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Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 27 19 Pages
Tuesday, 30 July, 2013 Ramadan 20, 1434
For Mamnoon, all roads lead to Presidency today
PPP will regret its boycott: Nawaz
Car bombs kill at least 48 in Iraq
No compromise to be made on corruption: SC
Militants attack central jail in DI Khan
Sadia leads Pakistan to World T20
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the PPP would regret its decision to boycott the presidential polls Addressing the PML-N parliamentary party meeting in Islamabad, he hoped that Mamnoon Hussain would come up to the aspirations of the masses and would work for the supremacy and protection of the constitution as president. PAGE 03
Car bombs mainly targeting Shia-majority areas of Iraq killed at least 48 people on Monday, security and medical officials said, taking the July death toll to more than 780. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence since the beginning of the year – a surge in unrest that the Iraqi government has so far failed to stem. PAGE 07
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry on Monday remarked that no compromise on corruption had been made earlier nor would it be made in the future. He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of SC during the course of hearing of corrupt practices in construction of new Islamabad airport on Monday. PAGE 18
Militants in police uniform, in an apparent attempt to free terrorist inmates, attacked Central Jail in Dera Ismail Khan late on Monday and were locked in a gunfight with police and security forces when this report was made at 1.45am, as around 25 explosions were heard and a policeman among at least four people injured. PAGE 04
Sadia Yousuf’s career-best figures of 4 for 9 pushed Pakistan to the Women’s World T20 in Bangladesh after a nine-wicket win over Ireland in the first semi-final of the Qualifiers in Dublin. Reports received here said that Pakistan put Ireland in after a wet outfield caused a delayed start , and captain Isobel Joyce lost her middle stump on the fourth ball of the match. PAGE 20
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N NEWS Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
tAmed ppp lAwmAKeRs opt foR CeRemoniAl wAlKout fRom nA ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
AMNooN Hussain, the candidate of the ruling PML-N and its allied parties, is all set to be elected as the country’s next president today with a majority vote, replacing PPP’s Asif Ali Zardari. With Mamnoon Hussain, a political nobody, holding the forte in the presidential palace, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s hold on power is likely to cement. Since the opposition parties stand divided, they are set to be thrashed with a huge margin today by the ruling coalition, despite the fact that the leaderships of its allied parties is not satisfied either with the PML-N policy of reconciliation and the recent visit of the ruling party’s top leaders to Nine Zero, the MQM headquarters. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed is the only candidate left in the field to challenge Hussain, while the main opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has opted for a
PTI decides to completely support Wajihuddin ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday reaffirmed earlier decision regarding participating in the presidential election and to vote for PTI candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed. The PTI leadership held a meeting to review the final situation in connection with the presidential polls today (Tuesday) and party position in national and provincial assemblies. Party hoped that Ahmed would be victorious from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. He is likely to get 41 votes from the KP. PTI leaders were of the opinion that now when there are only two candidates in the run for the presidential office at least the parties who are against the policies of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz should not waste this chance and strengthen the PTI candidate. While addressing the meeting, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the decision for giving a go-ahead to the party candidate was constitutionally correct and the PTI would stand with Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed. He said that Khursheed Shah, being the leader of the opposition, failed in playing his due role and to bring all opposition parties on the same page, adding that it was the job of the opposition leader to convince others for a joint strategy.
For MaMnoon, all roads lead To PresIdency Today pti stiCKs to its stAnCe of Contesting AgAinst suRe-winneR pml-n poll boycott.PPP’s major allies, including the Awami National Party (ANP) and Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNPA), have also announced boycotting the poll, making it an easy sailing for the PMLN candidate. Hussain is a businessman of Karachi and has been loyal to the Sharifs – the only apparent feather he has in his cap. His political weakness is considered his strength, as observers say the Sharifs want a political nobody who can never defy orders. PPP WALKS OUT FROM NA: Meanwhile in parliament, PPP lawmakers looked tame on Tuesday and following a passionless speech by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, the party’s lawmakers walked out from the National Assembly in protest over rescheduling of presidential election. The PPP is minority party in the NA as compared to majority lawmakers of the ruling PML-N and its allies. Wearing a black arm-band, Fahim called into question the court verdict of rescheduling the presidential election. “It was an election for the top constitutional office of the country. All parties had started political process after the announce-
KhAwAjA Asif sAys goveRnment did nothing unConstitutionAl ment of the date. But the decision of the apex court disappointed us,” Fahim said on a point of order. Earlier, the Question Hour was put off for next rota day as the opposition wanted to debate the court verdict. “It was not an election for a union council but for an esteemed office. Comment on courts’ decisions is discouraged, but when the issue is of utmost importance, what should one do. Then one can only protest over such decisions,” he added. “We also registered our protest before the government,” he said and added that the Election Commission was an independent institution that was not bound to obey the orders of other institutions. “But the ECP, due to some of its weaknesses, itself threw the case to the apex court.” He also described the decision as “prepoll rigging” and said the situation forced them to boycott the presidential election. Fahim also invited the major opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, to join the boycott. However, it was PTI leader Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi who responded to the questions raised by Fahim, saying his
party agreed to the objections raised by the opposition in principle, but they wanted to contest the poll in protest so that the field might not have been left open for the PMLN candidate. “The boycott could have been an easy option for us. But it could have not been a solution to issues. We decided to contest the election for the sake of democratic values. If we joined the boycott, even then the election would have been held,” he said. Qureshi said, “We have reservations on negligence of the Election Commission and haste of the court in announcing the decision. But it does not mean that we shall boycott the democratic process.” “The PPPP strategy is not right in our opinion. The government has numerical strength to win this election. This is a ground reality but it does not mean that we should get out of the race for fear of defeat.” The PTI leader said presidential election was a constitutional responsibility and the ECP should have been well aware of its responsibility. “But apparently, the ECP has been negligent of its duties. The commission should have prepared for the election well in time.” “We do not object the wisdom of the Supreme Court in entertaining the petition but the decision should have been announced after hearing other stakeholders and the contestants,” Qureshi said. “We respect the court decisions, but it should not have been announced in haste when the candidates had been nominated
and started their campaign,” he said. Qureshi said the PTI had proposed to the PPP to bring in a consensus candidate and invited the PPP to end the boycott and strengthen the democratic process by taking part in the presidential election. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif responded to the allegations raised by the opposition parties, saying the Supreme Court decision on presidential election was not arbitrary. “The decision was according to law. However, it is right of the opposition to differ with the decision,” he said. “The decision has not exclusively benefited our party. We had winning number whether the election for the office of the president was held on August 6 or July 30,” he added. “I can understand that the period for canvassing was short. However, Khursheed Shah had not objected on cutting back the date, rather had expressed reservation on extending the date for election beyond August 6.” The minister said he had also discussed with Shah the possibility of bringing a consensus candidate for the office of the president. “However, there was nothing unconstitutional to move the court. We approached the apex court in line with the law and the court has also not disfranchised any candidate or party.” He said all the three candidates had appreciable role for upholding the law and the constitution and it could have been better if all parties agreed on one candidate.
Angry PPP senators charge at judiciary, ECP AitzAz, RAbbAni question sC’s veRdiCt of ChAnging poll dAte, sAy unilAteRAl deCision bReACh of eCp’s poweRs ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
The superior judiciary and the chief election commissioner came under fire during the Senate session on Monday when Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwarts Aitzaz Ahsan and Raza Rabbani unleashed a salvo against the chief justice of Pakistan, alleging that the court had acted “out of its course of duty” while ordering to reschedule the presidential elections. The PPP and its allies are in majority in the Senate as compared to lawmakers of the ruling PML-N and its allies. PPP loyalist and Senate Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch defied his own party men by toeing the treasury line and hastened to prorogue the session amid uproar and sloganeering from the opposition benches asking for an opportunity to debate the court’s verdict. Speaking on a point of order, Aitzaz, the leader of the opposition, questioned the SC verdict that ordered holding of the election on July 30 instead of August 6. The short but comprehensive speech by Aitzaz was decorated with legal arguments, quotations and verses from Urdu literature. He alleged that the leader of the
House, Raja Zafarul Haq had filed a petition with the court under Article 184/3 of the constitution seeking rescheduling of the presidential election. He said no fundamental right of the public had been breached due to the schedule issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) but the court not only admitted the petition but also gave a verdict the same day without listening to the opposition parties. Aitzaz said the court could not fix the date and time for the presidential election, which, under the constitution, was the prerogative of the ECP. Citing various provisions from the constitution to support his claim, the PPP leader contended that the ECP had abdicated its authority and the court had acted beyond its course of duty. Leader of the House in the Senate Haq said it seemed that it was the chair that had abdicated its powers and the decisions agreed upon by the treasury and the opposition during the business advisory committee were being violated. He pointed out that it was agreed that two speakers from each side would speak on the matter, adding that if the decisions of the business advisory committee were not accepted by the members, there was no need to hold such meetings.
The Senate deputy chairman agreed with Haq’s observations and reminded Aitzaz and Rabbani to keep their word. Rabbani also strongly condemned the court verdict, saying the unilateral election schedule change was a breach of the powers of the ECP. He said the ECP had been made an independent institution following the enactment of the 18th and the 20th amendments. “It is the privilege of the ECP to announce or change the schedule of the elections and no one else’s,” he said. Rabbani said only two days had been given for campaigning, adding that how was it possible for a candidate to go to Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Karachi for campaigning in just two days. “Moreover, the provinces have also been denied the right to hear the point of view of the candidates of the coveted post. The provinces have been denied their fundamental rights.” He said the SC had handed over a onesided decision without hearing the other party. Rabbani urged the House to take notice of the situation as it represented four federating units, which had been denied their fundamental right to choose their representative. Zahid Khan of the ANP said the symbol of the federation had been made controversial. Farhatullah Babar said a nexus had been developed between various institutions against the PPP. The SC had handed over the schedule change judgement with-
out hearing the candidates. The leader of the House said the conduct of the judges must not be condemned. Taking part in the debate, Senator Saeed Ghani of the PPP said the ECP had no idea how to hold presidential elections and the decision of holding the poll was made in haste. He said the chief election commissioner should take the nation into confidence on breach of the ECP’s authority. Syed Zafar Ali Shah of the PML-N said the previous government of the PPP had facilitated the election of a military dictator in uniform and the former chief justice, Abdul Hameed Dogar had authenticated the election. He urged the PPP leaders to move the Supreme Court for a review of the court order about July 30 presidential election if they were not satisfied with the decision. Terming the boycott of the presidential election a bid to derail the democratic process in the country, Shah said the PPP was a pro-democratic party and it should uphold those democratic traditions and values. Senator Shahi Syed of the ANP urged both the opposition and the treasury benches to move cautiously as the recent disagreement and discord between both sides could be a ploy against the democratic process. Many members wanted to take part in the debate but the chair decided to follow the decisions of the business advisory committee and prorogued the session.
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Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
PPP will regret its boycott: nawaz ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would regret its decision to boycott the presidential polls Addressing the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) parliamentary party meeting in Islamabad, he hoped that Mamnoon Hussain would come up to the aspirations of the masses and would work for the supremacy and protection of the constitution as president. Nawaz said Hussain would restore the dignity of the country in the world. Speaking on the occasion, PML-N presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain said he would try his best to work according to the expectations of the party and the nation. “The new president will be elected democratically,” he said, while addressing the media earlier in Lahore. Hussain added that he will resign from his party post if he gets elected as president.
Talking about Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s boycott of the elections, he said, “There are pending cases against PPP in the courts and they’re afraid the ruling of the cases might go against them. They’re targeting the courts by boycotting presidential elections.” on the accusation that he is being appointed akin to former president Rafiq Tarar, he retorted, “What was wrong with Rafiq Tarar? He served the presidency well.” Hussain said that the role of the president is to make important decisions on the advice of the Prime Minister. “If a president serves as a facilitator by following the law and the Constitution, what’s the problem with that?” he questioned. PML-N presidential candidate said, “I went to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to secure votes for the presidential elections because I as a candidate want to keep an open mind.” He said that there was no point in going to PPP for the same because the elections are being contested against them.
PMl-Q balochIsTan To voTe For MaMnoon QUETTA: The provincial chapter of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) in Balochistan has decided not to boycott Tuesday’s presidential elections, contrary to their party’s move elsewhere. In addition to not boycotting the presidential elections, they will support their provincial coalition partner, the PML-Nawaz and their candidate Mamnoon Hussain. The decision was announced by the provincial parliamentary board of the party during a session held in Quetta on Monday. Provincial party president Jaffer Mandokhel said that on account of the peculiar circumstances prevailing in Balochistan and their alliance with the PML-N as part of the provincial government, the central leadership had delegated the authority to the provincial chapter to take its decisions according to its own circumstances. However, he did not disclose the final decision of the parliamentary board. Meanwhile, PMLQ party sources said that being an ally of the provincial government, the party could go against the decision of the central leadership. Balochistan Assembly Deputy Speaker Abdul Qadus Bizenjo, senior leader of PML-Q Saeed Ahmed Hashmi were also present during the meeting. STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presides over a meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz parliamentary party meeting on Monday.
AylA MAlik disquAlifiEd for hAving fAkE dEgrEE RAWALPINDI ONLINE
The Lahore High Court’s election tribunal bench in Rawalpindi on Monday disqualified Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf candidate Ayla Malik from contesting the byelections for holding a fake degree. The tribunal, comprising Justice Ayesha Malik and Justice Mamoon, gave the decision. Ayla was to be fielded by the PTI for by-election in NA-71 after party chairman Imran Khan vacated the seat, keeping his Rawalpindi seat.
The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) had on July 20 declared her intermediate certificate bogus. A probe was conducted after a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) petitioner and candidate obaidullah Shadikhel brought Ayla’s credentials to the court’s notice. AYLA TO CHALLENGE INELIGIBILITY: Meanwhile, Ayla Malik has decided to challenge her disqualification in the high court. In a statement, Ayla Malik said that her disqualification is not a de-
PMl-n looking to rub it in NewS ANALySIS NADeeM SyeD The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seems in a mood to go for the overkill in the presidential election in a bid to gain maximum votes, but there are genuine fears in the party’s hierarchy that some of its partners in Sindh might vote against its presidential candidate. The PML-N strategy is understandable. The government is already under fire over charges of manipulating the poll process and depriving other stakeholders of a level playing field. In the Senate on Monday, the troika – the government, ECP and judiciary – came under fire for their conduct in the presidential polls, with PPP’s stalwart Aitzaz Ahsan once again stealing the limelight. It appeared the treasury had no answer to the speeches and arguments given by the Senators from the opposition. The PML-N leadership and strategists feel that by putting up an impressive show in presidential elections, it would neutralise the criticism from the opposition while portraying to the galleries that those who boycotted the election were in fact afraid of the PML-N’s strength in parliament. So efforts are on to leave the PTI candidate way behind in the contest to reflect a mismatch. But some of the PML-N partners are already disturbing its applecart. The PML-F, an important partner of ruling party in Sindh, has distanced itself from the entire process. Pir of Pagaro has expressed his reservations over the PML-N’s presidential candidate. It is an open secret that Ghous Ali Shah is huffing and puffing over the naming of Mam-
noon Hussain. Similarly, other Nationalist parties that have aligned with the PML-N are not entirely happy, as they got nothing after the formation of the government. It is not certain if the nationalist would vote the way the PML-N wishes them to vote. The nationalists are also not happy over the PML-N’s decision to woo the MQM and the emerging relations between the two former allies.In order to compensate for the possible loss in Sindh, the PML-N leaders are trying several things. The PML-Q leaders are bemused over the PML-N leaders’ attempts to woo its MPs in Balochistan. Similar efforts are underway to break away the members of smaller parties. Some surprises are even in store in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In case some PTI members vote in favour of the PML-N candidate, it would be a real embarrassment for Imran Khan and his team that supported the decision to take part in the elections.A PML-N leader said, “You never know, there can be surprises in Sindh Assembly as well.” In Punjab, it is going to be a smooth sailing for the PML-N candidate. The Punjab Assembly, like other provincial assemblies has 65 votes. It is expected that the PML-N will get at least 55 votes or more. In the house of 371, 352 members will cast vote. PTI’s Wajihuddin is likely to get only 26 votes with its total strength of 26 members. The PPP with its six members and PML-Q with nine will stay away from the election following the boycott of poll. The polling will start at 10am and end at 3pm. on Monday, PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain hosted an Iftar dinner at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to make a last-minute appeal to the parliamentary party to vote for him. Addressing the MPAs, he underlined his achievements for the party.
cision against herself but it was a conspiracy against the people of the constituency. She said that the election tribunal disqualified all the candidate from the constituency but kept the membership of PML-N’s Ubaid Ullah Shadikhel intact. “on my application, the election tribunal sought the record against Shadikhel from NAB , but no reply was received, which proves that some powerful elements want to sideline PTI, but the party would continue its fight against those exploiting forces and never let the ground open for them,” she added. PTI NOMINATES WAHEEd FOR NA-71 BY-POLL: After Ayla Malik’s ineligibility, the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) has nominated Malik Waheed to contest by-polls on Imran Khan’s vacant seat from Mianwali.
