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Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry says courts make all decisions within constitutional framework KARACHI stAff report
hIeF Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Saturday said the Supreme Court would not retreat even an inch from the constitution in its dispensation of justice. Speaking to a gathering of lawyers at the Karachi Bar, the chief justice said the judiciary was taking all decisions in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan. he said the courts made all decisions within the framework of constitution and could not at all digress from it. “When the decisions were not made in accordance with the constitution, neither democracy nor parliament sur-
vived,” the CJ said. he said the apex court’s order of July 31, 2012 had put an end to unconstitutional steps that were being taken. Justice Iftikhar was referring to a July court order on the worsening law and order in Balochistan. The CJ added that Balochistan issue was under hearing in the court, so not much could be said about it. he said the petition relating to Balochistan issue came from the bar, which was a surprising but good move. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said lawyers were deeply affected by the events of May 12, 2007 and April 9, 2007. he added that a strong bar would boost the strength of the country’s judiciary.
Apologies cannot appease the Baloch: Akhtar Mengal BNP chief says holding elections in Balochistan in current circumstances is impossible g PTI chief Imran Khan says political issues need political, not military solutions g
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Balochistan National Party chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal on Saturday said mere apologies and “packages” could not resolve the issues of Balochistan, as the people of Balochistan had been driven to a point of no return by continued atrocities by successive governments, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said Balochistan was a political issue and needed a political, not military solution. Addressing a joint press conference with PTI chief Imran Khan after a meeting at Islamabad, Mengal said verbal apologies could not resolve the issues being faced by Balochistan unless the forces guilty of crimes against the Baloch admitted their mistakes, adding that the very forces had no remorse for what they had done in Balochistan. The BNP chief stated had the particular quarter had any regrets for what they did in Balochis-
tan, their attitude in the Supreme Court would have been anything but aggressive. “The attorney general of Pakistan, the chief law officer of the federation, acts as a lieutenant general during hearing of the Balochistan case in the Supreme Court,” Mengal continued. Charity: To a question on the centre giving several benefits to Baloch people in the Balochistan rights package and the NFC Award, Continued on page 04
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No military operation going on in Balochistan: Kaira LaLaMUSa: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said there was no military operation going on in Balochistan and if someone had any proof that there was, he should share it with the government, the media and the judiciary. Talking to reporters, Kaira said the Pakistan Army had given assurances in the Supreme Court that there was no operation going on in Balochistan and had also submitted an affidavit in this regard. “If there is still any mistrust in this regard, it will be removed by the measures taken by the government,” he added. he said Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s meetings with the leadership of other political parties was a good sign, “but it should not be used for political point scoring”. “We respect the real political leadership of Balochistan and welcome them back home.” he said free, fair and transparent elections were the only solution to the Balochistan issue. “The Baloch political leadership should take part in the next general elections, which are not far away and whatever decision the people of Balochistan will make in the polls, will be acceptable to all,” he added. Akhtar Mengal’s role remained very important in the country’s politics and he should play that role again, he said. The information minister said all political parties had confidence in the election Commission of Pakistan and the Baloch leaders should share suggestions with the commission, if any, for free and fair elections. Kaira said soon after coming to power, the PPP government had apologized to the people of Balochistan for the injustices meted out to them during the past regime. App
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Call to allocate more seats for non-Muslims to preserve minority rights ISLAMABAD tAyyAb HussAIn
A representative delegation on Saturday urged the leaders of major political parties to work for bringing electoral reforms in the country ensuring more participation of nonMuslims in assemblies, the Senate and other major decision-making bodies to secure equal rights for them. Meeting the political leaders of various parties, the National Lobbying Delegation (NLD) for electoral Rights of non-Muslims demanded including the agenda for constitutional reforms in their manifestos for election 2013 and to reform the constitution and the Pakistan Penal Code. The delegation met Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, MQM Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar, PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid hussain Sayed, Minister of State for National harmony Akram Masih Gill, PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul haq, Jamaat-e-Islami Lahore chief Ameerul Azim and Chaudhry Man-
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zoor, a former PPP parliamentarian, member PPP Manifesto Committee for elections 2013 and in-charge People’s Labour Bureau to present their recommendations before them. During the meetings, the political leadership vowed to take up these suggestions with their parties well before the next general elections. The NLD made recommendations in light of the two research studies conducted by the Church World Service Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS P/A) to make the joint electorate work in Pakistan. The political leaders acknowledged that laws barring non-Muslims from assuming higher offices in the state institutions needed reforms. During discussion with the delegation Khan said, “I am shocked to hear this. We cannot progress as a country and move forward as a nation like this.” he also criticized certain Muslim groups who were preaching the people of Kailash valley to convert to Islam and termed it un-Islamic.
Khan promised that he would do away with all kinds of discrimination if he comes to power. “We will protect the religious minorities of Pakistan once we are in power,” he added. Mushahid said, “I think these are important points. We will take up your suggestions with our party leadership,” he said, “I suggest you to take up two issues first, the absence of marriage and birth certificate systems and registration of national identity cards, to begin with”. Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and MQM Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar, said, “We will work with other political parties to build a consensus to get Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s famous speech of August 11 inserted as Article 2-B in the constitution of Pakistan. This will help offset the discriminatory undertones of Article 2-A, and other similar articles in the constitution.” Sattar said, “Our party is seriously considering nomination of non-Muslim candidates on general seats and to award party tickets to them in the next elections.” he also supported the delegation’s sug-
gestion that there should be reserved seats for the non-Muslim women. Gill assured the delegation that he would take up the issues of registration of national identity card and marriage and death certificate with the authorities concerned and advised the delegation to hold a meeting with the NADRA chairman for resolving issues related with the issuance of national identity cards. Manzoor said, “I am all for it. This is what our party stands for. I will take up your suggestions in the meeting of our manifesto committee and would do whatever I could to get your views across to the all levels of party leadership and in the government.” “Most of the problems you have raised today and focused on during your presentations date back to 1980s. I strongly feel that we are still being haunted by the policies of the Zia era,” Manzoor said. PML-N Chairman haq said, “I am impressed by the efforts you have made to prepare such a valuable data and I am thankful to all of you for sharing these suggestions. I would present these suggestions during our party’s
next meeting”. Raja said he was totally against the misuse of the blasphemy laws. “There is nothing bad about this. What we need to do is to figure out a way that it is not misused,” he said, adding that most of such allegations and accusations were never prosecuted following a due course of law. “We need to ensure that first information report is registered based on evidence against the person who is accused of blasphemy then the court should decide the matter. It is the court’s job to adjudicate law,” he said, blaming those who took law in their hands and admitted that it was the most unfortunate aspect of these laws. The NLD also met JI leader Ameerul Azim and Zikarullah Mujahid, the JI secretary general, at the Jamaat office in Lahore. “Our party stands for the rule of law and we favor equal rights for all Pakistanis irrespective of their creed and customs,” Azim said. he agreed that these were important issues and it was the responsibility of political parties to resolve the issues faced by the non-Muslims.
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ARY reporter shot dead in Khuzdar QUETTA stAff report
Abdul haq Baloch, a reporter of ARY News and general secretary of Khuzdar Press Club, was killed in his hometown on Saturday. According to police, unidentified armed motorcyclists sprayed haq’s car with bullets on Chakar Khan Road when he was returning home. he received serious injuries and died on the spot. Soon after the incident, police rushed to the area and shifted the body to local hospital. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
Police have registered a case against the assailants and investigations are underway. Meanwhile, Balochistan Union of Journalists President esa Tareen and Secretary General hamadullah strongly condemned the killing of another journalist and demanded the government arrest the culprits. In a statement, the BUJ office bearers said “anti-journalism elements” who had already gunned down five reporters in Khuzdar, had wiped another one out. It said the journalist community of Khuzdar had been threatened by groups for their role in bringing the facts before the public.
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US peace delegates arriving to protest drone strikes WASHINGTON speCIAL CorresponDent
A US peace movement, CODePINK, has announced that 40 American activists will be traveling to Pakistan from October 3 to10 on a mission to protest drone strikes and urge friendly relations between the two countries. The group said it wants US relations with broader Muslim world, to be based on peace and friendship, not drone strikes and military occupations. The announcement came as a new US study Living Under Drones by human rights researchers from Stanford and New York Universities, has fueled a fresh debate on the costs and benefits of the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles in pursuit of suspected militant targets. The study details Pakistani civilian casualties in tribal areas and says the drone strikes have had counterproductive effects. “In the United States, the dominant
narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling ‘targeted killings’ of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. This narrative is false,” the study asserted. According to the US media reports, American officials have not commented specifically on the new report. Over the years, the Obama Administration has been defending the drone strikes as the most useful option available in a complex environment in getting rid of militants holed up in the Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghan border. Pakistani Foreign Minister hina Rabbani Khar said in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week that while Islamabad does not differ on the aim of the drone strikes, the method currently employed, without Pakistani permission, is illegal and in contravention of international law.
h e popularity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which was once head and shoulders clear of others, has gone down according to a new survey, while the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) has taken the top position. This was revealed by the International Republican Institute (IRI) survey based on the opinions of six thousand people from various segments of society about political parties and the public problems in the July-August period.
To a question which party would they vote for if elections for the National Assembly were held next week, 28 percent of the people said they would vote for the PML-N, 24 percent for the PTI, 14 percent for the Pakistan People’s Party and three percent for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. Compared with the IRI’s February survey, the PML-N’s popularity has increased by 3.7 percent, while the PTI’s popularity has sharply dropped down by 22.6 percent and the PPP’s by 12.5 percent. The replies to this question, if taken province-wise, the PML-N was on the top in Punjab with 43 percent people supporting the party, 27 percent for the PTI and
seven percent for the PPP. Against the February results, the PML-N support has surged, as their voters rose to 43 percent from 41 percent, while the PTI’s came down to 27 percent from 33 percent and those of PPP dropped to seven percent from nine percent. About 79 percent people vowed to cast vote in the next election, 12 percent did not want to vote, while six percent were not yet fully ready. Pti, aNP rejeCt iri SUrvey: Meanwhile, PTI and ANP expressed strong reservations over the IRI survey report. PTI chief Imran Khan admitted that his party’s popularity has witnessed a decline of 10 percent. Talking to a private TV channel, the cricket-turned-politician did not accept the 22 percent figure of the IRI survey, but admitted that his party’s popularity did go down but only by 10 percent. The PTI chief maintained that ‘these voters did not turn in favor of some other party’ and that his party would soon be able to reverse this trend. he said the ruling Pakistan People’s Party has also gone down. ANP spokesman Senator Zahid Khan said that his party rejects the IRI survey, adding that it could not be considered the view point of the people of Pakistan. he said such surveys were carried out for self publicity. he said the ANP had made tremendous contributions by giving relief to the people and established nine universities in the province to promote education. PML-N leader Senator Pervez Rashid said the survey had proved the popularity of their party and people’s confidence in it.
British paper alleges ISI role in Hina-Bilawal aﬀair rumors PPP figures say they believed claims are part of an ISI plot to damage Hina’s reputation for facilitating a UN investigation into thousands of missing people g Journalist says man behind the Blitz report, Salah Uddin Shoaib choudhury is a cheat and fraud
NEWS DESK Claims of an affair between hina Rabbani Khar, the 34-year-old foreign minister, and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 24-year-old scion of the country’s most powerful dynasty have fuelled feverish speculation and outrage in Pakistan since they were reported in a Bangladeshi tabloid earlier this week. According to Blitz Weekly, the married foreign secretary, who has two young children with her millionaire husband, and Bi-
lawal Bhutto-Zardari, want to marry and have been regularly talking on the telephone and sending one another cards. The tabloid claimed President Zardari is firmly opposed to their alleged relationship and had sought details of their mobile telephone conversations to establish the facts. The paper cited “western intelligence agencies” as the source of details of messages the ‘couple’ had sent each other. hina and her husband have dismissed the claims as “reprehensible” and “trash”.
According to The Daily Telegraph, some Pakistan People’s Party figures said they believed the claims were part of a plot by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to damage hina’s reputation because it blames her for her part in facilitating a UN investigation into thousands of missing people detained by the security forces. One PPP official told The Daily Telegraph that the ISI expects the United Nations’ Working Group on enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to recommend senior army and intelligence officials be charged for their role and blame hina for allowing the delegation into the country. “They are not happy with her,” the official said. “The UN mission received a cold reception but hina was called in by the president to meet him and the army chief. She crossed some red line.” The government has not officially commented on the allegations. Meanwhile, William Gomes, a journalist, has claimed that the man behind the report in Blitz, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is a cheat and fraud. Gomes quoted a journalist Brenda West as saying “Choudhury operates a shady website called Jethro Conglomerate, for which a scam alert has been posted by an organization that regulates the business dealings of the commodities Choudhury sells. Choudhury
Military denies differences with Hina, warns Telegraph raWaLPiNDi: The military on Saturday rejected the rumors of differences between Foreign Minister hina Rabbani Khar and the country’s premier spy agency, the InterServices Intelligence (ISI). A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the allegations published by UK-based Daily Telegraph about purported differences between Khar and the ISI were “absurd and baseless”. “The ISI has nothing to do with this defamation campaign and neither any problem exists between the foreign minister and the agency,” an ISPR spokesman said on Saturday. he said that it was the handiwork of those who wanted to weaken the state by creating misunderstandings between various institutions. “It is not something new because such people have been fabricating misleading and impish stories in the past as well,” he said. The ISPR said that the British newspaper “needs to behave more responsibly and confirm veracity of information from respective entities before printing such malicious stories.” The spokesman termed the effort involving the agencies as “rubbish” and “part of a propaganda campaign”. “We reserve the right to take legal action on such anonymous reports without quoting any names and sources,” he added. stAff report states on the Jethro Conglomerates website that he represents a company called Noca. Noca itself does not seem legitimate. It is not licensed. It provides no information about who owns or runs the company. The representatives they do list could be of interest to law enforcement. The Noca site says it is located in Canada but it gives an unpublished
Nevada phone number. There is an odor of mobster activity connected with this enterprise, as well as Choudhury’s involvement in it. As we shall see in Choudhury’s published resume, Choudhury worked closely with the indicted mobster, Aziz Mohammed Bhai, who fled Bangladesh in 2009 to avoid imprisonment for various charges, including murder.”
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President Asif Ali Zardari has reiterated Pakistan’s principled stance to continue all political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren, who have rendered countless sacrifices for upholding their dignity and freedom, pleading for equity and justice and the fulfillment of the promise for the effective exercise of their right to selfdetermination, as envisaged in the relevant UN resolutions. he was talking to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of All Parties hurriyat Conference, who called on him in New York on the sidelines of UNGA session. Foreign Minister
hina Rabbani Khar, Ambassador Sherry Rehman and Ambassador Masood Khan were also present. Zardari reiterated his call to the international community to focus its attention towards the plight of Kashmiri people, who have been waging a legitimate struggle for their
Muslim girl cannot skip swim class: German court BERLIN Afp
A German court on Friday refused to allow a Muslim student to skip swimming lessons after she said she was uncomfortable being so close to bare-chested boys. The 12-year-old, originally from Morocco but going to school in the southern German city of Frankfurt, had refused to take part in swimming lessons and had been marked down accordingly. She filed to be given the right to skip the classes, her lawyer arguing that according to the Koran, she was not only forbidden from showing herself to boys but also from seeing the topless boys. An administrative court
in Kassel, western Germany, rejected her application. It said in its ruling that she could wear the fullbody swimsuit, known as the “burkini” already used by several girls at her school, which would be enough to guarantee her religious freedom. The family had chosen to live in Germany where mixed swimming classes were the norm, the court pointed out. One of the aims of the school system was to promote integration and tolerance, the court added, citing a ruling by Germany’s constitutional court. The applicant would have to put up with the sight of her classmates in their swimming costumes, the court said.
right to self-determination over six decades, despite sufferings huge losses and human rights violations. APhC Chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq thanked the president for the support extended to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination.
