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nawaz lifts ban on Leas recruitment
sC bars Zardari from leaving pakistan
aziz confirms consensus over taliban Doha oﬃce
rs 4.5 per liter petrol price hike expected
Korea hands pakistan World Cup sorrow
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed reservations over the performance of law enforcement agencies and lifted the ban on recruitment to enhance their capacity. The prime minister was chairing a meeting to discuss establishment of an anti-terrorism force in Punjab and meeting the representatives of company working on Lahore-Karachi Motorway on Friday. pag e 03
The Supreme Court on Friday barred President Asif Ali Zardari from leaving the country in connection with the investigations to be held on the Abbottabad operation conducted by the United States on May 2, 2011 to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The SC issued a notice to the federal government to bar Zardari from leaving the country to enable him to be present for a court hearing on the Abbottabad Commission revelations. pag e 02
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz on Friday dropped a strong hint on consensus achieved by Pakistan and Afghanistan over relocating the Taliban office from Doha, stating that Pakistan fully supported the Doha process that would hopefully succeed irrespective of “any location” of the peace talks. This was for the first time any official version came to the fore after Karzai left for home after talks. pag e 04
The prices of petrol and other petroleum products are estimated to rise by more than Rs 4.5 per liter because of the increase in prices in the international market caused by the reports of a looming United States attack on Syria. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority sent a summary to government on Friday regarding the increase in POL prices. The final decision will be taken today and the new prices will be effective from September 1. pag e 04
Pakistan hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup were shattered by a lively Korean side, whose 2-1 win in the semi-final of the Asia Cup meant that the Greenshirts will not be part of hockey’s most prestigious event for the first time in the game’s history. Pakistan, the most successful team in hockey with four World Cup titles (1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994) needed to win the Asian event to claim the sole qualifying ticket from this tournament. pag e 21
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Sadiq concedeS RS 3.2 billion of looted money
PakiStan beginS talkS with itS taliban TTP commander conFIrms havIng held TalKs wITh governmenT on varIoUs IssUes, InclUdIng severIng TIes wITh al Qaeda and lashKar-e-JhangvI
HE much-awaited dialogue process has started between Pakistan and the Taliban, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on Friday. While confirming the initial contacts, the Taliban said talks encompassing a range of issues, including prevention of sectarian violence and snapping of ties
with al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were held. A senior government official told BBC on the condition of anonymity that the benefit in terms of these dialogues had started trickling down in advance. The government had already completed much home work on this count, he said. The official, however, declined to provide more details of the talks or the benefit. The killing of Waliur Rehman in a US drone strike had caused serious harm to the dialogue process and its negative impact had now been dispelled. “The talks’-specific contacts have been restored again after much endeavor,” the official said. A leading Taliban leader said on condition of not being named that the talks took place on a good number of issues, including prevention of sectarian attacks in Pakistan and breaking relations with outfits like al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. This is the first time that the PML-N-
led government has confirmed its contacts with the Taliban. Observers opine that it appeared from “benefit accrued” that the government had succeeded in persuading the Taliban into suspending their activities to some extent. “But it seems the contacts are in elementary stage because the government is evolving a comprehensive national policy on counter terrorism,” they said. They said consultation continued with all major parties with regard to the policy and it would be given a final shape and announced within a few weeks. The government sources said the dialogue would be their first option. Western diplomats in Islamabad say Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani agree that talks can be held if the militants agree on respecting the sovereignty of Pakistani state, law and constitution and cease fire. One diplomat said, “This is a red line
the violation of which is not acceptable to both sides. Cracks had already appeared in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan before the offer for talks was extended to the Taliban.” Chief of Punjabi Taliban Asmatullah Muawia had welcomed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offer for talks on August 22, but the central TTP leadership was unhappy over it. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said in his address to the nation following assumption of his office that the government had more than 100 options to deal with the menace of terrorism. “But prudence demands that such an avenue be adopted that no more loss of innocent lives takes place,” Nawaz had said. Citing extremism, the PM had said, “I want an end to the game of blood and fire as soon as possible. It does not matter if this end is achieved on the negotiating table through reconciliation or with use of state force.”
ISLAMABAD The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday told an accountability judge that it had so far recovered Rs 3.2 billion from Touqir Sadiq, former chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority. The NAB prosecutor told the judge that fresh information revealed that a major chunk of the looted money had been placed in a local bank of the United Arab Emirates. He said that on August 22, four officers of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGP) recorded had their statements before the authority. Following their testimonies, NAB has contacted the UAE bank and is in the process of recovering the money. Upon expiry of Sadiq’s physical remand, NAB investigators sought further custody of the main accused submitting that they had recovered Rs 3.2 billion from him and hope to retrieve more useful information from him. The NAB plea was admitted by Judge Muhammad Bashir, who ordered a 14-day extension in physical remand of Sadiq. NAB will present Sadiq in court again on September 10. Sharing details of the recovered money, the NAB prosecutor told the court that Rs 13.4 million had been recovered from one Mian Ashfaq Sadiq’s business partner who got this money as commission in a deal. Sadiq is the main accused in the Rs 82 billion scam. The other accused are Mansoor Muzaffar Ali, member Gas, Mir Kamal Farid Bijarani Marri, member Finance, and Jawad Jameel, staff officer to the OGRA chairman.
Roadmap prepared for talks with Taliban: Fazl JUI-F leader says PTI drIvIng KP Towards secessIon ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman on Friday criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying that due to its ineligibility, the party was driving the province towards separation from the state. Addressing a press conference at the Parliament House, Fazl said the PTI was an inexperienced and an ineligible political party, whose failure would mean the failure of the state. However, he added, the situation in the province would become clearer within a month or so. He said the PTI-led government had appointed a person having “Ahmadi” beliefs on the position of the provincial advocate general. Fazl also said a roadmap had been prepared for the government-Taliban talks that might be initiated within a month and a half. Over statements re-
garding talks between the government and the Taliban, Fazl endorsed the government’s stance and said it was a positive development. “The federal government, specifically on this issue, is moving towards a positive direction,” he said, adding that both, the government and the Taliban, were now coming closer. To a question, he was of the view that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken him on board over the initiation of dialogue with the Taliban, adding that a sketch had been prepared by the government in this regard. It is expected that within a month the dialogues between the two will be
opened through some notable and top political personalities. Highlighting the deteriorated law and order and routine incidents of killings in Karachi, Fazl said the Karachi issue was a political problem and could be resolved by all political parties concerned coming together. On the Middle East crises, he said Islam did not support a clash between civilisations, and the religion’s name was being intentionally polluted. He was of the view that the Syrian crisis was a part of international conspiracies, for which Iran would also have to revise its role. “Iran’s revolution has been restricted to a single sect, whereas on the issue of Egypt, the entire Arab world stands divided,” he said. To a question, the JUI-F leader was of the view that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government was witnessing a visible decrease in its popularity. He was of the view that the first budget presented by the PML-N government was not prepared by the party. “Nawaz has the capability of completing five years in office and the government should focus on the construction of the small dams, to generate electricity on the local level,” Fazl said. The JUI-F leader said the Kala Bagh dam a “technical” issue and not a political one.
senate thanKs ZarDari for his ‘serviCes to the Country‘ ISLAMABAD: The lawmakers from the Upper House of parliament on Friday unanimously adopted a motion to express gratitude to President Asif Ali Zardari for his address to both Houses of parliament on June 10. The motion was read out by Senate Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch which was unanimously adopted by
treasury and opposition members. Earlier, taking part in the debate, JUI-F Senator Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi lauded the role of the president in the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments, which he said had provided more rights to the smaller provinces. He said Zardari and his family had rendered sacrifices for the restoration of the democratic
process in the country which could not be ignored. Baloch said the president transferred his powers to parliament and thus restored the parliamentary form of governance system which had previously looked more like presidential. Raza Rabbani of the Pakistan People’s Party said the president's policy of reconciliation had helped to
strengthen democratic institutions in the country which should be carried forward. He said democracy and the constitution were still facing threats and the democratic parties should forge unity among their ranks to protect the democratic institutions. Later, the House was prorogued for an indefinite period. APP
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Sc baRS ZaRdaRi fRom leaving PakiStan
The Supreme Court on Friday barred President Asif Ali Zardari from leaving the country in connection with the investigations to be held on the Abbottabad operation conducted by the United States on May 2, 2011 to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The SC issued a notice to the federal government to bar Zardari from leaving the country to enable him to be present for a court hearing on the Abbottabad Commission revelations. The court has also formed a two-member bench under the supervision of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and the case’s hearing is scheduled for September 3. Zardari will be completing his presidential tenure on September 8. The Abbottabad Commission’s report had earlier revealed the incompetence of the Pakistan government to track bin Laden’s hideout. The US Navy SEALs team had conducted a twohour operation to kill bin Laden on the soil of Pakistan without the government knowing about it.
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altaf uRgeS cJ to PRobe ‘muhaJiR RePublican aRmy hoax’
KARACHI: Criticising the Interior Ministry for inciting hatred and bias, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Friday appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to order a probe unmasking elements behind the ‘hoax’ of Muhajir Republican Army. Speaking to members of MQM’s Rabita (Coordination) Committee, he urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to order a sincere and impartial investigation to expose elements behind spreading the “bizarre fantasy” regarding the presence of the said militant outfit in Karachi. In a report, submitted to the Supreme Court in Karachi unrest implementation case by Attorney General Munir A. Malik on Thursday, the federal government had revealed presence of “Muhajir Republican Army” in the port city. The report urged the judiciary to identify those behind the militant outfit and suggest legal course of action against them. MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar had also showed his concerns over the fiasco late on Thursday night. The MQM chief said a similar ‘hoax’ of “Jinnahpur” surfaced 20 years ago when the party was targeted through different operations carried out by the civil and military forces. Calling the revelation as ‘severe and disgusting hoax,’ he called for strict action against string pullers of the militant outfit, if there were any. “Otherwise, legal action should be taken against officials of the interior ministry for spreading hatred and bias and for hatching a conspiracy to defame the patriotic masses of the country,” Hussain demanded. The MQM chief directed Rabita Committee members to also raise their voice against the conspiracy in the national and provincial legislature. He also advised them to challenge the allegations in the apex court after consulting constitutional and legal experts. STAFF REPORT
nawaz lifts ban on Leas recruitment LAHORE STAFF REPORT Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed reservations over the performance of law enforcement agencies and lifted the ban on recruitment to enhance their capacity. The prime minister was chairing a meeting to discuss establishment of an anti-terrorism force in Punjab and meeting the representatives of company working on Lahore-Karachi Motorway on Friday. During the meeting, the prime minister said he wanted recruitment to start in all LEAs within 10 days. He said the federal government would fully cooperate with the provinces in elimination of terrorism. He asked the Punjab government to prepare a comprehensive plan for dealing with terrorist activities and training anti-terrorism force should be in accordance with military standard. He said eradication of terrorism from
Punjab. Nawaz pointed out that the terrorists wanted to destroy peace in the country but they all had to unite and foil their conspiracies. He hoped that the Lahore-Karachi Motorway would be completed in two-and-a-half years that would play an important role in the development and prosperity of the country. The Chinese company’s delegation informed the prime
minister that they had started feasibility study of the Lahore-Karachi Motorway. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, federal ministers Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan briefed the prime minister about the establishment of anti-terrorism force and plan to deal with the menace of terrorism.
nisar distances himself from report on ‘muhajir republican army’ rePorT on never-heard-oF mIlITanT groUP raTTles na ISLAMABAD
N an apparent damage-control measure, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Friday distanced the government from his very ministry's report submitted with the Supreme Court claiming an alleged role of Mohajir Republic Army (MRA) in the Karachi unrest, stating that he would make a request to the court to withdraw the report, as such an administrative and intelligence report should not have been submitted. Nisar says he has written to the SC for withdrawing the report, which had been submitted by none other than the chief law officer of the federal government, Attorney General for Pakistan Munir A Malik,
govt waRnS 3 mqm leadeRS of PoSSible taliban attack KARACHI: The Ministry of Interior has alerted three senior Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders to a secret Taliban attack. Nabeel Gabol, Farooq Sattar and Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Faisal Sabzwari, according to official documents available with Pakistan Today, appear to be on the hit list of the Taliban. The ministry warned that the assault could be carried out anytime in the "near future" by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction operating in Karachi. "Reportedly, miscreants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are planning to target MQM leaders in Karachi in the near future," read a Ministry of Interior letter of National Crisis Management Cell. Gabol told Pakistan Today that the "Threat Alert814" came after the local spy agencies intercepted a telephonic conversation between the Taliban in Waziristan and Karachi. "The Military Intelligence, I was told, had intercepted a telephone call between the two factions of Taliban," he added. The letter No 3/9/2012-(Ops)-1368(I) said, the Interior Ministry could not ascertain further "details" of the exact date, time and method of the attack. Gabol, a former PPP leader from Lyari who recently defected to the MQM, claimed that while the Taliban were out to "target" him and his party fellows, the government was sitting on the very serious threat alert for over a week without taking appropriate action. Headlined as "most immediate" the letter, which was issued a week earlier on Aug 22, was handed to the MQM leader only on Thursday, Gabol claimed. "The govt has totally ignored this letter. I spoke to Home Minister Mumtaz Shah and he assured me of due action, but I haven’t received a single security personnel so far," the MQM leader claimed. Asked why he was on the Taliban's hit list, Gabol said his status as one of the most prominent MQM leaders and was used to making bold statements on TV talk shows. "They just want to get the top guys (of MQM)," he said. "I have my seven to eight tribal people as security guards, but I don't think they can withstand a Taliban attack," Gabol said, adding though, "I will not leave the city or the country out of any fear." ISMAIL DILAWAR
the country and restoration of peace was his government’s top priority for which all resources were being utilised. He emphasised that eradication of terrorism was essential for economic development and peace in the country. The prime minister also directed all LEAs to track terrorists and issued directives for the formation of a counterterrorism force in
InTerIor mInIsTer says rePorT sUbmITTed To sc wIThoUT hIs consenT on Aug 29. During the NA session, PPP's Imran Zafar Leghari reacted to the retraction of the government's claim about the MRA, asserting that the news had dropped a bombshell in Karachi and educational institutions and markets had been closed due to the report. Earlier, MQM's Khwaja Sohail Mansur also raised his concerns about the government's report. He asked the government why a false allegation had been levelled if there was no evidence against MRA. Responding to the points raised by both lawmakers, Nisar said in the National Assembly that he had not said that there was no evidence of the MRA. However, he said the report had been submitted without his knowledge
SC orders probe into arms smuggling in Karachi orders FormaTIon oF commIssIon headed by Former cUsToms member ramzan bhaTTI KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Giving a detailed verdict in the Karachi unrest case, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the constitution of a fact-finding commission to look into the report with regard to smuggling of illegal arms into the country in shipping containers. The former Customs member, Ramzan Bhatti, will head the commission which would ascertain as to who is responsible for allowing seafaring vessels and motorboats loaded with illegal weapons berth at Karachi port. In the verdict, the SC also sought suggestions for corrective measures, appropriate lawful action, and strict penalization to halt this influx of firearms that were subsequently used to perpetrate organised violent crimes. The top court also ordered that the commission must also determine the authenticity of the reports that a shipload of guns and ammo arrived at the
Karachi port during the tenure of former minister for ports and shipping. "Reportedly the Customs authorities are charging 100 percent duty at Karachi Port Trust and Port Qasim but it was not being passed on to the treasury, thus the court orders investigation into this massive damage to the national exchequer,” the order said.Earlier, the SC resumed the hearing of the case for the third consecutive day. A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case. During the proceedings, the bench summoned former Customs collector over the issue of transportation of arms. The CJ questioned the Director General Rangers Sindh Major General Rizwan Akhtar about the source of the illegal weapons. The DG Sindh Rangers replied that the issue of missing 19,000 arms containers came into limelight many years ago. He said that those containers were opened during the time period of former minister for ports and shipping. The same weapons are being used in fomenting violence in Karachi, he added. He told the bench that local, German and American 9mm pistols are used in the targeted killings and that the arms sent to the factories of Peshawar and Dara Adam Khel were imported.
and in his view, such a report should not have been submitted with the SC. “There was a mention of the Mohajir Republican Army in an administrative meeting, but the report was presented to the Supreme Court without my permission,” Nisar said, requesting the apex court to withdraw the report. Many political parties have expressed concern over the report and the mention of an unknown group allegedly involved in the Karachi unrest. About firing incident on AML chief Sheikh Rashid, Nisar said investigation was underway and he was not satisfied with the initial report by the police about the mishap. “The matter will be probed thoroughly,” he maintained. Earlier, Sheikh Rashid seemed reluctant to speak over the matter, saying that it was not first incident, as he had faced four attempts on his life. He said he had no enmity and expressed gratitude to the federal and Punjab governments for taking steps for his security.
imRan oPPoSeS militaRy oPeRation in kaRachi
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday vehemently opposed a military operation in Karachi, saying peace should be restored in the country's commercial capital by using civilian forces. Talking to reporters, Khan said 150, 000 military jawans were fighting terrorists in the Tribal Areas and Balochistan and it was inappropriate to engage the military in Karachi as well. Khan said there should be no military operation in the port city as the metropolis had been facing the consequences of 1992 operation. Police, he said, should be depoliticised in Karachi in order to maintain peace in the city. To a question, he said Fazlur Rehman was engaging in politics by selling religion. He questioned Fazl's source of income, saying the JUI-F chief was living like a king. The PTI leader said Pakistan's problems could not be addressed by the current government. STAFF REPORT
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aziz confirms Pak-afghan consensus over Taliban oﬃce PaKIsTan hoPes To resolve drone IssUe wITh Us ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIN
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz on Friday dropped a strong hint on consensus achieved by Pakistan and Afghanistan over relocating the Taliban office from Doha (Qatar), stating that Pakistan fully supported the Doha process that would hopefully succeed irrespective of “any location” of the peace talks. This was for the first time any official version came to the fore after President Karzai left for home after talks. Pakistan Today had broke the story that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai had agreed on relocating the Taliban office from Qatar to any new location, either to Saudi Arabia or Turkey. Outlining the country’s features of foreign policy in the National Assembly, Aziz reminded the House that Pakistan had fully backed the Doha
peace process but unfortunately the matter hit snags. “However, we hope that the good work done would not go wasted and the Qatar process would help peace talks irrespective of the fact of the location (of talks),” he added. Aziz said Pakistan did not support any specific ethnic group in Afghanistan, rather it had links with all groups and would utilise its good ties with all parties to bring peace and normalcy in war-torn Afghanistan. He said peace and stability in Afghanistan was vital for peace in Pakistan. SYRIA ATTACk: Expressing concerns over the humanitarian situation in Syria‚ Sartaj Aziz said Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty should be respected. “Pakistan wants resolution of this problem through peaceful means. The UN inspectors are currently in Syria and the world powers should wait for their report”. Condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria‚ the adviser said Pakistan rejected regime change through external sources, as the change should be decided by the Syrians themselves.
