Pakistan: Nisar orders probe into manhandling of female journalist, soldier booked

Karachi/Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 22 : Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered an inquiry into the manhandling of a female journalist by a Frontier Corps (FC) trooper in Karachi after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

The paramilitary soldier slapped the female reporter of a private news channel at a National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Karachi on Thursday while she was covering the problems and hassles people face at the facility, reports the Express Tribune.

Taking notice of the incident on Friday, Nisar ordered an investigation into the trooper's behaviour.

"Misbehaviour with media representatives cannot be tolerated," said a statement issued by the interior ministry quoted the minister as saying.

Pakistan: JI Chief Siraj-ul-Haq urges people to unite against corrupt regimes

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct.12 Urging the masses to unite to end the rule of corrupt privileged regimes with the power of their vote, Jamaat-i-Islami Chief and Senator, Siraj-ul-Haq has said that any attempt to shelter corruption and corrupt elements in the name of democracy will be thwarted.

While, addressing a daylong party convention here on Tuesday, Haq said that the imperial regime was responsible for the dismal condition of the country and its institutions.

Lodha panel row: BCCI to convene emergency SGM on Oct.15

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct.11 : After a journalist from Dawn was put on Pakistan's Exit Control List following his article that reported a rift between the country's civil and military leaderships, the newspaper asserted on Tuesday that it stands by the report and accused the government of "scape-goating the newspaper in a malicious campaign."

Cyril Almeida, Dawn's assistant editor, took to his twitter account on Monday to point out that his name has appeared on the list.

"I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List," he tweeted.

The Exit Control List is an ordinance which empowers the Pakistan government to bar people whose names appear on the list from leaving the country.

Pak Govt. admits being clueless about its role in Pathankot attack

Lahore [Pakistan], Sept. 5 : The Pakistan government has admitted on the floor of the Senate that it is still in dark about Islamabad's involvement in the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase in India.

According to Dawn, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, who was responding to questions on behalf of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, failed to give satisfactory replies to the questions put by the members on the issue and later admitted that the government had no information at all since the "sensitive issue was being dealt by the intelligence agencies and secrecy was also involved in it".

Uproar followed his remarks as Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani asked the minister whether the intelligence agencies were "above the federal government".

In Kotli, PoK residents take to streets against atrocities by Pakistani Army

Muzaffarabad (PoK), Oct. 2 : Kotli residents in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently took to the streets to protest against the atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The agitation was launched against extra-judicial killings, fake encounters and brutalities committed on pro-Azadi leaders, who disagree with the Pakistan State.

The angry mob raised slogans such as "Butcher of Kashmiris, Pakistan Army", "Dogs are more loyal than ISI".

The protesters demand an independent investigation into the murder of Arif Shahid, a major Kashmiri nationalist leader, chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA), and president of the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JKNLC).

Pakistan to ban all Indian channels from Oct. 15

Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 1 : The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Saturday announced its decision to ban all 'illegal' Indian channels across the nation from October 15th.

The PEMRA has warned that strict action would be taken according to law after October 15 if TV channels and distribution networks failed to follow the directions.

The authority further said it was receiving numerous complaints on illegal Indian content being aired on satellite TV channels.

The decision was taken after looking at the current situation of India and Pakistan, following which authorities have been urged to impose immediate ban on broadcast and distribution of illegal Indian content and illegal Indian DTH.

Ex-Pak bowling coach Foster believes 'quality spin' will play decisive role in CWC

Daryl Foster

Karachi, Feb 15 - Former Pakistan bowling coach and leading biomechanics expert Daryl Foster has claimed that he would have certainly picked Saeed Ajmal after Mohammad Hafeez had to withdraw due to injury, as he believes that quality spin would play a decisive role in Australia and New Zealand.

Although there is a popular notion that wickets in Australia are conductive to pace bowling alone, Foster believes otherwise and claims that good quality spin bowling would be key in the World Cup.

Foster, who worked with Pakistan in three stints between 2001 and 2004, said that the perception among visiting teams of fast and bouncy pitches was true to some extent but often captains made the mistake of packing too many pacemen in the side, The Dawn reported.