Can’t do it twice: ANF busts heroin smuggling
Mengal said the Baloch people had never been struggling for alms or charity from the federation. “We have only been struggling for our due rights, not charity. The Baloch youth are not sacrificing their lives for ‘packages’ or from share in the NFC Award. We have been demanding the ownership of our own resources since 1947.” he said no voice had been raised against the genocide of Baloch people throughout the country, adding that holding elections in Balochistan in the current circumstances was impossible. Mengal said his purpose for being in Islamabad was not to ask the Centre of resolution of the crisis, but to contact the Supreme Court for the missing persons’ case only, as he had seen a ray of hope from the apex court in the Balochistan missing persons’ case. To a question, Mengal said he had failed to seek strong practical support from political parties, other than sympathies. however, Mengal said the political parties from Punjab
could rescue Balochs from the jaws of “certain forces”. The BNP leader said despite providing natural gas to the entire country, Sui and other area of the province were yet to get gas supply. MaLik: Ruling out foreign involvement in the province, Mengal said, “Why is it that only Rehman Malik and a few agencies can see the evil work of foreign hands in Balochistan, why is the media or the international community unable to see the same. If any such thing exists, why is the government silent and not raising an issue with those involved in the province?” Mengal said he was proud of raising a voice for the Baloch nation and speaking about the
tears of Baloch mothers so that the people in Punjab could become aware of the atrocities inflicted upon the people of Balochistan. The BNP chief thanked Imran Khan for supporting his six-point agenda. iMraN khaN: The PTI chief said political issues could not be resolved through use of military might, but by political means only. “There is no future for Pakistan if the state fails to provide justice to smaller provinces, affected sects and minorities. It is time to create a new Pakistan and to move ahead after learning from past mistakes,” Imran said. he said the worsening law and order in Balochistan was the failure of the government, and armed
forces or the agencies would have been solely responsible in absence of a government. he said the PTI raised a voice against the military rule and operation even when there was no democratic government in the country. The PTI chief also questioned the role of government in Balochistan if everything was being run by the armed forces. “Now even courts are saying that people are being detained and abducted from the province, and if any of the agencies is involved in the issue, it is a wrong approach and not the right solution to the issue,” he added. Imran said his party always opposed military expeditions in Balochistan as well as in FATA. “If the hamoodur Rehman commission report had been made public and necessary actions initiated against those pointed out in the report, the situation in the country would not have come to this,” the PTI chief said. earlier, Mengal met Imran Khan, during which the PTI chief and leader Makhdoom Javed hashmi pledged to support Mengal’s proposals.
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Saturday seized 25 kilograms of heroin from the cargo of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, and arrested two suspects. According to ANF officials, an attempt to smuggle heroin to London was busted when ANF officials found 25kg heroin from the domestic cargo of a London-bound PIA flight. The heroin was concealed in secret pockets of clothes and crockery. The officials also arrested two suspects and started investigation. The arrested suspects disclosed that they had managed to smuggle 30kg heroin to UK through another accomplice a couple of days back.
AnKArA: turkish president Abdullah Gul shakes hands with former prime minister yousaf raza Gilani before a meeting on saturday.
PPP, PML-Q reprimand Mengal on tirade against army ISLAMABAD stAff report
With two major opposition parties – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – joining the voice of Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Akhtar Mengal, two key coalition partners – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) – on Saturday took the Baloch nationalist to task, terming his six-points agenda and his tirade against the armed forces as “inappropriate”. It was PML-Q Information Secretary Senator Kamil Ali Agha who confronted the defiant Baloch leader, warning him against “imposing” his sixpoint formula upon the entire Baloch nation. Wondering what kind of the ideas Mengal was floating, Agha termed the six points as premature. Strongly criticizing Mengal’s views for holding the armed forces and intelligence agencies responsible for worsening law and order situation in Balochistan province, Agha questioned that his remarks against the armed forces of the country did not reflect even an iota of truth.
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Agha said that all stakeholders, including the tribal chiefs of Balochistan should sit together and come up with a joint strategy to resolve Balochistan unrest. he said that the Balochistan issue was not a simple one and rather it was a very complicated issue. The situation in Balochistan could not be resolved by implementing ‘six points’ proposed by Mengal and rather all the stakeholders should sit together to seriously resolve the matter, he asserted. Meanwhile, Religious Affairs Minister and senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah termed Mengal’s statement as “inappropriate”, adding that he should abstain from making such comments. Talking to the media at the inaugural ceremony of PCR laboratory in Sukkur, Shah said that provinces were given autonomy after bringing in amendments in the constitution. Referring to the statement of PML-N chief, Khursheed Shah said Nawaz Sharif should tell what else could be done for the people of Balochistan. Shah said his party had no issues if the election commission could hold local body polls and the general elections.
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PML-N likely to face tough time in Hazara in coming polls growing influence of JUI-f, aNP, PTI to affect Pml-N’s position in traditional stronghold g aNP steadily gaining ground after wooing influential political families, leaders g
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ULTI-DIMeNSIONAL issues, especially the establishment of hazara province and Abaseen Division, would definitely influence the forthcoming election in hazara division, considered a stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League since the inception of the country. Both issues, along with growing influence of the Awami National Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and internal rifts amongst the leaguers in all six districts of hazara seem huge hurdles before the leaders and stalwarts of the PML-N who are eyeing a landslide win, like in 1993 and 1997. Both factions of the PML swept the 2008 general election in hazara, where its nominees returned victorious against maximum seats. While the ANP and JUI-F also established their influence in the region with winning one berth each in the provincial assembly. however, after establishing its govern-
ment, the ANP succeeded in getting association of most of independent MPs beside influential families from Mansehra, Tanawal and Batgram. On the other hand, JUI-F leaders took benefit of the PML-N’s mistake and won seats in the National Assembly. Similarly, the PTI has also enhanced its influence by getting association of influential leaders like Azam Swati, Khurshid Azam Khan, Nisar Safdar, Yousaf Ayub Khan and others. Though it is premature to say anything about the outcome of upcoming election in hazara region, it might be hard for any single political force to gain majority. however, beside PML factions, the JUI-F, ANP and PTI will definitely get some berths from the seven national and 22 provincial assembly seats. Despite their claims, the PML-N leadership has suffered a lot due to internal rifts. Captain (r) Safdar’s failure to address wishes and expectations of electorates and the party’s defeat in by-elections after the death of Faiz Mohammad Khan, have badly affected the party’s reputation in Mansehra. Similar is its position in almost all of Abbottabad and haripur districts, while
the party also seems completely uprooted in Batgram. however, with the induction of Gohar Ayub Khan family and fielding of Maryam Nawaz Sharif in place of Captain (r) Safdar, the PML-N could restore its lost position in both haripur and Mansehra districts. Compared to haripur and Mansehra, the PML-N position seems better in Abbottabad where its nominees could become victorious in case of isolation of other political forces. On the issue of renaming of NWFP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, agitation turned violent when former provincial minister Baba haider Zaman along with his aides and followers come out onto roads. Besides demanding establishment of hazara province, Zaman adopted a critical and hostile attitude towards the PML-N. The move affected the image of PMLN and boosted up Zaman and his aides from PML-Q. So far, both Zaman and PML-Q leaders are one and united and might be harmful to the PML-N in the future. In Batgram, Tanwal and Torghar districts, the ANP leadership has made stable gains with drumming up support of influential families. Former MNA Nawabzada Salahuddin
Saeed, sitting MPA habibur Rehman Tanoli from Mansehra, family of Ayub Khan of Alayee and Yousaf Tarand have already joined the ANP. however, diehard ANP stalwarts from the area seem unhappy with what they call undue respect to leaders of both families, as in recent past, they developed a repute for “changing loyalties”. But the disgruntled ANP stalwarts are firm on continuation of association with the party and they would honor party decisions regarding elections. Like in the past, people from most backward and remote Kohistan district are still divided, but a majority is loyal to the PML-N, JUI-F and ANP. The family of late Maulana Abdul Baqi recently joined the ANP along with engineer Sajjad, who occupies a berth in the provincial assembly. At the moment, the National Assembly seat is in PMLN’s control, while three provincial assembly seats are divided amongst different political forces. Despite serious hurdles and opposition, the ANP has earned a good reputation in almost all of hazara region and it popularity in hazara is against the interests of none other then PML-N.
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TI asks OGDCL chief to probe illegal procurements iSLaMaBaD: Transparency International Pakistan on Friday wrote to the OGDCL chairman, asking him to investigate allegations of violation of Public Procurement Rules 2004 on procurement of multi-geo strings and spares worth more than Rs 93 million. According to the letter, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, Transparency International Pakistan received a complaint on September 25 from M/s C-Shine International on the allegation of violation of Public Procurement Rules 2004 in procurement of multi-geo phone strings and spares, tender enquiry Proc-Fe/Prop/ecmp-410/2012 only from single source M/s Wahal Sunful Geophysical exploration equipment company, China, through its local agents M/s Ie Service, Islamabad. Transparency International Pakistan requested the OGDCL to examine the complaint, and if it was correct, to rectify it. “When more than six international manufactures… were available and most of them had supplied multi-geo phone settings to the OGDCL in the past, why were open tenders not invited? “The procurement has been reported by another complaint to be of over Rs 93 million, then why the OGDCL has not followed rule no 12? All procurements opportunities over Rs 2 two million should be advertised on the authority’s website as well as in other print media or newspapers having wide circulation,” read the letter. Public Procurement Rules 2004 have eliminated all discretions in procurements process and venues of corrupt practices in tendering, by making the procedures transparent and comprises of inbuilt checks and balances, to eliminate manipulation in tender awards. nA sAHI
Sharifs corruption references: Court adjourns hearing until Oct 10 RAWALPINDI Inp
Rawalpindi Accountability Court Judge Chaudhry Abdul haq on Saturday adjourned the hearing until October 10 a NAB application seeking revival of three corruption references against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and members of his family. The application filed by the NAB calls for reopening of three corruption references relating to hudabiya Paper Mills, Ittefaq Foundries and Raiwind assets in which members of the Sharif family are allegedly involved. During the proceedings, an assistant of Khawaja harris Ahmed, a senior counsel for Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, apprised the court that hearing over the quashing of an FIR over the references was to be held at the LhC’s Rawalpindi bench on October 1. The assistant requested the judge to postpone the hearing until the said date. The judge subsequently adjourned the proceedings until October 10. earlier on Sept 15, the judge had stopped proceedings on the corruption references after the Sharifs’ counsel submitted a restraining order of the Lahore high Court. Barrister Maqsooma Bokhari, representing the Sharif family, had informed the court that a division bench of the LhC had restrained the accountability court from proceeding until the matter was adjudicated by it. In October last year, the LhC acting on a petition by the Sharifs, had stopped the federal government from going ahead with the matter. The order, however, had not issued any such directive for the accountability court at the time. The NAB had prepared the references during the Musharraf regime in 2000 when the Sharif brothers were detained in the Attock Fort. On April 4, 2001, the references were adjourned sine die. On August 8, 2007, the NAB filed an application for revival of the references. But the court did not proceed with the matter which was again adjourned sine die in August 2008 because it was not routed through the NAB chairman. Another application filed by the NAB in February 2010 was rejected on the same grounds. The NAB has accused the Sharifs of committing Rs 642.743 million worth of corruption in the paper mills case. The second reference – the state versus Nawaz Sharif etc – relates to the Raiwind assets. In the state versus Ittefaq Foundries case, Nawaz, Abbas Sharif and Kamal Qureshi are accused of committing corruption of Rs 1,063 million.
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A female official of the Indian Punjab Sales Tax Department has been arrested with her husband from the neighboring Tarn Taran district on charges of spying for Pakistan. Police also suspect that the woman had links with Pakistan-based terror outfits and intelligence agencies. Secret documents and maps of sensitive army locations in India were found in possession of the couple who were arrested on Friday, Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police Kamaljit Singh Dhillon said on Saturday. Acting on a tip off, Bhikhiwind ShO Sukhdev Singh arrested Sukhpreet Kaur, working in the Sales Tax Department in Amritsar as a junior assistant, her husband Surajpal Singh of Sandhra village, who were allegedly in touch with a Pakistan-based
smuggler. The couple often talked to the smuggler over phone besides passing off sensitive information to him, Dhillon claimed. he said the couple had passed sensitive defense information like that of the army cantonment of Amritsar, Attari/Wahga border and many important maps of army cantonment areas. “The accused also passed on road maps, photographs of bridge of harike, Beas, Goindwal Sahib and under-construction bridge of Lahaul Spiti. For this, the accused were given heroin and gold biscuits by the smuggler,” he said. Police said the accused were residing near the Indo-Pak border area village Sandhra and Wan Tara Singh in district Tarn Taran, Amritsar and had agricultural land near the fencing on the international border with Pakistan. The Pakistan-based smugglers used to put the consignment of heroin and gold biscuits under the soil in their fields at a
particular spot and the accused later retrieved the contrabands from the spot after being informed about it, the SSP said. “The accused mostly adopted similar technique of sending secret information to Pakistan based agencies,” he said. Police said Sukhpreet Kaur visited Pakistan thrice in 2006, 2007 and 2010 on pilgrim visas managed from SGPC Amritsar. During her visit to Pakistan, she allegedly came in contact with Pakistani agency and the smuggler, he said. “We suspect that the accused are having relations with Pakistan-based terror outfits and wanted terrorists of Punjab, who were still hiding in Pakistan,” he said, adding that Sukhpreet Kaur’s brother was also the under scanner and was absconding. The arrested accused have been charged under the Official Secrets Act-1923 and under the provisions of the NDPS Act, the police officer said.
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YDA, govt dispute over Indian lawyers arrive in Lahore to bridge diﬀerences records delays ‘make or break’ meeting Doctors say they agree with govt’s proposal, given all doctors in grade 18 and 19 are promoted while govt hads other plans
he supposedly final meeting headed by Senator Ishaq Dar to resolve the issue of service structure for doctors has been delayed yet again after differences in the record presented by the government and the doctors, Pakistan Today has learnt. The government has been in contact with various organizations of doctors and has held several meetings in this regard over a period of time and Saturday’s meeting was said to be the final meeting headed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senator. The committee earlier proposed that after dilating the old formula, all doctors serving in grade 17 and 18 will be promoted to grade 18 and 19 respectively, while the considerable number of APMOs (BS 19) will be promoted to grade 20. Dr Masood Sheikh, who was representing the point of view of General Cadre Doctors Association, stated that they agreed with this proposal in principle, provided all the doctors as mentioned above were promoted to a new grade. he pointed out that the current seniority list only represented around 800 doctors; while hundreds of doctors who were promoted to grade 18 in 2011 have not been included in the seniority list as yet. These doctors had already served the Punjab government for a minimum length of 16 to 20 years, and per the formula decided by the committee, they were eligible for promotion to grade 20 even, he added.
“We are not pressing for promotions to grade 20 but their promotion to grade 19 should be ensured so that there will be no resentment among grade 18 senior general cadre doctors,” Sheikh said, adding that the general cadre doctors had been the back bone of health delivery system with a total number of around1,400 which was more than twice the number of all the cadres present in health Department. Talking about the solution of the issue he pointed out to the chairman that all doctors working in grade 18 at the moment should be given a chance of promotion to grade 19 on regular basis, either as a one time dispensation as has been recently given to teaching and specialist cadre, or by dilating the formula more than 19 percent may be 23-24 percent for grade 19 as has been demanded by the GCDA. he also pointed out that many new seats were being created yet they were not reflecting the cadre strength for the past few years thus effectively blocking the route of promotion. It should be ensured, he said, that the newly created seats be made a function of the cadre strength and similarly seats in different grades be recalculated as per the new strength on a 6 monthly basis. These measures would break the deadlock, adding that otherwise the doctors serving in the department for an average length of 17 to 20 years would be deprived of promotion to grade 19 despite all the exercise. Later on an emergency meeting of the GCDA was held today to discuss the progress of service structure in the meeting with Senator Ishaq Dar.
