrote in a post dedicated to words being used by today's youth that are wrongly believed to be recent additions to the English language. In 1659, Thomas Fuller, Church of England clergyman, wrote in "The appeal of injured innocence": "I hope, sir, that we are not mutually un-friended by this difference which hath happened betwixt us." Ditto for the word "text" - the first recorded usage of which was in 1564. "True, that sense made no mention of the mobile phone (unsurprisingly), meaning instead 'to cite texts', but another 16th century (1564) sense describes a situation familiar to anybody who has tried to convey shouting in a text message.," Thomas wrote. However, "lol" which is used as an acronym for "lots of love", is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as "laughing out loud" since 1989. A 1960 usage refers to LOL as "little old lady". COURTESy GADGETS.NDTv
In line with previous rumours, a Samsung official has now confirmed that the company will unveil the next generation Galaxy Note device and the long-rumoured Galaxy Gear smart watch at an event on September 4. Samsung's executive Vice-President of Mobile Business, Lee Young-hee in an interview with The Korea Times has said that both the devices will see the light of the day on September 4. Lee confirmed that Samsung's smart watch will run Android and won't feature a flexible display. However, Lee declined to comment on other details related to both the devices. The event is two days before the IFA conference kicks off in Berlin, Germany, the event where the original Galaxy Note and its successor have been unveiled in past years. The rumoured specifications of the alleged Galaxy Gear smart watch include a 1.5GHz dual-core
Samsung exynos 4212 processor with 1GB of RAM. It will reportedly feature a 1.67-inch AMOLeD display that will feature a resolution of 320x320 pixels. It is likely to include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. Some reports also claimed that Samsung's first wearable device, the Galaxy Gear would come in multiple colour options. The Samsung Galaxy Note III is rumoured to sport a 5.68-inch full-HD Super AMOLeD display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels. It is likely to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800/ exynos octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM. Some reports pointed out that the lowest storage capacity that the Galaxy Note III will ship with, will be 32GB. It is rumoured to boast of a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 3,200mAh battery, and run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It was also reported that Samsung may start shipping its next generation Galaxy Note device from September and the Galaxy Gear smart watch from October.
China Internet hit by 'largest ever' attack COURTESY GADGETS.NDTv China has been hit by the "largest ever" attack on its Internet structure, crashing the country's .cn servers, according to a government-linked
agency. The national domain name resolution service came under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack for around two hours early on Sunday, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) said in
a statement. Domain name resolution is a key part of how the Internet works, converting a website name into a set of digits the IP address that computers can recognise. The service in China focuses on websites with the .cn extension. DDoS attacks are attempts to overload a server with a huge number of requests, so that it interrupts or suspends its functions. A second wave of the assault in China two hours later grew into "the biggest of its kind ever", CNNIC said, without giving any indication of who might have been responsible. "The resolution of some websites was affected, leading visits to become slow or interrupted." Washington has repeatedly accused China of waging hacking attacks on the websites of US government agencies and businesses. But Beijing has denied the accusations, saying China itself is a victim of Internet attacks.
Grand Theft Auto 5 leak sparks Sony apology to Rockstar COURTESY BBC Sony has issued an apology to developer Rockstar after audio from forthcoming title Grand Theft Auto 5 was leaked online. Customers who had pre-ordered the eagerly awaited game were allowed to download a "locked" version ahead of the game's release. But some people were able to extract audio from the game - details of which were posted on forums. Rockstar said it was "deeply
disappointed" by the leaks. "Unfortunately some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto 5 through the PlayStation Store in europe were able to access certain GTA5 assets leading to leaked information and media from the game appearing online. "As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game's launch. "GTA5 represents years of hard work by many people across
the world, and we all couldn't be more excited to finally share it with you properly this 17 September." 'SPOILING THE ENDING' The company warned that anyone posting plot details from the game ahead of its release would be temporarily banned from its community. However, this was too late for some fans who said they were disappointed to learn of details which previously had been securely under wraps.
