Dec 122017
 
Gayle smashes records as Rangpur Riders lift BPL trophy

Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final against Dhaka Dynamites on Tuesday to help his team lift the trophy.His innings, which helped Rangpur Riders set a 207-run target for the Dynamites, included 18 sixes — the most in a T20 innings. He bettered his own previous record of 17 sixes in an innings, made in the Indian Premier League (IPL).It was also the highest score in an innings by any batsman in the BPL, as well as Gayle's 20th ton — the highest number by any batsman in T20, with the second highest number of centuries in the format standing leagues behind at seven, EspnCricinfo reported.Gayle has scored at least two centuries every year since 2011, while four of the top five scores in the league have also been scored by him.Brendon McCullum supported Gayle with an effortless knock worth 51. Chasing the 207-run target, Dhaka Dynamites could only manage 149 for the loss of nine wickets as Sohag Gazi, Isuru Udana and Nazmul Islam took two wickets each. Zahurul Islam hit a 38-ball half century while skipper Shakib managed 26 runs. Gayle, who played for Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings in the first and second editions of Pakistan Super League (PSL), was left unpicked in the draft for the third season. Click for detailed story

Dec 122017
 
PTI to move high court against decision to try Imran Khan in anti-terrorism court

Babar Awan calls on Imran Khan Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday reiterated that cases concerning the storming of the state-run broadcaster's offices during the 2014 sit-in do not qualify as terrorism cases.An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) had on Monday rejected PTI Chairman Imran Khan's request to transfer the ongoing 2014 Pakistan Television (PTV) attack case to a civil court.In 2014, Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chairman Tahirul Qadri staged a major rally in Islamabad against alleged rigging in the 2013 election and the Model Town tragedy, which had seen as many as 14 people killed and 100 others injured when police attacked Qadri's residence during an 'anti-encroachment' operation. The protest had continued for a record 104 days. On Sept 1, 2014, while the sit-in was still ongoing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Asmatullah Junejo had been beaten up by protesters on Constitution Avenue as they stormed the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and the precincts of the Parliament. A case had later been registered against Khan, Qadri and others for 'torturing' SSP Junejo and five other police officers and attacking public property. On December 7, 2017, the PTI chief had requested that the cases be transferred from the ATC to a civil court since they did not qualify as "terrorism". However, his counsel failed to satisfy the court in this regard. On his way to court, Khan had alleged he was being victimised by Nawaz Sharif's family for pursuing corruption cases against them. On Tuesday, Chaudhry held a press [Read More…]

Dec 122017
 
Govt sends new bill on moon sighting for cabinet approval

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has forwarded to the federal cabinet the draft of a new bill governing the moon sighting ceremony that marks the start of a new month in the lunar Hijri calendar, Dawn learnt on Tuesday.The Ruet-i-Hilal Bill 2017 seeks the reconstitution of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and suggests a one-year imprisonment, a Rs200,000 fine or both for anyone who announces the sighting of the new moon before the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee. Two members of each province and one each from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Islamabad will be a part of the new committee. One representative each from the meteorological department, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs will also be a part of the committee. Read: Moon gazing — Profile of Mufti Muneeb-ur-RehmanTelevision channels which announce the sighting of the moon before a formal announcement by the committee will be fined up to Rs1 million and could also face suspension under the proposed bill. The bill also suggests a six-month imprisonment or a Rs50,000 fine or both for those providing false evidence of moon-sighting. It also seeks to limit the tenure of the committee's chairman to three years and appointments for the post to be rotated between all four provinces. The bill will be presented to the cabinet for approval, following which it will be presented to parliament. Moon sighting in Pakistan becomes a cause of controversy each year around [Read More…]

Dec 122017
 
Bangladeshi-origin NYC bomber motivated by 'Israeli incursions in Gaza': reports

Trump slams 'chain migration' Bangladeshi-origin Akayed Ullah, the perpetrator behind Monday's bomb attack in a New York City subway passageway, told police that he was motivated by Israeli 'incursions in Gaza', CNN reported. Three people were injured yesterday when Akayed, 27, a Brooklyn resident, detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded passageway during the morning rush hour. The blast took place in the subway station at the Port Authority bus terminal, not far from the city's iconic Times Square, sparking commuter panic and travel disruptions.A law enforcement official quoted by CNN said recent Israeli actions in Gaza had compelled Akayed to carry out the attack, adding that the suspect had said he was "upset" with the "incursion into Gaza". However, it is unclear which incursion the suspect may have been referring to, as Israel launched airstrikes against Hamas, killing two members of the group. The airstrikes, which followed a rocket attack on Israel, came days after United States (US) President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. According to the CNN, Akayed has also pledged allegiance to the militant Islamic State group. Trump slams 'chain migration' After Monday's attack, President Trump renewed his criticisms of US immigration policy. Akayed Ulla came to the US from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of US citizens.Trump says that programme "is incompatible with national security." Trump's administration has called for limiting family-based green cards to spouses and minor children.Akayed's family have [Read More…]