Guests say Line of Control should be accepted as an international boundary so that money being spent on defense can be spent on uplifting the economies
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A delegation of Indian lawyers arrived in Pakistan on Saturday through the Wagah border to discuss with jurists ways to promote friendly relations between the two nations. The 110 member delegation, led by International Council of Jurists President Adish C Aggarwala and including members from All India Bar Association, will meet chief justice and judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. They would also hold meetings with jurists of Lahore high Court, Islamabad high Court, lower judiciary in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Nankana Sahib, Aggarwala said in a statement. “The Indian jurists are of the view that the people of this region should accept the Line of
Control (LoC) as an international boundary for prosperity because both countries were spending too much of their budgets to protect themselves from each other,” he said. These funds can be utilised for covering basic necessities like education, medical facilities, roads and communications, he said. “We are sure that our counterparts would agree to this and would create an atmosphere such that LoC be made an international boundary,” Aggarwala said, adding that jurists have to play a major role in improving the relationship between the countries. The delegation will also discuss this issue with the Supreme Court Bar Association, Pakistan Bar Association, Punjab Bar Association, Lahore high Court Bar Association and Islamabad high Court Bar Association among others.
2 women faint due to dengue fogging in Model Town Park LAHORE stAff repor
The Model Town Society has been conducting dengue fogging in the model town park during peak hours resulting into two elderly women fainting on the walking track, Pakistan today has learnt. Scores of people go to the model town park for morning and evening walks even from distant housing societies owing to a lack of parks in their
localities. however, the odd hours of spray have caused great inconvenience to joggers and those coming to relax. On Saturday however, two elderly women fainted on the jogging track, which passers by claimed was because of the dengue fogging. “The administration should keep in mind that people of all age groups come for a walk and it could be adverse for their health. I am also a patient and go for a walk every day but face inconvenience because of the untimely
Pakistan Air Force cinema ‘secretly’ bans screening of Indian movies LAHORE uMAIr AZIZ
The management of the PAF cinema has been running from pillar to post trying to find the reason for banning Indian films as the Air Force high-ups maintain a mum over the issue, Pakistan Today has learnt. The PAF authorities in the provincial metropolitan issued a notification, banning screening of Indian films, to the administration without mentioning any reason. “I’ve written to the authorities to let me screen the movies which are UK films, as I have ‘No Objection Certificates (NOCs)’ from the cultural ministry and the Punjab censor board. I’ve incurred huge losses due to the ban and the authorities have given no reply so far,” Nadir Latif the manager of the PAF cinema said, adding that he had already spent Rs 20 million on renovating the cinema, besides having to purchase each print for Rs 300,000.
This ban is an anomaly because no other cinemas in the metropolitan are facing similar bans at the moment and the officials are not willing to explain reasons behind this order. The PAF high-ups from Lahore refused to disclose the intent of the ban, saying, “We have communicated only that which has been directed to us from the headquarters. No official version can be given. We have already communicated the order to concerned personnel in writing and no reason has been mentioned there,” a senior official from Lahore said. The administration has explained to the authorities, in sufficient detail, the difference between a film imported from India and one purchased and distributed from the UK. The NOCs obtained by the cinema administration have been shared with the scribe and they cleared the said movies for screening in Pakistan. The NOCs are available for Raaz3, Barfi and heroine all of which have been banned.
fogging campaign. Two women have fainted in front of us and I too, had to get off the jogging track because of suffocation,” Mrs Qazilbash told Pakistan Today. health eDO Dr. Inam-ul-haq said however that the dengue fogging in model town is done and supervised by the model town administration while the government has nothing to do with it. The office bearers of the Model Town Society were not available for comments.
Punjab Police spends a busy day LAHORE stAff report
Punjab Police had a busy day on Saturday and arrested many criminals from different places of the city. Police raided different areas of the city and arrested many criminals. A report said that the police arrested two dacoits from the area of Naseerabad and recovered six mobile phones, 5 tola gold and cash worth thousands of rupees from their possession. In another raid, police arrested 7 gamblers from the area of Bhatti Gate and recovered Rs 30,000 cash and other valuables. In a crackdown against drug dealers police raided different areas on a tip-off and arrested criminals named Fayaz, Fareed, Imran, Majo and Bashir from the areas of Sundar, Chohng and Bhaati Gate and recovering 50 bottles of liquor and a sizeable quantity of hashish from their possession. Police filed FIRs against the accused for further investigations.
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AKISTAN Muslim League senior central leader and Deputy Prime Minister Pervaiz elahi has said that if the Sharifs’ N-League government had concentrated more on improving the lives of the poor people of the province, controlling crime and overhauling educational system instead of getting the IRI survey done in its favor, the circumstances would have been quite different. Talking to the party leaders at his residence on Friday, Pervaiz elahi stressed that the popularity of political parties was
judged by the peoples’ support on the elections day and not by survey reports because people vote on the basis of performance, not surveys. he stated that in 2008, a similar survey had been carried out prior to the elections but contrary to the survey report, PML-Q had secured the maximum votes in Punjab and was number two all over Pakistan in terms of votes bagged. elahi said that N-League had turned Punjab into a financially bankrupt province and according to a report of the State Bank of Pakistan, Punjab was heavily indebted. “Whereas when we left the government, the province was running at a surplus of Rs 100 billion,” he pointed out. he said that according to another report of the State Bank, growth rate during his party’s tenure in 2007 was 8 per cent whereas in 2012 it stands at a meager 1.8 percent. Yet another report, also from the State Bank, states that elahi’s government had utilized as much as
98 percent of the development funds whereas Shahbaz’s government had utilized only 43 percent of the said funds, he mentioned. he further said that during their party’s tenure, politics revolved around the common man while the present government wasted billions of rupees on phony schemes like Sasti Roti, Tandoor scheme, Ashiana housing scheme, Laptop scheme, Daanish schools and Lahore Metro Bus Service. he said laptops distributed by the Punjab government were being sold at hafeez Centre on the very day they were distributed. “What else should be mentioned about the very good performance of the Punjab government?” he commented. “The doctors, nurses, teachers and low paid employees are protesting on the roads for their rights almost every other day but there is no one to address their issues. Crime rate in the province has increased by 33 per cent and spurious drugs are readily available in hospitals,” he added.
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Man kills mother for ‘honor’ LAHORE stAff report
A man brutally killed his mother with a knife in the name of honor on Saturday. According to police sources, the incident occurred in Sherakot area of the city where Waqas killed his mother Suraya. Police arrested Waqas and sent the body of the woman to hospital for legal formalities. Waqas killed his mother following a quarrel arising out of doubts over her character.
PM to face contempt of court if letter not written: Yasin Azad LahOre: President of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Yasin Azad has said that they are satisfied with the Supreme Court proceedings on the Swiss letter case and hoped that the issue would be resolved amicably. however he said if the matter is not settled, it would be bad luck for the country and democracy. In an interview on Saturday, SCBA president said that some people want to increase levels of confrontation between the executive and judiciary and they wanted this issue to linger on. Azad said given the progress of the matter between the Supreme Court and the government, there was hope that it would be resolved soon. If the issue was not resolved, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would be charged with contempt of court and he will have to leave the office, he said. he said tension would increase between the state institutions if another PM was sent packing which would be dangerous for democracy. stAff report
DOWN WITH DOGGIES: Teachers take part in the protests that were held against the blasphemous movie made in the US. MURTAZA ALI
LGH receives grant for tube well LahOre: Punjab health Secretary released a grant of Rs 3,227,000 for upgrading a tube well and providing a portable water project in Lahore General hospital. Principal PGMI and LGh Prof Dr Anjum habib Vohra stated that an 85 horse power turbine that was already installed for the tube well will be converted into 150 horse power. he said that the new tank will have a storage capacity of 100,000 gallons of water and the Communication & Works Department will complete this project on a priority basis. stAff report
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days when girls were forced to abandon education and eschew employment in favor of remaining within the walls of their home seem to be on the decline. Traditionally men bear the burden of sustaining the household and women are not required to contribute to the family budget, so for many middle-class women, their paychecks are entirely their own to spend — a boon for the newly booming retail industry. “I can afford to spend whatever I like,” said lawyer Rabiya Bajwa, 37. “My income is roughly 20 percent more than what it was five years ago.” Bajwa does contribute to the household budget but her twoincome family enjoys a comfortable “cushion” and she splurges on expensive designer clothes. But this good fortune is not evenly distributed, said hafiz Pasha, a noted economist at Beacon house National University, in Lahore. Pakistan, he
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Foreign News 09 US lawmaker holds up millions in Egypt aid WaShiNGtON: A Republican congresswoman Friday froze a request by the Obama administration for $450 million in cash for the egyptian government, saying it needed new scrutiny amid rocky US ties with Cairo. The lawmaker, Kay Granger, from Texas, who chairs the Appropriations Subcommitee on State and Foreign Relations, put a “hold” on the application, meaning it could be held up indefinitely. “This proposal comes to Congress at a point when the USegypt relationship has never been under more scrutiny, and rightly so,” Granger said in a statement. “I am not convinced of the urgent need for this assistance and I cannot support it at this time. As Chair of the Subcommittee, I have placed a hold on these funds.” The purpose of the funds could not be immediately confirmed. But an official said the money, requested Friday, was part of a package worth $1 billion that Obama pledged to Cairo last year to aid its transition to democracy following its Arab Spring revolution. The New York Times reported that the emergency cash infusion was requested by the US Agency for International Development because the economic situation in egypt was causing increasing alarm. Afp
Nepal says pilot error likely cause of plane crash kathMaNDU: Nepal said Saturday an error by a “panic-stricken” pilot likely caused the crash of an everest-bound plane that killed all 19 on board. The twinpropeller Sita Air plane had just taken off on Friday from Kathmandu and was headed to the town of Lukla, gateway to Mount everest, when it plunged into the banks of a river near the city’s airport around daybreak. “The pilot’s failure to maintain the required radius is a likely cause of the accident,” said senior ministry official Suresh Acharya, adding the plane turned too sharply because it had not gained enough altitude. The Dornier aircraft, which crashed minutes after takeoff, was headed for Mount everest, the world’s tallest mountain, killing the 19 people on board, including British and Chinese everest-bound trekkers. The plane’s right engine burst into flames after being hit by a large bird, causing the aircraft to plummet into the river bank and explode into a huge fireball. “The preliminary finding of the Civil Aviation Authority notices unusual manoeuvring during the takeoff and the pilot communicated to air traffic control the aircraft was hit by a bird,” said Acharya. Afp
HerAt: Afghan wrestlers compete in an impromptu ring arena in a field outside Herat on saturday. AFP
Fighting rages in Syria’s Aleppo, east Damascus ALEPPO
IGhTING raged in a strategic district of Syria’s commercial capital Aleppo on Saturday, the third day of a rebel offensive to seize the city, monitors
said. The United States and Britain, meanwhile, pledged more than another $55 million in funding for humanitarian aid and the civilian opposition. The focal point of combat was Salaheddin, a rebel stronghold on the southwest side of the city where insurgents attacked an army position, said the Syrian Observatory for human Rights. It also warned that the woodendoored shops of the famous souk marketplace in central Aleppo, a popular tourist destination before Syria’s violence erupted in March 2011, were set ablaze in the
Key architect of India foreign policy Brajesh Mishra dies NeW DeLhi: India’s first national security advisor Brajesh Mishra, who played an instrumental role in shaping the South Asian giant’s foreign policy, has died, officials said on Saturday. Mishra, who died late Friday, served as national security advisor and principal secretary to former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during his government from 1998 to 2004, acting as troubleshooter. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid tribute to Mishra, calling him “one of the most able and influential public servants of his generation” who brought “a sense of India’s destiny and place in global affairs”. The death of Mishra came a day before his 84th birthday. Officials gave no cause
of death but Indian media reports said Mishra had been suffering from a heart ailment. Mishra, a career diplomat, sought to fashion a broad vision of India’s foreign policy under Vajpayee, who was prime minister of the hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, now sitting in opposition. he was closely involved in the planning for India’s 1998 nuclear tests that effectively made India a nuclear-weapons power, pushed for stronger relations with the United States and sought warmer ties with rival Pakistan and China. Afp
clashes between rebels and soldiers. elsewhere, the army stepped up operations on the eastern Ghuta area of Damascus. “The rebels have a strong presence there, and the army wants to root them out once and for all,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. Damascus-based citizen journalist Matar Ismail said the “army is taking revenge against Damascus, and it is mainly the civilians who are paying the price. “The situation here is very bad, especially in the eastern areas. And the regime is executing many men summarily.” The eastern Ghuta area of the capital and its province is home to some of the rebel Free Syrian Army’s fiercest and best organised battalions, including Tajamo Ansar al-Islam. On Wednesday, two car bombs struck an army headquarters in the heart of Damascus, and Tajamo Ansar al-Islam
was the first FSA group to claim responsibility for the operation. Meanwhile, fighting raged in several districts of Aleppo, where rebels launched on Thursday an all-out campaign to capture the northern city, the scene of some of Syria’s fiercest violence since July 20, the Observatory said. Battles broke out in the central Old City and eastern Arkub districts, said the Britain-based watchdog. A total of 37 people were killed in violence across the strifetorn country, including 19 civilians, most of them in Damascus province, said the Observatory, adding that 18 soldiers were also killed in combat. Also on Saturday, Assad’s forces shelled localities in the southern province of Daraa as well as in Deir ezzor to the east. The latest violence came a day after a total of 136 people were killed across Syria, according to the Observatory, among them 85 civilians, 20 rebels and 31 soldiers.
Islamists destroy another saint’s tomb in north Mali BAMAKO Afp
Islamists destroyed Saturday another tomb of a Muslim saint in a northern Mali region under their control, witnesses said. “I saw the Islamists in Goundam destroy the mausoleum of Alfa Mobo, beside the cemetery,” local municipal councillor Mamadou Cisse told AFP. Another witness, who declined to be identified, said, “They smashed the mausoleum down to the level of the tomb.” he added that “there were 11 of them and someone was filming it.” The witnesses said the Islamists were armed with axes and other tools. Goundam, 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Timbuktu, is in the hands of the Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), which with other radicals has been destroying local Muslim shrines since seizing northern Mali in April. The Islamists say the shrines, venerated by local people and declared part of the world’s heritage by the United Nations, are “haram”, or forbidden in Islam. Ansar Dine sparked widespread condemnation when they began destroying
the renowned cultural treasures of Timbuktu on July 1, shortly after UNeSCO placed them on a list of endangered World heritage sites. They destroyed seven of Timbuktu’s 16 mausolea of ancient Muslim saints and the sacred door of the 15th-century Sidi Yahya mosque. On September 15 militants of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) demolished the mausoleum of another saint, Cheik el-Kebir, 330 kilometres (200 miles) north of the city of Gao. Kebir’s tomb is venerated by the Kunta tribe whose members live in Mali, Algeria, Mauritania and Niger. Tuareg rebels initially seized northern Mali in the chaotic aftermath of a March coup in the capital Bamako, but were themselves quickly swept aside by Islamist extremists who have imposed Sharia law. Control is now shared by Ansar Dine, MUJAO and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), arousing fears that they intend to use the vast region as a base to spread their creed by violence across neighbouring countries.