RESEARCH HAS DELVED INTO THE REASONS WHY SOME PEOPLE SEEM TO DISLIKE EVERYTHING AND OTHERS LIKE EVERYTHING New research has uncovered the reason why some people seem to dislike everything while others seem to like everything. Apparently, it’s all part of our individual personality – a dimension that researchers have coined “dispositional attitude”. People with a positive dispositional attitude have a strong tendency to like things, whereas people with a negative dispositional attitude have a strong tendency to dislike things, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “The dispositional attitude construct represents a new perspective in which attitudes are not simply a function of the properties of the stimuli under consideration, but are also a function of the properties of the evaluator,” wrote the authors. “[For example], at first glance, it may not seem useful to know someone’s feelings about architecture when assessing their feelings about health care. After all, health care and architecture are independent stimuli with unique sets of properties, so attitudes toward these objects should also be independent.” A MATTER OF FOCUS However, they note, there is still one critical factor that an individual’s attitudes will have in common: the individual who formed the attitudes. “Some people may simply be more prone to focusing on positive features and others on negative features,” Hepler said. To discover whether people differ in the tendency to like or dislike things, Hepler and Albarracín created a scale that requires people to report their attitudes toward a wide variety of unrelated stimuli, such as architecture, cold showers, politics, and soccer. Upon knowing how much people (dis)like these specific things, the responses were then averaged together to calculate their dispositional attitude (i.e., to calculate how much they tend to like or dislike things in general). The theory is that if individuals differ in the general tendency to like versus dislike objects, attitudes toward independent objects may actually be related. Throughout the studies the researchers found that people with generally positive dispositional attitudes are more open than people with generally negative dispositional attitudes. COURTESy HEAlTH24
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Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. — Vince Lombardi
ZimbabWe SeaL pakiStan
SPORTS Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
defeat WitH a Six
THE LAST TIME ZIMBABWE BEAT PAKISTAN IN ANY FORMAT WAS 15 YEARS AGO HARARE
OMING off a disappointing T20 series, where Zimbabwe failed to figure out how to close out a chase, they held their composure and applied themselves better despite the short turnaround time. A strong opening stand of 107 between Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza was the bedrock in their chase of 245. Having dealt with the seamers with ease during the T20s, Zimbabwe’s chances of victory hung on how they would perform outside their comfort zone. They looked ill at ease against the spin trio in the T20s but crucially, this time, they didn’t let the spinners run away with the advantage. Saeed Ajmal managed to strike, but the long interval between breakthroughs meant that Pakistan were always playing catch-up. In the closing stages, Pakistan had created enough pressure to bring the equation down to a run-a-ball, but a combination of poor fielding and freakish luck meant that it was Zimbabwe’s day. earlier, Pakistan’s innings was a story of three parts. They found runs hard to come by at the start due to steady seam bowling, recovered in the middle thanks to Mohammad Hafeez’s brisk half-century, and stumbled towards the end, failing to accelerate due to the pressure caused by the sudden fall of wickets. What prevented them from suffering a complete meltdown was Misbah-ul-Haq, who carried on his good form from the West Indies with his
fourth consecutive fifty. It was a mixed day for Zimbabwe in the field. A series of drops at the start showed that the team had hardly made any progress on that front since the India tour. While the
kieran powell named West indies a limited-overs captain
SPORTS DESK Kieran Powell takes over from Kirk Edwards as captain of the West Indies A one-day team, for the tour of India in September. Edwards will continue to lead the team in the first-class format on the tour. Powell, the opening batsman who has played 15 Tests and 19 ODIs, is making his way back from injury. He had to sit out the Champions Trophy and the home series against Pakistan, before making a return to international cricket in the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League. Powell said he was up for the challenges the tour would provide: “I played in India before and it’s a great place for cricket with the crowds, the atmosphere and the level of competition. We anticipate a good, competitive series. I’m eager and confident as we prepare for the tour and I know all the other players are as well.” West Indies A’s previous series was at home, against Sri Lanka A in June, when they drew the unofficial Tests and won in both limited-overs formats. Edwards had led the team in the four-day and 50-over matches in that series. Edwards said he was confident the side could do as well in the India series: “As one of the most experienced members of the squad, I know I will have a very important leadership role to perform on and off the field. We played well against Sri Lanka A earlier this year and we expect to do very well against India A as well.” India and West Indies A teams had previously met last summer, when India toured the Caribbean. Then, the hosts won the unofficial Tests and the limited-overs series finished all square. Now, West Indies will play one T20 and three ODIs, followed by the first-class games, in India. First-class squad: Kirk Edwards (capt), Kieran Powell (vice-capt), Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Jahmar Hamilton, Delorn Johnson, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Veerasammy Permaul, Shane Shillingford, Chadwick Walton Limitedovers squad: Kieran Powell (capt), Veerasammy Permaul (vice-capt), Ronsford Beaton, Nkrumah Bonner, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Devon Thomas.
