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Doha deadlock putting afghan peace eﬀorts at stake
pakistan to restore strategic dialogue with Us during Kerry’s visit
The ongoing deadlock in US-Taliban Doha talks is causing serious damage to peace efforts in Afghanistan, with diplomatic circles here warning that the stalemate has only strengthened the position of hardliners among the ranks of Afghan Taliban and their opposition to negotiations could derail the whole process of reconciliation in the war-torn state. pa g e 02
Pakistan and the US will try to agree on restoring strategic dialogue during the forthcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said in an interview with Radio Pakistan on Sunday. The strategic dialogue was suspended after attack on Salala checkpoint in November 2011. pa g e 02
Mandela still 'critical' after reported operation
India-pakistan composite dialogue to restart in august
pakistan close in on victory in 2nd t20
The stalled Indo-Pak composite dialogue process is all set to restart in August with Islamabad proposing dates for water secretary-level talks meant to address the Wullar Barrage issue and New Delhi "actively considering it". Pakistan, in fact, has also proposed a meeting between the two foreign secretaries. pa g e 04
SP Narine and Kieron Pollard led a spirited chase from the West Indians after Pakistani bowlers ripped through the Windies’ top order in the second T20 match at St Vincent. Earlier, West Indian bowlers used the slow pitch in St Vincent to reduce the Pakistani side to 135. Ahmed Shehzad scored 44 off 46 to take the greens to a fighting total. pa g e 16
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six killed in north waziristan drone strike MonItorIng DeSk At least six people were killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan late on Sunday, a private TV channel reported. The drone fired two missiles near Shawal in Mir Ali tehsil, killing the six. This was the fourth drone strike since prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assumed office. On July 3, a drone had fired missiles on a house located in the Miranshah Bazaar in North Waziristan killing 17. The July 3 drone attack is considered to be the biggest launched this year. Another drone strike which took place on July 13 killed two people also in Mir Ali.
Federal, Provincial govts on same Page on Balochistan issue: malik
doha deadlock putting afghan peace efforts at stake taliban Hardliners pusHing colleagues to abandon talks witH us, afgHans as tHey are of no use ISLAMABAD sHAIQ HUssAIN
HE ongoing deadlock in USTaliban Doha talks is causing serious damage to peace efforts in Afghanistan, with diplomatic circles here warning that the stalemate has only strengthened the position of hardliners among the ranks of Afghan Taliban and their opposition to negotiations could derail the whole process of reconciliation in the war-torn state. The opening of Taliban office last month in Doha, Qatar after prolonged ‘behind the scene’ diplomatic efforts on part of US and its NATO allies, which were also backed by Pakistan, had led to the belief that finally war in Afghanistan
( presIDentIal polls
Hardliners insistence could entirely derail tHe peace process
would come to an end and once the US leaves this country by the end of 2014, peace and normalcy would return to its ill-fated people. However, the deadlock that occurred in the ‘Doha process’ early this month over the title of ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’ and ‘flag’ used by the Taliban for their newly opened office infuriated Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who believed that it was tantamount to a ‘Taliban government in exile’. Karzai backed off from the process of dialogue with Mullah Omar-led Taliban and also brought to sudden end Kabul’s talks with Washington on proposed agreement on bilateral security, an important pact that would allow the residual presence of US troops in
eCp dispatches ballot papers to provinces ISLAMABAD ANwer AbbAs
Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik on Sunday said the federal and provincial governments were on the same page on resolving the Balochistan issue. Talking to a private news channel, the CM said the Balochistan government was responsible to maintain peace and tranquility in the province while the federal government had assured to provide every kind of assistance for the purpose. To a question, he claimed that after coming to power the number of target killings and missing persons had decreased in the province. It was his priority to bring the disgruntled people to the negotiating table for restoring peace in the province, he added. He said the Balochistan government had presented a development budget and it increased the educational budget from four to 24 percent. Dr Malik said that 18th constitutional amendment was a big change and his becoming chief minister was a great shift in the politics of the country.
Afghanistan beyond 2014. All this led to an impasse in Doha peace talks between the US and the Taliban and the latter also announced the closure of their office in Qatari capital early this month. The US and its allies have been trying hard again now for days to bring an end to the current impasse that hit the peace talks with the Taliban but so far they couldn’t achieve any success on this front. The diplomatic circles in the Pakistani capital privy to developments on the front of Doha process fear that the prolongation of deadlock in US-Taliban talks would cause serious damage to efforts aimed at peace and stability in Afghanistan. They warn that that delay in the ironing out of differences with the Taliban could even derail the Afghanistan reconciliation process. “This deadlock has only benefited the hardliners among the Taliban ranks and files. These elements were already against any talks with US or Karzai government on ground that they had an upper
Following the presidential elections on July 30th, the Election Commission of Pakistan has completed the supply of ballot papers in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. Initially 1,200 ballot papers have been printed. According to details, the task for printing the ballot papers has been completed by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The ballot papers for the coming presidential polls have been dispatched to the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These ballot papers were printed in the printing press of Pakistan under heavy security to avoid any unpleasant situation and were transported in the sealed boxes. The ballot papers have been dispatched from the Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) office to the ECP Secretariat in Islamabad and the provincial election commissions (PECs) in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar to be sent to the Senate, National Assembly and
provincial assemblies on the polling day (Tuesday). Earlier, the Pakistani Election Commission issued the instructions to the voters (lawmakers) regarding the polling day wherein they had been asked not to carry their cellular phones to the parliament and the provincial assemblies which have been declared polling stations. By imposing a ban on mobile phones, the ECP wants to keep the voters away from any external influence during the cast of their ballots. Moreover, the voters would not be allowed to leave the polling rooms till completion of the voting process. Following the directives issued by the chief election commissioner and returning officers, the ballot papers to be used for the coming presidential elections would be produced before the presiding officers on the day of polling tomorrow (Tuesday). The Presidential Rules 1988 grants the returning officers the powers regarding appointment of the presiding officers and provision of ballot papers/boxes and performance of related procedures during the presidential election.
hand in battlefield and now they would tell their fellows that there was no use of any dialogue after what happened in Doha,” said a diplomatic source, seeking anonymity. He said the hardliners among the Taliban were mostly the military commanders who were very happy and content with the situation on ground as for the ongoing fighting with the US-led foreign troops, and they believed that engaging in talks at this crucial juncture with the Washington or Kabul would result in losing the advantage that they had in war field. Another source, who also wished not to be named, said worried over this situation, the Obama administration wanted Pakistan to use its “good offices” and bring the Taliban to the table of negotiations as soon as possible. He said the Afghan reconciliation process would hence be at the top of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s agenda for talks with Pakistani leadership when he arrived for an official visit in the next few days.
Pakistan to restore strategic dialogue with us during kerry’s visit: Fo ISLAMABAD AgeNcIes
Pakistan and the United States will try to agree on restoring strategic dialogue during the forthcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said in an interview with Radio Pakistan on Sunday. He said strategic dialogue between the two countries was suspended after attack on Salala checkpoint in November 2011 in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were martyred. The spokesman said five working groups were engaged in talks on various aspects of Pakistan-US relations under strategic dialogue. The Salala attack also led to suspension of the dialogue process. “These groups will resume talks if agreed during John Kerry's visit to Pakistan,” he said. To a question‚ he said Afghan reconciliation process would be one of the key subjects of Kerry's visit to Pakistan. The FO spokesman said Pakistan supported all initiatives designed to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Shah lambastes ‘N’ alliance with MQM ISLAMABAD NNI
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah has said that members of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will not attend sessions of the provincial assemblies and the parliament on the day of presidential election. Talking to local media on Sunday, the opposition leader said his party would explain the reasons for boycotting the presidential election on July 29 during the assembly session. Lashing out at Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif, the opposition leader said he used to call the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) a terrorist party but today he (Nawaz) had joined hands with them. Earlier, Khurshid Shah called for resignation of the chief election commissioner and all four members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for “failing to protect their independence”. The PPP leader said his party would raise the issue of the “partiality” allegedly shown by the ECP in the lead-up to the presidential election during sessions of the
National Assembly and Senate today. The opposition members would lodge a protest in the two houses through points of order. “The chief election commissioner, along with all the four members, should immediately resign,” said Shah, who was head of the parliamentary committee that approved the appointments of retired justice Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as the CEC and other ECP members. “In my speech in the assembly (on Monday), I will congratulate Mian Sahab (Nawaz Sharif) for joining hands with the MQM and remind him about a resolution
which the PML-N had moved in an allparty conference in London terming the MQM a terrorist party,” he said. On the other hand, PML-N Senator Jafar Iqbal said the country was passing through a critical time and the prime minister wanted to be in touch with all the political parties for the presidential election. He said the alliance with the MQM was for the sake of promoting political culture in the country. He said the PML-N needed votes in the presidential elections and that was why it entered an alliance with the MQM.
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eCp’s role in presidential poll shameful: Khan would not be attending apc witHout prior meeting witH pm, coas
pti cHief says He wanted to boycott poll, but won’t give pml-n an open field LAHore AgeNcIes
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said the Election Commission of Pakistan had played a shameful role in the run up to presidential polls, adding that his party would participate in the presidential election despite the fact
that he wanted to boycott it. “We agree with the opposition’s standpoint to boycott the elections, but we don’t want to leave the field open for Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N),” he said during a press conference in Lahore on Sunday. Khan said his party would have boycotted the upcoming presidential election had party candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmad, not requested for the PTI's participation in the presidential
race Asserting that preparations were being made to rig the by-elections, he said the PTI would stand against such efforts. “I will lead the protests myself,” Imran said, adding that he will ensure transparent elections were held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province under his party’s rule. “I challenge everyone to point out any wrongdoings before by-elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said. Blaming the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding the presidential election early, he said the commission should have considered the possibility of the elections falling on the 27th of Ramadan, which was considered to be a holy night for Muslims worldwide.
AnTi-Terror meeTing: The PTI chief reiterated his stance that a closeddoor session between himself, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the army chief should precede a public forum such as the APC to curb militancy and address the overall law and order and security situation in the country. Khan said that he would not be particpating in the APC if the closed-door session was not held before that. Khan said no APC held earlier had been of any use. “Three APCs have taken place but to no avail. I want real information on matters of national security,” he said. The PTI chairman said terrorism was the country’s biggest problem.
The people had no idea about the agreements made by the government with various parties, the PTI chief asserted. “It was because of WikiLeaks that we found out that our government had entered into a deal to allow drone strikes,” he asserted. “I know for a fact that these things won’t come up in the APC and that’s why I want a meeting to be called before that,” he said. Talking to a private TV channel later, Federal Minister for Information Pervez Rasheed said the government was willing to hold a closed-door session with Imran Khan and the chief of army staff and hoped that that the PTI chief would participate in the APC convened by the government.
President Zardari flies to Dubai
President Asif Zardari on Sunday left Britain for Dubai after having medical check-ups at London’s top private clinics. Zardari will stay in Duabi for a day or two and will then fly to Islamabad from where he will reach Tehran to attend swearing in of new Iranian President Hassan Rohani. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Zardari have already accepted the invitation along with other heads of states like Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi. President Zardari stayed in London for almost two weeks on a strictly “private visit” and did not hold political meetings. During his stay he has no contact with MQM chief Altaf Hussain. Zardari spent time with his children and stayed in London throughout. He went for medical check-ups, accompanied by Dr Asim and the presidential staff accompanying him. He also met Rehman Malik in London. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan remained with President Zardari for most of the time.
Qaeda-linked araB terrorist among six killed in hangu MonItorIng DeSk Security forces claimed to have gunned down an al Qaeda-linked foreign militant among six others during a militant attack on Thall Checkpost on Saturday, a private TV channel has reported. The channel quoted intelligence officials as saying that a militant attack was launched on the Thall Frontier Constabulary (FC) checkpost at midnight during which two FC soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured. He added that those wounded in the attack had sustained only minor injuries. The sources said the security forces resorted to retaliatory gunfire killing six to eight militants, one of whom was stated to be an al Qaeda linked Arab national. “Documents in Arabic and maps also marked in Arabic have been recovered from the spot which shows the attackers also have some foreigners of Arab origin in the squad,” the sources remarked.
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addresses a press conference at a local hotel on Sunday. ONLINe
pti left divided over kHan’s decision to contest polls LAHore NAdeem syed
A vast majority of PTI rank and file have resented the party’s decision to contest presidential elections when the other opposition parties are staying away from the whole process in protest. Sources said there was a clear division in the PTI over the party’s decision to go ahead in the presidential election, with a tiny but powerful group holding sway in this regard. Those who are against the party decision and are in majority argue that there was no point in contesting election and giving the process a legitimacy when the party believed that the government and ECP did not observe democratic norms and PPP and other opposition parties were within their right to
boycott the elections. Sources privy to the debate in the party and emerging dividing lines over the issue, revealed that even Imran Khan was regretting his decision to take part in the election. Giving an account of the debate in the party and how Khan arrived at the final decision, the sources said initially Khan was for boycotting the election. But it was Javed Hashmi, known as a big supporter of PML-N and the Sharifs within the PTI, asked Khan not to go for a boycott or follow the PPP. Later, other PTI senior leaders like Shah Mahmood Quereshi, Arif Alvi and Mahmoodur Rasheed too backed Hashmi. PTI presidential candidate Wajihuddin too was quite keen to contest the election. It has been learnt that a
great majority of party leaders and workers were unable to understand why the party was taking part in the election when Khan openly spoke about the excesses meted out to the opposition at the hand of the SC, government and ECP by pulling ahead the date of election in an unprecedented decision. Earlier, the PPP leaders approached Imran Khan and tried to convince him to boycott the election with a plea to make it a collective cause against the government. However, Khan, under influence of a handful of leaders, decided to contest the elections on the pretext that the PTI would not leave the field wide open for the Sharifs. The PPP and other parties have been surprised at the decision of Imran Khan, terming the decision highly illogical.
wajihuddin wants votes on non-Party Basis LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed candidate for presidential election, Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed, on Sunday said presidential election were of great importance in the prevailing circumstances and votes should be polled on non-party basis. Talking to reporters, Wajihuddin called upon the voters to exercise their right to vote in accordance with their conscience, irrespective of their political affiliation. To a question on holding presidential election, he said the Election Commission was responsible for all practices. APP
jamaat-e-islami to Boycott By-Polls in islamaBad‚ PunjaB LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami has decided to boycott the by-elections in Islamabad and Punjab. The JI on Sunday claimed administrative officers had been changed in Islamabad ahead of elections‚ hence the elections would not be free and fair. The party said it would withdraw the nomination papers of its candidate for NA-48‚ Islamabad. The party blamed that the administrative officers had been changed in Islamabad ahead of election. It said in such a situation the elections will not be free and fair. NNI
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PPP to boycott sindh assembly session on 30th kArACHI
memon says sc's ‘irresponsible attitude’ forced ppp to boycott
INDH Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon on Sunday said the PPP lawmakers would boycott the Sindh Assembly session on July 30 during the presidential election. The information minister blasted the Supreme Court for advancing on a PML-N petition the presidential poll to July 30 instead of August 6, the day scheduled by the Election Commission of Pakistan. A SC
bench, led by Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, gave the verdict in the PML-N's favour saying that the same was not violating any of the constitutional provisions. Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has reportedly demanded that Chief
Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resign for losing the commission's "independence" to the judiciary. The PPP, and may be its allies prominently the ANP, are poised to agitate in parliament slated to meet on Monday (today) to take up the issue. The PPP dominates the deeply divided 168-member Sindh Assembly by winning 90 seats in May 11 general elections. The MQM's weight in the House would be shown by the party's 48 votes that, after Satur-
day's visit of PML-N leaders to Nine-Zero, would be caste in favour of Mamnoon Hussain. The PML-N with six lawmakers would be hoping to woo the PML-F which has 10 votes. The NPP and Arbab's members are also likely to vote for the PML-N candidate. Sunday saw a statement of the Sindh Information department quoting the information minister lambasting the Prime Minister, the would-be president Mamnoon Hussain and the Supreme Court. The PPP leader claimed that
Explosion in Parachinar kills one, injures two karzai, iran condemn friday’s twin suicide bombings PeSHAWAr/kABUL/teHrAn mONItOrINg desK/AgeNcIes
A roadside blast near a vehicle in Upper Kurram's Pewar Tangi area killed one person and injured two others on Sunday, a TV channel reported. Political administration officials said a double-door truck, travelling
from Parachinar to Piwar Tangi, was struck by a road side Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the PakAfghan border area. One man was killed while two others were injured in the blast, political administration official Javed Ali added. He said that the injured were shifted to a hospital. Meanwhile, residents of Parachinar protested in Peshawar against the twin blasts which killed as many as 57 Shias and injured over 180 in Kurram. The demonstrators demanded that the government compensate the heirs of
those killed in the bombing. Separately, Afghan President Hamid Karzai denounced the twin explosions. In a statement from his office, Karzai condemned the deadly assaults targeting fasting Shias as an anti-Islam act that could not be justified in any way According to the statement, the president extended his sincere condolences to the victims’ families and prayed for the swift recovery of the injured. Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi condemned
the suicide attacks in Parachinar. Araqchi said Iranian government and people condole with Pakistanis and expresses its sympathy with victims’ families and the wounded of the terrorist act. He added, undoubtedly, the move is in direction of ominous goals against Pakistani nation and Islamic world. The spokesman expressed hope that the Pakistan government confront appropriately with perpetrators of the terrorist act and prevent repetition of such events.