Shebab Islamists abandon last stronghold in Somalia MOGADISHU Afp
Al-Qaeda linked Shebab fighters Saturday abandoned their last bastion in Somalia, retreating from the port city of Kismayo almost a year after Kenya sent troops to rout the Islamists. The withdrawal from the southern city that has been a key economic lifeline for the insurgents, came a day after African Union troops launched a major assault to finally dislodge the rebels. “The military command of Shebab mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight” from the southern city, Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told AFP. The fall of Kismayo is the latest in a string of major losses of territory for the militia. Residents confirmed that the Islamist fighters seemed to have moved outside city lines and that their radio station, Radio Andalus, was off the air. “We don’t know where they went to... but early this morning the last military vehicle left the town,” said hassan Ali, a resident. “even their radio station is off air,” he added. Shebab fighters on the ground also confirmed what they said was a tactical retreat. “We got orders from our superiors to withdraw from the city.... This is part of broader military tactics we have set for the enemy,” Sheikh Mohamed Abu-Fatma, a Shebab commander, told AFP by telephone. The Kenyan army said it would move into the city soon. “As soon as we consolidate, we will move to take the rest of the city,” Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Cyrus Oguna told AFP. he said the northern part of Kismayo was under the complete control of the allied forces but as of Friday night “some parts of the south were still under the Shebab.” Rage said that the Shebab withdrawal was “done in an orderly manner after five years of proper Islamic Sharia law in Kismayo,” and that his troops moved away “to prevent civilian deaths.” The port has been a key source of revenue from exports of charcoal. Residents said that the withdrawing Shebab bust open the gates of the main prison in Kismayo and the police station. “Last night they have released the prisoners from the jail and I saw three civilians shot dead by Shebab after accusing them of spying, they left and no one of them is here today,” Abdikarim hussein, another resident said. eye witnesses said that sporadic looting of former Shebab administrative offices by a few residents was on-going.
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SRSD Muslims alone are enough to kill themselves
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a botched up affair why putin didn’t visit pakistan
akistan and Russia had invested enough time and energy in preparing for what was to be a groundbreaking visit by the Russian president to Islamabad. A lot of initial work had been done to bring the two countries together. Zardari met former Russian President Medvedev, currently serving as Prime Minister, six times in three years. A Russian delegation was in Islamabad to give final touches to the preparations. Islamabad was told that Moscow now supported Pakistan’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The sudden cancellation of the visit by the Russian president is a rebuff that could not have been administered without cogent reasons. What is intriguing is that the FO has failed to make public the cause mentioned in the letter sent from Moscow. This has already led to speculations of all types. It has been suggested that Putin had in fact never committed himself to a bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, indicating that the hype thus created by the Pakistani media was uncalled for. It has also been suggested that while Russia and Pakistan signed a number of MoUs, Islamabad displayed little seriousness in their implementation. Conspiracy theorists have pointed fingers alternately at Washington and New Delhi for causing the cancellation, the former by pressuring Pakistan and the later by dissuading Russia. The quadrilateral summit which was to bring together Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan has also been canceled along with Putin’s visit. Two years back the forum had approved a number of projects vital for the region that included Central Asia-South Asia electricity transmission from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan (CASA1000), and the construction of rail tracks and motor roads from Tajikistan to Pakistan to create new trade routes in the region. Pakistan wants Russia to overhaul the Karachi Steel Mills, undertake several power sector projects and help prospect for oil and gas, but details of the deals are yet to be finalized. If Zamir Kabulov, Putin’s pointsman for Pakistan and Afghanistan, is to be believed, Russia is apparently upset over non seriousness in Pakistan in the pursuit of agreements. What still inspires hope is Putin’s indirect invitation to Zardari to visit Moscow. Russia and Pakistan share common concerns regarding the future of Afghanistan after the departure of the NATO-led troops. Both recognize the importance of the economic potential of the region which can be realized only through mutual cooperation. While Pakistan has to retain friendly ties with the US, it has to work seriously to remove Russian reservations. hopefully, the visit by the COAS due next month would go off well.
By Humayun Gauhar
ince I’m feeling rather stale and somewhat fed up I thought that instead of writing the usual article I’m going to share some comments with you that I received after my last article, ‘All you need is spark’ which was about the anti-blasphemy protests. They make for a refreshing change from my weekly column for both reader and writer. Plus Dr Zeba is giving me a third injection in my eyeball on Saturday, which was yesterday, while I’m writing this on Friday, so I thought I might as well give my eyes some rest to reduce the pressure in them. An Indian wrote that I am suffering from ARMD – Age Related Macular Degeneration – and surmised that I must also be suffering from brain degeneration. I found it a scream. Should I say that he’s suffering from ‘SRSD’ – ‘Stupidity Related Self-Delusion’? But I won’t. Obviously I struck a raw truth-nerve when I called India a large country with a small country mentality. The Indian proved it. Actually I’m suffering from Macular Branch Occlusion that has to do with wear and tear. After 43 years of endless reading and writing, including 23 years on computers, what do you expect? Not all Indians are stupid. Another Indian made a rather helpful comment, saying what I need were Vitamin-B injections to give me “spark”. Actually I’m getting them from Dr huang haotai, the famous acupuncturist of Islamabad. here’s a rather witty comment from another Indian, allegedly made in some defense committee meeting: “No need to make Prithvi, Brahmos and Agni missiles or nuclear weapons. Make a stupid 13-minute video and the Pakistanis will burn their country to ashes.” Right on. I’ve often said that all that the enemies of Muslims have to do is leave them to their own devices and they will destroy themselves. An intelligent comment came from America. “Dear Muslims, Christians, hindus, Buddhists and Jews: “You’re living in the age of the Internet.
Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it. “If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another. “Stop it. Stop following their script. “Today, fury, violence, and bloodshed are consuming the Muslim world. Why? Because a bank fraud artist in California offered people $75 a day to come to his house and act out scenes that ostensibly had nothing to do with Islam. Then he replaced the audio, putting words in the actors’ mouths, and stitched together the scenes to make an absurdly bad movie ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad [pbuh]. “he put out flyers to promote the movie. Nobody – literally nobody – came to watch it. he posted a 14-minute video excerpt of the movie on YouTube, but hardly anyone noticed. Then, a week ago, an anti-Muslim activist in Virginia reposted the video with an Arabic translation and sent the link to activists and journalists in egypt. An egyptian TV-show aired part of the video. An egyptian politician denounced it. Clerics sounded the alarm. Through Facebook and Twitter, protesters were mobilized to descend on the US embassy in Cairo. The uprising spread. The US ambassador to Libya has been killed, and violence has engulfed other countries. “When the protests broke out, the guy who made the movie claimed to be an Israeli Jew funded by other Jews. That turned out be a lie. Now he says he’s a Coptic Christian, even though Coptic Christian leaders in egypt and the United States despise the movie and want nothing to do with him. Another guy who helped make the movie claims to be a Buddhist. “The men behind the movie said it would expose Islam as a violent religion. Now they’re pointing to the riots as proof. Muslims are ‘pre-programmed’ to rage and kill, says the movie’s promoter. ‘Islam is a cancer’, says the director. According to the distributor, ‘The violence that it caused in egypt is further evidence of how violent the religion and people are and it is evidence that everything in the film is factual’. “Congratulations, rioters. You followed the script perfectly. You did the propagandists’ work for them. “Derision is that much harder to control. The spread of digital technology and Internet bandwidth makes it possible to reach every corner of the globe almost instantly with homemade video defaming any faith tradition. It can become an incendiary weapon. But it has a weakness: It depends on you. You’re the detonator. If you don’t cooperate, the bomb doesn’t explode. “The hatred and bloodshed will go on until you stop taking the bait. Mockery of
Inherently unequal the woes of minimum wage workers
By Saad Rasool
y friend Asfandyar is part of a rare breed of Pakistanis – he still believes in the inherent virtue of our people, is passionately hopeful of a brighter future in this land, and expends all his efforts and intellect towards achieving the idealistic goals that can otherwise be glimpsed only in the poetry of Faiz and verses of Iqbal. Our friendship sprouted from a common interest in the financial markets, but has since jumped to the esoteric reaches of social sector reform and institutional reconstruction. A few days back, during a conversation, his tone was excessively despondent; he had (on some
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financial due-diligence trip) visited the factory and home of some affluent industrialist, and discovered the deplorable and abject conditions that in which the factory workers and domestic “servants” (we have to get rid of that word!) lived – “inhumane”, as he described it. This brings us to some of the most pertinent questions of our society: have we, as a nation, become convinced that not all people are equal? have we, quietly, given up on the dream of a classless society? have we accepted the idea that how one’s life turns out to be will, for the most part, be an accident of birth? And specifically (keeping aside the state’s responsibilities of providing education, employment and healthcare to its citizens), is there no basic minimum, in terms of housing, salary, and ancillary benefits, which private individuals owe to their employees? Speaking of “basic minimums”, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the minimum wage paradigm in our society. It turns out that we have two basic laws that govern this area – the Minimum Wage Ordinance, 1961, and the West Pakistan Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers Ordinance, 1969. The 1961 Ordinance is applicable to all “industrial establish-
ments” employees (whether skilled, unskilled or apprentices, including even domestic workers) but excludes those of federal or provincial governments, coalmine employees or persons employed in agriculture. The 1969 Ordinance (per section 3), places a legal obligation on all owners of “a commercial or industrial establishment” to pay a minimum salary (specified in a Schedule of the Ordinance) to each employee. (It excludes persons in service of Pakistan, defense services, ports, railways, telegraph and telephone, postal services, firefighting, electricity, gas, water supply and hospitals.) Additionally, it allows certain deductions that the employer can make from this minimum salary, in case the employer is so magnanimous as to provide “housing accommodation” or “transport” to the workers. Under these laws, the government (federal and provincial) have the minimum wages payable. Most recently, in May of this year, the federal government increased the minimum wage to Rs 8,000 per month and the Punjab government increased it to Rs 9,000 per month. This sets the stage; now to the problem at hand: notwithstanding the idea that Rs 8,000 or 9,000 is a paltry amount for
your Prophet [pbuh] on a computer with an Internet address somewhere in the world can no longer be your master. Nor can the puppet clerics who tell you to respond with violence. Lay down your stones and your anger. Go home and pray. God is too great to be troubled by the insults of fools. Follow him.” Good advice this: “Stop following their script…you’re the detonator… lay down your stones and your anger. Go home and pray. God is too great to be troubled by the insults of fools. Follow him.” here’s the last comment from an American professor: “Thanks for Gauhar’s thoughtful article. It rings true. There is another factor I would add to it. When a country gets richer and has stable laws, the need for ANY religion drops. “In richer countries with stable laws, religion becomes less and less important. In poorer areas with weaker laws, religion assumes the role of law and sets the framework governing the interaction between people. In these places religion is the strongest law, to be respected by all. When religion is criticized or debased in anyway, it also and more importantly erodes the administrative structure in these countries and can lead to serious instabilities. hence the violent protests about the anti-blasphemy are not tolerated. This is true in the Southern Bible belt.” Some may not totally agree with this last comment, but it is partially true nevertheless. It’s easier in rich non-Muslim countries where they can separate church from state and become secular (meaning temporal or worldly) states. In Islam that is not possible because it recognizes no church or clergy. Secularism is inherent in Islam because it has to do with both the worldly and the spiritual. There are many rich states where religion subconsciously determines behavior: “In God we trust”; “Commander of the Faith”; head of state also being head of the Church of england which is tantamount to amalgamation of church and state rather than separation; the heir apparent unable to marry a divorcee (until recently) or a catholic, and so forth. england has an antiblasphemy law and even a law making it a crime punishable by death to bed the wife of the heir to the throne to maintain the purity of the royal bloodline. That people in rich countries don’t often let clerics determine their temporal affairs is more due to high levels of education, what Muslims need the most: not wealth alone but contemporary education, both of the temporal and spiritual kind. Only then will they be able to think for themselves rather than let political clerics do their thinking for them. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
someone supporting a family of seven and trying to put the kids through school, the deeper issue is that these figures are meaningless for the countless daily-wagers, private employees and domestic “servants(!)” who have to individually negotiate their salary with the conscience of some Mercedes-driving ‘seth’. The government, federal or provincial, has no real way of ensuring that the minimum wage standards are being adhered to by private employers. The government’s sphere of influence, at the very maximum, extends to those individuals who are being employed by state run or controlled organization. The state’s inability and lack of seriousness is evident from the fact that (according to labor department statistics) in Lahore there are only 13 labor inspectors. In the entire province of Punjab, there are a total of a hundred. Is it possible that in a province with a population of over 100 million people, and thousands of small industries, shops and commercial establishments, that a total of 100 people will be able to enforce the minimum wage laws? Is it not, then, true that we as a nation have no priority in ‘fixing’ the minimum wage (and thus, by extension, the minimum basic standard of living) in our society? Next question: is only the government to blame for this, or do we all share part of the blame? Let us, for a moment, concede the idea that our government (federal and provincial) is corrupt, inept and apathetic. Let us
also concede that it will remain so, regardless of which party comes to power (or which dictator claims the role of a ‘savior’). Does that mean that individuals in our nation, who are privileged in terms of wealth and education, do not have a stake in the issue? Just because the government cannot enforce the minimum wage, must we continue to pay our cook, or driver, or sweeper or guard the minimum possible that we can negotiate? Must we build our ‘kothi’ and farmhouses in gaudy affluence, with a downtrodden “servant quarter” and substandard bathroom to house five guards? Must we close our eyes to whether the people who work with us, or for us, have children some place away, who are being denied (for want of money) the very basic education that costs no more than a trip to our favorite restaurant? Asfandyar, in his analysis of the issue, was correct. It is time that we shift our national conscience from a ‘vertical interpretation of fundamental rights’ (where each citizen claims its rights, under the constitution, from the state alone), to a more ‘horizontal’ approach (where, irrespective of the state, each citizen claims the basic fundamental rights from the other). Now, if only, we could export this idealism from the pages of the newspaper, onto the practice of our lives. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why everyone should attend madrassahs why take media’s opinion on madrassahs when you can visit one a few blocks away from your neighborhood? By Tajwar Awan
he love for the holy Prophet (pbuh) that was displayed by our people on Friday was unprecedented and one has to laud the government’s decision to officially announce a National Day of hooliganism. Normally, state, like a mother, should nurture goodness, promote peace and acceptance between people, be they religious, secular, socialists, leftists, rightist, upper, middle, lower class or confused. But over the years, successive governments have fuelled differences and have taken actions that have only increased the number of people that belong to the ‘confused’ section in the society. however this article is not meant to highlight our society’s utter failure at coexistence. What happened on Friday was just the tip of the iceberg. Islamiyat is a core subject in our public and private education systems and nearly everyone, by the time they are in grade 5, knows that there are five prayers in a day, that we have to perform haj once in lifetime, that we have two eids and we give Zakat every year. Surprisingly, the subject matter remains the same, beginning from class one to BA/BSc, especially in the public sector institutes. The same five prayers, the same haj once in lifetime, the same two eids and the same Zakat. Meanwhile, the same children begin studying science from the basic living and non-living things to cells, atoms and electrons to string theory and by the time they reach university, some even know how to make a nuclear bomb. The same children, if they are pursuing subjects in humanities and social sciences, start with A-B-C and go onto Jack and Jill and onto the Radiant Way and then Good Bye Mr Chips and read essays from Milton and excerpts from Virginia Woolf and poetry from Sylvia Plath and the Bronte sisters and plays from grandmaster Shakespeare. Their expertise in core subjects such as english and Urdu is much more advanced in comparison to their expertise in Islamic studies. Islamiyat though isn’t something that stays in the books. It becomes the rationale behind everything a Muslim does. As Alama Iqbal says in his Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam, ‘Islam emphasises deeds more
than the idea,’ action cannot be separated from knowledge in the Islamic framework. The BA/BSc level Islamiyat, too, has nothing new to offer. Come Friday, the National Day of hooliganism. It was obvious that religion and love for the Prophet meant a lot to the protesters. They had a sense that Islam entails of them to love the holy Prophet but they did not know that loving in this context necessarily implies becoming like him or maybe they did not know how to do it. Of course they will go out and kill and burn. They were never told what religion asks of them in this situation. Their characters were not moulded, they were never taught courses on how to be kind like the holy Prophet, how to forgive and forget like his companions, what scholars and sufi teachers do in the years they spend in helping people cleanse their heart of negativity and hatred. They were taught that it is a sin to be angry, but nobody’s ever shown them how not to be angry. All theory, no practical demonstrations. All they know of Islam is through illinformed televangelists who come from the same background as theirs or from TV actors who perform live exorcism and ask people to stop watching ‘fahash movies’ in which they act themselves. Don’t blame them, blame our system. When our knowledge of Islam remains well below a sane lower limit, when people keep ignoring the role madrassah education can play in filling the blanks in character building that the formal public education is leaving behind, of course our youth will spew hate. They are hurt and nobody has taught them how to channel their pain productively. Some of our pseudo liberal secular extremist brothers and sisters go on to say that if we become secular all these problems will go away. Their throw-away-baby-withbathwater argument is so irrelevant that it amuses me how lost their cause is. Maybe the elite 0.2 percent wants to and can be irreligious but it would take others a few hundred more years to be on the same plane as them. There are many students, even from private institutes, who find that what is taught in universities does not give them a complete picture of how Islam functions in a society and they have chosen to pursue classical Islamic learning being taught in madrassahs.