Pakistan openers failed to capitalise on those let-offs, the drop that really cost Zimbabwe was Mohammad Hafeez’s, when on 10. He went on to score 70, putting Pakistan on course for a
competitive total. The pace of his innings was crucial, with Misbah not deviating from his tried and tested conservative approach in the middle overs. With play beginning half an hour later than the scheduled start time for the India ODIs that preceded this tour, the conditions were expected to favour the batsmen more. Instead, the seamers dictated terms, beating the bat on several occasions, especially against Nasir Jamshed. Having gone six innings without a fifty - including the T20s - Jamshed was under pressure to score, and his innings could have ended on 5 had Vusi Sibanda held a sitter at second slip. Shehzad’s was the wicket Zimbabwe needed more desperately, having conceded two half-centuries to him - including a 98 in the T20s. Tinashe Panyangara was the unlucky bowler yet again when Shehzad, on 15, spooned a drive straight to extra cover, where Sean Williams dropped a straightforward chance. Ironically, Panyangara later went from playing victim to culprit when he palmed a six over longoff, having come forward a few yards to catch Hafeez on the boundary. Prosper Utseya gave Zimbabwe their first breakthrough when Shehzad was beaten and stumped. Jamshed’s wicket was reward for some probing seam bowling by Tendai Chatara, who drew the left-hander forward for the drive and induced a thin edge to the keeper. Hafeez found early momentum with three sixes off Utseya, down the ground, though he was lucky the second one wasn’t pouched at the boundary’s edge. Hafeez was strong through the off side, punishing the offspinners in particular. He picked 48 of his 70 runs off Utseya and Malcolm Waller, picking the large gaps square of the wicket on the off side. Brendan Taylor, perhaps sensing a big partnership, kept rotating his bowlers, using
SCOREBOARD PAKISTAN 27 Nasir Jamshed c †Taylor b Chatara 24 Ahmed Shehzad st †Taylor b Utseya 70 Mohammad Hafeez c Maruma b Chatara 83 Misbah-ul-Haq not out Umar Amin run out (vitori/Panyangara) 1 11 Shahid Afridi c †Taylor b vitori 2 Haris Sohail c Utseya b vitori 7 Sarfraz Ahmed run out (Waller/†Taylor) Saeed Ajmal not out 3 EXTRAS: (lb 7, w 9) 16 TOTAl: (7 wickets; 50 overs; 214 mins) 244 DID NOT BAT: Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan FAll OF WICKETS: 1-56 (Ahmed Shehzad, 14.5 ov), 2-80 (Nasir Jamshed, 19.5 ov), 3-179 (Mohammad Hafeez, 37.4 ov), 4-184 (Umar Amin, 38.4 ov), 5-198 (Shahid Afridi, 41.4 ov), 6-202 (Haris Sohail, 43.2 ov), 7-223 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 47.5 ov) BOWlING: T Panyangara 10-2-38-0, Bv vitori 10-0-42-2, Tl Chatara 10-2-32-2, P Utseya 10-0-60-1, E Chigumbura 2-0-11-0, MN Waller 2-0-19-0, SC Williams 4-0-18-0, H Masakadza 2-017-0 ZIMBABWE H Masakadza c Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal 85 v Sibanda lbw b Saeed Ajmal 54 43 BRM Taylor not out T Maruma c Ahmed Shehzad b Junaid Khan 18 SC Williams not out 39 7 EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 3, w 3) TOTAl: (3 wickets; 48.2 overs; 191 mins) 246 DID NOT BAT: MN Waller, E Chigumbura, P Utseya, T Panyangara, Tl Chatara, Bv vitori FAll OF WICKETS: 1-107 (Sibanda, 23.3 ov), 2-176 (Masakadza, 37.4 ov), 3-201 (Maruma, 42.6 ov) BOWlING: Mohammad Irfan 9.2-1-45-0, Junaid Khan 9-0-55-1, Saeed Ajmal 10-0-44-2, Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-40-0, Shahid Afridi 9-0-51-0, Umar Amin 1-0-7-0 MATCH DETAIlS Toss Pakistan, who chose to bat Series Zimbabwe led the 3-match series 1-0 Player of the match tba Umpires RK Illingworth (England) and RB Tiffin Tv umpire O Chirombe Match referee JJ Crowe (New Zealand) Reserve umpire l Rusere
as many as eight bowlers by 31 overs. The part-timer, Hamilton Masakadza, should have had Hafeez on 55, but Taylor, who stood up to the stumps, failed to gather the ball. That lapse cost Zimbabwe 15 runs before Hafeez tamely cut Chatara straight to short third man.
