Dec 192017
PAKISTAN OPEN SQUASH: El Shorbagy opens title war by downing Wong

ISLAMABAD: Just days after playing marathon World Open Squash final against his elder brother, title favourite Marwan El Shorbagy (Egypt) got off to a blazing start in the $50,000 Pakistan Open with a straight sets win against Hong Kong’s Chi Him Wong here at the Mushaf Zia Squash Complex on Tuesday.The Egyptian top seed won 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 inside 29 minutes against relatively strong opponent to make his intentions clear. Only on Sunday, he lost epic final against his much experienced brother Mohamed El Shorbagy in Manchester.The younger El Shorbagy lost that battle following 71 minutes of intense battle. For the top seed there were no such worries here against Chi Him as he managed an easy win to make it to the second round.“It was tough and demanding World Open where you find tough challenge on every step. I made it to the final only to lose the battle in a five-game thriller. I still feel after effects of tough World Open,” he said.There were moments of consolation for the Hong Kong player in the match as he went neck-and-neck against Marwan El Shorbagy only to lose the way at the end.There was no good news for the Pakistani players as all those pitted against foreign players in the first round lost tamely.Farhan Zaman, Ahsan Ayaz and Tayyab Aslam were up against their countrymen and succeeded in making to the next round.Farhan beat Waqar Mehboob 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 while Ahsan proved too good for Mohammad Shoaib Hassan winning [Read More…]

Nov 102017
Siraj raps Nawaz for ?war on judiciary?

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has said ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s remarks about the Supreme Court judgment are tantamount to declaring war on the judiciary and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Oct 232017
Economic security

This refers to the article, ‘Unsound projects’ (Oct 22), by Dr Farrukh Saleem. The writer has pointed out a few projects whose cost has been escalated due to the inefficiency of those who were entrusted with the responsibility of managing these projects. A few examples of such projects that are called ‘unsound’ by the writer are: The 27-kilometre Orange Line train in Lahore – a project that is expected to result in an annual loss of Rs14 billion. The Sahiwal Coal Power Project whose cost is estimated at $956 million of which $723 million is debt. The New Islamabad Airport project that has gone from Rs37 billion to over Rs100 billion and hasn’t been completed to date. The writer has rightly said that there is no need of using missiles, tanks and other weapons of war against one’s enemy. Unsound economic projects, enforced austerity by the IMF and massive debt are all sufficient to do the job and can be termed as the new weapons of war. So before the country is buried under further layers of debts, wouldn’t it be prudent if some sort of check is imposed on such misadventures? The best check would be through the formation of a national security council under the supervision of the PM, where all these projects should be discussed. This council should approve a project after analysing it from every angle. Air-Cdre (r) Azfar A Khan (Karachi) Click for detailed story

Oct 222017
There will be a day

October 17 is called the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. This year too it was celebrated across the world. At present, around 1.70 billion people around the world are trapped in the nefarious net of poverty. No doubt, poverty is a global issue which brings a host of other problems including abject living conditions, depression and rising rate of suicides. It is needless to remark that if we fail to eradicate poverty, poverty will surely succeed in eradicating us. The poor cannot have an access to quality education, better health facilities, savoury food and decent shelter. He has to rise before the sunrise and after long working hours he returns home and feed his family. Poverty gives rise to child labour as well. Some poor families prefer to send their children to work so that they can earn some money. Instead of waging war to occupy the resources of other countries, world leaders should come up with a plan to stem out the bane of poverty. Muhammad Fayyaz (Mianwali) Click for detailed story

Oct 202017

Security has been tightened after intelligence agencies issued a warning of a possible terrorist attack at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and adjoining National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi. According to Express News, police have been warned about the threat through a letter that states that al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) is preparing to attack public hospitals, where terrorists can hold doctors, staff and patients as hostages in coming days. There is also a possibility of severe destruction through planned explosions at nuclear plants and oxygen reserves in the vicinity, according to the letter. Lyari gang war commander killed in Karachi encounter Following the tipoff, Rangers and police personnel have taken over the security responsibilities and increased the number of paramilitary forces deployed at the two hospitals. Overnight, a search operation was also carried out and special commandos were deployed at key positions. Jinnah Hospital’s Executive Director Dr Seemi Jamali and NICH Director Prof Jamal Raza have been directed to restrict movement and increase security measures at the hospitals. The post Two Karachi hospitals on ‘high-alert’ after terrorist attack threat appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 172017

Sindh Rangers arrested thirteen criminals including target killers, extortionists, drug peddlers and terrorists during operations in various areas of Karachi on Wednesday.According to a spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the detained criminals belong to MQM London, MQM Haqiqi, band outfits and Lyari gang war.They were wanted to law enforcement agencies in number of cases.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

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