PPP urges IMran Khan To boycoTT PresIdenTIal Polls ISLAMABAd: PPP Chairman Amin Fahim on Monday urged PTI Chairman Imran Khan to reconsider his party’s decision of taking part in the upcoming presidential elections. Talking to reporters after attending a meeting of the PPP’s parliamentary party, Fahim said, “Imran Khan should hit a last-ball six and boycott the presidential polls.” He was of the view that the date of the presidential polls was changed to facilitate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was to later fly to Saudi Arabia. “Although the PPP will attend the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate, it will completely boycott the proceedings wearing black armbands,” he announced. Senior PPP leader Raza Rabbani said the Election Commission of Pakistan was empowered, but it gave up its authority by inviting in the judiciary. “How can a powerless ECP hold free and fair elections?” he asked. The PPP also staged a walkout from the National Assembly session on Monday. Fahim added the PPP would not boycott the polls if the date was changed back to what it was, August 6. INP
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NEWS Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
Militants attack central jail in dI Khan
ILITANTS in police uniform, in an apparent attempt to free terrorist inmates, attacked Central Jail in Dera Ismail Khan late on Monday and were locked in a gunfight with police and security forces when this report was made at 1.45am, as around 25 explosions were heard and a policeman among at least four people injured. Security and law enforcement agencies with the help of Pakistan Army had cordoned off the prison and an operation was ongoing. There are around 250 militants belonging to different terrorist outfits believed to be currently held in the prison. The prison, in the central town of Dera Ismail Khan, houses Taliban and militants from banned sectarian groups. The gunmen launched their attack with a series of heavy explosions before firing rocket propelled grenades and machine guns, district police chief Sohail Khalid said. The attack began with a huge explosion and several smaller blasts before security forces engaged the attackers. An intelligence official said the militants were shouting ‘’God is great’’ and ‘’Long live the Taliban.’’ The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to reporters. A local resident, Sharafat Khan, said the blast was so strong that it rattled neighbourhood houses. This not the first instance when militants have attempted to free their captive associates in Pakistan. Nearly 400 prisoners including militants had escaped on Aril 15, 2012 from Bannu Jail after an attack by insurgents armed with guns, grenades and rockets. MONITORING DESK
drone strikes cast ‘negative impact’ on relationship with us: Pakistan ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
AKISTAN has once again strongly denounced the CIA-led drone campaign in the tribal areas of Pakistan on Monday, warning that such unilateral strikes cast a ‘negative impact’ on efforts to forge a cooperative relationship with the US. The condemnation from the Foreign Ministry came in response to the latest drone strike in Shawal Area of North Waziristan Agency on Sunday. “These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes,” the statement said. It recalled that the Government of Pakistan had consistently maintained that drone strikes were counter-productive, entail a loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. “Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in inter-state relations,” the foreign ministry spokesperson said. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry maintained that such drone strikes “have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative re-
lationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region.” The latest drone attack was the forth since the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government took charge following the May 11 parliamentary elections. A recent report in the Washington Post suggested that the United States had drastically scaled back the number of drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and had limited strikes to high-value targets in response to growing criticism of the program in the country. Those actions appear to have temporarily appeased Pakistani officials, who publicly oppose the covert CIA strikes, US offi-
cials said. But some officials were still worried about a pushback from Pakistan’s new civilian leaders, who took power in June with a strong stance on ending the attacks altogether. The future of the drone program is likely to be a key item on the agenda during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Pakistan, which is expected soon. only 16 drone strikes have taken place in Pakistan so far this year, compared with a peak of 122 in 2010, 73 in 2011 and 48 in 2012, according to the New America Foundation, a US-based think tank. The CIA has been instructed to be more cautious with its at-
Two Kiwi climbers go missing while attempting to scale K-2 SKARDU ONLINE
Two New Zealanders, who had come to Pakistan on a mountaineering expedition, were reported missing on Sunday, confirmed an official of the Alpine Club of Pakistan. Martin Walter Schmidt and Denali Walter Schmidt went missing on the afternoon of July 28 while on an expedition to scale the world’s second highest mountain, K-2. Martin along with his son Denali had successfully reached Camp III at 7,400 metres on July 25 even though the rest of the climbers had decided to descend the peak. The accompanying Sherpas had turned back because of adverse weather conditions and the threat of being hit by an avalanche. Ava-
Indian troops kill one more Kashmiri youth in Kupwara ISLAMABAD: Indian troops martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Keran area of Kupwara District in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Monday. Moreover, over a dozen people were injured in violent actions of the Indian police and paramilitary forces against protesters in Hajin area of Bandipore district. Scores of people, mainly youth, took to the streets in Hajin on Sunday after news spread that the puppet Kashmir Education Minister Mohammad Akbar Lone was visiting Sudnara and Mokdanyar areas of the district. Protesters chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The Indian forces turned violent against the protesters, injuring many. APP
6 killed as Fc vehicle plunges into ravine PeSHAwAR: At least six Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed as their vehicle plunged into a ravine near Tank’s Gomal Zam, security official said. The vehicle was commuting from Wana to Tank when it skidded while taking a turn and plunged into ravine near Gomal Zam Dam, killing the six FC personnel onboard, the official added. The official said that security forces later shifted the bodies to Fort Murtuza FC and that the accident was attributed to over speeding. APP
Two Pakistanis killed in saudi traffic accident JeDDAH: Two Pakistanis were killed in a roadside accident on Monday in Riyadh. According to details, the incident took place in Riyadh where two Pakistanis travelling a telecom company car met an accident and were resultantly killed. One Pakistani, Abuzar, was from Karachi while the second, Naeem Khan, was from Ajmeera‘s Batgram area. The dead bodies would be transported to Pakistan for burial. ONLINE
tacks, limiting them to high-value targets and dropping the practice of so-called ”signature strikes” — hitting larger groups of suspected militants based purely on their behaviour, such as being armed and meeting with known militants, said a current US intelligence official and a former intelligence official briefed on the drone program. The US policy of drones has been the major source of antiAmerican sentiments in Pakistan while Washington considers the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as key anti-terror tool to eliminate socalled high value targets associated with al-Qaeda from the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.
lanches had reportedly struck Camp IV, present at 8000 metres. on the afternoon of July 26, base camp group leader Australian Christopher Mellor Madden Warner lost contact with the Kiwi mountaineers. A Nepali Sherpa, who was sent to Camp III a day later to ascertain the location of the Kiwi mountaineers, reported on July 28 that they were nowhere to be seen in the Camp III tent. He said the tent showed signs of having been hit by an avalanche. However, the mountaineer’s ice axes and crampons were found intact. Search for the missing mountaineers is set to start today (Monday) with assistance from the base camp. Martin and Denali were on a mission to summit K-2 after successfully climbing Broad Peak two weeks earlier.
AGP to appear before court in Musharraf ineligibility case ISLAMABAD ONLINE
CHINIOT: A female passenger travels alongside a calf on a motorcycle rickshaw on Monday. INP
PPP to back ANP in by-polls PeSHAWAR APP
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Monday announced the withdrawal of three of its candidates from the upcoming by-elections from NA1, NA-5 and Mardan’s PK-23 after forging an electoral alliance with the Awami National Party (ANP). PPP’s Former Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan, City President
and NA-1’s Candidate Zulfikar Afghani, ANP’s Candidate Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and others were also present at the occasion. Afghani said that the ANP would fully support the PPP in the presidential polls and thus the PPP were withdrawing their candidates in favour of the ANP, but had no alliance with Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazal (JUI-F). Furthermore, he said that
both parties would form committees at union council, tehsil and constituency levels for the upcoming local bodies’ elections. He added that both parties would jointly contest elections in the future. Bilour said that in past they had carried joint movements, saying that victory in the elections would be a collective victory for all liberal political parties.
The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a notice to the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) to appear before the court in a case pertaining to former president Pervez Musharraf’s lifetime ineligibility for contesting elections. A two-member-bench headed by Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani heard the case on Monday. Musharraf’s counsel Qamar Afzal said the high court had surpassed its powers in declaring Musharraf ineligible to contest elections for life. Upon the request of the petitioner to form a larger bench to hear the case, Justice Usmani asked how could that benefit Musharraf? Afzal replied the SC had given a decision in the Nawaz Sharif case that lifetime ineligibility could not be established in any matter. “The high court had declared lifetime ineligibility in
the treason case,” said Justice Usmani. Afzal, however, said a trial under Article 6 could not be carried out until after proper investigation. But Justice Usmani replied “the trial will be carried out, as facts are evident”. Afzal insisted Musharraf could not be declared ineligible on the basis of mere assumption. The court later adjourned the case for a week. It also referred the case to the chief justice upon the petitioner’s request for formation of a larger bench.
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If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do. — Hermann Hesse
local government bill spurs opposition’s outcry
LAHORE Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
OPPOSITION TERMS BILL AGAINST SPIRIT OF CONSTITUTION, SAYS GOVT BACKTRACKING ON PROMISES MADE IN THE COD, DEMAND POPULATION BASED DELIMITATION AND CONTINUATION OF UNION COUNCIL SYSTEM
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P P o S I TI o N in Punjab Assembly claimed that the new Local Government Bill would not deliver to the people, and declared it unconstitutional. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s members criticised the proposed law to elect a majority of members of the local district governments through an indirect election-cum-selection, which they claimed would increase corruption and horsetrading. They also raised the issue of delimitation on the basis of population censuses because the last census was held in 1998 and the country’s population had exponentially increased since then. They demanded the government to hold delimitation on the basis of population rather than on a territorial basis. They said that the authority of finances and the replacement of district government heads had been given to the provincial government which was a flawed policy. The opposition demanded to continue the Union Council system in the local governments and an end to the division of rural and urban areas. They also said that the government was not giving 33 percent seats to women in the local bodies while the seats for minorities had also been reduced from 150 to 10 in the Lahore district which was unfair. The general debate on the Punjab Local Government Bill to adopt a new system of devolution of power in the province started in the Punjab Assembly on Monday. The debate would continue for more than four days.
In the debate the opposition benches termed the bill as against the spirit of Article 140-A, and 32 of the Pakistani constitution and additionally, against the Article 10, 29, and 30 of the Charter of Democracy singed by Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. While the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government ensured the members of the provincial assembly that the Bill would accommodate all their positive suggestions. on Monday, the session started one hour and 14 minutes later than its scheduled time of 10am. Deputy Speaker Sher Ali Gorchani chaired the session. The general debate on the bill continued for more than four hours. opening the debate, Provincial Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu highlighted some features of the bill and said that his government had recommended the provincial finance commission for the accountability in the district governments, and additionally, two authorities related to district education and district health had also been proposed in the bill. He also informed the house that reports of the district government would be presented in the house after passing this bill. The metropolitan corporations, municipal corporations and other bodies in urban and rural areas would be constituted on the basis of population, he added. While addressing the house, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah pressed his colleagues, especially the opposition members, to hold a debate on the matter of either holding the elections of local governments on a political basis or not as well as the issue of urban and rural division in the new system.
PTI members Mian Aslam Iqbal, Dr Murad Ras, Arif Abbasi and Sadia Sohail said that under the Article 140-A and 32 of the constitution it had been cleared that the local governments would be formed on a political basis. They added that in the bill however, such a point was not mentioned which was against the spirit of the constitution. They criticised the PML-N leadership that the latter had forgotten the promises they made in the Charter of Democracy (CoD), in which they were committed to democracy and to the devolution of powers at grassroots level through local governments. They criticised dividing the local governments into two portions of rural and urban areas saying that such divided system would not deliver to the masses.
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Siddique said that the government should not consider the local governments’ system of 2001 as a system given by a dictator, but should instead take the positive developments from it. He said that the Supreme Court had directed the provincial governments to constitute local body laws for overcoming terrorism in the country. While addressing the house, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Shahabuddin Khan said that the PML-N government was not only going against the spirit of the constitution but it was also violating its own promises made in the CoD in 2006 for constituting local governments on a political party basis. Some other members like PML-N’s Shabina Zikriya Butt, Elyas Chinioti, Pakistan Muslim League- Quaid (PMLQ)’s Waqqas Hassan Moakal, Mazhar Abbas Raan, Malik Mohammad Ali Khokhar, Haji Khalid Saeed and Elyas Insari also spoke at the occasion. Later, the chair adjourned the session till 10am on Wednesday, announcing that the polls for electing the new Pakistani President would be held on Tuesday and the Punjab Assembly Chamber would be used as polling station. He announced that the Lahore High Court Chief Justice of Umar Ata Bandial would hold the election as a presiding officer, and that polling would commence from 10am till 3pm. He added that all the Punjab assembly members were eligible to cast their votes after showing their identity to the presiding office.
A HEFTY RS 25B LDA BUDGET APPROVED ARound Rs 14.4 billion AlloCAted foR development
Rs 500 million set Aside foR the ldA City
fiRe sAfety, seCuRity equipments foR ldA’s building to Cost Rs 25m
LAHORe STAFF REPORT
Lahore Development Authority (LDA)’s governing body on Monday approved the annual budget of the authority and its subordinate agencies; Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and Traffic Engineering Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) for the fiscal year 2013-14. The total resources of the LDA, WASA and TEPA were estimated at Rs 25.046 billion with an approximate expenditure of Rs 25.043 billion out of which Rs 14.401 billion were earmarked for development works. LDA Chairman and District Coordination officer Nasim Sadiq chaired the budget meeting which was attended by LDA Director General Khan Cheema, WASA Managing Director Dr Javed Iqbal, TEPA Chief Engineer Saeed Akhter, LDA Chief Engineer Asrar Saeed, LDA Finance Director Zaheer Asghar Rana, TEPA Administration and Finance Director Chaudhary Aftab Majeed, WASA Finance Director Naheed Gul Baloch, representatives of provincial local government, Housing, P&D and Finance departments and administrators of the nine constituent towns of the city. URBAN dEVELOPMENT BUdGET: LDA Urban Development Wing’s (UD Wing) total resources for fiscal year 2013-14 were estimated at Rs 11.567 billion against the expected expenditures of Rs 11.543 billion. This amount would also include a development expenditure of Rs 9.105 billion.
out of Rs 2.6 billion for LDA’s housing schemes, Rs 1,100 million would be spent on the development of necessary infrastructure in housing schemes for government employees in LDA Avenue-1. The construction of a road network, a main trunk sewer from Expo Centre to Satukatla Drain, a grid station, water supply and sewerage network at the Johar Town’s Finance and Trade Centre would cost Rs 919 million. A
sum of Rs 500 million had been set aside for a new housing scheme, LDA City, in Lahore. Around Rs 1.6 billion had been earmarked in the new budget for the construction of buildings, while Rs 185 million would be spent for starting the construction of new buildings. As much as Rs 250 million would be spent on the construction of a car parking and a commercial plaza in Allama Iqbal Town Moon Market. Fire safety equipments
and CCTV security systems for LDA buildings would cost Rs 25 million while construction of houses for LDA officials at Jubilee Town would cost Rs 60 million. Additionally, Rs 100 million each was allocated for the construction of a community centre at Garden Town and a commercial plaza in Gulberg V. other
development schemes would cost Rs 1.35 billion including Rs 500 million for priority works. A total of Rs 1.14 billion would be spent on the Lahore Roads Rehabilitation Programme (LRRP). Furthermore, the dualisation of a road from Ferozepur Road to Multan Road would cost Rs 1.84 billion out of which Rs 230 million will be spent on the installation of LED lights on various roads of the city. WASA’S BUdGET: The total receipts of WASA were estimated at Rs 9.051 billion in the financial
year 2013-14. Around Rs 2.064 billion will be spent on development schemes. An amount of Rs 261 million was allocated for the construction of the waste water treatment plant at Lahore’s Mahmood Booti while Rs 225 million was reserved for the construction of a waste water treatment plant at Babu Sabu. The replacement of outlived, deeper and inundated water supply lines with HDPE pipes in Lahore’s Gastro Project Phase-II would cost Rs 100 million while the provision of water supply, sewerage and drainage systems in UC 117,118,119 and 120 would cost Rs 50 million. Work on on-going schemes would cost Rs 357.691 million while the establishment of the Punjab Water Sanitation Academy would cost Rs 75 million. The restoration of the original cross section (40 feet) of Satukatla Drain from Ferozepur Road to PECo Road would cost Rs 100 million. WASA has also reserved an amount of Rs 200 million for the purchase of water meters. Furthermore, TEPA would have Rs 4.427 billion at its disposal whereas its expenditures were estimated at Rs 3.511 billion including development works costing Rs 3.23 billion.
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LAHORE Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
He that lives upon hope will die fasting. — Benjamin Franklin
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saad orders check on black-marketing of tickets LAHORe STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Railways (PR) Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique directed the authorities concerned to check the blackmarketing of railways’ tickets. Presiding over a meeting in Lahore, Rafique said that additional police personnel and booking staff would be deployed to facilitate rail commuters. The meeting also decided to introduce more freight trains. The meeting was briefed on the launch of a special operation to clear out encroachments from the railways’ property. over the years a lack of attention, poor policies, increasing expenditures and poor financial controls and 2010’s floods, left the PR with deficits in billions of rupees. on July 27 the PR slashed the fares of all passenger trains by over 45 percent, for three months to attract more passengers, with the exception of the Karakoram Express. The PR also received Rs 1.57 billion to open a Letter of Credit (LC) to import 75 locomotives from China,
Rafique added. Efforts were being made to remove the annual deficit of Rs 35 billion by the end of current financial year, Rafique said. The minister said there was a dispute of Rs 3 billion between the Punjab government and the railways and thanked provincial government for its cooperation and for the payment of Rs 300 million in first tranche. Furthermore, he said that the maintenance cost on each locomotive was $50 which was very low as compared to international standards. one freight train earned approximately Rs 1.15 billion annually and was a major source of revenue for the authority, he added. The management had also decided to run four special trains for Eid to facilitate the passengers to visit their home towns to celebrate the festival with their loved ones, he said. He added that the first train would run from Quetta to Rawalpindi on August 6‚ the 2nd and 3rd on August 7 from Karachi to Lahore, and the 4th from Peshawar to Lahore on August 8.
LAHORE: A divisional bench of the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the federal government to decide the matter of the appointment of the National College of Arts (NCA)’s permanent Principal within 15days. The bench comprising Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders on a petition filed by Dr Murtaza Jafari while hearing the matter at Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry. A law officer earlier informed the bench that the cabinet division selection committee had interviewed five candidates for the post on July 25. He said that the committee would finalise its report within a week and it would be sent to the cabinet. After hearing the law officer’s statement, the bench disposed off the matter. However, the bench allowed the petitioner to approach court if court’s orders were not followed. APP eID NeCeSSITIeS: A craftswoman awaits customers for her bangles at Anarkali. MUrtAZA ALI
PolIce TaKes ITs revenge: Four ‘Taliban’ arrested LAHORe
o U R terrorists responsible for the attack on National Academy for Prisons in Rasul Park in July last year, which killed 10 police wardens and injured 22, were arrested by the police on Monday. Two Kalashnikovs, 50 bullets and four hand grenades were seized from their possession. DIG Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed identified the suspects as Karamat Ali, Zulfiqar Alim, Sohail and Abdul Hafeez who confessed that they belonged to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Al-Qaeda. He said that police arrested them from Minar-e-Pakistan upon receiving information about their arrival. Investigations reveal that the attack on the jail
was planned by Al-Qaeda commander Afzal and executed by Junaid, who also attacked military officials at Chenab River in Gujrat last year. AdVISOR TO CM KILLEd? A woman (60) was allegedly killed by her servant in a house at outfall Road in Islampura Police precincts on Monday. According to some reports, the victim Fehmida was the advisor to the Punjab chief minister. However, a Punjab government spokesman denied Fehmida being the CM’s advisor. Reportedly, the body of the deceased woman was found in her house with a severe head injury. The police have registered a case on the request of the victim’s son and say that further investigations are underway. FIA ARRESTS SEVEN POWER THIEVES: FIA Police arrested seven power thieves from different areas of the city on Monday. The FIA also arrested the owners of two housing societies of the city.
CIA kills 5 in encounter LAHORe STAFF REPORT
The Crime Investigation Agency killed five men in an encounter on Monday in Kahna. According to reports, the CIA Kahna Police raided a factory in Suay Asal Bedian Road for the arrest of criminals. The police exchanged in cross firing with the men at the factory and ended up killing five while two managed to escape. According to CIA Kahna Incharge Rana Haseeb Anjum, the five men were wanted in various cases by the police and had a handsome head money. The police identified the men as Babar alias Babri, Mohsin Iqbal, Tanveer, Irfan and Imran alias Imrani. The police told Pakistan Today that the men were involved in the killing of an elections candidate Ashraf Zahid in 2008 general elections and various other people. IG dISTRIBUTES PRIZES FOR HIGH-LEVEL ARRESTS: Punjab Inspector General (IG) on Monday delivered cash and certificates among police officials in Lahore’s Central Police office for arresting dangerous criminals.