LoC TENSIoNS: Briefing the House about Pak-India tensions at the Line of Control (LoC), Aziz said the skirmishes with Indian military had increased with India indulging in violations of ceasefire. He deplored the tensions in relations between the neighbours and said Pakistan undertook several steps to defuse the tension, but India did not reciprocate Pakistan’s overtures. He said Pakistan had proposed joint investigation of violations on the LoC through the UN Military Observers’ Group, but India refused both proposals. He said eleven people, including eight army personnel, had been killed and 31 injured in Indian violations along the LoC since January. Aziz said Pakistan had called upon New Delhi to observe 2003 Ceasefire Agreement for reduction of tension. About the Kashmir issue‚ he said India had always insisted for solution of the dispute through bilateral talks, but so far these efforts had failed to produce any result. He asked the international community to intervene and fulfill its responsibility for resolution of this outstanding issue for peace and
26 govt offiCiaLs hoLD DuaL nationaLity, na toLD ISLAMABAD APP
The National Assembly was informed on Friday that 26 ministries and divisions had informed that 27 government officials hold dual nationality. Replying to a question of Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, the minister incharge of cabinet secretariat said total 27 officers had dual nationality including M Zafar Iqbal, Assistant Director (BS-17) Intelligence Bureau, reinstated under the sacked employees Act, 2010, Adan Muhammad Abbas Khan and Muhammad Abbas Khan, Assistance Directors National Accountability Bureau, Nasreen Farah, Chemist (BS-20) Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (Petroleum and Natural Resources), Rana Abrar Anwar, Mechanical Engineer Department (BS-20) Divisional Superintendent, Multan Pakistan Railways,
Police say stray bullet hit Sheikh Rashid’s car ISLAMABAD
Muhammad Yar Bhuttor, Executive Director OPF Grade-12 Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Sumaira Nazir Khan (BS20) Director FBR (Customs), Lahore, Sajjad Taslim Azam BS-19, Additional Commissioner FBR, Aurangzeb Alamgir, Joint Director (BS-19) FBR, Basit Hussain (BS-18), Deputy Collector FBR, Syed Rashid Hussain, Inland Revenue Officer (BS-16), RTO FBR Rawalpindi, Muhammad Farooq Afridi, Deputy Superintendent (BS-16) FBR Peshawar, Dr Farrukh Fayyaz Lodhi, Deputy Director General Health BS-19, Capital Administration and Development Division, Nighat Sohail, Steno typist, Ministry of Industries and Production, Engineer Nisar Ahmed Shakoor, Assistant Professor, BPS-18, National Fertilizer Corporation (NFC), Aijaz Ahmed Qureshi, Manager Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation, Khalid Kiah and
Nadia Jahangir, Deputy General Manager, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, Tariq Ahmed Chaudhry, General Manager Pakistan Industrial and Technical Assistance centre, S Iqbal Mahmood Rizvi, Director General, and Asghar Khan, Director Pakistan Auditor General of Pakistan, Dr Imran Abdullah, Assistance Professor (BS-19) and Dr Abdur Rehman, Assistance Professor (BS-19), Dr Wasim Ibahi, Lecturer (BS-18), Mina Kharal, Lecturer (BS-18), Zaheer A Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, National University Faisalabad, and Riffat Jafri, General Manager (HR) Pakistan Textile City Limited Karachi. The National Assembly was also informed that officers of different divisions and ministries had dual nationality of the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Norway.
toy bomb explosion kills child in Quetta
ba passes lg (amend) bill 2013 QUETTA APP
The lawmakers unanimously passed Balochistan Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2013 in the session of Balochistan Assembly on Friday evening. Deputy Speaker Abdul Quddoos Bezenjo chaired the assembly session. Provincial Minister Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal moved the Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2013. The chair put the bill to the house that adopted it unanimously. The objectives and reasons of the bill were stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan had desired that the provincial governments should promulgate their local government laws such as to hold the election of the local bodies in accordance with the constitution of Pakistan. The government of Balochistan has already promulgated its laws including the Balochistan Local Government Act, 2010, however, the same provisions need to be further amended in view of the recommendations of the Election Commission of Pakistan and to hold election of the local bodies on party basis instead of nonparty basis.
uS welcomes overturning of afridi’s sentence
Member of the National Assembly, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad's car was hit by a falling stray bullet late on Thursday night, said the police rejecting the MNA’s claim of being attacked. The stray bullet, falling from the sky, was at terminal end of its trajectory at a low velocity and came at a vertical angle, police investigation revealed on Friday. The bullet partially pierced the top sheet of the car's trunk and got stuck there, said a press release issued by the police. “Preliminary investigation by police has been conducted under the supervision of SSP, SP City and ASP City Islamabad.”
stability in the region. PAk-US TIES:: About relations with the US ‚ Aziz said both countries had agreed to resume the strategic dialogue early next year. He expressed the confidence that relations, which saw ups and downs in the past, would flourish in the years to come. He said Pakistan’s priority was to enhance trade and economic relations with the US as “we are pursuing the policy of trade, not aid”. On drone strikes‚ he said the attacks had resulted in loss of innocent lives and were against the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan. He said time and again Pakistan raised the matter at various fora that drone attacks were counterproductive as martyrdom of innocent civilians in such attacks resulted in fanning militancy and extremism. He said the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also supported Pakistan’s stance on drone strikes. Aziz said the prime minister, during his visit to the US next month, would raise the issue again with the Obama administration and hoped that the country would remain successful in halting such attacks.
WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
One child was killed and another sustained injuries when a bomb exploded at Akhtarabad near the western bypass on Friday. According to media reports, the bomb
was planted in a toy which was thrown in a garbage heap. As the two children tried to pick the toy, the bomb blew up, killing one child on the spot. The police reached the site and rushed the injured child to a nearby hospital.
The United States (US) has expressed hope that the overturning of Dr Shakeel Afridi’s 33-year-long sentence would lead to an outcome that reflects the fact that the killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was in the interests of both Pakistan and the US. US State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf said Dr Afridi’s prosecution and conviction had sent a wrong message about the importance of the issue.
us Comes up With Case for WorLD War WASHINGTON AGENCIES
ECRETARY of State John Kerry said the US has "high confidence" that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind a chemical weapons attack last week and explained why the US government must respond. Kerry said the findings of the American intelligence are "as clear as they are compelling," as he offered evidence against the Assad regime he said proves the Syrian government is to blame for the death of at least 1,429 people, including 426 children, in the chemical assault. Also Friday, the government issued a detailed intelligence assessment outlining evidence based on intercepts, satellites, and human spying to make its case that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical attack last Wednesday. "We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21," said the government assessment, which the White House released as Secretary of State John Kerry made the public case for the US responsibility to respond. None of the actual evidence was released. But Kerry said the US knows rockets carrying the chemicals came from regimecontrolled areas, knows the Assad regime was preparing for a chemical-weapons assault just before the attack and has evidence that a senior regime official confirmed that the government used chemical weapons.
syria ChemiCaL Weapons attaCK threatens israeL, JorDan WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened US allies Israel and Jordan and said his preference would have been for the international community to move forward on a response. While meeting with visiting leaders at the White House, Obama told reporters the United States was still in the planning process for a response to the chemical weapons use in Syria. He said he was looking at a limited action against Syria that would not involve an open-ended commitment or major military operation. AGENCIES
"The primary question is really no longer what we know— the question is what are we, we collectively, what are we in the world to do about it?" Kerry said. He said the Syrian regime crossed a line and broke international norms and represents a "crime against humanity." He said Syria's actions represent a test of whether America will still defend universal values and that America's credibility is on the line."It matters because a lot of other countries, whose policies challenge these international norms are watching. They are watching. They want to see if the United States and our friends mean what we say. "It's directly related to our credibility and whether countries still believe the United States when they say something," Mr. Kerry said. Pointing to the possibility of military action in coming days, Kerry said the US will continue talking to allies and Congress, but will make its
own decisions on its own timelines. Any military action, he said, will be limited and won't include putting American troops on the ground in Syria. He said it won't be open ended or represent anything like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. FRANCE READY: Meanwhile, France said on Friday it still backed action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government for an apparent poison gas attack on civilians, despite a British parliamentary vote against it. An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a close Assad ally, seized on the British no vote as evidence that “people are beginning to understand” the dangers of military action. French President Francois Hollande told the daily Le Monde that he still supported taking “firm” punitive action over an attack he said had caused “irreparable” harm to the Syrian people, adding that he would work closely with France’s allies.
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KARACHI PRESS RELEASE The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has given go-ahead signal to its field formation to attach nine bank accounts of DJM Securities to recover income tax arrears, pending for years, it was learnt on Friday. According to a letter No: CIR/ZONEI/RTO/KHI/2012-13/561, prior authorities of RTO office granted permission to Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue, Enforcement and collection Unit-05, for the recovery of income tax arrears in respect of 9 bank accounts of M/s DJM Securities (Pvt) Limited. The letter signed by Deputy Commissioner (HQs) Shamsher Ali Seelro, titled “permission for issuance of notice U/S 140 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 recovery of income tax arrears in respect of M/s DJM Securities” stated that: Kindly refer to your letter N.22 dated 28/08/2013 duly endorsement by the Additional Commissioner
(IR), E&C Range-B, Zone-I, RTO, Karachi vide No.04 dated 28/08/2013 on the above noted subject. I am directed to say that the permission for attachment in respect of M/s DJM Securities is hereby granted in respect of following bank accounts and companies. DJM Securities, MCB Stock Exchange, Branch, Karachi 4175-8, 2) DJM Securities UBL Stock Exchange, Branch, Karachi 010-47765, 3) DJM Securities, Al-Habib Karachi Stock Exchange, Branch, 10120081-00177, 4) DJM Securities, Al-Falah SITE Branch Karachi, 012000173-4, 5) DJM Securities, HBL Stock Exchange Branch, 40419521, 6) DJM Securities, Bolan I.I Chundrigar Road, Karachi, 01-010-0703-5, 7) DJM Securities, KASB, Stock Exchange Branch, Karachi, 0000078-001, 8) DJM Securities, M/s National Clearing Company of Pakistan, shares, 9) DJM Securities, M/s Central Depository Company of Pakistan (Shares).
The prices of petrol and other petroleum products are estimated to rise by more than Rs 4.5 per liter because of the increase in prices in the international market caused by the reports of a looming United States attack on Syria. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) sent a summary to government on Friday regarding the increase in POL prices. The final decision will be taken today and the new prices will be effective from September 1. According to sources, the exdepot price of both petrol and kerosene oil may go up by Rs 4.5 per liter. After the increase, the price of petrol will be Rs109 per litere, kerosene oil Rs 105.78 and high speed diesel Rs 113.06. The price of light diesel oil (LDO) will be increased by about Rs2 per liter to Rs 98.12 and the price of high octane blending component (HOBC) price will be increased by Rs 5 per liter to Rs134. The retail price of petroleum will be 30 to 40 paisa more than the ex-depot price per liter.
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HREE men were injured in a blast which occurred at a recently built three-storey shopping mall near Hussain Chowk in Gulberg on Friday. According to eye witnesses, India-Pakistan Dosti Bus was passing by the venue when the blast occurred. The bus passengers also witnessed the explosion in the plaza which was scheduled to be launched on Friday night. Plaza’s security guard Nadeem Ashraf told Pakistan Today that he was outside the plaza watching the Dosti Bus pass by that the explosion occurred. Resultantly, he was injured along with two other men identified as Saleem and Waqas. Sources in the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) told Pakistan Today that the plaza was illegally supplied gas from an adjacent house. “Recently
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PA favours benefiting from Indian expertise in agri sector LAHORE
dmiring Indian eminence in the Agriculture Sector, Punjab Assembly (PA) on Friday suggested the Punjab Food Department to enhance interaction with agriculturists from East Punjab (India) to benefit from their research and methodology. Legislators while debating on current year’s wheat shortage acknowledged East Punjab’s agriculturist expertise and suggested the Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin along with other members of the PA should visit India to observe and adopt the research methodology of Indians. The legislators boldly admitted that Indians have advantage in the agriculture sector over Pakistan as they were able to produce extra crops from far less area of land than compared to Pakistan. The House was united on the thought of taking guidelines from India to boost local production in the field of agriculture. The assembly speaker advised Bilal Yasin to visit the neighbouring country along with a parliamentary delegation for the purpose. The speaker also advised Yasin that his ministry should focus on research in the field of agriculture as it was the only key to improve the local production of different crops.
During the debate, a treasury member and former Punjab food minister Iqbal Gujjar said though he has no wish to praise India but they must accept that India was getting more agriculture produce than Pakistan. He remarked that despite East Punjab being smaller than West Punjab it is recognized as Food Basket due to its huge production of different crops. Highlighting problems faced by the farmers, he suggested the government to provide subsidy on wheat and the flour separately. While, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI’s) opposition member Sabtain Khan said that he fully endorsed the speaker’s advice of a delegation visiting India the visit expenditure should be personally borne by the delegation members. Khan also demanded the government to increase wheat rates from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 per maund to benefit the farmers. Opposition Leader Mehmood-urRasheed urged the government to announce a package of subsidy on in-puts for the small tenants. He warned the government of the looming wheat crisis in the province as wheat production this year remained two million tonnes less than the target. Moreover, during the PA session which started an hour late under the chairmanship of PA Speaker Rana Mohammad Iqbal on Friday, two newly elected MPAs namely Khurram Wattoo from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Zubair Khan from Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PMLN) took oaths.
installed glass windows and doors without the arrangement of an adequate air ventilating system enabled the gas to gather up inside the hall which later blew up owing to short circuiting,” he said seeking anonymity and added that further investigations are underway. Liberty Police Station SHO Amir Sheikh told Pakistan Today that the reason behind the explosion has been reported to be an explosion in the gas boiler. According to a police source, the explosion could have occurred owing to a cracker, however the exact nature of the blast can only be found out after detailed investigations. According to senior police officers including DIG Operation Tahir Rai, Model Town SP Tariq Aziz and Gulberg ASP Zahid Nawaz, the plaza is owned by Punjab Police DIG Amir who is currently deputed in Multan, however the Liberty
Police Station SHO reports that the plaza is not owned by DIG Amir rather his brother Jahanzaib Mehmood. The policemen, rescue teams and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) reached the spot after the news broke. Window panes of adjacent buildings were shattered while the vehicles parked by the center were also damaged as a result of the explosion. Two cars were severely damaged under the debris. Lahore DCO has taken notice of the incident and further investigations are underway for detecting the exact nature of the blast and center’s safety and security arrangements.
