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Barack Obama's administration signed a UN treaty on Wednesday to track exports of firearms and other conventional weapons, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world's largest exporter of conventional arms, accounting for 30 per cent of the $90 billion global industry. The landmark treaty aims to curb weapons shipments to extremists and conflict areas. Secretary of State John Kerry, signing on behalf of the United States, in an oversized book at the UN headquarters, called the treaty a “significant step” for global peace efforts. pag e 04

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shebab claim 137 killed in nairobi mall siege

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for a development agenda that is not based on aid alone but promotes market access and economic partnerships among developing and developed countries to achieve the goal of sustainable development. “I am an advocate of trade not aid; market access, economic partnerships, and transfer of technology and scientific know-how,” the prime minister said in his key note address at the high-level political forum on sustainable development on Tuesday. The prime minister was invited by the president of UN General Assembly to share his ideas and suggestions on the issue of global partnerships. pag e 13

Somalia’s Shebab insurgents claimed Wednesday 137 hostages they had seized died in a Nairobi shopping mall siege, figures impossible to verify and higher than the number of people officially registered as missing. The al Qaeda-linked fighters, in a message posted on Twitter, said “137 hostages who were being held by the mujahedeen” had died. They also accused Kenyan troops of using “chemical agents” to end the four-day stand-off. “In an act of sheer cowardice, beleaguered Kenyan forces deliberately fired projectiles containing chemical agents,” one tweet read. pag e 06


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4.7 magnitude earthquake shakes kP ISLAMABAD: An earthquake of 4.7 magnitude on Richter scale jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday. Officials said the tremors were felt in Chitral and Malakand Agency, a private TV channel reported. The Met Office said the epicentre of the quake was Hindukush mountainous region. Death toll from Tuesday’s powerful earthquake in southwestern Pakistan rose to 208 after scores of houses collapsed in Balochistan. The earthquake struck thinly populated province of Balochistan on Tuesday and was felt across South Asia. The Pakistan Army's rescue and relief activities are underway. APP

riaz offers to rebuild homes destroyed by quake Former Bahria Town chairman Malik Riaz has offered to reconstruct all homes which were destroyed during the devastating earthquake which struck Balochistan. Riaz said reconstruction work could begin in 15 days if the government provided security. As many as 328 people lost their lives in the earthquake and countless homes have been destroyed in the Awaran and Kech districts of Balochistan. MONITORING DESK

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HE death toll from the powerful Balochistan earthquake rose to 348 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on residents throughout the remote and thinly populated area, local officials said. The Pakistan Army airlifted hundreds of soldiers to help with the aftermath of the worst earthquake in the South Asian country since 2005, when about 75,000 people were killed in the country's north. Tuesday's earthquake of magnitude 7.7 struck Balochistan, and was felt across South Asia. It destroyed houses and cut communications with the worst affected district of Awaran, and was so powerful it caused a small island to emerge from the Arabian Sea, just off the Gwadar coast. "Two hundred and eighty-five bodies have so far been recovered in the Awaran district," Abdul Rasheed Gogazai, the deputy commissioner of Awaran, the worst affected town, with a population of about 200,000, said. "And 42 bodies were found in the neighbouring Kech district. We have started to bury the dead." The spokesman of the government's

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Kamran Zia, put the death toll at 259 by early Wednesday evening. Rescue teams found it hard to reach

the remote location quickly, and some officials said the death toll was likely to rise as emergency workers fanned further into the mountains to assess the damage. Mohammad Shabir, a journalist, described scenes of grief and chaos in villages, saying survivors were digging rows of graves and picking through the debris. "As far as the human eye can see, all the houses here have been flattened," he said, adding that rescue teams were dis-

tributing supplies. Island: To the south, on the beach near Gwadar port, crowds of bewildered residents gathered to witness the rare phenomenon of an island that the quake thrust up out of the sea. The island would not survive long because sea waves would eventually break it down, the NDMA spokesman said. "This is not a permanent structure, just a body of mud," he added. "It will disappear over time."

AWARAN: A boy sits near his house which collapsed following a strong earthquake the other day. INP

Mps call for escalating response to quake-hit people Nisar coNfirms HasHmi Never accepted fuNds for treatmeNt abroad ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR

With the death toll in Balochistan earthquake crossing the 328 mark, the members of the Lower House of parliament on Wednesday adopted a unanimous resolution to condole and sympathise with the bereaved families over the tragedy which had brought the already fragile Balochistan government on its knees. They also asked the federal and Balochistan governments to wake up from a deep slumber and double the efforts of rescue and relief across the affected areas. During the lacklustre session, legislators from major opposition parties including the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Jamaate-Islami (JI) staged a walkout from the proceedings against what they called the "non-serious attitude" of the government towards the human catastrophe in Balochistan. A resolution was also moved by the opposition's lawmaker Shazia Marri that

was supported not only by other opposition parties but the treasury benches also responded positively. The House also echoed with the demand of a review of blasphemy law when a member of the opposition, Syed Gohar Shah, said there was no need to review the law. Launching a tirade against federal and Balochistan governments, Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah referred to the empty treasury benches, saying that it reflected how much the government was concerned about the quake-affected people

dying in Balochistan. Amid slogans of "shame shame", Shah said the federal government had yet not shared any information on the loss of life and property in the disaster-hit areas. He wondered if Balochistan was not part of Pakistan, adding “why the (PML-N) government is silent on such a huge disaster”? Shah said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have appealed to friendly states at the United Nations (UN) seeking their assistance in the relief of the quake-hit people of Balochistan. He hoped the prime minis-

KARACHI: Army rescue and relief teams leave the city for the earthquake-hit areas in Balochistan on Wednesday. INP

ter would hold a press conference at the UN headquarters over this issue. Later, Shah led a walkout from the House, flowed by the PTI and the Jamaate-Islami lawmakers. However, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) did not support the move. Though Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab made an attempt to counter Shah’s attack, he failed to make any impact. Rejecting the “observations” of the opposition benches about non-serious attitude of the government, Aftab said the government was well aware of the intensity of the Balochistan tragedy and army medical core teams had been sent to the affected areas. He said the federal government was in touch with the Balochistan government and soon the details would be shared with the House. Following this failed attempt, PML-N's loudmouth Saad Rafique made an attempt to respond to the arguments made by Shah. Strongly reacting to the opposition’s walkout, Saad wondered how could such an attitude help the quake-hit people of Balochistan. Later, when the opposition lawmakers returned to the House, PTI’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shah Mahmood Quereshi said the government should have briefed the House with a clear picture on the Balochistan earthquake. He said the ruling coalition in Balochis-

tan had failed to even finalise the cabinet, adding that that only three ministers could not oversee the relief activities of the most deprived province of the country Qureshi said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have returned and dealt with the situation rather than staying in the US. Earlier, PTI President Javed Hashmi again challenged the government’s claim of paying Rs five million for his treatment abroad during the past tenure, and asked the government to come clean over the subject to set the record straight. Responding to his point, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan confirmed that Hashmi had never accepted the amount. He, however, asserted that the money had been withdrawn from the treasurer, adding that there was no record as to who had withdrew it in Hashmi's name. Nisar said the record of billions of rupees withdrawn in the name of prime minister's discretionary fund, ERRA and other accounts was also missing. Hashmi regretted that if embezzlements were made in the name of parliamentarians, who would care to cater to the rights of the poor of the country. Sardar Awais Leghari, on a point of order, drew the attention of the House over the Indian violation of 1991 water accord, asking the government to take notice of the matter and raise the issue at some proper forum.


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manmohan decides he will meet nawaz iNdiaN pm says ‘looks forward to meet witH leaders of baNgladesH, Nepal aNd pakistaN’ UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES

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NDIAN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday confirmed he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, after raised tensions between the neighbours. “During my visit to New York, I… look forward to bilateral meetings with the leaders of some of our neighbouring countries,

including Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan," Singh said in a statement before leaving for the United States. The meeting had been in jeopardy after five Indian soldiers were killed in August

along the Line of Control (LoC), an ambush which Delhi blamed on the Pakistan Army. Islamabad denied any responsibility for the ambush, which sparked weeks of tensions and deadly military skirmishes between the neighbours over the Himalayan territory. Both sides have been accusing each other for the similar violations but since winning an election in May, Nawaz has been vocal in his desire for better relations with India, but the recent flare-ups along the LoC have overshadowed the prospects. The meeting, which the local media have said is expected to take place on the weekend, raises hopes of improved relations, including a resumption of stalled peace talks. A deadly flare-up along the LoC in January brought a halt to official peace talks that had only just resumed. naWaZ “VERY HaPPY”: After

Will be 'veRy happy' tO Meet ManMOhan singh being informed about his Indian counterp a r t ’ s willingness to a m e e t i n g , Nawaz said he was looking NAWAz SHARIf forward to it. "I will be very happy to meet him (Singh) and we hope to

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Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Bradar has reached North Wazirstan Agency (NWA) after his recent release and has started efforts for a dialogue process between the government and Taliban groups. According to media reports, Baradar has started meetings with the Haqqani group, Afghan Taliban and the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan. Participating in meetings of the ‘Taliban Shura’, Baradar is trying to unite all extremist factions on a single agenda regarding the dialogue process.

PESHAWAR Three people were killed and seven others injured on Wednesday when armed men attacked an under-construction dam in Halimzai area of Mohmand Agency. According to the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), around a dozen militants attacked the dam site at 1:30 pm and also kidnapped four civilians, including two engineers working on the project. The attack damaged the dam’s installation as the militants set fire to an excavator and other machinery on the site. The militants planted an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road leading to the dam, which hit a vehicle transporting labourers, killing two labourers and a contractor. An official said that earlier, the militants had kidnapped two workers from the site. As backup personnel began arriving at the dam, the militants blew up their vehicle using an IED. Security forces reached the site of attack and started a search operation.

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has said sanctions imposed by the Unites States on Tehran over the nuclear issue do not apply to Pakistan’s gas pipeline project with Iran, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif discussed energy cooperation with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Nawaz congratulated the Iranian leader on his recent election success and the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, including energy cooperation, their countries’ support for peace in Afghanistan and the challenges being faced by the Muslim Ummah. Sharif said cooperation in the energy sector would “serve the interest of both the countries”. The two countries agreed that Afghanistan’s neighbours needed to work closely with the Afghan government and support an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led political process.

pick up the threads from where we left in 1999," Nawaz told reporters inside the UN building in New York. Sharif was referring to his historic meeting with then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who travelled to Lahore by bus in 1999 for bilateral talks. He spoke after emerging from a meeting held adjacent to a room where External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was holding talks with a Palestinian delegation.

Surprising many with his demand for allowing the Taliban to open an office in the country, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday also urged the government to declare a ceasefire if it was serious about holding peace talks with militants in Pakistan. The PTI chairman called on the government to allow militants to open an office in Pakistan, similar to the Afghan Taliban office in Qatar, to facilitate the dialogue process. Talking to reporters outside the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) after enquiring about the health of the people injured in twin suicide blasts at Pe-

should allow militants to establish an shawar All Saints Church, Khan said it was not possible to hold peace office in Pakistan to hold peace talks when the war was still going talks, adding that negotiations were on. “Let them open an office and if not possible without conducting talks there’s any terrorist attack, we could and the nine-year long war against ask them terrorism would continue. who did it,” Discussing the church atthe PTI chief tack which killed 83 peosaid. He said ple, Khan alleged that the that it was incident was being politidecided durcised. He said the PTI had ing the not politicized the 170 fourth All blasts that took Parties Conplace in Khyber ference Pakhtunkhwa (APC) that in the past peace talks nine years. would be held but no solution had iMRan khan yet been worked out. pti cHief Khans stressed that the government should take the negotiations seriously and declare a ceasefire. He said the government

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Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ziaullah Afridi on Wednesday said the government has unearthed illegal practices and corruption of millions of rupees in the Mineral Department. The government had conducted an enquiry and ordered for recovery of Rs 20 crore from those who committed corruption and irregularity. An immediate suspension of four officials, including then director general of mines and minerals Mian Farooq Iqbal, deputy director Irfanullah, deputy director Roz Amin and deputy director Yaqoob Nawaz have been recommended, he added. This was disclosed by Afridi during an interaction with media in his office.

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Human Rights Society of Pakistan Chairman SM Zafar on Tuesday said 209 incidents of terrorism in 208 days of the takeover by a democratically-elected government is not an ordinary statistic which can be ignored. Through a statement, he also said, “When I see it through the prism of the leadership of Taliban and its many allies, I find them amused that they find the Pakistani Nation united in condemnation of the act of terrorism but is patently divided for taking any action. Obviously, from their view point and level of success, the situation is laughable. I wonder how our leaders read this phenomena.”


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sc sees no harm in late night Phone chats ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Supreme Court judge Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani has said no one can be stopped from talking over the telephone at night unless they misuse it. Presiding over a two-member SC bench on Wednesday, which was hearing an appeal filed by mobile phone companies against the decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the inexpensive night chat packages case, the judge said the dysfunctional PTA could not impose such a ban. The PTA counsel plead during the course of the hearing that the PTA Human Rights Cell had been receiving complaints that the cheap night chat packages introduced by the mobile phone companies could make the youth immoral and so the PTA had decided to ban the packages. The court questioned how such steps could be taken when the PTA did not have any chairman or members. The PTA counsel told the court that a chairman and members would be appointed within a week and asked for one week time. The mobile companies requested the court to issue a stay order against the IHC decision to which the court replied that a decision would be taken after hearing the stance of the attorney general (AG). The court issued notices to the AG and PTA and adjourned the hearing of the appeal for an indefinite period.