India-pakistan composite dialogue to restart in august pakistan Has sent list of dates to india for all govt-level dialogues neW DeLHI INP
The stalled Indo-Pak composite dialogue process is all set to restart in August with Islamabad proposing dates for water secretary-level talks meant to address the Wullar Barrage issue and New Delhi "actively considering it". Pakistan, in fact, has also proposed a meeting between the two foreign secretaries but, as diplomatic sources confirmed, only after talks over water and Sir Creek issues are held. The dialogue process with Pakistan was thrown off the track by the January ceasefire violations which led to killings of both Indian and Pakistani soldiers. The water talks that were to be held in late January were the first casualty of the impasse that followed. India decided to postpone the talks saying that its water resources secretary was retiring and instead proposed that the
pakistan wants water talks to be Held in last week of august and sir creek in mid-september dialogue be held in March. The postponement came days after then Pakistani commerce minister Makhdoom Fahim called off his visit to India. "There are some proposals from Pakistan for the resumption of dialogue and dates are being worked out through diplomatic channels," an Indian government source was quoted by the Times of India. Diplomatic sources said Pakistan has sent a list of dates to India for all government-level dialogues which are to be held in Islamabad. Pakistan wants the water talks to be held in the last week of August and Sir Creek in midSeptember. It has also said that foreign secretaries could meet in October to take stock of the overall situation. It has suggested that Indian PM Manmohan Singh could visit Pakistan around the same time to further bolster the peace process. Indian government sources said there is no questioning of
not responding favourably to the proposals by Islamabad as India has already agreed to a meeting between Singh and Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of UNGA in New York late September. Nawaz Sharif's special adviser on foreign affairs Sartaz Aziz had proposed in a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid that the two PMs meet in New York to fast track the CBMs and composite dialogue process. Speaking after Aziz, Khurshid had said India was looking forward to meetings between the various joint working groups in July itself. The list of dates for talks is yet another initiative by Islamabad to put the peace process firmly back on track after Nawaz came to power. He maintained throughout his election campaign that he wanted to repair ties with India. While he insisted after taking over that Singh keep his longstanding promise to visit Pakistan, Nawaz accommodated his counterpart's reluctance to go there by proposing that the two meet in New York for the time being. Nawaz then went ahead and appointed former Pakistan foreign secretary Shaharyar Khan as his special envoy for reviving the track II dialogue process with India.
Khan says would have been dead had he not fallen LonDon INP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has revealed that the fall from a fork lifter during the his election campaign rally in Lahore actually saved his life, as terrorists had a plan to assassinate him the next day. In an article published in a UK daily, Khan said he was also on
the terrorists’ hit-list, adding that then interior minister Rehman Malik told him that the terrorists had a plan to assassinate him. "The authorities had already warned me that my life was at risk, and I had been given the highest level of police security. I had been told I was number one on the terrorist hit-list, although who the terrorists would be was anybody’s guess. There are perhaps 25 mil-
itant groups which now call themselves 'Taliban' and any one of them could have been hired by my political opponents," he added. The PTI chairman said there had already been damaging smears, including the claim that he was part of a Zionist conspiracy to take over Pakistan. “It was a dangerous allegation, and one that sounds crazy given my vehement opposition to drone strikes and the so-called
Mamnoon Hussain was going to be a mirror image of former president Rafiq Tarrar, who is perceived to have been best known for his "ribbon-cutting" role throughout his tenure. Memon's tirade came when he was talking to reporters, according to the official statement. He alleged that Nawaz Sharif would be possessing the remote control of the Presidency. Nawaz had no political wisdom for the President of Pakistan, but he needed a "flatterer", alleged the
Kp govt to overCoMe energy CrIsIs In provInCe: Kp CM ISLAMABAD APP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister (KP CM) Pervez Khattak said that work on a plan to generate 900 MW’s of electricity to overcome the province’s energy crisis had already started. “We intend to generate 2,000 MW’s through competitive bids which will be published in newspaper advertisements very soon,” he said. Investors including overseas Pakistanis can invest in this scheme, he added. He said that the restoration of peace in tribal areas was the responsibility of the federal government; adding that a broad-based national policy should be framed after consultation with all the Pakistani political parties. Furthermore, he said that the Prime Minister needed to convene an allparty conference and create a consensus over finalising a strong national security policy. He said the KP government was using all its resources to mobilise its intelligence agencies, to strengthen the police and the paramilitary forces for checking possible militant infiltrations from tribal areas and to ensure peace and security in KP.
sethi clariFies news rePort MonItorIng DeSk Former Punjab caretaker chief minister and the incumbent acting chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, has clarified news reports of being part of the media bidding committee. “The government appointed me as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) acting chairman on the orders of court. The PCB chairman is not member of bidding committee of media rights,” Sethi said in his news programme on a private TV channel.
‘war on terror’. But the threat to my life was all too real.” "It is an irony, then, that a serious assassination attempt was prevented only by an accident and the fact that I spent the closing days of the Pakistan election campaign in a hospital bed. The fall that nearly killed me quite possibly saved my life." Khan sustained serious neck and back injuries after falling 14-feet from a fork lifter while he was being hoisted to the stage installed for an election rally in Lahore on May 7, 2013.
minister. Also, the outspoken minister lashed out at the judiciary, saying it was the SC's "irresponsible attitude" and "one sided decision" that made the PPP to boycott the presidential polls. The PPP and its allies are under fire by the political analysts for going against the democratic norms in the face of boycotting July 30 polls. After PPP's boycott the major contest is believed to be between PML-N's Mamnoon Hussain and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed.
pia online booking that contributed rs 2b annually suspended for six months LAHore stAff rePOrt
Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) online computerised bookings which annually contributed Rs two billion were suspended for almost six months. The online booking suspension contributed to revenue losses especially in Europe, America, Canada and the Gulf where revenue passengers preferred booking seats on airlines that had consumer friendly systems. These systems included booking and purchasing of airline tickets from comfort of your home or office, and save the airlines billions in commissions otherwise paid to travel agents and thus eliminating any chances of revenue pilferage. Although the system was functional, bookings by customers could not be made online because PIA’s finance and management departments conveniently ‘forgot’ to renegotiate and sign the process settlement to acquire the services of collecting money from credit card companies for the transfer of credit to the PIA account. They were likely too involved in giving hefty salary hikes to their employees or busy looking to induct more aircrafts while those within its fleet were grounded due to lack of spare parts and funds. Today airlines including the Emirates, South West, Virgin, British Air and the SIA generate almost 70 percent of their passenger revenue from online booking and seat
reservation systems. The cash starved PIA continue to be hostage to nexus between travel agents and errant airline sales staff which create hurdles in the smooth functioning of computerised seat booking with payments through credit cards. PIA-UK was just slapped with a huge penalty of 250,000 pounds in a case filed by two travel agents. In 2009 PIA’s former MD Aijaz Haroon and his DM Imran Khan awarded a unique contract to 30 travel agents which ran contrary to the basic objectives that were to be achieved by offering first come first serve online booking facilities to all users. This contract created a cartel of 30 privileged travel agents with the sole first right of use on all sales, a 15 percent concession on declared airfare and standard commission plus 3 percent extra as a bonus. In 2011-2012 UK PIA country manager unilaterally revoked this agreement but created another cartel of 10 travel agents. The online booking and reservation system was intended to eradicate all the manipulations, corrupt practices and revenue leakages but individuals with vested interests within the PIA have stalled this process for their own benefits. The 250,000 pounds penalty is due to just two of the 30 travel agents, but a chain reaction including the 28 remaining agents could spiral the loss into a excess of 3.75 million pounds.
Shahbaz calls on Nawaz LAHore INP
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed strategy for presidential elections in Punjab Assembly. They decided to convene a provincial parliamentary party meeting today (Monday) which would be addressed by PML-N presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain. The chief minister also briefed the prime minister
about the proposed documents for local government elections in the province. The prime minister asked the chief minister to devise a local government system which devolves maximum powers at the grass-root level, resolve problems of the people and ensure prosperity. On this occasion, Nawaz expressed satisfaction over the campaign against electricity and gas theft in Punjab and asked the chief minister to speed up the campaign against power thieves.
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Pr dePartment regains its weBsite’s control LAHore: Punjab Public Relations (PR) Department soon regained control of its hacked website on Sunday. Hackers from the IMMI group hacked the website of the PR Department but control was regained after an hour and 15 minutes. Messages posted by the hackers read, “How many times do we have to hack the site” and “Secure your website brothers”. The insecurity of the websites of key governmental departments prone to hackers of different groups continues to be a matter of serious concern. INP
Influential involved in gas theft: Shahbaz LAHore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said that electricity and gas theft was a menace in which some ‘influential’ were involved. Shahbaz said these anti-social elements were robbing the nation of billions and deserved no mercy. Talking to Lahore district assembly members, Shahbaz said that actions were being taken on war footing for bringing the energy crisis under control and the government would soon succeed in steering the country out of this crisis. The CM said that along with the factory owners involved in electricity and gas theft, corrupt government officers were also being taken to task. He advised the lawmakers to take the lead in the campaign against electricity and gas thieves. stAff rePOrt
Auqaf finalises 5,000 cops to perform duty on security for Shabeena, Aiteqaf Youm-e-Ali LAHore: The Lahore Police finalised foolproof security arrangements for the central procession on 21st Ramazan in relation with the martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (AS). Operations DIG Tahir Rai said that the police had prepared a comprehensive security plan for the procession and directions to all divisional SPs had also been issued. The plan included the deployment of 5,000 police officials to the central procession which would commence from the Mochi Gate on Wednesday and terminate at the Karbala Ghamay Shah the same evening after passing through its traditional routes. Rescue 1122 vehicles, fire-brigades, ambulances and bomb disposal squads would remain on high alert along the procession route. Rai said that every participant would be searched at barriers at four places on the route of the procession for security purposes. He added that the police would remain in contact with the head of the central procession for continual updates on the procession. APP
LAHore: The Punjab Auqaf Department has finalised its security arrangements for the Shabeena mahafils and the Aiteqaf at the Data Darbar, Badshahi and Wazir Ali Khan mosques. Around 51 Huffaz had been selected for the Mahafil Shabeena out of which 24, 24 and three would participate in the Data Darbar, Badshahi and Wazir Ali Khan mosques, respectively, an Auqaf spokesperson revealed. 2,600 applications were received from various parts of the province. Aiteqaf participants would only be allowed after being comprehensively checked and presenting their district ID cards. Arrangements for their Sehr and Iftar had also been made, he added. Moreover, vigilant security staff had been deputed at the three mosques and a heavy contingent of police would also be deployed, the spokesman revealed. Walkthrough gates had been installed at entry points while metal detectors would also be used, the spokesman added. APP
Punjab govt to pull cng sector out of crisis apcnga demands 10year cng policy, assistance in lng import to resolve crisis LAHore
HE government of Punjab has assured to resolve all outstanding problems of the CNG industry including the inequitable distribution of gas, misuse of natural gas and violation of laws by different departments. The assurance came in a meeting held on the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting was chaired by MNA Pervaiz Malik and attended by Energy Minister Chaudhary Sher Ali, the energy secretary and other officials. All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) was represented by Ghiyas Paracha, Abid Hayat, Captn (r) Shuja, Fayaz Gillani, Anjum Niaz and Ashar Haleem. During the meeting, the leaders of the CNG sector pointed towards elements
involved in the theft, misuse and unauthorised use of natural gas. They said that those wanting to generate electricity through gas should have separate meters for it. Paracha said that the CNG sector was being destroyed due to the unjust gas distribution, extended load shedding and the violation of rules and regulations by different departments. He said that gas sale agreements had been openly violated knowing that the CNG industry has no alternative. He said the situation in Punjab was horrible where owners of 2,200 CNG filling stations were on the brink of collapse and needed to be attended urgently. Paracha said that the transport authorities had been harassing two million vehicle owners including 800,000 public transport vehicles on one pretext or other which needed to be stopped. Demanding announcement of a 10-year CNG policy, he said that the government should include CNG operators in the process of LNG import or help them import it to manage the energy crisis. MNA Malik assured all out support to the representatives of the CNG sector saying that government would not allow anyone to hurt any business and that it would provide level playing field to all.
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a liFe threatening Prank LAHore: A 25-year- old woman was shifted to the Jinnah Hospital in a critical condition on Sunday after her nephews played a life threatening prank on her. The children offered their aunt a glass of sharbat with acid in it. A resident of Gulshan Ravi, Amna Haider, was shifted to the Jinnah Jospital in an unconscious state by Rescue 1122 officials after consuming Jam-e-Shirin and diluted acid. The Sherakot police took a statement from the victim who stated that it was a playful act by the children and had no criminal intent. stAff rePOrt
240 Buildings declared unsaFe LAHore: The city administration declared at least 240 ‘shabby buildings’ located in the Walled City area as dangerous and restrained people from residing in such houses to avoid any untoward incident during the monsoon season. On the directions of the City District Government Lahore (CDGL), the Ravi Town Municipal administration (TMA) formed special teams comprising of building inspectors and civil engineers to examine and take action on such buildings located in Walled City area. The TMA issued notices to people residing in TMA-declared unsafe structures and directed them to repair or demolish these sites. Ravi town’s TMA Zubair Ahmad Wattoo stated that after issuing notices to the owners of these buildings, special teams had started working on the inspection of areas where the dilapidated houses had been detected. He said that unless the Punjab government gave grants to the owners of such houses for their repair, the owners must bear the costs of the repair work. APP
Fia reviews action against Power, gas thieves LAHore: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s special cell formed to take action against power and gas thieves met at the WAPDA House on Sunday and reviewed the performance of different departments to eliminate power theft and to recover dues from those who indulged in plundering national resources. The meeting was attended by FIA officers, DCOs, power and gas distribution company chief executives. FIA officials told the executives of the power and gas departments to strictly direct their operational staff to cease their illegal dealings with power pilferers and help in identifying those indulging in illegal activities to recover dues in billions of rupees. They said that power line losses of more than 28 percent were astonishing and held the opinion that operational staff of these utilities was involved in corruption. It was made clear that those found involved this theft would not be spared and sent to jail. stAff rePOrt
CITY’S OLD WAYS: men play an old traditional game at a roadside in the metropolis. onlIne
two chinese nationals robbed LAHore
WO Chinese nationals were robbed by unidentified armed men in Islampura, depriving them of their mobile phones and thousands of rupees in
cash. As per details, Tai Ang Sun and Aang Ching Yu came to Lahore to conduct interviews of candidates for employment in their company. The accused fled from the scene after incident and moreover, Islampura Police officials refused to register an application on the request of foreigners. The Chinese nationals said that they were robbed near the MAO College. 3 KiLLeD in PoLiCe enCoUnTer: Three robbers were killed while another managed to escape in the exchange of fire with the police in the early hours of Sunday. Four robbers on two motorcycles looted a couple near Southern Cantonment’s Gohawa village and then fled from the scene.
The victim, Faiz phoned Recue 15 who immediately cordoned off the area. During the operation the security personnel intercepted the fleeing robbers on the Ring Road. The robbers started firing at the police but three of them were killed in retaliatory firing while one used the darkness of the night to flee from the scene. 16 PoS, ABSConDer ArreSTeD: Investigations and CIA Police claimed to have arrested 16 proclaimed offenders (PO’s) and absconders involved in a number of terrorist activities and a ransom-abduction incident. DIG Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed constituted different teams to arrest the criminals. The police teams conducted raids at various places including Tibi City, Joher Town, Hanjerwal, Ichhra, Nishar Colony, Gulshan Ravi and Shalimar and arrested the PO’s which included one lady. The outlaws were identified as Ghani ur Rehman, Kamran, Farooq, Najma Bibi, Pervez, Zeshan, Zafar, Ramazan and Naeem. Police also submitted 29 challans of
different cases in courts registered in various police stations of the city from 2006 to May 2013. one-WHeeLer meeTS HiS DeATH: A youngster was killed while three others including a child were injured in an accident caused by one-wheeling on Sunday. According to the police, a group of 10 youngsters were indulging in one-wheeling in Lahore’s Township area when one of them crashed into a motorcycle carrying two people. Four people including the one-wheeler, a couple and their five-year-old son resultantly sustained wounds. The injured were shifted to a hospital where Adeel Nisar, 28, succumbed to his wounds as his head had hit a footpath. The condition of the other individuals was stable. One-wheeling is common during Ramazan after Sehr and Iftar as most of the roads are empty. The youngsters taking advantage of the situation resort to onewheeling and often become victims of such incidents.
e-governance For good governance LAHore: A new process of contact with government officials has been started through video conferencing for the first time in Punjab. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directly received information about the steps taken with regard to possible floods in the province and issued on the spot directions through video conferencing with divisional commissioners, the irrigation minister and officials concerned. In this way, Punjab has become the first province which has made positive progress towards good governance by promoting Egovernance. “Video conference is considered an effective and modern source of communication. Through video conferencing, not only is the time of travelling of officials concerned reduced, but fuel is also saved,” the official press release of the Punjab information department stated. Shahbaz will soon hold a second video conference in which he will directly contact the officials concerned to be acquainted with the progress on the ongoing campaign against electricity and gas thieves, the resolution of the energy crisis and other issues. NNI
‘NH&MP to be modelled on foreign standards’ LAHore stAff rePOrt
National Highways & Motorways Police (NH&MP) Inspector General Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said that lane discipline on the national highways was ensured up to 70 percent by the NH&MP in the last month, and fuel shortage had been overcome for restoring effective and special patrolling on these roads to enforce traffic laws. “The NH&MP would be converted into a model organization of Asia as its standards of law-enforcement would be raised to the level of the Dubai Traffic Police,” Cheema said while addressing a news conference at Thokar Niaz Baig Central Zone Office on Sunday. N-5 DIG Mirza Shakil Ahmad, SSP Mirza Faran Baig, SSP Munir Marth, SSP Ghulam Jaffer and SP Ather Wahed were also present at the occasion. Cheema said the NH&MP would ensure 100 percent road lane discipline as patrolling officials had been strictly directed to enforce it without any
discrimination. He said that special patrolling had been initiated on both the national highways and the motorways for checking traffic violations and for briefing patrolling officials about their duties. He said that over speeding, entry of vehicles on motorways without driving licenses and the use of cell phones during driving was being strictly monitored. Furthermore, Cheema said that the NH&MP was going to start a driving course for bus and truck drivers at Sheikhupura NH&MP Training College within a month with an objective to reduce road accidents and to secure road safety. He said that large transport companies had shown their interest in this course which would lead to the issuance of certificates by the training institute. The IG added that exceptionally old, unfit, modified and alerted vehicles and vehicles having weak tires and poor brakes were being disallowed on the motorways via inspection special teams. He said vehicles committing lane violations and over-speeding would be impounded and licenses of drivers would be
cancelled. He said the National Highways Authority had been approached for new sign boards and special arrangements were being made to prevent accidents near the salt range.
