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hrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial over the alleged murder of his new wife Anni in a fake carjacking, a British judge has ruled. Mr Dewani, 31, a businessman from Bristol who is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment at a mental health hospital, is expected to appeal the ruling. His lawyers had argued that he was mentally unfit to stand trial and if jailed, would face “inhumane” conditions in South Africa’s dangerous and overcrowded jails where diseases such as Aids are rife. But Hugo Keith QC, representing the South African authorities, said there was a chance his condition would improve and his illness should not prevent his extradition in any case. The South African government has also provided assurances that Mr Dewani would only be held in the more salubrious prisons and Continued on page 8 >>

‘My boy had his life ahead of him,’ says father who lost son in riots See Page 2

uring recent incidents of violence, Pakistan ISI recorded conversations between Command and Control Centre officials and target killers, On Feb 28, SHC ordered handing over centre to Home Department, but directives not complied with so far The officials of the Command and Control Centre in Karachi established by former Karachi nazim Mustafa Kamal is abetting target killers in their activities, a Pakistani newspaper Pakistan Today reported. According to the newspaper country’s premier spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has recorded conversations of the centre’s officials with target killers and terrorists. They said that officials of the Cam Wing were discovered directing criminals regarding targets for killing and causing disruption

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My boy had his life ahead of him says father who lost son in riots << Continued from page 1

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devastated father told wednesday how he performed CPR on his dying son, after a hitand-run driver killed three men who were ‘protecting their community against rioting and looters’. Tariq Jahan said his hands and face were ‘covered in blood’ as he tried to save the life of 21-year-old Haroon in Birmingham. Mr Jahan said: ‘The car came up on the pavement for God knows what reason and I was standing nearby. ‘I heard it happen and I turned round and I saw three people on the ground and my instinct to help and I started CPR and someone told me that one of them was my son. ‘I started CPR on my own son and my hands and face were covered in blood. What was the point in doing it? We are here defending the community. He was a good kid aged 21, and very well liked.’ ‘I miss him dearly but two days from now the whole world will forget - no one will care.’ Publisher Salah Bu Khamas (UAE) Sabha Khan (UK) UK Office 10 Courtenay Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 7ND UK Phone: +44 20 8904 0617 Fax: +44 20 8181 7575 info@satribune.co.uk India Office Satya Infomedia Pvt. Ltd. C/O Satya Group. 1st Floor, Avenue Appt., Near Sheth. R. J. J. High School, Tithal Road, Valsad - 396001 Gujarat, India Phone +91 2632 222209 / 222211 Fax: +91 2632 222212 Post Box No. 98 /108 United Arab Emirates Office S.K. Group of Companies P.O. Box 9021, Karama Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 2659970, 3359929; Fax: +971 4 2659971, 3341609 www.sk-groupofcompanies.com Managing Editor & CEO Mohammad Shahid Khan Group Editorial Managers Gulzar Khan (India) Abdul Khalique (Pakistan) Editorial Board UK Nayab Chohan (Editor in Chief) Frances Brunner FYI Tribune team Adrian Fellar Misbah Khan Reema Shah Rohma Khan Keziah-Ann Abakah Art Department UK Ali Ansar (Art Director) Md. Reazul Islam

Witnesses said the men were in a group protecting their community after riot police were called into the city. Kabir Khan Isakhel said: “People came out of prayers [at a local

mosque] and they were protecting the area. “They were standing on the side of the road and the car just came and ran them over.” Mohammed Shakiel, 34, a carpenter,

said the men “lost their lives for other people”. “They weren’t standing outside a mosque, a temple, a synagogue or a church - they were standing outside shops where everybody goes.

“They were protecting the community as a whole.” Another eyewitness said the victims were thrown into the air after a car mounted the kerb where they were standing. The road in Winson Green has been closed off to collect evidence Police have arrested a 32-year-old who is being questioned on suspicion of murder following the deaths. Tariq Jahan said son Haroon Jahan “had his whole life ahead of him”. “He was a very good lad, a good man starting at the beginning of his life and had his whole life ahead of him. “I’ve got no words to describe why he was taken and why this has happened and what’s happening to the whole of England. “It makes no sense why people are behaving in this way and taking the lives of three innocent people.” He said his son was a mechanic who worked at the bottom of the street where he lived. “He never got into any mischief, any trouble - a good kid.”

Terrorists in ‘Command and Control’? << Continued from page 1 as well as vandalism, looting. The newspaper while quoting sources said that with their eyes on various parts of the city through the cameras installed all across the metropolitan, the officials of the centre’s Cam Wing provide anti-social elements with information about movement of the police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies as well as instructions for terror activities The Pakistan Today reports, The ISI has recorded conversations of Cam Wing officials on separate occasions of violence and found that they directed criminals to leave a particular location or reach a specific site. Quoting unnamed sources in the ISI has forwarded a letter to the federal government to immediately investigate the Cam Wing officials, and has recommended that the centre be handed over to the law enforcers immediately because due to these corrupt officials, the law enforcers have been unable to take action against target killers and terrorists among other criminals. In its letter, the ISI has also expressed its reservations over the department of Community Police, more commonly known as the City Wardens, the sources added. It is pertinent to mention here that the Community Police Department was also established by the former city nazim, and some 7,500 activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were appointed in the department without conducting any interviews to determine their eligibility. It is also relevant to mention here that on February 28 this year, the Sindh High

Court (SHC) had ordered handing over the Command and Control Centre to the Sindh Home Department, but despite the passage of over five months, no action has been taken in this regard due

Home Secretary and Sindh Additional Inspector General of Police with Pakistan Rangers-Sindh Lieutenant Colonel and a grade-19 officer of the City District Government Karachi

to the Pakistan People’s Party’s policy of reconciliation. An SHC division bench comprising Justices Gulzar Ahmed and Imam Bux Baloch had ordered constituting a committee headed by the Sindh Special