As per details, Punjab IG Khan Baig distributed cash and certificates among police officials in a ceremony in the Central Police office for arresting wanted criminals. He said that the police would not let criminals disturb the peace of the public. The IG distributed Rs 4,050,000 among officers of 11 divisions for arresting 15 dangerous criminals. He also gave certificates to 6 officials for their good performance. Two female officials, Multan DSP Shahida Nasreen received Rs 50,000 while Faisalabad Sub Inspector Farah Waheed received Rs 200,000. Investigation’s Additional IG Cap(R) Muhammad Usman Khatak, Investigation’s SP Waqas Hussan, Admin and Security AIG Sajjad Hussan Manj and PSo to IG Muhammad Ali were also present at the ceremony. Furthermore, Baig said that standard operating procedures would be followed on the Chehlem of Hazrat Ali (RA) on 10th of Muharam. He said that 27,952 officials would be appointed at 778 Majalis and 172 demonstrations across the province on the 21st of Ramadan. He also said that they were finalising the security plan for Jumatulvida, Chandraat and Eid.
dIg sacKs 9 coPs noT FIT For servIce LAHORE: operation’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Muhammad Tahir Rai dismissed four SI’s, one ASI, one HC and three constables during an orderly room. According to details SI Abdul Shammi and SI Muhammad Bashir were dismissed for inefficiency and negligence which resulted in the killings of two individuals during a session court while SI Maqsood Ahmed, SI Saifullah, ASI Muhammad Ashraf , Head Constable Shahab-ud-din, Constable Muhammad Nadeem, Constable Nazir Hussain and Constable Abdul Waheed were dismissed for failure to formulate foolproof security arrangements due to which eight under-trial prisoners escaped from police custody from Lahore’s District Court. Rai said that no one was above the law and that inefficiency and negligence would not be tolerated at any cost. STAFF REPORT
she Was raPed on her Way bacK FroM a shrIne LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday took notice of the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl. Nankana Sahib District and Sessions Judge has been directed to probe the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his comments. The girl, a resident of Syedwala Town, was returning home from a nearby shrine with her cousin when Rao Asif alias Kaka, Rai Saqlain and Rana Waheed assaulted her and took her to a deserted place where they raped her for two hours. The victim’s father alleged that police was equally involved in this as he tried to lodge a complaint which was finally registered after a delay of five days against two culprits, omitting the name of Waheed. The medical examination of the victim was done after a week to destroy evidence and while ASI Saifullah was protecting the accused and humiliating the family, he said. The LHC Complaint Cell taking notice of the incident directed the District and Sessions judge to look into the matter and submit a report within one week. APP
Muslims throng mosques for Aitekaf LAHORe STAFF REPORT
Thousands of devout Muslims will observe Aitekaf from Tuesday at various mosques in the city to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in prayers to appease the Almighty. Administrations of mosques have made arrangements to facilitate these individuals. All is set for Minhaj-ul-Quran
International’s Aitekaf City to be established from today onwards in Township’s Jamia Al-Minhaj. Thousands of men and women from across the country will become residents of Aitekaf City from the Ramadan 20 till the sighting of the moon in the company of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. Hundreds of people have started to arrive from abroad to take part in this annual activity. The final meeting of over 100
administrative committees was held under the chairmanship of Sheikh Zahid Fayyaz at the Aitekaf City on Sunday. Aitekaf Secretary Jawad Hamid gave a detailed briefing regarding the preparations for the mega event. Hamid briefed the meeting on the arrangements made to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted supply of water and electricity and the provision of Sehri and Iftar. Minhaj Welfare Foundation Director
Amjad Shah briefed the meeting on the round-the-clock availability of medical facilities during the ten days which included ambulances and teams of doctors. Fayyaz gave instructions to the committees concerned regarding the smooth performance of rituals, foolproof security arrangements and the division of the Aitekaf City into different blocks for effective administration and facilitation of the residents.
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car bombs kill at least 48 in Iraq BAGHDAD
AR bombs mainly targeting Shia-majority areas of Iraq killed at least 48 people on Monday, security and medical officials said, taking the July death toll to more than 780. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources – a surge in unrest that the Iraqi government has so far failed to stem. on Monday, 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of Baghdad, seven of them Shia-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah to the south of the capital. Two more car bombs exploded in Kut, while two hit Samawa and another detonated in Basra, all south of Baghdad. The attacks wounded at least 226 people. one of the Baghdad bombings struck near a place where day labourers wait for work in the overwhelmingly Shia northern area of Sadr City, killing five people and wounding 17. Debris, including what appeared to be the remains of the vehicle that held the explosives, covered the street around the seat of the blast, an AFP journalist reported. The explosion also caused heavy damage to shops in the area, and the force of the blast smashed a white minibus, throwing it on its side. The Monday violence came a day after attacks killed 14 people, among them nine Kurdish police who died in a sui-
cide bombing in the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu. Militants have carried out two highly coordinated operations in recent days, highlighting both their growing reach and the rapidly declining security situation. Late on Wednesday, some 150 militants attacked the northern town of Sulaiman Bek, drawing security forces away from the main highway in the area. About 40 militants then broke off, set up a checkpoint on the highway, and executed 14 Shia truck drivers. The highway killings were reminiscent of the darkest days of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq in 2006-2007, when thousands of people were killed because of their religious affiliation or forced to abandon their homes under threat of death. Lingering tensions between Sunnis and Shias have been inflamed by persistent violence in Iraq and the civil war in neighbouring Syria, and there are growing fears that the country is slipping back towards all-out sectarian conflict. And on the night of July 21, militants launched brazen assaults on Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons, sparking clashes that lasted for some 10 hours. At least 500 prisoners, including senior Al-Qaeda members, escaped during the unrest, while at least 20 security forces members and 21 inmates were killed. Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among members of its Sunni Arab minority that the government has failed to address has fuelled the surge this year.
ITALIAN BUS CRASH KILLS 39
roadside bomb kills nine in afghanistan KABUL AGENCIES
MONTeFORTe IRPINO AGENCIES
Thirty-nine people were killed and around 10 injured when a bus plunged off a viaduct in southern Italy in what Prime Minister Enrico Letta described on Monday as a huge tragedy. Initial reports suggested that the coach was travelling at speed and had hit four or five cars before crashing over the roadside barriers on a stretch of road near Monteforte Irpino, east of Naples, on Sunday night. There were around 50 people on board, including many children. It was one of the worst road accidents in Italy’s history, and the second transport disaster to hit southern Europe in the space of five days. Seventy-nine people were killed when a highspeed train derailed in the Spanish pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday. Letta, on an official visit to Athens, canceled a private visit to the historic Acropolis before meetings with his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras. “It is a very sad day for Italy, what happened last night. There are no words for it,” he told reporters. “It is a huge tragedy.” A statement from motorway operator Autostrade per l’Italia said the coach appeared to have been travelling fast in the vicinity of slower-moving traffic, even though the lower speed had been clearly indicated.
A roadside bomb blamed on the Taliban tore through a police vehicle in southern Afghanistan at the weekend, killing nine people and wounding 15, officials said on Monday. The bombing took place late Sunday in the Shahjoy district of Zabul province, on the main KabulKandahar road which is a hotspot of the Taliban insurgency. The attack killed three police including a commander and six civilians, Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, the Zabul deputy governor, told AFP. Fifteen other people, most of them civilian bystanders, were wounded in the attack. Jawed Faisal, head of the Kandahar Media office in the neighbouring province, blamed the attack on the Taliban. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the insurgents have frequently used roadside bombs to target Afghans and international troops since their fall from power following a US-led invasion in 2001. Afghan forces have formally taken over responsibility for security from USled NATo troops who are due to leave the country next year. But there are concerns about their ability to withstand the Taliban unaided.
China military puts best foot forward, plays down tensions LINTONG AGENCIES
With handshakes and smiles, China’s military put its best foot forward on Monday as it opened a secretive base to a rare visit by journalists, in an effort to allay Asia’s growing fears about the country’s strategic intentions. China has advertised its military ambitions with displays of new hardware, from its first test flight of a stealth fighter jet in early 2011 to its launch of a fledgling aircraft carrier - both technologies that need further years of development. The moves come as China jangles nerves in Asia and the United States with increasingly bold moves to assert territorial claims in the East and South China Seas. But on an annual trip to a Chinese military base -- this year, for the first time, one outside of Beijing -- officers were at pains to show they had nothing to hide and the world had nothing to fear. “The Chinese people and the People’s Liberation Army are peace loving,” said Chen Xifeng, the gruff commander of the base in Lintong, which is close to the northern tomb where the famed Terracotta Warriors were discovered. “China does have territorial disputes with some neighbors but the government and military are quite restrained in dealing with them,” Chen, whose base houses an air defense brigade, told reporters. “As soldiers, we are happy to see the development of our military, but we love peace even more.” The base is grouped under the Lanzhou Military Region, one of China’s seven military regions, and is strategically important because the restive far western region of Xinjiang falls within its boundaries. Xinjiang itself borders Central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Chen’s base is also home to a detach-
ment of advanced HQ-7B short-range anti-aircraft missiles, though they were not put in front of the cameras as they were off-base at a training exercise, the commander said. Instead, ageing anti-aircraft cannons dating from the 1960s were brought out, along with a slightly more modern version, and soldiers chatted amiably about their equipment and why they joined the army as they posed for pictures. “It was always my dream to join up. I’ve always loved my country and wanted to help defend it,” said Hu Dan, 32, sweating under his tightly fitted helmet in the afternoon heat. Hu, from the eastern province of Jiangsu, became a soldier when he was just 18. Spending on the People’s Liberation Army will rise 10.7 percent to 740.6 billion yuan ($120 billion) this year, a number many governments and analysts say is not representative of the country’s true defense outlays. More sensitive questions were studiously swatted away on the carefully organized visit. Geng Yansheng, the Chinese military’s official spokesman who often appears in state media issuing missives on everything from relations with Japan to military spending, refused to talk about anything besides the day’s activities.
ARMY SEALS OFF TUNIS SQUARE AFTER RIVAL PROTESTERS CLASH TUNIS AGENCIES
The Tunisian army blocked off a square where rival protesters had confronted each other in Tunis on Monday, declaring it a “closed military zone” to try to stave off rising unrest. Tensions have been growing over opposition efforts to oust the Islamist-led government following last week’s assassination of a leftist politician, the second such killing in six months. After protesters clashed early on Monday in the capital’s central Bardo square, where Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly is located, the army sealed it off with barbed wire and fencing. In the southern city of Sidi
Bouzid, angry protesters tried to storm municipal offices to stop employees from going to work, residents said, sparking clashes with supporters of the Islamist Ennahda party, which leads the transitional government. The army intervened to protect the offices and police fired tear gas, but residents said thousands of demonstrators were still gathering in the southern city, the cradle of the revolt that overthrew President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. “Now many of the protesters are coming in carrying batons and it looks like the situation is going to escalate because both sides are standing firm,” one resident, Mahdi al-Hurshani, told Reuters by telephone. Tunisians fear they may be plunging into one of the worst crises in their political transition since Ben Ali was forced to flee by an upris-
ing that inspired unrest across the Arab world. opposition leaders say they might set up a rival “salvation government”, an idea they will discuss later on Monday. The secular opposition, emboldened by the Egyptian army’s ousting of an Islamist president this month, is now rejecting all concessions and reconciliation efforts by the government. The unrest has erupted just weeks before the transitional Constituent Assembly was set to complete a draft of a new constitution. The opposition now demands that the 217-member body be dissolved. Seventy lawmakers have left it and set up a sit-in outside the Assembly offices in Bardo square. FRANCE URGES RESTRAINT: Cabinet ministers will have an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the po-
litical crisis, an official said, and a message from the prime minister to the nation is expected soon. France called for restraint and said it was worried by events in Tunisia, where it was once the colonial power, urging the authorities to ensure an open transition to democracy. “(France) supports the transition process under way in solidarity with all of the Tunisian people,” said a foreign ministry statement. “It urges the Tunisian authorities to see this transition through to the end, in a spirit of dialogue and respect for the roadmap.” The army fenced off Bardo square after rival protesters threw rocks at each other and police dispersed them. opposition sources said security forces beat one of the lawmakers who had quit the Constituent Assembly. He was taken to hospital.
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sc Moved agaInsT ‘rs 2.81b corruPTIon’ In MoI ISLAMABAD ONLINE
DeRA GHAZI KHAN: A rescue personnel helps a flood-affected boy get off a boat in Jhoke Atra on Monday. ONLINE
sc gives govt 15 days to amend FsT act ISLAMABAd: The Supreme Court (SC) gave a 15 day deadline to the federal government for executing amendments in 1973’s Federal Services Tribunal (FST) Act otherwise these FST’s would stand ineffective. on Monday a three-member bench of the SC chaired by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry held the hearing of the case. Justice Jawad S Khawaja said that the court had given a time period to the government thrice but the amendment was never brought in and the government was not acting upon the orders of the court. The use ordinances were passed within an hour but the government was not paying attention towards such important issues, he added. Additional Advocate General Shah Khalid told the SC that the water and power secretary had charge of the law ministry but he was currently in a meeting and thus could not be contacted. The applicant Shoaib Shaheen told the court that the provinces had submitted their reports to the apex court by bringing amendments in the FST law. He said that the time for amending the law had finished. Iftikhar asked Khalid how the members of the tribunals were working on the extension and he directed the government to put the proposed amendment on the agenda of federal cabinet at the earliest. ONLINE
Zero tolerance for electricity theft: FIa dg ISLAMABAd: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General (DG) Saud Ahmed Mirza said on Monday that zero tolerance would be shown towards those involved in electricity theft. Chairing a high-level meeting of the FIA officials and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) distribution companies (DISCos, Mirza said a special FIA team had been constituted on the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to lead a campaign against power theft. He said the campaign was for a national cause and everybody should participate in it. The FIA DG said nobody was above the law and electricity thieves would be dealt with an iron hand. He said the government’s stance was very clear on this issue. He appealed to the citizens to cooperate and inform the FIA team about any person involved in electricity theft. “The FIA has advertised lists of names and telephone numbers of officials who can be contacted for action against power thieves,” he added. APP
sc says no compromise to be made on corruption ISLAMABAD
HIEF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday remarked that no compromise on corruption had been made earlier nor would it be made in the future. He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of corrupt practices in construction of new Islamabad airport on Monday. CJP observed, “Everyday new cases are coming out in the open with reference to corruption. We want transparency ensured in all matters. Corruption will not be tolerated. Time has come for transparency to be taken into consideration in every matter. Much has been done with the country and it is
better that more experiments are not done.” The petitioner, Asif Fasihuddin Virdig, argued during the course of hearing that preliminary estimate of airport construction project was worked out at Rs 37 billion, which had now swelled to Rs 90 billion. “The Civil Aviation DG misused his powers,” he said The CJP said the court had never tolerated corruption and malpractices earlier and would not do so in the future as well. Iftikhar Gilani, counsel for federation, argued that the office against which the petition had been filed stood abolished. Justice Jawad S Khawaja asked for the summary in respect of appointment of DG. Shah Khawar read out the summary regarding the matter. Justice Jawad remarked, “Temporary appointment is something else, while no one being appointed to the post is another. Summary
is showing that.” Shah said, “The prime minister makes such appointments and no advertisement is required for such posts. The federal government makes temporary appointments.” To this, the CJP asked Shah how many things could the court ignore. Iftikhar Gilani said “His name came from Kamra. His services were appreciated when JF-17 Thunder was developed in collaboration with China.” Justice Jawad remarked, “Qualification of others will also have to be seen. Someone dreamt one thing and the appointment was made. We are not looking into advertisement matter for the time being.” The CJ said an authentic summary of the appointment should have been sent, but the “summary was sent over telephonic talk”. Justice Jawad added that principles should not be compromised in connection with appointment of anyone.
The Supreme Court (SC) was on Monday moved against alleged corruption of Rs 2.81 billion in the Interior Ministry. A petition, in which the Interior Ministry, former interior minister Rehman Malik, the sitting interior minister, former and sitting interior secretaries, the finance secretary, the FIA DG and the NAB chairman were made respondents, was filed in the SC on Monday. The petitioner, Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi, took the plea that the Interior Ministry had made payments in advance to the tune of Rs 68 million under the head of ICT in police reforms structure project and Rs 370 million in law enforcement reforms training but no record with regard to their adjustment was available. The petition said the Peshawar frontier headquarters inspector general made a payment of Rs 150 million to injured jawans but no record was available in this respect either. It added the Balochistan FC inspector general had purchased several vehicles worth Rs 570 million with the approval of the Finance Ministry. A sum of Rs 140 million was deducted from the salaries of the jawans in the name of Scouts Saving Scheme and medical without approval from any competent authority. “Illegal payment of Rs 210 million was made on account of salary to the army men deployed in private companies. Seventeen FC platoons were deployed for security of various public companies. The Islamabad Police made a payment of Rs 550 million to all its employees within 20 days under the head of monthly daily fixed allowance despite merger of amount of increased allowance of operational staff under the orders of prime minister.” “A loss to the tune of Rs 15.2 million had been caused to the department through illegal appointment of sweeper, washer man at the residences of ICT officers,” the petitioner said. The petitioner requested the court to order investigations into all these matters.
BhC says govt uninterested in Bugti murder case QUeTTA ONLINE
The Balochistan High Court (BHC) expressed its annoyance over the government’s lack of interest in the Akbar Bugti murder case. The court took up a plea to transfer the case to Islamabad. BHC Chief Justive Qazi Faez Essa heard the case in which the advocate general requested more time for its preparation. The court was annoyed over this and said that the provincial government was disinterested in the Akbar Bugti murder case.The plea was not even signed by the chief secretary, the court indicated. Essa remarked that the Balochistani government should communicate its stance on the transfer of this case to Islamabad and facilitate the court on the issue. Essa was irked at the additional prosecutor general for failing to submit a reply on the matter. The petition’s hearing was subsequently adjourned to August 24. The request regarding the transfer of the case was made earlier by the Balochistan police. Balochistan nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti was killed in a cave on 26th August 2006 during a military crackdown ordered by the President and Army Chief at the time Pervez Musharraf.
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angry Mob ransacKs bannu Pesco oFFIce PeSHAWAR ONLINE
Treasury members voice people’s resentment over KP power cuts PeSHAWAR
Hundreds of people ransacked the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCo) office in Bannu and destroyed its record in protest against prolonged power outages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Monday. The people started their protest early in the morning on Dera Ismail Khan Road, but none of the officials concerned turned up to hold talks with them even after several hours. Later they stormed the PESCo office and torched the office record, three vehicles and four motorcycles. The protesters demanded an immediate end to unscheduled load shedding. Security officials arrived at the scene and resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protesters. The current demand for electricity in Pakistan stands at 17,861 megawatts whilst the current supply is 14,317 MW.