There is no reason why students should not be open to studying books by Imam Ghazali, Imam Taimiya and Ibn Jawzi, by our own Shah Wali Ullah, Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi and Mufti Taqi Usmani in either madrassahs or in formal education system so that they can reconcile the world and religion within them and can become vessels of peace. Discontent in hearts leads to what happened on Friday. A combination of madrassah and formal education enables students to engage formal and Islamic scholarly tradition in their lives and their understanding of both is drastically better than someone who takes the either/or approach. They are able to get a whole picture of reality and in practice, this is what eradicates extremes from the society. even if they are studying it only to reject and disagree afterwards, they will at least know what they are talking about. If anything, this will definitely improve the quality of editorials that are written in our mainstream pseudo liberal secular newspapers and they will, for once, go beyond ‘talibanization’ and ‘extremism’ and ‘mullah’ and ‘dars aunty’ while talking about madrassahs which are an integral part of our society, history and culture, whether we like it or not. Isn’t that the kind of young men and women we are looking for? If we go beyond making fun of our countrymen and saying ‘yeh kahan ka Islam hay’ ‘jahil’, ‘mullah hotay hi aisay hein’, ‘niqabi ninjas danday hi utha sakti hein bas’ etc, we will see potential. It hurts to see all that misappropriated love being channelled into hate – just because we are too caught up in appearances to admit the good madrassahs can do to our society. No doubt there are problems in the madrassah system as well, but if the majority gets to know what is being taught in madrassahs, it would become easier to weed out the rotten eggs there. It is a win-win for all. When religion is such an integral part of our society, I wonder why no effort is being made to improve people’s knowledge of it. Why take media’s opinion on madrassahs when you can visit one a few blocks away from your neighborhood? The writer is a staff member, a LUMS graduate and is currently pursing a Dars-e-Nizami Aalimah degree in a women’s institute. She can be reached at email@example.com
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whose leaders are they? Why is it so that you are following a traffic queue and waiting for your turn to pass through a security barrier and suddenly a vehicle bearing the nameplate of ‘MNA’ overpasses the whole line and goes away without being checked? People elect their representatives so that the elected people (MPAs, MNAs) will become their voice; provide them relief; make their representation at national and international level; give them ownership; ensure their participation in the decision making process; facilitate them to the fullest. If these ministers do forget obligations and duties of their positions, which they owe to masses, should at least act sensibly and carefully so that the common man’s emotions may not hurt. Things would have been much better if the rulers would exercise their authorities with conscience of social responsibility. People do feel compunction when they come to know about lip service of their elected representatives: only concerned about their vested interests. Political parties are again struggling for canvassing but none of the political party has any tangible thing to be proud of – corruption, lawlessness, terrorism, ethnic and sectarian rifts, lack of basic amenities/utilities, consistent decline in the standard of living – you name any bad norm, that’s the way of living in Pakistan. Why people should use their political right to elect such insensitive and indifferent people who are doing nothing except breaking the trust of general public which is not getting food, clothe, education, justice, and any sort of basic/fundamental rights to live on peacefully? SABA ASGHER ALI Islamabad
Ban pillion riding It has been seen that motorcycles are being used as more than a bike with three or even four adults sitting tightly with the driver sitting on the fuel tank. This makes it too risky due to a lack of effective control by the driver as he leans forward to drive it.
The load of three adult passengers makes the driver to sway left and right and it is difficult to apply brakes in an emergency due to his difficult posture. They can result in accidents that can be avoided by enforcing the law that says that not more than two people can ride a bike. Another common scene is carrying milk cans on both sides of a motorcycle that often collide with other vehicles on the road. A motorcycle is meant to carry passengers and not milk cans. It is suggested that the traffic police may check such motorcyclists that carry three persons and milk cans on sides that obstruct the normal traffic to make our roads safe for travel. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
Inciting to violence Some media mongers have been tirelessly trying to convince us that President Obama has violated the American Constitution by not banning the Nakoula’ video which has outraged many Muslims across the world. Nakoula is presently under arrest, not because of the video’ contents but for violating the terms of his probation. In my opinion by doing so the media itself is trying to incite people by calling the video as ‘US made anti-Islam video’ and by telling them that the West is trying to bully Muslims in accepting the values of ‘free speech’. By using the concept of free speech, we shall not ask the media not to publish/telecast such opinions, instead we shall request them to prove the point --- how come an amateurish video produced by an individual in California could be declared as ‘US made video’; has the US government funded and facilitated the making of the video? If so please share the evidence. And how the West is trying to bully the Muslims --who are attacking Western embassies and missions, business interests and individuals in the Muslim world, who are burning Western countries flags, who are indulging in violence (though mostly against their own countrymen) in the disguise of love for the Prophet. Under ‘free speech’, press has every right to defend its case; however for the time being it has based its case on hollow arguments. It shall be noted that a Pakistani cabinet minister, Ghulam Bilour’s offer of $100,000 reward for murdering the video maker doesn’t fall under ‘free speech’ as it asks for violence. On the same note, killing and injuring of scores, destruction and looting of banks, public and private properties, cinemas in Karachi and Peshawar on Sept 21 can’t be attributed to our love for the Prophet. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia0
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Ajay has now become a regular item boy
jay Devgn, who prides himself on being an action hero, refused to warm up to the songand-dance routine on screen. In fact, his earlier lot of films shows that. The actor had even refused to go on stage shows because he believed that ‘men don’t dance to earn a living.’ Clearly he seems to have had a change of heart.In Bol Bachchan, the actor danced to the song Chalao Na Naino Se Baan Re and thereon began his journey as a dancer-cum-item boy. While he is still far from proficient in dancing and cannot match up to the likes of a Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor or even akshay Kumar; ajay has started enjoying the process. and in Son Of Sardaar, the actor has literally gone several steps ahead in the song Rani Tu Main Raja alongside Sonakshi Sinha. The song has both actors in a retro avatar with the masti that was evident in yesteryear songs. Courtesy toI
Celebs’love-hate relationship with their pet names
OST of us share a lovehate relationship with our pet names. Some of us find them cute, while others abhor them, and celebrities are no exception to this rule. While on one hand, celebs are finding ways to reach out to their fans on social networking sites, on the other, they want to maintain a certain distance. That probably explains why they don’t want everyone and anyone getting familiar with them using their nicknames. In fact, actors like Govinda (also known as Chi Chi) and Salman Khan (who is called Salman Bhai) have even taken offense to being called by their pet names by people they consider strangers. While the former brushed it off later as a way to test who were his ‘true friends’, the latter reportedly did not take too kindly to being called Salman Bhai by a popular RJ during a radio interview, back in 2009. Salman is said to have coldly directed the RJ to call him Salman Khan, saying, “Call me Salman Khan.” The RJ later explained that the actor does not like the fact that strangers also call him Salman Bhai and it was only when the RJ mentioned that he looked up to him like his elder brother, did the actor relent.
Australian actress joins ‘Dhoom 3’ cast
HeRe is an australian twist to “Dhoom 3” with model-turned-actress Tabrett Bethell joining the likes of aamir Kahn and Katrina Kaif in the action thriller, which marks her debut in the Hindi film industry. “Please welcome the lovely Tabrett Bethell who joins the cast of ‘Dhoom 3’ today,” co-star Uday Chopra tweeted Thursday night. “Dhoom 3” is the third instalment of the successful action-adventure “Dhoom” franchise and it also stars abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra who were in the first two films. Bethell started her acting career in 2008 with Tv series “ Legend of the Seeker” and then starred in small screen thriller “The Clinic”. She was also seen in movies such as “Strangers Lovers Killers” and “anyone you Want”. Prior to acting, she was a cheerleader for the australian rugby league team Cronulla Sharks and was also associated with Chadwick Model agency. Courtesy toI
Another actor, who loathes his pet name is Rishi Kapoor. The actor who hated being called Chintu by all and sundry, took a vow that he would never give pet names to his kids that could embarrass them in the future. In an earlier interview, he went on record to say, “I hate being called Chintu, there will be no Pintus and Mintus when I have kids.” The actor stuck to his guns and made sure that his kids — Riddhima and Ranbir did not have any short forms or pet names that would make them turn red in the face. More recently, actor hrithik Roshan, who is also called Duggu, by his close friends and family, probably in an attempt to change that shared this interesting titbit of information about how his fans prefer calling him hRO. however, not everyone minds, actress, Bipasha Basu, loves her pet name, and says, “Bonnie is my pet name. I was born a bonnie baby, round plump and healthy so my name is Bonnie! Media and fans call me Bips! By far I think I have maximum nicknames! Most people have nicknames for me; Bippy, Bipsy, B, Bip, BB, Bipshaw, Bhopu, Basu, Baby Basu, Bona, Beeps! even though I have a beautiful name Bipasha! Nicknames are out of affection so I am
not complaining.” here’s looking at some of the most interesting and quirky pet names that Bollywood celebs go by Priyanka Chopra The actor has two pet names. her parents called her Mimi, after French actress Mimi Rogers. her original pet name was Mithu. however, since she couldn’t pronounce it as a child, she would introduce herself as Mimi. In school, the actor was called Sunshine. Actor Abhishek Bachchan gave her a new pet name, Piggy Chops that has managed to stick with her. Ranbir Kapoor Actor Ranbir Kapoor’s mother Neetu Singh Kapoor refers to her son as Raymond. Why Raymond? An insider says, “Neetu thinks that Ranbir is a complete man. She even voiced this on a talk show saying that after God made Ranbir, he broke the mould.” Sonam Kapoor in an earlier interview admitted that she is called Giraffe by her dad, Anil because of her height Shilpa Shetty her pet name is ‘Manya’ but her mom calls her ‘babucha or honeybunch Karisma Kapur apparently got her name from her dad because her mom liked the Italian actor Gina Lollobrigidia and Kareena Kapoor is known as Bebo. Ajay Devgn While his parents call him Raju, Kajol calls him J. Courtesy toI
Katrina to play the desi Diaz I am not married to Aditya Chopra: Rani Mukerji
veN as people on the sets of yRF address Rani Mukerji as ‘bhabhi’, the actress ended all speculation about her secret marriage to yash Chopra’s son aditya Chopra while talking to a leading entertainment newspaper recently. Clearing airs about adi and her marriage, Rani said, “I don’t know what people call me behind my back. People may b***h or praise me, but unless it’s to my face, I cannot comment on it. and on record, I say this: I am not married.” Slamming all reports about her marriage, Rani said, “That is an irresponsible rumor. I am a girl from a respectable family that would take pride in their daughter’s marriage. They don’t need to lie. I have been brought up with lots of love and respect and such rumors affect my family.” expressing her thoughts about marriage, the lady said, “Marriage is a sacred thing. When I decide to get married, I’ll do it in a respectful manner and not in a covert way. anything that is hidden or has a clandestine approach to it is an affair, not a marriage. you can’t hide a marriage. When I tie the knot, I’ll tell the world.” news DesK
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he actress has been finalised for Siddharth Anand’s hindi remake of the hollywood film Knight And Day A week back, TOI told you how hrithik Roshanin keeping with his current streak of action films, has signed Siddharth Anand’s next project. The film, an official desi remake of the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer Knight And Day, required its hero to have a lean and mean acrobatic image. And hrithik, who had recently got into superhero shape, fit the bill perfectly. however, the hunt for his perfect partner in this spy-on-the-run romantic thriller was still on. And now, we learnt that Anand has found his leading lady. Katrina Kaif, who was last seen on the big screen fighting goons alongside Salman Khan in ek Tha Tiger, has been roped in to
play Diaz’s Indian counterpart. The film, yet untitled, goes on floors early next year. It is produced by Fox Star India. Infact, when contacted, the CeO of Fox Star Studio Vijay Singh confirmed that Katrina has been roped in for the venture. “The hrithik-Katrina pairing in Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was well received by the audience. Besides, both of them are very popular with the youth,” said Singh. Declaring that the film will go on floors in February, Singh added, “It will be shot in India and also in the Middle east and europe.” According to a source close to the project, unlike the generic action thriller, this one will have the leading lady sharing equal footagewiththehero. “Katrina’s role is as lengthy as hrithik’s. She will have to do a lot of action in the film as well. Both of them will have to undergo rigorous training before the shooting begins,” said the source. Courtesy toI
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13 When Felton left Watson heartbroken
MMa Watson says she once had a crush on “Harry Potter” co-star Tom Felton, but the actress was left heartbroken after he said he considered her a sister. “Between the ages of 10 and 12, I had a really terrible crush on Tom Felton, to the extent that I would go into work in the morning and look down the numbers on the call sheet to see if he was going to be in,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Watson as saying. “We love a bad guy, he was a few years older and he had a skateboard - and that just did it really. He totally knew (about the crush) and the thing is that he’d tell everyone, ‘I see her in a younger, sisterly way,’ and it just broke my heart. It still does,” she added. In the “Harry Potter” series, Watson starred as Hermoine Granger, while Felton played her on-screen nemesis, Draco Malfoy. Courtesy toI
Pattinson accepts Stewart didn’t sleep with Sanders
CTOR Robert Pattinson has reportedly accepted his girlfriend Kristen Stewart’s explanation that she did not sleep with director Rupert Sanders. Pattinson, 26, was said to be reluctant to believe Stewart when she said she had only kissed Sanders who directed her in Snow White and the Huntsman. “Kristen and Rupert both told their respective partners that they didn’t sleep together. Kristen was absolutely steadfast that she only engaged in several make-out sessions with Rupert, but never slept with him,” digitalspy.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “Rob didn’t believe her in the beginning, but as time wore on, he accepted her explanation. Kristen has given Rob passwords to her voicemail and e-mail account to prove she has nothing to hide, and will do anything to get his trust back,” added the source. The couple, who met on the set of the Twilight, have reportedly reunited. earlier this week, Sanders’s wife Liberty Ross was seen wearing her wedding ring for the first time since news of the affair broke, prompting speculation that they may also have reconciled. Courtesy Ht
Ang Lee breaks every rule in new ‘Life of Pi’ film
IReCTOR Ang Lee says he broke every rule in “Life of Pi,” which premiered Friday, bringing the best-selling novel into stunning 3D life with a production featuring an unknown Indian actor, four tigers and the world’s biggest wave machine. The filmmaker, who won Oscars for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, hidden Dragon,” had to pull out all the stops to get Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name on screen. The story, centered around a shipwrecked Indian boy called Pi who survives in a life raft with a Bengal tiger, posed
obvious casting difficulties. The overriding theme of the search for God was also not standard hollywood fare. “I remember thinking to myself that no one in their right mind... how do you sell this thing?” Lee recalled. his first solution came in the guise of Suraj Sharma, a hitherto unknown 17-year-old from Delhi who tagged along with his brother to the audition, then found himself being picked out of 3,000 others. “It was my brother. he had to go to the audition and I went with him,” Sharma said at the premiere. For the movie’s other key ingredients, Lee cast his net even wider, creating a hollywoodfinanced, but international production that sounds almost as fantastical as the story itself. The results are spectacular scenes that lend themselves especially well to the 3D experience, with flying fish shooting out of the screen, and surrealist trips by the camera into a deep populated by luminous jellyfish and whales. having secured his human star and a number of backups, including a rude French cook played by Gerard Depardieu, Lee needed
only to fill the main supporting role: the tiger. The animal, who goes by the name Richard Parker, is mostly the creation of CG special effects. But the all-important physical references that provide a base for the wizardry were provided by four real tigers. Animal trainer Thierry Le Portier, a veteran of big cat scenes in “Gladiator,” found three of the animals in France and one in Canada. The “more docile” episodes, such as when Richard Parker is seasick, were modeled on the unusually cuddly Canadian tiger, Lee said. But his portrayal of the intimate connection between his scared character and the hungry tiger was all acted in front an invisible beast. “Summoning the most advanced digital filmmaking technology to deliver the most oldfashioned kind of audience satisfaction,” Variety said. But there were thumbs down over what some critics saw as the story’s over-earnestness. “Torpid, preachy, faux high-minded and ‘prestigious,’” said the Village Voice. Afp
Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be my last film: Yash Chopra
aB Tak Hai jaan will be yash Chopra’s final film as director, Bollywood’s ‘king of romance’ announced. Chopra’s disclosure, made at an event marking his 80th birthday with actor Shah Rukh Khan by his side, took the Indian film industry by surprise. “I think I’ve had enough, Shah Rukh,” Chopra replied when Khan asked him about his next project. “I have always lived according to what my heart tells me,” he said. “I won’t make any film after jab Tak Hai jaan.” Regarded as the country’s king of celluloid romance, Chopra has also proved his mettle with intensely emotional and tragic movies, many of which went on to become box-office blockbusters. Courtesy Ht
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Infotainment 14 ‘Star Trek’ ‘Gangnam Style’ parody Maverick west Indian batsman Chris Gayle is dancing down the wicket at the world twenty20, performing his own energetic version of global hit “Gangnam style”. the eccentric dance, based on a wacky series of horse-riding moves, has become a worldwide sensation for south Korean musician park Jae-sang, attracting over 295 million viewers. AFP
An electrician from penglai in northern China’s shandong province has built a robot that is able to pull a cart big enough for three adults to ride in. the robot is controlled using a computer mouse on the cart’s right hand armrest and stepping on or off the gas pedal causes it to move or stop. The TeLegRAPh
Apple CEO apologizes for Maps flaws, recommends rivals
PPLe Inc Chief executive Tim Cook apologized Friday to customers frustrated with glaring errors in its new Maps service and, in an unusual move for the consumer giant, directed them to rival services such as Google Inc’s Maps instead. The rare apology follows Apple’s launch of its own mapping service earlier this month, when it began selling the iPhone 5 and rolled out iOS 6, the highly anticipated update to its mobile software platform. Users complained that the new Maps service - based on Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker TomTom NV’s data - contained geographical errors and gaps in information, and that it lacked features that made Google Maps so popular from public transit directions to traffic data and street-view pictures. “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better,” Cook said in a letter to customers released on its website, adding that the company “fell short” of its commitment to deliver “the best experience possible to our customers.” Unusually, he suggested that customers download rival mapping services available in Apple’s App Store while the company improves the product. “While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App
Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app,” he said in the letter. Apple is typically loathe to tout rival services and the contrite apology by Cook is an indication of how Apple is changing under the chief executive who took over last year from co-founder Steve Jobsjust before his death. It also took the additional step of prominently displaying the rival services on its Apps Store. “It is a bit unusual but at the same time, Tim is keeping Apple’s commitment to provide the best user experience for customers,” Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said. “A key reason for Apple’s success is keeping customers happy so we think this is a good move.” “People forget that Google Maps started out inferior to Mapquest and Yahoo Maps,” he added. Apple’s home-grown Maps feature — stitched together by acquiring mapping companies and data from many providers including Waze, Intermap, DigitalGlobe and Urban Mapping — was introduced with much fanfare in June by software chief Scott Forstall. It was billed as one of the key highlights of the updated iOS6 software. But errors and omissions in the maps service quickly emerged after the software was rolled out, ranging from misplaced buildings and mislabelled cities to duplicated geographical features.