Saqlain to teach Windies how to spin LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Saqlain Mushtaq, the Pakistani off-spinner, is generally credited with the discovery of the much acclaimed “Doosra” delivery and some of the most memorable moments of Pakistani cricket. His outstanding record forPakistan is a matter of pride for his countrymen. His international career spanned 49 Test matches and 169 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), in which he picked up 208 and 288 wickets respectively, finishing with a Test average of 29.83 and an ODI average just under 22. With these incredible figures in a career hampered and later cut short by injuries, he also has the distinct honour of being the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 Test wickets as well as 100, 150, 200 and 250 ODI wickets. With experience of that calibre to back his proven coaching skills, it is no surprise that Saqlain is in great demand throughout the world. Speaking to PakPassion.net, Saqlain confirmed that he is now set to provide his insights into the art of spin bowling in a training camp for West Indies players in Barbados. “Otis Gibson the West Indies head coach, on behalf of the West Indies Cricket Board, asked me to work with the West Indian spinners and I had no hesitation in saying yes. It’s a new challenge for me and one that I’m really looking forward to,” stated Saqlain. In today’s version of the game, spinners have a lot more purpose than just restricting scoring and taking the odd wicket. They are frequently used to open the bowling in T20 Internationalss and with all of their variations, often make life extremely difficult for batsmen. In Barbados, Saqlain would be mentoring budding players like Samuel Badree as well as world class ones like Sunil Narine — a fact that he recognises as an honour and a challenge, “I’m looking forward to working with the West Indian
spinners in Barbados next month. The West Indies has always been famous for producing great fast bowlers over the years but now they are also producing some excellent spinners like Narine and Badree and I hope to develop that talent.” Saqlain was recently asked by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to work with their own talented pool of upcoming spin bowlers on an annual basis and he confirmed he would continue with that role once his work in Barbados concludes, “I’m still employed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and will travel to Bangladesh after my stint in the Caribbean. The contract for 100 days a year with the BCB suits me and the BCB.” With experience of coaching spin bowlers for Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia, england Lions, Saqlain is confident that his knowledge and background will be of great value to the West Indian players “If I can help the West Indian spinners in any way then the stint will have been beneficial. I hope to pass on my experience and knowledge of cricket to the West Indian spinners and hope that
working with me will prove to be of use to them,” he stated. It stands to reason that Saqlain’s trip to the West Indies could help make players like Narine even more formidable and improve their skills. exactly why the PCB have failed to utilise the ability and experience of one of their greatest assets is a question on the minds of many and Saqlain is justified in expressing his concerns on this issue stating “I’ve worked with a number of cricketers around the world and for various Boards and have always maintained that I am willing to help Pakistani cricketers and the PCB in any way. I would love an opportunity to work with Pakistan’s spin bowling talent irrespective of experience and age.” In the meantime, the West Indies would be looking forward to further improvement in their fortune with the inventor of the “Doosra” in their midst. exactly how that translates in improvement of their standings in international cricket is a question to be answered when they play their next series against New Zealand in December.
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Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world. — Babe Ruth
Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
pakiStan bLoW taiWan aWay 13-0 IPOH
AKISTAN proved way too strong for Taiwan, handing them a 13-0 thumping and sealing the top place in Group A of the 2013 Asia Cup. The Greenshirts, who need to win the title to earn a spot in next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands, are likely to face South Korea in the semifinals who are currently place number two in Group B. Shakeel Abbasi started the rot for Taiwan, dribbling past the defenders to finish a brilliant goal in the 13th minute before
skipper Muhammad Imran sent his drag-flick clattering into goal ten minutes later. Muhammad Rizwan also got on the score sheet through a field goal in the 26th minute as the stunned Taiwanese players failed to cope with the pace of the game. Any hopes of a comeback by them were soon dashed by the Pakistani forwards, who added another two goals as soon as the second half got underway, Rizwan for his second and Shafqat Rasool for his first. Goals from Muhammad Dilber (45) and another by Rasool (46) added to their opponents misery but the rampant Pakistani team were out for more. Imran’s second (52), a super hattrick by rising star Abdul
Haseem Khan (54, 56, 69) and one each by Muhammad Tousiq and Muhammad Irfan added the final touches to what may have seemed like a never-ending nightmare to the Taiwanese players. The result gave Pakistan a perfect record in the group stages but Imran’s men
will have to put all of this behind them when the semi-finals start. Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan have been harmless opponents but rest assured the lightning-fast Koreans will take some beating. Pakistan’s veteran defender Waseem Ahmed said of his team’s performance,
“The team is working really hard and if we can keep on doing the same thing throughout the tournament, I think our chances of becoming champions here and booking a spot in the World Cup is very bright.” The semi-finals commence from August 30.
india avoid pakistan in seMis IPOH: India rode on goals from Raghunath (6th minute) and Mandeep Singh (65th) to get the better of South Korea in an Asia Cup pool B league match in Ipoh on Monday evening. The 2-0 win takes India to the top of their group with six points from two matches. India had pumped in eight goals without reply in their first match against Oman on Saturday. Monday’s win guarantees India a berth in the semifinals. The two-time former champions are scheduled to play minnows Bangladesh on Wednesday and a victory will mean India will avoid a semifinal meeting with arch-rivals Pakistan, who became the first team to make the round of last-four after beating hosts Malaysia 4-1 on Sunday. India must win the Asia Cup to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague. With at least five top stars missing from their line-up, a young team under Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans is under pressure to deliver. At Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium on Monday, India were lucky to come away with full points against a rampaging Korean side who did all but score. Goalkeeper Sreejesh had an outstanding day, making at least five wonderful saves to earn the Man of the Match award. AGENCIES
kumar, iSHant and yadav to undergo fitneSS training at nCa SPORTS DESK India’s pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav has reported at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bangalore. The trio will undergo a fitness program. The three pacers had reported to Ashish Kaushik, the NCA’s physiotherapist. There was a physical assessment that took place. This is being done with a view of the long season that is going to commence in a few months time. In the recent past, we have seen numerous Indian pacers battle fitness issues. A need of a program was there and perhaps the board has taken this view with that in mind. India need the three to be fit in the months ahead. They had played a crucial role during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 victory and have shown their value to the side.
