63 militant groups banned in Pakistan, more to follow

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 22 : With the addition of two more militant outfits in the ban list in Pakistan, the total number has reached 63.

The federal government has proscribed the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Al-Alami after both claimed responsibility for recent attacks on sectarian grounds in different parts of the country.

The updated list on National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) website now shows a total of 63 outfits that have been proscribed by the federal government.

Azhar Ali admits Pak's problem in facing short-pitched deliveries

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 21 : Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has admitted that the team is having problems while facing short-pitched deliveries, saying they are working on their ability to handle short balls, but they require time to do that.

Pakistan on Sunday suffered an eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the first Test of the ongoing two-match series at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

"If you come to this part of the world, you do expect that [short-pitched deliveries].You expect teams from subcontinent to be tested with that short stuff and we all knew that. But as time goes on, we'll get better, and we're hopeful to turn things around quickly," Azhar was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

Son-in-law alleges PM Sharif's secy calling shots on bureaucrats' promotion at will

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 19 : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law and member of the National Assembly (MNA) retired Captain Mohammad Safdar has alleged that Sharif's personal secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad has been calling shots relating to promotion of senior bureaucrats and is making the decisions according to his own desires.

Safdar called for an end to the practice, suggesting that a parliamentary committee should be formed to deal with promotion of officers of grade 20 and above. He said the decisions should be taken on the basis of the officers' performance and track record, reports the Dawn.

To please Turkey, Pak-Turk schools staff told to leave country

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 16 : Pakistan Interior Ministry has asked the Turkish staff of Pak-Turk schools and colleges to leave the country by November 20 ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit.

This comes as in August, Islamabad had promised visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu that it would look into the affairs of the chain of Pak-Turk schools and colleges that Ankara wanted to be closed for its alleged links with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it holds responsible for the recent military coup.

Pakistan team safe after 'terrifying' experience in Christchurch quack

Pakistan team safe after 'terrifying' experience in Christchurch quack

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 14 : Pakistan team manager Wasim Bari has described the experience felt by the team members of the national cricket squad during a 7.4 magnitude earthquake which struck Christchurch and its adjoining areas as a "terrifying" one.

Pakistan were in Nelson to play a three-day tour game before the first Test in Christchurch beginning from November 17.

"We are staying at a hotel in Nelson, where we were playing our tour match but today when the earthquake came it was a terrifying experience as everything was shaking badly and we were safely escorted out of the hotel," Bari was quoted as saying by the Dawn from New Zealand.

'Attacking, aggressive cricket' key to Pak's success in New Zealand: Yasir Arafat

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 14 : Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat believes that "attacking and aggressive cricket" would do the team a world of good and enhance their chances of winning the upcoming two-match Test series in New Zealand.

Arafat, who is not a part of the 16-member squad picked up for the New Zealand tour, said Pakistan has a very good record in New Zealand and there is every chance that could continue this time around.

Sharif to inaugurate first Chinese goods convoy export through Gwadar Port today

Sharif to inaugurate first Chinese goods convoy export through Gwadar Port today

Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan], Nov. 13 : Pakistan Prime Minister will today attend a ceremony to commemorate the first Chinese trade convoy being exported to the Middle East and African countries through the Gwadar Port developed under the controversial China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Meanwhile, the first trade convoy carrying goods for export through the western route of the CPEC and a Chinese ship arrived at the Gwadar Port on Friday, while second trade convoy comprising over 100 containers, arrived yesterday, reports the Express Tribune.

The goods would be exported through Gwadar port to the Middle East and African countries.

Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi to officiate NZ-Pak Test series

Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi to officiate NZ-Pak Test series

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.10 : Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi is all set to officiate the two-match Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan beginning November 17 at Hagley Oval.

The 50-year-old, who made his Test umpiring debut in October 2013 at Chittagong when Bangladesh hosted New Zealand, has been given on-field duty and will stand alongside experienced Ian Gould of England for the opening Test.

Meanwhile, Australia's Simon Fry, who is currently officiating the ongoing final match of the Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka series in Harare, will serve as the TV umpire during the Christchurch Test.

Fry would then join the Indian umpire in the middle for the second Test beginning November 25 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Gould will monitor the TV replays of that match.

Mohammad Amir to play for English county Essex in 2017

Mohammad Amir to play for English county Essex in 2017

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov.9 : Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is all set to continue his career rehabilitation with Essex in 2017 after the English county announced his signing for the second half of the next season.

Amir, who completed his five-year ban for spot-fixing last year, will join the Essex on June 19 after the completion of the Champions Trophy in England.

Excited to be a part of the Essex family, the left-arm pacer said that he is looking forward to achieve success with the club in 2017.

South Waziristan market demolished as punishment for army officer's killing

Dera Ismail Khan [Pakistan], Nov. 6 : Officials and local residents have confirmed that a market in Rustam Bazaar of South Waziristan has been dynamited by local authorities on Friday as punishment for an explosion that killed an army officer and injured many others earlier this week.

The political agent in South Waziristan Agency, Zafarul Islam Khattak, said the action was taken under the collective and territorial responsibility clauses of the Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR) Act, reports the Dawn.

The bazaar was identified by officials as Al-Muhib Market, where an army officer, Major Imran was killed and 10 others were wounded in an explosion during a search operation.

Local authorities have imposed a curfew and forced over 6,000 shops to shut down following the incident.

Pakistan, China agree to enhance air force cooperation

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 2 : The opening ceremony of Zhuhai Air Show-2016 in China was attended by Pakistan's Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

During the show, the air chief witnessed the aerial and static display of JF-17 Thunder of Pakistan Air Force and the demonstrations of Chinese Air Force aerobatics team, Royal Air Force aerobatic team, J-20, FTC 2000 and various other aircraft, reports Radio Pakistan

Later on, he visited Pakistan Pavilion and appreciated the performance by PAF personnel in the show.