Man shoots burglar, turns out to be own son A Connecticut man responding to his sister’s call for help during an apparent burglary at her home next door, shot and killed a masked intruder who turned out to be his own teenage son, state police said on Friday. Tyler Giuliano, 15, was wearing a ski mask and appeared to be armed when he was shot on Thursday by his father, who authorities declined to identify, said Lieutenant J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for theConnecticut State Police. The father’s sister, who lives
next door, was home alone before 1 a.m. when she called him to report someone trying to break into her home. The father went over to investigate and was approached by a masked person dressed entirely in black and holding a shiny object, police said in a statement. “Believing the suspect was armed with a weapon and about to attack him, the (father) discharged his personal handgun at the suspect,” police said in the statement. Giuliano was pronounced dead at the scene.”(he) was lying on the ground in the driveway with obvious gunshot injuries, holding a weapon,” the statement said. “We truly don’t know. We’ll look at the family dynamics, (his) school locker, cell phone, computer to figure out what’s going on,” Vance said. AGenCIes
NEW APPLE The last time Apple faced such widespread criticism was in 2010, when users complained of signal reception issues on the then-new iPhone 4 model. A defiant Jobs at the time rejected any suggestion the iPhone 4’s design was flawed, but offered consumers free phone cases at a rare, 90-minute press conference called to address those complaints. While Apple fixed the issue, Jobs had apologized to users only after he was specifically asked if he was sorry. he also said the issue was shared by all the major manufacturers, naming rivals Research in Motion, Samsung electronics and hTC Corp. Cook himself played a key role in convincing Jobs to tackle the negative publicity that arose around that issue, something he was initially reluctant to do, according to his biographer. “Finally Tim Cook was able to shake him out of his lethargy,” Walter Isaacson said in his biography on the late Silicon Valley icon. “he quoted someone as saying that Apple was becoming the new Microsoft, complacent and arrogant. The next day Jobs changed his attitude.” It remains to be seen how fast Apple can fix the mapping glitches. Jobs had been in a similar position when he allowed email synchronization software MobileMe to launch in 2008, to deadly reviews. The mercurial CeO took the group to task for it and replaced the group’s head. The service
is now folded into the iCloud product. Mapping is a complex process that takes a lot of resources and years to perfect, said Marcus Thielking, co-founder of Skobbler, maker of the popular GPS Navigation 2 app, built using the crowdsourced OpenStreetMap platform. “It helps a lot if you have great data to start with,” he said, adding that it appears that different database were thrown together in building Apple Maps. “They (Apple) can offer incremental updates and that’s what they will do.” Cook said that more than 100 million iOS devices are using the new Apple Maps and that the more people use Maps, the better it will get. he also offered some hints on why the company decided to remove Google Maps. Apple launched the Google-powered Maps “initially with the first version of iOS” and created a home-grown version of the service as it wanted to provide more features, Cook said. “As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vectorbased maps,” he said in the letter. Google provides turn-by-turn navigation on Android-based devices but the popular feature was not available for Apple devices. Apple Maps replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 and the Google service is now only available through a browser. Shares of Apple fell 2 percent to close at $667.10 on Nasdaq. AGenCIes
eP, “Gangnam Style” is just as weird in Klingon. Still, it’s one thing to slap together a “Gangnam Style” parody with a couple of your buddies from the pool. It’s another thing entirely to think up lyrics in Klingon, dress up in costumes, choreograph and perform a “Star Trek” version of the viral K-pop song. Whether you like “Trek” or not, you’ve got to admire the effort that went into “Klingon Style.” But to be honest, this video, directed by emily McGregor, will likely be more meaningful to fans of the science-fiction franchise, particularly “The Next Generation.” But even if you don’t catch the reference to the love triangle between Worf, Riker and Troi, there are a few laughs in “Klingon Style” that are context-free. Like when Data dances — that’s an injoke, but it’s also just funny. While it’s definitely a low-budget production (another thing Trekkers often see past), at least no one got fired over this. In fact, the “geektastic” folks at Comediva that made “Klingon Style” have a couple more “Trek”-related bits up their futuristic spandex sleeves. Courtesy Huffpost
‘Crime reducing’ cardboard policeman is stolen
cardboard policeman used as a crime prevention aid has been stolen from a supermarket. The six-foot tall life-size figure, named PC Bobb, was placed in a Sainsbury’s Local store to deter shoplifters. The model was stolen and photos of it have appeared on social networking sites, including appearing at several house parties since being stolen from the shop in Shafton, Barnsley. A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “It is bizarre that someone would want to steal our cardboard copper PC Bobb. We’d got used to having him being around and hope he is returned in one piece.” Forces had argued the cut-outs would boost public confidence, deter criminals and make the police more ‘approachable’. An essex Police spokesman said: “The trial of the cardboard police officers shows they had very little effect on crime or antisocial behaviour and we will not be continuing with their use.” tHe teLeGrApH
Google boss dances Gangnam Style with K-Pop’s Psy Google CeO eric Schmidt, joins staff in Seoul in a Gangnam Style line dance with Korean pop sensation Psy. On a visit to the Seoul office of Google, eric Schmidt took part in a Gangnam Style dance alongside Korean pop sensation Psy. A dozen or so other people joined Mr Schmidt in performing the trademark moves from Psy’s
hugely successful Gangnam Style. “With K-pop, we had a whole industry of extraordinarily high quality music that was largely not available outside of Japan and Korea and a couple other countries. YouTube made it mainstream and global,” Mr Schmidt said. “I think there will be many other such breakouts and such great talents. I think the story here is not really about YouTube or Google. It’s about the fact that there is an amazing talent all around the world that could not be discovered before and that now has a global audience, which the talent can benefit from financially, with recognition, lifestyle et cetera.” news DesK
Thai sailors go ‘Gangnam Style’
he “Gangnam Style” craze has reached Thailand’s navy, which is among the latest to mimic the globally popular dance video. In a video posted, a few dozen smiling sailors from the Third Naval Area Commandperform the rodeo-style dance and other hip-shaking moves at their base on the popular tourist island of Phuket. Lt. Cmdr. Patiroop Khemtis said Friday officers took three days to film and edit the video, instructing participants to mimic the moves in the original video by South Korean singer PSY. It was shown at the base’s annual party and posted to YouTube. The video shows white-uniformed sailors in sunglasses galloping through their offices and officers in scuba gear shimmying up the beach. AGenCIes
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Pakistan seek to nudge India towards exit
AKISTAN will look to extend their dominant form and put India on the brink of elimination when the old foes clash in the World Twenty20 on Sunday. Pakistan have never beaten India in either the 50-over World Cup or the World Twenty20, but Mohammad hafeez's men start as favourites in the muchawaited Super eights game in Colombo. Pakistan are the team in form, winning both matches in the preliminary league before stunning top-ranked South Africa by two wickets in their first Super eights game on Friday. In contrast, Australia annihilated India by nine wickets later the same evening, leaving Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men needing to beat Pakistan and South Africa to stay in contention for the semi-finals. But if Australia beat South Africa and Pakistan defeat India in Sunday's double-header, both winners will advance to the semi-finals from what was billed as the "group of death". Pakistan seamer Umar Gul, an unlikely hero with the bat against South Africa with a powerpacked 32 off 17 balls, said: "When we play India there is lot of pressure because our people always want us to win. "The same is the case in India, so there will be pressure on both teams. "Anything can happen. We will give it our best shot. India is a very good team, but we know each other's strong and weak points. In T20 it all depends on how a team plays on that day." India, winners of the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, failed to win
gangnam gayle dances down wicket at T20 PALLEKELE Afp
Maverick West Indian batsman Chris Gayle is dancing down the wicket at the World Twenty20, performing his own energetic version of global hit "Gangnam Style". The eccentric dance, based on a wacky series of horse-riding moves, has become a worldwide sensation for South Korean musician Park Jae-Sang, attracting over 295 million viewers on YouTube this year. Gayle's first Gangnam-style celebration came in the match against Ireland, when he grabbed two wickets, and he repeated it after dismissing england's Jonny Bairstow on Thursday in Pallekele. "I need a producer to produce my gangnam music video...Know any? however I am shooting a amateur gangnam style video tmrw...Will post video," Gayle wrote on Twitter. exiled england batsman Kevin Pietersen tried to copy Gayle while he was carrying out his duties as a TV commentator at the ongoing tournament and described it as "one of the most interesting celebrations in cricket".
even one Super eights game in the next two editions, in england in 2009 and the Caribbean in 2010. Skipper Dhoni, however, put a positive spin on his team's do-or-die scenario ahead of the soldout game at the 35,000-capacity Premadasa Stadium. "It is always good to be in a situation where you have to win every game," he said. "There is no scope for complacency and that is a good thing. You have to be at your best throughout. "hopefully we can go out and express ourselves without worrying too much about the result." India
and Pakistan have played just two official Twenty20 internationals against each other, both during the 2007 tournament. The league match in Durban ended in a tie before India won the bowl-out. The two sides met again in the final in Johannesburg, which India won by five runs in the final over. Before the current showpiece started, Pakistan defeated India by five wickets in a practice match in Colombo on September 17, with Kamran Akmal smashing an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls. Pakistan,
chasing India's commanding 185-3, slipped to 91-5 before Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik turned the game around with a brilliant unbroken stand of 95 off 46 balls. Akmal plundered six sixes, including the winning shot off seamer Irfan Pathan which sailed over the cover fence. Malik remained unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls. Cricket ties between the neighbours, suspended after the Mumbai attacks in 2008, are set to resume in December when Pakistan tour India for three one-dayers and two Twenty20 games.
Keen contest on cards between arch-rivals Comment S.PERvEz QAISER After losing first match against Australia, India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their second match in the Super eights at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Sunday (September 30). This match will start at 19.00 hours (PST). It will be the third Twenty-20 match between the two teams as well as in the Twenty-20 World Cup. Pakistan have won one and tied one in two matches played against India in Twenty-20 World Cup. Pakistan add India played out a thrilling tie at the Twenty-20 World Cup at Durban on September 14, 2008, with Misbah-ul-haq run out off the last ball of the match. But the Twenty-20 cricket rules didn’t allow for the spoils to be shared, and it was India that prevailed in the bowl-out. Virender Sehwag, harbhajan Singh and
Robin Uthappa were Dirty harry-accurate, while Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi all missed by a fair distance as a sell-out crowd celebrated an enthralling finale. India defeated Pakistan by five runs when two teams met second time in the final of the tournament at Johannesburg on September 24, 2007. India won the inaugural Twenty-20 World Cup when Misbah-ul-haq’s attempted scoop landed in the hands of Sreesanth at short fine leg. Pakistan started the final over needing a manageable 13, though with their last pair at the crease. That became 12 from six after Joginder Sharma bowled the widest of wides, then 12 from five after Misbah-ul-haq played and missed. he played and hit next time, launching Joginder Sharma’s nervy full toss down the ground. Six from four; one stroke would do it. But the Indian juggernaut - they had defended totals in their last three games - had just enough momentum: Misbah-ul-haq's shot
proved too ambitious against a bowler of Joginer Sharma’s modest pace. The first match of the day will be played between South Africa and Australia at the same ground. This match will start at 15.00 hours (PST). It will be the ninth match between the two teams in Twenty-20 cricket and first in Twenty-20 World Cup. Both teams have won four matches each in eight previous outings.
perforMAnCe In twenty-20 CrICKet: tyPe India Pakistan Ind v Pak
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Wright, Finn star in england win over NZ PALLEKELE
Steven Finn took 3-16 and Luke Wright notched an aggressive 76 to help england beat New Zealand by six wickets in the Super eights group one match in the World Twenty20 here on Saturday. Wright smashed five sixes and as many boundaries off 43 balls and added 89 for the third wicket with eoin Morgan (30) as england comfortably chased down a modest target of 149 in 18.5 overs at Pallekele stadium. Wright and Morgan, who hit a four and a six, made sure the defending champions cross the line after losing openers Craig Kieswetter (four) and Alex hales (22) by the seventh over. Wright hit two sixes off Tim Southee to reach his half-century off just 33 balls and then smashed two more off part-timer Rob Nicol to bring england within 23 runs of victory. even after Morgan and Wright fell in quick succession, the target was never out of reach. The victory gives england, who lost to the West Indies in their opening match by 15 runs, a chance to stay in the tournament. New Zealand, who lost to Sri Lanka will be out if West Indies beat the hosts later Saturday. england captain Stuart Broad expressed delight at his team's win. "It's nice to bounce back. Finn set
PalleKele: england cricketer luke wright plays a shot during the Icc Twenty20 cricket world cup's Super eight match. AFP the tone with the new ball. The wicket was a lot drier and it did turn a bit. We now have a huge game on Monday," said Broad of the game against Sri Lanka which will decide their semifinal fate. Taylor felt the target was not enough. "I thought it was a decent score but no enough at the end of the day. We had our moments but we couldn't capitalise on them," said Taylor. earlier, James Franklin scored 50 before he was run out in the final over to help New Zealand, who won the toss, to 148-6 in their 20 overs.