HE Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) members in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly lashed out against the federal government and Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on Monday over prolonged, frequent power cuts, mirroring the unrest and resentment amongst people throughout KP. “The federal government and WAPDA are just for defaming the PTIled coalition government,” remarked a number of PTI members, including provincial ministers and advisers to the chief minister on a point of order.
The issue of frequent and prolonged electricity load shedding was raised in the August House by Adviser to Chief Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani when the opposition walked out of the House. During the special session of the KP Assembly held in connection with the upcoming presidential elections, Jamiat Ulema-e Islam’s Lutfur Rehman on a point of order strongly protested over the appointment of the District Development Advisory Committees chairmen. He said the opposition was not consulted nor were its members of the Provinicial Assembly (MPAs) posted against such posts. Rehman said the government had appointed those female MPAs who were selected not elected, to represent the rul-
ing party in the House. He was supported by Pakistan People’s Party leader Syed Muhammad Ali Shah and Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha. They also walked out from the House but were later brought back by MPAs from the treasury benches. Amidst the opposition’s boycott on the issue of DDAC chairmen’s appointment, Ghani diverted the attention of the House towards a violent protest at Bannu where angry protesters ransacked a Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCo) office. He said that hours-long load shedding, frequent power breakdowns and trippings were common all over KP, making the peoples’ lives miserable. He was backed by other PTI MPAs from different parts of the province.
Public Health Engineering Minister Shah Farman termed the prolonged and frequent power cuts as a conspiracy against the PTI-led coalition government. Many PTI MPAs insisted on the formation of a House Special Committee for discussing the issue of prolonged and frequent power breakdowns. Public Health Minister Shah Farman said it was now time for the KP chief minister to fulfill his promise to stage a protest against power load shedding. He said the ministers were ready to lead the protest demonstrations. The PTI MPAs have threatened to protest against their own party’s government in this respect. The discussion on the issue, however, terminated without reaching a logical conclusion.
aFghan consulaTe oFFIcIal goes MIssIng In QueTTa QUeTTA ONLINE
An official of the consulate of Afghanistan in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province has gone missing last week, police said on Monday. According to media reports, an official at the Satellite Town police station, in whose jurisdiction the Afghan consulate is located, said Afghan national Muhammad Hashim who worked in the passport section of the consulate went missing since July 25. “Siddiqullah, the son of the missing Afghan official, has lodged an FIR in our station,” police official Sardar Shah said. Afghan Consul General Ghullam Muhammad Bahadur said his consulate was in close contact with the Pakistan government to recover Hashim. “We lost contact with him since last Tuesday and we have received no calls from him nor his family nor any calls for ransom demands,” he said. Police said kidnappings for ransom were on the up in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.
BANNU: Vehicles of the Peshawar electricity Supply Company were damaged after angry protesters attacked the power distributing company’s office on Monday in protest against excessive and unannounced load shedding in the area. ONLINE
some questions the prime minister needs to answer NewS ANALySIS RAOOF HASAN The renowned journalist owen-Bennett Jones has published a bold and brave investigative report on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and its Quaid, Altaf Hussain in the Guardian of July 29. This is the same report that, after releasing the film on the MQM, the BBC had refused to publish online. Aptly Titled “Altaf Hussain, the notorious MQM leader who swapped Pakistan for London”, some excerpts from the piece make for startling reading. The story claims that there were a total number of seventy-two cases registered against Altaf Hussain including thirty-one allegations of murder which were dropped upon the promulgation of the National Reconciliation ordinance (NRo) by General Musharraf. The MQM chief is also accused of using his speeches from London for inciting violence in Pakistan with threats hurled at anchorpersons, journalists, landowners and businessmen. one such statement threatens: “If you don’t stop the lies and false allegations that damage our party’s reputation, then don’t
blame me, Altaf Hussain, or the MQM if you get killed by any of my millions of supporters.”In a startling revelation, the report states that “on two occasions British judges have found that the MQM is a violent organisation.” The report also mentions the recovery of £ 400,000 from the MQM’s Edgware office and Altaf Hussain’s house in Mill Hill. About the prospect of success of the investigation, owen claims:“Their investigation, however’ is complicated by the fact that the MQM has supporters deep within the Pakistani state who want to protect it, and more cynical actors such as Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the ISI, which want to control it”. The report also makes a mention of the letter written by Altaf Hussain to the British prime minister Tony Blair in which he had offered his services for staging demonstrations in Karachi comprising hundreds of thousands of people, sharing human intelligence and providing select groups to penetrate Afghanistan in the form of aid workers to enhance Western agencies’ intelligence information capabilities. The report is a telling indictment of the authorities in Pakistan and the UK and assumes increased importance in the context
of recent political developments in the country. In order to ensure victory of its nominated candidate for the office of the president, the PML-N’s top stalwarts travelled to 90 Azizabad to secure the support of the MQM parliamentarians. This comes after the PML-N had repeatedly and publicly accused the MQM for fanning violence. In fact it was on Nawaz Sharif’s insistence that articles 13 and 14 had been added to the APC Declaration. Article 13 stated that “the APC holds General Musharraf, the Sindh governor, the provincial government and the MQM responsible for the carnage carried out in Karachi on May 12, 2007 and demands an independent judicial enquiry by a judge of the Supreme Court to ascertain and identify the persons involved” while article 14 said that “the APC condemns the recent acts of terrorism in the UK. It further resolves to write a joint memorandum to the UK government for initiating necessary legal proceedings against MQM chief Altaf Hussain for his alleged role in incidents of terrorism in Pakistan”. All this is in addition to Nawaz Sharif’s disclosure that he, as the prime minister, knew that “MQM had murdered Hakim Mohammad Said in Karachi on october 17,
1998”. He further stated that “after the refusal of MQM to surrender the killers, I preferred to sacrifice the provincial government of Liaqat Jatoi instead of making compromises with those who had killed an honourable man like Hakim Said.” It is in this background that PML-N delegation’s visit to 90 Azizabad to secure support for their presidential nominee has to be evaluated, there being some questions that the prime minister need to answer: (1) Do you stick to all the statements that you made about the MQM and Altaf Hussain concerning their involvement in terrorism and murder or those were made merely to secure some political gains? (2) Were articles 13 and 14 inserted in the APC Declaration of 2007 on your insistence and in spite of opposition from others including Benazir Bhutto? (3) Having served in various capacities including the elected prime minister of the country on two occasions, if the statements you made were true and you knew of the role that the MQM and its leader had played in Karachi, why didn’t you proceed against the outfit and its functionar-
ies in accordance with the provisions of law? (4) If you believe that the statements you made on various occasions about the MQM are true, why did you allow your party stalwarts to solicit electoral support for your presidential nominee from the MQM and reportedly also held out an offer to them to join the federal government? These are not small matters. These are serious, in fact grave issues. These concern Pakistan which is neither the prime minister’s personal estate nor that of the MQM and its leader Altaf Hussain. Pakistan belongs to its people who have shed their sweat and blood for it. They seek answers. They seek answers from the leaders who have repeatedly sacrificed Pakistan’s interests at the altar of political survival and financial gains. It is a matter the Chief Justice should take notice of on a priority basis because it concerns the country that has bestowed upon him the unique honour. Now is the time for the SC and its honourable judges to adjudicate by being on the side of Pakistan, without supporting an individual or a group of individuals, no matter how powerful, no matter how strong.
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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. –George Bernard Shaw
COMMENT Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
a bombshell from guardian will the mqm sue the newspaper or accept its charges on Altaf hussain?
The case for decentralising Pakistan's governance why elected governments should not treat local governance with disdain
HE write up by owen Bennett-Jones in The Guardian about Altaf Hussain raises disquieting questions about the way he was given British citizenship, why no notice was taken for years of his provocative speeches delivered from London and why calls by Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan to restrain him fell on deaf ears. The section of the write-up dealing with investigation into Imran Farooq’s murder will hopefully not be ignored by the PML-N government. The British police, we are told, has a clearer understanding now of a conspiracy to kill Imran Farooq. “Their investigation, however, is complicated by the fact that the MQM has supporters deep within the Pakistani state who want to protect it, and more cynical actors such as Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the ISI, which want to control it.” The most damaging part of the write-up deals with the presumed nexus between Altaf Hussain and the British government. Why did British government offer favours to Altaf like issuing a British passport? According to Bennett-Jones, British officials admit off the record that the process by which he obtained nationality was flawed. A decision in January 1999 to grant him indefinite leave to remain in the UK was made as a result of a “clerical error”. The writer links the grant of favour through “clerical error” to a letter written by Altaf Hussain soon after 9/11 to British Prime Minister Tony Blair offering his services and that of his party to bring hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of Karachi denouncing terrorism. Altaf Hussain also reportedly offered to organise human intelligence on the Taliban by setting up a network of fake aid workers in Afghanistan to back-up Western intelligence gathering efforts there. This is much more than the activity for which Dr Afridi was arrested and put behind the bars. Another highly injurious revelation is regarding the benefits provided to the British Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCo) which protects British interests overseas by the MQM’s presence in coalition governments. “From the FCo’s point of view, it’s a great source of access. Right on their doorstep, in London, they have a man with ministers in the Pakistani government.” Britain is a country with strict defamation laws that impose heavy punishments on the offender. It would be reasonable to assume that The Guardian must have verified the facts in the write-up before its publication. The MQM is likely to reject the contents of the article. The real test is whether it takes recourse to a British court or not. If the MQM does not sue The Guardian, to many it would amount to a confession of guilt. Any Pakistani political party desiring to make an alliance with the MQM would do well to advise the ethnic outfit to first get the charges cleared up.
appointing the nab chairman Collapse of the spirit of consensus must be prevented
HE delay in the appointment of the new National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief is becoming more and more an issue. The head of the Pakistan’s key accountability bureau is a post that requires the understanding of both the government and the opposition – and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is not looking all that keen to resolve the issue any time soon. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has come out to claim that the government has not yet invited the leader of the opposition for parleys on the matter. The rules state that the NAB chief must be appointed in consultation with the opposition and the fact that the opposition is raising such fears should be something the government addresses immediately. The Supreme Court has already asked the two parties to hold meaningful consultation on the issue. For now, after the last NAB chairman Admiral (Retd) Fasih Bokhari was removed by the SC on May 28, NAB remains in paralysis. The PML-N government claimed to the SC on June 26 that it had kicked off the consultation on the issue but it has now emerged that the government was not telling the truth. This is a continuation of the bad precedent set in the last PPP government when both retired Justice Syed Deedar Hussain Shah and retired Admiral Fasih Bokhari were sent home by the SC on petitions by the last opposition leader Ch Nisar Ali Khan. Nisar had made a claim similar to the one being made by Khurshid Shah today that “no meaningful consultation” had taken place between him and the government. The PPP is now set to continue the tradition and reject any options put forward by the PML-N and could turn to the SC to get any PML-N appointee disqualified. The difference over names already exists with the government proposing either retired Justice Rehmat Hussain Jaffery or former federal secretary Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed while the opposition has suggested the names of retired justices Bhagwandas and Sardar Raza. The process is a blow to the politics of consensus that broke after the PML-N managed to force the holding the presidential polls earlier. This means that the PML-N will make it more difficult for itself to rule. Many an observer would think that the purposeful appointment of successive NAB chairman’s without the approval of the opposition leader is a deliberate attempt to keep the accountability agency dysfunctional and under political influence. With NAB already holding many investigations against former PPP functionaries from the last government, it cannot be seen to be biased towards the party. If the PML-N does not pay heed, a return to the politics of the 1990s could be in order. Hopefully no one in either the government or the opposition wants that.
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T is one of the supreme ironies of Pakistani politics that successive military governments have been the harbinger of local governance to Pakistan. Elected governments, on the other hand, have been less than enamoured with the idea of ‘power to the people’. No blame, just each form of government acting on its survival strategy, the military in its frantic lunge to achieve its pipe dream of legitimacy and the elected governments clingy and desperate for power in an environment that usually has never been very friendly to or appreciative of their existence. What little of local governance Pakistan has experienced has been the brain child of successive military regimes. In contrast, elected governments have treated local governance with aversion and disdain. Enter Mian Shahbaz Sharif, who without any pretence or qualms so thoroughly pulled the rug from under the Nazims’ feet that to hope for a return to decentralisation seems somewhere in the distant, hazy future. Why this dismay at a return to centralisation? Can a case be made for decentralisation of governance? or is this just another development fad being bandied around till donor agencies find something else that sounds more technical and fancier than previous terms? Proponents often point towards the improved service delivery, improved accountability mechanisms and shorter response times associated with a more decentralised form of governance. Developing countries the world over are embracing this move towards decentralised forms of government because there is a realisation that overly centralised governments often lack the innovation and vigour that comes with a more decentralised system of governance. Pakistan, in true regressive fashion, has decided to forgo what is increasingly being seen as an essential facet of good governance. Local government reform is a tricky business and has more often than not resulted in the creation of ineffectual grass roots level institutions. This, however, must be seen as a hurdle rather than verdict. The idea of governance chiefly derives its power from a sort of
emancipatory effect such as can only be had through the ownership of a process. Local governments allow the populace to select, from amongst themselves, a representative to the government. Enough power must be vested in the representative for the process to have credibility in the eyes of the populace, such that decisions made by the local government affect the lives of the electorate in some, hopefully positive, manner and allows them a level of ownership of the process. Additionally, with fewer degrees of separation between the local government representatives and the people, the populace feels that they have greater control over how government should be run. This participatory affect dons a sort of halo over the political process resulting in an increased level of satisfaction with the political process. To illustrate, consider this very interesting study conducted by JPAL (Jameel Abdul Lateef Poverty Action Labs) in Indonesia where project selection in a local government environment was done through a voting process. What was interesting to note in that study was that while project selection barely changed from the previous system of selection, people showed a higher level of satisfaction with the political process. Which begs the question, could properly implemented, grass roots level democracy lead to a reduction in conflict in war-torn areas? Especially places such as Balochistan where by decentralizing power down to the smallest level and making people realize that governance outcome is dependent on their choice and through giving them a sense of control, some steam could be taken out of the civil war presently ravaging the province. of course, this rests on the assumption that a higher level of satisfaction with the political process will lead to a lessening of resentment, frustration and consequently conflict. one spillover, and one of the mechanisms behind improved service delivery, is the increased threat of accountability elected government officials must contend with. The Pakistani bureaucracy has very little accountability to the people it is supposed to serve, reporting structures are such that the only authority the civilian bureaucracy is responsible to is the provincial government, where pleasing the boss or a politician is infinitely more important
than doing the same for a second quintile, two dollar a day nobody. Many would contend that responsibility and accountability can be had through the provincial and federal elections. True, but that presents a very long-winded and inefficient form of holding governments accountable. It also requires teasing out policies implemented at the macro and micro level. Additionally, legislators at the federal and provincial level command areas large enough for them to neglect regions deemed politically unimportant, potentially furthering inequalities. What is needed is a direct process of accountability where the electorate has a right to demand answers and pass verdicts about service delivery and project selection. Reliance on the bureaucracy to select projects and deliver services leads to sub-optimal levels of both as there is little incentive for a district administrator to strive to provide the best possible in terms of service delivery. Where there is no or very little incentive, expect little or no action. The iterative nature of Local Governments gives them the ability to specialize in their administrative abilities. Local governments are a learning process and must be seen as such. People who were disillusioned by the recent stint of local governments must realize that this process, much like everything else in democracy, must be allowed to go on and function, an iteration followed by the next, till the point that local governments have a fairly good idea of what is required of them. Due importance must be given to building the capacity of administrators and elected officials, without which officials could be left clueless about how to handle tasks devolved to them. Pakistan’s move towards further centralisation is not heartening. A checkered past with local governance has not helped the case much. Increasingly, countries are realizing the importance of decentralizing governance down to the lowest levels. Pakistan, needing every last ounce of good governance, must follow suit too or stay frozen in time with its overly centralised government structures.
Pakistan, needing every last ounce of good governance, must follow suit too or stay frozen in time with its overly centralised government structures.
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hats off on Wednesday 25th July 2013, a Pakistan Air Force jet jettisoned its fuel tanks into the Indus River in the country’s northwest without any loss of life or property on the ground. The PAF pilot must be praised for his competent tackling of the unavoidable situation during his training mission. The jettisons of these fuel tanks on populated areas could have caused a serious damage to lives and property. Flying is not a cup of cake, and keeping
one’s senses in balance and taking crucial decisions within a fraction of time during any mishap in the air is a tough task. It requires extraordinary mental and physical capabilities. Whatever the technical reasons of the mishap, the pilot’s professional competency in making every possible effort to save the jet and his dedication to assure the safety of innocent lives on ground by risking his own life are really commendable. Hats off to our air warriors. SAEEDA NAWAZ Lahore
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Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
anatomy of merit And how blatantly it is being flouted…
our discomfort with s*x why can pakistanis not be ‘happy in bed’?