Furthermore, Cheema said that transporters were being contacted on the over-loading issue and that he had taken notice of the over-charging by mobile-
repairing workshops on motorways and efforts had been initiated to obtain control of these workshops which were now working under the contract with the NHA.
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mandela still 'critical' aFter rePorted oPeration
JoHAnneSBUrg: South Africa's presidency said Sunday that Nelson Mandela was still critically ill in hospital but improving slightly, declining to comment on a report the anti-apartheid hero had undergone an operation. The former statesman underwent a "surgical procedure to unblock a dialysis tube" on Friday just before marking his seventh week at a Pretoria health facility, according to US news network CBS. The operation was "minor", the network reported. But presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj would not confirm that the procedure took place. "He is critical, stable, but there is some improvement," he said. According to earlier reports the 95-year-old Nobel peace laureate was breathing with the aid of a ventilator and had undergone dialysis a few weeks after he was hospitalised for a lung infection on June 8.CBS also reported two scares on Mandela's condition in the past week. "On one occasion Nelson Mandela was not responding to his meds (medicines), and on another his life support machine showed him in distress," according to CBS. AgeNcIes
RAMALLAH: Palestinians wave national and PfLP flags during a protest in the West Bank on Sunday. AgeNcIes
'us drone strike' kills six Qaeda suspects in yemen: army ADen
N apparent US drone strike killed six suspected al Qaeda militants overnight, a Yemeni military source said on Sunday. The six suspects were travelling in a two-vehicle convoy in Mahfad in the southern province of Abyan, much of which was held by the jihadists before an army counter-offensive last year, the source said, speaking on condition of
anonymity. â€œA night drone strike targeted two cars of al Qaeda militants in Wadi Dhiqa in Mahfad, killing the six people inside them,â€? the official said. In a major offensive in summer 2012, the Yemeni army drove al Qaeda militants out of most towns in Abyan, including Zinjibar and Jaar which they had held for a year. But the jihadists retain a presence in the nearby mountains of Mahfad. Although weakened, al Qaeda militants still carry out hit-andrun attacks against members of the security forces. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took advantage of the weakness of Yemen's central government during an uprising in 2011 against now-ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh to seize large swathes of territory across the south. The United States has stepped up its support for Yemen's battle against AQAP, which it regards as the most active and deadliest branch of the worldwide al Qaeda network.
australia resolute on asylum Policy SYDneY AgeNcIes
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Sunday said he made "absolutely no apology" for his hardline new policy on asylum-seekers under which they are sent to Papua New Guinea. Under the directive, those who pay people-smugglers to arrive on unauthorised boats will be sent to the poor Pacific nation for processing and resettled there even if found to be genuine refugees. "On the question of asylum-seekers... we've had to adjust our policy over time and I make absolutely no apology whatsoever for our current policy settings because the world around us has changed," Rudd told Channel Ten. Rudd, who was last month reinstalled as prime minister by his Labor colleagues to help turn around dire polls in an election year, had previously softened some of the former conservative government's policies. But after being reappointed leader, he moved quickly to announce a radically reshaped immigration plan under which boatpeople could be resettled in PNG, sent home, or to a third country but not Australia.
Cambodian strongman pM set to maintain grip on power PHnoM PenH AgeNcIes
Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen looked poised on Sunday to extend his 28year rule after elections marred by allegations of widespread irregularities and the exclusion of the opposition chief. The former Khmer Rouge fighter turned prime minister appeared so confident of victory that he did not even bother personally to campaign. The opposition decried what it described as the kingdom's worst ever poll irregularities, including missing voter names and thousands of people who turned up to
find someone else had used their ballot. "The situation is more serious than at any previous election," Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) spokesman Yim Sovann said. Rights groups also expressed concern that the ink used to mark voters could be easily washed off. Protests broke out at one polling station in the capital Phnom Penh where a crowd destroyed two police cars, military police spokesman Kheng Tito said, as anger erupted over names missing from the voter list. "It is very difficult to proclaim this a free and fair election," said Kol Preap, executive
director of Transparency International Cambodia. "I think the level playing field in the process didn't really exist. There has not been equal access to the media and the opposition leader was not allowed to run as a candidate."
suicide bomber kills 8 Kurdish security forces personnel in Iraq
A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives blew himself up near a Kurdish security forces patrol killing at least eight of them early on Sunday, police said. The attack took place in the centre of the ethnically mixed town of Tuz
Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, in a notoriously unstable region over which both the central government and autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan claim jurisdiction. No group claimed responsibility but suicide bombings are the trademark of al Qaeda, which has been regaining momentum in its insurgency against the Shi'ite-led Baghdad government.
Train driver faces judge as Spain mourns crash victims SAntIAgo De CoMPoSteLA, AgeNcIes
The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain faced questioning by a judge on Sunday on suspicion of reckless homicide, as the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela mourned the dead. Flowers and candles were placed at the crash site and at the gates of the city's cathedral, a year-round destination for Roman Catholic pilgrims. A memorial service was scheduled there for the victims on Monday, but media attention was meanwhile focussed on the driver who the government said was suspected of being to blame for the crash. The man, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 52, refused to answer police questions Friday from his hospital bed, and the case was passed to the courts.
Garzon was taken to a police station on Saturday after being discharged from hospital and was due to appear on Sunday before a judge who will decide whether to press formal charges, court officials said. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told reporters on Saturday that Garzon Amo faced possible charges of reckless homicide. The train was reported to have been travelling at more than twice the speed limit on a bend when it tore off the rails on Wednesday and slammed into a concrete wall, with one carriage leaping up onto a siding. Regional authorities say that 78 passengers died and 178 were injured in the accident, Spain's deadliest rail accident since 1944. "We are really feeling the impact. People are praying. It is a great tragedy," said Marlen de Francisco, a local woman of 70 who sells souvenirs in the cathedral square.
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no load shedding during eid holidays: asif SIALkot stAff rePOrt
ATER and Power Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday said the government was striving to ensure uninterrupted power supply to domestic consumers during Eid holidays across the country. He made this assurance while addressing the participants of an iftar-cum-dinner hosted in his honour at Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital Sialkot. Lawmakers, traders, industrialists and exporters were also
power minister says electricity tHieves were beHind tHe protests against load sHedding present. Asif inaugurated the newly-established Shahbaz Block for students of Government Khawaja Safdar Medical College Sialkot and vowed to make Pakistan a load shedding free country within three years. He said that the PML-N government had
taken the burning issue of energy crisis as a challenge and government was moving in the right direction. He said that the power thieves were behind the protests against load shedding. He said that the PML-N government was making hectic efforts to overcome energy crisis. He said that the government had also developed an effective mechanism to overcome the power theft across the country by taking the provinces into confidence. The power theft would not be tolerated, he warned. Asif said that only the PML-N had the
capability to bring an end to prolonged and unbearable energy crisis. He claimed that the government had achieved all targets set for up till now to overcome the energy crisis. He said that the PML-N government had managed to reduce the duration of load shedding to facilitate the people. The minister said that the government was committed to giving maximum relief to the people, adding that the persisting energy crisis would soon become a past tale. Later, talking to the local traders at his residence at Sialkot Cantt, Asif said the Nandipur power generation plant would
produce 400 megawatts of electricity under the supervision of Chinese experts. He said that getting rid of the energy crisis was an uphill task, as the former rulers added to the woes of the people by not producing electricity. He said the menace had perturbed everyone and ruined the national economy, adding that it would take time to end the crisis. He urged the people to give up the unnecessary usage of electricity and lend a sharing hand to the government for ending the power load shedding. The nation should show more patience to get rid of the persisting energy crisis, he concluded.
death toll due to toxic liquor reaches 23 FAISALABAD INP
The death toll due to consuming poisonous liquor has mounted to 23 as three more affected people expired in a hospital on Sunday. Since last week dozens of people who consumed locally prepared toxic liquor in Warispura area of Faisalabad and were admitted to hospitals in critical condition. The affected people belonged to the Christian community. Sources said the locally distilled ‘moonshine’ was methanoltainted which led to the deaths. Hospital sources said some of the sick were discharged after their stomachs were washed, however, many of them were yet critical.
4 security men killed, 12 injured in accident PeSHAWAr APP
As many as four security personnel were killed and 12 others injured after a vehicle of the security forces turned turtle near Bakhakhail, FR Bannu, on Miranshah-Bannu Road on Sunday. According to an ISPR official, a convoy of the security forces was coming from South Waziristan Agency to Bannu. One of the vehicles overturned near Bakhakhail area, FR Bannu. The dead and the injured were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Bannu.
alliance with Pti only at provincial level: sherpao
Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chief Aftab Sherpao on Sunday said his party’s alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was only at provincial level and it was yet to decide over a presidential candidate. Addressing a press conference, the former interior minister said the prime minister had not yet visited Peshawar. Sherpao said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being the largest power producer was unfortunately plagued by maximum of load shedding in the country. About the upcoming presidential election, he said the talks with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were in progress and a decision had yet to be made by his party.
PESHAWAR: Shoe makers busy in preparing Peshawari Chappal as the demand has increased manifolds ahead of Eidul Fitr. ONLINe
pMl-n can’t be party to turmoil S rAHMAn Democracy is not something that should be understood in terms of democratic sloganeering but it is essentially a practical demonstration of democratic deeds the like of which the people have already witnessed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and of late in Azad Jammu and Kashmir with PM Nawaz Sharif firmly supporting the democratic process with practical steps. Just the other day, a move was sponsored by some PPP legislators of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in the form of a notrust motion against the sitting AJK Prime Minister, Ch. Abdul Majeed. Even some homework was done by the movers of this no-trust move to replace Ch Abdul Majeed with a candidate of their own choice namely Barrister Sultan Mahmood (former AJK PM). The number game had also gone into full swing making many people believe that the days of the present AJK government were numbered. It was indeed in bad taste and, above all, it had international ramifications, as well, because of the sensitive nature of the Kashmir territory in the backdrop of Indo-Pak tension on the Kashmir dispute. Going for the removal of an elected government for ‘personal reasons of likes and dislikes’ in such a sensitive milieu was an unwise move and it could also be described as an undemocratic action since it
involved removal of an elected regime in the midst of its people’s mandated tenure. Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s timely action has dampened the ‘ambitions’ of those few AJK parliamentarians who wanted to ‘grab power’ in complete disregard for the overall situation prevailing in the country especially in the IndoPak ties’ context. The PM’s action has also brought stability in the democratic system in AJK but it has a wider background that started with the governmentformation initiatives undertaken by different political parties immediately after May’s general elections. It is in the knowledge of every Pakistani that Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz could easily form coalition governments in Balochistan as well as Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (KP) but the PML-N chief and Prime Minister took the decision of giving chance to other parties. This goes to prove one fact that PML-N is not a party of power-hungry people whose only aim of life is getting into power by hook or by crook. This sacrifice on the part of PM Mian Nawaz Sharif and his party affiliates has contributed substantially towards the democratic cause in such a manner that the provinces (including, obviously, Balochistan and KP) feel additionally strengthened with the trust and confidence reposed in them and in their people by the Federation. It was in the true spirit of the Federa-
tion that these wise and democratic decisions were taken by PM Mian Nawaz Sharif thus laying the foundation of a national democratic system that is free from most of the regional-cum-provincial resentments of the past. This is democracy. If democracy can’t address the genuine grievances and expectations of its people dwelling in neglected areas (or provinces), it doesn’t qualify to be true democracy. The same spirit of federalism or federal unity and love for democracy has been demonstrated by PM Sharif in the case of AJK. The Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, has also alluded to the position taken by his party at the time of formation of governments in Balochistan and KP while passing instructions to the juniors and the minister concerned. PM Sharif has clearly directed Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan, Birjees Tahir, to firmly advise the PML-N leadership of AJK to abstain from indulging in government-dislodging activity that could create a political turmoil in Azad Kashmir. And, while presiding over the cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister has categorically stated that keeping up with the best democratic traditions, the PML-N would neither try to dislodge the present government in Azad Kashmir nor would it be a party to any no-confidence move. This democracy-boosting decision of
PM Sharif should not be evaluated on the yardstick of AJK only. Instead, the entire democratic journey and struggle of Sharif brothers and their party, PML-N, should be kept in mind in order to arrive at the true picture of these leaders’ sincere commitment to democratic norms. Sharifs’ signing of Charter of Democracy with one of their traditionally staunch political opponent, Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto, was a marvelous democratic overture for which the nation is indebted to these leaders to this day. Mian Nawaz Sharif and his party even had to face criticism from various quarters that they were a friendly opposition that would acquiesce at every misdoing of the party in power (PPP) at that time. This proved to be a totally wrong perception about Sharifs and PML-N. The fact is that PML-N leadership, by way of their discreet and patient responses, strengthened the cause of democracy to a great extent. It was this wise and democratic conduct of PML-N leadership that blocked the way of undemocratic forces to take over on the routine pretext of political infighting and instability. One must, therefore appreciate PM Sharif’s timely decision to prevent any ambitious adventure in AJK in the name of so-called democracy. And one must also appreciate the moves undertaken, in continuity, by Mian Nawaz Sharif for the cause of democracy, may it be Balochistan, KP, AJK or any other region.
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An armed man held up a jewelry exhibition in the French Riviera resort of Cannes on Sunday, making away with jewels worth around €40 million, according to investigators. Authorities said the hold-up took place in broad daylight at the Carlton Hotel on the promenade in Cannes, famous for its annual film festival that attracts a glittering array of celebrities.
( CUstoDy of Dr shaKIl afrIDI
kP govt writes to federal govt Qasim says tHey Have reQuested federal govt to sHift dr afridi to safer prison PeSHAWAr stAff rePOrt
HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has requested the federal government to get custody of Dr Shakil Afridi who is sentenced to 33 years rigorous imprisonment for helping the CIA in finding out al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. Afridi last is in Central Jail Peshawar since his imprisonment on May 23, 2012.
man arrested for gas theft in Peshawar
jewels worth €40 million stolen in cannes: investigators
The KP government has written two letters to the federal government in one year in this regard. Earlier, the former Awami National Party-led KP government had written a similar letter requesting for shifting of Dr Afridi to another prison. However, the federal government had refused in this regard. Malik Qasim, adviser to the CM on prisons, on Sunday told reporters that the KP government had written a letter to the federal government, repeating the previous request. Qasim said that the request was made on multiple grounds, including lack of proper resources to ensure security of Dr Afridi. He said that there were serious threats to the life of Dr Afridi. To a question, he hoped that the federal government would respond positively. In this regard, he said,
secretary-level contacts and dialogues were also in progress between Peshawar and Islamabad. To another question, Qasim said that
family members and close relatives were allowed to meet Dr Afridi, adding that a procedure was evolved to ensure Afridi’s safety and protection. Security forces are on high alert in and around the Peshawar Central Jail since Dr Afridi’s imprisonment. A contingent of Peshawar Police, security forces and intelligence agency personnel are on duty round-the- clock. A special squad is deployed inside the jail to protect Dr Afridi. No one is allowed to meet or talk to him and he gets his meals after a thorough inspection. Dr Shakil Afridi, through his brother Jamil Afridi and counsel, has already filed an appeal against the political administration’s decision before the Peshawar commissioner. The case is being heard for the last several months.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday arrested owner of a hostel on Warsak Road for gas theft. FIA Director Inam Ghani told reporters they had received report of gas theft. Following this they carried out a raid and arrested hostel owner Ehsanullah in addition to disconnecting all the illegal gas connections. It was the first raid of FIA against gas theft in KP. Separately, the FIA’s special cell formed to take action against power and gas theft met at the WAPDA House and reviewed the performance of departments. According to reports, the meeting was attended by FIA officers, DCOs, chief executives of power distribution and gas distribution companies. FIA officials told the high-ups of power and gas departments to strictly direct their lower staff to stop their illegal dealings with power and gas thieves and help in identifying those indulging in illegal activities. They also said that line losses of more than 28 percent were unbelievable, adding that lower staff of the two utilities was involved in corruption. It was made clear that those involved in power and gas theft would not be spared and would not only be sacked but also be sent to jail.