Women’S aSHeS to Start in auStraLia on january 10 MELBOURNE: The Ashes rivalry will continue into the New Year with the women’s Ashes series in Australia, it was announced on Tuesday. Australia and England will compete across all three formats in the Ashes which begin on Jan 10, 2014 in Perth. The fixtures features one Test in Perth, three OneDay Internationals (ODI) — two in Melbourne and one in Hobart — and three T20 Internationals. The winner of each match accrues points based on a weighting-system to determine which team will claim the women’s Ashes trophy at the end of the Series. Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland said: “This will be the first time the women’s Ashes series will be played in Australia according to the new points format, so each match will be vital in determining who will claim the trophy.” AGENCIES
CAPE TOWN AGENCIES
Faf du Plessis has admitted that his ODI form must improve if he hopes to take over as the ODI captain in the future. Du Plessis already leads South Africa’s Twenty20 side, and has been widely tipped to eventually succeed AB de Villiers, who has been burdened with the role of skipper, senior batsman and wicket-keeper. However, du Plessis does not see himself as a suitable candidate just yet. “My performances need to be better if I want to be considered as ODI captain. In Sri Lanka, I was under pressure to score runs and I knew that,” he said. In the last 12 months, Du Plessis has managed only two half-centuries in the 21 matches he has played - an unbeaten 62 against Netherlands in May, and a 72-ball 57 against New Zealand in January. His lean patch extended to the shortest format of the game as well, but du Plessis ended the drought with an assured 85 in the last T20 on South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka last month. “It meant a lot for me to score runs in that last T20,” he said. “I needed them badly.” His own showings aside, du Plessis achieved something bigger when he became the first captain to take South
du plessis targets more odi runs Africa to a series win in Sri Lanka. After a below-par ODI showing in which they were defeated 4-1, South Africa clinched the three-match T20 series 2-1. A notable difference in the two series was in the leadership. While de Villiers struggled in his decisionmaking and was often behind the over-rate, du Plessis made crucial bowling and fielding changes, appeared in control most of the time, and admitted that he was enjoying his job. “I love captaining and adding value in that way,” he said. “I like giving the talks that a captain gives and dealing with the high pressure times. I even like taking the flak of making decision myself, like when it comes to bowling changes. The captain needs to make tough decisions and I don’t mind making them.” Du Plessis was a captain at school level and occasionally in the domestic setup. So despite his relatively young age when he was promoted to T20 captain in November last year, he was deemed to have had the required skills to cut it at the top. He had only played four T20s when he was handed the role, but immediately
set about trying to establish a style of leadership and earn the confidence of his team. “If you’re honest with players, they respect you,” he said. “everybody knew we were experimenting a bit and we will try a experiment a little more because we need have our best combinations.” The World T20 and 2015 World Cup are only six and 18 months away respectively, but South Africa are still toying with new combinations and strategies under the new coach Russell Domingo. Through the process of settling on a line-up, du Plessis is hopeful that his own ODI showings will get better, if only because he will have some stability to get into a rhythm. Currently, he has been stationed at No.4 in the line-up, between JP Duminy and de Villiers, and Domingo has indicated he will keep those positions, even as Kallis makes himself available for more ODI cricket.
Cook aMong engLand pLayers rested LONDON AGENCIES
england have rested Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad for the ODI series against Australia after their involvement in the 30 Ashes victory. In Cook’s absence, eoin
Morganwill captain the side. Kevin Pietersen, who returned from a knee injury shortly before the Test series, is also included in the 14-man squad. england will play five ODIs against Australia after a one-off fixture against Ireland next Tuesday. Pietersen, Joe Root and Jonathan Trott will not travel to
Dublin for that match, during which Morgan will again lead the side. Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton receive senior call-ups for the first time, while Michael Carberry, capped once previously in Tests, is now in both limited-overs squads. Boyd Rankin, the former Ireland fast bowler who made his england debut during the T20 series against New Zealand earlier in the summer, and Luke Wright, whose last ODI appearance came during the 2011 World Cup, are also included. Gary Ballance, Danny Briggs and James Taylor are the three players replacing Pietersen, Root and Trott in the 14 to take on Ireland, with Yorkshire batsman Ballance in line for a potential debut. In all, five players yet to play ODIs for england have been included. Of the XI who played in england’s defeat to India in the Champions Trophy final in June, five will be missing against Australia - in addition to Cook, Bell, Broad and Anderson, Tim Bresnan is absent through injury. Jonny Bairstow and Chris
Woakes, who were part of the Champions Trophy squad, have also been omitted, possibly to allow them more red-ball cricket with their counties during the Championship run-in. “Following a very intense period of cricket this summer we have decided to rest a number of senior players, which will allow them to recover from a heavy workload over the last three months and to prepare for the tour of Australia which begins in eight weeks,” england’s national selector, Geoff Miller, said. “This creates an excellent opportunity for players who have impressed in county cricket and for england Lions recently to test themselves at international level as we continue to build a squad ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which is less than 18 months away. There are a number of very experienced one-day players in the squad alongside players who are new to international cricket and we are expecting a very tough challenge both from a strong Ireland side and then from Australia in what will no doubt be a very competitive NatWest series.”