ARLIER this month Mathira’s most recent venture hit the social media circuit to mixed reviews. Her appearance in Josh condom ads felt liberating to some, just as it felt disgusting and out of place to others. It didn’t take long for PEMRA to shift uncomfortably in their shoes before they gave it the boot. No Mathira. No advert for protection. No population control. But what was in that ad that caused such a commotion to begin with? If we dig a little deeper than the obvious truth, we’re left with something which isn’t really that lewd; we’re left with our own lack of ability to handle sex. The Pakistani people are no strangers to coitus with the country popping out close to 14,000 children on a daily basis. A developing country such as ours cannot afford the population boom. Staunch denouncers of Mathira’s Josh are blaming her left, right and centre for tarnishing the family planning/birth control platform. That sounds about right? Not if you look at the ad closely. It doesn’t really touch on the subject of family planning at all. It can, however, be tied in with sex education. The various aspects relating to one’s physical, psychological and sociological needs are what form the basis of such education. The manner in which men treat women in Pakistan is deeply rooted in the fact that they’re not taught to be empathetic, and especially in terms of sex, they’re not educated at all. What Mathira represents in Josh’s advertisement is a woman who’s married to a man who keeps her happy. The idea that physical intimacy can be important for women too never really occurred to any of us, did it? And when faced with it, we know not what to do except recoil in horror. Like the air you breathe, like the food you eat, the birds and the bees is just another need one has to satisfy. Why it’s taken
and turned into a taboo which needs religious, moral and ethical policing is confusing. The volume of marital rapes in the country is enough to make you wonder just what is it that the men are doing with their women. It’s a silent crime where the victim is called the victor and the perpetrator is the master. We would rather punish bad morals than educate people for having the bad morals we taught them in the first place. We do not wish to teach our young men to be kind, gentle and good to the women they love. We’re okay with a husband forcing himself on his wife with no thought whatsoever of making the experience a little easier for her to handle. And when you add the stamp of religious approval, there’s literally nothing anyone can do. This can be fixed if men are taught to be more kind to the women they’re married to, however. Sexual behaviour has been made such a taboo that simply treating a wife as an equal partner in a sexual act is thought of as immoral. And the immorality police is nowhere to be found when women are being wronged time and time again. Josh can be accused of a lot of things but its ad had to be appreciated for trying to present a different point of view. An average Pakistani woman will give birth to five to six children in her life time. From those, several will be the product of marital rape or sex subsequent to some form of abuse. So it’s not surprising that Pakistanis can’t stomach Mathira’s character prancing around like a happy woman who’s so terribly satisfied that the entire neighbourhood is jealous. This is a country where experts estimate that almost all HIV cases where women are involved stem from transmissions from a woman’s husband to her. So we’ve built our women to be willing victims of rape and disease and there’s no law that can rectify that situation - but we will ban an advertisement which focuses on keeping women happy in bed. Pakistanis look at condoms and conclude “family plan-
ning”, because we fail to acknowledge them having any other utility. And we fail to tap out of our “haww gandi baat” mentality no matter what we do. Physical intimacy isn’t just a man’s play, it’s equally important (if not more so) for women. But more than the men, it is the woman that are fault for taking it lying down (no pun intended). They refuse to talk about the taboos, refuse to address marital rape and go along with all manners of horror willingly. Discussions over sexuality are held behind closed doors with one’s mother, never with one’s husband. And never is the subject of pleasure derived from physical intimacy visited. It is the same women who are having such a hard time understanding why Mathira would do something so ludicrous i.e. be satisfied with physical intimacy. At the end of the day, if the critics of the ad are to be taken seriously than any woman who’s happily married to a man who’s nowhere near as good looking as she is, is basically a woman that lacks character. If she’s satisfied with coitus then all the more so. There is no insinuation that simply using Josh can get you all the women you want. The only woman the guy seems to want till the very end is his “wife”. It is high time we actually try and sensitize men to the role they play in their spouse’s sexual wellbeing. While family planning is an important issue, it is not the only one that demands attention. We have a dire need to revisit how we look at our women, how we treat them, and how we label the ones that seem different. For now, evidently we cannot tell the difference between a woman that’s being objectified, and a woman that’s merely satisfied. What we cannot comprehend is “oh so dirty!”
We have a dire need to revisit how we look at our women, how we treat them, and how we label the ones that seem different. For now, evidently we cannot tell the difference between a woman that’s being objectified, and a woman that’s merely satisfied.
The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. She tweets @luavut
ULE of law or rule of rulers is the dilemma this country has been confronted with right since its independence. Every new government comes with the banner of bringing rule of law and merit and every new government makes headlines for bending all laws to suit its honchos. Unfortunately so seems the case with the present rulers as well. The PML-N’s reputation of keeping it in the extended family was one repositioning they needed to do to send an immediate ANDLEEB ABBAS message to the public that they will be different this time. However the beginning has started to look like déjà vu. Most state institutions are in perilous shape. Take any institution with Pakistan or national preceding its title – Pakistan international Airlines, Pakistan Steel Mills, Pakistan Railways – and you immediately think of massive losses, rampant corruption and unmerited appointments in top echelons. Each and every government has failed to stop the massive leakage of funds in these institutions that eat up taxpayers’ money in billions to subsidize their inefficiency. Thus PML-N’s resolve to turnaround these ailing institutions and make them sustainable is a main point of economic revival of the country. In their manifesto they have very rightly pointed out that the heads of these institutions will be chosen after a strict professional short-listing based on open and competitive hiring practices. To implement this they have advertised these posts in newspapers as well. However the appointments so far are not according to the procedure defined. Their explanation is that since time is short and most of these organisations are in deep trouble, men of merit have been appointed as a stop-gap arrangement to bring the mismanagement under control. Merit not only means that you have the experience in the industry concerned and have a clean record of performance but also that you have been weighed against the best available in the field and have qualified on the multiple criteria. Even if they are stop gap arrangements there needs to be some transparency and merit behind them. The two examples of merit being put aside are the appointment of Najam Sethi as the acting head of PCB and the appointment of Khalid Aslam as the chairman of PIA. Najam Sethi is a respected figure in media and was also the acting chief minister of Punjab in the interim government. So does that make him a specialist stop-gap guy who merits an appointment of running government affairs and cricket affairs with equal ease? Was there nobody available at this short notice who could have known and managed the game better? The PIA has been making headlines in the recent past for all the wrong reasons, with reports focusing on delays, near escapes from huge accidents, strikes, losses – signs of an institution with chronic and irreparable malaise. Everyone knows that an airline that has helped build the Emirates and Singapore airlines in the past is not a dire case of lack of potential but lack of honest and professional management. The PML-N government advertises for seeking professionals and appoints Shujaat Azeem as advisor to PM on PIA. That he happens to be the brother of Tariq Azeem may not be enough to say that it is just cronyism again; that he appoints Khalid Aslam as acting MD again may just be an ignorance of appropriate HR practice; that the gentleman’s first executive decision is to promote party bigwig Mushahidullah’s two brothers in PIA definitely begs a question. But how can PML-N justify two things: one that Shujaat Azeem aside from having a Canadian nationality has also been cashiered by the Pakistan Air Force; and second on his appointment one of the first things he has done is to get a license approved for his own private charter company. He apparently charted the PM in his plane during the election campaign and got him to issue instructions to expedite all the formalities. A man whose main job is to try to save PIA from nose-diving into oblivion but is busy having a business of his own sanctioned, not a case of a blatant conflict of interest, a case of clear violation of rules, a case of merit being thrown out of the window, a case of clear nepotism and favouritism? Merit means unscrupulous stringency on adhering to rules and regulations. The impact of one bad decision has an impact on so many decisions. Within days of declaring their road map based on basing everything on merit, key appointments on key positions are now being compared to President Zardari’s cronyism. The PIA was gifted to Zardari’s friend Captain Ejaz and later it was rumoured that the President’s sister is bringing a competitive airline and thus PIA is being ruined to make space for it. What are the chances of putting professionalism back in this organisation if the head of the organisation is getting his chartered plane company approved? Merit is not based on the opinions of those in positions of power. Merit is not based on just having worked in industries related to the institution. Merit is not defined by being loyal to an organisation for years. Merit is not defined by time and environmental expediencies. Merit is defined by established principles that have become rule of laws over a period of time. Thus the turnaround plan for PIA including cutting down unprofitable routes, closing down a few stations and buying new planes will yield short term gains. The Emirates is not about the number of planes and the number of routes; the same types of planes and routes PIA has also been employing. But Emirates is more about the quality and commitment of people heading and managing it. If PIA fails to bring that commitment and care in its employees, no amount of route and plane restructuring will bring it at par with the top airlines. Merit is the only way of bringing a sense of fairness and competitive spirit in organisations and institutions. If an employee knows that even if he breaks his back to get results, promotions are going to be on the basis of who knows whom in the organisation, he will eventually become disengaged. For any government or institution to succeed merit based on nondiscriminatory application of rule of law is the only way of eventually creating a culture where people feel accountable for their performance and are able to align their growth to the growth of the institution.
Merit is the only way of bringing a sense of fairness and competitive spirit in organisations and institutions.
The writer is an analyst and columnist and can be reached at email@example.com
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neil Patrick harris in the best phase of fatherhood
CTOR Neil Patrick Harris admits that it took a while for him to adjust to being a dad, but now he is enjoying fatherhood. People.com reports that the actor revealed his feelings during an interview with USA Weekend. He said: “The first year with them (twins - Harper and Gideon) was complicated. They were crying a lot. “The older they get, the more I love being a dad. Now that they’re talking, I’m really loving the camp counselor end of parenting. I’m all about reasoning. “If they fall and are okay but crying, David Burtka (his partner) will be the hugger, and I’ll be the, ‘show me where it hurts; let’s talk about it’ one. I come from a family of lawyers, so explanation is crucial,” he added. The toddlers will turn three in October and the “How I Met Your Mother” star said he loves reading to his twins. “They’re remarkable swimmers. I love reading books to them...I use different voices. I like moments of quiet connection...like giving them back scratches,” Neil said. NEWS DESK
nicolas cage’s anger could’ve landed him in jail
no more of ideal reel heroes, they have real persona now
HE term ‘larger than life’ very clearly and aptly described a Bollywood hero once upon a time, the one who could do no wrong and had it all in him to make him enviable. But now it’s a different story in Bollywood as heroes are increasingly becoming more real and relatable. In between the Dabanggs and the Singhams, these confused, commitment phobic, practical, career oriented and even evil at times, on screen ‘guys next door’ have made it at par with the mythical Indian ‘Hero’. Here’s the list of the best of the lot:
SMALL TOWN LOVE-LABOR-LOST
Dhanush | Raanjhanaa Following her on a bicycle, getting slapped by her, slitting his wrist and living in a world woven around a girl is something any small towner would relate to. Such stories are so very common in small town India. And Dhanush couldn’t have looked better as a besotted street romeo than he does in the film. And he does the role with an ease and a body language that’s so very natural.
SMALL TIME CONMAN
Ranveer Singh | Lootera He comes, he conquers (the girl’s heart) and he steals. There is nothing heroic about this thug who impersonates an archeologist and uses the landlord’s manpower to steal his property. With negative shades abound, Varun Shrivastav ( Ranveer Singh) is anything but the typical hero. He breaks the girl’s heart and her father’s trust, runs into the law and ends up getting everything wrong.
BACHELOR IN LOVE
Ali Zafar | Chashme Buddoor There are kamine dosts, there is jealousy and insecurity between lovers and there are endless efforts to win over a girl. But it’s the three roommates, Ali Zafar, Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma and their chemistry that makes the film heartwarming. Whether it’s owing money to the landlord or the nearby gallawallah or fighting over the same girl, the film would remind many of their college days.
THE AMDAVADI GANG
Sushant Singh Rajput | Kai Po Che! Kai Po Che had an eclectic mix of cricket, friendship and a burning desire to be an
entrepreneur which so very well speaks of Ahmedabad as a city. The physical landscape of the city captured well in the film also showed the resilience of Gujaratis as a community. Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput) and his two friends plan to build a successful business. The turmoil, the struggle of this friendship makes up for a story that touches one at the core.
THE UBER-COOL MODERN ROMANTIC
Ranbir Kapoor | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Kabir is the ‘I want to fly’ guy, who can’t be tied down. He’s the lifeline of a party who can steal a heart with a mere smile. He is a dreamer. And in many ways, he’s an achiever too. But he comes with his own set of flaws. He has little space for relationships and his emotions are ruled by career aspirations and party-nomics. And Ranbir, though droolworthy, fits perfectly in his character.
THE CONFUSED GOOD FRIEND
Ayushmann Khurrana | Nautanki Saala An aspiring theater artist, a friend in need and a lover. Ram Parmar a.k.a R.P, goes through many confusions and moments of guilt as he struggles
Brad, Angie and kids take over Tokyo
CTOR Nicolas Cage says he was such an angry young man during his teenage years that his aggression could have even landed him in jail. However, the 49-year-old, who has been part of some great aggressive flicks like “The Rock”, “Face/Off”, “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Lord Of War”, thanks his profession for not letting him stray from the right path, reports thesun.co.uk “Wish I had not been so angry at 18. I was a pretty wild guy with a lot of energy. I was into punk rock and didn’t know where I was fitting in,” Cage said. “I wanted that energy to go somewhere. I wanted it to be constructive rather than destructive - but I just did not have a clue in which direction to take it. Finding a career in which I could express those feelings was lucky. It could have gone either way. I could have ended up in jail,” he added. However, now the actor is a calmer person. “I have learned to calm down. I have developed into a person who is generally happy,” he said. Cage will soon be seen in forthcoming movie “The Frozen Ground”, in which he plays a cop chasing a serial killer. NEWS DESK
diaz planning a move on r-Patz
AMERON Diaz is reportedly eyeing on newly single Robert Pattinson and is planning on making a move on him soon. When fellow actress and old friend Reese Witherspoon invited the ‘Bad Teacher’ star to a wine-tasting weekend at her Californian ranch, Diaz quickly accepted the invite, as the ‘Twilight’ hunk is also expected to be present there, the Sun reported. A source told the publication that the 40-year-old actress thinks Kristen Stewart’s former beau is really hot. The insider asserted that the fact that Pattinson’s 13 years her junior, doesn’t bother Diaz. The source said that the blonde beauty had known Pattinson for a while but decided to keep a respectful distance, as he was still dating Stewart. NEWS DESK
NeWS DeSK Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are taking Tokyo by storm! The couple hit the red carpet Monday for a premiere of Brad’s World War Z. They gazed into each other’s eyes and waved to fans. But the trip started on Sunday, when the couple arrived at Haneda Airport with three of their six kids in tow. Pax, 9, was carrying his favorite big purple stuffed animal. Twins Knox and Vivienne, 5, seemed to be taking
the craziness in stride. on Monday, Jolie also addressed a Japanese audience at a screening of herIn the Land of Blood and Honeyfilm, asking for help in stopping sexual violence in war zones. “our aim must be to shatter impunity, so that rape can no longer be used as a weapon of war anywhere in the world as it was in Bosnia, and as it is today from Congo to Syria,” she said, according to AP. Jolie, who serves as special envoy for the U.N. High
Commissioner for Refugees, was speaking at a special screening event at the U.N. University in Tokyo. Jolie said she hoped her film would inspire Japanese viewers to take action. “When I started down the road, making this film, I thought only of telling a story and doing my best to try to give a voice to survivors,” she said. “But today I am here not only as a director, but as a campaigner, and a part of a global effort that is growing every day.”
to decide what plays a more important role in his life, his relationship with his friend or his love for the girl he adores.
THE SEEDHA SAADHA DANCEMASTER
Prabhudheva | ABCD - Any Body Can Dance Unlike his other films, Prabhudheva dances only once in this film. The rest of the time he is only busy making the local rowdys into dancers who can set the dance floor on fire. With a broken Hindi and longing to go back to Chennai (his home town in the film), Prabhu looks every bit his role of a South Indian.
OF STRUGGLES AND THEREAFTER
Arshad Warsi | Jolly LLB His aspiration? To be the biggest lawyer of the country. And what he does? Moves to a big city from his small town where he gets the time to think about the lack of opportunities. From being reprimanded by the judge for incredulous written English in the PIL he files to getting swayed by money offered, Jolly LLB is the story of a struggle that finds resonance. COURTESY TOI
Why did hugging Sanjay Dutt cost a cop his job? NeWS DeSK
oLLYWooD actor Sanjay Dutt, who turns 54 today, will celebrate his birthday in Yerwada Central Jail. He is amongst the actors who redefined the anti-hero in Indian cinema. Everybody is aware of the fact that Bollywood’s Khalnayak surrendered before a Mumbai Special Court on May 16 to serve the remainder of his sentence after his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. But little do they know about the incident when a constable of Mumbai Police lost his job for giving him a ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ (hug). It was back in August 2007 when Rajendra Kalekar, a prison guard was suspended after he hugged Sanjay Dutt, moments after he came out of Yerwada jail on interim bail. Also, eight constables, who
shook hands with the actor were served show-cause notices by government. An inquiry on the eight constables and Kalekar was dropped though. Perhaps this is why prison guards and constables stayed away from Dutt on Monday. It is to be noted that this is the third occasion when Sanjay Dutt celebrated his birthday inside a jail. Dutt celebrated his birthday behind bars in 1995.
Theroux & I already feel married: Aniston
ENNIFER Aniston, who has faced months of speculation regarding the status of her relationship with fiance Justin Theroux, has said that they are not in a hurry to walk down the aisle. The 44-year-old actress said that they just want to do it when it’’s perfect, and they
are not rushed, Us magazine reported. The ‘Friends’ star said that though they are yet to set any dates for the wedding, she and Theroux already feel married. Theroux popped the question to his love on his 41st birthday last August after the pair had been dating for a year and a half. NEWS DESK
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veena prays for peace, films’ success
CToR Veena Malik recently visited the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi to pray for peace and success. According to a Times of India report, the starlet prayed for the friendship between India and Pakistan to flourish, and also for her upcoming film Supermodel to fare well. At the shrine, Veena was seen offering
her prayers and breaking her fast along with administrative members of the shrine. She looked graceful in a black anarkali with gold trimmings, and had the right amount of make-up on, as compared to other public appearances where she is seen with an overdose of foundation. “It feels very much like Ramadan (in India),” Veena said. “There is a big Indian Muslim population. I usually have iftar with my colleagues.”
After being received by the shrine’s manager Afsar Ali Nizami, Veena walked barefoot into the mosque and made herself comfortable on the floor where an iftari spread was laid out. Later, with flowers in her hand and a dupatta on her head, Veena offered prayers at the shrine. “I am a very religious person and it is a pleasure for me to break my roza at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s dargah in the holy month of Ramadan,” she said. As the crowds swelled with her arrival,
‘We don’t take away stuntmen’s jobs’ NeWS DeSK
E likes to do his own stunts, but superstar Shah Rukh Khan has clarified that actors doing their own such acts doesn’t mean they are depriving stuntsmen of their chance to display their skills. “They are the ones who make it happen... they are the ones who teach us... they have the most important jobs when it comes to action,” Shah Rukh told reporters during the promotion of his forthcoming action movie “ Chennai Express”. “They tell us what to do. Some of the times they tell me, ‘Shah Rukh bhai, you don’t do this one.’ Sometimes it’s a choice... can I do it as gracefully as the other person? So, they assist me... if it’s safe, then they let me do it. Because heroes do their own stunts, that doesn’t
mean we are taking the job away from stunt doubles and actions,” said the 47-yearold. Directed by Rohit Shetty, “Chennai Express” is slated for an Aug 9 release. The actor had sustained a shoulder injury during the shooting of “Chennai Express” and despite the risks involved, he admitted that performing his own stunts keeps him going. “I like doing my stunts... I feel I haven’t worked if I haven’t been doing my stunts. I am
very good in jumps and somersaults. I can do a lot of stunts,” said the father of two - Aryan and Suhana. He added that when he goes back home, he doesn’t want to lie about the daredevil scenes in his movies. “When my son and daughter ask me, you did that yourself, I don’t want to lie. I want to say, yes, I did it myself. I feel proud. It keeps you going,” said SRK who has teamed up with Deepika Padukone in it.