(CDGK) as its members to supervise the centre. The bench had issued the orders on a constitutional petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi President Muhammad Hussain Mehanti who

sought handing over the centre to the Sindh government. At the time of the SHC decision, Sindh Additional Advocate General Miran Muhammad Shah had assured the court on behalf of the provincial government that the centre would be run under the control of the Home Department. Shah had said that the centre would be run under the supervision of the Home Secretary and law enforcers among others. The court had then disposed of the petition and ordered handing over the centre to the Home Department. The Command and Control Centre was established by the CDGK in its last tenure following the directives of the former city nazim to control the traffic problems of the city; however, according to sources, the centre has been misused by a specific political party. They said that the law enforcers have expressed their reservations on many occasions and suggested that instead of a political party or the local government, this centre be supervised by the provincial government because the centre has been misused by a political party for its own interests. Several terror incidents – including the 12 Rabiul Awwal, 12 May and April 9 incidents as well as the Ashura and Chehlum tragedies – shook the metropolis, but no video evidence was maintained or handed over to the law enforcers, they added. They also said that former Sindh home minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza had publicly complained that the Command and Control Centre was being misused by a specific political party. The video clip of a recent quarrel between Mirza


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NEWS

There were scenes of chaos in the early hours of Sunday morning as sustained looting spread from Tottenham to other nearby areas of Haringey C

haos reigned in London after Saturday riots over the police fatal shooting of a man as looters attacked the shops damaged during the violence across Haringey area of the city. Officers dispersed hundreds of demonstrators who gathered outside a police station in Tottenham in protest to the killing of the 29-year-old black man Mark Dugan. However, demonstrators poured into nearby roads late on the night with rioters looting Aldi supermarket to the north of Tottenham as well as a carpet shop. They then set both shops on fire. To the west of Tottenham, rioters looted shops in Wood Green area that continued into the early hours of Saturday. Meanwhile, groups of rioters gathered in other areas near Tottenham with sticks, bottles and hammers breaking into buildings and setting rubbish bins on fire to form barriers. The protests were triggered by the shooting of Duggan, a father of four, who was killed by the police on Thursday and demonstrators demanded justice over the shooting of the black man. On Sunday the police were still dealing with “a small number of people” protesting in different parts of Tottenham. Yet reports said there has been no police presence in Wood Green high street that was the scene of the most serious looting. Rioters torch north London neighbourhood after police shooting death Anarchy gripped parts of London on Saturday night as hundreds of rioters

and looters set entire buildings on fire, launched fireworks at police and ran unchallenged through the streets with armfuls of stolen goods. The riots began as a peaceful protest against the death of Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old man and father of four, who was killed Thursday in Totten-

ham by officers from the Trident unit of the Metropolitan Police, which investigates gun crime, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, an external government body which regulates the police. News reports suggested that around 300 people had gathered outside the local police station by early Saturday evening. The gritty north London neighbourhood of Tottenham exploded in anger Saturday night Two patrol cars, a building and a double-decker bus were torched as rioters clashed with officers in front of the Tottenham Police Station, where people had gathered to demand “justice” for the death of a 29-year-old killed in an apparent gunfight. “It’s really bad,” said local resident David Akinsanya, 46. “There are two police cars on fire. I’m feeling unsafe.” Sirens could be heard across the city

as authorities rushed reinforcements to the scene. In Tottenham shop windows were smashed as residents looted the stores, pushing shopping carts full of stolen goods down the street. Officers in riot gear and on horseback pushed up against the demonstrators. Mr. Akinsanya put the number of demonstrators at between 400 and 500. Police said there were about 300 people gathered. Miles from the tourist hotspots of cen-

tral London, Tottenham is one of the most deprived areas in all of England, with nearly half of all children living in poverty, according to campaigners. In 1985, Tottenham was the scene of a deadly riot after a local woman suffered heart failure when her home was raided by the police. The Tottenham riots were among the most violent in the country’s history, with one officer stabbed to death as he tried to protect firefighters and nearly 60 others were hospitalized.

London violence: arrests have been made T

heresa May says that those responsible for violence will be made to face the consequences of their actions. Police are continuing to respond to criminal activity across London, following riots in Tottenham on Saturday. More than 100 people have been arrested after looting and violence

broke out in a number of boroughs of north, east and south London

‘Last night, police officers again put themselves in harm’s way

Police officers again put themselves in harm’s way to protect Londoners and their property overnight. No excuses for violence Speaking this morning, Home Secretary Theresa May said:

to protect Londoners and their property. ‘Those responsible for the violence and looting will be made to face

the consequences of their actions. Many have been arrested and further arrests will be made. ‘Londoners have made clear that there are no excuses for violence, and I call on all members of local communities to work constructively with the police to help them bring these criminals to justice.’


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What the Tribune Says SICK SOCIETY OR MORAL DECAY?

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ioters took the lives of Shahzad and Harry Hussain and their friend Musaver Ali while they were protecting property. “I can’t explain losing my son. It is not meant to be. A father goes before his son, not a son before his father.” These were the words of a father who lost his son. Despite all of his anger and grief, he was appealing for calm. He also pleaded, “I don’t want the community to fall out with people that have got nothing to do with this, and the community doesn’t need that.” What caused these riots and why did the police lose control? Some commentators think the disorder was understandable and justified; some say the police “had it coming”; others say that the violence was only to be expected given the unemployment and poverty in the area. The police have become so sensitive to the issue of race that it is impairing their ability to do the job. Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the bravery of those police officers and indeed everyone working for our emergency services. He blames our ‘sick’ society after Birmingham deaths. Cameron said the root cause of this mindless selfishness is the same thing I have spoken about for years. It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society. People feel that the world owes them something. They think that their rights outweigh their responsibilities and their actions do not have consequences. Well, they do have consequences. The difficulty we are faced with as a society, in the context of a ‘politics of riot’, is that meaningful dialogue to address this important question is almost impossible. What dominate at present are vitriolic debates loaded with moral indignation that are as much about pathologising crowd action, attributing blame and denying responsibility as they are about truth and objectivity. But this transition from peaceful to riotous crowds is, of course, one of the fundamental questions of crowd psychology.

COMMENT

What if the Oslo terrorist was Ahmad Breivik?