KARACHI: Vendors selling old books outside closed shops in Saddar area. ONLINe
taliban gain foothold in peshawar: NYT PeSHAWAr INP
Groups of Taliban fighters are spilling out of the tribal belt in northwestern Pakistan into the region’s largest city, Peshawar, where they are increasingly showing their presence through a campaign of intimidation and violence, according to residents, the police and city officials. While Taliban violence has declined across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year, officials say, rates have increased in Peshawar, where militants have stepped up attacks aimed at the police, extortion demands, sectarian killings and kidnappings. For all that, the militants do not pose an immediate threat to the overall control of the city, and the police say they have foiled many potential attacks. But the increased Taliban presence does signal a further advance for the militants, who have also become a more muscular presence this year in Karachi, the country’s most populous city. Their strength has also bolstered a broader wave of sectarian violence in the northwest, the New York Times reported. On Saturday, the toll from a double bomb attack conducted on Friday against minority Shiites in Parachinar climbed to 57 dead and at least
167 wounded, the authorities said. Militants have attacked inside Peshawar, a city of an estimated four million people, once a day, on average, for the past five months, according to provincial government statistics. That accounts for about half of the militant episodes across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “It’s like Ricky Ponting playing cricket,” said a senior security official in Peshawar, referring to a former Australian cricketer known for his prolific scoring ability, and speaking on the customary condition of anonymity. The violence is partly a product of military success. The Pakistani Army has been battling Taliban militants in the mountains of the adjoining Khyber tribal agency in recent months. A smaller security operation is under way in Darra Adamkhel. The fiercest fighting is taking place in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, along the Afghan border, where the military is arrayed against Mangal Bagh. Helicopter gunships and artillery attacked militant hide-outs in Khyber as part of an intense, weeklong military assault that ended on Thursday. Tribal authorities in Khyber said they found the bodies of 20 militants in one village alone.
But the back draft of those battles is being felt in the suburbs of Peshawar, where nervous residents have reported sightings of militants who travel around on motorcycles, frequent restaurants late at night and preach in local mosques. Abdul Haleem, a building contractor, said he received a surprise lecture on violence during morning prayers at his local mosque recently. “A man stood up and, without the permission of the imam, started preaching about the importance of jihad and its rewards in the hereafter,” Haleem said during an interview at his house in Hayatabad, the city’s wealthiest suburb. “Later we found out that he was a militant commander from Khyber,” he said. Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf favours talks with the Taliban over fighting, and his officials frequently frame militant violence as a reaction to American drone strikes in the tribal belt. “What we need is a pat on the back, not daily derision,” one senior official said. “If Khan says this is not our war, then what does he think we are doing here sacrificing our lives?” Murad Saeed, a member of Parliament from Imran Khan’s party, rejected accusations that his party was soft on militancy. “We only say that the use of force
has been futile against militancy, and now we should give a chance to a political solution,” Saeed said in a telephone interview. Some of the violence in Peshawar this year has targeted members of the Shia minority, and doctors in particular. In January, Dr Shah Nawaz Ali, an eye specialist at Lady Reading Hospital, was shot dead outside his clinic, and another doctor in Peshawar, Dr Riaz Hussain Shah, a gastroenterologist, was killed. Wealthy businessmen have faced extortion demands. The owner of a truck transport company living in Hayatabad said a militant demand for about $100,000 came to him in the form of a letter thrown at his doorstep. The next day a Taliban commander phoned him. “He warned me not to inform the police,” said the businessman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for safety reasons. “I have no option but to meet their demand.” The provincial police chief, Ihsan Ghani, acknowledged that the situation was grave, but he insisted that it was under control. “There is a clear and present danger,” Ghani said in an interview. But, he added, police intelligence had quietly disrupted several terrorist plots, and the authorities had arrested many militants.
The turmoil comes against the backdrop of a broader political stasis in Pakistan. The prospect of peace talks with the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan has evoked mixed reactions among Pakistani politicians. Some, like Imran Khan, view such talks as a necessary first step out of a violent regional quagmire, a move that would at once bring peace to Afghanistan and remove the justification that spurs Pakistan’s militants. But others view the notion of talks with apprehension, fearing that they would only give the Taliban time to conquer ground that would eventually have to be won back through painful military operations, as the army did in the Swat Valley in 2009. Some Pakistani officials worry that the American withdrawal in Afghanistan in 2014 will embolden Pakistan’s Taliban. A recent strategic assessment by the province’s Home and Tribal Affairs Department, a copy of which has been obtained by The New York Times, warns that it is a “fallacy” to assume that the American departure from Afghanistan will end violence in Pakistan. Instead, the document warns, Pakistan’s Taliban could use the perceived victory in Afghanistan to install “their own brand of Islam” in Pakistan.
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COMMENT Monday, 29 July, 2013
india and Pakistan together they can do a lot
HAT India and Pakistan can’t change their geo-political realities is true; however, that doesn’t mean they can’t make efforts to have a friendly and cordial relation. If China and India can have a working relation, with a huge commerce and trade volume despite their own set of issues, why can’t Pakistan and India have a working relation? There is nothing that stops them except for at times a lack of political will on both sides. Yes, there are elements on both side of the border that don’t want the peace process to move forward, but they can be tackled with patience and the desire to work for the joint cause of peace. A report by the Times of India suggests that both countries are about to move forward with the composite dialogue process with Islamabad proposing dates for water secretary level talks — meant to address the Wullar Barrage issue — and New Delhi “actively considering it”. The dialogue process was thrown off the track by the January ceasefire violations which led to killings of both Indian and Pakistani soldiers. Those firing incidents caused tensions between the two countries, with leaders, both political and military, threatening each other. However, better sense prevailed and verbal threats didn’t translate into actions. With the new government in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, the newly installed prime minister, invited his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh for a visit to Islamabad which he politely rejected, mostly because of political pressure because of those border firing incidents, but agreed to meet on outlines of UNGA session in New York in September. Pakistan and India need to seize this opportunity and resume talks on vital issues like talks on water resources, border disputes, terrorism, dams and barrages on rivers that are supposed to be Pakistan’s share of water, exchange of prisoners, a better framework to avoid border skirmishes, trade and commerce and people to people contacts. With the two being nuclear giants in the region, along with China and Russia, and Iran’s ambitions being not so clear on nuclear power, this region has become a hodgepodge of political doctrines. With China and India developing at a fast pace, and Russia also rearing its head again economically, the region cannot afford any form of tension, particularly an armed conflict. Instead what it needs to do, what all of the regional players should do is to work together for a peaceful region by combining their strengths, turning the region into a stable, economic and political might. Pakistan and India can do wonders if they work together. They can lay the foundation for a peaceful region, for trade and business opportunities, for a highly diversified and technical workforce, for better security in the region and by extension the world. However, for all this to happen, the way to go is through talks, discussions and dialogue process.
its flawed canvassing strategy
N its bid to have an unopposed and unanimous president, the PML-N government has taken some turns that, if seen through, might haunt it for a long time. It went ahead and asked the MQM to join federal coalition, ignoring its party’s Sindh chapter. The N League might also have to lose more than it is willing for if it wants to have the support of JUI-F, its federal coalition member and an aspirant to be the same in Balochistan. Putting up a presidential candidate that is supported by all is a tough task though the way the PML-N is going about it, in a typical League style of announcing its decisions first in a dramatic manner and only then looking into what it is getting itself into, is totally the reverse of how the rest of the world goes about such a task. Concerns shown by the PML-N Sindh chapter over a visit by the senior leadership of the PML-N to MQM’s headquarters at Nine Zero show the chinks in PML-N’s armour of heavy mandate. There concerns are legitimate: the party should not have gone behind the back of its Sindh leadership while seeking MQM’s support for its presidential candidate, all the more important because it is the same party that Nawaz Sharif had once labelled as a terrorist organisation and had vowed to never work with them. Moreover, leaders like Mumtaz Bhutto, who has merged his Sindh National Front with the PML-N, Liaquat Ali Jatoi and Hakeem Baloch, who had left PPP to join PML-N have termed the tactic a repeat of what the PPP did in the last five years and for which they would not stand for. Even if the PML-N somehow manages to do away with the concerns of its leaders, the JUI-F makes for an even bitter pill to swallow. It is demanding a role in the Balochistan government for its support of Mamnoon Hussain. Already in the federal cabinet, and the KP government in coalition with PTI, the JUI-F considers itself in a position to strong-arm the N League into giving it a say in the Balochistan government. Whether the MQM and JUI-F answer to the call of the N League remains yet to be seen, but it seems the N League might have just bitten more than it can chew this time. On the topic of presidential elections, the PPP has stood up against what it considers to be gross injustice, favouritism and a “nexus between the PML-N government, the ECP and the courts”. It is boycotting the presidential elections and has asked the Chief Election Commissioner and four members of the ECP to resign, alleging them of prejudice, “failing to protect their independence” and “partiality”. The League would have been in a better position had it not chosen this bumpy road and went ahead with a candidate, canvassing and consultation process that would have sit well with all the political parties, at least with its coalition partners.
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thought it would take some time for the PML-N to get back to its bad, old habits. Obviously, I was wrong. The monumental faux pas concerning the presidential election and the unnecessary controversy it has created is a case in point. Just to remind the people, Pakistan came into existence on the 27th of Ramadan, but the Quaid did not appeal to the British to either delay or advance the date to another day. The sequence of events leading up to the election fiasco makes an interesting, even mind-boggling read. First, the letter from the National Assembly speaker regarding the holding of the presidential election caught the Chief Election Commissioner in deep slumber. It is age and its debilitating effects, folks, nothing else. When the ECP people finally got moving, they were slow to take off understandably not too well-versed in the rules and the time-frame governing the holding of the presidential election. Under article 41, sub-clause 4 of the constitution, the “election to the office of the President shall be held not earlier than sixty days and not later than thirty days before the expiration of the term of the President in office”. In actual effect, the ECP had between July 6 and August 6 to hold the election, but there was no bar on it to start the election-related proceedings before July 6. In their unmatched wisdom, that’s exactly what they did not do and, as a consequence, they fixed August 6 as the date of the election – absolutely the last day allowed under the rules. Together with that, they announced the election schedule and the political parties started gearing up to win support from the electoral-college. It is then that the PML-N lobbed the bombshell. Understandably, holding the election on August 6 did not suit the prime minister’s fancy. The excuse forwarded was that, on this day, a large number of people would either be away to perform Umra, or they would be in Aitekaf. So, he ordered his minions to ask the ECP to advance the date of the rAOOf HAsAN election. True to tradition, the ECP shied away from taking a decision and r e c o m mended that the matter be referred to the Supreme Court (SC). Like I said, it is age, folks, nothing else. The important thing to note here is that, by this t i m e , smelling a conspiratorial move, murmurings of discontent had started emanating from the opposition parties. The government should have heeded the
noise and stopped there. But, it did not suit the fancy of the king and the master. He was bent on having it his way – irrespective! A senior member of the party moved the SC praying that the date of the presidential election be advanced to July 30. Instead of remanding the matter back to the ECP in whose exclusive jurisdiction it fell to take the decision, the SC proceeded summarily to adjudicate in the matter – and that, too, without listening to the other stakeholders. It ordered the ECP to advance the date of the election from August 6 to July 30. Left with little manoeuvrability, PPP announced that it was boycotting the presidential election stating that “the decision was part of our struggle against the military as well as civil dictatorship and to save democracy”. It further vowed: “We boycott the election only to save the federation”. There was still time for good sense to have prevailed. Judging the sensitivity of the matter and the absolute necessity for all political parties to have participated in the election process for the office of the president, the prime minister should have immediately intervened. Instead, various functionaries of his party went on the rampage with the prime minister himself leading the charge calling the PPP boycott “against democratic traditions”. The lesser minions started talking about the numbers game insinuating that the PPP was going to lose the election in any case and that it was trying to save face by staying away. That may well be, but it was not a propitious time to have come out with an aggressive charge, thus rendering the entire election process controversial. Many questions come to mind. Why did the ECP have to pick the last date of the stipulated period allowed to them as the date for holding the presidential election? Why did the ECP announce the date without taking the stakeholders on board? When the government moved the ECP to advance the date of the election, why didn’t it take the requisite decision? When the ruling party moved the SC, why didn’t the apex court remand the matter back to the ECP? If the SC deemed it necessary to adjudicate in the matter, why didn’t it listen to the other stakeholders before announcing the judgement? A few other issues also deserve a comment. The undue involvement of religion in handling matters of the state has become untenably dangerous. If this had been a stake back in 1947, it may well have jeopardised the very creation of Pakistan. Wisdom prevailed then, but it is decidedly found missing now. Equally important is the question mark that is being raised regarding the conduct of the SC. It has been increasingly obvious that it is over-extending its constitutional mandate as a matter of routine which is creating unnecessary issues. There had already been much speculation regarding the perceived complicity between the judiciary, the ECP and one political party that has been returned to power as a consequence of the May 11 elections. Rather than getting further embroiled in any election controversy, the SC needed to act with greater wisdom and with an enhanced level of impartiality. Unfortunately, it not only failed to do so, it has gone to the other extreme – of announcing a one-sided judgment even without listening to all the
stakeholders. It has rendered itself controversial which would cloud its credibility in the future. The PTI’s decision to take part in the election process smacks of short-sightedness and internal divisions. One understands that a majority of people wanted to boycott the election process, but a minority managed to prevail by creating the fear that such a decision would lead to it being bracketed with the PPP. This is by far the most untenable and frivolous basis for taking a major political decision regarding participation in the presidential election. The ill-effects of this division have already started showing. PMLN, being an overwhelmingly Punjabi party, - which is another reason why it was absolutely imperative for it to have all the stakeholders on board in the presidential election – and in its desperation to have partners from other provinces, bee-lined for 90 Azizabad to win support. The MQM announced that it’ll not only participate in the presidential election, it’ll extend ‘unconditional’ support to the PML-N candidate who also hails from Karachi and is a ‘mohajir’. This is as far as unprincipled politics can stretch. Abusing each other profusely yesterday, they are the best of buddies today. I received something in the mail stating that the “MQM is like a seasonal girlfriend whose boyfriend is always a ruling party”. Wow! The presidential election is not about a question of numbers. It is about a question of credibility. It is not about who wins – which is rather obvious. It is about how he wins. If the presidential election is held on July 30 – as appears it would be – it would be a controversial election the results of which may pose dangers for the unity of the federation. Instead of being overtly consumed with the desire to win the election at all costs, the ruling party should look at all the options it can exercise to take the element of conflict out of a purely democratic exercise. The ECP may have erred. The SC may have erred. But the responsibility for making the election process non-controversial and ensuring the participation of all stakeholders rests on the shoulders of the prime minister. He needs to restrain his whims and act as a democratic leader. He should intervene and ensure that he has all political parties on board in the election process to establish its inviolable credibility. Failing that, there would be serious question marks about his democratic credentials. A division at this juncture would render the office of the president controversial. It’ll expose the federation to unnecessary strains which it may not be able to sustain. As I have repeatedly said in the past, the prime minister seems to be in a hurry to hasten the prospect of his alienation. A controversial house of the president will come back to haunt him. Sadly, what appears to be missing is not a commodity that can be bought with the illicitly accumulated billions. Elementary, my dear Watson! The writer is a political strategist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Ed NoTE: “Starting this week, Mr Raoof Hasan’s articles will appear in print every Monday.”
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A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. –Martin Luther King Jr
Monday, 29 July, 2013
the south asian great game who is playing who?
taliban phenomenon post us withdrawal india has to evolve policy in consultation with pakistan, afghanistan
T is an open secret that the army in Pakistan is a peg or two higher than the civilian apparatus. But I saw chinks in its armoury when a commission report was leaked. That the Inter Intelligence Service (ISI) could be ‘a collaborator’ in hiding Osama bin Laden, the Taliban’s inspiration, was an insinuation which I thought the army would not pocket without demur. But that happened. I was, however, reading too much into the leakage. Within a few days, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to the ISI headquarters, along with his interior minister, where Army Chief Parvez Kayani was present. It was officially stated that the discussion was on Afghanistan and the conditions obtaining in Pakistan. This only confirms that there is nothing to substantiate that the army has confined itself to the defence of the country. In fact, the pre-eminence of the army chief was emphasized when his car and his entourage were allowed first and then Nawaz Sharif’s at the ceremony where he took the oath of office for prime minister. The case of treason against former military chief Pervez Musharraf to assess the reaction is crucial. That he has been given comfortable house arrest and not kept in jail itself shows the difference meted out to persons charged with a heinous crime. The police refused to register a case against him despite the court order. It sounds credible that Musharraf has been assured that no harm would come to him and charges against him would be dropped if he were to leave Pakistan on the promise not to return. So far he has preferred to face the trial which is punishable with death penalty or life imprisonment. My suspicion is that he must have sounded the army before coming to Pakistan and would have got an assurance that he would not be sent to jail or punished otherwise. Therefore, how the army takes the ver-
dict, if there is even a verdict, if and when Musharraf is held guilty will tell how far democracy has taken roots in Pakistan. I am no expert on Islamic affairs. But I am told by my Muslim friends that Islam does not entertain democracy. I would like to tell my friends that the arbiter is the ballot box. The Arab spring, which has startled the world, was popular resentment against the rulers. A stable, peaceful democratic polity takes long to emerge. The Arab spring, although dominated by the fundamentalists, has embers of revolt still burning. Another undemocratic thing in the making is the assertion of identities. Not only Muslims but the Hindus in India and Christians in Europe are violating the democratic norms to pronounce their identity. I am aghast to find hijab-wearing women and men sporting beard at the Aligarh Muslim University and the liberal Jamia Millia in Delhi, to the delight of extremist Hindus. The BJP, the mouthpiece of the RSS, is increasingly adopting Gujarat chief minister Narendera Modi who is pushing the thesis of Hindutva. In his interview to a foreign agency, Modi had compared the victims of Gujarat riots in 2002 riots to puppies that came under the car driven by him or someone else. Modi and the BJP are pushing into the background the tradition of togetherness. On the other hand, more and more Christians are flocking to churches where the poisonous lectures are often delivered from the pulpit. I am told by some Muslims friends that in the atmosphere of globalization, the identity factor comes to the fore to save a community. But it has little to do with the religion. I do not think that the defence is correct. The case for identity is born out of religious and parochial leanings. Pakistan, no doubt a Muslim state, was secular in its initial years. The country’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah said in his first speech after the formation of Pakistan was that religion would not be mixed with the state or politics. But that is all forgotten. Today even Shias in Pakistan are sought to be declared non-Muslims. Not long ago, the Ahmedis
were officially pronounced as non-Muslims. Even their mosques have been attacked. The only plus point Musharraf has is his belated assault on the extremists. The attack on Lal Masjid, although it proved to be his undoing, was meant to tell the extremists that he would not tolerate fundamentalism within the state. The confrontation by the army with the Taliban in Waziristan was also Musharraf’s doing. Alas, he trampled upon the democratic institutions, including the judiciary. He also attacked the Bugti tribe chief because of his personal vendetta. Still he initiated action against the Taliban who, despite his action, are today stronger than before and can strike at any place in Pakistan at any time. This is a big challenge for Nawaz Sharif. He has extremists in his ranks and most of them are Taliban in their thinking. Otherwise it is difficult to understand why he has contributed Rs30 crore to the coffers of Jamat-ud-Dawa? The biggest challenge in the region for him will be when the American and European forces withdraw from Afghanistan next year. India faces a big danger. All its work like building hospitals and schools in Afghanistan will be destroyed by the Taliban. I wish Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s armed forces had the strength to confront the Taliban. Strange, New Delhi has never considered Islamabad’s proposal to fight the Taliban jointly or at least share the intelligence on them. India has not given even non-lethal weapons to Afghanistan for use in its fight against the Taliban. Karzai is justified in his vehement attack on America which has begun talks with the Taliban. But then America has hardly been bothered beyond what it considered in its selfinterest. New Delhi has to evolve a policy in consultation with Pakistan and Afghanistan. This should be the priority too fight against the Taliban. Unfortunately, the Taliban have penetrated into the army and have a strong base. Too bad that Islamabad’s action will be decided by the army headquarters.