Mukesh Bhatt may rope in ‘The Wolverine’ technicians for ‘Mr. X’ NeWS DeSK Technicians behind the special effects of international superhero flick “The Wolverine” might pitch in to add a Hollywood touch to Vishesh Films’ forthcoming 3D film ‘Mr. X’ starring Emraan Hashmi. Filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt, who attended a special screening of the Hugh Jackman-starrer, made the revelation. “We have a strong association with Fox (20th Century Fox). We have worked with them earlier for ‘Raaz 3D’ and now we are going to make another 3D film ‘Mr. X’ with them, starring Emraan Hashmi,” Bhatt told reporters. “We thought we should watch this film so that we could have
an idea how good its special effects and technicians are, as we, at Vishesh Films can avail this facility in our forthcoming film ‘Mr. X’,” he added. Being penned by Shagufta Rafique of “Raaz 2”, “Raaz 3” and “Aashiqui 2” fame, “ Mr. X” will be directed by Vikram Bhatt.
diane lane to play hillary in new Tv series
IANE Lane is set to play Hillary Clinton in a fourhour miniseries titled ‘Hillary’, it has been revealed. NBC announced on Saturday at the 2013 Summer Press Tour that the actress will portray the former Secretary of State and First Lady, Us magazine reported. According to USA Today, NBC’s entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said the miniseries will likely air before Clinton is rumored to declare herself as a presidential candidate for the 2016 race. The series will look at Clinton’s life as “a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present,” NBC said. The actor who will play Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton has not yet been cast.
administrative officials moved Veena to the office inside the shrine. Talking about her experience, Veena said, “I earned solace and peace. I have a spiritual and religious side to me. In Pakistan, I used to go to Data Darbar, Bibi Pak Daman and Kolhra Shareef — it’s where I find complete solace.” She also talked about her Ramadan experience in India. “In Pakistan, you feel it in the air… nobody eats on the street. In
India, you experience it otherwise, but there is respect for other religions.” Last week, Veena had posted on Twitter, “I will go to Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia (R.A) sahib tomorrow…InshaAllah will pray for all my followers and fans….May God bless us all!!!” After offering prayers at the Dargah, she posted images on Twitter and wrote: “Blessedness…supreme happiness!!! Thank you God for blessing me with everything I have desired in life….I am blessed!!”
In a male dominated world, power is shifting to women: Huma
S actress Huma Qureshi turns a year older today, the birthday girl believes we live in a male dominated world. “Not just in the film industry, but the world is dominated by men. However, there is a great path being created for women. There are female protagonists getting big roles, big releases and big audiences. Big films are being made around women and they have box office collections. In that sense, there is a definite shift in power when it comes to women. Look at Vidya, she’s a torch bearer. She’s left a mark. Even in a film like DDay, it was more male oriented but I knew the director wouldn’t cast me if I had no role to play. I’m ok if the film doesn’t revolve around me. I should bring something to the table”, says Huma. Adding, “Cinema is a reflection of our society. 20-30 years back women were not so involved, whether in films or the corporate world or even at home. They didn’t have that power to
negotiate things. Things have not changed in a big way but gradually it is and cinema is reflecting that”. Like Vidya Balan, we believe Huma is creating her own path in Bollywood. Here’s wishing the star a Happy Birthday and success to come in her future projects! COURTESY TOI
I am averse to vulgar comedies: Warsi
N his next, Rabba Main Kya Karoon, Arshad Warsi will be seen encouraging his younger cousin to cheat on his wife. The film, which marks the debut of Akash Chopra and Tahira Kochhar, also stars Paresh Rawal, Raj Babbar, Shakti Kapoor, Tinnu Anand and Riya Sen. Says Arshad about the film, “I’d call it a ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding’ set against the upmarket Delhi culture. Most married men will relate to the plot of cheating. They will be like, ‘Yes, that happened to me’ and ‘Hmmm... even I got caught like this’. Produced by Moti Sagar Associates, the film has been directed by Amrit Sagar Chopra. So, will he share some tips on how to have an extramarital relationship without
getting caught? Pat comes the reply, “Don’t get your girlfriend home even if your wife is on a vacation. It’s big trouble. Also, one must master the art of lying. Even a slight hesitation in answering can lead to suspicion. You must lie blatantly and with a straight face.” Compared to his earlier comic roles, Arshad says that
the humour here is situational and not slapstick. “It’s a clean and mature comedy. The makers have put across the madness of a Punjabi wedding accurately. It made me experience how Punjabis want everything to be larger than life, even the baraat ke laddoos. We shot in lovely cold weather and were well-attired. The marriage mood has stayed with me.” When asked if he’d be open to doing a sex comedy, the actor says, “There’s a thin line between sexuality and vulgarity and our writers tilt towards the latter. I am averse to vulgar comedies. Also, the comedy in films like Golmaal and Dhamaal, to name a few, tires me. It’s so over-the-top and all that yelling and fighting is physically exerting.” COURTESY TOI
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Today (30th July)
8 The US city of Baltimore was founded. (1729) 8 The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within 15 minutes. It was one of the greatest naval losses of world war II, resulting in the deaths of nearly 900 men. (1945) 8 The phrase "In God we Trust" was adopted as the US national motto. (1956) 8 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Bill into law. (1965) 8 620 million people were without power in India, the worst power outage in world history. (2012)
scIenTIsTs can IMPlanT False MeMorIes InTo MIce Scientists have been successful in implanting false memories into mice. A team was able to make the mice wrongly associate a benign environment with a previous unpleasant experience from different surroundings. The researchers conditioned a network of neurons to respond to light, making the mice recall the unpleasant environment. Reporting in Science, they say it could one day shed light into how false memories occur in humans. The brains of genetically engineered mice were implanted with optic fibres in order to deliver pulses of light to their brain. Known as optogenetics, this technique is able to make individual neurons respond to light. UNReLIABLe MeMORy: Just like in mice, our memories are stored in collections of cells, and when events are recalled we reconstruct parts of these cells, almost like re-assembling small pieces of a puzzle. Xu Liu of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics and one the lead authors of the study said that when mice recalled a false memory, it was indistinguishable from the real memory in the way it drove a fear response in the memory forming cells of a mouse's brain. HOw A MeMORy wAS IMPLANTeD IN A MOUSe: • A mouse was put in one environment (blue box) and the brain cells encoding memory were labelled in this environment (white circles) • These cells were then made responsive to light • The animal was placed in a different environment (the red box) and light was delivered into the brain to activate these labelled cells • This induced the recall of the first environment - the blue box. While the animal was recalling the first environment, they also received mild foot shocks • Later when the mouse was put back into the first environment, it showed behavioural signs of fear, indicating it had formed a false fear memory for the first environment, where it was never shocked in reality. NEWS DESK
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. –Dr Seuss
Keep your brain active
use your phone to exercise your brain NeWS DeSK
emory loss and degenerative brain disease affect many of us as we age, slowing down cognitive abilities and making everyday tasks difficult. Researchers have been investigating activities, diets, supplements, and medications that can reverse, or at least slow, the effects of aging on the mind. Through extensive studies, scientists have noticed that people who keep their minds engaged with puzzles, reading, and other cognitive activities are less likely to suffer from memory loss when they get older. It’s possible that the burgeoning availability of smart phone apps might contribute to this process, as well. Consider these six phone games that could help keep your mind agile. BRAIN EXERCISE Dr. Kawashima, the inventor of the popular Brain Age game for the Nintendo DS, brings cognitive activities to app stores with this memory-stretching game. Users can select from a variety of mini games to keep their minds young, including number puzzles and drawing strategies. MATCHUP This Android app from Magma Mobile is a classic that features rows of card with pictures on them. The cards are arranged face down, and it is your job to find the pairs. Clear the table of all cards in the fewest moves possible. Single and twoplayer games are available in MatchUp, along with themed card packs decorated with animals, sports, and faces. FIT BRAINS TRAINER This free educational app has a formal
testing feel, as players are challenged with hundreds of questions that exercise problem solving, memory, and concentration. You can track your own cognitive performance and compare your scores with friends. MEMORY BOOST Mnemonic devices such as the Roman Room, the Alphabet System, and the Major System are techniques used by some of the sharpest minds to memorize information. This app will guide you through eight dif-
ferent cognitive exercises, designed to help you remember lists, speeches, numbers, and other information. CIRCLES This popular and minimalist game allows players to challenge their friends across 120 levels. The game runs along the lines of Simon, the old 1970s Milton Bradley toy, which has you remember colour and sound sequences. Players must recall the order of colourful circles that appear on the screen
mobile madness: the best smart phones of 2013 NeWS DeSK You know the drill. Every two years or so you get to upgrade that seemingly ancient smart phone for a shiny, cutting-edge device. Your reign atop the tech curve for about two weeks, after which another phone dethrones yours as the latest and greatest. Like a new job or girlfriend, a phone is an important commitment. This device will be at your side for the foreseeable future. For many of us, smart phones are the first things we see in the morning and the last things we see before bed. Luckily for current smart phone shoppers, 2013 has already proven to be a landmark year in the mobile industry. Samsung, HTC and Facebook have all made significant additions to their mobile lines, and experts expect the same from Google and Apple in the coming months. Get the scoop on your next electronic companion with mobile roundup.
SAMSUNG dOUBLES dOWN Just 10 months ago, Samsung released the third iteration of its Galaxy phone, the SIII. Critics praised the SIII’s size, power and capabilities, declaring it iPhone’s greatest threat. Samsung is attempting to double down on the SIII’s success with another update, the Samsung Galaxy S4. It is bigger, faster and has a few tricks up its sleeve. The S4 features a 5-inch 1080p screen, furthering Samsung’s ascent into “phablet” territory. To appease consumers seeking a wow factor, the Korean manufacturer added eye-tracking technology to the Galaxy S4. The feature pauses videos when users look away and resumes them when they look back. The Galaxy S4 will launch on seven U.S. Carriers, according to Laptopmag.com, so users can shop for AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile phone plans. FACEBOOK MAKES A PLAY Zuckerburg and Facebook sparked speculation of a Facebook Phone when it announced a mobile event in late March. The rumours
were partially true. Facebook didn’t release its own hardware, but it announced a new app integration which will debut on the Facebookoptimised HTC First. The new app puts Facebook functions at the centre of the phone. Facebook message chat bubbles appear in any app and status updates stream on the home screen. Social media users will appreciate Facebook’s forward thinking approach. GOOGLE’S NEXT MOVE Google already has its foot in the mobile ring with its line of Nexus smartphones and tablets. After acquiring Motorola in 2012, however, Google’s commitment to mobile appears significant. The search king could make its next big play as early as next month, when the Google I/o conference invades San Francisco. Rumours indicate that an “X Phone” could emerge to challenge Samsung and Apple. Google co-founded Larry Page described the importance of extended battery life and hardware durability when asked about the future of mobile, according to Digital trends. Google rarely enters an industry without the belief that it can dominate. APPLE WAITS PATIENTLY As the competition scrambles to attract attention, Apple appears content to stick to its normal cycle. That would mean an iPhone update sometime this summer. Rumour has it Apple could make the next addition to its mobile line sometime this fall with a less-expensive iPhone, according to Ibtimes.com If there’s a knock on Apple’s current iPhone, it’s the high price tag. A cheaper phone would extend Apple’s reach to an even greater audience.
and repeat the pattern by tapping the screen. MEMORY TRAIN Seniors who want to get more brain exercise should check out Memory Train, a game created for Apple mobile devices. Whimsical animal characters walk players through a nature landscape, and challenge players with a variety of memory puzzles along the way. The soundtrack provides a great backdrop for those who feel like relaxing with a mobile game after a long day.
Quakes thought to help release methane from seabed Major earthquakes can topple buildings, cause landslides and spawn tsunamis. Now scientists say they can do something else: set off the release of methane gas from the seabed. In a study published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, European researchers report that an underwater quake off Pakistan nearly 70 years ago likely fractured seafloor sediments and created pathways for methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to bubble up from below. The researchers say the phenomenon may be widespread enough that climate scientists should take it into account when estimating the amounts of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. “We suggest there is a new source that they might want to consider in the future,” said David Fischer, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen in Germany and the lead author of the study. Methane, which is formed by the decomposition of organic material, seeps from reservoirs under the seafloor in many places around the world. But under certain conditions it mixes with seawater to form icy compounds, called gas hydrates, in the top layers of sediments. The hydrates act almost like cement, creating a barrier that prevents more free methane from coming up from below. Dr Fischer and his colleagues analyzed sediment cores taken in 2007 from two locations in the northern Arabian Sea where hydrates were present and seepage was occurring. They found chemical signatures in the cores suggesting that the methane flow greatly increased sometime in the mid-20th century. Looking through seismic records, Dr. Fischer found that a magnitude 8.1 quake occurred in the area in 1945. The quake, which was cantered less than 15 miles from where the cores were taken, and a resulting tsunami, killed up to 4,000 people. The conclusion was inescapable, Dr. Fischer said. “The quake broke open gas-hydrate sediments and the free gas underneath migrated to the surface.” The hydrates themselves did not dissolve. “They remain there,” he said. Dr Fischer said the researchers chose the core locations in the Arabian Sea because they wanted to get a better understanding of how methane seepage was related to tectonics, and the area is in an active zone where one of the earth’s tectonic plates slides beneath another. But they were not thinking about the effect of individual earthquakes, and his discovery of the 1945 quake in the records “was probably a moment I’ll never forget,” he said. NEWS DESK
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It’s all about inches in this game, and unfortunately the inches didn’t go our way in this game. – AB de Villiers
SPORTS Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
LAHORe STAFF REPORT
EFT-ARM spinner Sadia Yousuf ’s career-best figures of 4 for 9 pushed Pakistan to the Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh after a nine-wicket win over Ireland in the first semi-final of the Qualifiers in Dublin. Reports received here said that Pakistan put Ireland in after a wet outfield caused a delayed start , and captain Isobel Joyce lost her middle stump on the fourth ball of the match. A run-out got rid of tournament top-scorer Clare
sadIa leads PaKIsTan To World T20
Shillington before Yousuf plundered four wickets in her first three overs to leave Ireland reeling at 32 for 6 after 13 overs. She was on a hat-trick after having both Laura Delany and Elena Tice stumped off the last two balls of the 13th over. She induced Kim Garth’s edge off her next ball, but it landed safely. Garth made an unbeaten 38 but the rest of the lineup could not reach double figures as Ireland were dismissed for 65. According to Cricinfo, the openers took Pakistan almost halfway to victory before Garth removed Nahida Khan for 13, but her partner Javeria Khan and Nain Abidi completed the formalities with 35 balls to spare, though heavy
Pcb chaIrMan congraTulaTes WoMen TeaM LAHORe: Acting PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has congratulated Pakistan women’s team on beating Ireland by nine wickets to become the first to qualify for the final of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in Dublin. By reaching the final, the Pakistan team under Sana Mir also qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 event proper. In a message to captain Sana Mir, and the team management, the PCB Chairman expressed his personal as well as the entire PCB management’s delight at the rapid progress Pakistan women have made in world cricket. “The manner in which the Pakistan team has performed, powering its way to final with a slew of emphatic wins, deserves applause and plaudits. “I congratulate captain Sana Mir and all member of the squad, hoping that they would maintain similar high standards”, said Najam Sethi. STAFF REPORT
rain did interrupt play with Pakistan six runs from victory. With three teams slated to qualify for the World T20, Ireland still have a shot if they beat the loser of the second semi-final in the thirdplace play-off match on July 31. A triple-wicket maiden, which included a run-out as well, by Mai Yanagida could not prevent Zimbabwe from progressing to the Shield final of the Qualifiers. Her 41-5-4 kept Japan alive, after they had made only 58, until Zimbabwe sealed the game in the 16th over by three wickets. Zimbabwe’s bowlers came up with a miserly performance, reducing Japan to 5 for 2 in the
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Pakistan wrapped up their tour of the West Indies with an 11run win in the second Twenty20 international in St Vincent on Sunday to complete a one-day double over the world T20 champions. (Partly reported yesterday) The visitors ran through the home team’s top order at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown to lay the foundation
PAKISTAN WOMEN INNINGS
IRELAND WOMEN INNINGS CMA SHILLINGTON RUN OUT (NAHIDA)
NAHIDA KHAN C SCOTT-HAYWARD B GARTH
IMHC JOYCE B SUMAIYA
JAvERIA KHAN NOT OUT
NAIN ABIDI NOT OUT
CNIM JOYCE LBW B SADIA
ExTRAS (LB 1, W 2)
Mv WALDRON ST BATOOL B SADIA
TOTAL (1 WICKET; 14.1 OvERS)
KJ GARTH NOT OUT
L DELANY ST BATOOL B SADIA
DID NOT BAT BISMAH MAROOF, SANA MIR*, NIDA DAR, qANITA
EJ TICE ST BATOOL B SADIA
JALIL, BATOOL FATIMA†, IRAM JAvED, SUMAIYA SIDDIqI, SADIA
EAJ RICHARDSON B BISMAH
MEMO SCOTT-HAYWARD C BATOOL B SANA
FALL OF WICKETS 1-31 (NAHIDA KHAN, 6.3 Ov)
LK O’REILLY RUN OUT (NAIN)
BOWLING: LN MCCARTHY 2-0-7-0, EAJ RICHARDSON 4-0-19-0,
LN MCCARTHY ST BATOOL B NIDA
KJ GARTH 2-0-11-1, IMHC JOYCE 3.1-0-12-0, MEMO SCOTT-
ExTRAS (LB 1, W 2)
TOTAL (ALL OUT; 19.5 OvERS)
FALL OF WICKETS 1-1 (IMHC JOYCE, 0.4 Ov), 2-10 (SHILLINGTON,
HAYWARD 1-0-10-0, L DELANY-2-0-6-0 TOSS PAKISTAN WOMEN, WHO CHOSE TO FIELD PAKISTAN WOMEN WON BY 9 WICKETS (WITH 35 BALLS
3.3 Ov), 3-22 (CNIM JOYCE, 8.5 Ov), 4-24 (WALDRON, 10.1 Ov),
5-32 (DELANY, 12.5 Ov), 6-32 (TICE, 12.6 Ov), 7-47 (RICHARDSON,
SERIES PAKISTAN WOMEN ADvANCED
16.6 Ov), 8-48 (SCOTT-HAYWARD, 17.3 Ov), 9-64 (O’REILLY, 19.3
PLAYER OF THE MATCH SADIA YOUSUF (PAKISTAN WOMEN)
Ov), 10-65 (MCCARTHY, 19.5 Ov)
UMPIRES N DUGUID (WEST INDIES) AND IN RAMAGE
BOWLING: SUMAIYA SIDDIqI 4-0-5-1, SANA MIR 3-0-19-1, qANITA
JALIL 4-1-7-0, SADIA YOUSUF 4-0-9-4, NIDA DAR 1.5-0-12-1, IRAM
MATCH REFEREE D GOvINDJEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
JAvED 1-0-7-0, BISMAH MAROOF 2-0-5-1
RESERvE UMPIRE K CROSS (NEW ZEALAND)
Pakistan wrap up West Indies’ tour on winning note for success as they defended a modest target of 135 for seven by restricting the West Indies to 124 for nine from their 20 overs. It ensured a successful conclusion to Pakistan’s tour on the back of a 3-1 win in the fivematch oDI series played in Guyana and St Lucia. opener Ahmed Shehzad scored a breezy 44 in 53 balls but was not supported by his partners. His departure for the fourth wicket in the 13th over brought Umar Akmal to the crease and he took over the scoring responsibility on a slow track. While spinner Sunil Narine threatened to sweep through the rest of the Pakistan batting, taking three wickets in a second spell at the end of the innings, Akmal helped push the tally to 135 with an unbeaten 46 off 56 balls. In reply, West Indies lost their first three wickets in three overs, including another failure for Chris Gayle, who lobbed a ball straight to cover and was out for one. Dwayne Bravo, Narine and Kieron Pollard threatened a dramatic rescue, even though the asking run rate went to more than 12 an over.
third over. Captain Shizuka Miyaji and Kurumi ota plugged any further wickets from falling with a 28-run stand, but ota’s wicket in the tenth over initiated a collapse and they were all out for 58 as not a single batsman was able to score in double digits. Zimbabwe were 30 for 2 at the start of the ninth over when Yanagida replaced Shizuka Kubota, and her first ball saw Mary-Anne Musonda run-out. The next ball accounted for Chipo Mugeri, before her final two of the over spelled the end of Christabel Chatonzwa and Ashley Burdett. Now at 30 for 6, Nonhlanhla Nyathi and Josephine Nkomo held firm and took Zimbabwe home.
