Dec 042017
 
Kamran Akmal becomes first Asian to complete 800 FC catches

KARACHI: Pakistan’s out-of-favor wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, on Monday added yet another feather to his cap by completing 800 catches in first-class cricket.Akmal, 35, is unpopular with cricket fans due to the perception of his wicket-keeping skills but he continues to defy this opinion with his performances at the domestic season.He reached the milestone of 800 FC catches during the Quaid-e-Azam trophy match at SBP ground, where he was playing super 8 round’s match for WAPDA against KRL.He claimed 7 catches in the match, 5 in first and 2 in second innings of the game.Kamran is not only the first Pakistani but also the first Asian player to reach this milestone and only the second non-England player after Rod Marsh to achieve the feat of 800 first-class catches.Out of the 33 players to reach 800 FC catches, 31 are from England.With a total 865 dismissals behind the wicket, Kamran is also Pakistan’s most successful wicketkeeper in First Class cricket.He was also the leading scorer in recently concluded National T20 tournament. Click for detailed story

Sep 272017
 
17-year-old Shaheen Shah bags best figures by a Pakistani on FC debut

KARACHI: Pakistan’s latest fast bowling sensation Shaheen Shah achieved yet another feat on Wednesday by taking eight wickets in an innings on his First Class debut.17-year-old Shaheen, hailing from Khyber Agency, made his first-class debut in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy on Tuesday and on Wednesday, announced his arrival by taking eight wickets, giving 39 runs.This is the best-ever performance by any Pakistani player on his first-class debut, previous best by a Pakistani was 8 for 58 by Nadeem Malik for Lahore against Sargodha in 1974.Of Shaheen’s eight wickets, three were bowled, two being trapped leg-before-wicket, and one being caught behind which reflects his disciplined bowling at the match.Shaheen was spotted at an Under-16 talent hunt program last year and was included in Pakistan’s U19 team for U19 Asia Cup.Videos of his smooth bowling action went viral earlier and he was tipped as Pakistan’s version of Mitchell Starc.His natural swing is in-swing to right-handers but he can also bowl away from the right-handers. When he was put on the speed gun during PCB U16 camp last year, he was consistently hitting 135+ kmh and occasionally 140+ kmh, and he was just 16 at the time.The bowler earlier got a two-year BPL contract with Dhaka Dynamites. Click for detailed story

Jul 162017
 
Four terrorists killed as FC repulses attack in Zhob

RAWALPINDI: The Frontier Corps (FC) troops have effectively repulsed a terrorist fire raid with rockets and machine guns in the Qamar Din Karez area of Zhob in Balochistan. According to Inter… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jun 082017
 

KHAR: At least seven people were injured when a remote controlled bomb exploded on the roadside near a vehicle carrying passengers in Dabar area of Bajaur Agency. An official of the political administration said the explosion took place in the border area of Mamond. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Khar tehsil, he added. Earlier in January, a Levies Force man was killed after a remote-controlled IED exploded in Mamond area. The Levies official, identified as Dilawar Khan, died in the blast at the sentry post at Loy Mamond near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Two Hazara community members gunned down in Quetta Pakistan Army launched an operation in June 2014 to wipe out militant bases in the tribal regions and bring an end to a bloody insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004. It has conducted a series of military offensives as well as concerted efforts to block militants’ sources of funding. But the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks. The post Seven injured in IED explosion near passenger vehicle in Bajaur appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

May 072017
 

Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said Afghan forces targeted civilian population while Pakistan targeted their check-posts, inflicting heavy casualties. At least 10 people including an FC personnel and women, children were killed and 47 others injured when Afghan forces targeted troops guarding a census team in Chaman on Friday. “Afghan forces entered Pakistan and occupied houses to take position and launch an attack,” the IG FC told a news conference Sunday afternoon. “Pakistani forces, on the other hand, targeted Afghan security check-posts, killing 50 people and injuring 100,” Ahmed added. “The forces targeted civilians and used children as human shields.” “Nevertheless, we did not feel jubilant at the losses inflicted on the other side as Afghans are our brothers.” Pakistan will respond instantly, effectively to border violations: Khawaja Asif Subsequently, the Afghan side contacted Pakistan requesting ceasefire, which was accorded and welcomed, he said. “A flag meeting on the local level was also held.” “The entire responsibility of the incident, Ahmed added, lies with the Afghan forces,” the IG said and added that any such aggression in future will result in a twofold and similar reaction. Ahmed went on to add that the incident was a result of Afghan-India collusion. Ahmed said Pakistan was targeted despite that the Afghan side was well informed of the ongoing census activity. “We want to make it clear that Pakistan’s international border is non-negotiable and no compromise will be made on it.” We are thankful to the tribes of Chaman who extended cooperation [Read More…]