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f the Oslo terrorist suspect Anders was Ahmad, the blame game would have revealed a double standard. Right-wing ideologues and hate peddlers both in Europe and Australia have hastily ducked for cover and denounced Anders Breivik as a deranged psychopath. They have tip-toed away from the crime scene, insisting that there is no blood on their hands. By contrast, Muslim leaders step up to the podium, denounce acts of violence and assume a position of responsibility when any misguided Muslim commits a crime in the name of Islam. Rather than shy away, they face the press gallery, even if the criminal is a psychopath. They are cornered to be accountable, with a microphone and camera pointing to their head, as if there is something intrinsically evil about their creed. If Anders was Ahmad, he would have been promptly linked with some Islamic organisation. The terrorist tag would have begged a series of questions about the sources of the evil. Counter-terrorism intelligence would have investigated the ‘supply chain of hate’ that stems from subjective interpretations of the Koran, to the toxic sermons of firebrand Imams, to underground hate groups against western infidels, to illegal suppliers of weapons, to bomb-making internet sites, to those cowards who glorify the mass murder of innocents, and promise the martyrs some reward in a perverted paradise. But Anders Breivik’s terrorist act was re-diagnosed once it was confirmed that a white European was responsible. Our-post mortem zoomed in on his internal psychosis rather than zoomed out to his external supply chain, hence allowing the hate peddlers to keep peddling away. London mayor Boris Johnson declared that “It wasn’t really about ideol-

ogy or religion. It was all about him.” Similarly, British journalist Simon Jenkins claimed that “The Norwegian tragedy … is so exceptional as to be of interest to criminology and brain science, but not to politics.” Swiss paper Neue Zürcher Zeitung dismissed any link between the terrorism and the rise of right-wing populism is “akin to modern superstition”.

Joseph Wakim

Tribune Comment His defence lawyer Geir Lippestad is also feeding the pathology diagnosis with his client’s recent plea that any psychiatric assessment must be done by a Japanese expert because they understand “the concept of honour”. When did we last hear of any Muslim terror suspect having any psychiatric assessment? In any crime, the diagnosis determines the deployed. If Breivik’s crime was misdiagnosed as pathology, then psychologists are deployed to understand his victimhood, vulnerability, anger and violence. But if his crime was correctly diagnosed as terrorism, then intelligence experts would have been deployed to crack the supply chain of hate, all the way back to the hate mongers of the ideology. The experts would have interrogated the sources who supplied Breivik with this ideological ‘fertiliser’, the sources who sowed the seeds to germinate the ‘terror cells’ for his Muslim-free uto-

pia, and make them all accountable. The experts would expose his school (madrassa) of thought and identify his peers (shabbab), and make them all accountable under relevant hate crime legislation, exactly like Muslim leaders. Disowning is an unacceptable copout, and the same standard must be applied to the responsible right-wing elders. Did the hate peddlers ever stop and think that maybe one person, one day may take their rhetoric, policies, propaganda, scaremongering and Islamophobia to the next level and literally fulfil their Muslim-free fantasy with the ultimate solution? Despite all the speculation that Anders Breivik acted alone, his 1,518 page manifesto, 2083 – A European Declaration Of Independence, is testament that he thrived in the ‘good company’ of many mentors and vehement voices. He loved people who hated Muslims. In a bizarre twist of alliances, he subscribes to both neo-Nazi and Zionist ideologies. As the Arab adage states, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and neo-Nazis are increasingly demonising Arabs as the new Semitic target, viewing “Israel as an outpost of Western civilisation in the mortal struggle with barbaric Islam”. His mentors in his manifesto did not

advocate killing Muslims, but killing the multicultural policy that sustains “deconstructing Norwegian culture and mass importing Muslims”. Hence, he did not attack the dirty water, but the tap itself, blocking the pipeline and supply chain of another generation of these policymakers. After years of wolf whistling, did the hate peddlers never suspect that one day someone may howl back heroically with a ‘martyrdom operation’ with a soldier’s salute to their ideology? Attempts to amplify his pathology and downplay the ideology also attempt to straightjacket any public discourse about the dangers of mainstreaming extreme right-wing views. His views echo some of the xenophobic platforms of political parties such as Norway Progress Party, Danish People’s Party, Swiss People’s Party, Swedish Democratic Party, Dutch Party of Freedom and True Finns. If we fail to render these same leaders accountable for the ultimate ugly manifestation of their utterances, we do so at our own peril. The double standards between Anders and Ahmad create a chasm wide enough for the hate peddlers to escape with impunity. Joseph Wakim is a freelance writer and former Multicultural Affairs Commissioner for Victoria.

London riot outcome of harsh govt cuts is growing social dislocation in London

is at its lowest level ever due to the

riots. Believing the government should

some London communities. We do not want to go back to the 1980s. As when Margaret Thatcher imposed such policies during her recessions this creates the threat of people losing control, acting in completely unacceptable ways that threaten everyone, and culminating in events of the type we saw in Tottenham.” Paul Deller from Metropolitan Police Federation, representing rank and file officers, also said that London’s recent riots are the outcome of the cuts on police officer’s morale. He said: “Morale among the police officers dealing with this incident, and within the police service as a whole,

form of the reviews into police pay and conditions.” A Metropolitan Police Authority member Jenny Jones also stressed that the severe cuts imposed by the government played a crucial role in the

especially youth services, played a role in fomenting tensions.” However, their remarks were soon attacked by the Conservative MP Patrick Mercer, claiming the timing of the comments was “hugely crass.”

and a threat that the police will be constant attacks on them by the Home take some of blame for the London Ken Livingstone forced into escalating conflict with Secretary and the Government in the riots, since “Cuts to local services,

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he former London Mayor has insisted that the Tory-led government’s austerity measures had led to a “social division” forcing the police into clash with the communities. Ken Livingstone blamed the coalition government’s harsh spending cuts for the outbreak of the Tottenham riots. stressing: “I am concerned that there


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Ending racism: It’s up to us

n our society, no one would come out and say that it’s cool to be racist. Even though racism can be found everywhere, very few people would ever admit that they are prejudiced in any way. In 20092010, the latest year for which statistics have been released by the Home Office, there were 55,056 racist incidents reported to police in England and Wales alone. This means that one percent of the population reported being victims of racist violence, and it’s hard to estimate how many incidents went unreported or unidentified. If no one thinks they are racist, these statistics show otherwise. We should take a closer look at this phenomenon in general. Specifically, these statistics raise the question about what we are doing in our everyday lives to make the situation better or worse. The Oxford Dictionary defines racism as, “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” Many times we think of racism as being something that is directed at us, or happens to other people.