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dengue imPRintS Six moRe LAHORE: The number of reported dengue patients in the city has reached 54 after six new cases were reported on Friday. Despite government’s efforts for dengue eradication, new cases are constantly being reported from various hospitals of the metropolitan. Four of the latest cases have appeared in Mayo Hospital; Zahir, Ume Khadija, Faizan and Azeem, while two others Gul Rehman and Imran have been diagnosed dengue positive at Nawaz Sharif Hospital Yaki Gate. According to details, Sheikhupura follows the metropolitan in the number of cases with 15 cases while Faisalabad 4, and one each in Vehari, TT Singh, Hafizabad, Nankana, Gujrat and Sialkot. LECTURE ON DENGUE: Traffic Headquarters SP Azhar Gujjar on Friday delivered a lecture to students at Queen Mary College for Women on awareness about dengue larvae and precautionary measures. According to the traffic police, he said that women could play an important role in preventing dengue virus in the city, adding that city traffic police had educated women about the traffic rules and laws. STAFF REPORT
fake hoSPital Sealed LAHORE: City district administration on Friday raided an uncertified herbal hospital ‘Mir Unani (botanic medicine) Hospital’ situated at Bund Road and arrested the hospital owner Asif for illegally running a 25-bed hospital. On receiving several complaints against the fake hakim who has also been involved in spiritual treatment of the patients, CDGL special team, on the directions of Lahore DCO Nasim Sadiq, raided the hospital and seized counterfeit medicines, surgical instruments and other related equipments. The team took all these things under custody and initiated a legal action against Asif. STAFF REPORT
former mna chains minor maid over family debt LAHORE
OLICE on Friday arrested former member of the National Assembly, Liaqat Abbas Bhatti for torturing and imprisoning his 14-year-old housemaid. The Johar Town Police raided the residence of the former MNA and rescued Shahida, who had been put in chains and locked in a room on the second floor of the house. The girl’s family had informed police that Bhatti was keeping Shahida as his prisoner for the last six months. The former lawmaker’s wife unlocked the fetters on police’s orders. Shahida shocked the raiding team by revealing that her younger brother was also imprisoned in the other room. The boy was also found chained. Shahida said that her father had taken a Rs 0.4 million loan from the former MNA to get her older brother released from prison. When the family expressed their helplessness to repay the money, Bhatti imprisoned the girl in his house. “I was brought here six months ago. My parents said that they would not come and take me back,” Shahida told reporters. In his defence, Bhatti said that Shahida’s father had left her at his residence
on his own free will and she was chained by another servant. However, the police took Bhatti in its custody. A case would be registered against him after a medical examination of the girl, police sources said. MAN MURDERS WIFE: A man murdered his wife at a house in Old Mozang precincts on Friday. As per details, Maria, 18, was married to Mohammad Ali two months ago. According to locals, Maria’s screams were often heard outsider her house in Chah Pichwara and they suspect that Ali used to tortured his wife. They further say that there was a domestic dispute involved over which they used to fight. After Maria’s unexpected murder on Friday, the police reached the spot and recovered her badly tortured dead body and shifted to the morgue for an autopsy. The police have also arrested Ali for further investigation. PRoTEST AGAINST LAND MAFIA: Citizens protested against the land mafia for having illegal custody of a house in Mozang. The protesters burnt tyres and blocked the main road for some hours when the police tried to disperse them. The protesters said that the local SHO took Rs 200,000 as bribe and gave the house to the land mafia. Later on, the protesters stopped protesting after a negotiation was successful with high officials.
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Ambassador of Holland Marcel de Vink called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the city on Friday. They discussed means to enhance cooperation in agriculture‚ livestock‚ energy‚ dairy farming and other sectors. CM GRIEVED oVER kHoSA’S MoTHER’S DEATH: The Punjab chief minister has expressed sorrow over the death of mother of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister and former Punjab chief secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa, In a condolence message, the chief minister prayed for the departed soul.
karachi-lahore motorway on cards LAHoRE: A delegation of Chinese Engineering Company called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the city and discussed matters relating to construction of Lahore-Karachi motorway. The delegation informed Nawaz that feasibility report of the Karachi-Lahore Motorway is being prepared. It said that the motorway will be completed within three years. The prime minister proposed to the delegation that that time for completion of the motorway should be reduced. ONLINE
no more unions in govt institutions LAHoRE: Punjab government has decided to ban unions of all kinds in government institutions including those of teachers throughout the province. The ban has been put on the unions on the directives of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and a notification to this effect has also been issued. However, associations have been excluded from the ban. Earlier reacting to the news of this ban, teachers unions and educationists had expressed great concern and strongly rejected the ban. INP
befriend afghan ethnic groups to avert civil war: lahore Forum LAHoRE: At a meeting of the Lahore Forum held under the chairmanship of former foreign minister and Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf (PTI)’s International Relations Advisor Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, the participants were of the view that the economy, energy crisis, internal security, drone attacks and dialogue with the Taliban are critical challenges faced by the government. The session was attended by prominent intellectuals, analysts and media anchors/columnists including Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Mujeebur-Rehman Shami, Irshad Arif, Saeed Aasi, Amir Khakwani, Prof Rasul Buksh Raees, Prof Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, Brig (r) Farooq Hameed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salim Bukhari, Sajjad Mir, Asadullah Ghalib, Mazhar Qayyum, Salman Abid and Tanwir Shahzad. The forum was of the view that Pakistan should desist from having favourites in Afghanistan and should try and develop friendly relations with all ethnic groups in Afghanistan including Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras. The members of the forum said that this would help bring together the key stakeholders including the Afghan Taliban and ethnic groups that in the past supported the former Northern Alliance in the Civil War following the Geneva Accords. They were of the view that it was in Pakistan’s interest to take all steps to prevent another civil war in Afghanistan following the drawdown of US troops by the end of 2014. The members feared that in such an eventuality, besides Afghanistan, Pakistan would be the major sufferer as it was during the last civil war. The participants opined that unless appropriate steps were taken, the neighbouring countries including Iran, China and even Russia might be drawn into the civil war to back their respective allies and that this would be detrimental not just to the interests of Pakistan but of the peace and security of the entire region. The members of the forum were of the view that Afghan Taliban were unlikely to accept US forces remaining in American bases in Afghanistan after 2014. They also felt that the presence of Indian army trainers/ advisors in Afghanistan will add to instability since their presence would not be acceptable to the Afghan Taliban. STAFF REPORT
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HINA’S senior leadership has agreed to open a corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful politicians of the past decade, stepping up its anti-graft campaign, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday. The reported move against Zhou - a retired member of the Politburo’s allpowerful Standing Committee and the former domestic security tsar - follows the five-day corruption trial of ousted politician Bo Xilai, who was widely considered a key Zhou ally. The Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters. The State Council Information Office, the public relations arm of the government, did not respond immediately to faxed questions about the report. Zhou also could not be reached for comment on the report and Reuters could not independently verify it. He was one rank higher than Bo in the power structure and would be the first Politburo Standing Committee member retired or sitting - to be investigated for economic crimes since the end of the Cultural Revolution nearly 40 years ago, the Hong Kong-based newspaper said. Citing sources familiar with the leadership’s thinking, it said the decision to investigate was made in view of rising anger inside the party at the scale of the corruption problem and the wealth that Zhou’s family has amassed.
President Xi Jinping ordered officials in charge of the case to “get to the bottom of it”, the paper said. Most sources and political analysts have said they doubt Zhou is under investigation because it would risk opening a Pandora’s box that could lead to calls for probes into other retired Standing Committee members, including ex-premier Wen Jiabao and his wife and son. The New York Times reported last year
that Wen’s family had accumulated at least $2.7 billion in “hidden riches”, a story China labeled a smear. Earlier this month US-based Chinese news site Duowei said Zhou was being investigated for graft. However, the report was later withdrawn. In a sign Zhou may not be in trouble, the websites of the official People’s Daily and China News Service reported on Thursday that Zhou had sent flowers to the fu-
neral of top nuclear scientist Liu Xiyao, as did Xi. State media typically do not report such stories on party figures who have fallen from grace, so the brief news items could be interpreted as a signal he remains in the hierarchy’s good books.
oil connection Chinese authorities revealed this week a probe into China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which Zhou joined as a senior manager in the early 1990s. Four top managers at the company have been named as being under investigation in recent days, including group deputy general manager Li Hualin, who once served as Zhou’s secretary. The newspaper said it understood the new probe would center on Zhou’s time as a party boss in Sichuan province and at CNPC. In particular, investigators would examine whether Zhou and his family benefited through oilfield and property deals facilitated by his son, Zhou Bin, and other allies, it said. Sources told the newspaper it was too early to say whether Zhou - who controlled legal and law enforcement affairs for 10 years from 2002 - would face public prosecution or an internal party probe. Three other Zhou allies are currently under investigation, including the deputy party boss of Sichuan, Li Chuncheng, who had for many years overseen development of the province’s prosperous capital, Chengdu. The South China Morning Post said party investigators typically move against top aides and underlings of a primary target first to weaken their political base.
awaiting veRdict Zhou was implicated in rumors last year that he hesitated in moving against Bo. Former Chongqing party boss Bo is awaiting a verdict on corruption, bribery and abuse of power charges.
The domestic security forces Zhou ran also suffered a humiliating failure when they allowed blind rights advocate Chen Guangcheng to escape from 19 months of house arrest and flee to the US embassy in Beijing, which happened last year too. Such fumbles gave then-president Hu Jintao and his successor President Xi a shared motive to put a growing array of police forces and domestic security services under firmer oversight. Xi has made fighting deeply-engrained graft a central theme of his new administration, and has promised to take down “tigers” - in other words very senior people - as well as “flies” lower down on the food chain implicated in corruption. Zhou would be the most senior person caught up in Xi’s dragnet to date. He joined the Politburo Standing Committee in 2007 while also heading the central Political and Legal Affairs Committee, a sprawling body that oversees law-andorder policy. That double status allowed Zhou to dominate a domestic security budget of $110 billion a year, exceeding the defense budget. But the hulking, grim-faced 70-yearold stepped down, along with most members of the Standing Committee, at the 18th Party Congress last November and formally retired in March this year. At the same time, the position he occupied was downgraded, and his successor Meng Jianzhu is only a member of the Politburo, the 25-member body that reports to the elite Politburo Standing Committee. Since the 1990s, China’s efforts to stifle crime, unrest and dissent have allowed the domestic security apparatus - including police, armed militia and state security officers - to accumulate power, which worried many within the party. Still, Zhou’s time in charge of domestic security saw a huge swelling in the number of “mass incidents” - China’s euphemism for public protests - fuelled by frustration at a yawning wealth gap and official corruption, despite the fact that the Party cracks down hard on dissent.
Four suspected militants killed Al Qaeda claims responsibility in yemen drone strike for Iraq bombings ADEN
At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed on Friday in a presumed US drone strike in Yemen’s central al-Bayda province, a local government source said. The strike took place in the district of Rada’a and killed the local al Qaeda leader there and three others, the government source told Reuters. Tribal sources put the death toll at five. “The drone targeted a place where they were meeting,” a local source said. Yemen is the main stronghold of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the militant group’s most aggressive wings. It is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones, although it does not comment publicly on the practice.
Yemen’s president said last week that AQAP’s leader had vowed in an intercepted phone call to carry out an attack that would “change the face of history”, and that this was what had led to the temporary closure of many US and other Western embassies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia earlier in August. Restoring stability to Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries which lies next door to the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, is an international concern. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has angered many of his countrymen by giving unequivocal support for Washington’s controversial drone strikes, which have increased under President Barack Obama. He has also asked the United States to supply drones to the Yemeni army. Drone attacks have killed at least 40 people in Yemen since late July.
afghanistan suicide attack kills Kunduz district governor, civilians kUNDUZ: A suicide attack in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province killed a district governor, one of his bodyguards and 10 civilians at a memorial service at a mosque on Friday, government officials said. It was the latest in a string of attacks this week across Afghanistan, where insurgents are seeking to destabilize the government ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops by the end of 2014. The group in Kunduz was attending a ceremony for a tribal elder who had died the day before, the officials said. The district governor, Sheikh Sadruddin, had been in his position since 2002 and been active in the fight against the Taliban. “Officials ... were attending prayers in a mosque when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives,” said Enayatullah Khaliq, a spokesman for the Kunduz governor. Twenty people were also wounded in the morning blast, police said. Government officials and aid groups working with government ministries and Afghan security forces have been targeted in reprisal killings this week in provinces previously regarded as relatively stable. AGENCIES
An al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq in retaliation for the execution of Sunni Muslim prisoners, according to an Internet statement on Friday. Hundreds of people have been killed in attacks across Iraq in recent weeks in the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed in the country for at least five years. Just last week, car bombs, roadside bombs and
shootings have killed at least 100 people. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said in a statement it had acted in response to the prisoner killings, an apparent reference to the execution of 17 people in Iraq this month, most convicted on terrorism charges. “We will avenge the blood of our brothers,” said the statement, posted on a website used by Islamist militants. An insurgency by Sunni Islamist militants, including the local branch of al Qaeda, against Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government, has been gaining momentum 18
months after the last US troops withdrew. The Islamic State of Iraq has significantly increased its attacks this year. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in July, the highest monthly death toll since 2008, according to the United Nations. More than two years of civil war in neighboring Syria have aggravated deeprooted sectarian divisions and shaken Iraq’s fragile coalition of Shi’ite, Kurdish and Sunni factions. The renewed violence has sparked fears of a return to the large-scale sectarian slaughter in 2006 and 2007.
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ZHOB: A flashflood gushes through a street after heavy rain in the city on Friday. NNI
Shaukat aziz calls for backstop funding to overcome economic challenges
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female educationist says kP govt victimising employees PESHAWAR
EMALE educationist Durre Shahwar wants to quit the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and serve in Punjab due to the attitude of KP Elementary and Secondary Education Secretary, Joudat Ayaz. Talking to Pakistan Today, Durre Shahwar said, “The KP government, especially its education secretary, is bent upon the victimisation and character assassination of employees.” Hailing from Peshawar, Durre Shahwar is a senior female educationist working on an administrative post for the previous decade. She has worked as deputy district education officer during the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and the Awami National Party (ANP)-
led coalition. No complaint or allegation was reported against her during the period. Durre Shahwar said that on May 2, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPAelect from PK-3 Peshawar, Javed Nasim made a complaint against her to the provincial election commissioner, alleging that she was working for ANP candidate Haroon Bilour. Durre Shahwar was transferred on May 9 and her services were placed at the disposal of the Directorate of Elementary and Secondary Education in the caretaker setup. However, Peshawar District and Sessions Judge Shaibar Khan, had termed Nasim’s complaint baseless and had discarded it. The judge had stated that, “Polling personnel have been appointed by the Polling Personnel Management Unit using a software which
picks the names of polling personnel at random. This is a unique system which was appreciated by observers of the European Union (EU) during their visit to Peshawar district. The transparency of appointment of polling personnel is beyond the board and the complaint appears to be based on the sole perception of the complainant.” Meanwhile, in response to a petition filed by Durre Shahwar, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) through a short order on May 23, declared the order for the removal of Durre Shahwar from her office null and void, stating, “ As the Supreme Court (SC) has declared through a short order that all appointments/transfers/postings made by the caretaker government in the federation or in the provinces are void ab initio, null and void and without lawful author-
ity, therefore, instead of pursuing this matter, the petitioner shall get a copy of the said order and produce the same before respondents/authorities, asking them to act upon the same and restore her to her previous position.” However, instead of the honoring the PHC’s decision, KP Education Secretary Joudat Ayaz justified his act by saying, “The SC’s judgment has exempted those transfers and postings which relate to day-to-day business of the government and are required to be made in the interest of the state,” and ordered Durre Shahwar’s transfer to Buner district through a notification on July 25. Durre Shahwar has now taken her case to the KP Services Tribunal, pleading against the unlawful actions of Ayaz, who is a personal friend of PTI Chariman Imran Khan.
PM paves way for Aafia’s return S RAHMAN Keeping promises and protecting upright citizens is one of the key lessons of democracy, commitment to which has been demonstrated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet that has approved the signing of the Council of Europe Convention that would enable the repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. It is indeed an act of graciousness on the part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who has not only kept his promise that he made prior to general elections 2013 (that of doing his best to bring Dr Aafia back to the country) but has also acted in accordance with the true and simple wishes of majority of Pakistanis who were extremely disturbed over the ill-treatment meted out to the educated and enlightened lady named Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The question is not that of repatriation of one Pakistani citizen or greater number of Pakistanis but that of high moral ground. Nations that can’t defend the rights and dignity of their citizens
against maltreatment by the mighty forces dominating the world scene, fail to meet the true definition of a nation. Such nations just can’t give their citizens the sense of being a part of a nation. This factor of morality is one of the basic sources of international relations and the same holds true somewhat for the international laws. And, moreover it constitutes the foundation of norms of peaceful co-existence with respect for all. It is, of course, an accomplishment of the present government having succeeded in building up immense goodwill at the global level that has finally resulted in the signing of the Council of Europe Convention. In other words, the goodwill created by the government of PM Sharif has been acknowledged in the major capitals of the world. The possible return of Aafia Siddiqui is a natural product of this global goodwill. This situation can be rightly described as a win-win situation on all counts as it would bring a sense of selfesteem among the Pakistani citizenry, on one hand besides providing a route, on
the other hand, to the Government of Pakistan for arranging for the repatriation of Pakistani nationals imprisoned in the US after sentences awarded to them by the American courts. Before the signing of the Convention, the Prime Minister had been apprised of the possible repatriation of Dr Aafia after the signing of the Convention. The Prime Minister acted promptly and instructed the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to get the entire process of signing finalized without the slightest delay. After attaining accession to Council of Europe Convention, Washington administration would be requested under the relevant provisions to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Previously, the situation was such, as intimated to the federal cabinet, that Pakistanis sentenced to imprisonment by the US courts could not be brought back into the country due to the absence of any bilateral agreement or any convention to which both the countries (US as well as Pakistan) are signatories. Henceforth these technical and legal bot-
tlenecks would be removed since the US is already a signatory to the Council of Europe Convention. Pakistan has not been a signatory thus far and therefore it could not pursue the matter of repatriation, return or transfer of its citizens imprisoned in American jails. Under the American law, a person sentenced under the federal law to a term of years may only be repatriated/transferred to the country of origin/ citizenship if the country in question is a signatory to a prisoner transfer treaty to which the United States is a signatory (in the instant case, the Council of Europe Convention). Examining this important and sincere endeavour undertaken by Nawaz administration, it can be called a moral triumph of the government as well as a diplomatic success of considerable significance. By signing this Convention, Islamabad has paved the way not only for Dr Aafia’s repatriation but also for bringing the country at par with other dignified and self-esteemed nations of the contemporary world.