The biggest challenge in the region for him will be when the American and European forces withdraw from Afghanistan next year. India faces a big danger. All its work like building hospitals and schools in Afghanistan will be destroyed by the Taliban.
The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
HE South Asian Great Game is unfolding in quite an intriguing way. Despites the rhetoric on both sides, the interdependence of Pakistan and India is only increasing. India needs Pakistan for its Look West policy to work, while continuing quagmire in Afghanistan makes it imperative for Pakistan to focus towards East, and to benefit from the dynamic trade there. This is not all; China and US both have tremendous stakes in the ArIf ANsAr Asia Pacific and how the South Asian equation plays out. As an emerging power, China is pushing zealously to secure its influence in the immediate neighbouring regions. On the other hand, US being an established player, is unlikely to relent easily. The recent high level traffic from US and China to the region needs to be examined within this context. In addition to other variables, the temperature of US-China ties will have no less of an impact on the Pakistan-India ties, and by this connection, even Afghanistan. Whether Pakistan and India go all the way in the interests of their respective strategic partners, China and US, will be interesting to watch. Moreover, to what extent these interests are perceived as win-win or zerosum, will pretty much define the next stage. US Vice President Joe Biden’s four-day visit to India got underway on Monday, 22 July. The items discussed included trade, environment and security. Biden’s visit to India took place soon after John Kerry visited the country in June. There is continuity of high-level exchanges between India and the US. A number of the think tanks in Washington have taken it as their mission to move the strategic partnership between the two nations along. The most US and Pakistan could pull together was the meagerly Dubai business conference held in June, mostly attended by US embassy officials and businessmen from Pakistan, including Pakistani businessmen of American origin. The traders that did attend complained why the conference was not held in Pakistan or the US. The answer to this question pretty much lays it all. The recent high level American visits to India are matched by similar leadership contacts between China and Pakistan. The new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, completed a five-day official visit to China in early July. During the trip, deals worth billions of dollars were reportedly signed between the two, including the development of Pak-China Economic Corridor and the associated Kashgar-Gwadar project. The project includes developing of rail and road links between Gwadar port and Kashgar. Pakistan had previously handed over the management of the strategic Gwadar port to China. Earlier, in late May, the new Chinese premier visited the region, and before coming to Pakistan he first went to India. The trip took place soon after the confrontation between the two militaries in the Ladakh region. By visiting India first, and while Karzai was also there demanding Indian military’s help, China conveyed to all three nations it gives more importance to economic and trade relations as opposed to security concerns. While Pakistan and China have a strategic partnership, China has also been deepening its economic and trade ties with both India and Afghanistan. The implied message was likely meant to positively influence Pakistan’s ties with India and Afghanistan. However, the Chinese point is likely to be only valid as long as India does not play a countering role as part of the American pivot to the Pacific. If India does take on that role, the fate the BRICS and its full membership to SCO will both be jeopardised. The US is increasingly looking at India to get involved in Afghanistan’s security affairs. The country is, however, reluctant to take on this task wholeheartedly for obvious reasons. Acting as a strategic partner to distant powers and at the cost of adverse ties with immediate neighbours, is never a wise strategy. Without improvement in Pakistan-India ties, Indian economic or military role in Afghanistan will continue to be looked with much suspicion in Pakistan. The dilemma for India is thus that in the absence of improved ties with Pakistan, it can allow it to be the beneficiary of what transpires in Afghanistan, and after having spent about $2 billion dollars in economic assistance. Moreover, included in the Indian consideration is the impact of Afghan reconciliation on the rest of the jihadist panorama in Pakistan. After dillydallying for a while, the emerging American policy appears to have delinked the two for the time being. How India digests this American dehyphenation would probably decide if Indian political help towards Afghanistan would be forthcoming. Meanwhile, India may link its assistance in Afghanistan with the role the US wants it to play in the Pacific. In essence, how the US-China equation evolves will have a significant impact on Pakistan-India ties, and perhaps Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the US has allowed Chinese to invest, and has simultaneously been pushing for improvement in the Pakistan-India ties. However, when it comes to the Pacific, intentions are not as transparent. And, now China appears to be reciprocating in kind by getting more economically involved in Latin America. As Singapore’s legendary leader Lee Kuan Yew puts it, “Peace and security in the Asia Pacific will turn on whether China emerges as xenophobic, chauvinistic force, bitter and hostile to the West because it tried to slow down or abort its development, or educated and involved in the ways of the world, more cosmopolitan, more internationalised and outward looking.” As far as South Asia is concerned, the worse part is that both Pakistan and India have allowed themselves to be played and taken for a ride. The cost of this strategy has been much steeper for Pakistan than India, especially considering its security and economic perils. The two nations have much more at stake in creating win-win scenarios and to not allow their future to be relegated to the interests of other powers. On the other hand, if the US and China apply a concerted approach towards the Indo-Pak, the region can go through a transformation, with developments not seen just in the zero-sum context. This obviously is much easier said than done. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at email@example.com
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A arts Monday, 29 July, 2013
glee's jayma mays says a Bug lived in her ear
DenIes WeDDIng probleMs
S The Glee star stopped by The Tonight Show last night after battling what she thought was a serious ear infection. It turns out, what was actually causing the pain in her ear was far more disgusting than a mere infection. "This was really serious. I did not know if I could come tonight it was so serious," mays dished to Jay Leno and fellow guest Ashton Kutcher. "So like a week ago, I started getting this really bad ear infection," she explained. "A couple of days into this infection, I woke up in the middle of the night screaming in pain like horrible, horrible pain and blood started coming out of my ear." mays said she took an aspirin and put a heating pad on it before going to the doctor the next day. She then revealed, "The nurse puts my head to the side and does the little drops in my ear. When she put the drops in my ear, it started to drown the insect that was living in there. So it climbed out of my ear." "No!" a grossed-out Kutcher yelled while squeamishly moving around in his chair. "The blood was from it biting and scratching," mays continued. "It is because my ears were too clean. Apparently, you're not supposed to clean your ears, because the wax prevents bugs from living inside. I'm too clean." Lesson learned, Jayma! News desK
hrithik delays Bang Bang and shuddhi hrithik Roshan is on the recovery road since his brain surgery. however it is learnt that the actor has been asked to stay away from shooting till November by the doctors. Considering this the actor’s dates for his next two films, Bang Bang and Shuddhi, have been shifted post November. Though the actor will not shoot but he will be seen promoting Krrish 3 during its release. News desK
TAR denies rumors of scrapped weddings and huge rows with Justin Theroux. Jennifer Aniston has finally spoken out on all the rumors surrounding her engagement to Justin Theroux, insisting there is not and never has been a set date for their wedding. There have been numerous reports of arguments and postponed dates since the actor popped the question last year, but while promoting her new movie ‘We're The Millers’ last night, Aniston finally faced reporters’ queries head-on. “We just want to do it when it's perfect, and we are not rushed and no one is rushing from a job or rushing to a job,” she said. “And, you know, we already feel married.” Taking the chance to mop up the speculation, she went on saying, “We have yet to set any dates. There have been no cancelled weddings. There have been no postponed weddings. There have been no arguments about where to get married.” The former ‘Friends’ star began dating Theroux two years ago, and then became engaged on his birthday in August 2012. ‘We’re The Millers’ sees her playing a raunchy stripper, and also stars Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts. The movie opens on August 7 in the US, with a UK release to follow on August 23. News desK
KRISTIN CAVALLARI: ‘We sonakshi’s Are reADY for bAbY No.2’ 12am Kristin Cavallari has a lot on her plate these days, including a nearly year-old son who's walking and won't sit still. She and her hubby, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, might be ready for another helping! "Baby No. 2," she mused when she was asked whether she and Cutler were gearing up for the proverbial family "game-changer." "We are both ready for baby No. 2," Cavallari said. "I don't have any announcement today, that's for sure, but we're gettin' there." Sounds as if married life is going well, then? "Married life is great," Cavallari gushed. "To be honest it feels the exact same...Once you live together and have a baby together, not a whole lot changes. But it's been great and we're really enjoying it. I have an additional ring on my finger, yes." Camden, who will be 1 on August 8, is doing "great," said the proud mom. "He's almost a year, which is crazy, it
flies by. He started walking at 10 1/2 months and he is all over the place, so there is no such thing as sitting still anymore." Cavallari acknowledged that it is tough being in three places at once: Chicago, where Cutler plays; Nashville, where they have a home; and Los Angeles, where she often works. "The hardest part of everything is the flying back and forth...Luckily, Camden is an awesome flyer and he comes with me most of the time," she said. "We have a lot of family around in Chicago, which helps a lot, and Jay's parents love babysitting overnight, so that's come in handy." She and Cutler quietly swapped vows in Nashville on June 7, a day before about 150 guests joined them for their ceremony at Woodmont Christian Church and a rustic reception at a big historic warehouse, with a live band and Southern comfort food. They later honeymooned in Italy. News desK
Nargis the daredevil Nargis Fakhri will be seen opposite John Abraham in madras Cafe. The actress apparently was asked to do an underwater action sequence for which director Shoojit Sircar recommended having a body double. however, the actress insisted on performing the stunt herself. Everybody on the sets was surprised with Nargis's decision. Looks like Nargis is ready to showcase her daredevil side. News desK
Sonakshi Sinha may be one of the most successful actresses in B-town but for her parents, she is still a little girl. Even now, when Sonakshi is not shooting, she has to be home by midnight... come what may. Though the actress is 26 now, she still has to take permission from her parents before she plans a fun night out with her friends. Not one to rebel against her loving family, Sonakshi obediently follows her parents’ wishes. Sweet, no? News desK
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selena gomez continues her 21st Birthday celebration Selena Gomez is celebrating her 21st birthday to the max. It was learned that before the Spring Breakers star has her big gypsy-themed blowout bash in honor of her big 21, she also got her party on last night in Los Angeles. Gomez and about five girlfriends kicked off their evening with dinner at Boa restaurant, and then took a quick walk across the street to John Terzian's Bootsy Bellows nightclub. Once inside, the “Come & Get It” crooner and her crew were given a table in the front room and stayed until closing, dancing to music spun by DJ Devin Lucien. Gomez's Spring Breakers co-star Ashley Benson and Ashley Greene also joined in on the celebration when they arrived at the hot spot a short time later. Kellan Lutz and Nicole Scherzinger were also at the night club, with the source adding, "Everyone ended up interacting and having a great time." This is just the latest of Gomez's birthday celebrations. On the night of her actual birthday monday (the same day the royal baby was born!), Gomez kicked off the festivities with an intimate private dinner with family and friends at Bagatelle restaurant. Earlier that day, she posted a photo on Instagram of her and a big group of friends partying in birthday hats, with the caption, "Guess what... I'm 21. Um, #turnupNOW." The next day, she appeared on the Tonight Show and told Jay Leno she "had a shot of Jack [Daniels]" when he asked which drink she sipped to ring in her milestone birthday. The starlet added that she was "a little bit" hung over the next day, but "it was fun." happy Birthday, indeed. News desK
rihanna fined $47,000 for pulling a ‘lindsay’ Rihanna just learned a hard lesson ... acting like an irresponsible Lindsay Lohan can cost you a LOT of money and in this case $47,050. Details said that Rihanna's ex-accountants have been trying to get the singer to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit she filed against them. Rihanna claims they mismanaged her money and owed her millions, but the accountants claim Rihanna's the one at fault. According to the accountants Berdon LLP, Rihanna's been blowing off deposition after deposition (Lindsay-style) costing them boatloads in attorneys' fees, so Berdon asked the judge to punish the singer. The judge agreed and fined Rihanna a whooping $47,050 for Berdon's legal bills. On top of the fine, the judge also ordered Rihanna to sit for a deposition once and for all on August 28 and if she does not show up, he might dismiss her case entirely. There is still hope… News desK
Miley Cyrus goes nude for Marc Jacobs campaign After debuting in a racy music video for her latest single "We Can't Stop" earlier this summer and baring her backside in the pages of maxim, the pop star is stripping down for marc Jacobs' charity T-shirt campaign, posing in nothing but her birthday suit and urging others to "Protect the skin you're in." "@miley Cyrus we love it, thanks so much for getting naked for charity!" marc Jacobs Intl tweeted on Friday morning after Cyrus posted images of the tee on her personal account. Cyrus joins an impressive roster of names to have bared it all for the campaign, which benefits the New York University Skin Cancer Institute. Other bold-faced names that have participated include Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese and Rufus Wainwright. "I think she's beautiful," said Jacobs' business partner Robert Duffy in an interview with WWD. "She is talented in so many mediums from music to film. She really has a very good, solid head on her shoulders. I adore her." The $35 black-and-white printed tops are available now at nine marc Jacobs boutiques across the U.S. European marc Jacobs boutiques will begin carrying the shirts next month. It's a far cry from Cyrus' long-gone, squeaky-clean Disney days. Speaking with The hollywood Reporter earlier this summer, Cyrus' manager Larry Rudolph said that her career evolution is "organic" and "healthy." News desK
nicki gets proposed to by dJ khaled During an interview with mTV News, DJ Khaled popped the question to Nicki minaj and even presented her with a 10-karat, radiant-cut ring worth approximately $ 500,000. "Nicki minaj, I'm at mTV. I love you. I like you. I want you. I want you to be mine. I'm here at mTV because it's a worldwide network," he said via video. "Only reason I'm not telling you this face to face is because I understand that you're busy. Ima be honest with you, I wanna marry you." And while viewers were skeptical that the famous DJ was pulling a prank on everyone, it quickly became apparent that he was being completely serious. "Nicki minaj, will you marry me? We got the same symptoms, we both suffer from success. You out there touring, you're out there hustling, you're out there making
music and you're out there winning. And I understand." "That's why I feel like you need a man like me in your life that's gonna take care of you and respect you," he explained. "If you have to take your time and think about it, I overstand. But I know I have to be here today to let you know how serious I am and how serious this is to me. I want to let your fans know, my fans know, my family, your family that I want to marry you." minaj has yet to make any public comments regarding the proposal, but either way the video took her by surprise. She did actually retweeted the video on her Twitter account…so that is a good sign for Khaled, right? News desK
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InfotaInMent Monday, 29 July, 2013
today (29th july)
8 Spanish Armada defeated. 8 Tipperary Revolt ends in failure. 8 Italian American assassinates Italian king. 8 Prince Charles marries Lady Diana. 8 The International Atomic Energy Agency is established. 8 Vietnam War: the first 4,000 101st Airborne Division paratroopers arrive in Vietnam, landing at Cam Ranh Bay. 8 Astronomers announce their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris.
Pie in the sky:
chinese authorities shoot down world's First cake drones CoUrteSY teLegrAPH The Incake bakery bought three Chinese mini-drones, six-rotor helicopters, and tweaked them to carry its cakes to customers from its main branch on the outskirts of the city. The remote-controlled drones, which are around threeand-a-half feet wide and weigh 22lb, had a range of a few miles and were mounted with twin cameras to identify their customers. During one flight last week, a cake drone swerved past skyscrapers facing Shanghai’s Bund before crossing the huangpu River and delivering its payload of patisserie. As the drone crossed the river, however, it caught the attention of tourists. “What if a cake fell on a passer-by from the sky?” worried one internet commentator, according to the Shanghai Daily newspaper. Incake describes itself as a high-class modern baker and only accepts orders for its £200 cakes online. Its offerings, according to its website, are devised by a “British top-class cake master”, named only as “mr Vincent”. men Ruifeng, the company’s marketing manager, said drone delivery was intended to make a special moment even more memorable. It did not take long, however, for local civil aviation authorities to ground Incake’s fleet. Unmanned aircraft have to be approved before they can be used for business, an unnamed official told the Shanghai Daily. Incake has now said it will suspend its service until it gets permits from the police and the civil aviation authority.
Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true. –Niels Bohr scientists reveal usain bolt is more energetic than a speeding bullet and can reach speeds of 27 mph
Bolt, faster than bullet!