But have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you have any racist attitudes? Many people will say they are ethnocentric, meaning, they have proud feelings about their own racial or ethnic background. This is a healthy thing, and everyone aand where they come from. But where do you draw the line between

ethnocentrism and racism? Part of the problem, some would say, is that racism is ingrained in our culture and our society. Up until the 1950’s and 1960’s, actors in movies and on television were predominately white. You

rarely saw a non-white person being portrayed in a favourable light. Television presenters, and in fact, most figures of authority in Western countries, were white. Black people were shown as lazy and stupid, Chinese as either stupid or somehow very cunning, and native people of every country were portrayed as savages. The list goes on and on.

These stereotypes crossed over into daily life, and manifested in every area, from education to employment, from housing to crime and gang violence. In the 1960’s, the civil rights movement ushered in some changes, which brought along some positive images of minorities in the

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’m going to make an assumption. I’m going to assume that everyone reading this remembers their high school days. I’m going to assume that each of you remember those long tedious lessons where you were forced to learn a number of things you now realise will never benefit nor aid you during your life. Now the biggest assumption I am going to make is that at least once during your high school life you were graced by the presence of one particular individual who spoke these immortal words ‘Boys are stronger than girls?’ It is a timeless debate flawed by each individual gender’s desire to come out as the superior, and yet neither one wants to reach a compromise. In a day and age where the economy of each country is slowly deteriorating, you would think that the very least of everyone’s problem would be in

relation to gender, but in actual fact it is. Instead of looking at the credentials, experience and characteristics of each individual we are now living in a world where we are judged by gender, and I’m not talking of the usual ‘women get paid less’ or ‘men put in more hours than women’, I’m talking about a neglected factor that many of us will have overlooked on several occasions... the gender that is less likely to ogle the

The world is no longer a place where genders are fighting to prove that they are superior to one another other during working hours. That’s right; the world is no longer a place where genders are fighting to prove that they are superior to one another, the world is now a place where each gender is accusing the other of being too... interested. Gone are the

days where a woman believed that a man working in a lingerie department was working there purely for the money instead of an opportunity to see her choose the most intimate of clothing. No longer do men believe that a nice woman working in a men’s department store is a nice woman working in a men’s department store. In a modern man’s mind it makes more sense if she’s working there to catch a rich husband. The world has become a suspicious place when really it should be a place where a woman can be trusted to work in close proximity to a man, and a man can be trusted to work in close proximity to a woman, each with the genuine goal of work instead of an ulterior motive. So I put it to you, should gender determine how we live our lives, hire our workers and look at employees, or should we start thinking better of our fellow man and fellow woman?

media. Awareness was also raised about minorities who achieved great things, such as inventors, scientists, artists and writers. Some would say that this was a start, but it’s not of any use if we continue to perpetuate old stereotypes we learned from the media. The latter part of the twentieth century has seen massive migrations of people, and now our attitudes towards people who are different from us are being tested and challenged. We have to stretch ourselves even further at times to adjust to groups of people we never had to live with before. These new groups will have to find ways to assimilate, and it helps to remember that they don’t know many things that we take for granted. We should not assume that they are being rude or difficult. Think of what you might do if you suddenly found yourself transplanted to a completely different culture and society. Don’t you think it would be hard for you? Don’t you think you would be bound to make some mistakes or have some misconceptions? Helping them to understand our society will only make the society as a whole better for everyone, so offering some tolerance and kindness is good for us, as well. Unfortunately, many people have attitudes that they learned from their parents. In this way, the prejudices of society are perpetuated. Children tend to adopt the views of their elders, because they don’t know anything else. When they become older and are searching for their own identity, they may find a safe haven in their ethnic group, which is familiar to them and already fully developed. While there is nothing wrong with this, it’s also important to remember that identifying with one’s own group is no excuse for racist behaviours and attitudes. What, then, is racist behaviour? Most people say that they don’t do anything racist. Did you ever laugh at an ethnic joke, and thought it was harmless? Ever refer to someone using an ethnic slur or nickname? Everyone can recall some incident of discrimination that they witnessed, but have you ever considered what part you play in the perpetuation of racism? For lonely, bullied, or isolated teens, the internet can be a place to turn to where they learn their racist behaviours and attitudes. A case in point is the recent massacre in Norway. Anders Breivik seems to

have gotten much of his inspiration and encouragement from hate groups on the internet. The world of cyber-hate operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The challenge to us as young people, as future leaders, is to find ways to be aware of racism wherever it exists, to discourage and resist racist behaviours, and to understand that we need to treat others with the same kind of consideration and respect that we want to have from them. Racism is a vicious, selfperpetuating machine. When someone discriminates against a member of another group, then the victim of the discrimination may also develop their own prejudices. Where does it end? The best solution is to stop it before it begins. Many young people find that when they are in school, students tend to hang out with others from their own group. They say that there is not a lot of mixing between members of different races, religions, or ethnicities. They think that school is a difficult place and time for them, and not the right time to start mixing with other groups. But think about it! It’s actually the ideal place. Where else do you have a chance to get to know members of your entire community, outside of their home environment? Your fellow students are also your fellow future leaders. You will be running your communities and even your country alongside of them. It’s the perfect time to get to know one another better. Everyone loves to be asked about themselves and share what makes them different. The main solution to the problem of racism is that we must realize that our similarities are greater than our differences. When we encounter racist or discriminatory situations, we must try to speak out if we can, or at the very least, refuse to support those who are creating them. We have to consider how we would feel if the joke, or the slur, or the hate, was directed at ourselves. In addition, we shouldn’t feel shy to make friends with people from different ethnic or religious backgrounds. They all have the same desires and needs as we do. Everyone, regardless of their origins, appreciates kindness and friendship. Everyone wants to share and be part of the group. We must find common ground with those around us, while at the same time, celebrating our differences.


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SPORTS

ENTERTAINMENT X-factor hopeful caught snorting drugs

England are preparing for the third Test against India at Edgbaston as normal, despite concerns following the overnight riots in Birmingham.

Danny Egan, a hopeful on X-factor was caught snorting drugs on TV. The X- factor bosses acted quickly as Egan was booted off the show, along with his wife who accompanied him.