Addressing a cross-section of senior bankers at a financial industry gathering in Frankfurt last night, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz, said that structural reforms, backstop funding and strong leadership are required to meet the current challenges being faced by emerging market economies. Aziz believes that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and international capital markets should help bolster reserves for countries facing increasing current account deficits, depleting reserves and exchange rate depreciation. Furthermore, Aziz stressed that global coordination is needed to soften the impact of tapering of quantitative easing (QE) policies and that the IMF can play a constructive role in this regard. He said: “Talk of cuts to quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve in particular has impacted investor confidence and needs to be met by credible backstop liquidity arrangements as well as greater clarity around the timetable for QE exit to facilitate a reduction in volatility and uncertainty.” Aziz emphasised the need for urgent coordinated action by all stakeholders. Failure to do this would mean the contagion effect of the rapid reduction of QE could create disruption in global markets with a more pronounced impact on emerging markets, as has been seen this week.
cop killed in firing on police van MARDAN APP
A policeman was killed and another injured late on Thursday night when unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire at a police van in the Khawaja Gang area of Mardan district. As a result, Constable Zubair was killed on the spot while Ayaz sustained injuries. The dead and injured were taken to Mardan District Headquarters Hospital.
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satellites watched over abbottabad during bin Laden raid: report WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
HE US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was guided from space by a fleet of satellites, which aimed dozens of receivers over Pakistan to collect a torrent of electronic and signals intelligence as the mission unfolded, according to a topsecret US intelligence document. The National Security Agency also was able to penetrate guarded communications among al Qaeda operatives by tracking calls from mobile phones identified by specific calling patterns, the document shows. Analysts from the CIA pinpointed the geographic location of one of the phones and linked it to the compound in Abbottabad, where other evidence suggested bin Laden was hiding, a report carried by The Washington Post on Friday said. The disclosures about the hunt for the elusive founder of al Qaeda are contained in classified documents that detail the fiscal 2013 “black budget” for US intelli-
gence agencies, including the NSA and the CIA. The documents provided to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, make only brief references to the bin Laden operation. But the mission is portrayed as a singular example
of counterterrorism cooperation among the US government’s numerous intelligence agencies. Eight hours after the raid, according to the documents, a forensic intelligence laboratory run by the Defence Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan had
analysed DNA from bin Laden’s corpse and “provided a conclusive match” confirming his identity. The budget further reveals that satellites operated by the National Reconnaissance Office performed more than 387 “collects” of high-resolution and infrared images of the Abbottabad compound in the month before the raid — intelligence that was “critical to prepare for the mission and contributed to the decision to approve execution”. Also playing a role in the search for bin Laden was an arm of the NSA known as the Tailored Access Operations group. Among other functions, the group specialises in surreptitiously installing spyware and tracking devices on targeted computers and mobile-phone networks. Although the budget does not provide detail, it reports that Tailored Access Operations “implants” enabled the NSA to collect intelligence from mobile phones that were used by al Qaeda operatives and other “persons of interest” in the hunt for bin Laden. Separately, Tailored Access Operations
ihc summons aabpara Sho for not registering fiR against musharraf
PESHAWAR: Supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami on Friday protest against the reversing of the 33-year imprisonment decision of alleged US spy Dr Shakil Afridi. INP
ISLAMABAD: A single bench of the Islamabad High Court on Friday summoned the Aabpara SHO for not complying with the court’s order of registering an FIR against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf. The court directed the SHO to appear before the court on Tuesday. In response to a contempt of court petition filed by Haroonur Raheed Ghazi, son of Ghazi Abudl Rahsid, Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi also sought a reply from Islamabad SSP Dr Rizwan, asking him to clear the police’s position for not registering the FIR as ordered. The petitioner, through his lawyer Tariq Asad, told the court that after the IHC order, he had approached the Abpara Police Station for registration of the FIR, but the SHO and the SSP refused to comply with the court’s order. To this, Justice Qureshi summoned the SHO on the next hearing and issued a notice to the SSP. The court fixed the matter for September 2. In light of the IHC’s earlier order, the former president, who is already facing trial in three high-profile cases, could face two more murder cases, those of former Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdur Rasheed and his mother. On July 12, the IHC had ordered the police to register an FIR against Musharraf if there was cognisable offence. In the petition, the plaintiff had requested the court to direct the police to register an FIR against the former president on the charges of killing his father and grandmother. He contended that his father and grandmother had been killed in the military operation ordered by the former president. STAFF REPORT
un agrees to form sub-commission
( paK’s CLaim over area in arabian sea
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has agreed to constitute a sub-commission to finalise the technical details confirming Pakistan's claim on 50‚000 square kilometers of Exclusive Extended Economic Zone in the Arabian Sea. The UN Commission on Law of Seas (UNCLOS) after two days deliberations has agreed to form the sub-commission. Pakistan has made its case for an extension of its territorial jurisdiction from the existing 200 nautical miles to 350 miles, the addition of 50,000 square kilometers. A high-level delegation of the government of Pakistan including its permanent representative at UN Masood Khan presented Pakistan's claim before the UNCLOS on 16th of this month. ONLINE
capabilities were used in April 2011, the month before bin Laden was killed, when US forces in Afghanistan relied on signals intelligence from implants to capture 40 low- and mid-level Taliban fighters and other insurgents in that country, according to the documents. In addition to the satellites, the government flew an advanced stealth drone, the RQ-170, over Pakistan to eavesdrop on electronic transmissions. The CIA also recruited a Pakistani doctor and other public health workers to try to obtain blood samples from people living in the Abbottabad compound as part of a vaccination program to determine whether the residents might be related to bin Laden. For all their technological prowess, the US spy agencies were unable to identify bin Laden with confidence inside the Abbottabad compound. By the time President Barack Obama ordered a team of Navy SEALs to storm the site in May 2011, US intelligence officials told the president that, according to their best guesses, the odds that bin Laden was present were 40 percent to 60 percent. Even after bin Laden’s death, the US government kept up its relentless high-tech campaign to unlock his secrets. Budget documents show that intelligence agencies scraped together $2.5 million in emergency money in September 2011 to sift through a backlog of computer files and other evidence recovered from bin Laden’s hideout. The money went to buy 36 computer workstations and pay overtime to forensic examiners, linguists and “triage personnel” involved in the project.
CIA spent $2.6b on covert operations in Pakistan MONITORING DESK US spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of September 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s topsecret budget, despite spending $2.6 billion in Pakistan alone. The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and
InTellIgence body exPanded eFForTs To assess secUrITy oF bIologIcal, chemIcal and nUclear comPonenTs operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Programme details the successes, failures and objectives of the 16 spy agencies that make up the US intelligence
community, which has 107,035 employees. The CIA’s budget allocates $2.3 billion for human intelligence operations and $2.5 billion to cover the cost of supporting the security, logistics and other needs of those missions around the world. A relatively small amount of that total, $68.6 million, was earmarked for creating and maintaining “cover”, the false identities employed by operatives overseas. There is no specific entry for the CIA’s fleet of armed drones in the budget summary, but a broad line
item hints at the dimensions of the agency’s expanded paramilitary role, providing more than $2.6 billion for “covert action programmes” that would include drone operations in Pakistan and Yemen, payments to militias in Afghanistan and Africa, and attempts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear programme. The documents describe expanded efforts to “collect on Russian chemical warfare countermeasures” and assess the security of biological and chemical laboratories in Pakistan. Other blank spots include questions about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear components when they are being transported, the capabilities of China’s next-generation fighter aircraft, and how Russia’s government leaders are likely to respond to “potentially destabilising events in Moscow, such as large protests and terrorist attacks”, the report in the newspaper disclosed.
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For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred. –John W Gardner
nS’ first hundred days being in government is diﬀerent from being in opposition
coMMenT saturday, 31 August, 2013
operation cleanup karachi 2.0? Total support of all parties augurs well
ARACHI, the bustling metropolis, has few parallels when it comes to bloodletting. For the past six years, the city has been afflicted by the worst violence imaginable. Crime, ethnic and sectarian violence has mated with the drug and weapons trafficking underworld to mutate into the law enforcement agencies’ worst nightmare. The city of lights has been in the grip of violence for most of its recent past but this hopefully is expected to change in the coming days. The three main players who decide the city’s fate are the PPP, the MQM and the ANP. These three political entities have sacrificed Karachi at the altar of their own interests. The intelligence agencies and the heavily politicized police have time and again pointed toward the parties, which they say sport armed militant wings and patronise the city’s underworld. The solution to this mess may seem straight forward but is complicated by various intricacies. The police is pro-MQM, thanks to the level of politicization that the institution has gone through. This single fact has all but paralysed Karachi. Up till now the only solution to this atrocious situation was the one found in the barrel of a gun. Up north, events in the national legislature point toward a probable change in stance by Karachi’s varied political stakeholders. Quite surprisingly, the last week has proven that the federal government may have finally come out swinging against the menace of militancy in Pakistan’s largest city. Following the interior minister’s remarks of an ‘indiscriminate and impartial operation against the city’s terrorists’, in a rare show of support, the entire opposition seconded the stance of cocking the guns for action against the Karachi’s most wanted. Over the course of this week hundreds of alleged terrorists have been arrested by the Rangers and police. The PPP provincial government has towed the federal government’s line and applauded the operation while the MQM has gone on the defensive, claiming the arrest of hundreds of its ‘innocent’ activists. Khurshid Shah, the opposition leader has categorically stated that the action is not aimed at any single political entity, saying that around four dozen militants had been nabbed from the Lyari area of the city. That the political parties’ across the board have endorsed the Interior Minister’s plan augurs well towards bringing peace to Karachi and should lead to the implementation of the plan after the cabinet meeting scheduled for Tuesday. There are many positive elements of the plan: it does not violate provincial autonomy as the federal government provides the province crucial support but doesn’t go beyond that in taking ownership, the leadership role remains with the Sindh chief minister, the operation is likely to be transparent and non-discriminatory and there is no role for the army. Despite the recent past being most dismal, hopefully the future is going to be brighter for the blood-soaked metropolis and its denizens.
a recipe for disaster obama must think before he takes the leap
RESIDENT Obama has reportedly decided to attack Syria after the UN investigators are out of the country on Saturday. This is supported by reports regarding a fifth destroyer having been moved by US Navy into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Obama has not sought approval for the intended military intervention from the UN, nor is he willing to wait till the results of the UN enquiry are made public. Obama did not heed nearly 200 House members from both parties who called on the president to seek formal congressional approval for the military action. Obama’s attempt to hammer together a coalition of the willing received a setback after David Cameron’s defeat in the Commons’ vote over Syria. Obama would thus be initiating the military action with reduced internal support and without the US’ traditional allies. None of the evidence so far collected by the US or the British intelligence directly implicates Bashar al-Assad in the chemical attack. No explanation has been offered as to what would have motivated Assad and his deputies to carry out an attack of this scale at this time when their military position is by no means desperate. The results of the US military adventure would be harmful for Syria, the Middle East and the Muslim world at large. In case the attacks weaken the hold of the Assad regime, this could lead to Damascus falling to fundamentalist rebels. This would in turn compromise Europes security. While Obama wants to launch a limited cruise-missile strike on military targets, he is ignoring the warning given last month by Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that deeper involvement would be hard to avoid. A similar view was expressed by recently retired head of the US Centcom Gen James Mattis who said “If Americans take ownership of this, this is going to be a fullthroated, very, very serious war.” The potential consequences of a US strike include a retaliatory attack by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which supports Assad, on Israel. On Tuesday Iranian lawmakers and commanders issued stark warnings to the United States and its allies saying any military strike on Syria would lead to reprisals against Israel fanned by “the flames of outrage.” Like the Saddam government in Iraq, Syria under Bashar al-Assad has effectively held back extremist and sectarian forces. The regime change through external intervention would destablise Syria as it did in the case of Iraq. As Sartaj Aziz pointed out in the National Assembly, Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty should be respected and the issue of regime change left to the people of Syria themselves. An action taken by President Obama in haste would be a recipe for disaster. There is a need on the part of the US president to think before he takes the leap.
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E have m a d e history n o t merely headlines,” so claimed the outgoing president Asif Ali Zardari the other day. He is right in the sense that perhaps for the first time since its inception a smooth democratic transition has taken place in Pakistan. Democracy has been immensely strengthened in the past five years – all credit to the PPP government. But on the flip side it paid the price for poor governance and lack of transparency, by its being routed at the hustings. An elected government has been ushered in after its predecessor served its full five-year term and elections held under a consensual caretaker arrangement. The president is soon going to pass the mantle to his elected successor. It is indeed no small achievement. In our checkered political history presidents – and for that matter most prime ministers – were either sacked or made to leave in ignominy. Mamnoon Hussain’s oath taking as president next week will also coincide with Nawaz Sharif’s first 100 days in office. The critics are judging him a bit harshly, declaring his first few weeks in office as uneventful and lacklustre. True, the PML-N government has still to get its bearings right on most of the major issues confronting the country. Some of these problems need immediate attention. But to be fair much more time is needed to chalk out a strategy in order to sort out the mess. But the rub lies in the fact that while in opposition the Sharifs gave the PPP-led coalition a tough time claiming that that once they were in power things will be sorted out in no time. Every issue was turned into a function of the perceived corruption and malfeasance of Zardari and his cohorts. Hence disillusionment with the new government is a direct outcome of rising expectations not matching with ground realities. In this sense the PML-N is being hoisted by its own petard. For example Shahbaz Sharif would claim ad nauseum that once
PML-N wins the elections the prob- cheer about. Most problems facing the lem of power shortages would go freshly minted PML-N government away in three months. Now the elder are complicated and multi-faceted. Sharif truthfully informs us that the There are no quick fix solutions availissue is slightly more complicated, able off the counter. Just to survive as a self-respecting and that it will take at least three, even viable nation, hard choices have to be five, years to resolve. Similarly rampant terrorism was made in the field of economy, counter blamed by the Taliban apologists in terrorism and governance. Notwiththe PML-N at Pakistan being a part- standing Nisar’s claim that the miliner in crime with the US in war on ter- tary and the civilian government are ror and incessant drone attacks on our on the same page on how to combat badlands. Hence the facile claim that terrorism and open talks with the Talthe newly elected government will iban, there are serious outstanding isquit being handyman of the US and sues that need urgent attention. The government has been rather terrorism will just go away. Ironically terrorism has notice- shifty on the matter. The interior minably escalated since the inception of ister claims that unconditional talks the new government. Adding insult to will be held with the TTP, whereas the injury the TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pak- prime minister is on record that talks istan) has declared that it no longer will be held with only those who lay considers Sharif as a guarantor of any down their arms. Gen Kayani on the other hand says that talks cannot be possible deal. The interior minister Nisar Ali held with those who are not willing to Khan exhorts the nation to be patient forego violence. Similarly the economy cannot be and wait for a ‘comprehensive anti terrorism policy.’ In the meanwhile the restructured without broadening the much-awaited APC (All Parties Con- tax net. The PML-N is however loath to tax its own core constituencies – ference) on terrorism remains stalled. Similarly it was claimed on the top the trading and mercantile classes. of its voice that the PML-N would Merely tweaking with the present tax break the begging bowl. But at the very structure will not bear tangible results. The government by not kowtowoutset it was forced to go into a frontloaded IMF bailout programme to be ing to the MQM has rightly ruled out the possibility of handing over able to pay instalments of past loans. After a lot of fanfare about build- Karachi to the army. Launching an ing Diamer Bhasha Dam, the govern- across the board operation through ment has been forced to put the Rangers and the police is the right project on hold after the World Bank approach. Taking the Sindh chief minster on refused any funding for the project. Ostensibly the high level WB delega- board in order to launch a successful tion that visited Pakistan last week operation was necessary. Hopefully claimed that in order of priorities it Zardari will walk the talk by cooperating with the was willing to fifederal governnance Dasu Dam ment on this but not Bhasha. count. Perhaps the InThe first dian objections True, the PML-N joint walkout of to the project government has still to opposition parcould possibly be the underlyget its bearings right on ties in the NaAssembly ing reason. most of the major issues tional is symptomatic The same WB delegation confronting the country. of the ruling shortinformed its PakBut to be fair much more party’s sighted approach istani interlocutors that with a time is needed to chalk not to give parliathe dismal nine per out a strategy in order to mentarians importance they cent tax to GDP deserve. Minisratio and a fiscal sort out the mess. ters starting with deficit also the prime ministouching nine ter himself per cent, Pakhardly attend sesistan’s economy is no longer sustainable. Ironically the sions of both houses of the parliament. budget presented by the PML-N gov- Hence members of the National Asernment soon after its inception was sembly grouse that they are not being neither a recipe for reform nor of re- properly briefed on matters of national importance is somewhat justified. structuring of the economy. One hundred days is not much Understandably one rarely sees Nawaz Sharif smiling since he be- time in the life of a government. But came the prime minister. His lacklus- things should be seen to be moving in tre address to the nation did not the right direction. Only then appeals assuage his critics. In fact it raised to the nation to show patience might more questions about the efficacy of find some receptive audience. the regime to set its house in order in The writer is Editor, Pakistan real time than answering them. Actually there is nothing much to Today.