CIENTISTS have revealed that Olympic champion Usain Bolt produced 50 times more energy than that of a speeding bullet during one of his record-breaking 100metre runs. Physicists studying the secrets of Bolt's success announced the findings after a detailed study of the Jamaican sprinter's 100m performance during the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. They discovered that he produced a remarkable 81.58 kilojoules (kJ) of energy, compared to just 1.6 kJ of energy a bullet produces when it leaves the barrel of a 0.44 calibre Magnum handgun. They also calculated that he reached a top speed of 27 miles per hour (mph) during the race. But unlike a bullet, which can reach 1,000mph, Bolt's huge 6ft 5inches frame meant more than 92 per cent of his energy was absorbed in battling air resistance. The researchers found he had to produce an 'extraordinary' amount of power to reach his 100m world record time and because he is so tall he is less aerodynamic than the average human. They made the discovery after taking into account the altitude of the Berlin track, the temperature at the time of the race and the cross-section of Bolt himself. Bolt reached a maximum power of 2,619.5 watts, a horsepower of 3.5, within 0.89 seconds when he was only at half his maximum speed, which shows the effect the drag had on his acceleration. Jorge Hernandez, co-author of the study which was published in the European Journal of Physics said, “Our calculated drag coefficient highlights the outstanding ability of Bolt. He has been able to break several
records despite not being as aerodynamic as a human can be. The enormous amount of work that Bolt developed in 2009, and the amount that was absorbed by drag, is truly extraordinary.” He remarked that it is very hard to break records nowadays, even by hundredths of a second, as the runners must act very powerfully against a tremendous force which increases massively with each bit of additional speed they are able to develop. “This is all because of the 'physical barrier' imposed by the conditions on Earth. Of course, if Bolt were to run on a planet with a much less dense atmosphere, he could achieve records of fantastic proportions,” he noted.
The researchers, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, claim their equations can be used to calculate the effect of a tailwind, which can vary between races and significantly reduce running times. They compared Bolt's time in Berlin with his previous world record time of 9.69 seconds, set during the Beijing Olympics a year earlier. In Beijing Bolt was running with no tailwind, but in Berlin there was a tailwind of 0.9 metres per second. According to the researchers' new equations, Bolt would have clocked a slower time in Berlin if there was no tailwind, but would still have beaten his world record from Beijing - they predict that he
luxurious life on the almost-open waves: the five-star floating hotel with 189 rooms and a ballroom coming to gibraltar neWS DeSk Gibraltar's Sunborn Yacht Hotel came about as the company realised there was demand for a new luxurious hotel but no room to build one on the exclusive island 142 metre super yacht will be permanently moored in Gibraltar's Ocean Village Marina. The floating hotel is expected to open at the end of this year and is seven storeys tall, has 15,500 metres squared of floor space and will dwarf less super yachts in the marina. Befitting a five star hotel, the 167 guest rooms, four executive rooms and 18 suites are expected to cost between £200 and £2,000 a night. Images of the gigantic five star floating hotel that will cost around £130 million to build and is designed to provide luxurious accommodation and panoramic sea views in Gibraltar, have been unveiled. The 142 metre super yacht will be permanently moored in Gibraltar's Ocean Village Marina, located off the southern tip of Spain, and is expected to open at the end of this year. The oceanic be-
hemoth boasts 189 rooms, banqueting suites, bars, restaurants, casino, a spa and gym, cocktail lounge, pool, sundeck and even a ballroom. It will be one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Mediterranean, as suggested by the concept images. The floating hotel is seven storeys tall and has 15,500 metres squares of floor space and will dwarf less super yachts in the marina. Befitting a five star hotel, the 167 guest rooms, four executive rooms and 18 suites are expected to cost between £200 and £2,000 a night. All of them feature wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling panoramic windows and 90 per cent of the rooms have an outdoor area. Gibraltar's Sunborn Yacht Hotel came about as the company realised there was demand for a new luxurious hotel but no room to build one on the exclusive island. The floating hotel is designed to be permanently moored in Gibraltar and will be attached by six strong hydraulic arms, each weighing eight tonnes. Guests will enter the exclusive hotel through an enclosed glass bridge
and Sunborn Gibraltar CEO Brian Stevendale said that unlike cruise ships, guests will feel as if they are staying on dry land. “It is intriguing that something so large can literally just be plugged in to a port,” he added. The concept of a hotel on water was in answer to there being little space on the British territory of Gibraltar, which measures less than seven square kilometres. Monaco and Singapore have similarly thriving economies and a glamorous allure for holiday makers but accommodation and space is limited. Stevendale said, “In Gibraltar there's a huge demand for hotels, but how do you do it in such a small jurisdiction, unlike traditional buildings which involves trucks, cranes and a huge amount of disruption, we have a ready built product that can be delivered to these prime areas.” Further hotels could follow in or places where a land-based development is impractical because a site is environmentally sensitive, has heritage status, or because there is simply no more room to build new hotels. Despite its over-the-top interior, the company behind the super yacht claims it is eco-friendly compared to building a new hotel on land. The ship is being constructed in Malaysia and has an engine to take it to its final location at Gibraltar, but because it has the ability to travel, Sunborn said similar yachts could be used at temporary events such as the Olympics or World Cup. There are plans for similar hotels in London and Barcelona as well as tentative plans for others in North America, South East Asia, the Middle East and Russia. The Gibraltar vessel is the second floating hotel by the company, which opened the 'Sunborn Princess' at Naantali Spa Resort in Finland in 2002.
would have run a time of 9.68 seconds. The calculations in the study were tested for accuracy by fitting real-life experimental data into the equations. The figures were from the International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) laser velocity guard device, which recorded Bolt's position and speed every one-tenth of a second during the 2009 race in Berlin. Dr Hernandez added, “The accurate recording of Bolt's position and speed during the race provided a splendid opportunity for us to study the effects of drag on a sprinter. If more data become available in the future, it would be interesting to see what distinguishes one athlete from another.”
a cross Between a Bike and a segway, here comes the scrooser City dwellers could soon propel themselves through rush hour with just a few kicks on a fatwheeled scooter. Described by the makers as a riding experience similar to ‘going surfing or snowboarding through the city’, the Scrooser can zoom through the streets at 2 miles per hour (mph) to 15 mph. The design is a cross between a child's scooter, a Segway, and a bike and lets the rider stand or sit. It doesn’t require a helmet or a license to operate. Each time the rider kicks the ground, an intelligent impulse drive provides electric power support augmenting the amount of physical force the foot has pushed off the ground with. The impulse drive kicks in automatically when a speed of 2mph or greater is reached. The engine is a direct drive motor integrated into the rear wheel rim, which means that there are no gear belts, linkages or any other additional elements that could break. According to the makers, a German company of the same name, while riding in Eco mode, one battery charge will last an estimated 25 days in the city environment. They claim it takes only about three hours to charge the battery with the standard charger. The group believes that traffic congestion cannot be solved by emobility alone. Instead, Scrooser aims to be more intelligent by moving riders through urban areas efficiently, saving time in covering short distances. Founder Jens Thieme describes the invention as ‘a completely new vehicle category’. “You can ride it at 6 mph, a perfect pace to manoeuvre through pedestrianfilled sidewalks, but feel free to race cyclists on bike paths at a maximum speed of up to 15mph,” said Thieme. Thieme added that one of the biggest challenges during the development of the Scrooser was the frame geometry. The frame consists of two parts. Each half is formed from one piece by a process called 'free-form 3D bending'. The stability is generated through the short successive radii and a high-strength aluminium alloy. In total the frame weights around 6lbs. having just landed a crowd-funded investment of $120,000, the German group hopes to soon produce the vehicle for the mass market. The group is currently perfecting the electronics of the progressive impulse drive electric motor while finalising manufacturing logistics. The design has also been nominated in the category "mobility" for the GreenTec Awards 2013, which honours pioneers who are committed to a more environmentally conscious future. News desK
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SPORTS Monday, 29 July, 2013
I was going to wait until my contract expired to call it a day but, yes, I’ve decided to retire from international cricket – Ray Price
BaBar takes Pakistan home oFF last Ball
OU get a chance to play international cricket at 34, becoming the secondoldest debutant for your country. You are hit for six second ball. What do you do? You dismiss three key batsmen for just 23 runs. You are then called on to finish the game. With the bat. Understandably, you are tied down. But with six needed off six, you loft over extra cover for four. You think you have more than pulled your weight as a debutant. You have, but it is not over yet. It comes down to the last ball. One run needed. Everyone is in the circle. No sweat. You go big over mid-off, so big that you clear the rope. Zulfiqar Babar, welcome to international cricket. It should not have come down to the last ball the way Shahid Afridi sensibly steered the chase from 86 for 5. After that became 116 for 6, he did it with the tail for company. He made 46 off 27, but barring the 27th delivery, he hardly hit a desperate, reckless stroke. With eight needed off 11 though, he tried to seal it with a straight six, and mishit to long-on. West Indies sensed a chance. Babar played out a few dots. Despite that early boundary in the last over, Saeed Ajmal was run out off the fifth with the scores tied, before Babar roared one final time. The way they bowled and fielded, West Indies were lucky to have taken it down to the last ball. Shannon Gabriel took three wickets, but he crumbled under pressure each time he was called upon to deliver. Umar Amin, who played a blinder on T20
debut, took three fours off Gabriel’s first over, with a flick and two pulls. Amin then took Samuel Badree apart on a turning pitch. Never giving the ball a chance to spin, he repeatedly stepped out to loft Badree down the ground. When the bowler dropped it short, Amin pulled. When he overpitched, Amin drove. Even as Amin was toying with West Indies, the hosts were striking at the other end. The Pakistan top order fell to miscalculated hits, but Amin’s brilliance meant the asking-rate was always under control. That still didn’t stop Amin from walking out to Samuels
and getting stumped to make it 86 for 5. Afridi took over now, striking Samuels first ball for six over long-off and drilling the third to the extra cover rope. Thereafter, he settled down into cruise mode, rotating the strike, picking the odd boundary and also lofting Sunil Narine to become the first man to reach 400 international sixes. He did everything right except the stroke on the ball he got out to, but then, it was to be the debutant’s day in the end. Babar, and the other Pakistan spinners, had shocked West Indies initially on the turner but the hosts recovered and then took
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apart the fast bowlers to post a challenging total. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard came together at 42 for 4 and put on 56 before Darren Sammy cracked 30 off 14. Pakistan’s slow bowlers did their job, taking 5 for 74 in 14 overs but the fast bowlers, missing the yorkers too often, disappeared for 1 for 73 in six. Mohammad Hafeez, who opened the bowling and dismissed the openers, gave himself just two overs. Babar squared up and bowled Lendl Simmons with his fourth delivery and in his next over, found himself in the way of a powerful hit from Samuels, but managed to
hold on. Samuels had been cutting Mohammad Irfan for boundaries amid all the wickets. Bravo and Pollard, although not always in control, rotated the strike, a refreshing thing coming from a West Indies pair. Bravo was quick to hit with the turn through the off side, and Pollard made sure he put away the rare half-volleys for boundaries. Sammy went after the fast bowlers as he and Pollard looted 53 in four overs. As Sammy said after the game, 152 should have been defended on that pitch, but Babar was to have the perfect debut.
India saunter to series victory scOrebOArd
India’s current tour of Zimbabwe has parallels with the visit to the southern African country for a tri-series in 2010 - a squad filled with newcomers led by a standin captain. Three years ago, that young India team had found the tri-series to be a taxing trek, losing three of four matches to crash out before the finals. This time around, though, it has been a casual stroll to a series victory, confirmed by an utterly one-sided third ODI which Zimbabwe lost by seven wickets. Teams winning the toss have enjoyed a huge advantage in this series, and today was no different as Virat Kohli called correctly and watched his bowlers wipe out Zimbabwe for 183. Even reaching that meagre score reflected a recovery for Zimbabwe, who had been at 89 for 6 in the 23rd over, and had three tail-enders, who had shown little aptitude for batting, to
come. Amit Mishra’s variations fetched him four wickets, and the chase was orchestrated by Kohli, who continues to find ODI cricket exceedingly easy. The winter pitch at the Harare Sports Club has followed the same pattern in every match this series: assisting the seamers appreciably in the first hour before gradually easing up. Vusi Sibanda clearly hadn’t learnt that, though, charging out and attempting a wild heave in the first over itself, predictably edging a catch towards extra cover. After that Vinay Kumar strike, it was Mohammed Shami’s turn to break through, on his first ball, when he got Sikandar Raza to nick to the wicketkeeper. With the ball hooping around, Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza survived a bunch of lbw calls and were routinely beaten but hung on. Taylor could have been run-out a couple of times but he didn’t attempt any risky shots, the first sign of enterprise being a controlled pull for four off Vinay in the ninth over. Masakadza was
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INdIA rg sHArmA c †tAyLOr b cHINOUyA 14 35 s dHAwAN c sIbANdA b cHAtArA 68 V KOHLI NOt OUt At rAyUdU c & b VItOrI 33 sK rAINA NOt OUt 28 eXtrAs (Lb 2, w 7) 9 tOtAL 187 dId NOt bAt Kd KArtHIK†, rA JAdeJA, A mIsHrA, mOHAmmed sHAmI, r VINAy KUmAr, Jd UNAdKAt fALL Of wIcKets 1-27 (sHArmA, 5.5 OV), 2-67 (dHAwAN, 14.1 OV), 3-131 (rAyUdU, 30.1 OV) bOwLINg: bV VItOrI 8-0-53-1, mt cHINOUyA 7-0-36-1, tL cHAtArA 7.3-1-34-1, P UtseyA 10-0-41-0, e cHIgUmbUrA 3-0-21-0 mAtcH detAILs tOss INdIA, wHO cHOse tO fIeLd serIes INdIA Led tHe 5-mAtcH serIes 3-0 OdI debUt mt cHINOUyA (zImbAbwe) PLAyer Of tHe mAtcH A mIsHrA (INdIA) UmPIres bNJ OXeNfOrd (AUstrALIA) ANd rb tIffIN tV UmPIre O cHIrOmbe mAtcH referee bc brOAd (eNgLANd) reserVe UmPIre L rUsere
content driving through the off side, didn’t play across the line much, and the pair shepherded Zimbabwe to the relative security of 67 for 2 in the 16th over. The first hour had been seen off, and Zimbabwe were looking forward to more comfortable batting conditions. However, Jaydev Unadkat, India’s best seamer in the previous game, ended the stand, getting Taylor to chip a catch to mid-off. Then, the India spinners took over. Zimbabwe have poked and prodded against them, regularly beset by doubts over how much the ball will spin and in which direction. Mishra’s mix of legspinners, googlies, sliders and seam-up deliveries have proved too much for Zimbabwe and he has prospered in his first stint in the ODI team in two years. He continued to enjoy himself today as in his first over, he had Masakadza caught-behind and trapped Malcolm Waller lbw to be on a hat-trick. He didn’t get one but the double-blow wrecked Zimbabwe’s chances of making a big score.
Sean Williams and Prosper Utseya arrested the slide with a 36-run stand but Williams seemed to lose his composure once Utseya fell in the 33rd over. He looked to take as much of the strike as he could, given that Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori and Michael Chinouya are not known for their batting skills. In a gamble to retain the strike, he took on a throw from Ravindra Jadeja at midwicket, but the powerful and accurate return caught him short. A quick end to the Zimbabwe innings seemed imminent but the bottom three weren’t about to throw their wickets away. Chatara’s hook for six off Vinay was the highlight as the tail extended Zimbabwe’s innings by more than 11 overs before Mishra returned to polish them off. Faced with a small target and a placid pitch, India weren’t too troubled during the chase, and there were never any doubts over which side was heading for victory. Rohit Sharma played a few eyecatching strokes before falling cheaply for the third time in the series.
PcB ‘concerned’ over Fixing allegations
SPortS DeSk The PCB has expressed concern over allegations of fixing raised in the media with regard to the recently concluded West Indies-Pakistan ODI series. A Pakistan board official said yesterday that the PCB is in touch with the ICC about the matter as it falls under the AntiCorruption and Security Unit’s purview. The Mail on Sunday, which raised the allegations, reported that the series was set to be investigated over claims of wrongdoing. Pakistan had won the fivematch series in the Caribbean, which concluded on July 24, by a 3-1 margin. The third game of the series was a tie. “The PCB is obviously extremely concerned at the recent allegations of fixing reported in the media with regard to recently concluded ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies,” the official said. “The PCB maintains zero tolerance towards corruption in the game but investigations in this matter falls within the purview of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. The PCB is in contact with the ICC on this issue and understands that the ICC will be issuing a media release soon. “The PCB, at the moment, is examining all legal aspects but for the time being will not be making any further comments”. The Twenty20-leg of the tour is currently underway. Pakistan won the first of two T20s on Saturday, and the second and final game will be played later on Sunday in St Vincent.
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I should give my award to Zulfiqar Babar: he bowled well, fielded well, batted well. And Umar Amin too – Shahid Afridi
committee to oversee iPl aFFairs likely
Monday, 29 July, 2013
akmal thrusts Pakistan to 135 scOrebOArd
SPortS DeSk With no one currently heading the IPL, an influential section of the BCCI is likely to propose a special committee, to be led by interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya, to look into and review the daily affairs of the league. After Rajiv Shukla resigned as chairman of the IPL, no replacement was appointed as the BCCI was busy sorting out the mess created by the alleged corruption scandals. The proposal is likely to come up for discussion at the BCCI working committee meeting to be held in Kolkata on Sunday. Although the IPL governing council, a BCCI sub-committee, still remains the body to look after the league, some board members feel there is room to accommodate a separate committee that could review the IPL. It is understood that Dalmiya has consulted Arun Jaitley, one of the the BCCI vice-presidents, on the matter and has got the nod. It is also learned that Dalmiya has spoken to a few former Indian cricketers, seeking their opinion about how best to run the IPL. Immediately after he took over as the interim BCCI president, Dalmiya had initiated “operation clean up” for the IPL, wherein he announced proposals to enforce a “stricter code of conduct” for players and match officials, as well as putting an end to the “sleaze” element in the form of entertainment and after-hours parties. Dalmiya took charge on June 2 after N Srinivasan “temporarily” stepped aside pending inquiry into allegations of corruption and spot-fixing during the sixth season of the IPL. Dalmiya recently attended the ICC annual conference as the Indian representative, even though Srinivasan participated in influential meetings such finance and commercial affairs via video conference.
