Sep 212017
Miranshah hosts cricket Peace Cup 2017 as UK Media plays Pakistan XI

The headquarters of the restive North Waziristan Agency hosted a cricket match on Thursday as part of the Peace Cup 2017 in which the UK Media team XI is playing Pakistan XI.The UK Media team XI is part of an 18-member group of journalists, lawyers, businessmen and academics aged between 21-62 which is touring Pakistan's with the aim to improve its image as a sporting nation. Of the 18, 14 are players, one is an umpire while the rest, including two women, are the organisers.A day earlier, the military promoted the event on its social media accounts to announce the match at Miranshah's Younas Khan Stadium. The match is being played in collaboration with the Pakistan Cricket Board and Peshawar Zalmi. The match was fixed at Miranshah on the Special instructions of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Javed Qamar Bajwa who dubbed it as a gift to the residents of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata).The match is being telecast live via the state-run sports channel. Players of both teams marched onto the pitch wearing turbans along with their respective kits. Army officials came onto the field to greet the foreigners playing for UK media.Prominent players on the Pakistan team include Inzimamul Haq, Shahid Afridi, younas Khan, Kamran Akmal, Junaid Khan, Umer Gull, Mushtaq Ahmed, Riaz Afridi and Wajhat ullah Wasti. Inzimamul Haq, younas Khan, Shahid Afridi and other Pak XI players, wearing traditional turbans, take a round of the stadium.—Courtesy: SabukAfridi This picture shows local students in traditional attire [Read More…]

Sep 202017
Pakistan's relationship with US not defined by Afghanistan: PM Abbasi

Action will be taken against Hafiz Saeed backed-candidate: PM Pakistan's nuclear command system 'very secure' Abbasi's 'icebreaker' meeting with Pence Pakistan's relationship with the United States is 70 years strong and it is not defined by the conflict in Afghanistan alone, said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while speaking at Washington's Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think tank on Wednesday. Abbasi's visit to New York to attend the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly comes at a time when tensions between US and Pakistan are running high in the wake of Trump's Afghan and South Asia policy.Speaking during an hour-long session at CFR with David Sanger, the national security correspondent for The New York Times, Abbasi said that Pakistan intends to remain engaged and partner with the US in order to defeat terror in the region and find lasting peace in Afghanistan. "We have engaged with the US. We continue to engage with them to resolve any differences that come up and move forward," he said.See: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi: not so sovereign Once again denying President Donald Trump's assertion that Pakistan provides sanctuaries to terrorists, the prime minister said, "nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan".He said that Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to provide coordinates for any terrorist sanctuary that it alleges exists in Pakistan and "we will take action against that sanctuary".Pakistan has suffered $120 billion worth of economic losses due to the "vicious" war the country has been involved in to rout the militants, said the [Read More…]

Sep 162017
ICC congratulates Pakistan on successful hosting of Independence Cup

In a press release posted on its website, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game's global governing body, has congratulated Pakistan "for the successful staging of the Pakistan versus the World XI series for the Independence Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore."In separate messages, ICC Director Giles Clarke and Chief Executive David Richardson have thanked Pakistani fans for "embracing the World XI players", noting that the series had highlighted "Pakistan's passion and love for cricket, as well as its ability to provide an environment in which international cricket stars can show their talent."Still, the ICC executives said the series was a small step towards the "safe and steady revival" of international cricket in the country, with the ICC's release stating the next step would be a tour by a full member country as opposed to a composite side. Pakistan is looking to host Sri Lanka and West Indies in the near future, which will prove an acid test for the country's readiness to welcome back international fixtures to the country. “The reception the team received was quite extraordinary, and for all of us, we did our best to interact with the crowd," Clarke, who attended the first two matches, said. "The reaction of the Pakistanis who were at the ground is something I have never seen in my life. They were so pleased, saying thank you, and they were so excited by the players being there.“I felt the tour unleashed the deep and powerful emotions that exist around cricket [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Balochistan will soon become Pakistan's richest province: PM Abbasi