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S President Barack Obama's administration signed a UN treaty on Wednesday to track exports of firearms and other conventional weapons, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world's largest exporter of conventional arms, accounting for 30 per cent of the $90 billion global industry. The landmark treaty aims to curb weapons shipments to extremists and conflict areas. Secretary of State John Kerry, signing on behalf of the United States, in an oversized book at the UN headquarters, called the treaty a “significant step” for global peace efforts. “This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors,” Kerry said after signing the Arms Trade Treaty in front of UN officials. “This treaty strengthens our security and builds global security without undermining the legitimate international trade in conventional arms,” he said. A spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed the US signature as having “particular significance”

“This treaty will not diminish anyone's freedom,” Kerry said. “In fact, the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess and use arms for legitimate purposes,” he said. If the Senate refuses to ratify the treaty, the United States could face the same situation as under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change in which it helped draft the pact but remained a conspicuous holdout.

island created by methane gas in gwadar ‘will not last’: scientists ISLAMABAD

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A small island created in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar Port by the huge earthquake that hit south-west Pakistan has fascinated locals, but scientists say it is unlikely to last long. Off the coastline near the port, some 400 kilometres from the epicentre, people were astonished to see a new piece of land surface from the waves. “It is not a small thing, but a huge thing which has emerged from under the water,” Muhammad Rustam, a Gwadar resident, said. “It looked very, very strange to me and also a bit scary because suddenly a huge thing has emerged from the water.” Muhammad Danish, a marine biologist from Pakistan National Institute of Oceanography, said a team of experts had visited the island and found methane gas rising.

Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. The seniority list of judges issued by the Supreme Court on Wednesday revealed that after the CJP, Justice Jillani is on the top of the seniority list, whereas Justice Nasirul Mulk comes on second place. The list shows that Justice Jawad S. Khawaja is on the third place whereas Justice Zaheer Anwar Jamali comes on fourth position. Similarly Justice Khilji Arif Hussain comes on fifth status in the seniority list. It is very much possible that after the retirement of Justice Chaudhry in December this year, senior most judge, Justice Jillani might be elevated to the post of the CJP.

and said the treaty would “contribute to efforts to reduce insecurity and suffering for people on all continents.” Kerry devoted much of his remarks to assuaging concerns inside the United States, where the weapons industry holds sizable political sway. The Senate needs to ratify the treaty, which has quickly galvanized US conservatives who are deeply suspicious of both gun regulations and the United Nations.

One MORe island sURfaCes Off MakRan COast Following the strong earthquake of 7.7 magnitude that hit Balochistan on Tuesday, one more island has emerged to the sea surface off coastal town of Ormara, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the new island appeared near River Basil. On Tuesday, an island had emerged off Gwadar coast which was given the name ‘Zalzala Jazeera’ (island earthquake). MONITORING DESK

“Our team found bubbles rising from the surface of the island which caught fire when a match was lit and we forbade our team to start any flame. It is methane gas,” Danish said. The island is about 18 to 21 metres high, up to 100 metre wide and up to 40 metre long, he said. Gary Gibson, a seismologist with Australia’s University of Melbourne, said the new island was likely to be a “mud volcano”, created by methane gas

forcing material upwards during the violent shaking of the earthquake. “It happened before in that area but it’s certainly an unusual event, very rare,” Gibson said, adding that it was “very curious” to see such activity some 400 kilometres from the quake’s epicentre. The so-called island is not a fixed structure but a body of mud that will be broken down by wave activity and dispersed over time, the scientist said.

tHou sHalt Not wear jeaNs aNd tigHts Nust makes weariNg of ‘dupatta’ maNdatory for girls, baNs jeaNs oN campus MONITORING DESK The management of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has made it mandatory for female students to wear ‘dupatta’ and put a ban on wearing ‘jeans’ in the premises of the university, the Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday. The NUST management, however, has denied the report, saying that students have been instructed to wear ‘decent’ dresses. According to a notice pasted on the notice board of the university, 11

students have been fined because of different reasons, including smoking and eating in labs. As many as seven students have been fined for not wearing dupatta or wearing jeans and tights. A document signed by NUST’s Deputy Director (Administration) Abdul Nasir shows that some female students have been fined Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 for wearing jeans and tights and for not wearing dupatta. According to the document, RA, a student of BBA, was fined Rs1,000 for wearing jeans and SM, another BBA student, was fined Rs500 for wearing tights. Another five students — ZB, HA, AT, AB and SM — were asked to pay fines ranging between Rs500 and Rs1,000 for not wearing dupatta. All the students were checked on Sept 17 and were found without dupatta. According to a faculty member, NUST does not allow

formation of academic staff association. Talking on condition of anonymity, he said no one from faculty members would comment on the issue. The environment in the university was very strict because all important administrative posts were held by retired army officers, he added. “Male and female students are not allowed to sit together and they are fined for violation. Teachers and students know that they will be fired and rusticated if they do anything against the will of the administration,” he said. Another faculty member who works in the Rawalpindi campus of the university said that top management of the university was liberal, but junior officers were very strict and they were running the university like a ‘military academy’. NUST spokesman Irshad Rao was

contacted through Public Relation Officer Syed Raza Ali, but he refused to respond on the issue. Raza Ali told Dawn that he had seen the notice but he could not say anything about it because the management did not share such things with the media wing. “As far as I know the management has instructed students to wear formal dresses and in case of violation they are fined. The Media wing will look into it on Wednesday,” he added. Personal Staff Officer of Rector Col Mohsin said that students were allowed to wear any kind of dress. However, he added, students were not allowed to wear indecent dresses. “Shorts are not allowed in university’s premises. As far as Hijab is concerned, it is up to the will of parents,” he said. When he was asked about the notice of fines, Mohsin said that he was not aware of it.

“There's no possible way that he'll have the votes,” Republican Senator Jim Inhofe said of Kerry and the arms treaty. Inhofe likened the signature to the trip by Kerry, then a senator, to the 2009 UN summit in Copenhagen where he vowed US action on climate change. Legislation ultimately died in the Senate. “He's doing it just for theater,” Inhofe told AFP in Washington. The United States hesitated at finalizing the arms treaty as Obama faced reelection last year. But the United States was part of efforts that sealed the treaty earlier this year, although critics say it watered it down to avoid any international enforcement. A tough fight ahead: Only three nations -- Iran, North Korea and Syria -- voted against the treaty at the UN General Assembly on April 2. But 23 others abstained, including major players China, India and Russia. Russia, which along with Iran is the chief supporter of Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad, said that the treaty was too vague and could be used for political ends. The treaty requires states to prohibit shipments of weapons that could be used in human rights violations including “attacks directed against civilian objects.”

sc asks govt to Present Policy on missing Persons ISLAMABAD ONLINE

The Supreme Court has sought the government’s the policy on the recovery of missing persons by October 1. The three-member SC bench resumed hearing the missing persons’ case on Wednesday. During the proceeding, the chief justice said secret agencies were being accused of involvement in the abduction of missing persons. “Why doesn’t the government legislate on the missing persons’ issue to resolve it according to the law. The number of missing persons is on the rise on a daily basis,” he added. He asked now that a democratic government was in power, why were such issues coming to the surface? He said the government had made a task force but nothing had come out of it. Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar represented the federal government in the court. The CJP asked him to present a clear policy on the missing persons’ case at the next hearing and adjourned further proceedings until October 1.

khattak stePs down as Pti secretary general MONITORING DESK Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Wednesday resigned from his post as secretary general of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Jahangir Tareen will be the new secretary general. PTI Chairman Imran Khan is known to be against the idea of officials juggling responsibilities in government offices while simultaneously occupying party positions. Spokespersons for PTI revealed that the party’s central executive committee, which held an extended meeting a few days ago, decided that dual offices would not be allowed, though a final decision in the matter had been left up to Imran Khan. Following increased criticism over being unable to attend to his dual responsibilities after the recent Peshawar church blasts, Pervez Khattak finally resigned from his party post on Wednesday.


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HRISTIAN leaders should arrange private security guards from their own community along with the efforts made by the government agencies to maintain security arrangements of the churches. This was said by Rawalpindi Commissioner Khalid Masud Chaudhry while presiding over a meeting in his office of clergy men of churches on Wednesday. Acting Regional Police Officer (RPO) Bilal Siddique Kamiana, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar, Additional Commissioner Habib Ullah, Pastor Pervez Suhail, Christian Action Committee Chairman Suhail Ishtiaq, Pastor Javed Johnson Peter from Attock, Pastor Suhail Mubarik for Chakwal, Father Ijaz Basharat for Jhelum, Pastor Johnson Bhatti and other Christian leaders participated in the meeting. He said women private guards should also be deputed for the purpose so that the internal security of the churches could be ensured and external security should be arranged by the police department. The training of private security guards would be arranged under Rescue 1122 in their respective districts. The list of private

facebook or Pakbook? The number of Pakistani users on Facebook is between 10.6 and 11.8 million of which 7.4 to 8.2 million are men and 3.0 to 3.4 million are women IslaMaBad: Pakistani users of the social networking site Facebook have crossed 10 million, according to Facebook Ads Manager. The ads manager cites that the number of Pakistani users on Facebook is between 10.6-11.8 million of which 7.4-8.2 million are men and 3.0-3.4 million are women. Of these users, 2.3-2.5 million are single and out of this 1.7-1.8 million are men and 0.7-0.78 million are women. There are 1.0-1.2 million who are either married, engaged or in a relationship. Half of the users are between the ages of 18-24. This indicates that the social networking site is mostly used by youth. Additionally, 2.9-3.2 million local Facebook users are university graduates, of which 2.1-2.3 million are men and 0.78-0.86 million are women. INP

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security guards should be furnished to DCO office for onward transmission to the Home Department to issue the arms licences for them after scrutiny of their particulars, he added. Commissioner said that the Christian community should avoid arranging conventions at open places and incase it has to be arranged at an open place or in the church, the respective police station must be informed to make adequate security arrangements. DCOs had already been directed that they should arrange meetings from time to time with the Christian leaders and the security arrangements must be done according to the sensitivity of the location to avoid any untoward incident. He said that every possible step was taken for the safety of churches in the division and they would not be left helpless in this regard. Acting RPO Bilal Siddique Kamiana while addressing the meeting said SDPOs

had been directed to visit personally every church to review the security arrangements being done by the police department. He informed that a committee would be constituted under the chairmanship of SDPOs on every sub divisional level which would be called liaison committees. The committee would be convened monthly with the Christian leaders to solve their problems. SHOs would also be the member of these committees. The Christian leaders while expressing their views in the meeting said that district and divisional administration would be given earnest cooperation in the maintenance of law and order and to maintain peaceful atmosphere. The commissioner announced that meeting of Divisional Liaison Committee with the Christian leaders would be arranged every month for the mutual discussion about the problems of Christian community.

UNDP appreciates devolution of power ISLAMABAD

cda Plans a new housing scheme IslaMaBad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has planned a new housing scheme with the name of Gandhara Enclave at the entry point of Margalla Avenue. This housing scheme will be built on 332 kanals of land. According to the plan, five apartment towers will be constructed on 24 kanals land, while 20 plots of 90x50 and 44 plots of 40x80 will also be sold to the interested citizens. A shopping mall will be constructed on 26 kanal, a school on four kanals, hospital on six kanals and a cinema on three kanals of land. A mosque will also be constructed in the housing scheme and 59 kanal land has been reserved for green area and 177 kanals for roads and parks. INP

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The center and the provinces need to work together for improvement of governance. This was said by Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada at the inaugural session of three day international conference on ‘Participatory Federalism and Decentralisation’ on Wednesday. He said the federal government on its part will continue to work towards strengthening of intra governmental relations. He said there are different political parties and coalitions in power in different tiers and all need to work collectively for strengthening of the system. Speaking on the occasion‚ Pakistan People’s Party leader Taj Haider said democracy has taken firm roots in Pakistan after facing several challenges. Asia and the Pacific Bureau of United Nations Development Program Deputy Assistant

Administrator (DAA) Nicholas Rosellini appreciated Pakistan’s endeavors regarding devolution of

powers to the grass roots level. He said it is a welcoming step that the provincial governments are currently

designing the local government systems‚ which will help alleviate issues of inequality and poverty.