Commander Peoples Liberation Army (Air Force), General Ma Xiaotian was called on by Air Chief Marshal Aman and both discussed matters of mutual interests to the two air forces.

Azhar Mahmood appointed as Pakistan bowling coach

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 2 : Prior to New Zealand Test series starting from November 17, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has roped in former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood as the bowling coach of the national team.

Azhar had coached Pakistan during the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 held earlier this year.

The former Pakistan all-rounder, who had played 21 Tests and 141 ODIs for Pakistan, had also assisted the national team in the limited over series in England after which his contract ended.

As per the Dawn, a PCB official said earlier Mickey Arthur, Pakistan team head coach, had recommended some other foreigner coaches' name for the job of the bowling coach but talks with them didn't work out due to financial and availability issues.

Political crisis in Pakistan affecting Kashmir cause, discourse: Hafiz Saeed

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 1 : Pakistan appears to be on throes of a leadership crisis, especially when it comes to defining the relationship between the civilian administration and the military top brass.

At least this seems to be the case if one were to go by Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed's fervent appeal to the government and the opposition to mend fences and work for the unity of Pakistan.

Saeed, according to the Dawn, has urged ruling and opposition parties to resolve all their issues through talks and avoid becoming tools of international forces who only want both to ignite a crisis in Pakistan.

"Just a few days after the Quetta attack, which has left our scores of policemen dead, the country has plunged into a political crisis," he was quoted as saying.

Pak considering to call back its four officers from India

Islamabad [Pakistan], Nov. 1 : After the Indian authorities declared one of its officials persona non grata, the Pakistan Government is now considering to call back four of its officers posted in the High Commission in New Delhi from India.

"This is under consideration. A final decision would be taken shortly," the Dawn quoted a source at the Foreign Office as saying on Monday.

The names of the officers that were made public after the Indian officials released to the media a recorded statement of a High Commission staffer Mehm­ood Akhtar, who was expelled from India after being declared persona non grata, are commercial counsellor Syed Furrukh Habib and first secretaries Khadim Huss­ain, Mudassir Cheema and Shahid Iqbal.

Sharjeel Khan earns maiden call-up for New Zealand Tests

Karachi [Pakistan], Nov. 1 : Explosive batsman Sharjeel Khan, who has been a regular presence for Pakistan at the top of the order in limited-overs cricket in 2016, has earned up a maiden call-up to the Test squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour.

Sharjeel, who made his international debut in 2013, has played a total of 76 first-class matches and made 4,853 runs at an average of 37.91.

In August, the Hyderabad-born batsman made an impressive comeback by an innings of 152 off 86 balls against Ireland after being sidelined for a year due to a dip in form and from thereafter he has played some memorably explosive knocks.

Organising sit-in on Nov. 2 to ensure Nawaz Sharif's resignation: PTI

Lahore [Pakistan], Oct. 29 : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday cancelled a rally scheduled for today with leader Shireen Mazari saying the resistance shown by PTI workers on Friday was kept to a minimum as the party plans to focus on its November 2 sit-in.

"A rally was scheduled earlier for Saturday for public mobilisation, but now that the public is already mobilised following the government crackdown, we see no further need to hold the rally tomorrow," said a PTI official.

ADB disappointed over slow pace of awarding contracts for projects

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct.25 : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has articulated dissatisfaction over the pace of awarding contracts for foreign-funded projects in Pakistan which has led to delay in projects, cost overruns and inefficient utilisation of external loans.

This comes at a time when ADB President Takehiko Nakao and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde are visiting Islamabad to attend the 15th Ministerial Conference of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation commencing from Wednesday, reports the Dawn.

The conference will be attended by representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia.

Pak army chief lauds 'Zarb-i-Azb' an example of war for peace

Lahore [Pakistan], Oct. 24 : Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif has called operation 'Zarb-i-Azb' an example of war for peace, saying the successful military operation has brought stability and prosperity to the country as well as to the region.

"Today, our brave men can tell the world with pride that by eliminating terrorist networks from the far reaches of Pak-Afghan border, an environment of peace and prosperity is flourishing. Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress," he said yesterday while speaking at the concluding ceremony of the first international Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Competition.

Sharif said the event was an opportunity to promote cooperation and brotherhood, reports the Dawn.

Pakistan to name Raheel Sharif's successor in a week

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 22 : The Pakistan Government is likely to make the appointment of its new army chief in a week, who would succeed General Raheel Sharif.

State Minister for Capital Administration Tariq Fazl Chaudhry on Friday revealed, "The government has not yet decided [as to who will be the new army chief] but is likely to announce his name in week or ten days' time."

Serving army chief General Sharif is set to retire in November this year and has announced not to seek an extension in his tenure, reports the Express Tribune.

Akram, Afridi make it to Ahmed Shehzad's list of favourites

Karachi [Pakistan], Oct.22 : Pakistan's out-of-favour opener Ahmed Shehzad has picked legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram as his all-time favourite cricketer and former T20 skipper Shahid Afridi as his favourite all-rounder.

Shehzad's comments came in his engaging session with fans on micro blogging website Twitter. He revealed his likes and dislikes about various issues, including favourite actor, first crush, favourite football club etc.

When asked about his favourite football club, the 24-year-old replied it to be English club Manchester United, the Dawn reported.

Answering the most debatable question of football arena , that who is his favourite footballer Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, Shahzad weighed in with his opinion for the Real Madrid star striker.

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