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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles. — Gilbert K. Chesterton
SPORTS Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
time on decorated career
RIO DE JANEIRO: Deco, the former Barcelona, Porto and Chelsea midfielder, has blamed injury on his decision to retire from football at the age of 35. The Brazilian-born former Portuguese international hung up his boots on Monday with a clutch of titles to his name, including the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and again two years later with Barcelona.”With a lot of sadness and hurt I am announcing the end of my professional career,” said Deco, who has had a frustrating final season with a series of health problems for his Brazilian club Fluminense. Deco, who had a two-year spell with Chelsea from 2008, returned to his homeland in 2010 where he picked up two national league titles with Fluminense. “I’ve been really happy during this time, I wanted to help Fluminense more but my body won’t allow that, my muscles can no longer put up (with the demands of professional football).” As well as his two European crowns Deco also picked up a UEFA Cup in 2003, three Portuguese league titles, two Spanish titles with Barca and the 2009/2010 Premier league title and two FA Cups with Chelsea. AGENCIES
buLgaria’S ex-pm makeS profeSSionaL footbaLL debut
ABOUT CHELSEA MAN U DRAW MANCHESTER
SOFIA: Bulgaria’s former prime minister Boyko Borisov made his professional football debut on Sunday in Vitosha Bistritsa’s goalless draw against Rakovski in the country’s second-tier league, media reported Monday. The 54year-old Borisov, who resigned under massive street pressure in February, made history by becoming the oldest player to appear for a Bulgarian professional club, sports website sportal.bg reported. The bulky expremier, who wore number 13, played 54 minutes in Vitosha’s home draw. Borisov had already played amateur football for the club before they secured a berth in the second division this season. In 2011, he won the annual fans’ player of the year poll but urged organisers to annul the results. AGENCIES
AYNe Rooney may have played his way out of a transfer to Chelsea after a committed display in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against their Premier League rivals on Monday. Rooney has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea in recent weeks, but he was one of few impressive players on a night when the season’s first major head-to-head clash failed to live up to its billing. The england striker’s performance, in which he tested visiting goalkeeper Petr Cech on three occasions, prompted Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to admit that he could miss out on a move for the 27-year-old. “I think probably now he thinks he wants to stay,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “If that is his decision, we will respect that and say it is over.”
Rooney’s display, and Mourinho’s subsequent declaration, will have cheered David Moyes after his first home game as United manager, even though he saw his side refused a second-half penalty following an apparent handball by Frank Lampard. “I thought we played very well, but couldn’t get the final cross in to get the final chance in front of goal,” Moyes said. “I didn’t have a great view of the penalty claims, but I think it’s still a situation where the referees don’t know what is handball and what isn’t.” Mourinho provided a provocative touchline presence and was goaded throughout on his return to Old Trafford as Chelsea coach, but his team rarely threatened ahead of Friday’s UeFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich. “We play to win but if we don’t win, we don’t lose, and I think the players understand this completely,” Mourinho said. “Both teams gave everything and I think towards the end, my players went for the defensive position and to get the
point.” The point was enough to send Chelsea top of the nascent standings, but they have played a game more than the rest and United can draw level with them if they win at Liverpool on Sunday. Rooney’s inclusion in United’s starting XI, for the first time since April, caused the evening’s first ripple of excitement, but Mourinho’s team selection was every bit as eye-catching. The Portuguese named a team without a recognised striker, deploying Andre Schuerrle up front ahead of Oscar, eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, and leaving Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku on the bench. Moyes could not have picked a more high-profile opponent for his first turn in the Old Trafford dug-out, or a more glorious evening, but the fare on the newly laid pitch was disappointing. Twice, Oscar shot straight at United goalkeeper David de Gea, while United’s best chance of the first half saw Robin van Persie deceive half the stadium into thinking a goal had been scored with a snapshot that ruffled the side-netting.
American Horner takes Vuelta lead after stage three win SPORTS DESK American Chris Horner seized a solo victory on stage three of the Vuelta a espana on Monday to claim the overall lead. The 41-year-old RadioShack Leopard rider moved ahead of the splintering pack in the final kilometre of stage three’s uphill finish to claim a solo stage win on the short but punchy Mirador de Lobeira climb. Horner, who is teamless for 2014, surpassed Pino Cerami and Andrea Noe’s feats. Belgian Cerami was aged 41 years and 95 days when he won a stage at the 1963 Tour de France, while Noe led the Giro d’Italia in 2007 aged 38.