HE departing president threw a farewell dinner, an alwidayya, as it is known around these parts. Well, the presidency, not known generally to be a gourmand’s treasure trove, pulled out the stops at this dinner. The repast was attended by the who’s who as well as those regulars on the free food circuit known as journalists. But it was a damned-if-you-do-damned-ifyou-don’t for the president. For the wagging tongues were now discussing how inappropriately expensive the whole affair was. PS: Also seen at the dinner was a famous pir of the president who, it appears, doesn’t enjoy the president’s attention anymore. The chap was heard asking others what the president thought of him.
F there’s one department where the PPP can trounce the League(s) any day of the week and twice on Sundays, it is their admirable attendance record in parliament. Be it the late BB, or Yousuf Raza Gillani or Raja Pervez Ashraf, they all made it a point to attend the sessions. The other cabinet members, seeing the leader of the house, used to follow suit. The current prime minister, however, has maintained the abysmal attendance record of his first two terms. His ministers have followed
suit, including the standoffish interior minister. All are equal in parliament. Primus Inter Pares; first amongst equals. That is all that the prime minister is. The only member at a slightly elevated position, literally and figuratively, is the speaker. Such egalitarianism doesn’t bode well for the League’s leadership. One is reminded of the time when the younger Sharif attended a session of the Punjab Assembly after a very long absence. The jeers of the opposition: “Stranger in the house!”
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We owe the government taxes. We owe our creditors interest. What do these powers owe us? –Anna Deavere Smith
saturday, 31 August, 2013
most misunderstood country in the world Projecting soft image of Pakistan
india’s growing military diplomacy spreading its wings eastward not lost on beijing NITIN A GOKHALE
OR years the Indian security establishment has been excessively obsessed with Pakistan and the proxy war it has waged against India. Over the past half a dozen years, the focus has gradually shifted to meeting the rising challenge posed by China’s rising military capabilities in Tibet. Apart from two new army divisions now deployed in the country’s north-east after they were sanctioned in 2009, the Indian Cabinet has also a fortnight ago cleared a new mountain strike corps specifically meant for offensive operations against China. The new formation, which is likely to cost well over $10 billion, will take at least seven years to be fully functional according to current assessments. Given the long and drawn out border dispute with China, Indian policymakers have naturally tended to think “continentally” and looked at countering China on land. That may however be changing too. As part of its two decade-old ‘Look East policy‘, India has substantially stepped up engagement with East Asian and ASEAN nations. Last December, during an India-ASEAN Commemorative summit, the relationship was elevated to a strategic partnership. As Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared in Phnom Penh in November 2012: “India and ASEAN should not only work for shared prosperity and closer links between our peoples, but also to promote peace, security and stability in the region. I am happy to note our growing engagement in areas such as defence, maritime security and counter-terrorism.” Although never explicitly stated, ASEAN and East Asian nations want New Delhi to be a counterweight to increasing Chinese footprints in the region. The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and, particularly, Vietnam and Myanmar have time and again pressed India to help them both in terms of military training and weapons supply. Myanmar’s Navy chief, Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe during his four-day visit to India in late July held wide-ranging consultations with top officials from the Indian Ministry of Defence. Apart from increasing the number of training slots of Myanmarese officers in the Indian military training establishments, India has agreed to build at least four Offshore Patrol Vehicles (OPV) in Indian Shipyards to be used by Myanmar’s navy. In the recent past, despite its military junta’s perceived closeness to China, Myanmar had sourced 105mm artillery guns, mortars, armoured personnel carriers and rifles from India. But now it wants India to do more. In the near future, air force personnel,
especially helicopter pilots, are likely to train in India in larger numbers. Even as Myanmar opens up to the world, its military is moving closer to India than ever before. That all three Indian service chiefs visited Myanmar in the past one year is testimony to India’s military diplomacy with Southeast and East Asian nations. But it is Vietnam more than any other country in Southeast Asia that India seeks to support and engage. Both India and Vietnam have long-pending territorial disputes with China. Both have long-standing ties, dating back to Jawaharlal Nehru’s time. So, for more than a decade now, India has been providing Vietnam with assistance in beefing up its naval and air capabilities. For instance, India has repaired and upgraded more than 100 MiG 21 planes of the Vietnam People’s Air Force and supplied them with enhanced avionics and radar systems. The Indian Air Force pilots have also been training their Vietnamese counterparts. The Indian Navy, by far larger than the Vietnamese navy, has been supplying critical spares to Hanoi for its Russian origin ships and missile boats. But New Delhi is now more open in supporting Hanoi. As The Hindu recently reported: “In a first, India has offered a $100-million credit line to Vietnam to purchase military equipment. It will be used for purchasing four patrol boats. The credit line was agreed upon around the time India once again expressed its resolve to remain involved in oil exploration activity in the Phu Kanh basin of the South China Sea. Vietnam says it is within its rights to invite India to explore for oil in this area. But China claims that this basin is within the ‘nine dotted line’ or its zone of influence.” Going further East, India and Japan’s growing strategic ties are not lost on Beijing. Following a longish visit to Tokyo a week
after his summit meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has ensured that India and Japan are in a tighter embrace than ever before. In fact, a former foreign secretary of India, Shyam Saran went so far as to declare: “If Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Washington in July 2005, with the announcement of the nuclear deal proved to be a game-changer in India’s foreign policy, his visit to Tokyo in May 2013 may assume similar significance.” But it is not just Japan that is receiving attention from New Delhi. Australia, some distance away from the Indian subcontinent, has also become a favoured destination for Indian foreign and military diplomacy. AK Antony became the first Indian defence minister to visit Australia in June. En route he had stopped over at Bangkok and Singapore. New defence cooperation avenues are being explored even as India and Australia play an increasingly important role in issues concerning the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, both bilaterally and multilaterally. Both are members of the East Asia Summit (EAS), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and the Indian Ocean Rim - Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC). The Indian military, generally working in isolation from the rest of the governance structure, is coming into its own in establishing lasting relationships with countries outside its traditional zone of influence. If New Delhi can sustain this newly acquired momentum, India’s military diplomacy is likely to play an increasingly important role in the country’s outreach in East and Southeast Asia over the next decade. New Delhi has, however, been careful not to trumpet this development, lest it raise China’s hackles.
E often hear our leaders hankering about projecting soft image of Pakistan internationally and calling for a paradigm shift in the conduct of our foreign policy, with greater emphasis on public diplomacy as an effective and indispensable ingredient of the strategy to achieve the desired objectives. But an incisive look at what has been happening over the years in regards to realigning our foreign policy objectives with the new emerging global realMALIK MuHAMMAD ASHRAF ities and the new mechanisms evolved as a consequence of the ability of the emerging technologies to expand the horizons and options available to conduct public diplomacy, our record shows a rather regressive approach steeped into a visceral aversion to the well thought out and well researched decision making processes. The focus regrettably remains on traditional diplomacy and mechanisms devised to promote and facilitate state-to-state relations rather than public diplomacy which from its previous emphasis on developing contacts between a state and publics of another state has of late transited into the realm of people-to-people contacts on bilateral level as well as state-to-global audience outreach. A phenomenon made possible by the new technologies like internet, digital communications and new techniques of public relations on the global plank through the use of the vast array of media outlets. Pakistan is the most misunderstood country in the world and the phenomenon of terrorism and religious extremism, arguably, is a leading factor in distorting its image on the global level. Pakistan as a front line state in the war on terror has suffered the most in men and material, has helped in dismantling the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden but regrettably our allies and western countries look askance at our endeavours, doubt our commitment to the cause at hand and decidedly remain oblivious to our national and strategic interests in the region. The western media with its all-permeating power and unfettered global outreach is also feverishly engaged in maligning Pakistan and soiling its image among the comity of nations. Under the prevailing circumstances it is absolutely essential for the government, besides relying on the state-to-state diplomacy, also accord top priority to the efforts to create a better understanding of Pakistan’s position and its image internationally, countering the negative propaganda against it and projecting a soft image of the country premised on the positive things that have happened in the arena of war on terror as well as the measures adopted to improve economic, social and political conditions in line with the globally accepted principles. The emergence of an independent judiciary and a free media in Pakistan are indeed epoch making developments. So are the strides taken towards gender equality and emancipation of women. All these factors can be used to achieve desired results provided the government takes concrete measures to strengthen its PR apparatus at the international level. This is the age of information, media and specialisation. As such image building assignment needs to be handled by well equipped, trained and professional officials of the Information service, constituted for the very purpose. But it is matter of great shame that our press sections in the foreign The western media with its missions are either not properly all-permeating power and equipped or lack the wherewithal that is necessary to do justice with unfettered global outreach is their roles. It is not only a much also feverishly engaged in needed compulsion to strengthen these outfits but also to expand their maligning Pakistan and network to the areas that hitherto soiling its image among the have escaped the attention of the comity of nations. government. We do not have any presence in important capitals of Central Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Putting in place arrangements for capacity building of the press officers, language courses, streamlining the procedure of their foreign postings free of political influence and exploring the avenues of public-private cooperation are some of the other steps that can immensely contribute towards building soft image of Pakistan. Traditional diplomacy has its own advantages and efficacy but it cannot match the power of public diplomacy conducted through media in changing perceptions and attitudes of the people and influencing their judgments. Pakistan needs a sustained and well orchestrated effort to use the power of media and the PR regime to address the issue of image building in the larger and long term interest of the country. It is however distressing to note that the developments so far point towards a regressive policy thrust based on recommendations of one or two member committees comprising bureaucrats belonging to the foreign service who invariably have tended to protect and promote the expansion of foreign service cadre and the number of missions at the expense of the press and commercial sections in the missions abroad, whenever the government has assigned them the task to look at the ways and means to curtail unnecessary posts in the embassies designed to cut expenditure. In 1997, on the recommendations of the Shahryar committee, a number of press sections in our foreign missions were abolished without analysing the pros and cons of their presence and the role that they were playing in promoting public diplomacy based on people-to-people contact. It is understood that the present government has again constituted a committee headed by Tariq Fatemi, a retired hand from foreign service, with a similar mandate and it is feared that the results would not be different from the previous committee. It is too important a matter to be left to two or three individuals who have no idea of media related issues and the efficacy of the press sections in promoting the objectives of public diplomacy. If the government is really interested in cutting expenditure, and rightly so, it must focus on myriad of other areas where the national resources are being filched or wasted. There is an imperative need for getting our priorities right and staying in line with the emerging global realities. It is an unavoidable national obligation and must not be allowed to become a casualty of the moves aimed at frugality. The writer is an academic.
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one direction..the labor room! kevin and danielle expecting boy
An actor is a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, he ain’t listening — Boy George
american Pakistanis and their problems! Sounds like drama
OVE over JoBros—a sis is on her way! Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle, revealed today that they are expecting a baby girl, posting on Instagram a sonogram pic with a pink bow Photoshopped onto their gestating child’s teeny head! “It’s a girl!!!!! Thank you everyone!! She’s sucking her thumb!” Kevin wrote. And it appears that the whole family is celebrating the novel addition to the family. “After years of testosterone-Finally estrogen!! I am so blessed to have a granddaughter!” tweeted Kevin’s mom, Denise. Added granddad to be Paul Kevin Jonas Sr.: “Finally a girl! So happy for @kevinjonas and @daniellejonas - I am so ready to spoil this child!!!” PHOTOS: Famous baby bumps The Married to Jonas stars revealed that they were expecting their first child together last month—and Kevin told E! News just days later that he was kind of, er, jonesing for a daughter. “I would love to see a girl in the midst of all these boys all over the place,” the proud papa-to-be said. “But then again, at the end of the day, if it’s a boy—oh man, we’re starting trouble.” He and Dani tied the knot on Dec. 19, 2009. COuRTESy EO
AMOUS Pakistani TV drama serial artists Qaiser Nizamani and his wife Fazila Qazi in US tour for an upcoming drama serial which is currently named as “Gulabu Lamhe” which may be changed later. The serial will address the issues that young boys and girls face when they come from Pakistan and face certain problems. The serial is less of romance and tragic scenes
by PTV. They said that American tourism would also be promoted through their serial. They had visited Arizona and went to Grand Canyon where they taped scenes for the serial in which local families are also performing including Gilbert family, Jauhar family, and Amir Chaudhry and Abid Chaudhry who are from a political family of Sahiwal also participated in the serial. They also went to Oklahoma where they recorded at major tourist places.
Leo Di Caprio takes the healthierway to work.
Kalki Koechlin locked in verbal duel b
OLLYWOOD actress Kalki Koechlin is miffed with fashion designer duo Riddhi and Siddhi Mapxencar after they allegedly called her “mentally unstable”.According to reports, 29-year-old Kalki, who was the show stopper for the designers at the a fashion week forgot to walk the ramp with the duo. This move of hers angered the designers and they allegedly called her mentally disturbed. “After a 4hour wait in lehenga, jewellery make up they have the gall to call me mentally disturbed! Riddhi siddhi, dp designers, shame on you.”“I did not walk away from the ramp. Organisers whisked me off and took me to a press area where I was doing interviews praising the designers,” Kalki wrote on
‘Selena’s great!’ says beiber
USTIN Bieber is back from the Bahamas! The 19-year-old singer stepped out in L.A. last night for a business dinner at Brentwood eatery Toscana with manager Scooter Braun and the Chief Executive Officer of Universal Records Lucian Grainge. The Biebs shared a photo from the trio’s meeting with the caption, “3 bosses.” In the pic, the “Boyfriend” singer flashes a giant smile while wearing a black baseball hat and a studded black shirt. J.B. also puts his arms around Braun and Grainge during the photo op. “#Repost - Great dinner tonight with @justinbieber and Mr. Grainge,” Braun also shared with the same Instagram photo. After their business dinner, Bieber was hounded by paparazzi while leaving the restaurant and heading to his van (and yes, again with the subtle crotch grabbing!). But surprisingly, Bieber was in the mood to answer some of the paps questions! One pap asked Bieber about his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, to which he answered, “Selena’s great. She’s great.” When asked about working with Miley Cyrus on their new song “Twerk,” he said, “She is great. She is great.” The final question? A pap asked Bieber who he’s working with next. “I’m going to collaborate with the world,” he answered. COuRTESy EO
than highlighting social issues. They said that most of the shots for the serial was recorded outdoor. The serial will be from 90 to 120 episodes in which 4 are already recorded and further recording will be taped upon popularity of these episodes, they added. The artists said local talents will be given chance to perform in these episodes. They said that they have presented a similar 26 episodes serial “Dusri Dunya” in 2001 which was well appreciated as it was aired
Twitter. However, Riddhi and Siddhi have rubbished claims that they called the actress mentally disturbed and insisted whatever is being said about them is untrue. “We are shocked to see this accusation from her. We would never stoop down to talk about anyone this way. We were glad that Kalki was sporting our garment on ramp as we think she is one of the best dressed style icon in Bollywood,” the duo said. “It was primarily a jewellery show and not a clothing one. She was supposed to walk with jewellery designers,” they added. The duo are miffed with Kalki for dragging them into this without checking the facts. “We do not need such kind of publicity by putting someone else down. The least Kalki could have done was to ask her agent to call us before putting matter on twitter,” Riddhi commented. “We need an officially apology on Twitter and other media about the same as she has been responsible for defaming us for no reason,” the duo said. COuRTESy TOI
the good, the bad and the divorced! eastwood and Dina separate
T looks like Trouble With the Curve star Clint Eastwood may be having a bit of trouble with his marriage. The 83-year-old Hollywood legend and Dina Eastwood, his wife of 17 years, have separated, Us Weekly reports. When E! News reached out for confirmation, the Oscar winner’s manager, Leonard Hirshan, said he “knows nothing about this. Clint is shooting a picture right now, unavailable to reach, he doesn’t have a press agent and that’s all I can tell you.” A source, however, does confirm that the couple has been living apart for some time. Clint and Dina, 48, mar-
ried in March 1996 and welcomed their daughter, Morgan, 9 months later. Dina, a former TV news anchor, costarred with Morgan on the E! reality series Mrs. Eastwood & Company in 2012. COuRTESy EO
anurag Kashyap looking at possible jail time i
T seems there is more trouble in store for ‘Bombay Velvet’. First it was the film’s budget that shot up by Rs 23 crore, thanks to the sinking INR and now the director has landed in legal tangles with the Service Tax Department. Anurag Kashyap will now have to leave the Sri Lanka shoot and fly down to Mumbai on September 3. With the director away, the shooting schedule, which was supposed to go on till November end, might suffer a setback and the film’s budget can further shoot up too. A team of officials from the Service Tax Department went to Kashyap’s Yari Road office on
August 26 and carried out a detailed investigation between 2 pm and 10.30 pm. A source close to the development told TOI, “He is guilty of Service Tax evasion to the tune of Rs 55 lakh. He should have paid this amount last year. Discrepancies have been noted in his private accounts.” Based on the irregularities found, the director was summoned to appear before the Service Tax Commission, which is headed by R Shekhar, on August 27. However, Kashyap sent his representative instead. On August 28 his bank accounts were frozen. According to sources, he has now asked time till Septem-
ber 3. Deputy Commissioner of Service Tax Department, SameerWankhede, who also visited the office for a brief super-
vision, said, “Yes, a case has been booked against Anurag. We are carrying out further investigations.” Explaining how a filmmaker can flout Service
Tax, the source explained, “There can be many ways he can cheat. For one, he can sell the film to a studio /corporate, charge Service Tax from them, and not pay the same to the government. It is a very serious offence.” A Service Tax official (on request of anonymity) said, “Section 89 of the Finance Act says that if you have not paid your service tax to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for a period of six months, the defaulter can face imprisonment for a period of seven years and it is a nonbailable offence. As of now, we have detected that Anurag has defaulted on over Rs 50 lakh. Probe is on.” COuRTESy TOI
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I have become a housewife and there is no better job — Celine Dion
ARTs saturday, 31 August, 2013
fergie’s now a mommy
ERGIE and Josh Duhamel welcomed their first child into the world on Thursday, E! News has learned. The couple announced that they’ve named their son Axl Jack Duhamel and that the little one weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The Black Eyed Peas singer gave birth to her bundle of joy in Los Angeles after checking into CedarsSinai Hospital for a prescheduled C-section earlier in the day. This marks a watershed moment for the 38-yearold and her hunky hubby. Duhamel explained to E! News in March that starting a family together was “something we’ve wanted for a very long time.” “We’re both just over the moon about it,” he added. The doting dad took his new role very seriously throughout each trimester and confessed that he had been serenading Fergie’s baby bump for months. “They say they’ll recognize your voice when they come,” he
said. “It’s very important to me that we raise this kid right.” “There’s a connection that’s established,” he added. “I’ll take anything I can get.” Fergie first spoke about Duhamel’s singing to E! News
at the Logo NewNowNext Awards earlier this year and said, “He wants to get the vibrations of his voice into the child.” The “Glamorous” singer added: “He speaks to my tummy, it’s quite hilari-
ous.” She also revealed her pregnancy cravings…and it wasn’t exactly ice cream and pickles! “Fruit has become a staple where is wasn’t before. It’s mangos, papayas, anything really juicy and sweet.” And if there’s one person who has the fullest confidence in Duhamel as a father, it’s none other than Fergie. The pop star couldn’t help but gush about her partner and his natural parenting instincts. “He’s been amazing,” she said. “He so nice and wonderful. He sings and talks to my belly all the time. He’s very complimentary. I’m very lucky that he’s really good to me.” She even joked, “He wanted to knock me up on our first date!” But all kidding aside, the new mama is readier than ever to start this next chapter with her leading man. “He’s going to be an amazing father,” she said. “I’m so blessed. I’m on top of the world. Me and my baby are on top of the world.” Congratulations to the new family of three! COuRTESy EO
big b overtakes both salman and srK
T seems there is more trouble in store for ‘Bombay Velvet’. First it was the film’s budget that shot up by Rs 23 crore, thanks to the sinking INR and now the director has landed in legal tangles with the Service Tax Department. Anurag Kashyap will now have to leave the Sri Lanka shoot and fly down to Mumbai on September 3. With
the director away, the shooting schedule, which was supposed to go on till November end, might suffer a setback and the film’s budget can further shoot up too. A team of officials from the Service Tax Department went to Kashyap’s Yari Road office on August 26 and carried out a detailed investigation between 2 pm and 10.30 pm.