IslaMaBad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) following the orders of CDA chairman has reshuffled 5 of its officers by transferring them from one section to another. As per details, Deputy Director (DD) Coordination Kamran Bakht, DD Sports and Culture Malik ATTA, DD Public Relations Malik Mohammad Saleem and Assistant Director (AD) Sheraz Sami have been directed to report in HR directorate while DD Abdul Hakeem has been appointed as DD Coordination. In CDA, posts of director general admin and member admin are vacated for last few days, due to which much of work in department is being delayed. O NL IN E


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etd nets 15 union councils to increase tax net RaWalPIndI: Rawalpindi Excise and Taxation Department (ETD) has integrated 15 union councils of Potohar town, Bahria Town, Fazaya Colony and Defence Housing Society into property tax net. ETD has issued notification on inclusion of these rural areas and union councils into urban areas for levying property tax. The new areas which have been brought into tax net following the expansion of urban area have been divided into 8 different categories ranging between A to H. The minimum rate of property tax slapped in these new areas stands at 25 paisas per square foot while the maximum rate of property tax has been fixed at Rs 120 per square foot. Property tax at this rate has been imposed with immediate effect. The major domestic and commercial properties will fall under A to C categories. The posh areas have been included in A category and the backward rural areas fall under category H. ONLINE

over sPeeding motorbike takes two lives RaWalPIndI: At least two persons were killed and two others injured when a motorcycle slipped and hit a footpath on Wednesday. According to rescue sources the accident took place at Airport Road where an over speeding motorcycle slipped and hit footpath by roadside. Two riding motorcycle were killed on the spot while two others including a passerby sustained injuries. The rescue personnel reached on the scene and moved the bodies and injured to the hospital. Eye witnesses said the accident occurred due to over speeding and zigzag driving of the motorcyclist.INP

MinisteR ReCOgnises 32 ReseaRCheRs in five CategORies ISLAMABAD ONLINE

You are a role model for your colleagues and students. Hope you will be involved more energetically to boost research culture in your institutions.” This was said by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid while addressing the 3rd Outstanding Research Awards ceremony for 2010-11 at HEC Secretariat on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by HEC Executive Director Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and Director General (R&D) Dr Mazhar Saeed and others. He said HEC has given higher education institutions a focus and encouraged faculty members by granting scholarships. Awarding 32 researchers in five categories, Zahid Hamid said after creating the research facilities and inducting qualified researchers in the universities, the next step of HEC should be focused on the priority research areas by inventing solutions to problems that face our society. Awards for Best Research Paper went to Fatima Jinnah Women University’s Dr Rohama Gill, National University of

Sciences and Technology’s (NUST) Dr Mubasher Jamil, National Institute of Laser and Optronics’s Dr Muhammad Atif, Quaid-i-Azam University’s Dr Khalid Saifullah, NESCOM General Manager Dr Javed Iqbal, Government College University (GCU) Faisalabad’s Dr Adnan Ali, Lady Reading Hospital Postgraduate Medical Institute’s Dr Saeed Farooq, University of the Punjab’s (UoP) Muhammad Ilyas, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad’s Dr Arshad Mehmood Abbasi, University of Swabi’s Dr Abad Khan, University of Malakand’s Murad Khan, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission’s Dr Muddassar Abbas Rizvi, NUST’s Dr Sher Jamal Khan, PIEAS’s Dr Abdul Majid, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro’s Dr Khanji Harijan, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Dr Muhammad Abdullah, NUST’s Dr Faisal Jamil, Government MC Boys High School Mianwali’s Dr Shafqat Hussain, Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Dr Sajid Bashir, , and International Islamic University Islamabad’s Dr Zafar Iqbal. Best Young Research Scholar Awards were given to Quaid-i-Azam University’s

Dr Sohail Nadeem, Aga Khan University’s Dr Naveed Ahmed Khan, NUST’s Dr Osman Hasan, and UoP’s Dr Muhammad Usman Awan. Best Book Publication Awards were won by NUST’s Dr Shoaib Khan, GIK Institute’s Dr Wasim Ahmed Khan, UoP’s Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chawla, Quaid-i-Azam University’s Dr

Ilhan Niaz, and FUUAST School of Economics’s Dr Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi. Lifetime Academic Achievement Award went to Lahore Garrison University Vice Chancellor Dr Jamil Anwar, University College of Agriculture’s Dr Muhammad Ashraf, and LUMS’s Dr Rasul Bakhsh Rais. On the occasion

traffic Jams: a Pain in the neck! IslaMaBad: Traffic mess outside schools and colleges of the federal capital at the time of off time has become a routine, while the officials of Islamabad Traffic Police are reluctant to take action against the violators. Most of the parents park their vehicles on the roads to pick their children from schools and colleges, creating traffic jams. The traffic police officials helplessly try to control the traffic but are unable to take any action as the violators also include influential people. Acting Senior Superintendent of Police Asmatullah Junejo said they have decided to deploy more traffic police officials outside the schools to ensure smooth flow of traffic. He also appealed to the parents and administrations of the schools and colleges to cooperate with the police officials. He advised the parents to park their vehicle on extreme left lane of the roads in a queue. INP

transPort fares to see a fair increase RaWalPIndI: Regional Transport Authority (RTA), on the demand of the transporters unions, has decided in principle to increase fares of public transport and a summary in this connection will be sent to Punjab secretary transport soon. A 25 to 40 percent hike in the fare of local transport in Rawalpindi and inter-city buses is expected. The transporters had been demanding the raise in the fare on the pretext of prolonged load shedding of CNG and removal of gas cylinders from vehicles, therefore the RTA authorities decided to increase the fares after negotiations with the transporters. This decision has been taken on the condition that the transporters will remove gas cylinders from their vehicles. INP

fEED HIM GOOD: Children playing with their goat at a roadside in the federal capital. INP

faked it bUt COUld nOt Make it! pmdc registrar registers aN fir agaiNst a fake doctor witH ramaNa police ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has caught another fake doctor on Wednesday. According to PM&DC Spokesperson Hina Shauakat the fake doctor named Afzaal Azaz s/o Muhammad Siddiqui was picked up during the faculty registration of the Rashid Latif Medical College Lahore while it was found that the documents of the Afzaal Azaz were

fake and bogus. The fake doctor was working with the college since December 2012. It is pertinent to mention that the fake doctor had used the registration number of a genuine female doctor Dr Amber Noureen Ashraf who is registered under the registration number 59152-p. PM&DC Registrar Dr Amjad took very serious notice of the issue and lodged a FIR in Ramna Police Station against the fake doctor. PM&DC Registrar Dr Amjad explained to the principal of the college the circumstances under which Afzal Azaz had been employed in the college with a bogus PM&DC registration

certificate and in which capacity his application was forwarded to PM&DC for faculty Registration. Dr Amjad when contacted said he had ordered his staff and officers to be more careful to identify all such cases and all these cases may be brought to his notice immediately. He said that the fake/bogus registrations are undermining the repute and prestige of doctors, PM&DC and medical profession nationally and internationally. It will not only compromise the authenticity and credibility of the degrees of Pakistani doctors but will also adversely affect education and training of our doctors abroad.

WORld tOURisM day tOMORROW IslaMaBad: The United Nations (UN) World Tourism Day will be observed on September 27 across the world including Pakistan to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is being held under the theme Tourism and Water “Protecting our Common Future “. This year’s theme highlights tourism’s role in water access and shines a spotlight on the actions currently being taken by the

sector in order to contribute to a more sustainable water future, as well as the challenges ahead. Different types of competitions, such as photo competitions promoting tourism, as well as tourism award presentations in areas such as ecotourism, are held on World Tourism Day. Other activities include free entries, discounts or special offers for the general public to any site of tourism interest. The UNWTO decided in late September 1979 to institute World Tourism Day, which was first celebrated on September 27, 1980. September 27 was chosen as the date for World Tourism


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says ‘roadblocks may prove to be too great, but i firmly believe tHe diplomatic patH must be tested’ Obama and Rowhani’s speeches to the UN General Assembly and the failure to orchestrate at least a symbolic handshake between them. Obama said mistrust between the United States and Iran has “deep roots” and that Tehran’s “pursuit of nuclear weapons” would remain a US foreign policy priority. But a “meaningful agreement” between the arch-rivals is possible, he added. “I don’t believe this difficult history can be overcome overnight – the suspicion runs too deep,” said Obama. “But I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme that can serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship – one based on mutual interests and mutual respect.” “To succeed, conciliatory words will

have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable” on the nuclear programme. “The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama said, adding

that he had ordered US Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue diplomatic efforts. Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet for the first time at international talks on Iran’s nuclear

programme on Thursday. Rowhani said Iran poses “absolutely no threat to the world”, in his speech and condemned international sanctions against Iran. If Obama rejects “the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups, we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences”, the Iranian leader said, insisting that his country’s nuclear drive is “exclusively peaceful”. “Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions,” Rowhani said. He added that the international community had to accept Iran’s nuclear activity, which Western nations say hides an attempt to reach a nuclear bomb capacity. The UN Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment. But Rowhani said it is “an illusion, and extremely unrealistic, to presume that the peaceful nature of the nuclear programme of Iran could be ensured through impeding the program via illegitimate pressures”.

us targeted indian diplomats with sophisticated bugs: report NEW DELHI INP

HYDERABAD: Activists of Jeay Sindh Students Federation hold a protest against religious extremism outside Hyderabad Press Club. INP

cross-border shelling: Pakistan registers protest with afghan diplomat IslaMaBad: Pakistan registered a strong protest with the Afghan Charge d’ Affaires over the unprovoked mortar shelling in North Waziristan by the Afghan Border Police on September 24, said a statement issued by the Foreign Office. The Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office on the evening of September 24 and the protest was lodged over the cross-border shelling which killed two civilians and injured another in the Bangi Dar area near the Afghan border. In addition to conveying its concern over the cross-border shelling, the Government of Pakistan also called on Afghan authorities to prevent recurrence of such incidents. The Foreign Office reiterated that such incidents undermined border coordination and cooperation mechanism in place and were detrimental to cooperative ties between the two neighbouring countries. STAFF REPORT

afghan foreign minister positive on pakistan ties rassoul says release of baradar is first sigNal tHat Nawaz is keepiNg His promise made witH karzai NEW YORK ONLINE

The Afghan foreign minister was upbeat about his country’s often-acrimonious relations with its Pakistan following release of a former Taliban deputy leader, a move Kabul had long sought to spur peace talks with the Taliban. Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of supporting the anti-government insur-

gency that threatens the fragile authority of President Hamid Karzai despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led forces. But Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the first signal that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keeping his promise made in a meeting with Karzai a month ago to cooperate with Afghanistan. Kabul has sought Baradar’s release since he was arrested in Pakistan in 2010 after holding secret peace talks with the Afghan government. Afghanistan viewed the arrest as an attempt to sabotage the peace effort. But Pakistan is increasingly worried that further instability in Afghanistan could make it more difficult to fight militants at home as the US prepares to

withdraw most of its combat forces from the country by 2014. Rassoul said that Nawaz aims at reviving Pakistan’s economy, and for that he needs to improve security, which requires working with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism. Rassoul is in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. His address on Tuesday was closely watched – not just for his views on the outlook for Afghanistan but because he is considered a likely contender to succeed Karzai. Rassoul, a former national security adviser, batted away questions on whether he would run in the April 2014 elections. He said everyone would find out once the October 6 deadline for candidates to register passed.

The US National Security Agency targeted the Indian embassy in Washington and the Indian UN office in New York with sophisticated surveillance equipment that might have resulted in hard disks being copied, a report said on Wednesday. The Hindu newspaper said the Indian offices were on a top-secret list of countries chosen for intensive spying. The NSA “selected India’s UN office and the embassy as (a) ‘location target’ for infiltrating their computers and telephones with hi-tech bugs,” the paper said, citing a secret internal document from the spy agency. It said India’s missions were marked for various snooping techniques including one codenamed “Lifesaver” which “facilitates imaging of the hard drive of computers”. India and the US have put past difficulties behind them and become firm allies over the last decade, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday. The revelations about US spying activities, leaked through documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, have already strained relations between Obama and his foreign allies, notably Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The Hindu’s report gives more detail on previous revelations published in the Guardian by Greenwald in July that 38 embassies and diplomatic missions were targeted by the NSA, including India’s. New Delhi has previously defended widespread snooping on Internet users and phone calls by US intelligence agencies, saying such scrutiny had helped prevent “terrorist attacks”. But the foreign ministry expressed concern about suspected spying on its diplomatic missions in July and said it would raise the issue with US authorities. The new revelations are likely to lead to calls from the opposition in India for the government to take a firmer line with Washington.

five terrorists killed in bannu BANNU INP

At least five terrorists were killed as security forces repulsed an attack on a check post in Bannu District on Wednesday. A soldier was also wounded in the attack. According to details, the terrorists launched a rocket attack on a check post in the Jani Khel area. The attack was repulsed by security forces and killed five terrorists. One security personnel was also injured in the incident. Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been susceptible to terror activities for a long time.