PaKIsTan’s MaIden T20 rubber WIn over The carIbbeans
SCOREBOARD Pakistan innings Ahmed Shehzad c Simmons b Pollard 44 Mohammad Hafeez c Simmons b Badree 10 Umar Amin c & b Sammy 7 Haris Sohail c & b Badree 1 Umar Akmal not out 46 Shahid Afridi c Samuels b Narine 6 Hammad Azam st Charles b Narine 1 Sohail Tanvir c Bravo b Narine 0 Zulfiqar Babar not out 11 Extras (b 2, lb 4, w 3) 9 Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 135 Did not bat Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali Fall of wickets 1-24 (Mohammad Hafeez, 3.6 ov), 2-39 (Umar Amin, 6.1 ov), 3-42 (Haris Sohail, 7.6 ov), 4-78 (Ahmed Shehzad, 12.5 ov), 5-96 (Shahid Afridi, 15.5 ov), 6-109 (Hammad Azam, 17.2 ov), 7-109 (Sohail Tanvir, 17.5 ov) Bowling: DJG Sammy 4-0-20-1, S Badree 4-0-16-2, SP Narine 4-0-26-3, TL Best 2-0-16-0, DJ Bravo 4-0-35-0, KA Pollard 20-16-1 West Indies innings J Charles c Umar b Tanvir 0 CH Gayle c Afridi b Hafeez 1 MN Samuels c Umar b Tanvir 1 LMP Simmons b Afridi 3 DJ Bravo c Hammad b Babar 35 SP Narine c Amin b Ajmal 28 KA Pollard c Sohail b Babar 23 DJG Sammy c Afridi b Ajmal 1 CD Barnwell run out (Azam/Umar) 10 TL Best not out 17 S Badree not out 1 Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 4 Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 124 Fall of wickets 1-2 (Charles, 1.4 ov), 2-2 (Gayle, 2.2 ov), 3-4 (Samuels, 3.1 ov), 4-17 (Simmons, 7.6 ov), 5-64 (Narine, 13.3 ov), 6-94 (Pollard, 16.5 ov), 7-94 (Bravo, 16.6 ov), 8-105 (Barnwell, 17.6 ov), 9-105 (Sammy, 18.3 ov) Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-9-1, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-20-2, Zulfiqar Babar 4-0-37-2, Shahid Afridi 3-0-29-1, Saeed Ajmal 4-0-21-2, Asad Ali 1-0-7-0 Toss Pakistan, who chose to bat Series Pakistan won the 2-match series 2-0 T20I debuts Asad Ali and Haris Sohail (Pakistan) Player of the match Umar Akmal (Pakistan) Player of the series Zulfiqar Babar (Pakistan) Umpires GO Brathwaite and JS Wilson Tv umpire PJ Nero Match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire DK Butler
S.PeRVez QAISeR Pakistan defeated West Indies, the World Champions in Twenty-20 cricket, by 11 runs in the second Twenty-20 international match at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent on Sunday (July 28) to take the rubber 2-0. It was Pakistan’s maiden series win over West Indies in Twenty-20 cricket. It ensured a successful conclusion to Pakistan’s tour on the back of a 3-1 win in the five
one day matches series played in Guyana and St Lucia. Umar Akmal became the second highest run-getter for Pakistan in Twenty-20 cricket during his unbeaten 46-run knock. He scored 929 runs at 27.32 with a strike rate of 118.19 in 42 innings of 45. Mohammed Hafeez who has to his name 1036 runs at 24.09 with a strike rate of 118.12 in 43 innings of 45 matches, holds the record of scoring the highest
MOST RUNS FOR PAKISTAN IN T20 CRICKET Batsman M I N.O Mohammad hafeez 45 43 umar Akmal 45 42 8 shahid Afridi 61 58 6 shoaib Malik 53 49 12 kamran Akmal 50 45 6
Runs 1036 929 916 880 849
AVG 24.09 27.32 17.61 23.78 21.76
H.S 86 64 54* 57* 73
number of runs for Pakistan in Twenty-20 cricket. Sunil Narine recorded the best bowler in Twenty-20 cricket by taking three for 26 in four overs in the second game. It was also his fourth best bowling in Twenty-20 cricket. His previous best against Pakistan was one for 24 in four overs in the first match of the series. Sunil Narine recorded his highest score in Twenty-20 cricket by making 28 off 16 balls with three fours and one six. His previous highest was an unbeaten 4 against Australia at Colombo on September 22,2012. The only six off Shahid Afridi was Sunil Narine’s first in six innings of 18 matches in Twenty-20 cricket. Umar Akmal received his fourth man of the match award in Twenty-20 matches. It was his maiden such award in three matches against West Indies. Zulfiqar Babar received his first man of the series award. At 34 years 230 days, he is the second oldest to receive this award in Twenty-20 cricket after Saeed Ajmal.
S/R 118.12 118.19 142.90 108.91 123.22
50 5 4 4 3 5
0 3 5 6 1 5
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David Warner is to rejoin Australia’s squad in England on Monday as the controversial batsman eyes a recall for a third Ashes. –A team spokesman
Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
iCC shouldn’t single Pcb in touch with Icc Pakistan out: rashid over match-fixing reports LAHORe
HE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says it is concerned about reports in the British media of match fixing in the recently concluded one-Day series between the West Indies and Pakistan in the Caribbean. A Pakistan board official has been quoted as saying that the PCB has been in touch with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the matter. The allegations were raised in the British tabloid Daily Mail Sunday which reported that the series, which Pakistan won 3-1, was set to be investigated over claims of wrongdoing. “The PCB is obviously extremely concerned at the recent allegations of fixing reported in the media with regard to recently concluded oDI series between Pakistan and the West Indies,” the official said. “The PCB maintains zero tolerance towards corruption in the game but investigations in this matter falls within the purview of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.” The Daily Mail did not reveal the specific source of the concerns, but reported that they have been raised, in particular, around the tied third match of the series played in St. Lucia last week as well as the final game, which resulted in a last-ball win for Pakistan. The article quoted one betting website as reporting unusually large sums of money - said to run into several millions of pounds - being wagered between innings on a tied result during the third oDI after the
West Indies were set 230 to win from 50 overs. “There were suspicious betting patterns on a betting exchange,” the article quoted betting expert Ed Hawkins, the author of ‘Bookie, Gambler, Fixer, Spy’. “A suspicious pattern, simply, is a flood of money wagered on an outcome just before it happens. There were some noticeable examples of this during the West Indies-Pakistan series. In the tied match, a weight of cash arrived on the tie market before Pakistan’s innings.”
Mcg seT To hosT 2015 World cuP FInal MeLBOURNe: Sydney has lost out to Melbourne for the right to host the 2015 World Cup final with the MCG set to be announced as the venue for the tournament showpiece. The SCG has edged out ANZ Stadium as the venue for one semi-final despite the western Sydney ground proving itself as a suitable international host over the last two summers. Auckland will host the other semi. Tournament organisers will confirm on Tuesday the MCG will again stage the World Cup final, 23 years after more than 87,000 fans poured into the ground to watch Imran Khan’s Pakistan defeat England in 1992. The World Cup organising committee will also announce the venues, pools and fixtures for the tournament, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand and include 49 matches over 44 days in February and March. The MCG had been the initial favourite to host the final but came under challenge from Sydney due to fears the technology available in the media centre did not comply with ICC standards for a World Cup venue. Cricket NSW had hoped ANZ Stadium would provide a viable alternative to the MCG, particularly after attracting a crowd of nearly 60,000 for a Twenty20 international featuring Australia and India early last year. But the ground has lost out in the bid for a semi-final to Sydney’s traditional home of cricket, the SCG, which will have an increased capacity of 48,000 when the $186 million redevelopment is completed. The 2015 World Cup will feature the 10 full member nations of the International Cricket Council plus Ireland, who have won qualification, and three other associate/affiliate members. AENCIES
The Mail reported that a passage of play, between the 29th and 34th overs, will also be analysed in an effort to understand why just two runs were scored from five overs before 16 were hit off the 35th over. “The PCB is in contact with the ICC on this issue and understands that ICC will be issuing a media release soon,” Cricinfo quoted the unnamed PCB official as saying. “The PCB, at the moment, is examining all legal aspects but for the time being will not be making any further comments.”
Cricket as a whole remains far from clear and Pakistan alone should not be singled out, former Pakistan captain and match-fixing whistleblower Rashid Latif told media on Monday. Latif, who lifted the lid on match-fixing within his own team in 1994, issued the statement after The Mail said on Sunday that the recently concluded one-day series between Pakistan and the West Indies was being probed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). “These are serious allegations that need to be investigated and the newspaper will have to provide the evidence in this case,” said Latif, who has played 37 Tests and 166 one-dayers for Pakistan. “If the newspaper fails to provide evidence then the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must take them to court – and if they don’t, I will.” Latif, 44, became an anti-fixing crusader after retiring and in 2010 suggested a delay in the broadcast of live matches to curb spot-fixing – a measure later taken up by broadcasters. He said that an ICC official informed him about a suspicious Champions Trophy match in June that did not involve Pakistan. “An ICC official told me that a Group A match was suspicious, but why has there been no mention of it?” Latif said. “It’s true that our players were caught but why are only Pakistan matches reported?” Pakistan has been badly hit by match-fixing scandals with former leg-spinner Danish Kaneria the
latest to face a life-ban over a spot-fixing case during a 2009 county match between Essex and Durham. Three other Pakistan players – Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer – are also serving bans in a spot-fixing case that surfaced on team’s tour of England in 2010. In 2000, Pakistan banned former captain Salim Malik and paceman Ata-ur Rehman after a two-year long judicial inquiry conducted by Lahore high court judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum. Latif, however, accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) of making Kaneria a scapegoat. “Right from the onset the ECB did not have a strong case against Kaneria. It seemed that it was just to show the world that their county cricket was clean from fixing,” Latif said. Kaneria was banned in June last year after his Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield blamed the Pakistani leg-spinner for pressuring him to concede an agreed number of runs in an over in the match. His appeals against the ban and for a reduction in his punishment were rejected earlier this year. “The ECB’s ego got severely hurt that an English cricketer got busted in a fixing scandal but because of the other case of Pakistan cricketers (in 2010), the ECB wanted to prove a point that Pakistani cricketers are the ones who are at the wrong end,” said Latif. Spot-fixing involves the fixing by bookmakers of parts of a game, such as the number of no-balls or the run-rate. Matchfixing is when the outcome of the game is predetermined.
INTERNAL PROBE CLEARS BCCI CHIEF IN IPL SPOT-FIXING NeW DeLHI AGENCIES
A probe ordered by India’s cricket chiefs into a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has found no wrong-doing, allowing the return of BCCI president N Srinivasan, a source were quoted by a website on Monday. Srinivasan stepped aside temporarily as BCCI president on June 2 after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested, and later released on bail, over alleged links to illegal bookmakers. Meiyappan is a team owner of IPL franchise the Chennai Super Kings, a team bought by Srinivasan’s India Cements conglomerate when the league was launched in 2008. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed two retired High Court judges, Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian, to conduct an internal probe into the involvement of its members or IPL owners. The police have also questioned Raj Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shipla Shetty and co-owner
of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, whose three players were arrested for alleged spot-fixing. The probe report, which was submitted to BCCI’s acting chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday, cleared Srinivasan’s India Cements, Rajasthan Royals, Meiyappan and Kundra of spot-fixing allegations, the source said. “There is nothing in the report to implicate these people,” a source told AFP on condition of anonymity. “I don’t think we can, or have the right, to stop Srinivasan from coming back as president now,” the highly-placed source said. The report will be placed before the IPL’s governing council in New Delhi on Friday for further action and will be released publicly later on, Dalmiya said on Sunday. The internal probe is separate from police investigations being carried out by the Delhi and Mumbai police in the IPL scandal, with charges expected to be filed shortly. Two Rajasthan Royals players – World Cupwinning fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan – are out on bail for their involvement in spot-fixing.
PIeTersen In lIne To Play In ThIrd ashes TesT LONDON AGENCIES
England batsman Kevin Pietersen will be given longer to prove his fitness for the third Ashes Test against Australia starting on Thursday. Pietersen is continuing to nurse the calf strain sustained in the second Test at Lord’s, but has been included in a 14-man squad for the next match at old Trafford.
Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor has been rewarded for his form this season by being recalled as cover for the 33-year-old. While all of the final XI from Lord’s are retained, England have made two other changes to the squad with Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett returning at the expense of Steven Finn and Graham onions. Panesar will give England the option of playing a second spinner at a ground
that has traditionally favoured slow bowling while Tremlett offers extra pace for a likely hard surface. National selector Geoff Miller said: “Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and he will be
assessed by the medical team closer to the start of the Test. We have therefore included an extra batsman in James Taylor, who has been in good form for Nottinghamshire this season.
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I would like to thank my opponent Fabio who was excellent. I’m extremely happy to be here today in Umag. – Tommy Robredo after winning in Crotia
SPORTS Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
huMaIr WIns TalenT hunT cycle race LAHORe: Humair Masih struck stamina and speed to win the ten kilo metre cycle race here the other day. The Punjab Cycling Association organised the event to tape new cycling talent and it was the first event of the programme in this regard. Hamair clocked 15m.23 seconds to cover the distance on a hot and humid day, heading his way to finish line with a visible lead, displaying superb technique and force. President, Lahore Division Cycling Association, Khalid Mahmood was the chief guest on the occasion and flagged off the riders near DPS school model town. Behind Humair was Shamoon Masih and Sunny Ahmed took the third place. Shakeel Ahmed, Shahzada Butt, Nazakat Ali,Muhammad Babar , Arif Anayat and Musa Raza acted as judges of the race which terminated at the same point after going through some parts of the area. Secretary, PCA, Farrukh Wazir announced that similar events will be organised regularly not only in Lahore but in other parts of the province to motivate the youth to take up cycling as a sport. Later the chief guest gave away the prizes to the notable position holders of the race. STAFF REPORT
PaKIsTan’s legendary coMMenTaTor Muneer hussaIn dIes KARACHI: Muneer Hussain, perhaps Pakistan’s best-known cricket commentator and a man credited with pioneering Urdu language commentary, has died after a prolonged illness, his family said on Monday. The 84-year-old became a legend for millions of Pakistanis through his commentary for more than three decades in Urdu, allowing those less versed in English to gain a greater understanding of cricket. Hussain played a single first-class match representing southern Balochistan province but took up commentary in the early 1970s after failing to make a big impact as a player. He was a widely travelled commentator, doing stints in the World Cups between 1975 and 2003 as well as travelling to all the major cricket-playing nations. He also edited an Urdu language monthly cricket magazine, widely popular among the fans of the game, from 1977 to 2010. The Pakistan Cricket Board and leading players sent tributes following Hussain’s death, describing his passing as “a hard-to-fill void”. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad said Hussain was a major draw for the game. “Hussain had a fan following of his own and served the game with distinction,” said Miandad in his message to the family. AGENCIES
cIbulKova geTs revenge on radWansKa GSTAAD AGENCIES
Dominika Cibulkova avenged an embarrassing defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska by overhauling the topseeded Pole 3-6 6-4 6-4 to win the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday. Earlier this year in the Sydney final, Radwanska handed the Slovakian a humiliating 6-0 6-0 loss which Cibulkova said affected her for weeks. But in Sunday’s final, the 24-yearold Cibulkova immediately shook off her nerves by winning the first game and fought tooth and nail to seal the win in two-and-a-half hours. “The difference between Sydney and today was I made the first game and after that I looked at my coach and said ‘Here we go, I am here and it’s going to be good
today,’” the Slovakian said. “It was big deal for me because I never beat Aga before and she’s a really tough competitor and I had to earn every point. It was really tough physically and mentally. That’s why I am so happy that I won.” World No 4 Radwanska entered the final with a 4-0 record against Cibulkova, and appeared to be in control after winning the first set with creative and steady play. Cibulkova then settled down, breaking Radwanska to lead 4-3 and holding on to win the second set when her opponent missed a return. The Slovakian wobbled in the decider, with a double-fault conceding a break and allowing Radwanska to take a 4-2 lead, but she broke back immediately and closed out the contest with a searing
backhand crosscourt winner. She fell to her back in joy and her father Milan jumped on to the court to embrace her. Cibulkova has flirted with the top 10, reaching a career-high 12 back in 2009, but has struggled to break through to the next level. She has failed to make an impression at the grand slams this year, but will head into the fourth and final slam, the US open, with renewed belief. “I believe I can reach the top 10, but every time I get close I feel so much pressure and I feel these expectations, which is sometimes too much,” said Cibulkova, whose win will push her to 21st in the world rankings. “Maybe (I’ll make it) when I get enough experience, and it could be this year, or next year.”
sharaPova Pulls ouT oF canadIan evenT
TORONTO: World No 2 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the WTA Rogers Cup hardcourt event in Toronto next month because of a nagging left hip injury, organisers said on Sunday. Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Sharapova, a 2009 runner-up at the Canadian event that starts August 5, has not played since losing to Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round at Wimbledon in late June. “I am extremely disappointed that I am unable to play in Toronto next week as it’s one of the best and most important tournaments of the year,” Sharapova said. AGENCIES
ENNIS-HILL UNSURE OVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LONDON AGENCIES
Jessica Ennis-Hill admitted her World Championship hopes were in the balance after enduring a frustrating return to the olympic Stadium. The London 2012 heptathlon champion was back at the scene of last summer’s gold medal triumph, but this time there was rather less for her to cheer about. The 26-year-old, who is on her way back from an Achilles tendon injury which has played havoc with
her season, followed a steady if unspectacular 100 metres hurdles run with a poor long jump at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. She said yesterday this was the acid test of her fitness, and although she came through both events unscathed, she could now be fighting a losing battle to be fit for the World Championships. The Moscow showpiece is just two weeks away. “It’s frustrating, because I always want to be at my best and I’m obviously not at my best at the moment,” she said.