Football

England’s friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley on Wednesday is off and other matches are postponed as authorities react to a third night of rioting in London.

The two auditonees were secretly caught by a hidden camera in the mirror of the make-up room. Rumor has it that many have been caught previously by hidden cameras, stealing cosmetics, perfumes and other items in the rehearsal rooms.

Boxing

Professional boxers could compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decline to rule out the possibility.

Tennis

Andy Murray will begin his US Open build-up against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson at the Rogers Cup.

It was revealed that the drug that Danny used was Mephedrone (meow meow). Surprisingly police were not called to the scene. Even though there was involvement of an illegal substance.

Anyone who takes part in the show has to sign disclaimers agreeing to be filmed throughout the entire audition.

Danny explained ‘I set up lines in front of the mirror. I’d no idea my face was six inches from a camera. I’m sorry and feel really bad for my wife. She didn’t do anything wrong.”

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SHOWBIZ Year of smash hits for Bollywood after a poor 2010

Three Indians go on a jaunty, all-boys road trip through Moorish Spain. The narrative of this light-hearted tale is lavishly garnished with pulsating adventure scenes, rambunctious song-and-dance routines, and candyfloss romance - all the right mix of ingredients to make a Bollywood hit. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - which translates as there is only one life to live - set the box office on fire last month, grossing 1.08 billion rupees in the first 10 days alone. The film, starring superstars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, “superseded

all expectations”, says Nandu Ahuja, the senior vice president for distribution at Eros International that bought the rights for 600m rupees. The film also reversed the tide of flops that blighted the Hindi film industry last year,

causing losses of about 5bn rupees. Fewer than a quarter of the 237 films released turned a profit, according to the trade journal Box Office India. The industry’s illfortune continued for the first half of this year, with distractions such as the cricket World Cup and the Indian Premier League (IPL) luring audiences away from cinemas. Bollywood productions worth 3.5bn rupees only managed to recoup a maximum of 2.2bn rupees in the six months to June. But last month brought a change of scene and record profits. All six major releases - ZNMD, Delhi

Belly, Buddah Hoga Tera Baap, Murder 2, Chillar Party and Singham - were hits, with cumulative box-office collections exceeding 2.1bn rupees, 80 per cent up on July last year. “This has been a tremendous period for

Bollywood, one of the best the industry has witnessed, with these continuous hits,” says Kamal Jain, the chief financial officer at Eros, which released ZNMD worldwide after it bought the rights. “This reversal of fortunes is likely to continue, with a strong line-up of movies in the pipeline.” India’s film industry is the largest in the world in terms of ticket sales and number of movies produced each year . The country has 10,000 theatre screens. The global consultancy Ernst & Young says Bollywood and other regional language cinemas produce more than 1,000 films annually in 20 languages. About 3.3 billion movie tickets are sold every year, the highest number in any country. The film industry is a part of India’s growing media and entertainment sector, which generated US$14.54bn (Dh53.4bn) in revenue last year, a growth of 11 per cent on 2009, according to the global consultancy KPMG. India, which has the second-largest population, is also among the world’s youngest nations. More than half the population is under 25 and this aspiring age group is boosting spending on leisure and entertainment. But in recent years, the movie business has witnessed a sharp slowdown. KPMG estimates that industry revenues declined by a fifth in the past three years to $1.85bn last year from $2.3bn in 2008. Many big-budget movies flopped last year. Kites, starring Hritik Roshan, is reported top have lost half of its total investment of 1bn rupees. Raavan, an offbeat, arty film staring the husband and wife pair of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai was made

with a budget of 900m rupees, but lost about a third of its investment. To increase the numbers of cinema goers between March and May - when the cricket World Cup and IPL was played - some multiplex owners screened live matches, which attracted packed houses.

Now the industry is on a growth trajectory, analysts say, helped by a slew of factors. These include a rise in the number of multiplex screens, improving revenue from overseas, digital screens facilitating wider releases and supplementary income streams such as digital downloads, according to KPMG. Experts say the government’s relaxed regulatory initiatives and a liberalised foreign investment regime is creating a favourable climate for business. With 100 per cent foreign direct investment allowed in most segments of the entertainment and media sector since 2000, it has become much less tedious for private players to raise capital. “Previously, the industry was dependent on only a handful of private financiers,” KPMG’s report said. “However, it is now raising funds through private equity … and initial public offerings both in India and abroad.” The relaxed regulations are also attracting foreign entertainment businesses to India. The industrial policy and promotion department says the Indian broadcasting industry received foreign direct investment inflows of $2.04bn in the past decade. Ernst & Young says the number of multiplex screens in the country is expected to rise from 800 to 1,500 in the next two or three years. Cinepolis, a Mexico-based multiplex operator, says it plans to set up 40 multiplex theatre screens by next year with a total investment of $28m. Taran Adarsh, a film trade analyst in Mumbai, calls the recent spate of successes at the box office a “triumph of craft”. Innovative marketing strategies, with catchy promotions and outdoor advertising by production houses, he says, have lured people in droves to the cinemas. Creative and cerebral themes - and not necessarily the age-old formulaic films peppered with song and dance - are most likely to work at the box office, says Aamir Khan, an actor, director and film-maker.

His company Amir Khan Productions has so far produced five films, one of which was nominated for the Oscars in 2002. His last three films - 3 Idiots, Ghajini and Taare Zameen Par - grossed a total of 7.5bn rupees. “This is Bollywood’s ‘decade of content’,” says Mr Khan.


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fter the fantastic Best of the Best show that ended the first India International Jewellery Week 2010 presented by P C Jeweller; the Grand Finale on the final day of the India International Jewellery Week 2011 also presented by P C Jeweller was an eagerly awaited event. Two shows were presented to accommodate the thousands of invitees who longed to see the fabulous jewellery from top companies in the country. The Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel was converted into a shimmering treasure chest with Swarovski crystals dazzling under the lights. A glittering Swarovski back drop of a palace with curved arched windows, a black and grey striped acrylic ramp and three giant wired lit lamps which moved up to the ceiling from the ramp; was the dramatic setting of the show.