Mar 122017
 
2 FC personnel injured in Balochistan hand grenade attack

At least five people, including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were injured in what police claim was a targeted a hand grenade attack in Balochistan's Turbat city on Sunday.Two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade in the Cinema Chowk area of Turbat, injuring three civilians and two FC personnel. The attackers fled from the scene on their motorcycles and the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Business at Cinema Chowk immediately came to a halt as shop owners shuttered their shops and evacuated the area soon after the attack occurred.Police and FC personnel reached the crime scene and an investigation is underway. In a separate incident, a blast damaged a bridge in Gwadar's Sur Bandar area. According to police, unidentified assailants had planted explosives at the bridge and detonated them, damaging the structure. There was no loss of life, however, reported in the blast. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Click for detailed story

Nov 022016
 

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps (FC) claimed to have killed four militants linked to a banned outfit in Gwadar area of Balochistan on Wednesday. According to the spokesman, FC personnel along with law enforcement agencies launched a search operation in Bela Dasht area and killed four militants. Frontier corps recovered a large cache of arms and ammunitions from their possession he claimed. Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2016. The post Search operation: FC kill four militants in Gwadar  appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jan 142016
 

ISLAMABAD: Senate standing committee on interior on Thursday emphasised that the Frontier Constabulary (FC) should be equipped with modern weapons and provided adequate funding to help the paramilitary force fight terrorists. FC Commandant Liaqat Ali Khan told the committee that Frontier Constabulary has the cardinal task of policing the frontiers that separate the settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas. However, the corps has also been entrusted with controlling law and order and providing security to VIPs, diplomats and government installations. The commandant said that more than 345 FC personnel have embraced martyrdom and over 585 injured. The battle against militancy has become tougher for us than ever before. We need proper funding and facilitation,” he said.Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2016.The post Tribal force: Frontier Constabulary needs funds appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Dec 212015
 

QUETTA: Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers, in conjunction with intelligence officials, intercepted a group of militants trying to smuggle weapons from Afghanistan into the border town of Dalbandin.An alleged terrorist was killed in the encounter and a pickup loaded with rifles, bullets and RPGs was captured.According to the FC spokesman, the paramilitary force acting on a tip-off hailed the suspected pick-up, however, the people on-board the vehicle started firing. The FC men returned fire, killing a terrorist.The exchange of fire continued for three hours after which FC officials took weapons filled vehicle in their custody. The cargo bed of the pickup was loaded with 10 Kalashnikovs, 10 rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), 10 RPG fuse, a rocket launcher, 30 hand grenades, 20 hand grenade fuses and a sniper rifle.FC spokesperson said that the arms were being brought from across the border for a terror bid in Makran divsion. Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2015.The post Dalbandin encounter: FC troops kill militant, foil arms smuggling bid appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 272015
 

D I KHAN / ISLAMABAD:  At least seven Pakistani soldiers were killed on Tuesday when their border post came under attack from the Afghan side of the Durand Line in South Waziristan Agency, the military said in a statement. The Frontier Corps check post in northeast of Angoor Adda was targeted from across the border, said the Inter-Services Public Relations, the military’s media wing. “As a result of heavy firing from the Afghan side seven FC soldiers embraced Shahadat,” it added. Local tribesmen identified the check post that came under attacks as Khuja Khadir, which is located close to Shawal Valley, the area where the military is conducting an operation against Taliban militants holed up there. The ISPR did not say if the attack was carried out by militants or Afghan forces. A little known militant group, calling itself Majlis-e-Askari, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistan is likely to lodge a strong protest with the Afghan government both using the diplomatic and military channels. This was the second incident in three days as on Sunday four Pakistani soldiers were killed when militants fired rockets from across the border in Khyber Agency. The latest incident came at a time when relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are strained by growing trust-deficit. Army chief General Raheel Sharif recently called for better border management by the two neighbours to ensure long-term peace and stability in the volatile region. Both sides have often accused each other of doing little to fight certain militant groups. [Read More…]

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