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over 6.5m children not getting primary education: report ISLAMABAD

Ministry of Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Additional Secretary Khalid Hanif said, “The UN International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) Out-ofSchool Children Study fills these information gaps by providing socioeconomic reasons of exclusion of the out-of-school children.” Children from poor The study households are

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ESPITE achievements in the education sector, over 6.5 million children are still not enrolled in primary education and another 2.7 million are not enrolled at lower secondary level stated a report. The Out of School Children in Pakistan Report was prepared by the government, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics. The report provides an analysis of outof-school children and complements the on-going work in all provinces to scale up evidence-based educational activities and ensure that all children get access to quality education. It also highlights the need for better data to help policy-makers and

education experts to better address challenges and bottlenecks in the education system. Lack of reliable data and its

underutilisation is a serious constraint in framing policies and plans for focused and targeted interventions.

proportionally more out of school-49.2 percent compared to 17.5 percent in the richest quintile. the highest dropout rate is in grade 5 (42.8 percent) indicates that many children do not get lower secondary education and therefore do not complete basic education.

confirms that more girls than boys are out of school; 38.9 percent of primary school-age girls are not attending school, whereas the rate is 30.2 percent for boys. Children from poor households are proportionally more out of school-49.2 percent compared to 17.5 percent in the richest quintile. The highest dropout rate is in grade 5 (42.8 percent) indicates that many children do not get lower secondary education and therefore do not complete basic education. UNICEF Representative in Pakistan Dan Rohrmann said, “The time is ripe to address issues of quality and access to education as commitment to the issue is being expressed at the highest level of government and also in the public and private sector.” Out-of-school children often face discrimination due to gender, poverty and child labour as well as lack of school facilities and learning and teaching materials.

dengue kills four more in swat SWAT: Four dengue patients died on Wednesday and 34 more are in a critical condition said Saidu Sharif Hospital Spokesman Wasil Khan. The spokesman said 82 more dengue patients were admitted in the hospital in the past 24 hours. He said that so far, 3,303 patients had been admitted in the hospital while 2,903 patients had been discharged. As many as 219 patients, including 12 children and 67 women were under treatment at the hospital, he said. APP

civil aviation authority dg’s appointment annulled ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Wednesday declared the appointment of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director General (DG) Khalid Chaudhry null and void. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad Khawaja and Justice Shaikh Azmat heard the case pertaining to the delay in construction of a new airport in Islamabad. Announcing the verdict, the court declared the appointment of CAA DG null and void, stating that it was against the law. During the proceedings, CAA Secretary Muhammad Ali Gardezi informed the SC that the issue of alleged embezzlement in the new Islamabad Airport project had been handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency for investigation. He said there was no supply of water, electricity and roads at the place allegedly allocated for the project. INP

sc dismisses mPa’s membership ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the membership of MPA Arif Mehmood Gill. The case regarding the fake degree of the MPA from PP-59, Samundari area in Faisalabad, was heard by a three-member bench, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed. During the hearing, the bench observed that Gill failed to prove his stance regarding his intermediate degree. Justice Chaudhry remarked that why not contempt of case notice should be issued to Gill for giving false statement. The court directed Gill to appear before the bench on September 30 with all original documents. Gill’s intermediate degree was challenged by Muhammad Younus. APP

SWAT: A provincial lawmaker enquires about the health of a dengue patient at Saidu Sharif Hospital. INP

shebab claim 137 hostages killed in nairobi mall siege NAIROBI AGENCIES

Somalia’s Shebab insurgents claimed Wednesday 137 hostages they had seized died in a Nairobi shopping mall siege, figures impossible to verify and higher than the number of people officially registered as missing. The al Qaeda-linked fighters, in a message posted on Twitter, said “137 hostages who were being held by the mujahedeen” had died. They also accused Kenyan troops of using “chemical agents” to end the four-day stand-off. “In an act of sheer cowardice, beleaguered Kenyan forces deliberately fired projectiles containing chemical agents,” one tweet read.

“To cover their crime, the Kenyan government carried out a demolition to the building, burying evidence and all hostages under the rubble.” President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an end to the 80-hour bloodbath late Tuesday, with the “immense” loss of 61 civilians and six members of the security forces. Police said the death toll was provisional, with the Kenyan Red Cross listing 63 people as still missing. There was no immediate response from Kenya’s government, but the Shebab have in past made repeated outlandish claims, especially on their Twitter site. The Shebab said they carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenya’s two-year battle against the

extremists’ bases in the country. In one of the worst attacks in Kenya’s history, the militants marched into the four-storey, part Israeli-owned mall at midday Saturday, spraying shoppers with automatic weapons fire and tossing grenades. Kenya on Wednesday began three days of official mourning, with flags flying at half mast, while rescue workers scoured the wreckage of the mall for bodies. Close to 200 were wounded in the four-day siege, which saw running battles between militants and security forces in the complex, Nairobi’s largest shopping centre and popular with wealthy Kenyans, diplomats, UN workers and other expatriates.

nawaz lauds bill gates’ support in polio eradication ISLAMABAD APP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has praised the continued interest and support of Bill Gates for polio eradication in Pakistan. Nawaz expressed these views as the founder of Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation called on him on the sidelines of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, a Foreign Office press release said. Nawaz informed Gates that his government had redoubled its efforts to ensure effective implementation of the national emergency action plan to completely eradicate polio in Pakistan. The PM shared with Bill Gates his government’s vision on science and technology pro-

motion. He highlighted the importance of Information Technology and telecommunication sector, especially its job creation potential for the youth of Pakistan. The government is particularly committed to increase IT-related exports, introduction of Egovernment Framework and establishment of Technology Parks, the PM said. He recognised the government’s commitment to reach out to all Pakistani children with polio vaccine for the eradication of this debilitating disease. Gates appreciated the efforts made by Pakistan in the last two years on polio eradication. He thanked the PM for sharing his vision on further strengthening Pakistan’s IT and telecommunication sector.


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HE troubled province of Balochistan faces another unneeded disaster, an act of nature in this instance rather than a man (one uses the term loosely) made one. This time it was not the poor Hazaras or the Punjabi labourers who had been slaughtered in the fair name of religion or for reasons of their ethnicity, neither was it a case of mutilated bodies dumped on the roadside apparently for reasons of national interest. The 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck this tremor prone region on Tuesday left a trail of death and destruction in its wake, wreaking the most damage in its epicentre district of Awaran. So far, out of the 238 deaths reported from the six affected districts of Awaran, Kech, Gwadar, Panjgur, Chaghi and Khuzdar (with a combined population of over 300,000), 208 belonged to the first named, in which area also ninety per cent of the mostly mud houses have collapsed, leaving an unknown number of victims trapped beneath the rubble, while thousands wait for help to reach them – especially in Awaran and Kech. The final toll is unfortunately certain to rise as is borne out by experience, mainly due to the slow reaction time in responding to the emergency, accentuated by the isolation of the region, and lack of infrastructure and relative facilities, including trained manpower especially in this case. Some of the dead have already been buried anonymous and unsung in their helplessness, while the work of extricating those trapped is ongoing. The seriously wounded needing urgent surgical procedures are being flown by helicopter to Karachi where they can be better attended to. But the scale of the devastation and the plight of the survivors demands greater attention in real time. This latest calamity highlights yet again the despair and helplessness of the ordinary man, who is usually left to survive on his own at a time when he most needs a helping hand after a traumatic experience. True, as always in such disasters, the Pakistan Army was quick to reach the worst affected areas but can 100 medical personnel and 1000 troops cope with a disaster of this magnitude, in which the population of Awaran alone is scattered over an area of 21,000 square kilometers? Iran and Turkey have both offered their brotherly assistance, but it is essentially up to the recently elected provincial leadership to mobilize the party cadres and other volunteers and spread them over the whole length and breadth of the tragedy-struck region to ensure an immediate supply chain of essential items like food, water, medicines and medical care. It is also the hour for the civil society in the whole of Pakistan to rise to the occasion and help their brethren in distress by their physical presence and concrete assistance – just like they did when the 2005 earthquake jolted Azad Kashmir and the Northern areas.

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HE Charter of Democracy Article 29 clearly states: the “local bodies elections will be held within three months of the holding of general elections.” Both the PPP and PML-N ruled for five years, one at the centre and Sindh, and the other in the Punjab. Neither held these elections during their tenure. After the 2013 elections, the PMLN controls the centre and the Punjab and the PPP holds sway in Sindh. One had hoped that this time the two leading parties would keep the promise by completing the exercise required under the constitution at the earliest. No such luck, though. Despite pressure exerted by the Supreme Court, both the parties continue to employ delaying tactics. In the case of the cantonment boards no local government elections have been held for the last 14 years. Early this month the ECP and the ministry of defence were reported to have reached a consensus on polls in the cantonments on November 3. On Tuesday the federal government went back on its commitment seeking more time for the exercise. It is not only the PPP and the PML-N that went back on its promises to hold local government polls after coming to power. The PTI has acted similarly. While it took the other parties two years to forget the promise, the PTI was overtaken by amnesia within months. Addressing a press conference in Lahore on April 4 this year, Imran Khan made a firm commitment “to hold local government elections in 90 days after coming into power”. On Tuesday the SC expressed unhappiness with the KP government for its failure to give a specific date for the elections despite having earlier given an undertaking to hold them at whatever date the court decided. This leads one to ponder over two related questions. Why are military rulers keen on holding local government elections and why do political parties lose their erstwhile enthusiasm for them after coming to power? Military rulers are by no means fond of grassroots democracy. After banning or splitting the political parties opposed to the military rule, the dictators are in dire need of raising a nursery of politicians loyal to them through local bodies. The political parties on the other hand look at the local bodies as a parallel centre of power that diminishes their authority. The MNAs and MPAs are averse to handing over development funds to the local governments as this reduces their clout. The chief ministers are keen to keep development funds with them to spend them on the schemes that suit them. The parties are also apprehensive of divisions within their legislators over support to district nazims or mayors. Political parties have to learn that MNAs and MPAs are elected to make laws while the local governments have to undertake development in their particular areas.

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VERY choice has consequences, ranging from fulfillment of our aspirations to devastation of our dreams. The whirlwind of death and destruction we are reaping seems to be the direct result of our choosing to sleep with rather than confronting the evil enemy within. I have previously expressed my recurring trepidation about the looming possibility of our nation going down in history as a unique one that surrendered without a fight, without defending itself. What will it take us to fight? The killing of 10 generals instead of three and murder of 100,000 citizens instead of half that? What is our red line or do we have a red line that the Taliban/Jihadis cannot cross? Or would our red line keep on shifting, like the shifting of the goalpost? As things now stand, our words to fight and overcome terrorism have lost any credibility not only with the Taliban/Jihadists but with the world at large. Whenever we talk of punishing and annihilating the Taliban, they take it as an empty threat –with ample justification. They know that the Pakistani government officials, army generals, politicians and other decision-makers have for a decade or so issuing hollow threats to tackle and finish off the 'terrorists' with no serious, corroborative action. Our response to bloody onslaughts by the Taliban has been laced with just innocuous words, and jejune verbosity, lacking in deeds and action. Our reaction to Taliban atrocities is devoid of even the rudimentary courage to name and identify this enemy by name, lest we incur its wrath. After each horrendous massacre of our people by this enemy our leaders, both civilian and military, ‘strongly condemn' not the Taliban but the terror attacks and vow to eliminate not the enemy in flesh and blood but abstract ‘terrorism’ or ‘extremism’. The Taliban know full well that any start of a serious offensive by our army and the nation would take us at least a few months or so and would give them enough time to prepare, disperse and take counter measures that may blunt our offensive. The time delay will telegraph our intentions and the coming attack, thus robbing us of the element of surprise, the key ingredient in any war offensive. In the face of more brazen attacks on our country post APC, like the killing of a serving major general and suicide bombing in Peshawar murdering about a hundred of our minority citizens it is clear that an all-out war with the goal of achieving total victory against this enemy is our only option. If so, it’s time to get battle ready. The will to win must be preceded by a will to prepare for the war that lies ahead.

But before our army and nation launches an actual war offensive, both of them have to mobilize and make necessary preparations, which is no easy task. War preparations they say is half the battle. They convey in unmistakable terms a nation's intent and resolve to fight and defend their country. So the apt question: what exactly this preparation for war would entail? It’s no denying that it will be a comprehensive endeavour, involving all segments of our society, given the unpleasant fact that the Taliban/Jihadists not only fighting in the difficult, mountainous with many deep ravines, front in our North West but the enemy has treacherously opened a huge second front right in the heartland of our villages and cities. Military readiness, strategy and planning for this final offensive, which would really be a battle for Pakistan's very survival , must be based on the ultimate goal of decimating the enemy and accomplishing the mission of total victory, no quarters given, no mercy shown. The military's strategy must be spearheaded by our offensive capability to attack, attack and attack. Our defensive strategy adopted until now has proved to be an utter failure. With 50,000 killed in countless terror attacks, economy devastated, state almost decapitated, etc. The name of the game in this war must be to impose constant, cumulative and simul-

We capped our defeatism by the verbal surrender of APC's resolution – begging the enemy for talks. All this capitulation is not lost on the cunning Taliban. Would anyone in the Taliban's shoes not laugh and scoff at our nation of wimps and cowards?’ taneous pressure on the Taliban. As far as readiness in the first front is concerned, the army will have to mobilize its troops and weapons in overwhelming numbers in the difficult hilly terrain lacking infrastructure for easy access. Close coordination with Afghan and NATO forces would be essential in order to prevent the escape of Taliban terrorists into that country. In the second front, compromising of the country's mainland, battle readiness would be a complex affair as the enemy has successfully embedded itself into the sinews of our civil society. It has estab-

lished a veritable network of spies, agents, cohorts, armed supporters and other enablers in the heartland. The complete cooperation, coordination, alertness, preparedness of the police, and all law enforcing agencies and civilians with the army leading the fight to destroy the enemy and its cohorts would be required. In the event it finally comes down to war, the army while launching a full scale offensive in the tribal front should simultaneously strike at the hideouts and support centres of the Taliban/Jihadists located in the second war front all across the Pakistan mainland. Whatever the underlying reasons, America's war or paranoid and convoluted international conspiracy theories or delusions, the fact remains that the whole nation has been petrified and paralyzed by fear and power of the enemy. We capped our defeatism by the verbal surrender of APC's resolution – begging the enemy for talks. All this capitulation is not lost on the cunning Taliban. Would anyone in the Taliban's shoes not laugh and scoff at our nation of wimps and cowards? Its only our readiness for war, to be capable of instantly dropping bombs and hurling rockets and bullets at the enemy would now enable us to "negotiate from a position of strength", that cliché that our opinion makers have discovered of late. It may seem ironical but it's very much possible that our very readiness to launch an all-out offensive against the Taliban enemy may actually help the peace process and prevent the war. With our weapons fully loaded, charged and ready to fire and deliver at the push of a button, with our soldiers poised to pierce the enemy's heart, the enemy would know without any doubt that this time round we mean business, that this time we have the ability and the will to crush it. And if it still foolishly chooses to ignore our resolve and determination thus displayed, it would do so at its own peril. Every rational human being abhors violence and bloodshed and human suffering and pain – the currency of war. But there comes a time in a nation's life that conflict becomes a necessity; if for nothing else then for survival's sake survive and for avoidance of greater violence and bloodshed and a bigger catastrophe. The peace we keep clamouring for cannot be the peace of a graveyard, the peace of the living dead! We earnestly hope that such a scenario doesn't come to pass, beset and burdened as we are with crushing problems. But if it does, then we must be ready and able to heap destruction on this enemy. If it doesn't, if the war doesn't materializes as wisdom miraculously dawns on the primordial Taliban, and we are able to achieve our national objectives without fighting, then so much the better. All our preparedness and mobilization will be a much needed boost for the morale and future of our country. It will not go in vain. The world will see that we are a nation with some spine, dignity and self-respect – ready to sacrifice and die for our values and ideals. Whether we fight or we don't, we should strive for and settle for nothing less than complete triumph over the Taliban. Either way, for once in six decades we should expect and be able to smell the sweet fragrance of victory. The writer is a USbased attorney, author and independent analyst.