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Special Report

Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader freed early from military prison

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he convicted ringleader of detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was released yesterday from a military prison, an Army spokeswoman said. Charles Graner Jr., 42, was released from the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., about 10 a.m. after serving more than 6 1/2 years of a 10-year sentence, spokeswoman Rebecca Steed said. He will be under the supervision of a probation officer until Dec. 25, 2014, she said. Graner and six other members of the Maryland-based 372d Military Police Company were charged in 2004 with abusing detainees at

the prison in Iraq. The strongest evidence was photographs of grinning US soldiers posing beside naked detainees stacked in a pyramid or held on a leash. Graner was convicted of offenses that included stacking the prisoners into a pyramid, knocking one of them out with a head punch and ordering prisoners to masturbate while soldiers took pictures. He maintained that the actions were part of a plan directed by military intelligence officers to soften up prisoners for interrogation. This is an image of Lynndie England and Charles Graner, two US soldiers who were at the centre of the Iraqi

abuse scandal that emerged from the Iraq war in 2004. The picture was taken in the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison in 2002 and shows England and Graner, who were lovers at that time. Two years after this photograph was taken, it was revealed that England (who was only 18 at the time of the photograph) and Graner were two of the US soldiers who had been involved in the torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners. England and Graner were both sentenced to serve time in prison as a result of these crimes; England has subsequently been released, Graner remains in prison.

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ilitary police were investigating claims that a British soldier chopped off the fingers of Taliban insurgents to keep as souvenirs. Officers from the Ministry of Defence’s Special Investigation Branch are looking into the “very serious” allegations against a soldier, believed to be from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. A source close to the regiment said: “It seems he may have been chopping off the fingers of

dead Taliban fighters. There is a rumour that he may have wanted to keep them as souvenirs, which is macabre in the extreme.” An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that an incident is being investigated by the Royal Military Police’s special investigation branch.” Mutilating the bodies of war dead is illegal under international law. Labour MP Dan Jarvis, an Army officer who commanded troops in Afghanistan, said: “If

true, this is appalling and there is no excuse for it. The reality is that the stress and pressure of being on the front line is incredibly intense but our soldiers have a set of values that they must live up to on a daily basis. It would seem that this is not an isolated incident on the part of western soliders in Afghanistan. In September, 2010, five US soldiers were charged in the deaths of three Aghan civilians, and at least three of them had taken body parts from

Afghan corpses and kept them as trophies. The five were charged with premeditated murder, and they killed the three civilians in Kandahar province, using guns and grenades. They were not under any immediate threat when they committed the murders. The most senior member of the five was found to have in his possession “finger bones, leg bones and a tooth taken from Afghan corpses.” Another was found with a skull taken from an Afghan corpse.


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Islam, Murabaha & Fixed Deposits I

slam has declared war on the moneylender who demands interest. It did so in the very last divine revelation (alBaqarah, 2:279) to come down in the Holy Qur’an. Here is that last revelation: “O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and give up what remains of your demand for usury (i.e., the interest due on a fixed deposit, or on any other loan on interest), if ye are indeed believers.” If ye do it not (i.e. if you persist in your claim or demand for the interest due to you), then take notice of (a declaration of) war from Allah and His Messenger: but if ye turn away (from such claim or demand), then you are entitled to the return of your capital sum (placed in the fixed deposit or otherwise lent); do not enter into (such) unjust transactions, nor allow yourselves to be subjected to such. If (you forgo the interest due to you and then find) the debtor in a difficulty (in respect of returning the capital sum that was lent to him on interest), grant him time till it is easy for him to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew. And (in this matter in particular, i.e., lending money on interest) fear the Day when ye shall be brought back to Allah. Then shall every soul be paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly.’ (Qur’an, al-Baqarah, 2:278-281) Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared that the consumption of even a Dirham (a silver coin worth a few dollars) of Riba (usury) was equivalent to “committing adultery 36 times”. He also declared that Riba was comprised of 70 parts and that the smallest part (was so bad that) it was equivalent to “a man marrying his own mother”. Indeed “he cursed all four, and declared that they were all equally guilty—the one who took Riba (i.e., the moneylender), the one who gave Riba (i.e., while paying interst on a loan), the one who recorded the transaction (hence bank personnel), and the two witnesses.” Fifty years ago my own Muslim community of Trinidad and Tobago was led by Haji Ruknuddin (may Allah have mercy on him). He was a leader who both ‘knew’ and ‘lived’ Islam. At that time a Muslim money-lender appeared on the scene and the leader of our community made every effort to get that man to give up his money-

lending. When he failed in that effort he responded by prohibiting Muslims from even having a meal in the moneylender’s home. The Muslim community obeyed the command of its leader. But times have since changed, and our Muslim community is now led, with but few exceptions, by men who neither ‘know’ nor ‘live’ Islam, and by scholars who betray Islam. We even have Muslim leaders here

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Tribune Comment in Trinidad who are consummate money-lenders, placing their money in highest yielding fixed-deposits in the international money market. They then use their bloated checkbooks that drip with the blood of the masses they have exploited, to bribe their way into winning elections and assuming posts of President-

maxim that if you do not plant, you cannot reap. This constitutes a rejection of the false claim to a ‘time-value’ of money. Money by itself cannot increase over time without any input of labor, or without the risk (of loss or of gain) inherent in an authentic business transaction. The blessed Prophet declared that any transaction involving an exchange of ‘money’ for ‘money’ must be an equal exchange, i.e., with no difference in amount of money exchanged. He declared that an unequal exchange (that would open the door for money to increase over time) would be Riba. Islam also insists that all business transactions must involve risk – and hence ‘profit’ or ‘loss’. Allah Most High can then intervene to distribute and redistribute wealth by taking from some and giving to others. In this way the rich would not remain permanently rich, and the poor would not be imprisoned in permanent poverty In his masterpiece entitled ‘Merchant of Venice’, William Shakespeare likened Riba or usury to a ‘pound of flesh’. And in a dream Prophet Muhammad saw the moneylender exposed