“I fully appreciate how important it is to win and lead a Grand Tour at my age, the older I get the more I value racing,” Horner, who turned pro in 1995 but had never previously won a Grand Tour stage in his career, told reporters. “Just take today, I could have crashed. At my age, that would have been my career over. “I understand that every day I race could be my last day on the bike, but I love racing so much I want to continue.” Despite his age and a knee operation which prevented the former Tour of California from training for five months earlier this year, Horner said that he had been determined to be in top shape for the Vuelta.
A victory in the toughest stage of the Tour of Utah in August and second place overall confirmed the American was on track for the Spanish Grand Tour. “We rode a strong team time trial here on Saturday and together with (team leader Fabian) Cancellara we agreed that the leader’s jersey would be an objective for the team. That kept me very motivated and focussed for today,” he said. Horner leapfrogged overnight leader Vincenzo Nibali to the top of the standings after the Italian finished 11th on Monday. The 2013 Giro d’Italia winner now trails Horner by three seconds, with Ireland’s Nicolas Roche third.
“I am going to try for the overall victory, that’s for sure,” Horner said. “If I can win races like the Vuelta al País Vasco [in 2010], then why can’t I win this one?” “One guy was asking me today in the peloton if I knew of any director’s jobs because he wants to retire soon. But I thought it was really bizarre, I mean - how can you want to stop racing?”
STAGE RESUlTS 1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack leopard 4:30:18 2 Alejandro valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:03 3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 7 Michele Scarponi (Ita) lampre-Merida 8 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack leopard 0:00:06 9 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling General classification 1 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack leopard 9:37:40 2 vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:08 3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:14 4 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack leopard 0:00:16 5 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack leopard 0:00:23 6 Alejandro valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24 7 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:25 8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:38 9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:45 10 leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
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Champions keep playing until they get it right. — Billie Jean King
SPORTS Wednesday, 28 August, 2013
Serena advanCeS WitH eaSe at uS open NEW YORK
eFeNDING champion Serena Williams cruised into the second round of the US Open on Monday with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone at Arthur Ashe Stadium. World number one Williams, seeking her 17th Grand Slam title and fifth US Open crown, needed only 60 minutes to win for the sixth time in eight matches against the 2010 French Open champion. “I’m really excited,” Williams said. “I knew playing a former Grand Slam champion the first round was a tough draw so I just tried to be super serious.” Williams, who finished off the match only moments before rain showers began to fall that would halt play for the rest of the night, next faces Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva. who ousted Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-
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SPORTS DESK Hall of Fame ring announcer Michael Buffer will call Ricky Burns and Raymundo Beltran to the ring when the pair clash for Burns’ WBO World lightweight crown on September 7 at the SeCC in Glasgow. The American legend will be whipping up the crowd for Burns’ eighth world title bout and the fourth defence of his belt. Buffer is excited to be heading to Scotland as the Coatbridge ace tackles the Mexican.“When eddie Hearn reached out to me for this event, I jumped at the chance,” said Buffer. “I was originally booked in Los Angeles for JC Chavez’s fight which was cancelled and postponed. eddie asked if I was now free to come to Glasgow for ‘Rickster’s’ title defence I couldn’t say no – Ricky has unbelievable fans!” Buffer wanted some qualified and knowledgeable information on the challenger, ‘Sugar’ Beltran, so he called Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler at Top Rank, Inc. – and was told Glasgow can expect a great night.
LaUra raCes aWay FroM LoUrdes Lino in roUnd one NEW YORK: British No 1 Laura Robson moved into the second round of the US Open with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino. The 19year-old, who is playing as a seed for the first time at a grand slam, edged a hard-fought first set before dominating her Spanish opponent in the second. The 30th seed will play France’s Caroline Garcia in the next round as she attempts to improve on last year’s run to the last 16. “I love these courts and I think they suit me quite well,” Robson toldSky Sports. “I love New York and I love the atmosphere. There were so many British people on court today and that was amazing.” Robson, back in action after a wrist injury forced her out of three tournaments, had lost both her previous matches against the tricky Dominguez Lino. AGENCIES
4, 6-3. Williams, who at 31 would become the oldest women’s champion in US Open history if she takes the title, improved to 61-4 on the year as she chases a ninth crown in 2013, which would be a record oneseason trophy haul for the US sensation. But she said that she knows even her epic form cannot avoid Father Time
forever. “In this sport you never know what can happen,” Williams said. “That’s why you have to enjoy every moment, enjoy every win.” In the second set, Schiavone asked a ballboy for a hug as she was trying to avoid being blanked in the match. Williams shrugged off the moment, intent on keeping her concentration. “I thought, ‘I’ve just got to stay focused and just do what I can.’ I just wanted to stay really focused,” Williams said. “When you see you have to go against a former Grand Slam champion, it’s not very easy to see your name on the draw like that.” Williams took the first set in just 23 minutes, allowing only six points against her, and surrendered only the fifth game in the second set when Schiavone held serve. Schiavone, 33, won only 23 total points while committing 18 unforced errors.