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HEN someone pens down this era in the history of the country, they’ll write about the shaheeds and the martyrs who lost their lives to violence – and some other people that were there, too. Terrorism has touched our lives in vicious ways, stripping us of our loved ones, our liberties and our sanity – but it seems that the narrative works differently depending on what faith you identify with: ‘martyr’ if you’re a Muslim and just a plain ‘victim’ if you’re anything else. Peshawar was witness to one of the worst instances of Taliban-fueled violence, leaving 81 dead and another 140 wounded. The city has maintained its status as one of the most troubled places in Pakistan for a while now. So the attack, while revolting and disconcerting, is not surprising. The two Taliban men who did the deed are en route to heaven to find their 72 prizes while we’re left to pick up the pieces. But it seems as though we’re not sure of what pieces to put together. The narrative after each Taliban attack on a Muslim community has screamed for the shaheeds and the martyrs, but the Christian community has been given no such courtesy. There are semantics at play which change the manner in which we consume information – these semantics will take a Christian martyr and strip him of his Christianity so he can be nothing more than a Pakistani by the time he finds his way to you. Images from the aftermath of the attack reminds one of the Hazaras in Quetta and their continuous struggle against extremists who have taken to slaughtering them one by one, till they’re all obliterated from the region. But bigger than the problems the Taliban were facing killing innocent people was the problem the media was presented with: What narrative were they to follow? Who were the Hazaras?

How were they to be given to the Pakistani people? As they sat in the cold with the coffins of their lost ones, the media found a voice for them, which, confusingly, screamed against sectarian violence. Sectarian violence, for those of you who are lost to the subject, revolves around two different sects fighting one another. The Hazaras have never held their own against the Taliban, nor have they voiced concerns against sunnis. In the case of the Hazaras the narrative is wrong, the narrative is weak, but the narrative is consumed by the public like a vulture. The Christian minority similarly is also the victim of a botched up narrative. Kill them in violence, blow up their homes, burn them at the stake for blasphemy, but never call them a martyrs, never called them a Christian victim, and make sure there’s no religious violence involved – even when it’s painfully obvious that religious violence is at its strongest thrust. A popular TV channel, while reporting on the Peshawar incident, announced “Jo loog safai karte hein, dehshat gardon ne unhi ka safaya kar diya” (People who sweep other people’s homes have been swept out by terrorists). That headline outraged many, and it took the social media platform by storm. But it was an innocent mistake and anyone could have made it. When a gross majority of the country refuses to acknowledge Christians as equals, what is it that they’re complaining about? Further evidence of this is the fact that Christian protestors in Lahore were attacked and beaten up by unknown men, outside their own church. People who were protesting violence were handled with violence. One can only wonder what would’ve been done to them had they been somewhere else, somewhere that isn’t a church. This isn’t the first time this has happened, it won’t be the last. It seems that the popular narrative only wants Christians and other minorities to have an equal piece of the misery pie. They aren’t even given an equal right to protest, in a country where we protest just about anything from the price of onions to drone strikes. Terrorism against the Christians is terrorism against Pakistanis – but the jobs a Christian should do, and must do, cannot be performed by those of a “better” faith. In KP the municipal corporation advertised jobs for sweepers, specifying that they only wanted applicants who weren’t Muslims. It’s quite obvious that they aren’t aware of the thousands of Muslims who go abroad and do precisely this job. One has to wonder why Muslims can’t do the same jobs here, jobs that

they perform in an outstanding manner abroad. That having been said, Christians have it somewhat easy since we’re at least willing to include them as Pakistanis into the current narrative. Indeed, they are Pakistanis who died at the hands of terrorists. The Ahmadis do not share this luck. The Ahmadis do not register as people who feel pain at all. Any provisions to address the bias or prejudice are met with hate and disgust. The Lahore Grammar School is a prime example. Comparative religion was offered by the educational institute to promote peaceful coexistence. It’s quite evident that the majority don’t want comparative religion to be taught to their kids. Comparative religion studies could of course land a harsh blow to our narrative. If our people are allowed to study and understand other religions in a neutral manner then they might start viewing the followers of the said religions as human, too. While our majority cries bloody murder against the course, very little is being said or done about the increasing Islamisation of education in institutions like NUST – and there’s no word on how soon we’ll be exterminating terrorist bugs from university hostels. The twisted narrative cannot be changed because the people that are consuming the narrative remain the same. And it’s not just the dish that’s being served by the media, our politicians are no better. Imran Khan’s response to the Peshawar blasts was to question how and why suicidal attacks happen each time peace talks are being considered. While many are embracing his conspiracy theory, several other are wondering whether the reason is perhaps that the Taliban do not want peace – they only seem to want pieces, of this country and its people. Nawaz Sharif rejected the idea of peace talks subsequent to the attacks and called terrorists people who had no religion. While that’s a noble thought, someone should probably point out that atheists, agnostics and irreligious folks have mostly never been caught blowing up people. The narrative fails to change. The narrative is not being questioned. We see things through a distorted lens and we will continue to do so in times to come, not because we don’t know any better, but because we simply don’t care – not that we ever did. So let’s continue calling them Pakistanis instead of Christians, at least we show some sympathy that way. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at luavut@gmail.com. She tweets @luavut

N an opinion article entitled “Israel Should Annul the Oslo Accords” which was published on September 21 in The New York Times, Danny Danon, Israel’s deputy defense minister, offered his own vision (presumably not radically inconsistent with that of his prime minister) for “creating a long-term solution” to what he called, significantly, “the Palestinian problem” – annulling the “Oslo Accords” and abandoning any pretense of seeking a “two-state solution” so as to “have the opportunity to rethink the current paradigm and hopefully lay the foundations for a more realistic modus vivendi between the Jews and Arabs of this region.” Since the “Oslo Accords”, which, as a strictly legal matter, should have expired at the end of their defined “interim period” in 1999, have proven a spectacular success for Israel and a catastrophic failure for Palestine, many Palestinians and supporters of the Palestinian cause who have nothing else in common with Mr. Danon share his desire to escape from the “Oslo” cage and to “rethink” the best way forward. However, if the problem of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence is ever to be solved, it must be redefined and clearly understood. Those who truly seek justice and peace in the Middle East must dare to speak openly and honestly of the “Zionism problem” and then to draw the moral, ethical and practical conclusions which follow. When South Africa was under a racial-supremicist, settler-colonial regime, the world recognized that the problem was the ideology and political system of the state. Anyone outside the country who referred to the “black problem” or the “native problem” (or, for that matter, to the “white problem”) would instantly have been branded a racist. The world also recognized that the solution to that problem could not be found either in “separation” (apartheid in Afrikaans) and scattered native reservations (called “independent states” by the South African regime and “Bantustans” by the rest of the world) or in driving the settler-colonial group in power into the sea. Rather, the solution had to be found — and, to almost universal satisfaction and relief, was found — in democracy, in white South Africans growing out of their racial-supremicist ideology and political system and accepting that their interests and their children’s futures would be best served in a democratic, non-racist state with equal rights for all who live there. The solution for the land which, until it was literally wiped off the map in 1948, was called Palestine is the same. It can only be democracy. The ever-receding “political horizon” for a decent “two-state solution”, which, on the ground, becomes less practical with each passing year of expanding settlements (now home to some 600,000 Israelis), bypass roads and walls, is weighed down by a multitude of excruciatingly difficult “final status” issues which Israeli governments have consistently refused to discuss seriously, preferring to postpone them to the end of a road which is never reached and which, almost certainly, is intended never to be reached. Just as marriage is vastly less complicated than divorce, democracy is vastly less complicated than partition. A democratic post-Zionist solution would not require any borders to be agreed, any division of Jerusalem, anyone to move from his current home or any assets to be evaluated and apportioned. Full rights of citizenship would simply be extended to all the surviving natives still living in the country, as happened in the United States in the early 20th century and in South Africa in the late 20th century. The obstacle to such a simple, morally unimpeachable solution is, of course, intellectual and psychological. Traumatized by the Holocaust and perceived insecurity as a Jewish island in an Arab sea, Israelis have immense psychological problems in coming to grips with the practical impossibility of sustaining eternally what most of mankind, composed as it is of peoples who have themselves been victims of colonialism and racism, view as an abomination — a racial-supremicist, settler-colonial regime founded upon the ethnic cleansing of an indigenous population. Indeed, Israelis have placed themselves in a virtually impossible situation. To taste its bitter essence, Americans might try to imagine what life in their country would be like if the European settlers had not virtually exterminated the indigenous population and put the few survivors out of sight and out of mind and if half of today’s American population were Indians, without basic human rights, impoverished, smoldering with resentment and visible every day as the inescapable living evidence of the injustice inflicted on their ancestors. Americans might try to imagine further that Canada and Mexico were independent Indian states, still unreconciled to the European conquest and colonization of the land between them and with populations much larger than that of the United States. This would not be a pleasant society in which to live. Both colonizers and colonized would be progressively degraded and dehumanized. The colonizers could, rationally, conclude that they could never be forgiven by those they had dispossessed and that no “solution” was imaginable. So it has been, and continues to be, in the lands under Israeli rule. The overwhelming vote of the UN General Assembly on November 29, 2012, to confirm Palestine’s status as a state, within its full pre-1967 borders, has created, notwithstanding the continuing occupation, a two-state legality, but the situation on the ground since 1967 has been an effective one-state reality, and there is no sign that any other state is willing or able to change that reality. Perhaps what Mr. Danon himself called the “umpteenth round of negotiations” will be the last gasp of the fruitless pursuit of a separationist solution for those who live, and will continue to live, in the “Holy Land”. Perhaps those who care about justice and peace and believe in democracy can then find ways to stimulate Israelis to move beyond Zionist ideology and attitudes toward a more humanistic, humane, hopeful and democratic view of present realities and future possibilities. No one would suggest that the moral, ethical and intellectual transformation necessary to achieve a democratic “one-state solution” will be easy. However, more and more people now recognize that a decent “two-state solution” has become impossible. It is surely time for concerned people everywhere — and particularly for Americans, with their passionate attachment to democracy — to imagine a better way, to encourage Israelis to imagine a better way and to help both Israelis and Palestinians to achieve it. It is surely time to seriously consider democracy and to give it a chance. The writer is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.