A source close to the development told TOI, “He is guilty of Service Tax evasion to the tune of Rs 55 lakh. He should have paid this amount last year. Discrepancies have been noted in his private accounts.” Based on the irregularities found, the director was summoned to appear before the Service Tax Commission, which is headed by R Shekhar, on August 27. However, Kashyap sent his representative instead. On August 28 his bank accounts were frozen. According to sources, he has now asked time till September 3. Deputy Commissioner of Service Tax Department, SameerWankhede, who also visited the office for a brief supervision, said, “Yes, a case has been booked against Anurag. We are carrying out further investigations.” Explaining how a filmmaker can flout Service Tax, the source explained, “There can be many ways he can cheat. For one, he can sell the film to a studio /corporate, charge Service Tax from them, and not pay the same to the government. It is a very serious offence.” A Service Tax official (on request of anonymity) said, “Section 89 of the Finance Act says that if you have not paid your service tax to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for a period of six months, the defaulter can face imprisonment for a period of seven years and it is a nonbailable offence. As of now, we have detected that Anurag has defaulted on over Rs 50 lakh. Probe is on.” COuRTESy TOI
buCKLe up LaDies anD gentLmen! fear
‘the ConJuring’ G
ETTING a blood transfusion of molten steel is possibly the only way you’ll stay in your seat all the way through this haunted house movie. No blood is spilled, but American censors rated it R (equivalent to our 18) anyway – reportedly for being ‘too scary’. I’ll confess to letting out a yelp during one scene, like a puppy being
strangled, as an invisible hand tugged at the leg of a sleeping child. It’s directed by James Wan (the man who started the ‘Saw’ franchise) and claims to based on ‘true case files’. Set in 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron (Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) have just moved into a classic creepy old farmhouse: nooks, crannies and a barricaded basement. Clearly something is
Alessandra Ambrosio with her son Noah in LA.
mandy Jiroux says ‘twerking’ miley’s fun side
ANDY Jiroux apparently suspected long ago that Miley Cyrus couldn’t be tamed. “Miley has been twerkin’ and booty poppin’ since I’ve known her,” the dancer and onetime costar of The Miley and Mandy Show on YouTube exclusively tells E! News in response to the controversy surrounding her pal’s sexually charged performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Can you believe it’s barely been four days since the twerk heard round the world? “It’s just part of her fun personality,” adds Jiroux, who just finished an international tour as a dancer and choreographer for Sky Blu of LMFAO fame and has a new single, “Speakers Boom,” out on iTunes. “You’re supposed to have fun at the VMAs and that’s what she did. She had a memorable performance and now the
whole world is talking about her!” Indeed they are. As Miley noted the day after the show, her performance was tweeted about 306,000 times per minute, “more than the blackout or Superbowl! #fact.” Jiroux got to be besties with Miley during her Disney Channel days and was a featured dancer in the film Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus:
up when their dog refuses to enter the house. Plus the Perrons have too many teenage-ish daughters for comfort (girls of a certain age being lightning rods for malevolent spirits, as every horror fan knows). Wan builds mounting dread with silence and suspense, lingering the camera unsettlingly long here, creaking a door there. Finally, after a night from hell, the Perrons seek professional help. And if your house is haunted, who you gonna call? Lorraine and Ed Warren – the husband and wife ghostbusters (played here by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) who despooked the house in Amityville. The plot is skeletal. And ‘The Conjuring’ is not
Best of Both Worlds Concert. Another good friend of Miley’s, Fashion Police cohost Kelly Osbourne, said on a special VMAs edition of the show this week that she loved the girl and would always have her back. But... “Put your f—king tongue in your mouth. I love you, but just put your tongue in your mouth,” Osbourne advised. NEWS DESK
ingenious like, say, the first ‘Paranormal Activity’. One reason it works is the acting. Lili Taylor is totally convincing as scared mum Carolyn. And heaven only knows how the filmmakers got a look of pure terror on the face of 12-yearold actress Joey King (maybe they dangled Justin Bieber over a balcony in front of her). Best of all, the script doesn’t take itself too seriously, adding in stupid-funny lines. Wan is going great guns right up until he unveils the source of the evil, and with it unleashes prosthetics and predictable horror movie clichés (he did the same in ‘Insidious’). But by this time you’ll have had the sweet bejesus spooked out of you and may not care. NEWS DESK
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infotainment Saturday, 31 August, 2013
today (31TH AUGUST)
8 Thomas Edison receives a patent for his "Kinetoscope," and moving pictures are born. 8 Trinidad and Tobago gain independence from Great Britain. 8 Russia officially ends its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states. 8 Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed are killed in a car accident in Paris.
man in cow coStume StealS SteakS Don't have a cow, man; he's just here for the steak. A thief in a cow 'onesie' allegedly stole an unspecified number of porterhouse steaks from a food store in New Zealand on Aug. 23, according to police. Sound weird? Sure, but probably not as weird as a police spokesperson's assertion that onesies aren't uncommon items of clothing in New Zealand. According to APN, a police spokesperson said that "because onesies were not an uncommon item of clothing... the offender was 'probably not intending to look like the beef they were stealing.'" The offender allegedly hopped in a red car with two accomplices and fled the scene. No one caught the plate number, so the suspects are still out there. As funny as it is to imagine a guy in a cow suit grilling up a porterhouse steak, meat thieves have been known to steal choice cuts for resale. At least the New Zealand suspect dressed for the occasion. In July, a Louisiana man was arrested after gracelessly stuffing steaks in his pants and attacking a grocery store employee, according to police. NEWS DESK
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. –Rudyard Kipling
water on the moon? Spacecraft discovers ‘magmatic water’
spacecraft has spotted evidence of water on the surface of the moon, which scientists believe hints at a secret source buried deep in the rocky body's interior. 'Magmatic water' - liquid that originates from within the moon's interior - was detected by Nasa's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft for the first time from lunar orbit. The find confirms analyses performed recently on moon rocks brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts four decades ago, researchers said. Scientists hope the discovery could help them understand how the moon was formed. The M3 instrument discovered evidence of magmatic water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon, having imaged the lunar impact crater Bullialdus, which lies near the lunar equator. Nasa scientists chose to study this area in particular because they could better quantify the amount of water inside the rocks due to the crater's location and the type of rocks it holds. The central peak of the crater is made up of a type of rock that forms deep within the lunar crust and mantle when magma is trapped underground, according to the study, which is published in Nature Geoscience. 'This rock, which normally resides deep beneath the surface, was excavated from the lunar depths by the impact that formed Bullialdus crater,' said Rachel Klima, a planetary geologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. 'Compared to its surroundings, we found that the central portion of this crater contains a significant amount of hydroxyl - a molecule consisting of one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom - which is evidence that the rocks in this crater contain water that originated beneath the lunar surface,' she said.
In 2009, M3 provided the first mineralogical map of the lunar surface and discovered water molecules in the polar regions of the moon, thought to be a thin layer that formed from a solar wind hitting the moon's surface. However, Bullialdus crater is in a region with an unfavourable environment for solar wind to produce significant amounts of water on the surface. Simon Pete Worden, centre director at Nasa's Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California, said: 'Nasa missions like Lunar Prospector and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite and instruments like M3 have gathered crucial data that fundamentally changed our understanding of whether water exists on the surface of the moon.' The detection of internal water from orbit means sci-
massive canyon discovered under greenland ice sheet
man blameS walmaRt bag foR wife’S PaSSing A Nebraska man is suing Walmart for using defective plastic bags. He claims that one of them was ultimately responsible for his wife's untimely death. The Journal Star reports: William Freis of Plattsmouth said his wife, Lynette, went grocery shopping April 16, 2010, at the Walmart Supercenter on 15th Street and the cashier gave her one plastic bag for two 42-ounce cans of La Choy and a 2-pound bag of rice. While she was walking to the car, Freis' bag broke and its contents landed on one of her feet, causing a cut. The cut got infected and "despite multiple rounds of antibiotics and two surgical procedures," the infection spread and she died in the hospital, the suit said. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit alleges Walmart did not effectively train its employees on how to fill customers' bags. The bag's manufacturer, Hilex Poly Co. is also a defendant in the suit. WalMart spokesman Randy Hargrove told KMBC, "Customer safety is a top priority, and we take it seriously any time an injury is reported in one of our stores." COuRTESy HP
NEWS DESK A 466 mile-long chasm on the same scale as parts of the Grand Canyon has been discovered beneath the Greenland ice sheet. The canyon, which is as deep as 800 metres in places, is thought to predate the ice sheet, which has itself been around for millions of years. It has the characteristics of a meandering river channel, although it dwarfs the UK’s largest river, the Severn, which is less than half the length and far more shallow. The canyon was found after scientists analysed radar signals collected by Nasa and researchers from the UK and Germany over several decades. At certain frequencies, ice is transparent to radio waves which can bounce off the bedrock underneath, according to a group of international researchers who published their findings in the journal Science. By analysing all the radar data the team discovered a continuous bedrock canyon that extends from the centre of the island and ends at its northern extremity in a deep fjord connecting to the Arctic ocean. Professor Jonathan Bamber, of Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences, said: 'With Google Streetview available for many cities around the world and digital maps for everything from population density to happiness one might assume that the land-
scape of the Earth has been fully explored and mapped. 'Our research shows there’s still a lot left to discover.' The researchers believe the canyon plays an important role in transporting sub-glacial meltwater produced at the bed from the interior to the edge of the ice sheet and ultimately into the ocean. Even before the presence of the ice sheet, going back at least four million years, the evidence suggests the canyon provided a pathway for water from the interior to the coast. Professor David Vaughan, ice2sea co-ordinator based at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge said: 'A discovery of this nature shows that the Earth has not yet given up all its secrets. 'A 750km canyon preserved under the ice for millions of years is a breathtaking find in itself, but this research is also important in furthering our understanding of Greenland’s past. 'This area’s ice sheet contributes to sea level rise and this work can help us put current changes in context.' Some of the data used in the study came from Nasa’s Operation IceBridge, which is a six-year mission and the largest airborne survey of Earth’s polar ice ever flown. Michael Studinger, a scientist working on the project based at Nasa Goddard Space Flight Centre said: 'Two things helped lead to this discovery.
entists can begin to test some of the findings from sample studies in a broader context, including in regions that are far from where the Apollo sites are clustered on the near side of the moon. For many years, researchers believed that the rocks from the moon were bone-dry and any water detected in the Apollo samples had to be contamination from Earth. Dr Kilma said: 'Now that we have detected water that is likely from the interior of the moon, we can start to compare this water with other characteristics of the lunar surface. 'This internal magmatic water also provides clues about the moon's volcanic processes and internal composition, which helps us address questions about how the moon formed and how magmatic processes changed as it cooled.'
PlaStic SuRgeon ‘SculPtS’ PeRfect wife! When plastic surgeon David Matlock first walked into a consultation with Veronica, he thought he'd just be giving her information about his famous vaginoplasty procedure. Little did he know, he'd soon be giving her an engagement ring, as well. Matlock, who rocketed his Los Angeles Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute to fame on "Dr. 90210," told Barcroft Media that it was "love at first sight." Without blinking an eye, he'd persuaded Veronica to go under the knife and get his "Wonder Woman Makeover," which includes liposuction of the chin, arms and thighs. (Hey, romance isn't always pretty.) She agreed to all of the procedures. The doctor proposed on the first date and has been using his Michelangelo-like sculpting skills to make her more beautiful ever since. Matlock's not one to be outdone by his muse, though. He notes that he's also taken advantage of the plastic surgery procedures that he pioneered to craft his own perfect body. While Matlocks might call themselves an aesthetically "perfect" couple, not every member of the family is in favour of these artificial enhancements. "I would never really wanna get surgery, cause it's not really you. I'd want to be myself," Veronica's 9-year-old daughter, Isabella, said. But the girl is not the only person to question the couple's enthusiasm for surgically altering any perceived flaws: Matlock's encountered his fair share of backlash, sometimes in the legal arena. According to a 2007 Washington Post article, Matlock was sued for malpractice 10 times in just a decade. He has also been disciplined by the Medical Board of California, which tried to revoke his license in 1998 for negligence, fraud and dishonesty, according to the Wall Street Journal. He settled with the board and was given four years of probation. As for the vaginal rejuvenation that won him the love of his life? As a Reuters article discusses, many doctors question the ethics of aesthetic vagina surgeries, like the ones Matlock pioneered. According to a 2007 statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the procedure is "not medically indicated." The committee elaborates that, "Women should be informed about the lack of data supporting the efficacy of these procedures and their potential complications, including infection, altered sensation, dyspareunia, adhesions, and scarring." The organization confirmed to The Huffington Post that it still maintains this position. Ultimately, however, the Matlocks say their love isn't about liposuction or botox injections. As Matlock puts it, he'll care for Veronica "for richer or poorer, till death do us part!" She chimes in: "But not fat!" COuRTESy HP
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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. – William James
Rare chance for Zimbabwe to secure silverware HARARE
Pcb seeks explanation from bcci on money default issue LAHoRE: Pakistan cricket authorities have sought an explanation and details from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after media reported that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) owed the BCCI around seven to eight million rupees. Media reports said after a BCCI meeting recently that a number of Test-playing nations were to clear outstanding dues with the BCCI and the PCB was listed as one of the defaulters. The reports said the PCB owed the India’s cash rich BCCI around seven to eight million since early 20002001. “We sent a letter to the BCCI asking them to kindly let us know the details of this amount which we are supposed to owe them,” a PCB official said. “But so far we have received no clear reply but we have been told the amount relates to expenses made by the BCCI on behalf of the PCB during bilateral series,” he said. The official said the PCB was willing to clear the matter once it got details of the outstanding amount. Another official said: “The fact is that there was no agreement between the BCCI and PCB for the series over revenue sharing. It was our decision to go to India for the short series in a bid to at least resume bilateral cricket ties between the two nations.” “So it is not correct that we lost money in the series,” he added. The PCB recently announced a provisional budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 with a deficit amount of 500 million rupees. The PCB has struggled with its finances since 2009 when foreign teams stopped touring the country because of security reasons. STAFF REPORT
T’S not often that you get a second crack at winning a series against a top side if you are Zimbabwe. They may have lost the second ODI by a heavy margin, but that has only meant that the last game of the three-match contest is nicely poised with the series up for grabs. Pakistan were lax in the first ODI, but as they showed in the second, they are unlikely to repeat the mistakes and are favourites to take the series. But there is something about the way Zimbabwe are playing in this series. They do not appear mere pushovers who are just required to take the field for the other team to stroll to a win. They are making Pakistan work hard, they are handling Pakistan’s bowlers appreciably well. Saeed Ajmal has taken a couple of wickets in each ODI, but he hasn’t run through the side. Shahid Afridi, a menacing bowler for most teams, has not been able to pick a wicket. Mohammad Hafeez is wicket-less as well and Zimbabwe have managed to cross 200 in both matches. It’s a huge confidence boost for a struggling team against one of the most potent attacks in the world. Zimbabwe would believe that if they are to cause an upset before the Test matches, it has to come through their batting. The top order has been in decent form and the middle order has been contributing valuable runs.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would hope their openers come good and play meaningful innings. There is the calming presence of Misbah-ul-Haq and Hafeez
in the middle order, but the rest of the batsmen haven’t shown consistency or leadership in building an innings. Not yet. That’s the chink in Pakistan’s armour
Zimbabwe need to exploit. It could be their last chance to earn some glory as Pakistan are unlikely to cede any territory when the Tests begin.