PAKIstAN Ahmed shehzad c simmons b Pollard 44 mohammad Hafeez c simmons b badree 10 7 Umar Amin c & b sammy 1 Haris sohail c & b badree 46 Umar Akmal not out shahid Afridi c samuels b Narine 6 1 Hammad Azam st charles b Narine sohail tanvir c bravo b Narine 0 11 zulfiqar babar not out 9 extras (b 2, lb 4, w 3) tOtAL 135 tO bAt saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali fALL Of wIcKets 1-24 (mohammad Hafeez, 3.6 ov), 2-39 (Umar Amin, 6.1 ov), 3-42 (Haris sohail, 7.6 ov), 4-78 (Ahmed shehzad, 12.5 ov), 5-96 (shahid Afridi, 15.5 ov), 6-109 (Hammad Azam, 17.2 ov), 7-109 (sohail tanvir, 17.5 ov) bOwLINg: dJg sammy 4-0-20-1, s badree 4-0-16-2, sP Narine 4-0-26-3, tL best 2-0-16-0, dJ bravo 4-0-35-0, KA Pollard 2-0-16-1 west Indies team J charles, cH gayle, mN samuels, LmP simmons, KA Pollard, dJ bravo, dJg sammy, cd barnwell, sP Narine, s badree, tL best match details toss Pakistan, who chose to bat t20I debuts Asad Ali and Haris sohail (Pakistan) Player of the match tba Umpires gO brathwaite and Js wilson tV umpire PJ Nero match referee dc boon (Australia) reserve umpire dK butler
ST VInCEnT: Christopher Barnwell prevents a boundary with a dive.
N a tired, used and slow pitch in St Vincent, West Indies denied Pakistan any pace and kept them down to 135, which could yet prove to be a fighting total. Having bowled and fielded poorly in the first match, failing to defend 152, West Indies seemed to have learned their lesson: Darren Sammy opened the bowling and bowled out in one go, Samuel Badree and
Sunil Narine did their bit, and Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard were used too. Pakistan were stifled, struggled to time their shots, and often managed to hit into the wind when they did time it. Pakistan took 39 for 1 off the Powerplay; the next time their run rate crossed 6.5 was in the 19th over when Umar Akmal salvaged the effort in the end with an unbeaten 46 off 36. During the Powerplay, Narine had started poorly, giving away 10 in his first over, and Ahmed Shehzad was going strong. It was only downhill after that. Sammy accepted
a return catch from Umar Amin in the next over; not much later Badree ran back to take a stunner off his own blowing; and when Pakistan finally looked to open up towards the end, Narine came back with a spell of 3-0-16-3. Shehzad, who scored 44 off 46, found little support from the other end. Mohammad Hafeez, opening in the absence of the dropped Nasir Jamshed, was caught on the late cut again. Amin was done in trying to drive on the up. Haris Sohail swung before he got used to the pace of the pitch. Shahid Afridi hit
Narine into the strong wind and in the air. Shehzad perished trying to pull Kieron Pollard, who had dug the ball in and provided no pace to go with. At 96 for 5 in the 16th over, it seemed Pakistan would struggle to get to a defendable total, but Akmal kept them in the game. Most of his good work came in the 19th over when Bravo went round the stumps and angled the ball across Akmal with little cover on the cover boundary. He was taken for a four and a six in the 16run over, but Narine ended his good spell with just six runs in the 20th.
dilshan, sangakkara secure series PALLekeLe AgeNcIes
An unbeaten century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and 91 from Kumar Sangakkara carried Sri Lanka to a series win over South Africa with one match to play. The pair ensured the hosts achieved the highest successful run chase at Pallekele with six overs to spare to underline some of South Africa’s most pressing issues as they attempt to rebuild their one-day side. At first glance, it would seem the bowlers are to blame but South Africa’s middle-order are the real culprits in their defeat. Hashim Amla and JP Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 to set a strong base for the team but the batsmen who followed squandered the advantage. From 118 for 1, South Africa were 238 all out, losing nine wickets for 120 runs. By contrast, Dilshan and Sangakkara shared a partnership of 184 - Sri Lanka’s highest against South Africa - to maintain their strong record at home against South Africa. South Africa have only won two ODIs in Sri Lanka and their inability to adapt to conditions was exposed again. The absence of quality spinners and senior players to take responsibility in the batting line-up cost them dearly and they will now return to Colombo with only pride to play for. South Africa began to make some amends for their failings with the bat and Hashim Amla’s return was central to that. Amla, who missed the first and third match with injury and could not bat in the second, recovered in time to form one half of South Africa’s fourth opening pair in as many matches. While Quinton de Kock’s inexperience was exposed against Lasith Malinga, when he was yorked for 8, Amla had the Sri Lankan attack erring. The seamers continually offered him too much width and he pulled and cut at will. Amla and JP Duminy, who has looked good without producing results in the series so far, settled in and took the batting
powerplay after 15 overs. That proved a tactical mistake. Sri Lanka’s slew of spinners limited run-scoring opportunities and only 22 were scored in the five-over period. The pair succeeded in planting a platform but Amla did not stick around to help the launch from it. He was lbw to Dilshan, who went around the wicket to trap him on the back foot, and even a review could not save him. AB de Villiers’ lean run continued as he was caught behind trying to paddlesweep. Faf du Plessis also did not contribute, offering a chance to Angelo Mathews in his follow-through and eventually being stumped. Ajantha Mendis foxed the less-experienced players, who have not learnt to pick him. David Miller was bowled by the legbreak and Farhaan Behardien clipped him straight to short leg. The fall of wickets forced Duminy to continue a quiet vigil and his strike rate remained in the 60s, until the last four overs, when he finally decided to launch against Malinga. Duminy managed to improvise, turning would-be yorkers into low full-tosses, but Malinga’s change of pace accounted for the tail. Still, South Africa would have thought they had enough with 198 the previous-best successful chase in Pallekele. Their bowlers started well against a changed Sri Lankan top order - with Mahela Jayawardene replacing Upula Tharanga - as Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe extracted extra bounce and got movement, but illdiscipline infected them again. South Africa sent down 17 wides, taking their series total to 52, and indicating an obvious problem with line. Jayawardene was frustrated by the early squeeze and when he tried to steer Tsotsobe to third man, he was caught by a diving Amla at gully. That was the last success South Africa saw until it was too late. Dilshan showed a willingness to ride out the pressure and looked for singles with Sangakkara instead of going for big shots to thwart the bowlers.
sOUtH AfrIcA Hm Amla lbw b dilshan 77 Q de Kock b malinga 8 97 JP duminy b mendis 4 Ab de Villiers c sangakkara b dilshan f du Plessis st sangakkara b Herath 23 dA miller b mendis 1 f behardien c thirimanne b mendis 0 13 rJ Peterson c sangakkara b malinga rK Kleinveldt c dilshan b malinga 8 m morkel lbw b mendis 0 LL tsotsobe not out 3 eXtrAs (b 4) 4 tOtAL 238 fALL Of wIcKets 1-17 (de Kock, 2.6 ov), 2-118 (Amla, 22.1 ov), 3-126 (de Villiers, 24.2 ov), 4-172 (du Plessis, 36.5 ov), 5-173 (miller, 37.2 ov), 6-173 (behardien, 37.4 ov), 7-191 (Peterson, 41.2 ov), 8-203 (Kleinveldt, 43.4 ov), 9-205 (morkel, 44.3 ov), 10238 (duminy, 48.4 ov) bOwLINg: sL malinga 9-0-52-3, Ad mathews 7-1-31-0, bAw mendis 9.4-0-51-4, NLtc Perera 3-0-22-0, HmrKb Herath 100-38-1, tm dilshan 10-0-40-2 srI LANKA tm dilshan not out 115 dPmd Jayawardene c Amla b tsotsobe 12 Kc sangakkara c Kleinveldt b morkel 91 HdrL thirimanne not out 1 eXtrAs (lb 2, w 17, nb 1) 20 tOtAL: (2 wickets; 44 overs; 192 mins) 239 dId NOt bAt wU tharanga, Ld chandimal, Ad mathews*, NLtc Perera, HmrKb Herath, bAw mendis, sL malinga fall of wickets 1-45 (Jayawardene, 9.3 ov), 2-229 (sangakkara, 41.4 ov) bOwLINg: m morkel 10-1-62-1, LL tsotsobe 7-0-48-1, rK Kleinveldt 8-0-33-0, rJ Peterson 8-0-46-0, JP duminy 10-1-340, f behardien 1-0-14-0, match details toss south Africa, who chose to bat series sri Lanka led the 5-match series 3-1 Player of the match tm dilshan (sri Lanka) Umpires rsA Palliyaguruge and rJ tucker (Australia) tV umpire rA Kettleborough (england) match referee AJ Pycroft (zimbabwe) reserve umpire reJ martinesz
But South Africa still had their chances. Sangakkara was on three when he edged Kleinveldt but Amla could not pull off the half chance, and on 33, when Duminy appealed for an lbw against him. South Africa had a review in hand but de Villiers chose not to use it. Afterwards, he said neither Duminy nor de Kock, who was keeping, were convinced, Replays, though, showed Sangakkara was out. His flirtation
with fortune over, Sangakkara matches Dilshan blow for blow thereafter. Dilshan was strong square of the wicket and on the pull and brought out his trademark scoop off Tsotsobe. His century came off 119 balls with a swivel down to fine leg. Sangakkara peppered the on-side, with 52 of his runs coming in that area. After Dilshan crossed the century mark, Sangakkara was racing against the
remaining runs to get there. He smacked Morkel for two fours to get into the nineties, but fell on his sword when he topedged to mid-off. Dilshan finished things off to leave South Africa with plenty to think about. Foremost in their minds will be their poor effort in the field, and their decisionmaking under pressure, both of which need work before Wednesday.
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Cassano is accustomed to working with champions and wants to give us a hand – Massimo Gobbi
SPORTS Monday, 29 July, 2013
Figueroa jr claims interim wBc title, gradovich retains iBF straP
SPortS DeSk Omar Figueroa Jr. (22-0-1) became the interim WBC lightweight champion courtesy of an unanimous decision over Japan’s Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1). It was a bruising affair, with Arakawa taking two eight counts and having to cope with some severe swelling over the eye; while Figueroa suffered a nasty gashed nose from an accidental head butt. But it was Figueroa’s edge in power that secured the unanimous decision with scores of 118-108, 119107 and 118-108. The ferocious nature of the fight saw Al Bernstein describe it as “Ward-Gatti-esque”. A 10th-round knockout was enough for Keith Thurman (23-0, 19 KOs) to secure the interim WBA welterweight belt from Diego Chavez (22-1) Thurman started slowly but rallied to put Chaves down with a solid body shot in the ninth. He then caught Chaves along the ropes with a right to take the spoils in the next round. Evgeny Gradovich retained his IBF featherweight title after defeating Mauricio Munoz by a unanimous decision, which improves the Russian’s record to 17-0. The scorecards read 120-108 on one and 119-109 on the other two. On the same bill, Juan Francisco Estrada also made a successful defence of his WBO-WBA flyweight titles, defeating Milan Melindo by a unanimous decision.
law hits two as rangers win in ramsdens cuP
youzhny Beats haase in swiss oPen Final gSTAAD: Mikhail Youzhny of Russia won his first Swiss Open title on Sunday at his eighth attempt, beating Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Youzhny broke unseeded Haase’s service once in each set to clinch his ninth career title, and third on clay courts. A former top-10 player now ranked No. 33, the 31-year-old Youzhny had never previously reached the final at Gstaad in seven visits dating back to 2002. Youzhny improved his record to 5-0 against the 57th-ranked Dutchman. “I never beat you and it kind of hurts, but you deserved it,” Haase said in an on-court interview. AgeNcIes
radwanska reaches stanford final StAnForD
SPortS DeSk Nicky Law began his Rangers career with an impressive double as the Glasgow giants cruised to a 4-0 win over Albion Rovers in the Ramsdens Cup. Ian Black and David Templeton also contributed to the goal haul in the first-round tie against the Scottish League 2 side. This proved to be a far more convincing and professional start to the season for Rangers than this time last year when they needed extra-time to see off Brechin days after finding themselves dumped in Scottish football’s bottom tier. Law and Jon Daly both made their competitive debuts as trialists against Rovers, with a transfer embargo meaning the Light Blues were only able to name two of their new signings as trialists for this tie. Further restrictions meant only those who played their football in Scotland last season were eligible for selection as trialists. Other new recruits, who were registered with foreign associations last term, have to wait until September 1 when Rangers’ transfer embargo is lifted. A late change to the team-sheet saw Kyle McAusland replace Emilson Cribari and make his first senior team start, while reserve goalkeeper Scott Gallacher made his competitive bow for the first team between the sticks.
GNIESZKA Radwanska outplayed Jamie Hampton 6-3 6-2 to secure a place at WTA Stanford. The fourth ranked Pole will face third seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, who powered past Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-0 to make her first final. Radwanska had fallen to the up-andcoming American at a pre-Wimbledon tournament in Birmingham, England, last month, but in California on hard courts, she dictated play most of the evening, never allowing Hampton to get on top of her. The fourth seed Hampton started the match fairly strong, but the Pole began to yank her around the court, mixing in deft drop shots, sharp angles and hard drives. The American quickly became unsettled, while the quick Radwanska played steady and raced away with the match. Radwanska finished the match with 11 winners and seven unforced errors, while Hampton ripped 24 winners and committed 35 unforced errors. Radwanska, who has struggled mightily in her three set quarter-final win over Varvara Lepchenko, was pleased with the improvement in her game. “I played much better than last night, I hit the ball very well and served well,” Radwanska said. “She hits very hard, but it was night and I could run a lot and it’s tough to finish points. It was an advantage to me because I could play
tennager svitolina Beats Peer For maiden wta title SPortS DeSk Ukrainian Elina Svitolina has won her first WTA Tour title by beating Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-4 6-4 in the final at Baku. The world number 71 needed one hour and 37 minutes to see off the world number 149 for her maiden tour title win, having made her debut in 2010. “It was a very difficult match and I have really had some tough matches during the week,” Svitolina, who reached her first semi-final in Bad Gastein last week, said. “But I have worked really hard before the tournament and things went in my favour.” The 19-year-old is the youngest woman to win a tour title since Hungary’s Timea Babos took the Monterrey title in February 2012.
isner, anderson to meet in atlanta open final SPortS DeSk
defense and win the match.” In her sixth appearance on the campus of Stanford University, world number 25 Cibulkova got through a rough patch at the start of the first set and then battered the fifthseeded Cirstea with powerful
groundstrokes and returns. Cibulkova managed to hold to 5-3 after a marathon eighth game in which she fought off four break points and the momentum clearly shifted as she reeled off seven out of the next eight games.
The two top seeds American John Isner and South African Kevin Anderson will meet in the Atlanta Open final after securing semifinal victories on Saturday. Isner beat former world number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-4 4-6 7-6(5) while Anderson was too good for American Ryan Harrison 6-3 7-6(3). The top-seeded Isner fired 21 aces on the way to beating Hewitt in a cracking match, giving him a chance at shedding his Atlanta bridesmaid’s tag having been runner up twice previously. The big serving American is seeking a seventh career ATP crown in the $US546,930 hardcourt event. Hewitt looked set to complete an upset when holding triple break point in the seventh game of the third set but Isner fought back before winning it 7-5 in a tiebreak.
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I chose Roma because they had already tried to sign me in January – Morgan de Sanctis
SPORTS Monday, 29 July, 2013
hamilton secures first mercedes win
riblon attacks up mountain to win tour of Poland stage two
canadian open wide open after mahan withdrawal
RITAIN’S Lewis Hamilton seized his first win for Mercedes in the Hungarian heat on Sunday while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel forged 38 points clear in the Formula One championship after finishing third. “This is probably one of the most important grand prix wins of my career,” Hamilton told the crowd after his fourth win at the Hungaroring circuit in seven years but his first with a team other than McLaren. “I could not be happier. I hope there is plenty more to come. We have to work hard but if we can make the tyres last here we can do it anywhere.” His performance drew the praise of racing legend and non-executive chairman of Mercedes Niki Lauda. “The car was not the best,” Lauda said, “but Lewis made it all up the way he passed people - it was outstanding.” Kimi Raikkonen, who could be Vettel’s team-mate next season, took second place for Lotus - 10.9 seconds behind Hamilton - after doing one stop fewer and holding off the German in the tense closing laps to the delight of thousands of Finns in the crowd. “I told Kimi I was not happy but he was laughing. That’s racing,” Vettel, who had complained over the radio after one failed attempt to pass that Raikkonen had not given him enough room, said with a smile. Hungary marked the midpoint in the season and after 10 of the 19 races Vettel goes into the August break with 172 points to Raikkonen’s 134. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso lost ground and now has 133 after finishing fifth. However that place is under investigation by stewards who suspect a potential breach of DRS rules. Hamilton is on 124. The 2008 world champion, who won from pole position in Hungary for McLaren last season, led from pole on a day when track temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius to secure the 22nd win of his career. “I was hungry for it today, I was
going all out,” said the Briton, who joins now-retired predecessor Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to have won four times in Hungary. “Usually I get stuck in traffic and today I was going for every move I could.” The Briton had started on pole for the third race in a row and made a good start while team mate Nico Rosberg, who retired with flames shooting out of the rear of his car four laps from the end, plunged from fourth to 12th after one lap. There were two occasions when Hamilton could have become stuck behind Vetttel’s team-mate Mark Webber after pitstops but he dealt with the situation aggressively to make sure of Mercedes’s third win of the season. Vettel had slotted in behind Hamilton in second place at the start with Raikkonen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean third and Alonso muscling up to fourth. Grosjean’s forceful treatment of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, running off track to keep position, left him with a drive-through penalty and the Frenchman ended the race under investigation after another incident with McLaren’s Jenson Button.