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A burglar who tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested Friday after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell into an apartment, police said. "There was a hole in the roof where he fell through just as we were ordering him to put his hands up," police Sgt. Wilfred Williams told reporters. "I've responded to several different silent alarm calls at banks, but this is the first time when someone fell through a roof." The suspect, whose name was not released, was not seriously injured. Police said he weighed 230 pounds. Police said he had tried to use a crowbar to break into the ATM inside a Bank of America branch in the Portola neighborhood around 3:45 a.m. NEWS DESK

scary sPouses! obama says wife’s fear made him quite smoking

Be careful what you say, President Barack Obama! While privately chitchatting with UN General Assembly attendee Maina Kiai this week, the commander in chief didn't realize one of his microphones was still on and let slip a funny anecdote about wife Michelle Obama. "I hope you've quit smoking," Obama said to Kiai, who replied, "Sometimes." "I haven't had a cigarette in probably six years," Obama continued, adding with a smile and laugh, "That's because I'm scared of my wife." Back in 2011, Michelle revealed that her husband had finally kicked his smoking habit, saying, "He's always wanted to quit." And back in 2008, Obama told People he wasn't an every-day smoker. "That was always a little over-hyped," he said of the reports. "You know, I'd sneak maybe three, four cigarettes a day, then I could go three or four days without one." It sure sounds like Obama's done smoking for good, thanks to the positive influence of the First Lady! NEWS DESK

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FTER making waves across the world and in India, Pakistan is set to get its own version of the singing talent show `Pop Idol`, auditions for which began here today. `Pakistan Idol`, the local version of the globally celebrated singing talent show that has attracted 460 million viewers worldwide since it was launched in 2003. Imran Aslam, the president of the network, said Pakistan has a history of producing talented musicians across genres. “The Idol will be a platform for people who sing in private, in the bathroom or in small family gatherings. We will bring them together and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their hidden talent,” he said. “From among them, the people will choose one voice that will reign in our hearts.” Auditions for `Pakistan Idol` will also be held in other cities, including restive Quetta and Peshawar. Participants have to be between 15 and 30 years old. Asif Raza Mir, managing director of Geo Entertainment, said

the network was aware that there are security problems in Quetta and Peshawar but the two cities are equally important. “So we will provide our contestants, judges and crew members with security,” he said. The show was first aired in Britain in 2001 and immediately became a worldwide phenomenon, with local versions in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and South America airing 199 series across 46 territories and attracting upwards of a staggering 6.5 billion votes worldwide. NEWS DESK

Children suspended for playing with toy guns…at home Two Virginia middle school students were given long-term suspensions in a unanimous decision Tuesday morning after shooting airsoft guns near one of the students' homes. Seventh graders Aidan Clark and Khalid Caraballo are suspended until June of next year, and may face being expelled altogether, WAVY reported. The children were suspended for possession, handling and use of a firearm. Caraballo and Clark shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus. Because the bus stop is technically on school grounds, Larkspur Middle School said it had the right to suspend them. The two seventh graders said they never went to the bus stop; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo's private property, 70 yards away. "We see the bus come,

we put the gun down," Caraballo said. "We did not take the airsoft gun to the bus stop. We did not take the gun to school." Airsoft guns fire small, springloaded plastic pellets. They are generally considered safer than BB guns, which fire copper pellets. Seeing the kids playing with the toy guns, a neighbor called 911, according to the Washington Post. In the 911 call, the neighbor admitted she knew the guns were not real. "This is not a real [gun], but it makes people uncomfortable," she told a dispatcher. "I know that it makes me [uncomfortable], as a mom, to see a boy pointing a gun." "And you know what, do have someone contact me and tell me what was done," she continued. The dispatcher informed the woman that police would not contact her but

could talk to her at the scene. The neighbor said in the call she would not be on the scene. "It is my sincere hope that they will learn important life lessons; the most important being that there will be consequences when they do things that can result in harm to another person," Principal Matthew Delaney said in a written statement. Caraballo said he will now have to attend an alternative school. "It's terrible," the seventh grader said. "I won't get the chance to go to a good college. It's on your school record. The school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren't going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone. They will say 'oh, we can't accept you.' " Police said no one will be charged in the case. NEWS DESK

farhan saeed’s ‘Halka Halka suroor’ reboot praiseworthy Post song’s release, singer experiences sold-out concerts in India, gearing up for something bigger and better in the near future. Sweet, melodious and more than just in tune, former Jal frontman Farhan Saeed’s voice grows on you like an unscratched itch. The singer who enjoys his niche of a select fan base just got bigger with ambition, showed off his confident stance while picking the internationally revered Pakistani legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for his cover rendition to “Halka Halka Suroor”, and the niche of his fan base spread like wildfire. In the words of Farhan’s manager of two years Ali Mirza, “The song ‘Halka Halka Suroor’ is the talk of the town these days. The song’s video was a big challenge

for us as it was already a big hit over the internet. I had to change Farhan’s image from a band’s vocalist to a solo singer who acts a bit in his videos and can carry traditional outfits. It came out really good and I’m loving the response. Also giving the video a young director (Hamza Yousaf) clicked.” ‘Coke Studio 2’ saw the soft crooner exposing his mettle with Sufi songs and his this year’s rendition of Nusrat Fateh’s mega hit “Halka Halka Suroor” successfully places the young musician in the race of the ones to watch out for. The song, which was released on August 12, has tasted success with almost an instant. A total of 10 concerts have been held in India all throughout August and September, up until now. The video directed by

Kakkar, features the music enigma dressed up in a typical Eastern attire with kurta, waistcoat and shalwar, romancing the top model Amna Ilyas. Kudos to Salmoon John Daniel for the wardrobe, which catches our eye more than anything. The video revolves around the ups and downs of a relationship and is based on the premise that any relationship can give a lover sweet and bitter memories and can change the lover’s personality for good or bad. “Like my previous recent projects, I have again given a chance to young talent. This time it’s Hamza, who directed ‘Halka Halka Suroor’ video. It’s his debut video and he has proved himself as a promising director,” Farhan says. NEWS DESK


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ND season 17 has its first injured celebrity dancer. Dancing With the Stars fan favorite Bill Nye suffered an injury during his performance on Monday night, E! News has confirmed. TV's beloved Science Guy is seeking treatment and could potentially need surgery after hurting his knee while dancing with partner Tyne Stecklein. "We can confirm Bill Nye was injured during his performance last night and is currently seeking medical attention," a rep for ABC tells us. "We will continue to keep you posted on his progress." Though Nye was the lowest-scoring contestant after the first two performances of the season (his first dance only received 14 out of 30 points from the judges), he eluded elimination during DWTS' first ouster, which saw former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson leaving the competition. Nye's first performance on the ABC series became a viral hit, racking up three million viewers on YouTube, something he wasn't

expecting. "I mean it's the cha cha with a guy in a lab coat. That was a great surprise," Nye admitted after Monday night's show. "What it says to me that is we are the lowest judges scores by a fantastic factor, but what's keeping us

in it is the show, so we are going to keep bringing the show!" On Monday night, Nye continued to please the crowd by dressing up as Ludwig van Beethoven as he danced to the composer's Fifth Symphony, earning 17 points from the judges. MENSA members (you need an IQ of 132 to become a member!) were in the audience to support Nye, all wearing lab coats. Should he be able to continue, Nye and Steicklein are set to perform the Jive next week, a dance she told us they were "very excited" to perform as they were going to incorporate Nye's "social swing background." Nye wouldn't be the first DWTS competitor to have to undergo surgery due to rigorous rehearsals for the show: Olympian Misty May-Treanor went under the knife after tearing her Achilles' tendon, Cristian de la Fuente has surgery after one of his tendons detached from the bone in his arm and Gilles Marini had to have shoulder surgery after his time on the show. NEWS DESK

Mary Murphy war necessary evil, slams Miley science suggests Cyrus Woody Allen & Soon Yi Previn at the opening ceremony of a Hugo Boss store in NYC.

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You can add Mary Murphy to the list of peeps who think Miley Cyrus can do better. The So You Think You Can Dance judge says she hasn't been a fan of Cyrus' recent artistic endeavors. "Of course, kids are always trying to break the mold, but I didn't really care for it, to be honest with you,' Murphy said about Cyrus' MTV VMAs performance while she walked the Emmys red carpet. Murphy agrees with Pink that the former Hannah Montana darling is shortchanging herself. "I think she could have done the same thing with something a little bit more on and something more classy," Murphy said. "She's gorgeous. I felt like, 'Oh, you're trying to make yourself look so bad in a desperate attempt to get acknowledgment. She certainly found it." As for twerking, the ballroom dance champion laughed, "Shaking your bum has always been around. We just have a new name for it." Avril Lavigne said on Saturday's iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas that she's a Cyrus supporter. "She is doing her thing right now and she is kicking ass, so good for her," she said. Britney Spears confirmed that she and Cyrus have spent some time in the recording studio together. Brit said, "She's a cool girl." NEWS DESK

War drove the formation of complex social institutions such as religions and bureaucracies, a study suggests. The institutions would have helped to maintain stability in large and ethnically diverse early societies. The study authors, who tested their theories in simulations and compared the results with historical data, found that empires arise in response to the pressure of warfare between small states. Peter Turchin, a population dynamicist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and his colleagues set out to understand why social institutions came about when they were costly for individuals to build and maintain. “Our model says they spread because they helped societies compete against each other,” says Turchin. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team looked at a part of world history in which competition was fierce: Africa and Eurasia between 1500 bc and ad 1500. In the first millennium bc, nomads on the Eurasian steppe invented mounted archery, the most effective projectile weaponry technique until gunpowder. As that technology spread, evolving into chariot and cavalry warfare, conflict intensified. NEWS DESK

Miley Cyrus' career choices may be confusing to some, but if one thing's clear, it's that she's calling the shots. Perhaps that explains why the "Wrecking Ball" singer is mentoring fellow pop star Justin Bieber, whose transition from teen star to serious musician has also caused some controversy. In the Oct. 8 issue of Rolling Stone, Cyrus, 20, says she's spent "a little bit" of time advising Bieber, 19. "I'm not much older than him, so I never want it to feel like I'm mentoring him. But I do mentor him in a way. Because I've been doing this shit for a long time, and I already transitioned, and I don't think he's quite done it yet," she says. Cyrus believes the "Boyfriend" singer is "trying really hard" to change his image. "People don't take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing," she says. "I just don't want to see him f--k that up, to where people think he's Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, 'You don't want to become a joke. When you go out, don't start s--t. Don't come in shirtless.' But the thing is, I think boys are, like, seven years behind. So in his head, he's really, like, 12." Despite their varying levels of maturity, the singers can agree on at least one thing: they both love to twerk. In fact, Cyrus and Bieber collaborated with rapper Lil Twist on a track called "Twerk" that leaked in late August. NEWS DESK

man attacked woman to protect her from demons A woman who hosted a French exchange student ten years ago and recently let him move back in was allegedly attacked by the man. Police said Pierre Franchi, 29, attacked 66year-old Sue Ann Montfort in the early Friday morning because demons were after her, the Palm Beach Post reported. In an attack that lasted for nearly 10 hours, Franchi allegedly shouted “demons are coming after you,” as he repeatedly choked and assaulted Montfort. Using cords from the blinds in her bedroom, Franchi allegedly choked her before grabbing a pillow , attempting to smother her. He then hit her over the head with a hand-held mirror, a police report obtained by the Sun Sentinel said. "I have to protect you," Franchi told her,

according to the report. "I have to kill the demons." Montfort had a "motherly affection" for Franchi, the report said. After his exchange program ended, the two stayed in touch. Earlier this year, Franchi moved in with Montfort after living in California. According to his Facebook page, Franchi was born in Marseille, France. Franchi allegedly broke Montfort's cellphone at the time of the attack, afraid she would call for help. Fighting off the man, Montfort fell to the floor, where Franchi ordered her to bow to him, police said. Montfort escaped to the bathroom where she stayed for hours. When she attempted to yell for help through a window, Franchi blared music to drown her out, the report said. Franchi eventually left, allegedly steal-

ing the woman's car and purse before being apprehended by police. Montfort told Boynton Beach officers that his behavior may have been triggered by a fight earlier in the night. Montfort confronted Franchi over a wet towel over a chair which prompted an hourlong argument before she went to bed. Three hours later, he allegedly attacked her. The woman told police Franchi is often prone to rants, spurts of unprompted laughter and excessive chatter. Franchi is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail. He faces charges including aggravated battery on a person over 65, false imprisonment, grand theft and depriving use of 911. Late Monday, he remained behind bars in lieu of $30,000 bail, jail records show. NEWS DESK


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otago recorded highest total in chamPions league S PERvEZ QAISER Otago recorded highest total in Champions League by making 242 for four in 20 overs against Perth Scorchers at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Wednesday. Royal Challengers Bangalore who made 215 for eight in 20 overs against South Australia at Bangalore on October 5,2011 held the previous record. It was also Otago's highest ever total in Twtenty-20 cricket. Their previous highest was 222 for three in 20 overs against Canterbury at Dunedin on February 4,2009. ** Neil Broom's unbeaten 117 off 56 balls with nine fours and eight sixes was his highest score in Twenty-20 cricket as well as highest individual score for Otago in Twenty-20 cricket. Brendon McCullum who made an unbeaten 108 off 67 balls with 10 fours and fours sixes against Auckland at Dunedin on January 15,2010 held the previous record. It was also third highest indiviiidual score in Champions League. The right hand batsman's previous highest in Twenty-20 cricket was an unbeaten 79 for Otago against Northern Districts at Hamilton on January 19, 2012. ** Neil Broom became the fourth batsman on six occasion to smashed eight or more sixes in an innings in Champions League. David Warner who smashed 11 sixes during his unbeaten 123-run knock for New South Wales against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore on October 7,2011 holds the record of highest number of sixes in an innings in Champions League. ** Neil Broom also scored the fastest century in Champions League by reaching 100 off 51 balls. David Warner (58 balls during 135 not out) and Daniel Harris (58 balls during 108 not out) shared the previous record.