Franklin hit four boundaries and two sixes off 33 deliveries. New Zealand were in a spot of bother at 67-4 in the 12th over before skipper Ross Taylor (22)and Franklin lifted them with a 40run stand. Finn provided a double breakthrough, dismissing Martin Guptill (five) in the second over of the innings before having dangerman Brendon McCullum in his next, caught at third man off a miscued shot for ten. It became 43-3 when Nicol was caught at deep square leg, trying to lift off-spinner Graeme Swann who finished with 1-20 off his four overs. Kane
new ZeALAnD M. Guptill lbw b finn 5 r. nicol c bairstow b swann 11 b. McCullum c wright b finn 10 K. williamson c Kieswetter b briggs 17 r. taylor c Hales b finn 22 J. franklin run out 50 n. McCullum not out 16 D. bracewell not out 2 extras: (b3, lb7, nb1, w4) 15 total: (for six wickets, 20 overs) 148 fall of wickets: 1-7 (Guptill), 2-20 (b. McCullum), 3-42 (nicol), 4-67 (williamson), 5-107 (taylor), 6-146 (franklin) bowling: briggs 4-0-36-1, finn 4-0-16-3 (w1), bresnan 4-0-290 (w1), swann 4-0-20-1, broad 4-0-37-0 (w2) enGLAnD C. Kieswetter b Vettori 4 A. Hales b n. McCullum 22 L. wright c taylor b bracewell 76 e. Morgan c bracewell b Mills 30 J. buttler not out 5 J. bairstow not out 5 extras: (lb3, w4) 7 total: (for four wickets, 18.5 overs) 149 fall of wickets: 1-21 (Kieswetter), 2-38 (Hales), 3-127 (Morgan), 4-142 (wright). bowling: Mills 4-0-23-1 (w1), southee 2-0-32-0, Vettori 4-020-1, n. McCullum 4-0-22-1 (w1), nicol 3-0-29-0 (w1), franklin 1-0-12-0, bracewell 0.5-0-8-1 (w1) result: england won by six wickets toss: new Zealand umpires: simon taufel (Aus) and Asad rauf (pAK) tv umpire: steve Davis (Aus) Match referee: Javagal srinath (InD)
Williamson (17) added 25 with Taylor before he edged left-arm spinner Danny Briggs to wicket-keeper Kieswetter. Finn returned for a second spell to dismissed Taylor, caught at deep mid-wicket. Finn's previous best of 3-22 were against India in 2011.
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Sri Lanka crush Windies in World T20 PALLEKELE Afp
Ten Sports float shows world T20 match in lahore.
Australia, england ladies in semis COLOMBO AGenCIes
Defending champion Australia and former winner england qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 after recording their second successive victories in Group A in Galle on Saturday. Pakistan captain Sana Mir was disappointed by the loss. "It is tough to digest this loss. We don't have too much international exposure, so this was a stage that we all looked forward to, and it is very disappointing to lose in this manner. "We didn't want to concede more than 130 runs, but even with that, when we came out to bat, we tinkered with the batting in order to make use of the Powerplay overs, but it didn't work,” she said. Sana added that continued opportunities against the top teams were the only way the team could improve. "We played Australia three years ago in a warm-up, and haven't
played against them since,” she said. “I think it is important to play against the top teams. "We really look forward to playing the bigger teams. It is about playing and improving, and that can happen only if we regularly play against the top sides like england and Australia," she said. Looking ahead at the last group match against India, Sana said: "We want to go out on a high, and there’s no bigger motivation than beating India. We've worked hard and it’s disappointing, but we can't fight the weather. If we have to go out, we may as well go down fighting." sCores In brIef: at gIcS, australia beat Pakistan by 25 runs (d/l method), australia 146 for five, 20 overs (Jessica cameron 42, alyssa Healy 36, lisa Sthalekar 29; Sadia Yousuf 2-39), Pakistan 38 for three, 9 overs (qanita Jalil 13; ellyse Perry 2-19), Player of the match – Jessica cameron (australia), at gIcS, england beat India by nine wickets (with 17 balls remaining), India 116 for 6, 20 overs (Poonam raut 51, mithali raj 35*; laura marsh 2-22), england 118 for one, 17.1 overs (charlotte edwards 50*; laura marsh 39; Sarah Taylor 25*, reema malhotra 1-23) Player of the match - charlotte edwards.
RI Lanka crushed West Indies by nine wickets in their World Twenty20 Super eights group one match at Pallekele stadium on Saturday. West Indies were restricted to 129-5 in their 20 overs, with Marlon Samuels (50) and Dwayne Bravo (40) the team's main contributors. Sri Lanka chased down the target in 15.2 overs for the loss of just one wicket, with Mahela Jayawardene scoring an unbeaten 65 and Kumar Sangakkara making 39 not out. The top two teams from each of the two groups will qualify for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka's spinners kept West Indies' big-hitting batsmen to a modest total of 129-5. Ajantha Mendis took 2-12 in his four overs while Jeeven Mendis fetched 1-12 as West Indies, who won the toss and opted to bat, found it hard to score freely in their 20 overs on a dry
Pallekele stadium pitch. Marlon Samuels (50) and Dwayne Bravo (40) were the main run-getters, lifting their team through a 65-run third wicket partnership after West Indies lost Chris Gayle (two) and Johnson Charles (12) at the same score of 16. Samuels hit two sixes and four boundaries during his 35-ball knock before he holed out in the last over. Mendis, who came on to bowl the fifth over of the innings, had Charles stumped off the fifth ball of the over which was a maiden. Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara then had the dangerous Gayle caught behind off the first ball of the next, leaving a 30,000 holiday crowd delighted. Bravo hit four boundaries and two sixes during his 34-ball knock before he holed out to Jeevan Mendis. Big-hitter Kieron Pollard also failed, as he was bowled by Mendis for one. earlier, defending champions england beat New Zealand by six wickets in another group one match, to keep in contention for a semi-final place.
sCoreboArD west InDIes 12 J. Charles st sangakkara b Mendis C. Gayle c sangakkara b Kulasekara 2 M. samuels c Dilshan b Mathews 50 D. bravo c Dilshan b J. Mendis 40 1 K. pollard b Mendis 19 A. russell not out 1 D. sammy not out 4 extras: (b1, lb3) total: (for five wickets, 20 overs) 129 fall of wickets: 1-16 (Charles), 2-16 (Gayle), 3-81 (bravo), 490 (pollard), 5-123 (samuels) bowling: Mathews 4-0-31-1, Kulasekara 4-0-28-1, Malinga 40-26-0, Mendis 4-1-12-2, Herath 2-0-16-0, J. Mendis 2-0-12-1 srI LAnKA 65 M. Jayawardene not out t. Dilshan c ramdin b rampaul 13 K. sangakkara not out 39 extras: (b2, lb1, w10) 13 130 total: (for one wicket, 15.2 overs) fall of wickets: 1-22 (Dilshan). bowling: rampaul 4-0-39-1 (w4), edwards 2-0-24-0 (w5), narine 4-0-23-0, sammy 4-0-28-0 (w1), russell 1-0-11-0, Gayle 0.2-0-2-0 result: sri Lanka won by nine wickets toss: west Indies umpires: steve Davis (Aus) and Aleem Dar (pAK) tV umpire: simon taufel (Aus) Match referee: Javagal srinath (InD)
PUNjAb YOUTH FESTIvAL 2012
Registration continues for District level
LAHORE stAff report
The registration for participation in the fourth stage of the Punjab Youth Festival, which is the District level, is continuing and today (Sunday) is the last day to be cataloged for the festival activity at this level of events. The Punjab Youth Festival 2012 began on August 26 from Neighbourhood and Village level and after passing through Union Council and Tehsil levels, it will be entering into the district level. In its first two phases, after creating record of participation, the festival’s third stage also carried massive participation in which apart from sports events several other competitions were also held to involve people of different segments. In the Tehsil level too there was around half a million people’s involvement in sports, painting, photography, healthy baby, kitchen gardening, cooking, family dressing, pet keeping, cultural modeling, handicraft, science modeling, horticulture, debate, essay writing, naat khani, qirat competitions etc. The data collected from all over the province, alone sports events got around 45,000 involved in 19 events contested at general public, schools (secondary and elementary) level both boys and girls while
the rural sector saw around 20,000 people competing in bull, dog, horse, donkey cart, bull cart races, tippling/ pigeon flying, best agriculture and best livestock. In painting and photography there was involvement of nearly 5000 people and in healthy baby competition there was also the same number of competitors. The events of cooking, dress designing and healthy baby competitions also saw more than 20,000 ladies and children participation at different venues of the province. Apart from Sport Board Punjab, Population Welfare, Social Welfare, Livestock and Dairy Development, education and Tourism Departments collaborated to hold the all the events of Tehsil level. And now the District level will start from September 30 in other parts of the province and the activity at this level will conclude on October 6. Meanwhile in one of the remaining event of Samanabad Town in Lahore a cricket match was played at Dungi Ground in which Khan XI of UC 93 beat Sheikh XI of UC 106 while at some of the towns in Lahore the prize distribution ceremonies were held. The prize distribution was held for the participants of Gulberg town at Ghalib Market and Ittifaq Sports Complex. PML N MPA Dr Saeedul hassan and Ramzan Saddique were the chief guests at these venues.
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17 Sports chelsea down arsenal to cement top spot LONDON Afp
Chelsea cemented their position on top of the Premier League as Juan Mata inspired a 2-1 victory over London rivals Arsenal on Saturday. Roberto di Matteo's side moved four points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who host Tottenham in Saturday's late game, thanks to Mata's second-half winner, after Gervinho had cancelled out Fernando Torres's opener. Inevitably, Chelsea captain John Terry had to endure taunts from Arsenal fans after this week's Football Association verdict that he was guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match last October. But Terry had the last laugh as Chelsea, unbeaten in the league this season, secured their first win at the emirates Stadium since November 2009 and handed the Gunners their first league defeat of the campaign. "It was a big challenge to play against a quality side like Arsenal," said Chelsea manager di Matteo. "We are very pleased. We were excellent today and deserved the win. "Fernando Torres was excellent, his contribution was very good. It was right to pick John Terry, he showed his leadership again today. "We pressed Arsenal and didn't allow them to find their rhythm," the former Chelsea and Italy midfielder added. Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger slammed a poor defensive display that will raise fresh questions about whether the Gunners, without a major trophy in seven years, can challenged for the title. "I am deeply disappointed," the Frenchman said. "We gave two cheap goals away, they had three shots on goal and scored two goals. It is unacceptable to give goals like that away in the big games. "We lacked real authority and decisiveness at the back." Chelsea took the lead in the 20th minute when Spain forward Torres produced an instinctive closerange volley from Mata's free-kick.
TAOYUAN: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Nicolas Almagro during an exhibition tennis game at Linkou Stadium. AFP
USA dominate first day of Ryder Cup CHICAGO Afp
loNdoN: chelsea's Brazilian midfielder oscar (r) runs with the ball as arsenal's welsh midfielder aaron ramsey (l) looks on during the english Premier league football match between arsenal and chelsea at The emirates Stadium. AFP
The United States emerged victorious from a pulsating first day's play in the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on Friday, dominating the afternoon fourballs to take a 5-3 overall lead. In a format that habitually favours the europeans, Davis Love's team took the fourballs 3-1 after sharing the alternate ball foursomes 2-2 in the morning's play. All 24 players were in action during a day which started so promisingly for europe but which ended so positively for the United States who are out to regain the trophy lost in Wales two years ago. "Just everybody played real well and hung in there and had a lot of fun. Seemed like as the sun came out, we just got better and better," Love said. The American heroes were rookie Keegan Bradley, showing passion and talent in securing two points with Phil Mickelson, who was winning a record ninth US cap, and Bubba Watson who fired up the big Chicago crowd with his attacking game. "This is one of the most emotional days playing in a Ryder Cup that we'll ever have," Mickelson said. "It gets emotion out of every player, good or bad, and this has been one of the biggest highs that we've had. "I just love playing with Keegan. he's just played so good all day and it's
Inter-university rugby begins LAHORE stAff report
medINaH: Justin rose of england watches his tee shot from the 2nd during The morning foursomes on the second day of play for The 39th ryder cup at medinah country golf club. AFP just kept me up the whole time. It's been awesome." Tiger Woods was out of sorts for most of the day, losing twice with established partner Steve Stricker. "I didn't play very good this morning at all," Woods said. "I was hitting it awful and not doing anything well. But I hit it good this afternoon."
The first round of Super rugby 15 League inter-university tournament started here at the Lahore university of Management and Sciences ground. President Pakistan Rugby Union Fawzi Kawaja was the chief guest during the Lums and University of Lahore match. UOL started very positive and won match easily in the end. Forward Mujadid scored two tries with final score being score UOL 32 and Lums 07. In second match University of Management and technology (UMT) beats Garrison Degree College by 39-10, Abdullah of UMT score two tries while Guhfran from Garrison score one try.
Pakistan: A land of talent! Comment MUHAMMAD BUTT There was an odd scare here and there but by and large, Pakistan safely ensured their passage into the Super eights of the T20 International World Cup. By the time this article goes into print, Pakistan will have played against South Africa and will be gearing up for the small matter of a clash against archrivals India with a tasty tie against the Aussies to follow. Topping the group has come at a price as Pakistan has been lumped in the pool that appears to be the toughest at least on paper. however, Pakistan has been hugely successful in the shortest format and while clashes against Australia and South Africa are never easy, they must head into these ties thinking that they are the better side. Over the years, Pakistan has unearthed a talent at these tournaments; Sohail Tanvir announced himself in the inaugural tourney while Mohammad Amir made his mark in the subsequent edition. This tournament may belong to another left hander albeit a batsman in the form of Nasir Jamshed. Unlike the latter two, Jamshed has played for Pakistan before
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and impressed as well but for one reason or the other has found himself on the wrong side of the rope. This time though, he seems determined to make his chance count with impressive performances so far not only in the T20 World Cup but also in the matches leading up to it. Saeed Anwar’ boots were somewhat temporarily filled by the now disgraced Salman Butt but in Jamshed we finally may have found a worthy successor to the left handed maestro. There is a touch of Graeme Smith in the way he flicks the ball of his pads but as Nathan Mccullum will attest, his repertoire is not limited to the leg side and not just restricted to playing rolling shots. he may be an aggressive batsman by default but unlike the ‘talented’ Umar Akmal, he looks like a proper batsman when playing his shots. No surprise then that Ian Chappell, an incredibly hard man to please has been impressed by the 22-year old. The future definitely looks bright for Nasir but we must not risk going overboard with the plaudits or our expectations. While he appears to be technically sound and without a glaring deficiency, a much sterner test of his skills will come when he tours countries like england and South Africa. One aspect
he can definitely improve though is his fitness which will in turn help him play longer innings and more importantly will further his chances of playing in the longer format. Dav Whatmore will do well to get him of the diet Inzimam used to enjoy. This scribe predicted that the Pakistani batters will find the going easier in this tournament while our bowlers may struggle and that has been the case so far but come the business end of the tournament, the brittleness in our batting lineup is likely to come to the fore and our bowlers will be required to step up like they have done so many times in the past. Ajmal can only do so much in four overs and as evidenced against Bangladesh, he is human after all and can have a bad day. Gul’s bad days though are becoming increasingly frequent and it is quite ironic that a recent advertisement for a fizzy drinks company has highlighted that. Considering we have no other fast bowlers (Tanvir and Sami obviously do not count) it is imperative that he finds the key to his Gul-dozer. Pakistan’s next three opponents will all pose varying challenges and while all three promise to be fiercely contested; the clash between Pakistan and India stands out for obvious reasons. Pakistan will
be looking to exact revenge for Mohali knowing full well that their record against India in ICC tournaments is nothing to write home about. The men in green recently defeated Team India in a warm up game and one could feel the intensity being unusually high for a practice match. Come Sunday though and this intensity will be increased tenfold with life across both countries coming to a standstill and all eyes glued to television sets hoping and praying that their team prevails.