‘hungary win among my most imPortant’ SPortS DeSk Lewis Hamilton says his Hungarian Grand Prix victory is one of the most important of his career so far. The Briton took his first win in Mercedes colours in Budapest, converting his third consecutive pole position into a first victory. The win came despite Hamilton all but ruling out a win after taking pole, his pessimism prompted by Mercedes’ tyre woes. “We hadn’t had the test, we were on backfoot when we came in, not expecting it to be on pole and were surprised with that,” he said after the race. “I think this is probably one of the most important grand prix wins of my career. To go to a new team and win with Mercedes Benz is a real privilege, the guys did a great job.
Brandt Snedeker will take a one shot cushion into the final round of the Canadian Open after leader Hunter Mahan walked away from a potential $1 million payday on Saturday to be home for the birth of his child. A wild day of rain delays, spectacular charges and a dazzling nine-under 63 from Snedeker at Glen Abbey Golf Course were all overshadowed by Mahan’s hurried exit that threw the tournament wide open. Mahan, a five-time winner on the US Tour, had held a two shot overnight lead but while warming up on the driving range received word that his wife Kandi had gone into labor. One of the hottest players on US Tour after having played in the final group at both last week’s British Open and before that the US Open, Mahan did not hesitate to give up his shot at the $1 million winner’s purse, rushing back to Dallas for the birth of his first child. “On the seventh tee I looked up and I didn’t see Hunter’s name on the leaderboard and I looked at my caddie, and go, ‘What’s going on’,” Snedeker told reporters. “He goes, ‘I think Hunter had to leave because Kandi went into labour.’ “Hunter was going to be hard to catch because he was playing so good. “With him leaving now, the tournament is wide open and I knew I had a chance if I could keep the momentum going after the first six holes to really ride it out and do something special today.” With Mahan’s name off the leaderboard the scramble was on as golfers took advantage of the soft conditions to attack the Jack Nicklaus designed layout. Snedeker, who began the day a massive eight shots back of Mahan, surged to the top behind an error free display that was just one birdie shy of equaling the Glen Abbey course record of 62.
Humiliated where they were once crowned DAnYAL rASooL SPortS DeSk Christophe Riblon produced a scintillating attack on the climb to the finish to win the second stage of the Tour of Poland in the Italian Dolomites. French Ag2r-La Mondiale rider Riblon provoked memories of his win on the Alpe d’Huez during the recent Tour de France as he escaped from a breakaway eight kilometres from the summit finish 2,239m above sea level to win by a minute and two seconds. Thomas Rohregger (RadioShack Leopard) was second, just a few metres ahead of Georg Preidler (Argos-Shimano), on the 206.5km stage from Marilleva Val di Sole to the Passo Pordoi Val di Fassa. Lampre-Merida rider Diego Ulissi’s yellow jersey from the opening stage was taken by Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) after the Pole battled to finish fifth behind Team Sky’s Sergio Henao, who is now second on GC with Riblon third. Team Sky’s British star Bradley Wiggins was 53rd on the day, 15:40 off the lead and over 23 minutes off the yellow jersey in 49th overall. Wiggins, who is returning from illness and injury, said he would not compete at the Vuelta a Espana this season. Monday is a rest day, with the teams and riders completing a transfer from the Dolomites to Krakow as the race moves into Poland, then Tuesday will see a hilly 226km stage to Rzeszow.
The alarm clock must have sounded. A lot of Australians would have turned and checked; the dial showed 2AM. “Ah, what’s this for now, I wonder? Oh, yes, the third day of the Lord’s Test!” And then it would all have sunk in. The humiliation of the previous day; the batsman strolling out to the crease, and staying there barely long enough to make acquaintances with each other, Swann spinning it beautifully – though that wasn’t necessary, gentle, high, full tosses would do just as well to dismiss an Australian left-handed opener (what would Hayden or Langer be thinking?) – and the English giving the Aussies a good old-fashioned hiding. The Poms! How could Australia be losing to them? They were merely good at hyping up Test matches; it was Australia who did the winning! And yet they’d seen it all happen, with exponentially increasing incredulity. Switching off their alarm clocks, they would have rolled over, and fallen back asleep. How Michael Clarke would now be wishing he could have done just that the morning the Lord’s Test was to start. An Ashes Lord’s Test! Australia, excepting Andrew Flintoff having the Test match of his career in 2009, hadn’t lost a five-day game at the home of cricket since 1934. The routine was always the same: meet the Queen on the opening day, and then proceed to thrash her subjects for the next
few. But this isn’t a wake-up call, if you will excuse the pun. The result was inevitable; only the manner is shocking. The first Test was one of the stranger matches in the history of this great sport. Once England had overcome their first morning jitters, they were the better side, and palpably so, for the whole game. Except, of course, the two occasions when Australia’s tenth wicket pair was occupying the crease. They amassed 228 runs, averaging an amazing 114 for the last two in the Australian batting line-up. In each innings the last pair came on, they exorcised all demons that seemed to be terrifying their teammates until then, and batted with a maturity and calm that put the rest of the order to shame. These two anomalies made the match far, far closer than it actually was, giving the illusion we might have a thrilling series, both sides going hammer and tongs at each other. But anyone who takes that view fails to realise how Agar and Pattinson merely papered over the cracks of Australia’s batting frailties. The Australian press spoke of Agar performing as if it was his role to rescue their side from 117/9, or that it was all part of their grand plan to delegate to Haddin and Pattinson the unenviable task of chasing 80 runs to win the first Test. Shock and pleasant surprise at these truly astonishing bonuses overshadowed the need to seriously analyse what had gone wrong; indeed, many Australians felt they should have won that Test, maybe because Broad
should have walked, or perhaps even because Haddin’s edge was so thin. “Game of small margins,” seemed to be the general cry from across the Pacific. Few will subscribe to that view now. This is what should happen in a Test match when these two sides meet now. England’s batting line-up the best in the world with the exception of the South Africans, while Australia’s bowling attack scarcely recognisable from the one that included a lanky pacer and a blond, chubby, leg spinner, should amass the sort of runs that Root and Bell piled on, on Day 3. The hosts’ bowlers are good enough to rip through Australia’s batting order, and when there are no miracles in the offing, this Aussie line-up might get past 200 on a good day. It is hard to see how the visitors’ batsmen can cast off the shadow, looming large and endlessly, and perhaps humiliatingly,of the batsmen who preceded them, some of them having played as recently as last year. Take any batting position, and ask yourself if you can imagine a weaker player occupying that spot over the last three decades than the ones currently in England. Michael Clarke, perhaps? Look at the rest. Watson and Rogers, or Langer and Hayden? Khwaja or Ponting? Haddin or Gilchrist? Phil Hughes or Steve Waugh? It’s embarrassing, isn’t it? What Bell and Root did today was what Australia’s most hallowed cricketers, some of them just mentioned
above, have done to Test sides more times than most care to remember. With McGrath and Warne skittling sides out as easily and nonchalantly as Watson wastes reviews, they used to bat the opposition out of the game. Amassing leads until runs were just numbers, barely intelligible or important because they weren’t going to be chased, they used to break not only the opposition’s backs, but also their spirits. Shoulders used to slump, heads used to go down, and Waugh, Ponting and co. used to win all remaining Test matches. Today, after many decades of glory, Australia had their noses dragged through the mud. Not by a big name. Not by someone who could think of claiming to be anywhere near the league of the celebrated Australian batsmen of the past. Joe Root, a man who claims to be 22 but is certainly no more than 14, was the culprit, showing composure enough to hang around as wickets fell, and, unlike a certain David Warner, timing his punches sublimely, ensuring they made clean contact and were on the cricket pitch. This young fellow will be around, being competitive, performing and impressing for many more Ashes series in the next few years to come. Whether that can be said about the beleaguered Australians, is, for the moment at least, in serious, serious doubt. Today, Australia fell where they once used to rise highest. Toss the alarm clock out of the window. It was good while it lasted.
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HOUSANDS of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stood their ground outside a Cairo mosque on Sunday a day after at least 72 were gunned down by security forces, braced for a move against them by the army chief behind the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made his first appearance since Saturday's bloodshed, smiling before television cameras at a police graduation ceremony, recruits decked out in starched white uniforms. He received a standing ovation and was hailed by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim as "Egypt's devoted son". Fawning coverage in state and private media reflected Sisi's rising political star, in a country ruled by former military officers for six decades before Mursi's election in 2012. Saturday's dawn killings, following a day of rival mass rallies, triggered global anxiety that the Arab world's most populous and influential country risked broader conflagration. The Brotherhood accuses the military of turning back the clock on the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, and demands that Mursi, Egypt's first freely
elected president, be reinstated. Mursi has been in military detention since his July 3 overthrow and the militarybacked interim government has placed him under investigation on charges including murder. Authorities also say they will move soon to clear the Brotherhood's tent vigil. "It's a source of terrorism that's threatening the whole society, and that's being confirmed by the day," said Mostafa Hegazy, adviser to interim President Adli Mansour. "We're calling for the sit-ins to be dispersed peacefully," he told reporters. Army vehicles surrounded entrances to the square outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northern Cairo on Sunday, where Brotherhood supporters used pictures of the bearded Mursi to shelter from the fierce sun. "We are right, legitimacy is on our side and hopefully at the end God will lead us to triumph and we will not give up," said Mostafa Ali, 29, from the Nile delta town of Mansoura. ‘mASSACreS’: The Interior Ministry has rejected eyewitness accounts that police opened fire on the crowds and a public prosecutor has launched a probe into the violence, investigating 72 suspects for an array of crimes including murder and blocking streets. "They will not be content until they
bring back everything from the era of the corrupt, murderous security and intelligence state," senior Brotherhood official Essam el-Erian said on Facebook. "They've stepped up their efforts to do so by committing massacres never before seen in Egyptian history." Cairo was quiet on Sunday, but violent clashes rattled the Suez Canal city of Port Said, where a 17-year-old youth was killed in fighting between pro- and anti-Mursi camps and a further 29 people were injured, security sources said. The violence has deeply polarized Egypt, with its secular and liberal elite so far showing little sympathy for the Brotherhood or reservations about the military's return to the political frontline. In a first sign of doubt from within the interim cabinet installed after the military takeover, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Ziad Bahaa El-Din said the government must not copy the "oppressive" policies of its foes. "Our position must remain fixed on the need to provide legal guarantees not only for the members of the Brotherhood, but for every Egyptian citizen," Bahaa El-Din wrote on Facebook. "Excessive force is not permitted." The Tamarud youth protest movement, which mobilized millions of people against Mursi and has fully backed the army, also
expressed alarm at an announcement by Interior Minister Ibrahim that he was reviving Mubarak's hated secret political police, shut down after he was toppled. Citing "extremist and religious activity and things like that", Ibrahim said on Saturday that "safety cannot be restored without political security". ‘CAn'T reWriTe HiSTorY’: The military says it does not want to retain power and aims to hand over to full civilian rule with a "road map" to parliamentary elections in about six months. But the very public role of Sisi as face of the new order has sowed doubt. The United States, which provides more than $1 billion a year in military aid to Egypt, urged its Middle East ally to pull "back from the brink" and respect the right to peaceful protest. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the Saturday killings suggested a "shocking willingness" by police and politicians to ratchet up violence against backers of Mursi. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said confrontation was "leading to disaster". "Egypt stands at a crossroads," Pillay said in a statement. "The future of this great country that gave so much to civilization depends on how its citizens and authorities act over the following days and months."
Pml-n alliance with mQm pervez denies rift witH nationalists
40 states, including Pakistan to attend rohani’s inauguration in tehran teHrAn NNI
The director general of the Majlis Protocol Department on Sunday said top officials from 40 world states had so far voiced readiness to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani. Mohammad Yasrebi said presidents of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Armenia, North Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Guinea Bissau and Togo are to take part in the ceremony slated for August 4, IRNA reported. “Three prime ministers, five parliament speakers, five vice-presidents and 10 foreign ministers will be surely present in the oathtaking ceremony of the Iranian president-elect,” said Yasrebi. He said the deputy secretary general of the United Nations and former Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad are also to participate in the ceremony. “The acting president of Iraq will also attend the August 4 ceremony in Iran due to Jalal Talabanis illness,” he said. Yasrebi said the number of European countries attending the ceremony is still uncertain, adding that American officials have not been invited to the event. The foreign guests are planned to be in the Iranian capital on August 3.
terrorists Blow uP railway track QUettA
PESHAWAR: A police official stands near a damaged vehicle after unknown men attacked a convoy at Wazir Bagh area. INP
government to issue working paper before apC
Lahore-bound Quetta Express escaped disaster on Sunday after unidentified terrorists blew up a portion of the railway track in Musa Colony. According to railway officials, unidentified people planted explosives with the railway track at Musa Colony in Sariab area. No loss of life occurred in the blast, however, train service was suspended after the explosion. Railway’s officials said that soon after clearance of security agency, the technical staff was sent to start the repair work which was completed and the train service was restored after three hours.
na‚ senate to meet today iSLAmABAD: The acting president has summoned the sessions of the National Assembly and the Senate to meet separately at the Parliament House today (Monday) at 4pm. NNI
Close to 300 people have died in violence since Sisi deposed Mursi. Besides the Cairo bloodshed, some of the worst violence has been in the lawless Sinai peninsula, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, where Islamist militants have targeted security forces on an almost daily basis. State news agency MENA said on Sunday that 10 "terrorist elements" in north Sinai had been killed and 20 others arrested in security sweeps over the past 48 hours. Egypt's Salafi Nour party, the country's second-biggest Islamist movement which has supported the army road map, said Saturday's bloodshed showed the need for a political solution. "The crisis will not be resolved with crowds and counter crowds and neither will it be solved through violence," party chief Younes Makhyoun said. Islamist politician and former presidential candidate Mohamed Selim al-Awa offered a compromise that would see Mursi reinstated but with new elections within months. It was swiftly rejected by the interim presidency and Egypt's biggest liberal and leftist coalition, the National Salvation Front (NSF). "It's clearly a non-starter," said NSF spokesman Khaled Dawoud. "You can't rewrite history; Mursi is out and there is already a road map."
pm tasks cH nisar to contact various political parties for devising a policy ISLAMABAD INP
The federal government has decided in principle to issue a working paper before the All Parties Conference (APC) expected to be called after Eid in order to devise a strategy for holding meaningful consultations over the grave challenges being faced by the country. According to reports, the fresh spate of terror attacks has troubled the newlyelected PML-N government and its wants to devise a national policy to counter terrorism as soon as possible. Nawaz Sharif
military leadersHip sends sent its recommendations to tHe government has tasked Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to contact various political parties for devising a policy on countering terrorism and necessary legislation if needed. Nisar has started the consultative meetings and held his first meeting with Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan to devise a plan for meaningful talks with the Taliban. Several political parties had asked the government to provide them the working paper ahead of the APC in order to make the consultations meaningful. The government intends to hold a closed-door meeting to make a compre-
hensive plan to counter the menace of terrorism. The interior minister will hold further meetings with different political parties in the coming days. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the military leadership has sent its recommendations to the government for new national security policy. In its recommendations, the military leadership has urged the need for making the new national security policy broad-based. It has been suggested that shortand long-term planning should be made for implementing this policy and no important aspect should be left out. The sources said one of the main reasons behind delay in formation of the national security policy was that all the stakeholders were still not unanimous on the line of action. Sources said the government had been asked to take some difficult and hard decisions for implementation of the security policy.
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Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid has denied the rumors that the nationalist parties are annoyed with PMLN for making contact with the MQM. While talking to local media on Sunday, he said the PML-N only requested the MQM to cast vote in Mamnoon’s favour but did not offer any ministry to them. Tomorrow the Nationalist parties may also require the MQM’s vote for their prime minister, he added. He said the PPP knew the consequences of presidential elections and it would be very difficult for them to digest these results, so they boycotted the polls. Back in 2007, when a uniformed president was contesting the elections, the PPP took part in the presidential polls but this time round they had decided to stay away from the presidential polls when a democratic govt was in the rule, the minister expressed his wonder. The boycott would leave a bad sign on the democratic face of the PPP. “No one is angry with the ruling PML-N. The prime minister is in touch with all the coalition partners .It is a routine matter that political parties meet each other. We met the MQM regarding presidential elections. We went to all the political leadership including Fazal-ur-Rehman, Aftab Sahrpao, Akhtar Mangal, Pir Pagara and Mumtaz Bhutto and requested them for vote”, he said.
three Prisoners escaPe in di khan central jail attack MonItorIng DeSk Three prisoners managed to escape when prisoners inside Dera Ismail Khan Central Jail attacked and took police officials hostage, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Police fired and used tear gas to disperse the attackers in retaliation, leaving three prisoners injured and 10 unconscious. Ten prisoners managed to escape amidst the chaos, sources reported, out which seven have been recaptured. Dera Ismail Khan DPO Sohail Ahmad said all prisoners, including miscreants and those who had fled, had been brought under control.