“I’m so glad I competed and got to experience this crowd again, but I’m definitely not where I’d like to be.” The golden girl of British sport was greeted by a huge roar when she came up on the big screen, with the capacity crowd raising the decibel level even higher for her actual introduction. But while Mo Farah, her fellow London 2012 ‘Super Saturday’ champion, was able to bring those memories flooding back with a resounding 3,000m success, Ennis-
Hill is in a much tougher position. She said she had been “a bit apprehensive” about the injury, but it was “definitely getting better”. She accepted, though, that she faced a real dilemma over whether to go to the World Championships. “It’s that difficult decision of whether I am ready enough to go and contend,” she said. “And I hate making the decision as well. I think I am going to have to sit down with my coach (Toni Minichiello) and have a chat and see what’s best.”
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Right now I could not be more pleased with my build up to the worlds. Winning this way was just another step towards giving it a really big shot. –Mo Farah
Tuesday, 30 July, 2013
PuccI resPecTs TEnACious BAshir
wAtCh It LIve SUPER SPORTS 5TH ODI: SRI LANKA V SOUTH AFRICA
STAR CRICKET WARWICKSHIRE VS. SOMERSET
RUNo Pucci declared that he enjoyed watching Bashir Ahmad’s win over Shannon Wiratchai in April and promised to show the same level of grittiness in Jakarta. The Pakistani faced Shannon in Kings & Champions but the referee had to call for a break early on in the match as Bashir was bleeding profusely from a facial wound. Bashir did not let the injury unsettle him, though, as he stayed in the fight and attempted several submission moves that allowed him to register a unanimous decision victory on the night. Pucci, who moved to Singapore last year and now works as a coach at Evolve MMA, will face the Pak MMA fighter for his one FC debut on September 13 in Kojima vs Leone. “I thought that he [Bashir] was good as he showed heart. He wanted to win the fight and I think it’ll be a good match between the two of us,” Pucci said. “When you see the show, you just see the fight. But nobody knows how much you have to train to get ready for that fight. “I’m not just talking about me but all the fighters around. It’s a long period of training just for one fight and you don’t want to give up so easily.
easT Zone InTer-dIsTrIcT T-20 draWs announced LAHORe STAFF REPORT
“If it happens to me, I’ll do the same thing and I will be disappointed if the referee calls the fight early. “We have a similar MMA record (2 wins) but have different styles. Let’s see how it goes in the fight.” Pucci is just 23 years old and faces a man seven years his senior but the Brazilian actually has the edge in terms of experience as he’s currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt holder and a former No-Gi BJJ world champion. “I have fought in Brazil before and I came here to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
My grappling skills are solid but here at Evolve, I’ve improved on my striking skills and learnt how to complete my game,” he continued. “I studied Jiu-jitsu to improve my health and just took up fighting to apply what I learnt. And now I’m a coach at Evolve. “Sometimes, the students here are older than me and are always surprised to learn that I’m their teacher! “I’m very excited for the coming fight and I think my students will be happy to see me fight. They know I train hard and always give my best.”
ProTEAs look AhEAd To finAl ClAsh PALLeKeLe AGENCIES
yu-slIM, MT club FInal aFTer eId LAHORe STAFF REPORT
The final of 10th M Siddiq Memorial cricket event will be played between YUslim club and Model Town club after eid ul fitar. YU-slim club has reached into the final for 1st time. Model Town club has won the event 5 times, Shining club has won 2 times, while Model Town greens and Anwer Sports have won the event one time each.
Zabel adMITs doPIng
Former German sprinter Erik Zabel admitted to having used doping products including EPo from 1996 to 2004, in an interview published on German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Sunday. He also admitted to blood doping and using cortisone. Zabel’s admission comes a few days after he was named in a French government report that identified cyclists who had tested positive for EPo during the 1998 Tour de France. The 43year-old, who retired in 2008, had previously admitted in 2007 to having taken EPo in 1996, although he said he had stopped using it after one week.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa’s bowling line-up as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in the one-day series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday. Dilshan returned unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record
partnership of 184 runs to steer the hosts past South Africa’s 238 all out in the 44th over of the day-night match. Dilshan’s 17th one-day century and the second against South Africa was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes. The pair put on Sri Lanka’s highest one-day stand for any wicket against the Proteas after opener Mahela
srI lanKan Fans WanT TesT crIcKeT PALLeKeLe: The longer the Proteas tour of Sri Lanka has gone on, the louder the murmurs of discontent about the lack of a Test series have got. The local administrators have come in for quite some flak, and the fact that the mooted Lankan Premier League has now fallen through hasn’t helped their cause. It’s all a big mess. The Sri Lankans are quite partial to a match against the Proteas in these parts, of course. On current form, they would fancy scalping the number one Test team in the world. Indeed, the last time the South Africans lost a Test series, it was here. But the concerns for the health of the game are deeper lying. All around the world, there is an assortment of one-day scraps on the go. Pakistan are in the Caribbean, in a battle of cricket’s great mavericks. But they have just held a tri-series there, involving Sri Lanka and India, who are now in Zimbabwe. The games tick by, but no one really cares. The crowds in Sri Lanka have been underwhelming. Even at the going rate of just R20 a seat, they have turned a blind eye to the supposed spectacle. AGENCIES
Jayawardene had been removed for 12 in the 10th over. Left-handed Sangakkara missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep off Morne Morkel when just 10 more were needed for victory. Ragged South Africa paid dearly for conceding 20 extras that included 17 wides and a no-ball. The emphatic victory by the 2011 World Cup finalists reduced Wednesday’s fifth and final match in Colombo to a formality. But Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said he was unlikely to make many changes for the last game. “We want to make it 4-1,” Mathews said. “I think we did well to restrict them after the good start they got. And then Dilshan and Sangakkara showed how good they are.” Earlier, JP Duminy hit 97 and a fitagain Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238 after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat. But the Proteas undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118-1 in the 22nd over. “We were about 30 runs short,” South African captain AB de Villiers admitted. “It was a great knock there by JP because there was a lot more turn in the pitch.
The East Zone Inter Distrit T-20 event draws has been announced here, in this regard a special meeting of Tournament Committe of East Zone has held in the charimanship of Waqar-ul-Munir. In the meeting zonal president Mr Kamil Ali shah Zonal secretary Syed Habib ul Hassan Shah, committee secretary M Islam and members M Khursheed, Malik M Riaz, Abdul Rauf, Ghulam Abbas and Azmat Baig were also present in the meeting. The committee has announced the all draws by belt. The 46 affiliated clubs of the Zone have divided into 4 groups. The First round draws are as under group A - (A)Cantonment gym vs shaheen Club, (B)ghari shaho gym vs young Prince club, (C)dharampura sports vs Prince club, (d)lAhore gym vs dawn Club, (E)ghalib gym vs shafqat rana Club, (f)Aamir Memorial Club vs Tauseef Club group B - (A)new union Club vs Mughalpura Whites, (B)Mughalpura sports vs dharampura gym, (C)young ghari shaho gym vs young Mughalpura greeners, (d)lucky star vs Baghbanpura Eaglets, (E)ghaziabad gym vs gulberg Eaglets, (f)raja Club vs golden star group C - (A)khan sports vs fayyaz Memorial, (B)rising star vs shining Cub, (C)imperial Club vs Mughalpura gym , (d)ghaziabad sports vs young Mughalpura gym, (E)Mughalpura institute vs Jallo gym , (f)khan gym vs servis Club group d - (A)Mughalpura Xi vs faran sports, (B)dharampura Club vs servis Colts, (C)gaddafi Club vs young lucky star, (d)Muslimabad gym vs Punjab Club and (E)Alhamra Club vs ghalib sports 2nd round draws group A - A vs d, B vs E, C vs f group B - A vs d, B vs E, C vs f group C - A vs d, B vs E, C vs f group d - A vs d, B vs E, C Bye 3rd round draws group A - A vs d (Bye), (B vs E), (C vs f) = W group B - B vs E (Bye), (A vs d), (C vs f) = X group d - C vs f (Bye), (A vs d), (B vs E) = y group f - B vs E (Bye), (A vs d), (C ) = Z quarterfinal draws group A - Bye vs W group B - Bye vs X group C - Bye vs y group d - Bye vs Z semifinal draws Winner group A vs Winner group C Winner group B vs Winner group d
PACQUIAO FOR PRESIDENT? MAcAU AGENCIES
Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao is harbouring thoughts of running for president in his beloved homeland when he finally hangs up his gloves, he revealed to AFP in an exclusive interview. Giving his strongest hint yet that he will push to the top of the political tree when he finally retires from the ring, the “Pacman” – a hero and congressman in his home country – admitted he had considered the presidency of the 95 million-strong nation. When pressed on whether he had thought about shooting for the top job, the
softly-spoken 34-year-old replied “Yes”. Drawing parallels between his pugilism and politics careers, the former world champion in eight weight divisions said: “When I started boxing, of course I was planning, you know and thinking about getting to become a champion. So when I enter politics it’s the same thing. “But, you know, it’s far away,” he said, adding: “It’s God’s will.” Before that, however, Pacquiao whose record stands at 54 wins, five losses and two draws, must concentrate on his latest bout – a post breakfast-time tear-up with US fighter Brandon Rios, kicking off at the Venetian resort-hotel in Macau at 10am on November 24.
The unconventional start time is for the benefit of the lucrative US pay-perview audience, who will be settling down to watch the fight mid-evening on Saturday, as top US promoter Bob Arum attempts to elbow his way into the China market. And viewers will not be oblivious to the fact that it is probably make or break time for Pacquiao’s boxing career. Despite his last fight ending in a disastrous knockout, when Juan Manuel Marquez caught him with a huge right hand that saw the Filipino crumple to the canvas – his second successive defeat – Pacquiao refuses to entertain the notion that he will lose a third straight bout, or retire. He said he was “100 percent” sure he would beat
Rios (31-1-1), giving him one more chance to regain his credibility – and potentially another shot at a world title. “He’s oK but I can say he’s a greasy fighter and he loves to fight inside, he loves to fight toe-to-toe,” he said in an interview on Saturday as he kicked off a promotional tour for the Rios battle. “This is going to be a good fight – more action in the ring. Hopefully he won’t run away.” Pacquiao insists he is as fit as ever, will focus on not leaving himself open to Marquez-style punishment, and has ignored calls from friends, family and media commentators, fearful for his health, to call it a day.
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balochistan cM announces peace talks with militants QUeTTA STAFF REPORT
ALoCHISTAN Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has announced to hold dialogue with all militant groups operating in the restive province of Pakistan. Speaking in the Balochistan Assembly over worsening law and order in the province on Monday, Dr Baloch said a high powered committee comprising members of the assembly would be formed to hold dialogue with all militant groups operating in Balochistan. “Formal negotiations would be initiated
soon after Eidul Fitr,” he announced in the House. Dr Baloch said use of force has not produced any positive result and emphasised on political solution to all issues of the province. He further said that the provincial and federal governments are on the same page regarding talks with militants. In response to a question, he said that all stake holders were taken onboard regarding talks with militants groups. He said his government has resettled family members of Late Nawab Akbar Bugti in Dera Bugti. “Whether sectarian or Baloch groups, we will hold talks with them,” he said. Sectarian killings and suicide bombings against Shia Hazara community has
claimed more than a thousand lives in the violence-ridden province over the years. Similarly violence relating to Baloch insurgency has also claimed thousands of lives. Lawmakers in the provincial assembly have expressed concerns over deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan. Both members of treasury and opposition benches lashed out at law enforcers for their failure to protect lives and properties of masses. The chief minister strongly condemned killings of coast guards personnel and brother of Zahoor Buledi also. He, however, announced that unnecessary check posts on national highways would be removed after com-
plaints by members. “To be frank, these check posts are a source of trouble rather than averting terrorism,” he remarked. on load shedding, Dr Baloch said the provincial government was determined to resolve the issue of power outages. He said the situation was grave when it comes to availability of power supply in Balochistan. Speaking in the House, parliamentary leader of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Rahim Ziaratwal said no parallel government can be allowed in Balochistan. He said there was no justification for Baloch separatists to blow up electric pylons in the province. opposition leader Maulana Wasey urged upon
eighth polio case reported in Khyber
MQM will partner with anyone to become part of govt: Qaim ali shah SUKKUR: Chief Minister of Sindh and the provincial President of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Qaim Ali Shah said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) fancied partnering with any political party that was in power. Speaking to the media at Sukkur airport, he said the possibility of the MQM becoming a part of the Sindh government still exists. However, he said that the doors for an alliance with MQM would not be closed, despite it being too late. MQM was also a part of the PPP led government from 2008 to 2013, and sat in the opposition in the last few days of the PPP led government’s tenure, he said. MQM had previously criticised Shah when he first went to Liyari after taking office. The party has already declared its support for PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain in the presidential elections, that the PPP has decided to boycott. Previously, PPP leader Manzoor Hussain Wasan had also stated the possibility of MQM joining the government. on June 26, the two parties pledged to set aside their differences as the MQM announced its unconditional support for PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain in the upcoming presidential election. STAFF REPORT
For PMl-n, MQM more dearer than sana LAHORE: Just a few hours after Punjab Law Minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah said that his party was not entering into an alliance with the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), an official PML-N statement put a leash on the firebrand leader saying he should tow party line and dissuade from hurting PML-N’s reconciliatory efforts with MQM. Talking to a private TV channel, Sanaullah had said the PML-N had only approached the MQM for their support in the presidential election. “our opinion of the MQM still remains the same. The Election Commission will investigate rigging allegations against the MQM during the May 11 polls,” he had said. on July 26, the MQM announced that it would unconditionally support PML-N presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain after a meeting between leaders of both parties at MQM headquarters Nine Zero. Taking notice of Sana’s statement and news reports that the MQM had also summoned a meeting to discuss the verbal assault, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed said that Sana’s statement was not in accordance with the PML-N’s stance regarding MQM and he should support the reconciliation overtures with the party that enjoys “people’s mandate”. Rasheed also called on MQM to ignore Sana’s statement. STAFF REPORT
government to expedite efforts for restoration of durable peace in the province. A treasury member, Nasrullah Zarai levelled serious allegations against police. “Police have barged into houses in Bareech Colony and Belili and looted jewelry and cash money,” he claimed. Zarai said innocent inmates were harassed for more than an hour and nothing regarding terrorism was proved against them. Another treasury member from Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, obaidullah Jan Babat said three people were gunned in brazen day light in Qandahari bazar area of Quetta. “Kidnappers freely move everywhere in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan,” he said. Babat said law enforcers were the silent spectators of worsening law and order situation in Balochistan. Khalid Langove, another treasury member from ruling National Party said people of Kalat were made hostage by an influential personality backed by state agencies. Dr Ruqia Hashmi, a PML-Q member said law enforcers were failed to protect Hazara town area of Quetta. “What is the role of frontier corps,” she questioned and added that despite strict security how a suicide bomber reached Hazara town.
KARACHI: Election Commission workers unload polling material at the Sindh Assembly for the presidential election to be held today (Tuesday). ONLINE
We did it! KhAttAK ClAims pti govt AChieved in 60 dAys whAt otheRs Couldn’t in 60 yeARs PeSHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday expressed satisfaction over his government’s performance saying it was moving forward according to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s agenda and claimed, “We did in 60 days what others could not accomplish in the last 60 years.” “I shall make public all these achievements on August 30,” he said while speaking on a point of order in the KP Assembly
northern Pakistan jolted by 5.3 magnitude tremors
sets Aug 30 deAdline foR offiCiAls to implement his oRdeRs on Monday. He said unfortunately the federal government was reluctant to resolve the issues of electricity load shedding and terrorism. Without mentioning the names of the Awami National Party and leaders of other political forces, the CM said he was surpised to read statements criticising the PTI government in the newspapers every morning.” and would like to question the leaders of those parties on their own performance in the previous five years of government. He claimed that his government was the first to put on track the affairs of
A new case of polio emerged in the Khyber tribal area raising this year’s total in the region to eight. Media reports stated that a one-yearold girl was diagnosed with poliovirus type P1 in Bara’s Malik Dinkhel. The rising polio cases were attributed to the ongoing militancy which had resulted in a dearth of social mobilization campaigns in the region. The child did not receive any dose of the oral polio vaccine (oPV) and tested positive at Islamabad’s National Institute of Health. This was the eighth polio case reported during the last six weeks in the Khyber Agency. The militancy-hit area in which the girl’s family resided was inaccessible to vaccination teams since September 2009. Four, two and two cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab this year, respectively. FATA reported a total of 11 polio cases since 2012, with eight of them in Bara tehsil. Bara had been under curfew since the past three years, thus barring access to anti-polio vaccinators.
almost all government departments. Khattak said they were determined to implement the PTI agenda of change. He said work would begin from the Revenue and Police departments. Reforms were in progress, he said. He declared August 30 as the deadline for the officials of all administrative departments and urged the officials to review their departments’ policies otherwise they would face stern action after August 30. The PTI would make public its agenda for change on August 30, he said.
ISLAMABAd: A 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted several areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , Azad Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan on Monday. The tremor was felt in Peshawar‚ Swat‚ Nowshera‚ Malakand‚ Upper Dir, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Chitral, Khyber Agency‚ Rawalpindi/ Islamabad and Azad Kashmir. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) sited the Hindu Kush region as the epicentre of the earthquake. Preliminary data released by the USGS showed that seismic activity occurred at a depth of 203 km. No loss of life or property was reported however, panic stricken residents rushed out of their houses. ONLINE
John Kerry expected to arrive on 31st ISLAMABAD ONLINE
US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay a two-day visit to Pakistan beginning from July 31. According to a private TV channel, Kerry’s visit schedule has been finalized. Kerry had accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan, extended to him by Adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
KeRRy will hold meetings with pAKistAni pResident And pRime ministeR during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Asean Regional Forum on July 2. The US secretary of State was previ-
ously expected to arrive in Pakistan on July 29. However the trip was later postponed after US officials said that he would visit Pakistan in “a few days time”. Reports said that the condition of Kerry’s wife, who has suffered a stroke earlier this month, was improving and that the US secretary of State was expected to arrive in Pakistan on July 31. According to the new itinerary, Kerry would hold meetings with the Pakistani president, prime minister, and
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the advisor for national security and foreign affairs on August 1. The US official will hold negotiations with key Pakistan government and military leadership over resumption of Pak-US Strategic dialogues. During his meetings, matters pertaining to US economic assistance to Islamabad including funding for Diamer-Basha Dam will also come under discussion. Key issues including drone attacks in Pakistan are expected to be discussed during the US official’s visit.