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday inaugurated the Kacchi Canal project in Balochistan's Dera Bugti district, Radio Pakistan reported.According to the state-run daily, the Canal will irrigate 72,000 acres of land in the far-flung areas of the district."This is no ordinary project. It will change the destiny of Dera Bugti," the prime minister said as he addressed a public gathering in the district."This project is a symbol of love between two provinces," Abbasi added, explaining that the 300-kilometre canal runs from Punjab and provides water to Balochistan."[Former PM] Nawaz Sharif should have been here today. This [canal] is his project," Abbasi said as he criticised the PPP for not developing the project during its tenure."A lot of governments have come, but they only made empty promises to secure their votes. The PML-N does not make false promises; it solves the problems people in the country are facing.""If you make the right decision when casting your votes, you will also see the benefits," he said. "These decisions are in your hand," Abbasi added.Abbasi said that the whole country was indebted to Balochistan as the gas from Sui had allowed other provinces to progress."This is not a favour to you, this is our responsibility," Abbasi said as he promised to fulfil the fundamental needs of the people. "The people of this province should feel that the rest of Pakistan is repaying its debt to Balochistan.""Balochistan will soon become the country's richest province," he added as he promised the development of electricity, [Read More…]

Sep 142017
Dawn.com wins two awards at WAN-IFRA South Asian Digital Media Awards

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS Best News Website Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website Best Use of Online Video (including VR) Best Data Visualisation Best News Mobile Service Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Mobile Service Best Innovation New Product Best Social Media Engagement Best Digital Advertising Campaign (including Branded Content) Best Innovation to Engage Young Audience Dawn.com won two awards at the prestigious World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) South Asian Digital Media Awards 2017. The association announced winners at the WAN-IFRA India conference in Chennai on Wednesday.The digital publication won the silver and bronze titles in the Best Data Visualisation category for: Banned outfits in Pakistan openly operate in Facebook A Pakistani woman’s workplace dilemma From Pakistan, the Jang Media Group won the silver title in the Best Innovation New Product category for its recently launched Jang Real mobile app.The Best News Website category was dominated by India, where The Hindu, The Quint and NDTV won the gold, silver and bronze titles, respectively.The Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience category was also introduced this year; The Hindu won the gold title for its Young World Club in this category.The awards — a joint initiative by WAN-IFRA and Google — recognise best practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide. It is presented in every region: South Asia, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The winners from each region subsequently compete for the World Digital Media Awards to be announced in Berlin on October 10 during the World Publishing [Read More…]

Sep 132017
Man killed as Indian troops target civilians along Working Boundary, says ISPR

A man was killed on Wednesday in an incident of cross-border firing across the Working Boundary on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)."Indian troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violations using mortars and automatics and targeted the innocent civilian population along [the] Working Boundary in [the] Phuklian sector," the ISPR said. The Pakistan Rangers "effectively responded and targeted Indian posts firing on [the] civilian population," the statement added. Muhammad Zahoor, a resident of Dewra village, was killed in the cross-border exchange of fire, ISPR said.The heavily militarised LoC and Working Boundary have witnessed sporadic skirmishes and artillery duels since the alleged Indian 'surgical strike' last September, in violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement signed by both countries. Earlier this month, a five-year-old girl was killed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir when an Indian soldier opened fire across the Line of Control. The orphan was killed when a single bullet by an Indian soldier hit her as she stood in the courtyard of her house in Polas village of Abbaspur sector in the southern Poonch district. Protests were held in the area against the "apathy of the state and the government towards the plight of the people living along the LoC" after the incident. Click for detailed story

Sep 132017
Day after first World XI match, KSE-100 index gains impressive 1,031 points

Volumes were led by: Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) experienced an exceptional trading session on Wednesday as bulls dominated the market amid higher volumes with the benchmark KSE-100 index gaining 1,031 points, or 2.50 per cent, to cross the 42,000 mark. The index took off from Tuesday's close of 41,279, continuing on an upward spiral throughout the session to hit the day's high of 42,346 points and close at 42,310 points. 173.81 million shares worth Rs9.67 billion were traded in the market, with investors shunning caution as Lahore successfully hosted the first T20 of the World XI tour. The textile sector dominated day's trading with 26.2m shares traded while commercial banks and technology sectors followed with 21.4m and 17.6m shares traded, respectively.A total of 360 symbols were traded in the market of which 252 advanced, 87 declined and 21 remained unchanged. Volumes were led by: Azgard Nine: 22.1m shares traded [-1.62pc]TRG Pak Ltd: 11.1m shares traded [+3.39pc]B.O.Punjab: 9.0m shares traded [+0.60pc]Aisha Steel Mill: 8.7m shares traded [+3.99pc]K-Electric Ltd: 8.4m shares traded [+2.72pc] Click for detailed story