england blitzed by Aaron Finch
Pcb begin visa application process for faisalabad wolves LAHoRE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has applied for visas for the Faisalabad Wolves team which is scheduled to take part in the Champions League T20 in India next month. An official source said that although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not yet confirmed the participation of the Faisalabad team in the league, the PCB had started the process to obtain visas for the players and officials. “We have been in regular contact with the BCCI over the participation of the Faisalabad Wolves team in the Champions League, but so far they have said they were awaiting final word from their government,” the source said. “But they advised us that we should continue our process to send the team to India like obtaining all travel documents and visas for them,” he added. The participation of the Faisalabad team that is led by Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has after tensions escalated along the Line of Control (LoC). The source said the PCB remained hopeful the BCCI would eventually facilitate the participation of the Pakistani national T20 champions. The Faisalabad side first plays two qualifying matches in Hyderabad before it is confirmed if it would feature in the main round of the lucrative event. Last year, Sialkot Stallions represented Pakistan for the first time in the league in South Africa. STAFF REPORT
SCOREBOARD LONDON AGENCIES
Aaron Finch helped Australia bury the memory of their Ashes agony, smashing a record 156 in a 39-run victory over England in the first Twenty20 clash. The opener blasted no fewer than 14 sixes to help the tourists amass an astonishing 248-6 - the kind of total that must’ve left home skipper Stuart Broad regretting his decision to bowl first after winning the toss. In fairness, England went down swinging, ending on 209-6. Joe Root recovered from a nasty blow to the grill of
his helmet to make an unbeaten 90 from 49 balls, normally the kind of knock that would steal the headlines. Ravi Bopara (45) helped put on 95 after seam duo Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazelwood had both claimed two wickets apiece to leave the hosts at 42-4. Jos Buttler also weighed in with an entertaining 27, including using the reverse scoop to good effect, as the two rivals combined for a quite remarkable 457 runs in 40 overs. Crucially, though, England managed only the five sixes in their reply, some way short of the record-breaking efforts of Finch that royally entertained a bumper crowd at the Ageas Bowl.
AuSTRALIA INNINGS DA Warner c †Buttler b Broad 1 AJ Finch b Dernbach 156 SE Marsh c Lumb b Briggs 28 SR Watson b Dernbach 37 GJ Maxwell b Dernbach 1 GJ Bailey* lbw b Finn 1 MS Wade† not out 15 JP Faulkner not out 5 EXTRAS (lb 2, w 2) 4 TOTAL (6 wickets; 20 overs) 248 DID NOT BAT MG Johnson, JR Hazlewood, Fawad Ahmed Fall of wickets 1-11 (Warner, 1.2 ov), 2-125 (Marsh, 10.3 ov), 3226 (Finch, 17.2 ov), 4-227 (Watson, 17.4 ov), 5-228 (Bailey, 18.1 ov), 6-242 (Maxwell, 19.1 ov) BOWLING: ST Finn 4-0-45-1,SCJ Broad 4-0-47-1,JW Dernbach 4-0-34-3,DR Briggs 4-0-51-1,S Bopara 1-0-15-0,JE Root 1-0-270,LJ Wright 2-0-27-0 ENGLAND INNINGS MJ Lumb lbw b Johnson 22 AD Hales c †Wade b Hazlewood 8 LJ Wright c †Wade b Hazlewood 4
EJG Morgan c Maxwell b Johnson 0 JE Root not out 90 RS Bopara c Warner b Watson 45 JC Buttler† b Faulkner 27 SCJ Broad* not out 4 EXTRAS (b 1, w 6, nb 2) 9 TOTAL (6 wickets; 20 overs) 209 DID NOT BAT ST Finn, DR Briggs, JW Dernbach FALL OF WICKETS 1-33 (Lumb, 2.6 ov), 2-33 (Hales, 3.1 ov), 337 (Wright, 3.3 ov), 4-42 (Morgan, 4.3 ov), 5-137 (Bopara, 13.4 ov), 6-203 (Buttler, 19.3 ov) BOWLING: Johnson 4-1-41-2,JR Hazlewood 4-0-43-2,Fawad 40-43-0,SR Watson 4-0-42-1,JP Faulkner 4-0-39-1 MATCH DETAILS TOSS England, who chose to field SERIES Australia led the 2-match series 1-0 T20I debut Fawad Ahmed (Australia) PLAyER OF THE MATCH AJ Finch (Australia) umpires RJ Bailey and RT Robinson TV umpire MA Gough Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire DJ Millns
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One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it. – Knute Rockne
saturday, 31 August, 2013
korea hands Pakistan world cup sorrow IPOH
india qualify for 2014 wc, beat malaysia 2-0 in semis
AKISTAN hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup were shattered by a lively Korean side, whose 2-1 win in the semi-final of the Asia Cup meant that the Greenshirts will not be part of hockey’s most prestigious event for the first time in the game’s history. Pakistan, the most successful team in hockey with four World Cup titles (1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994) needed to win the Asian event to claim the sole qualifying ticket from this tournament. The loss means India have virtually qualified for the 2014 World Cup and Malaysia have confirmed their ticket to The Hauge, Holland, where the tournament will be played. “This is indeed bad news for Pakistan hockey as we are out of the World Cup. Before coming here, we knew this was our final chance of making it to the World Cup … unfortunately we lost (to South Korea),” coach Tahir Zaman said while talking to Sports247. “We have to live with the reality now and we will have to make a long-term plan for Pakistan hockey,” he added. The Greenshirts, who had run over Japan, hosts Malaysia and Chinese Taipei in the run up to the semi-final, had only themselves to blame for their loss after squandering several opportunities in front of goal. The first came as early as the third minute when they earned a penalty corner. Captain Muhammad Imran, however, could not make it count. It set both players in motion, though, and the Koreans were the first to strike in the 31st minute through
maJoRity of PlayeRS decide to Play foR iPl teamS in clt20 NEW DEHLI AGENCIES
A huge majority of players have declared their allegiances to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises over their respective countries’ domestic sides ahead of the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, with Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara being the only exception. 10 out of the 12 international cricketers have chosen to play for the IPL franchises instead of their domestic sides competing in the USD 6 million event starting on September 21. While Sangakkara will be turning out for Sri Lanka’s Kandurata Maroons instead of his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, players such as Mike Hussey, Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson will be playing for the Indian clubs.IPL-6 winners Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will kick start the 2013 CLT20 with a Group A match in Jaipur on September 21 in a tournament which will witness the world’s 12 best domestic teams fighting it out for the coveted prize. A total of 29 matches will be played. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals apart, Group A will comprise Highveld Lions (winner of South Africa’s domestic T20 competition), Perth Scorchers (KFC T20 Big Bash League runner-up), and a team from the Qualifier. Group B will comprise Brisbane Heat (KFC T20 Big Bash League champion), Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies T20 champion), Chennai Super Kings (runner-up in the Pepsi IPL 2013), Titans (South Africa’s domestic T20 runners-up), and a team from the Qualifier.
Jong Hyun’s penalty corner. Another missed penalty corner by Pakistan meant that Korea went into halftime 1-0 up and with a lot of confidence. They started in the same vein in the second half and doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Lee Nam Yong tapped home a saved penalty corner.
Pakistan pulled a goal back six minutes later from their third penalty corner of the game, Imran finally coming good with his effort. Pakistan found a burst of energy and attacked in waves, but once again missed the target. With time running out, they replaced their goalkeeper with a kicking
back but to no avail. “It is sad Pakistan couldn’t make it to the World Cup, but I would like to congratulate Malaysia and India who are virtually through to the competition,” said South Korea coach Shin Seok Kyo. “Our aim now is to win create history by winning the Asia Cup the fourth time.”
PCB confident Gul will return for Africa series LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was confident that experienced pace bowler, Umar Gul will make a comeback in the forthcoming series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates that begins in mid-October. “Gul has started training from at the national cricket academy which means he is now bowling and training with the other players which is the final phase of his rehabilitation program. Gul, 29, has been out of action since playing in South Africa early this year due to a knee surgery. The pacer was flown to Melbourne in May by the board to undergo a knee surgery after he complained ofpain and swelling in his right knee during the South Africa tour where he missed the final Test and played in only two One-Day Internationals (ODIs)
before returning home. The pacer, who has taken 163 wickets in 47 Tests and 161 in 116 ODIs besides being the most successful bowler in T20 Internationals with 74 wickets in 52 games, was told to undergo a six to eight-week rehabilitation program after recovering from his surgery which was carried out by a well- known Australian orthopedic surgeon. “Gul bowled in the nets around five overs and also trained and jogged and he is being constantly monitored by our
medical panel,” the official said. “We are confident that he will be available for the South Africa series as his experience is invaluable to the national team,” he added. Sources said that Gul had trained and then bowled to Younis Khan, Azhar Ali and Adnan Akmal who will be part of the Test squad in Zimbabwe. The official said that after the team returns from the ongoing tour in Zimbabwe, all the players will be put through a proper fitness test and training program at the NCA before they start the next international home season in October. “Since it is going to be a long season the board has decided to carry out proper fitness tests of all players and we are hopeful that Gul will also clear these tests,” he added. He said there was a possibility that Pakistan could play a short bilateral one-day series in Bangladesh.
PCB wants broadcasters to bear DRS costs for S Africa, Lanka series LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made it mandatory for broadcasters interested in buying rights for the forthcoming series against South Africa and Sri Lanka to have technological facilities for the Decision Review System (DRS). The PCB bid committee that will award the rights for the two series to be played in the United Arab Emirates, has said the broadcaster who wins the rights will have to bear costs for the DRS. “The PCB wants to have DRS in the Test and one-day series against South Africa and Sri Lanka as both countries are keen on this technology,” a source close to a broadcaster said. “Having the DRS means extra costs of around USD 300,000 for the broadcasters for both series besides the production costs of around two million dollars,” he said. The source added the PCB had not made it clear as yet whether the broadcaster would have to provide facilities for just the Snickometre and Hawkeye in the DRS or they would also have the controversial Hotspot technology, which will increase the
costs of broadcasters further. The PCB has decided to sell broadcasting rights of the two series as a separate venture instead of entering into a long-term four or five-year deal with a broadcaster for Pakistan cricket rights. “The long-term deal will be done later because of shortage of time and for now we are selling rights of just these two series as our long-standing contract with Ten Sports expired in June,” the source said.
The bid committee, which is overseeing the whole process under the supervision of former International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Ehsan Mani and also includes a Supreme Court retired judge, will open technical bids of interested broadcasters in Lahore on Friday. “Later in the evening the financial bids will also be opened and the highest bidder which is over or meets the reserve price set by the committee will get the rights,” he said.
IPoH: India qualified for the 2014 hockey World Cup even before playing their semi-final match vs Malaysia. But that didn’t stop them from scoring a dominant 2-0 win over the hosts to storm into the Asia Cup final. India got on the scoresheet early at the Sultan Azlah Shah stadium, with VR Raghunath converting the team’s first penalty corner to put India up 1-0 in the 8th minute in the second semi-final. The hosts were desperate to hit back but India’s defence overall was impressive. India’s goalkeeper and vice-captain PR Sreejesh was once again brilliant. India got their 2nd penalty corner in the 32nd minute, but Rupinderpal’s flick was saved by the Malaysian goal-keeper S Kumar. The teams took half-time break with India leading 1-0. Post the break, the Malaysians understandably were the more anxious, snatching a penalty corner in the 47th minute. However, a diving Sreejesh ensured the scoreline remained 1-0. It became 2-0 thirteen minutes later, with Ramandeep drawing the Malaysian keeper out, before sending a delightful pass to Mandeep who found the back of the Malaysian goal. Malaysia threw everything at the Indian goal post that but the Indian defence did not disappoint. Overall, the hosts had a total of nine shots at goal as compared to India’s seven. And that’s how the scoreline stayed. AGENCIES
latif to meet Pcb officialS to PRovide evidence on bookie claimS LAHoRE: Pakistan’s former captain, Rashid Latif will meet the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials and its legal team next week to convince them that he has enough evidence to back up his claim that an alleged Indian bookmaker, Anu Bhatt, was the guest of the board in 2005-06. Well-informed sources said that after the PCB sent him a legal notice asking him to provide evidence to back his claims about Bhatt having visited Pakistan as a guest of the board, Latif told them he wanted to meet them in person. “Rashid said he would prefer to meet with PCB’s top officials and legal team in person next week in Lahore,” a source said. “He has indicated that he will provide them with all the documents on the basis of which he made the claim about Bhatt having visited Pakistan as a guest of the PCB when England and India toured Pakistan in 2005-06.” The source said that the board had told Latif to meet them next week and come prepared with evidence or retract his earlier statement. Latif made the claim in a statement he released on the Danish Kaneria spot-fixing case in which Bhatt has been deemed as a central figure by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which has imposed a life ban on Kaneria from playing cricket. The ECB ban was later endorsed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its member boards and the leg-spinner can now have no association with cricket at any level in all Test playing nations. Bhatt has been dubbed as a “bookmaker” by the ECB which says that Kaneria knew him and tried to corrupt and lure players in his Essex team to do spotfixing for Bhatt in 2009. An Essex police investigation into the spot-fixing charges ended without them filing any charges against Kaneria due to lack of evidence. In the documents and statements examined by the ECB disciplinary panel in the hearings in 2012 and 2013 which led to the ban on Kaneria, England captain, Alastair Cook has also given his statement. STAFF REPORT
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kaka wants out of madrid before deadline day MADRID AGENCIES
Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has said he is looking to agree a move away from the Spanish giants before the transfer window closes on September 2. The Brazilian has failed to make much of an impression in the Spanish capital since his 68 million euro ($89 million, 56 million pounds) move from AC Milan in June 2009 in what was then a world transfer record. It had been hoped that the appointment of his former boss at Milan, Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu may have been able to inspire him to rekindle his old form, but the signing of Isco and the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale has instead seen him slip further down the pecking order. “I want to leave,” he told reporters after scoring twice in Real’s 40 friendly win over Deportivo la Coruna on Thursday. “I think it is the right moment for me and for the club to leave in an amicable fashion. “I have spoken with Ancelotti and the club so everyone knows. My father (and agent) is speaking now with the club to try and resolve the situation. “Things are now difficult for me to get into the team and the club know what I want. “It is my obligation to work and continue training, but my father is already working to see if anything comes up.” The 31-year-old has been an unused substitute in both Madrid’s first two La Liga matches and his desire to leave is even more immediate given that the World Cup will be played in his homeland next year. He hasn’t been called up by Luis Felipe Scolari since March and missed out on the Confederations Cup success back in June.
milan face barcelona again as champions league draw announced LONDON AGENCIES
Seven-times European title holders AC Milan, knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the last two seasons, were drawn with the Catalans in the group stage of this season’s competition on Friday. Nine-times champions Real Madrid will meet Juventus in two mouthwatering clashes in Group B which also features Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen. Holders Bayern Munich landed CSKA Moscow, Manchester City and Czech champions Viktoria Plzen in Group D, giving them a seemingly straightforward passage to the knockout stage. Chelsea, champions two seasons ago, face Schalke 04, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest in Group E, having beaten the latter pair on their way to winning the Europa League last season. Three-times European Cup winners Manchester United meet Ukraine’s Brazilian-inspired champions Shakhtar Donetsk along with Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad in Group A. AC Milan and Barcelona have met six times in the last two seasons and the Catalans have come out on top. The Serie A side lost 4-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 last year and 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals two seasons ago, when the two sides also met in the group stage. The pair were drawn in Group H, alongside four-times winners Ajax Amsterdam and 1967 champions Celtic, who faced Barcelona in the group stage last season and memorably beat them at home. “It is a well-known group, with prestigious stadia, historical ones, with teams who have already won the Champions League,” AC Milan vice-president Umberto Gandini told reporters.