wAtCh It LIve TENSPORTS US OPEN 2013: MEN’S FIRST ROUND / WOMEN’S SECOND ROUND
SeventH Seed federer SeeS opening round game WaSHed out
NEW YORK: Roger Federer was left frustrated after his first-round match against Grega Zemlja at the US Open was delayed due to the weather. The five-time champion was scheduled to play in the second night match on Arthur Ashe but no sooner had Serena Williams routed Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-1 than the rain began to fall. A good number of fans stuck it out in the hope the match could start but at around 10.15pm local time play was officially called off. Federer, seeded seventh, and Zemlja will have to return on Tuesday, although with the first round in New York being played over the course of three days, the winner should still have a day off before they have to play again. Fourth seed David Ferrer managed to complete his game, with the Spaniard registering a straightsets win over Nick Kyrgios. AGENCIES
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BUTTON SET TO SIGN new deal with McLaren SPORTS DESK Jenson Button is set to sign a new deal at McLaren that will effectively tie him to the Woking outfit for the rest of his F1 career. Button emerged as a surprise player in this year’s ‘silly season’ over the Belgian GP weekend when it was disclosed that McLaren are yet to exercise their option on the englishman for the 2014 season. However, according to The Times, ‘The team mark 50 years in Formula One next week and an announcement that Button’s £12 million-a-year contract has been renewed could coincide with the celebrations. The deal is likely to be for three years, taking Button to his 36th birthday.’ Button joined McLaren in 2009, just weeks after winning the World Championship with the Brawn outfit which has since morphed in to Mercedes.
Having previously driven for Williams and Renault, the englishman is currently the most experienced driver on the grid. “It’s obviously not going our way at the moment, but it will, and I’m very happy here, I feel good here, and I still feel we can achieve so much together,” Button told The Daily Mail. “I’ll be here for my future in Formula One.” Of the frontrunners, only McLaren and Mercedes are expected to retain their current driver line-ups for next season, with changes predicted at both Ferrari and Lotus while Red Bull are certain to make one alteration following Mark Webber’s announcement he will retire from F1 at the end of the season.
NEW YORK: Second seed Rafael Nadal eased into the US Open second round on Monday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over American wildcard Ryan Harrison. Nadal, the 2010 champion in New York, clinched his 16th hardcourt win in a row without loss of 2013 to illustrate his position as favorite for the title. The 27-year-old Spaniard has captured nine trophies since his return from a seventhmonth injury lay-off in February, building up a 54-3 winning record in the process. Nadal came into New York having won back-to-back Masters titles at Montreal and Cincinnati, comfortably overcoming his shock first-round exit at Wimbledon. AGENCIES
Afsare may be supplemented for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes SPORTS DESK Afsare may be supplemented for the Queen elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot should he continue his winning ways in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket on September 27. The Newmarket Group Two is the next port of call for the Luca Cumani-trained six-year-old, who appears to have overcome an aversion to the stalls with victories in Salisbury’s Sovereign Stakes and the Betfred Celebration Stakes on his last two starts. “There was some uncertainty we suppose about just what Afsare achieved at Salisbury but his Celebration Mile win proved he has really developed into a potent force over a mile, all of a sudden developing a lot of speed,”
reported trainer Luca Cumani. “His next race will be the Joel Stakes at Newmarket. Ideally we would like to aim for bigger prizes abroad - the Woodbine Mile or the Shadwell Turf Mile for example - but he takes some knowing and foreign jurisdictions don’t allow anyone other than their own stalls handlers to put horses into the stalls. “If Afsare wins the Joel Stakes in good style we will have to think seriously about supplementing him for the Queen elizabeth II Stakes. “He would probably be almost as effective at seven furlongs but there’s not a suitable opportunity at that distance over here between now and the end of the season with the exception of the Challenge Stakes.”
Mount Athos failed by just a head to give the Cumani team a big-race double at Goodwood on Saturday, but he is still set to have a second crack at the Melbourne Cup after finishing fifth last November. “Mount Athos remains on course for the Melbourne Cup after his excellent effort at Goodwood on Saturday where he just failed to concede 5lb to Harris Tweed in a very tactical affair,” he wrote on www.lucacumani.com. “We had thought of putting him away for Melbourne after his run at the big summer meeting there earlier there in the month, but though we could excuse that effort we just wanted to see some concrete confirmation on the racecourse that he is still in top form. We’re glad to report he is and it is next stop Flemington.”
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