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive. — Arnold Palmer

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EG-SPINNER Pravin Tambe (four for 15) helped Rajasthan Royals secure a 30-run win over Highveld Lions at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Wednesday. Chasing 184, Highveld Lions lost Quinton de Kock early when the southpaw tried to work Shane Watson towards leg-side but got a leading-edge which was caught by Ashok Menaria at cover-point. Upto that point de Kock was looking dangerous, hitting two fours and

SCOREBOARD RAJASThAN ROyALS R Dravid c Petersen b Pretorius 31 AM Rahane c viljoen b Sohail Tanvir 6 12 Sv Samson c Tsolekile b Tsotsobe 33 SR Watson c Symes b Tsotsobe 38 STR Binny b Pretorius 46 BJ hodge not out AL Menaria not out 6 11 EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 7, nb 3) TOTAL: (5 wickets; 20 overs) 183 DID NOT BAT: JP Faulkner, K Cooper, vS Malik, Pv Tambe FALL OF WICKETS: 1-21 (Rahane, 3.2 ov), 2-36 (Samson, 5.2 ov), 3-67 (Dravid, 9.3 ov), 4-110 (Watson, 13.4 ov), 5145 (Binny, 16.6 ov) BOWLING: LL Tsotsobe 4-0-26-2,Sohail Tanvir 4-0-361,GC viljoen 4-0-41-0, D Pretorius 4-0-27-2,AM Phangiso 4-0-52-0 LIONS hE van der Dussen c Dravid b Malik 14 Q de Kock c Menaria b Watson 18 T Bavuma c Samson b Malik 0 24 GC viljoen b Tambe 40 AN Petersen b Tambe J Symes c Binny b Tambe 3 Sohail Tanvir lbw b Tambe 0 TL Tsolekile b Faulkner 21 D Pretorius c hodge b Faulkner 19 4 AM Phangiso not out 0 LL Tsotsobe not out EXTRAS: (b 5, lb 2, w 3) 10 TOTAL: (9 wickets; 20 overs) 153 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-25 (de Kock, 3.3 ov), 2-36 (van der Dussen, 4.5 ov), 3-36 (Bavuma, 4.6 ov), 4-89 (viljoen, 11.3 ov), 5-101 (Symes, 13.1 ov), 6-101 (Sohail Tanvir, 13.3 ov), 7120 (Petersen, 15.1 ov), 8-137 (Tsolekile, 17.3 ov), 9-152 (Pretorius, 19.5 ov) BOWLING: vS Malik 3-0-26-2,JP Faulkner 4-0-22-2, SR Watson 4-0 -271,STR Binny 2-0-17-0,K Cooper 4-0-39-0, Pv Tambe 3-0-15-4 MATCh DETAILS TOSS Lions, who chose to field POINTS Rajasthan Royals 4, Lions 0 PLAyER OF ThE MATCh tba uMPIRES BF Bowden (New Zealand) and hDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) Tv uMPIRE C Shamsuddin MATCh REFEREE RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) RESERvE uMPIRE CK Nandan

a six in his 10-ball short stay where he scored 18. Rassie van der Dussan, who opened the batting alongwith de Kock, then took the attack to Vikramjeet Malik. The first ball of the fifth over was hit over point for a boundary. The fourth ball was picked up over mid-on and Malik was put under tremendous pressure. The Rajasthan opening bowler was then hoodwinked by a slower delivery which van der Dussen played a tad early and he was caught by Rahul Dravid at mid-on. On the next ball, Temba Bavuma attempted an impetuous onthe-up drive which gave Malik his second wicket. At 36 for three in the fifth over, Lions needed a stable partnership to get back in the game. Hardus Viljoen and Alviro Petersen

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Exactly at which point Neil Broom had begun to take off is hard to tell. It could be when he struck Burt Cockley for three consecutive fours in the 14th over, or just the sight of Ryan ten Doeschate at the other end, upon which he hit the first of his eight sixes. One can be quite certain that Simon Katich had no idea, because by the time Broom had walked off at the end of the Otago innings having scored an unbeaten 117, the Perth Scorchers captain was looking at a total - 242 for four in 20 overs - far beyond the reaches of his young team. And it remained so, as they made 180 for 6, and Otago finishing with an emphatic 62-run win. With the win, the New Zealand side not only kick-started their Champions League campaign, they set a few records on the way. They have now completed a streak of 14 consecutive Twenty20 wins, second only to Sialkot Stallion's 25-match winning streak. They had made the highest team score in the Champions League, as well as their best as a team, and Broom became only the fourth batsman to score a hundred in the competition, and the first in two years. Broom was the main man for Otago, hammering, swatting and cracking sixes and fours on his way to a 56-ball unbeaten 117. He smashed nine fours and eight sixes. He played out 14 dot balls, most of them at the start of his innings when he saw two wickets fall in consecutive balls in the third over. There were some nervy moments during his 67-run third wicket stand with Derek de Boorder but that was, as it was later understood by Otago's

provided Lions’ innings an impetus. Viljoen was dropped by Dravid at longon when he was on one off Stuart Binny’s. The next ball was slapped over boundary for six to add insult to an injury of Binny. The duo stitched a partnership of 63 off 39 balls for the fourth wicket. Tambe then dismissed Viljoen bowled when the Lions all-rounder missed the ball trying to slog the leg-spinner. In the next over, Tambe had Jean Symes off a googly that was chipped straight to covers. Two balls later a conventional legspinner had Sohail Tanvir in trouble as he

looked to sweep the ball from the stumps. The Lions innings was in a state of disarray.

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The group A match between Lions and Mumbai Indians on Friday, September 27, has been shifted to Jaipur because of torrential rain in Ahmedabad, the original venue. Both Champions League matches scheduled on September 23 in Ahmedabad werewashed out without a ball being bowled because downpours shortly after the toss of the first game left the field flooded. A CLT20 source said the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, resembled a "swimming pool" because of incessant rain over the last week. Once it was clear that the ground would not be fit for the match on September 27, the organisers decided to move the game out of Ahmedabad. "There is no chance of Motera hosting the match even if it doesn't rain from now," Rajesh Patel, the Gujarat Cricket Association secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "The rains have made the ground unfit, at least for Friday's game." With the forecast for Ahmedabad looking gloomy until Sunday, Monday's games at Motera could also be shifted. "The weather in Ahmedabad will be monitored on a continuous basis, and a decision on the double-header on September 30 will be taken a few days later," the tournament organisers said. Mumbai Indians, who have been stranded in Ahmedabad since Sunday, are set to leave for Jaipur this evening. The shift in venue keeps their chances of making the semi-final alive, because they've already had a game washed out after losing their tournament opener against Rajasthan Royals.

SCOREBOARD OTAGO 117 NT Broom not out 2 hD Rutherford lbw b Paris 0 BB McCullum lbw b Paris 45 DC de Boorder b voges RN ten Doeschate c Davis b Behrendorff 66 JDS Neesham not out 8 EXTRAS: (w 4) 4 TOTAL: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 242 DID NOT BAT: NL McCullum, IG Butler, N Wagner, NB Beard, JM McMillan FALL OF WICKETS: 1-9 (Rutherford, 2.1 ov), 2-9 (BB McCullum, 2.2 ov), 3-76 (de Boorder, 9.5 ov), 4-204 (ten Doeschate, 17.5 ov) BOWLING: MA Beer 4-0-32-0, JP Behrendorff 4-0-43-1,JS Paris 4-1-50-2,BT Cockley 3-0-45-0,AC Agar 2-0-22-0,hWR Cartwright 1-0-14-0,AC voges 2-0-36-1 PERTh SCORChERS LM Davis c Rutherford b Butler 0 AC Agar c †de Boorder b Butler 10 SM Katich run out (Butler) 0 AC voges c Butler b NL McCullum 36

69 hWR Cartwright not out 27 AJ Turner c Broom b Butler 25 TIF Triffitt c Broom b McMillan 13 EXTRAS: (lb 6, w 6, nb 1) 180 TOTAL: (6 wickets; 20 overs) DID NOT BAT: JS Paris, JP Behrendorff, BT Cockley, MA Beer FALL OF WICKETS: 1-0 (Davis, 0.1 ov), 2-11 (Agar, 0.6 ov), 3-11 (Katich, 1.3 ov), 4-76 (voges, 10.2 ov), 5-127 (Turner, 15.2 ov), 6180 (Triffitt, 19.6 ov) BOWLING: IG Butler 4-0-47-3, JM McMillan 3-1-19-1,NB Beard 40-35-0,N Wagner 3-0-24-0,JDS Neesham 3-0-20-0, NL McCullum 3-0-29-1 MATCh DETAILS TOSS Perth Scorchers, who chose to field POINTS Otago 4, Perth Scorchers 0 TWENTy20 debut BT Cockley (Perth Scorchers) PLAyER OF ThE MATCh NT Broom (Otago) uMPIRES hDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and C Shamsuddin Tv uMPIRE BF Bowden (New Zealand) MATCh REFEREE RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) RESERvE uMPIRE CK Nandan

continuous onslaught, a way to unnerve the Scorchers' bowlers. There were some close calls, including a dropped catch at slip by Adam Voges when de Boorder's slash only found the edge in the fourth over. After de Boorder fell to Voges after making 45 off 28 balls with five fours and two sixes, ten Doeschate weighed in. The Dutch allrounder straightaway went after the bowling, and increasingly, Broom too became aggressive. Broom saw ten Doeschate survive a catch at long-on, the ball trickling over the rope, and still go after the bowling. Both were now on the charge, hounding the younger bowlers with boundaries off the first ball of their overs. They brought up their 100-run stand in just 39 balls, and Otago reached the 200-run mark in the 18th over. Soon, Broom reached his maiden Twenty20 hundred with a swivel pull, one of many leg-side sixes during his marauding knock. He struck three consecutive sixes in the 19th over, the second of which brought up his century.

His second fifty came in just 17 balls. The Scorchers' torment worsened when Liam Davis holed out at third man off the first ball of their innings. Ashton Agar, the other opener, fell off the last ball of the over, top-edging to the keeper. And as it happens in such dire situations, there was a run-out, Katich becoming the victim of poor calling with Voges. From 11 for 3, a successful chase looked improbable, to put it mildly. Otago's blitz from 9 for 2 to 242 for 4 should have inspired the Scorchers but they didn't find a Broom among themselves. Only a 65-run fourth wicket stand between Hilton Cartwright and Voges took them out of the slide, before Cartwright added another 51 runs for the fifth wicket with Ashton Turner. Cartwright was unbeaten on 69 off 53 balls with six fours and a couple of sixes. But this will be the most memorable day in Broom's Twenty20 career, having not played for New Zealand since 2010. Otago too have proved themselves as a strong domestic side, though they have a lot to prove in the rest of this tournament.


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LONDON: England's Stephen Lee was given a record 12-year ban on Wednesday after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing, snooker's world governing body announced. Lee, 38, the former world number five, was found guilty by an independent tribunal last week of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009 with the sanction imposed Wednesday. "The suspension is to be calculated from 12 October 2012, when the interim suspension was imposed. Therefore Stephen Lee will not be able to participate in snooker before 12 October 2024," said a statement issued by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the sport's global governing body. Lee, however, insisted later Wednesday he intended to appeal against the ban, saying he'd done nothing wrong. "I'm absolutely devastated," Lee said. "I've done nothing wrong. I'm totally innocent of this and I will be making a public statement later on, I've just seen my lawyer." AGENCIES

russian race walker handed lifetime ban by iaaf

MONACO: A Russian athlete who placed fifth in the 50-kilometre walk at last year’s London Olympics has been handed a lifetime ban by the IAAF for a second doping offense. Track and field’s world governing body says Igor Erokhin was one of 27 athletes to be given doping suspensions in the past month. Erokhin previously served a two-year ban after testing positive for EPO in 2008. The IAAF says his latest doping offense was an “athlete biological passport case.” AGENCIES

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OHAMMAD Hafeez is quite likely to be axed from Pakistan's Test squad given his poor showing in the format this year but, Hafeez said, he couldn't complain if that happened and it would be part and parcel of the game. A lack of first-class game time, he said, has contributed to his woes, but he still believes he is "one big innings" away from establishing himself in Test cricket. "It's not a bad patch, it's not form too," Hafeez said in Lahore. It's not a matter of technique even, the ball is coming on to my bat but I am not able to play a big innings. It happens with any big cricketer." Hafeez has aggregated 102 runs in 10 Test innings this year, and his biggest struggle was the three-match Test series against South Africa in February. That signaled the start of his current slump, as he was doing reasonably well since being recalled in 2010 after a three-year gap. In South Africa, he was exposed against moving ball and became Dale Steyn's bunny. On the recent trip to Zimbabwe, he

remained off-color in the Tests, scoring 59 in four innings despite being the Man of the Series in the ODIs. He cited Pakistan's lack of Test matches as a major hurdle for him to turn his form around: "If you look at Test series we played against South Africa six months ago, we didn't play first-class cricket [until the Zimbabwe

Given his current form, Hafeez says he will accept his fate - whatever it be - when the squad is announced. "I am playing well in the other formats and it's not like that I am not doing the handwork, but maybe I need to be doing more handwork. I am just one big inning away from being settled in the format. But the selectors' job is to pick the best team for Pakistan, if they think my place is there in the team, they will pick me, otherwise I will accept their decision." Hafeez, 32, is currently the captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 team. He scored 665 runs at 23.75 as a T20 opener but his batting It happens average started to rise after dropping to No. 3 in cricket, you this year, in four try your best but matches at the position he has averaged 52.00. sometimes you When asked if he would can't perform bat down the order to series this month], so it's find his rhythm in Tests, a lengthy gap and it's not in a particular Hafeez said: "It's not my easy to adapt yourself in the format decision, to decide whether format after such lengthy gap. to bat lower down the order. I But yes it's not an excuse, I admit am always ready to play at whatever that in the previous five Test matches my performance has not been good and I am the number they want me to play at, but it's the decision of team management." concerned about it."