Sep 082017
'Your vote will strengthen the judiciary,' Imran Khan tells NA-120

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, addressing a rally in Lahore on Friday in the run-up to the NA-120 by-poll, urged voters in the constituency to use their vote to show the Supreme Court that it rejects "criminals".The PTI, whose Yasmin Rashid is competing in the by-poll, is embroiled in a tussle with the PML-N over the constituency vacated by ousted premier Nawaz Sharif. The PML-N nominated Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom, as its candidate for the seat after the Supreme Court (SC) disqualified the former prime minister for being 'dishonest' in a landmark ruling on the Panama Papers case. The former premier's daughter Maryam Nawaz is campaigning for the upcoming by-poll on behalf of Begum Kulsoom who is undergoing cancer treatment in London."Are you going to vote for the person who was given a year by the Supreme Court to prove innocence, and was also given an opportunity by the joint investigation team, but could not answer questions about the money trail [for his assets]?" Khan asked the gathering at Qurtaba Chowk."The crimes committed by small thieves are nothing compared to the damage caused by these big thieves," he told his audience. "With your vote, you will tell the Supreme Court that you are grateful this day has come, that the most powerful thief [in the country] was disqualified." "With your vote, you will tell the Supreme Court that you want criminals to be sent to jail," he asserted."Your vote will strengthen the court and send the message that you [Read More…]

Sep 082017
PSX ends week in green as KSE-100 gains 442 points

Volumes were led by: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) ended the week on a high, with the benchmark KSE-100 index gaining 442 points, or 1.08 per cent, to close at 41,401 on Friday.The market remained bearish over the past two sessions but a reduction in the penalty imposed on Habib Bank Limited (HBL) by New York regulators appeared to have caused investor confidence to return. "Bullish momentum returned as HBL (+5pc) opened at its upper circuit on the back of a huge decline in the final penalty imposed by the DFS [Department of Financial Services] on the ban, where the bank has agreed to pay US$225 million instead of a potential amount of up to US$630m considered earlier," a JS Research analyst's note read.The index made an intra-day high of 677 points to touch 41,636 within the first half hour of trading. 140.78m stocks worth Rs8.45 billion were traded in the market. The stocks of a total of 357 companies were traded in the market, of which 233 advanced, 103 declined and 21 remained unchanged.Commercial banks dominated trading for the third session in a row with 24.1m shares traded, while the technology and textile sectors followed with 19.7m and 15.2m shares traded respectively. Volumes were led by: TRG Pak Ltd: 18.3m shares traded [+3.19pc]B.O.Punjab: 14.0m shares traded [+7.61pc]Azgard Nine:13.2m shares traded [+6.86pc]Engro Polymer: 6.6m shares traded [+3.86]Pak ElektronXD: 6.2m shares traded [+3.67pc] Click for detailed story

Sep 082017
Military courts hand death sentence to 4 terrorists, confirms COAS

Details of the convicts provided by ISPR: Raiz Ahmed s/o Ghularam Khan Hafeez ur Rehman s/o Habib ur Rehman Muhammad Saleem s/o Muslim Khan Kifayat Ullah s/o Dilresh Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentences of four terrorists involved in killings of 16 individuals and injuring 8 others, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.The terrorists were involved in killings of innocent civilians, attacking law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and armed forces, army's media wing said. 23 others have been awarded imprisonments "of various duration" by the military courts, according to the statement. Details of the convicts provided by ISPR: Raiz Ahmed s/o Ghularam Khan The convict was member of a banned organisation. He was involved in attacking LEAs and armed forces which resulted in death of eight police and frontier constabulary officials, and injuries of five police officials. He was also involved in destruction of the Government Middle School, Aligrama. A firearm was found in his possession. Ahmed admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.Hafeez ur Rehman s/o Habib ur Rehman The convict was a member of a banned organisation and was involved in killing of three civilians. He admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.Muhammad Saleem s/o Muslim Khan The convict was member of a banned organisation. He was involved in attacks on LEAs and armed forces which resulted in death of four soldiers [Read More…]

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