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Sports 18 Petrova upsets Radwanska to win Pan Pacific Open Afp
amir, mccloskey in dec rematch talks
MONITORING DESK Amir Khan might rematch Paul McCloskey in December, a year and a half after a onesided fight that ended in a technical decision in Khan's favor. BBC Sport reports that there has been talk between the camps of Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey for a rematch on December 8 or 15 in Manchester, a year and a half after they first met in a sloppy, rather one-sided affair that went Khan's way on a technical decision. McCloskey's manager Francie McNicholl told BBC that he was contacted by "Khan's people" earlier this week. "Both parties are serious. The dates being mentioned are 8 or 15 December in Manchester," said McNicholl. McNicholl said a decision is likely in the next week. Khan (263, 18 KO) is looking to stop a two-fight skid, and the December date will be his first with new trainer Virgil hunter, who has replaced Freddie Roach. McCloskey (24-2, 12 KO) has been shaky since the Khan defeat, with a debatable win over Breidis Prescott, a TKO loss to veteran DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, and a Sept 22 win over Manuel Perez where McCloskey just seemed to lack rhythm, or spark, or something like that. McCloskey is a totally decent fighter, but he's never been on Khan's level and never will be, so I'm feeling a little indifference to this idea -- considering Khan's on a bad run and McCloskey has wanted the rematch since their first bout, it's not that bad an idea, and it gives Khan a chance to go back home for a fight, too. I guess what I mean to say is I mostly just don't care if this happens or not. If it does, it could be worse, and if it doesn't, it's not that great a fight, and I already have no doubt that Khan can and should beat McCloskey again. Losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia haven't changed that.
Australia V South Africa 03:00PM Pakistan V India 07:00PM
Sharapova unsurprised by year-end withdrawals
TOKYO ADIA Petrova wrenched the Pan Pacific Open title from holder Agnieszka Radwanska as the Russian shocked the world number three 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 in a topsy-turvy final in Tokyo. "I feel amazing. This is the biggest tournament I ever won and this is a great accomplishment," said a jubilant Petrova, ranked 18th in the world. "At the beginning of the tournament I didn't expect to be here because I had a back injury, so it's delightful to be here right now." The victory caps a highly satisfying week for the 30-year-old after she stormed back from one set and 1-4 down to beat sixth seed Sara errani and went on to beat eighth seed Samantha Stosur in the last two rounds. For Petrova, whose only previous win over Radwanska came in Tokyo in 2008, it was a second title of the season following her victory at 's-hertogenbosch, and 12th overall. She was handed a winner's cheque of $385,000 and will move up to 14th in the world. The 23-year-old Radwanska, who became Poland's first Grand Slam finallist of the Open era at Wimbledon this season, had to be satisfied with the runner-up prize of $192,000. She said: "her biggest weapon is her serve, for sure, but to be honest, her return was not bad today. I really had to serve very good to win my game, so her serve and return were really working for her today. "I was really trying to get the title again this year, but unfortunately she was playing too good." Petrova fired a sizzling service return winner on a break point to take an early 1-0 lead before whitewashing the first set by finishing off with an ace on her second set point. A struggling Radwanska saved four break points to keep her service in the first game of the second set and pulled off her first break when Petrova hit a forehand into the net to move up 2-0. Petrova lapsed into making errors and took only one point each in the following three games before keeping the sixth game, but Radwanska hit three aces in a row and a service winner to comfortably even it at one set all. Neither had a break chance in the final set until the score went to 4-3 for Petrova, who took a break point in the eighth game thanks to Radwanska's two double-faults.
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ToKYo: winner Nadia Petrova (r) and runner up agnieszka radwanska pose as they hold their trophies during the awarding ceremony after their Pan Pacific open final. AFP
World number two Maria Sharapova said Saturday she was not surprised to see players withdrawing from the end-ofyear "Asian swing" tournaments after Serena Williams pulled out of the China Open. The 25-year-old Russian, whose victory at Roland Garros in June completed her career Grand Slam, said the "long" WTA season meant that by the time Beijing came along energy levels were often down. "This is the end of the year for us and you know it's a pretty long season of 10 months of playing tournaments back to back," she said. "There is no doubt towards the end of the season you are not as fit as you are in the beginning, maybe don't have as much energy, because the last Grand Slam of the year (US Open) was only a couple of weeks ago. "You try to give your all for that. And then also we had the addition of the Olympics this year. So it was an incredibly busy summer for everybody."
Ivanovic eases through China Open first round BeijiNG: Former world number one Ana Ivanovic eased into the second round of the China Open on Saturday, defeating American Christina Mchale in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. The 24-year-old Serbian played aggressively from the start, hitting big first serves and powerful forehand drives which Mchale, ranked 28 in the world, was unable to match. Ivanovic's returns from Mchale's service game were too good for the 20-year-old, with the French Open champion of four years ago breaking the American in the eighth game of the first set and twice in the second. "I think that was the best service game I have ever had," said the eleventh seed, who wrapped up victory within an hour, agreeing that it had been a "perfect" start to the Beijing tournament. "The last match I played, in Tokyo, I served terribly. It was probably the worst I served in a very long time, so I was really determined to do better today," she said. "I really took more time and focused on that because I knew I could serve well and I did it in practice. So I had attention to serve well today, and it worked well and I'm very pleased." The world number 12 will play American Varvara Lepchenko, who defeated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round. Ivanovic admitted she didn't know much about her next opponent but was aware that "she serves big" and has "a powerful game". Afp
BeIJINg: maria Sharapova of russia speaks at a press conference during the china open tennis tournament. AFP
Davis Cup: Semifinal showdowns Comment SABA AzIz As the year’s last Grand Slam came to a close, action swung to the business end of the Davis Cup World Group starting with the semis. The draw pitted Spain against the United States, while the Argentines were to lock horns with the Czech, over the weekend. From the looks of it both were enticing encounters, featuring some of the world’s top men players. Despite Nadal’s absence, who was sidelined with a recurring knee problem, Spain had a formidable team with the likes of world number 5 David Ferrer, 12th ranked Nicolas Almagro and world number 24 Marcel Granollers completing the line-up. On the other side of the net, the United States, who had overcome a strong French side on the red clay earlier in April, comprised of world number 10 John Isner, world number 26 Sam Querrey and the best doubles team in the world, the Bryan brothers. heading into the weekend’s fixture, both the teams were tied at 5 wins a piece in their overall head to head record, with Spain having won their last encounter in Texas last year on their way to lifting the coveted trophy. evidently, the Americans had the daunting task of subduing the Spanish armada on their beloved red clay, a surface on which they thrive. With the home court advantage, the Spanish were well positioned to try and neutralize the big serves of Isner and Querrey. On the opening day, Ferrer kicked things off against Querrey in front of his home crowd in Gijon. he broke Querrey’s first
service game, but the lanky American came back to recoup the break in the eighth game, and broke serve again in the 10th game, to give U.S. the opening set. But Ferrer, ruthless as ever on the court, was not to be denied on the day. Brimming with confidence from a semifinal showing at the US Open, Ferrer was business-like as usual. he raced through the next two sets, before finally closing out the match in the fourth and giving the Spaniards a 1-0 lead. The second rubber saw Almagro go up against Isner, who had been instrumental in America’s wins over Switzerland and France earlier in the year. Almagro barely managed to scrape out a win after a thrilling five set tussle lasting four hours and 16 minutes. So the de-
fending champs ended the first day’s action with a 2-0 advantage, just one win away from another Davis Cup final. The Americans had some respite, as the Bryans carved out a 7-5/7-5/3-6/6-3 win over the duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez on the second day. however, Ferrer put the final nail in the coffin and sealed the Americans’ fate by virtue of his 6-7/6-3/6-4/6-2 victory over Isner on a cloudy Sunday afternoon. The victory led Ferrer to an impressive 21-4 singles record in the competition and extended his perfect 16-0 winning singles streak when playing in home ties. On the other side of the Atlantic, Argentina was playing host to Czech Republic on the dirt in Buenos Aires. With world number 6 Tomas Berdych leading
the Czech charge, accompanied by the wily veteran Radek Stepanek, the hosts had their work cut out for them. World number 8 and 2009 US Open champ, Juan Martin del Potro opened proceedings on day one and got off to a flier with a comfortable straight sets win over Stepanek. Del Potro was playing against medical advice after hurting his wrist at the US Open and he broke down in tears as he gave his victory speech. The second rubber was a more closely contested affair. In an impressive comeback, Tomas Berdych dug deep to rally from two sets to one and 1-4 down in the fourth to beat Juan Monaco. In front of a raucous, 1300 Latin American crowd inside the Parque Roca, with football legend Diego Maradona and former tennis glamour girl Gabriela Sabatini amongst the audience, Berdych went on a nine game winning streak before sealing victory. With the tie leveled at one match a piece, both the teams had a lot riding on in the doubles. The Czech pair of Berdych and Stepanek clinched the crucial rubber in a one-sided match and put Czech Republic in the driving seat heading in to the final day. With Carlos Berlocq filling in for the injured Del Potro, the writing was on the wall for the hosts as Tomas Berdych, wearing the same shirt he wore at the Olympics, gave his nation the unassailable 3-1 lead over the home team. Czech Republic now hosts Spain in the final on 16-18 November, a rematch of the 2009 final when Spain was victorious. With the home court advantage to the Czechs and history backing Spain, the tennis fans are in for some exciting tennis ahead.
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Muslim foreign ministers call for ‘religious hatred’ laws UNITED NATIONS Afp
USLIM foreign ministers called Friday for laws against incitement to “religious hatred” as they condemned an Americanmade film mocking Islam that sparked deadly protests. Ministers from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said that freedom of expression had to be used with “responsibility.” They called on governments around the world “to take all appropriate measures, including necessary legislation against these acts that lead to incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence” based on religion. OIC foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, where the “Innocence of Muslims” Internet film has been widely condemned, along with the death of four US diplomats killed in the wake of violent protests in Libya over the US-made video. In a statement, the ministers condemned “intolerance, discrimination, profiling, negative stereotyping,
KArACHI: supporters of the sunni tehreek protest against the anti-Islam film on saturday. STAFF PhoTo stigmatization, religious hatred and violence against Muslims, as well as denigration of their religion” caused by the release of the film and blasphemous cartoons.
“These Islamophobic acts stand in violation of the freedom of religion and belief, guaranteed by international human rights instruments, and have deeply of-
fended” Muslims around the world, the statement added. “We acknowledge the importance of freedom of expression, but at the same
Anti-Islam filmmaker faces 3-year prison term WASHINGTON speCIAL CorresponDent
The infamous filmmaker behind the anti-Islamic video faces up to three years in federal prison after being arrested Thursday for alleged probation violations. Probation officials have recommended a 24-month term for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, prosecutors said in court, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Coptic egyptian-American, whose film posted on the YouTube led to bloody attacks on American diplomatic missions and incurred global condemnation, particularly by Muslims, faces a maximum of three years in prison if found to have violated his parole, a report in the paper said. Nakoula was arrested Thursday and ordered back to jail during a hearing, which took place amid high security, with the public only allowed to watch through a video feed in a separate courthouse blocks away. Until his arrest Thursday, Nakoula and his family had been in hiding, and his attorney said he had received threats to his safety. The Times reported that Magistrate Judge Suzanne h. Segal ordered Nakoula detained, citing a “lengthy pattern of deception” by the man, adding that he poses “some danger to the community.” Nakoula could face up to three years behind bars, it said. Released under supervision from a 2010 conviction for bank fraud, Nakoula faces eight charges of probation violation including making false statements to authorities about the film. When probation officials questioned him about the video, Nakoula allegedly claimed his role was limited to writing the script, and denied ever using the
name “Sam Bacile” in connection to the film, said Assistant U.S. Attorny Robert Dugdale. Dugdale said there is evidence Nakoula’s role in making the video was “much more expansive” than penning the script. Prosecutors said Nakoula could face new criminal charges for lying to federal officials. Dugdale said none of the violations Nakoula is accused of relate to use of the Internet, even though his probation terms specify he was not permitted to possess or use a device with access to the Internet without permission from his supervisor. According to the Times, Nakoula’s attorney, Steven Seiden, asked that his client be released on $10,000 bond, saying that he was not a flight risk. he also said his client would be in danger at the downtown Metropolitan Detention Center because of what he said was a large Muslim population at the lockup. however, prosecutors told Segal they have been assured that the Metropolitan Detention Center has protocols to house “inmates of notoriety,” and contended that Nakoula would possibly be safer in custody. They said Nakoula was a man who “simply cannot be trusted” and whose deceptions had caused “real harm.” Using several aliases, Nakoula was able to deceive people into working on the film without realizing they were dealing with a convicted felon, Dugdale told the judge. he noted that Nakoula had applied for a passport in one name, obtained a driver’s license under another and used a third name — which he spelled various ways -– while working on the film. Another mystery, Dugdale pointed out, was Nakoula’s access to money, citing witnesses who received checks from the man for their work on the film.
Power disruption kills at least 10 newborns in Larkana hospital LARKANA stAff report
Ten newborn babies have died at Children’s hospital due to suspension of electricity during the last 24 hours. Per reports, four children died on Friday night, while the condition of several others turned critical in the intensive care unit (ICU) after electricity went off last night. Six more children died on Saturday morning, the channel reported. It said that diesel was also not available for the hospital’s generator. Children hospital Medical Superintendent (MS) Afsar Bhutto said that four children had been brought in serious condition. They were provided treatment but could not be saved, however, six more
died due to late delivery. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul ebad Khan and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah have sought report of the incident, while Deputy Commissioner Asadullah Bhutto has convened an emergency meeting with the hospital staff, including its MS. Meanwhile, Professors Saifullah Jamro, Khurshed Ahmed Abbasi, Anwer Ali Shaikh held a press conference and said that the hospital currently had only 140 beds in all of its wards. he said that despite the completion of 180-bed Institute of Child healthcare at a cost of Rs 137.075 million, the building was not functional because it was not being provided electricity. They said the equipment procured for the hospital was lying idle because of no electricity. Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.
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time stress the need to ensure that this freedom should be exercised by all with responsibility and in accordance with the relevant international human rights laws.” The ministers called for “global awareness about the dangerous implications of incitement to religious hatred, discrimination and violence.” The alleged maker of the video, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was arrested and detained without bond Thursday in Los Angeles for breaching the terms of his probation for a 2010 banking fraud conviction. US President Barack Obama condemned the film but made an impassioned plea for freedom of speech at the UN summit. Several Muslim ministers have called for international legislation to prevent religious attacks. “The alarming increase in the number of acts that defame religions and thereby people who adhere to such religions, have now serious implications for international peace and security,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The “time has come to establish denigration of all religions and their followers as a hate crime. We have to take swift measures,” he added.