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West Indies A's Kirk Edwards and Kraigg Brathwaitekept India A's bowlers at bay for almost two sessions with a 172-run second-wicket stand, but quick strikes in the last session meant the teams were even at the end of the opening day of the first unofficial Test in Mysore. Edwards and Brathwaite came together in the third over of the morning at the early loss of opener Kieran Powell,

who was dismissed by Mohammad Shami, after West Indies were asked to bat and put the visiting team in a position of strength with a strong stand. Edwards, who had scored a matchwinning century last week in Bangalore, was the dominant partner in the stand, hitting 11 fours and a six in his innings. But his dismissal for 91, to Ishwar Pandey, in the 58th over allowed India a way back. Brathwaite, who had played more than 200 deliveries in his innings, was

WEST INDIES KC Brathwaite c Motwani b Parvez Rasool 92 0 KOA Powell lbw b Mohammed Shami KA Edwards b Pandey 91 N Deonarine c & b Parvez Rasool 28 AB Fudadin not out 4 LR Johnson lbw b Paliwal 10 26 CAK Walton not out Extras: (b 3, lb 6, nb 4) 13 264 TOTAL: (5 wkts; 90 overs) TO BAT: DE Johnson, NO Miller, v Permaul, ML Cummins FALL OF WICKETS: 1-3 (Powell, 2.2 ov), 2-175 (Edwards, 57.5 ov), 3-211 (Brathwaite, 68.2 ov), 4-223 (Deonarine, 72.5 ov), 5-237 (LR Johnson, 80.2 ov) BOWLING: Mohammed Shami 16-2-54-1,IC Pandey 19-5-531,AB Dinda 16-2-43-0,Parvez Rasool 27-10-60-2,RS Paliwal 8-2-28-1,hh Khadiwale 4-0-17-0 INDIA TEAM CA Pujara*, Jiwanjot Singh, Rh Motwani†, MC Juneja, RS Paliwal, hh Khadiwale, Parvez Rasool, KL Rahul, IC Pandey, Mohammed Shami, AB Dinda MATCh DETAILS TOSS India A, who chose to field uMPIRES A Nand Kishore and AM Saheba MATCh REFEREE SS Patil

dismissed for 91 by Parvez Rasool 11 overs later. Rasool soon added another wicket, that of Narsingh Deonarine, to slow West Indies' charge. From 175 for 1, West Indies were soon reduced to 237 for 5, but Assad Fudadin and Chadwick Walton prevented any further damage, ending the day at 264.

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Lalit Modi, the former IPL chairman, has been expelled from the BCCI during a special general meeting (SGM) of the board in Chennai. The unanimous decision was made quickly after the meeting began at 2.00 pm and it came following a series of legal proceedings in court over the last couple of weeks, as Modi tried to stay the SGM. The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the final go-ahead for the BCCI meeting and the board's action was swift and severe. Anirudh Chaudhary, the Haryana Cricket Association secretary, proposed the expulsion and the motion was seconded by Ranjib Biswal, the Orissa Cricket Association president. The sanction could prevent Modi from holding a position in the board again. The BCCI said it had discussed during the SGM, the findings of the disciplinary

committee against Modi, as well as a letter Modi had written to the board secretary on September 24, requesting a postponement of the meeting. At the SGM the board "resolved that Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi be and is hereby expelled from the BCCI. He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as Administrator. He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any Committee or any member or associate member of the Board." Modi said he would continue to fight the BCCI. "I expected the ban, it's sad for Indian cricket because it shows the BCCI is least concerned for the integrity of cricket," he said. "It's a cosy club. I'm going to be here, fighting them. I think Indian cricket needs cleansing and as far as I am

concerned I am going to go after them. Till now were pressed by the they were colleagues. Time has now come to take BCCI in 2010 soon everything out of the box and put it in public after Modi's swift and dramatic exit domain. "I was already gone. I was suspended for three from the league he founded. years. I kept fighting. I will continue to fight. I am moving on, I am looking at other sports. Wait and watch ... it's I expected a global league. I have not been sitting here idle." the ban, it's sad The BCCI's disciplinary for Indian cricket committee had found Modi guilty on eight different because it shows charges of "various acts of the bccI is least indiscipline and misconduct". The charges, relating to concerned for the irregularities in various integrity of financial and administrative matters of the IPL including the cricket sale of franchise and media rights,

Phf names 27 players for training camp LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Pakistan Hockey Federation on Tuesday announced the names of twenty seven players for attending a training camp here from September 27 for two hockey events, one in Australia and the other in Japan in coming months. The camp is being organized for participation in the International Super Series being played from October 17-25 in Perth/Australia. It will be followed by team's participation in the 3rd Asian champions Trophy being held from November 1-10 in Kakamigahara/Japan. Following will attend, Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Khurram Majeed, Muhamamd Imran, Muhammad Ateeq, Aamir Shahzad, Shafqat Rasool, Yasir Shabbir, Muhammad Salman Hussain, Mazhar Abbas, Amin Yousaf, Muhammad Khalid, Syed Kashif Shah, Muhammad Rizwan Junior, Muhammad Tousiq, Muhammad Faisal Qadir, Muhammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Muhammad Umair, Muhammad Umar Bhutta, Zohaib Ashraf, Muhammad Kashif Javed, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Muhammad Suleman, Mohammad Arslan Qadir, Ahmed Zubair and Ayub Ali.


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HELSEA coach Jose Mourinho handed Juan Mata a rare start at third-tier Swindon Town and he created the opening goal in the 29th minute with a shot that was parried by Wes Foderingham for Fernando Torres to tap home. Ramires doubled the visitors' lead six minutes later, poking the ball over the advancing Foderingham from Torres's astute pass to complete the scoring in a 20 victory. Ramires had only come on as a substitute for the injured Marco van Ginkel in the 10th minute but he had to cede his place at half-time, with John Terry coming on. "We all know the cups are important and to win away against teams in the lower divisions is difficult," Torres told Sky Sports. "For the players who have not played in the last few matches, it was good to play. Everyone is happy. It is one step forward." Fresh from their 4-1 drubbing of derby rivals Manchester United on Sunday, City enjoyed a similarly straightforward evening with a 5-0 win at home to Wigan Athletic, the side who beat them in last season's FA Cup final. With Micah Richards back in the team after injury, City took a 33rd-minute lead when Edin Dzeko finished from Fernandinho's through ball.

Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic claimed his first goal for the club on the hour before Yaya Toure curled home another fine free-kick -- his third of the season -- with 14 minutes to play. Jovetic added a fourth, with Jesus Navas also getting on the score-sheet to record his

first goal in his new side's colours. Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham comfortably won 4-0 at Premier League rivals Aston Villa, with close-season signings Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also hitting the target. " In their first game since the dismissal of Di Canio as manager on Sunday, Sunderland beat third-tier Peterborough 2-0 at the Stadium of Light to record only their second win of the season. Two Di Canio signings settled the game, Emanuele Giaccherini breaking the deadlock in the 33rd minute from a Lee Cattermole cross before Valentin Roberge headed in a

second mid-way through the second period. "The reaction from the players showed that that was what they wanted," said Sunderland caretaker coach Kevin Ball. "They wanted to go out and play football. They're professionals, and I'd expect that from them regardless of what had gone on." Fulham came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Everton, with strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent scoring secondhalf goals after Steven Naismith had put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute. It was Roberto Martinez's first loss as Everton manager. West Ham United, meanwhile, needed an 88th-minute goal from Ricardo Vaz Te to win 3-2 against Cardiff City, who had hit back to level the scores after conceding two goals in the first eight minutes at Upton Park. Gary Hooper was one of the stars of the night, scoring his first two Norwich City goals on his full debut in a perilous 3-2 win at second-tier Watford. A closeseason signing from Celtic, the 25-year-old netted a 95th-minute equaliser to force extra time at Vicarage Road before claiming the winner in the 115th minute.

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two matches decided in waPda basketball LAHORE: LESCO and FESCO notched up victories on the opening day of the 45th WAPDA Annual Inter Unit Basketball championship after beating their respective rivals here at Wapda sports complex. LESCO made short work of MEPCO 68-37 while FESCO outplayed GEPCO 74-36. LESCO, FESCO, GEPCO, HYDEL, NTDC and MEPCO are participating in the event. Chief Executive Officer LESCO, Engr. Muhammad Arshad Rafiq inaugurated the competition. Muhammad Khalid Mahmood, General manager,Wapda Sports was also present. STAFF REPORT

bolt extends sPonsorshiP deal with Puma

baRCa, atletiCO MadRid extend peRfeCt staRts MADRID: Barcelona extended their 100 percent league record to six games with a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Tuesday as Atletico Madrid also maintained their perfect start to the season. Neymar scored his first league goal in Spanish football as Barca turned in arguably their best performance so far under new boss Gerardo Martino. The Brazilian bundled home Alexis Sanchez's cross after just five minutes and then expertly teed up Lionel Messi to plant a diving header past Claudio Bravo three minutes later. Sergio Busquets added a third before half-time with a sweet strike from 20 yards to register his first goal of the season and Marc Bartra rounded off the scoring for the hosts after Alberto de la Bella had pulled a goal back for Sociedad. "I am very happy to score my first goal in the league but the most important thing is the victory," Neymar told Canal Plus television. "We are playing very well. Every game we seem to get better and I am enjoying it more and more." Amazingly, the visitors had made the brighter start with Haris Seferovic striking the bar from 20 yards inside two minutes. However, the game was virtually lost for them just six minutes later. Firstly, a horrible defensive mix-up between Liassine Cadamuro and Bravo allowed Neymar to bundle home his first and possibly the easiest goal he will ever score for Barca at the Camp Nou. And three minutes later the Brazilian delivered a perfect left-footed cross from which Messi headed home at the far post. It didn't take the hosts long to register their third of the evening as Messi's backheel was well saved by Bravo, the Argentine's follow-up effort somehow hit the bar and post on its way out and Busquets finally fired home the rebound from outside the area. AGENCIES

BERLIN: Usain Bolt has renewed his endorsement contract with sportswear company Puma beyond the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Puma spokesperson Collette O’Neill declined to give financial details of the deal. Puma chief executive Bjoern Gulden says the company has supported Bolt since he was 16 years old and “with our support, he grew from a young athlete with huge potential to a world and Olympic champion.” The 27-year-old Bolt hold world records at both 100 and 200 meters, with six Olympic gold medals and eight worlds golds. Bolt says in a statement released by Puma that “they recognised my talent at an early age and have supported me throughout, especially in the early years when I had some difficult times due to injuries.” AGENCIES

czech gIAnT rosol sqUeezes bY KUboT In bAngKoK BANGKOK AGENCIES

Eighth-seeded Lukas Rosol smashed 16 aces as he continued an upturn in form with a three-set win over Poland’s Lukasz Kubot at the Thailand Open. The giant Czech, who has endured a dismal run since claiming his breakthrough ATP title in April, beat

Kubot 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2). Right-handed Rosol, who stands at six feet five inches (196 centimetres) tall, relied on his booming serve on the Bangkok hard court to secure passage into the second round. But the close match had to be settled by a third-set tiebreaker, where Rosol took a 5-0 lead, before claiming victory with the first of four match points as

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Kubot hit the net with a backhand return. “The third set was not easy,” said Rosol. “He was playing tough, aggressive tennis. I was lucky to win it, but I’m really glad I did. It’s great to be in the second round.” The world number 46 said he was coming back to form after a dreadful few months following his win in Bucharest. “I had so many bad matches and zero confidence. But I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work and maybe things are starting to change. I feel like I’m coming back. “Everyone is practising so hard, there are no easy matches,” said the key member of the Czech team that swatted away Argentina in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup earlier this month. His summer had been one to forget with eight consecutive opening round losses, starting at Wimbledon where he failed to emulate his heroics of 2012 when he knocked out Rafael Nadal in an epic five-setter. But after reaching the quarters last week in St Petersburg, Rosol said his hard work on the training courts was paying off. Both Rosol and Kubot were making their Bangkok debuts on Tuesday.

davydenkO Makes shOCk fiRst-ROUnd exit KUALA LUMPUR: Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko blamed a wrist injury for his shock first-round defeat at the Malaysian Open. The world No. 45, who won the tournament in its inaugural year in 2009, said he has been suffering from the injury for some time but ATP rules did not allow him to withdraw. He lost 6-3, 6-4 to Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas. Davydenko said he may also face a first-round defeat at the China Open in Beijing next week. “I’m not feeling good. I have a wrist injury. It will take six, seven or nine weeks to heal. I’m not sure when it will be better,” he said. “I will withdraw from the doubles here. “Because of the ATP rules, I couldn’t pull out. I will take a rest and see how it goes. I will probably go to Beijing and maybe lose in the first round there as well.” World No 457 Cuevas, who has hardly played in the last two years due to a knee injury, claimed only his second tour victory of the year in his fifth tournament of 2013. “I’ve hardly played the last two years because of my knee injuries. That is why I fell to below 1,000 in the world rankings,” he said. AGENCIES


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