Dec 122017
 
5 PML-N lawmakers formally submit resignations over inaction against Sanaullah

Five PML-N lawmakers formally submitted resignations to their respective assembly secretariats on Tuesday in protest over government inaction against Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Resignation letters were submitted by two members of the National Assembly ─ Dr Nisar Ahmad Jutt and Ghulam Bibi Bharwana ─ and three members of the Punjab assembly ─ Maulana Rehmatullah, Khan Muhammad Baloch and Nizam-ud-Din Sialvi, who is the nephew of Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi, a former senator.The resignation letters were submitted through Nizam-ud-Din's personal secretary days after the lawmakers announced their resignation at a Khatm-i-Nubuwat conference in Faisal­abad organised by Pir Sialvi.The lawmakers had said that they would step down from their positions in the assemblies due to government inaction against Sanaullah, who came under fire from various quarters for his remarks regarding the status of Ahmadis in the country in a TV show. The provincial minister had said that his remarks had been “distorted and twisted by some rivals to take political advantage”. Click for detailed story

Dec 122017
 
ECP slams PTI's 'delaying tactics' in party funding case

The chief election commissioner (CEC) lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) when the party's senior lawyer Anwar Mansoor and finance secretary failed to appear for a hearing of on the party's source of funds on Tuesday.The court expressed anger at PTI junior lawyer's request that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) hear the party's arguments "calmly", saying that the party had been employing delaying tactics regarding the matter for over three years. "You are telling us to listen to you calmly when the case is being delayed due to your party's constant failure to appear before the bench," the CEC said.Petitioner Akbar S. Babar ─ one of the founding members of PTI ─ complained to the ECP bench that whenever the body demands an answer from the PTI, the party fails to respond. He blamed the party for delaying the case for more than three years.The bench regretted that both parties kept bringing up political issues instead of presenting legal arguments.The case was filed on Nov 14, 2014 by the estranged Babar, after he developed differences with PTI chief Imran Khan over internal corruption and abuse of laws governing political funding.The petitioner has alleged that nearly $3 million in illegal foreign funds were collected through two offshore companies, registered under Imran Khan’s signature, and that money was sent through illegal ‘hundi’ channels from the Middle East to accounts of PTI employees. He also alleged that the foreign accounts used to collect funds were concealed from the annual audit reports submitted [Read More…]

Dec 122017
 
Siraj demands KP-Fata merger by Dec 31

Fata reforms and the draconian FCR Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Emir Sirajul Haq on Tuesday warned the government to ensure the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) before December 31. The JI chief, while addressing a long march to Islamabad protesting the delay in the KP-Fata merger, said there would be a much larger sit-in if their demand was not met by the deadline.Siraj said the government is being "extremely insensitive" about the problems faced by residents of Fata, and had left them helpless at the hands of local political agents. "The political agent in tribal areas is more powerful than Mughal kings," he said."If the laws in Fata are so good, they should be imposed across the country. Otherwise the laws of Pakistan should apply to Fata as well," he said.He said that the people of Pakistan were unaware of the difficulties of Fata's residents and demanded an end to injustices against them. Earlier, the long march led by the JI protesting the government's slow progress on a proposed merger between KP and Fata reached Islamabad Tuesday morning. The march, which was joined by thousands of JI supporters and Fata residents, set out from Peshawar's Bab-i-Khyber on Dec 11 seeking to exert pressure on the federal government to revoke the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) and merge the tribal areas with KP before the next General Election.These steps are part of the Fata reforms which have been discussed for years, but were formally enshrined in the [Read More…]

Dec 122017
 
Justice Shah Khawar appointed NAB special prosecutor

The National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday announced the appointment of retired Justice Shah Khawar as the bureau's special prosecutor.According to a press release issued by the bureau and acquired by DawnNews, Justice Khawar filled the post on an immediate basis. The notice says NAB has faced difficulty in following its cases due to the absence of a prosecutor general.The press release says that since important cases are being heard in the Supreme Court and the accountability court in Islamabad, the bureau decided to appoint a special prosecutor instead of waiting for the post of prosecutor general to be filled. Khawar will be representing the bureau before the apex court, which is currently hearing NAB's appeal challenging the Lahore High Court's order in the Hudaibya Paper Mills reference, the statement says. In the accountability courts in Islamabad, references filed by the bureau against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family are being heard. The appointment comes a day after the apex court dismissed an application filed by the NAB, in which the bureau had sought an adjournment of proceedings of the Hudaibya Paper Mills reference until a prosecutor general was appointed.The apex court, however, was displeased with NAB's application and said that the seat of prosecutor general being vacant does not suffice as grounds for adjournment. Click for detailed story

Dec 122017
 
SC bars lower courts from hearing cases on Katas Raj temple

'Aquifier feeding pond severely stressed' Katas Raj temple Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar during Tuesday's proceeding of Katas Raj case barred lower courts from hearing any petitions regarding the ongoing case."Subordinate courts are not authorised to hear any case that is being heard in the Supreme Court," he declared. "I'm instructing all civil judges [not to admit any case regarding the temple]. We are only issuing a verbal order right now."Last month, the SC had taken suo moto notice of the Katas Raj case — which is being heard by a three-member bench headed by the CJP — on the basis of media reports that the temple complex pond was drying up because cement factories nearby were drawing a large amount of water through a number of sub-soil wells, severely reducing the water table in the general area.Also read: 1500 years of our history — Enter the Katas Raj templesDuring Tuesday's hearing, Justice Nisar took the cement factories in the area to task, terming them "destructive", and demanded to know the names of the factories that are located near the temple. Punjab government's counsel told the court that Best Way Cement Factory Chakwal, Ghareeb Wall Factory and DG Khan Cement were among the factories near the temple.The bench also expressed displeasure at the absence of idols from the temples, demanding to know why there were no statues in the temples of Shiri Ram and Hanuman."Do the authorities even have the idols or have they been displaced?" the [Read More…]

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