Islamic banks and other Islamic financiabinstitutions are today lending money on interest through the back-door by disguising a loan as a sale on credit. General of Islamic organizations. Those with the intellectual acumen of cattle then legitimize such (checkbook) leaders. Even Islamic scholars have fallen by the wayside so badly that when a Trinidadian (money-lending) bank organizes a function to commemorate Eid al-Fitr, an Imam who is described as a Maulana accepts an invitation to deliver a feature address at the function. Then his photograft appears in the daily newspaper posing with bank officials. And so, there is both widespread ignorance of the divine law pertaining to the prohibition of Riba, and, worse, wanton violation of that law. In this essay we direct attention to ‘Fixed Deposits’ as well as to socalled Murabaha transactions in an attempt to explain such to be ‘money-lending’ transactions. At the heart of the Islamic prohibition of usury (Riba) is the

as a ‘bloodsucker’ since he was standing in a river of blood. We noted earlier that the Prophet cursed “all four”, and declared that “they were all equally guilty—the ones who ‘took’ Riba, ‘gave’ Riba, ‘recorded the transaction’, and ‘the two witnesses’.” Whoever dies with the curse of a Prophet upon him can never escape the hellfire. The Qur’an itself declared that the moneylender would be punished with eternal hellfire: “Those who devour usury will not stand (before their Lord for Judgment) except as stands one whom Satan by his touch hath driven to madness.That is because they claim that: ‘Business is like lending on interest,’ but Allah hath permitted business and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge);

but those who persist (in claiming the interest due from fixed deposits or other such loans on interest) are Companions of the Hellfire; they will abide therein (forever).” (Qur’an, al-Baqarah, 2:275) What, then, is the status of someone who makes a ‘Fixed Deposit’ with his money in a bank or any other financial institution? It should firstly be clear that he has not gifted the money. It must also be recognized that he has not entered into a ‘business’ transaction since he is guaranteed the return of his money plus an additional amount. There is no risk. There is no possibility of loss. And hence that is not business! In fact, in making a ‘Fixed Deposit’, he has lent his money on interest (Riba), and has hence become a cursed moneylender. Those (Muslims, Christians, Hindus, etc.) who read this essay and, in consequence of fear of Allah’s eternal punishment, promptly respond by breaking their ‘Fixed Deposits’, would want to know what they could do with their Riba money. They can neither use it themselves, nor can they give it to others as charity. BACK-DOOR RIBA Islamic Banks and other Islamic financial institutions are today lending money on interest through the back-door by disguising a loan as a sale on credit. They call it murabaha! But it is most certainly not murabaha! It is Riba! What the bank does is to offer an item on sale in a credit transaction with a price substantially higher than the cash price. While credit transactions are Halal, since the blessed Prophet (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) himself engaged in such transactions, there is no evidence that the credit price in such transactions was ever higher than the cash price. When credit price is higher than cash price then the implication would be that time has value. And the essence of Riba is that money grows over time. When a client wishes to purchase something, but does not possess the cash with which to purchase it, the so-called Islamic bank enters into the fiction of purchasing the item at its cash price and then selling it to the client on credit. The interest charges are added to the selling price thus making a credit price for the item substantially higher than the cash price. In fact the bank never actually purchases the item. Rather, it writes out a check to the client who then purchases the item in

his name with the bank holding a lien on the item until the sale price is eventually paid to the bank. The bank therefore sold something that it never actually owned – and that is Haram! In actual fact the ‘sale’, also, was entirely fictitious. What the bank actually did was to ‘lend’ a specific sum of money on interest over a specific period of time and to then denominate the ‘loan’ in the amount of a final total that included the total interest payments as money due on a ‘sale’. It is when the client defaults on payment of installments of money due to the bank that one is treated to ridiculous and utterly scandalous financial gymnastics. Consider the following: a client entered into a so-called murabaha transaction with an unnamed Islamic Bank to purchase a house with a market price of $500,000. The bank wrote out the check to him for $500,000. with which he then purchased the house in his name. He thus became legal owner of the house. The bank then transacted with him a fictitious sale agreement to sell to him on credit a house that the bank never owned (and hence could not sell) for a total of $1 million. The difference between the credit and cash prices was thus $500,000. One month after entering into the agreement the client defaulted on his payments. The bank then repossessed the house and sold it on the open market for $500,000. But the bank went on to sue the client for an outstanding balance of almost $500,000. The court, however, dismissed the claim and ruled that the bank was entitled to nothing more than the interest payment for the actual duration of the contract (i.e., the amount of time it took the bank to recover its $500,000.) We have a stern warning to deliver to those scholars of Islam who persist in defending the so-called murabaha transactions of Islamic Banks today. They defend the transaction with Fatwas (fatawa) that are as invalid as the Fatwas (fatawa) which today blindly declare paper money of the modern world to be Halal, and would equally blindly declare tomorrow’s ‘electronic money’ to be Halal. If they obstinately persist in their defense of today’s so-called Murabaha transactions, and then learn in Allah’s court that it was not Murabaha but Riba, at that time they cannot plead for mercy from Allah for they will have misguided people, nor can they say “I did not know”.


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Defeat the War Mongers Dr Tahir Saeed

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he polarity of the world has ceased to exist for long with the demise of the Soviet Union, that has culminated in providing an unlimited power to the only super power of the present world; The USA. Power

corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, the famous proverb, is truly reflected in the war mongering spree of the USA to dominate the world politics. This insatiable appetite for ruling the world unfortunately does not seem to show any signs of abating despite the switch of political change within the USA from Democrats to Republicans. These two parties may show disagreement in their major policies at micro-level but strategically they carry the same agenda of exploiting the world resources and imposing their will on small countries. The prevailing thoughts of the demise of Colonialism and Imperialism seem elusive as this phenomenon of domination of smaller underdeveloped countries not only continues but in the recent past it has gained a significant momentum. It started off with the attack on Iraq with an excuse for weapon of mass destruction. This was followed by declaration of

war against Afghanistan with an aim to capture Usama Bin Ladin and his despotic cronies who masterminded the attack on USA. Iran and North Korea were also threatened with dire consequences for not towing to their lines, which they, until now, very successfully defied it. Egypt and Yemen however, could not sustain the pressure and ultimately had to surrender. Libya and Syria are struggling to thwart the attacks of foreign intervention on their soil. There is no need to mention the pressure on different countries and their role in manipulating the political structure for their own interest in small countries like Pakistan, dealing directly with the