nadal takes pleasure from pain NEW YORK
AFAEL Nadal admitted Thursday that he has learned to enjoy suffering the pain of constantly battling the knee injuries which have threatened to derail his career. The Spanish world number two moved comfortably into the US Open third round with a 6-2, 6-1, 60 win over Brazilian journeyman Rogerio Dutra Silva and has been the form player of 2013, claiming nine titles and building a 55-3 winning record. But the 27-year-old spent seven months on the sidelines until February this year because of a knee injury that had caused him to miss the Olympics, last year’s US Open as well as the Australian Open in January. It was a familiar story of misery for Nadal, who was out of action for nine weeks in 2009 after he suffered his only career loss at the French Open and was forced to walk away from his Wimbledon title defense. Nadal insists that the pain has only made him stronger. “When you are coming back after a hard times, after an injury, after moments that you are not well, so when you are having the chance to be back, is true to be back you need to work hard,” he said. “You need to work with the right attitude every day. You need to be ready to suffer, to enjoy the suffering, and to be able to change the situation.” It’s a philosophy which has served him well as he has collected 12 Grand Slam titles and 59 tournament triumphs in total in between the injury heartaches. Nadal can even write off his shock first round Wimbledon exit as a blip, a tournament which came too quickly after his barnstorming run to an eighth French Open title in June. After two rounds of the US Open,
blake retires after first-round loss in uS open
RogeR fedeReR enJoyed an eaSy Second-Round SucceSS NEW YoRk: Five-time champion Roger Federer is through to the third round of the US Open after a routine 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina. Federer needed just over an hour and a half to seal his passage against the World No 48, who has never beaten a top 10 player. Swiss great Federer was notably impressive on serve, winning 75 per cent of the points on his first delivery and 67 per cent on his second, and sending down six aces. He also hit 37 winners and converted seven of his 13 break point chances but also made 25 unforced errors, a failing which could lead him into difficulties against stronger opposition. Federer is seeded an unusually lowly seventh in New York after a slight decline in his form and will face old rival Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, if they both make it that far. Federer not thinking about Nadal “I am well aware of the draw,” said Federer. “But, at the moment, I am clearly focusing on round by round and it would be a big mistake if I was thinking too much about Rafa. “I would love a match with Rafa but, for that to happen, I have to keep playing well and keep winning. “Right now it’s about winning for me, trying to gain confidence and enjoy myself. I hope I can progress, we’ll see how it goes. “Today was one of those matches I expect myself to win, if possible in straight sets, and gain confidence in the process. “All those things happened, so I’m pleased about it.” Federer, whose 17 Grand Slam victories is the most in history, will face Adrian Mannarino of France in round three. AGENCIES
where he is the hot favorite for a second title to add to his 2010 victory, he now boasts a 17-0 record on hardcourts. “When you are in a low situation, you still feel the love for sport, the passion for sport,” he added. “After overcoming a tough situation, then you are ready to compete better than before. All my life I played with lot of passion. I love the sport. I love the competition. “Not only tennis I love the tennis, sure, but I love the competition in general. I love the sport like a spectator. So have a chance to go on court in big stadiums that I saw on the TV when I was a kid, always is really special for me. “So I feel very lucky and very happy to be back on the tour and playing well again.” Thursday’s win, which edged him closer to a potential quarter-final clash with old rival Roger Federer, was
completed in just 92 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dutra Silva, the world number 134, had come through qualifying and saved seven match points in his opening round victory over Vasek Pospisil, which was also the 29-year-old Brazilian’s first win on the main tour this year. It was not the sort of form which was going to trouble the world number two. Nadal swept to victory courtesy of eight breaks of serve and 30 winners and next faces Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, the world number 38 who surprisingly beat him the last time they met on hardcourt in Montreal in 2011. “Dodig is a tough player. I lost to him the last time in a tough, close match. He has had two good wins here over Fernando Verdasco and Nikolay Davydenko. He’s very dangerous,” said Nadal.
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Former world number four James Blake’s tennis career came to an emotional end after 14 years on Thursday morning at the US Open with a standing ovation after a first-round loss to Ivo Karlovic. The 33year-old American, who announced Monday this would be his farewell event, had fallen to 100th in the rankings and was far from the level that saw him reach the last eight on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts in 2005 and 2006. But having defied the odds by overcoming scoliosis as a child and Zoster, a condition that attacked his hearing and eyesight and nearly paralyzed his face, Blake called it quits on his own terms before homeland fans who inspired him. “I don’t know when it’s going to hit me,” Blake told the crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium after the 79th-ranked Croatian beat him 6-7 (2/7), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2). “It’s after midnight and you stayed to watch. I’m never going to have this again in my life and I need to appreicate every single one of you for being here. It will never be forgotten. I’ll take in every memory I’ve ever had here.” The former Harlem youth who snuck into such US Open night sessions became an inspiration for younger African-American players. Blake began his match Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of the famed “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther Knig Jr., a landmark US civil rights moment. “I thought about that a lot,” Blake said. “I’m proud to be playing on such a historic day and it’s a great reminder than we still have a ways to go.
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If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. – Jack Lemmon
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cameroon great eto’o signs for chelsea LONDON
FRICAN superstar Samuel Eto’o will test himself in English football after Chelsea announced on Thursday that he has joined the Premier League giants on a one-year contract. The 32-year-old Cameroon striker arrives from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on a free transfer, in a move that may signal the end of Chelsea’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Chelsea have had two bids for Rooney rejected and manager Jose Mourinho recently admitted that he had a “Plan B” in case their pursuit of the England international did not come off. “I am very happy to be here, but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible,” said Eto’o, who was pictured brandishing a Chelsea shirt on the club website. “It wasn’t a hard decision. I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with Jose Mourinho before, so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it.” Eto’o previously worked under Mourinho at Inter Milan and was a member of the team that claimed an unprecedented treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League titles in 2010. The move also reunites him with former Anzhi team-mate Willian, who
RibeRy named euRoPean PlayeR of the SeaSon
Bayern Munich’s French winger Franck Ribery on Thursday won the award for European player of the 2012/13 season. The France international becomes the third player to win the award, the two previous winners being Barcelona duo Lionel Messi (2011) and Andres Iniesta (2012). Ribery won the award this time around ahead of Messi and Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo. The 74-times capped Ribery was an essential cog in Bayern’s charge to last season’s historic treble of the Champions League crown, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. Messi scored 69 goals last season and won the Spanish title, while Ronaldo rattled in 59 goals but only won the Spanish Supercup. Ribery, meanwhile, scored 10 goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances as well as once on Bayern’s run to becoming European champions for the fifth time. He also set up Arjen Robben’s decisive goal in the 2-1 final win against Borussia Dortmund.
wAtCh It LIve TENSPORTS PAK VS ZIM 3RD ODI
STAR CRICKET ENG VS AUS 2ND T20
twelve teams of lahore to participate in qarshi cricket league LAHORE ADNAN SOHAIL
completed a switch to Chelsea in a deal reportedly worth 30 million pounds ($47 million, 35 million euros) on Wednesday. Willian and Eto’o are among a number of players to have been moved on by Anzhi after the Russian side’s billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov decided to restructure the club and drastically shrink their budget. Eto’o is expected to compete with Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba for a place at the tip of the Chelsea attack, although he played on the right flank under Mourinho at Inter. A four-time African Footballer of the Year, Eto’o began his career in European football at Real Madrid, but joined Real Mallorca in 2000 after a successful loan
spell. He lifted the Copa del Rey with Mallorca in 2003 before joining Barcelona a year later. The striker enjoyed stunning success at Barcelona, scoring in Champions League final triumphs in 2006 and 2009 and also claiming three Spanish league titles. He subsequently joined Inter in 2009, as part of the deal that took Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona, and won his third Champions League title in his first season at San Siro. It made him the first player to win consecutive European trebles with two different clubs. His move to bigspending Anzhi in August 2011 came as something of a shock, although Kerimov was reported to have made him the bestpaid player in world football.
Bolt, Defar win at Zurich Diamond League meet ZURICH AGENCIES
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt eased to yet another comfortable 100m victory at the Diamond League meet in Zurich on Thursday. Bolt charged home in 9.90sec, leaving fellow-Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade and American Justin Gatlin trailing behind. Ashmeade finished in 9.94 and Gatlin in 9.96 in the 13th and penultimate Diamond League event of the season. For once Bolt was relatively slow out of the blocks and seemed to take longer than usual to find his rhythm, but the man with six Olympic gold medals and eight world titles to his name recovered and overtook his two rivals with 15m to go. Earlier, Meseret Defar produced a telling sprint finish to hold off a strong challenge from fellow-Ethopian Tirunesh Dibaba
The 1st Aftab Qarshi Cricket League, 2013 will be start from 15th September. Twelve top Vetern Teams of Lahore including Amar Cables, Syed paper Stags, Lahore Whites will participate in this tournament. A meeting of the officials of the tournament was held today at Alighar Cricket Grund Model Town. Jawaid Ashraf, Qaiser Waheed, Ijaz Ahmed, Muhammad Asif, Saifullah, Muhammad Kaleem, Prof. Nasir Hussian, Tariq Rasheed, Rashid Riaz, Abdul Hameed, Azhar Hussain, Masood Ahmed, Zahid Inayat, Kazam Ali and Zahoor Alam attended the meeting. Meeting started with Name of Allah. In his speech, Mohsin Aftab Chief Coordinator of the Tournament and C.E.O of Aftab Qarshi emphasized on the official to conduct the tournament in true Spirit of Sport in accordance with Law without any pressure from any corner with their best professional abilities. On the occasion, Ashiq Hussain Qureshi, C.E.O of Veteran Cricket Association highlighted the steps taken by the Association for the Veteran Cricketer. He also thanks to Mohsin Aftab for organizing such an excellent tournament.
Pvf general council meeting in September LAHORE STAFF REPORT
and win the 5,000 metres. Defar, the world champion and double Olympic gold medallist, finished in 14min 32.83sec, with the beaten Dibaba trailing in in 14:34.82. Dibaba, 28, the triple Olympic champion who completed the 5,000m/10,000m double in Beijing five
years ago, tried to break clear too early after her sister Genzebe had upped the pace at the four-kilometre mark. But despite covering the final 1,000m in 2:40.68, Dibaba could not shake off Defar and lost the run-in on the home straight when Defar kicked for the line.
Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF) is holding its General Council Meeting on 07 September, 2013 at Lahore at 11:00 A.M. under the Chairmanship of Ch. Muhammad Yaqoob, President PVF for which a notice has been issued today to all its office bearers and affiliated units to discuss the development of Volleyball in Pakistan and some important matters including the visit of Pakistan Team to Iran on 9 – 13 September, 2013 for World Championship Qualification Tournament and Asian Championship at Dubai from 28 September to 6 October, 2013.
FRoch And GRoves wILL FIGhT In MAnchesTeR on noveMbeR 23 SPORTS DESK Carl Froch’s all-British showdown with George Groves will take place in Manchester on November 23. The super-middleweights will go head-to-head at the Phones 4u Arena, where David Haye and Tyson Fury are fighting next month. “This ‘Battle of Britain’ is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves; it’s going to be some atmosphere, some occasion.” Eddie Hearn Froch has put his WBA and IBF world titles on the line against the unbeaten Groves, with both of them now boxing out of Matchroom Sport. “I’m delighted to bring this event to Manchester on November 23,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“This ‘Battle of Britain’ is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves; it’s going to be some atmosphere, some occasion. “Phone lines, Twitter and emails haven’t stopped for tickets since we confirmed the fight.” Hearn is expecting another sell-out and says tickets will go on sale on September 17. It will be the first time both have boxed since Froch beat Mikkel Kessler at the end of May. Groves was the chief support to that fight but had been calling out Britain’s number one long before that night at the O2 Arena. This will be the first time Froch has boxed at the Manchester venue, with Groves appearing twice there - and winning them both.
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Pia incuRRing RS 100m loSS eveRy day! ISLAMABAD
INISTER of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad admitted during the National Assembly session that Pakistan International Airline (PIA) was incurring a loss of Rs 100 million daily largely due to an ageing fleet, cash shortage, devaluation of Pakistani rupee, high fuel prices ,heavy loans resulting in high financial cost, frequent
changes in management, high number of employees/aircraft. He said the national flag carrier faced loss of about Rs 60 billion during the last two years due to mismanagement and inaction on the part of previous PPP government. He said the present government had given a package of Rs 12.70 billion to PIA for its restructuring. Ahmad said six small aircraft would be procured on lease for PIA to provide better travelling facilities to the domestic travellers.
Railways privatisation: The National Assembly was informed on Friday that the government had no plans to privatise Pakistan Railways. While responding to a question by Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique informed the Lower House that there was no proposal under consideration to privatise Pakistan Railways. He said freight operation of PR would gradually be increased and by the end of 2013, at least six trains would be operated
on a daily basis‚ which would help generate revenue of Rs 20 million to Rs 25 million a day. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain laid before the House “The Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013”. He also laid before the House “The Electoral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance‚ 2013”. oATH-TAkING: At the outset of the proceedings‚ eight lawmakers who recently got elected in the by-elections, took oath of office. Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq administered the oath.
india, Pak envoys meet in dubai to better ties
Special envoys of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, Shahryar Khan and SK Lamba, met in Dubai on Thursday in back-channel diplomacy ahead of the proposed meeting between the two prime ministers in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in the last week of September. Sources familiar with the development said the focus of the meeting was at easing the tension between the two countries after the recent incidents along the Line of Control, which resulted in deaths of soldiers on both sides. They also discussed the proposed meeting between Singh and Nawaz Sharif, a report in Hindustan Times said. India’s poll-bound government has raised the bar for talks with Pakistan, saying the neigbour has to take steps such as avoiding “unprovoked” actions along the LoC, speeding up the trial of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, and reigning in the activities of terrorist using its territory to launch attack on India. Barring any major incident in the coming days, the two prime ministers are likely to meet on September 29 in New York. However, it could be a short meeting. A judicial panel from Pakistan, which will cross examine the witnesses in the 26/11 case, is expected to visit Mumbai on September 4.
fissures in Pml-n Sindh as ghous resigns ISLAMABAD: Relatives of people allegedly whisked away by intelligence agencies hold a protest to mark International Day of the Disappeared on Friday. The rally was organised by Defence of Human Rights group at Jinnah Avenue near D Chowk. INP
text, call bundle packages not to be discontinued, Pta clarifies
Pakistan, Russia hold first ever strategic dialogue MOSCOW/ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesperson said on Friday that its directive about discontinuing chat services did not include SMS and voice call “bundle” packages. A statement issued by the PTA said that the decision to ban chat services was not a new one and was in fact, a continuation of their earlier letter that was issued on November 14, 2012. The order did not pertain to text and call bundle packages, the spokesperson explained. The telecommunication authority said that the earlier decision was taken after listening to concerns about the “negative social effects of late night packages” from Supreme Court of Pakistan, Standing Committee of the Parliament, various Senators and members of national and provincial assembly. It added that the letter was only issued because some chat services were still being offered by cellular mobile operators. However, a telecommunication official said that they still thought the bundle packages would be discontinued, unless a new directive was issued clarifying that it wasn’t so, ProPakistani reported. The official also said that “chat rooms” are not packages and should have been termed appropriately in the PTA directive.
Pakistan and the Russian Federation held first ever interaction on the strategic dialogue. The consultations were held at the level of foreign secretaries in Moscow. Both sides noted with satisfaction the growing understanding between the two countries and discussed in detail the state of bilateral relations.
This reaffirmed their commitment to further deepening and diversifying the bilateral relationship to their mutual benefit. Both the sides agreed on the need for maintaining high-level contacts with view to sustaining the present momentum in bilateral cooperation. In addition to this‚ both the sides exchanged views on regional and international issues. The two sides agree to continue to work closely in this regard. Views were exchanged on expanding
trade and investment relations and cooperation in the field of energy and power generation. Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani led the Pakistani side while the Russian side was led by First Deputy Minister Vladimir Gennadievich Titov of the Russian Foreign Office. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russian Federation Alamgir Babur and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov also participated in the consultations.
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Former Sindh chief minister and provincial head of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), Ghous Ali Shah quit his party post on Friday over differences with the party’s central leadership. According to reports, during a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week, Shah was upset over being overlooked by the party’s leadership for the president’s slot. According to sources, more PML-N officebearers from Sindh may also quit the party after Shah’s resignation.
Kim Jong-un reporteDLy has ex-girLfrienD, 11 others exeCuteD MONITORING DESK A North Korean firing squad last week executed a former girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-un and 11 other entertainers for allegedly violating laws banning pornography - at least according to a South Korean newspaper. The report by Chosun Ilbo, an Englishlanguage newspaper of a Seoul media conglomerate, published on Thursday deemed the reported August 20 executions a death blow to expectations that Mr Kim would oversee a transition of his isolated and tyrannised people into a more open era. Like many stories out of the Hermit Kingdom, the reports remain unconfirmed and are based on unnamed sources.
In this episode, among the dozen performers shot to death while their families and former band members were forced to watch was Hyon Song-wol, a singer Mr Kim reportedly courted a decade ago but was forced to abandon by his dictatorial father, Kim Jong-il. Hyon was pictured by North Korean state television performing at a concert August 8 in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, less than two weeks before her execution, Chosun Ilbo reported, posting a picture of the singer juxtaposed against one of Kim applauding at the concert. The 12 members of the Unhasu Orchestra and the Wangjaesan Light Music Band were accused of violating antipornography laws by videotaping themselves having sex and selling copies of the
tape to North Korean fans and in China. The South Korean newspaper, which attributed reports of the executions to sources in China, said one also claimed that some of those arrested in the August 17 crackdown were found to have Bibles in their possession. Like most communist countries, North Korea denounces religion as an undesirable foreign influence. Hyon married a North Korean military officer after Mr Kim’s father forced their breakup, but reportedly continued to see the Pyongyang heir apparent even after her marriage, Chosun Ilbo said.
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