Military Junta. However, when it does not suit them they do not even hesitate for a second in turning their back on their most trusted friends. A very glaring example would be their role in India and Pakistan conflicts. There is no doubt that the rulers of these countries need to be condemned due to their lack of respect for human rights, their self-indulgence and their love for unlimited power and extravagant life style. Albeit their

lust for power and callous attitude towards their masses, these rulers have created a huge gulf between themselves and the masses and this probably made the way for foreign countries to incite a much popular uprising and insurgency

the USA and its allies have no moral or political right to interfere in the internal political affairs of another sovereign country. in the countries. These rulers never made an attempt to come out of their gigantic palaces, whose foundations were laid with the money so needed for the welfare of the citizens of their countries. They remained shy of engaging in dialogue with their ‘subjects’ because either they did not have the courage to face the frustrated masses or their arrogance and self aggrandizing ego was keeping them at bay. Compared to the most extravagant life style of Pharaohs and Roman kings, the present day despotic rulers have much more refined preferences to spend their lives, with no remorse and guilt. Notwithstanding the corrupt practices of these rulers, the USA and its allies have no moral or political right to interfere in the internal political affairs of another sovereign country. Let these countries resolve their own issues. If the solution is imposed from outside the chance of its success is quite meagre as this will be considered interference by the outside force. This will prove detrimental to the cause of the indigenous uprising as this outside interference may not go well in the mind of the local people and the chance of re-emergence of sympathy phenomenon towards the same usurpers is highly likely to increase as witnessed in the case of Saddam Hussain, Taliban, etc. The irony, however, is that these dictators were once the blue-eyed boys of Americans and her allies, having stayed in the power with the direct mercy and support of the CIA

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it’s a matter of only timing; whose turn comes first. History has however informed us that successful resolution of conflicts only happens through discussions. However, these world super powers somehow fail to understand the power of dialogue as wars are never and will never be an answer to world conflicts. World has witnessed many wars in a very short span which has brought colossal loss to the human kind but we remain blindfolded to all the human sufferings that was incurred as a consequence to these wars. The main cause of the present conflicts are, apparently motivated by the 9/11 attacks. There is also no denying the fact that 9/11 and 7/7 were extremely tragic and these acts were unfortunately insinuated by insane minds as no religion will approve these atrocities. Like the Oslo tragedy, the perpetrators of all

these attacks are insane, devoid of empathy and emotions. However, the response to these actions by the USA and its allied forces was extremely unjustified by killing thousands of innocent people, its sophisticated talibanization, with extreme designs of vested interests, serving the same purpose i.e., robbing innocents of their lives. Its not a hidden secret that majority of these gullible masses happen to be Muslims and hence is very successfully exploited by these terrorist groups to gain sympathies for their organisations and create hatred not only against the world power but also against all those liberal forces who would not endorse this mind set. The need of the time was to isolate these groups, who were not very strong at the time and could have been managed very well locally. However, these groups subsequently grew in numbers mostly through the sympathy phenomenon and hence once again proving themselves as a formidable and invincible force. It is high time for introspection especially for the powers-to-be to look at the possibility of creating the world much more peaceful, prosperous, economically viable and psychologically fulfilling for all the people. They have to think globally rather than looking at their own personal interests. If we want peace then we have to stand up as a force and defeat these war mongers; be it Taliban, Al-Qaida or the Super Powers.


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he third Cricket Test between India and England, to be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham, seems to be doubtful as the riots spread to other parts of London on Monday night with the youths looting and setting up houses and shops on fire. All players of the Indian cricket are safe, an official of the India told a TV channel on Tuesday, as rioting broke out in Liverpool and Birmingham in the worst violence in London in years. The official said that few players had gone out for dinner but they were called back and now everybody is in the hotel. The England team players were also confined to the hotel, reports said. Some players took to Twitter to show their concern over the ongoing riots. Kevin Pietersen tweeted, “they have just locked our hotel in Birmingham mate... Riots just started here.. Insane!!”. Tim Bresnan wrote, “Just seen the rioters in Birmingham fleeing down the main street followed by a load of police in the full get up. What’s going on?”, while

Stuart Broad said, “Police vans all around Birmingham where we are right now....” Rioting and looting spread across London as hooded youths set buildings and cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and hurled bottles and stones at police in a third night of violence in Britain’s worst unrest in decades. The riots started on Saturday night after protests against the death of a man in a police shooting turned violent, but Monday saw an escalation in hostilities.

London riots throw India-England match into doubt

Kamran Akmal disappointed at missing out on central contract

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icketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, a surprise omission from Pakistan’s latest batch of central contracts, says that he is disappointed over being left out. The 29-year-old Kamran, a veteran of 53 tests, 137 one-day internationals and 38 Twenty20s, has been replaced by his younger brother Adnan Akmal, 26, who toured New Zealand last year.

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London riots: England friendly with Holland called off

porting fixtures across London have been cancelled in the wake of riots and looting that have swept the streets of the capital over the past three days and nights with England’s friendly international with Holland tomorrow night the highest profile casualty.

Wembley on Wednesday night. League Cup first round matches on Tuesday night West Ham v Aldershot; Crystal Palace v Crawley; Bristol City v Swindon; Charlton v Reading Ghana v Nigeria friendly at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night.

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starting at noon on Wednesday instead of 15.40. Middlesex v Northamptonshire at Lord’s starting at 11am on Thursday instead of noon. An Olympic beach volleyball test event at horseguard’s parade on Tuesday goes ahead but will be closed and packed up before dark as a precaution.

Wasim ‘puzzled’ by team selection

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ormer captain Wasim Akram said that he was surprised over the decision to exclude pacemen Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul from the forthcoming Zimbabwe tour, saying it would hamper their progress. Riaz and Gul were surprisingly rested while Tanveer Ahmed dropped for the tour which includes one Test, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches, starting later this month. The 15-man tour party includes four inexperienced pacemen in Sohail Tanveer, Sohail Khan, Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan -- a strategy Wasim

fears may backfire. “I don’t mind taking Zimbabwe lightly and giving chances to youngsters but it is surprising that you rest Riaz who has just started his career a year ago and is progressing. He doesn’t need rest,” Wasim said. Gul, Wasim said, would have found his lost form in Zimbabwe. “I have seen that out-of-form paceman get back to form by playing easier teams, but here we have rested the two main pacemen and they were allowed to play county cricket, instead of doing the national duty,” said Wasim.

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