Afridi among 8 partying Pak players fined for violating team's WC curfew

Shahid Afridi

Karachi, Feb 13 - Pakistan flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, along with seven other teammates have been fined for violating a team curfew ahead of their much-anticipated World Cup opener against arch-rivals India on Sunday.

According to the Dawn, eight of the Pakistan players, which also included former captain Shahid Afridi and opener Ahmed Shehzad, were fined 300 Australian dollars after they came late to their Sydney hotel.

Headed by former military officer Naveed Cheema, Pakistan team management claimed that players went with their friends for dinner but came back late.

Moreover, a warning has also been issued for players as a repeat offense would pave their way for an early exit from the sport's pinnacle tournament.

Obama says US supports India's role as regional provider of security

Obama says US supports India's role as regional provider of security

Islamabad, Feb 07 : The national security strategy unveiled by US President Barack Obama notes that the US supports India's role as a regional provider of security.

The document read that the United States and India shared inherent values and mutual interests which was the basis for cooperation between the two nations.

In the note sent to Congress, Obama said that the country also backed India's expanded participation in critical regional institutions, Dawn News reported.

He added in the note that the US saw a strategic convergence with India's Act East policy and its continued implementation of the rebalance to Asia and the Pacific.

Efforts to restore power underway after nationwide blackout hits Pak

Efforts to restore power underway after nationwide blackout hits PakKarachi, Jan 25 - Attempts to restore power are underway after a major blackout hit Pakistan around midnight on Saturday, leaving about 80 percent of the country shrouded in darkness, a report said.

Almost all of Pakistan including, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad and Balochistan plunged into darkness around 11:50 p.m. on Saturday night as Baloch separatists attacked transmission lines near Naseerabad in Balochistan, causing the national power grid to trip and shutting down electricity supply to most parts of the country, reported the Dawn.

Terrorists' 'safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable': Obama

Barack ObamaKarachi, Jan 24 - United States President Barack Obama said, ahead of his crucial visit to India, that terrorists' "safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable".

According to the Express Tribune, Obama also said that those behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attack should be brought to justice.

He claimed to have been relentless in the fight against terrorism and prevention of nuclear weapons.

Obama said that the devastating attack in Peshawar had shocked people worldwide that killed 132 students in an army school.

The U.S. President asserted that both 9/11 and Mumbai attack victims included people of India and the U.S. (ANI)

Afridi eying to eclipse De Villiers' fastest ODI ton in WC

Karachi, Jan 21 - Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi admitted that he would like to eclipse the record set forth by the swashbuckling South African skipper AB de Villiers, who hit the fastest one-day international century off just 31 deliveries.

Afridi held the record of the fastest one-day hundred for nearly 17 years after hammering 102 off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi.

The veteran all-rounder said that one doesn't plan out to set such records, adding that it happens when one has a very special day and confidence is sky high, the Dawn reported.

Suspended Ajmal claims needs time to perfect new bowling action to hinder WC chances

Karachi, Jan 15 - Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has claimed that it would be really difficult for him to appear in the World Cup as he needs some time to perfect his new action, but is confident about clearing his reassessment on January 24 in Chennai.

Ajmal feels that he needs some more time to get full command over his new action and would not be ready to play international cricket even if he clears the test.

Ajmal claimed that he feels he needs some mileage before gaining perfection over his new action, and added that it would be really difficult for him to appear in World Cup, The Dawn reported.

'Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on children'

Postpone Pak-NZ PDI in the wake of terror atack on childrenKarachi : The sporting fraternity of Pakistan has called for the postponement of the fourth cricket ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in the wake of the terrorist attack on the army school in Peshawar.

In one voice the sports fraternity strongly spoke out against the terrorist attack and said their hearts and minds were with the families of those who have lost their children in the attack.

Nearly 141 people including 132 children were killed in the attack yesterday, which led to a military operation to kill the terrorists and clear the school.

Blasphemy lands Veena Malik in Jail for 26 years

Islamabad - The owner of Pakistan's biggest media group, Geo TV along with actor Veena Malik and her husband was sentenced to 26 years in prison by an anti-terrorismcourt for allegedly airing a blasphemous programme.

Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, owner of Geo and Jang group, was accused of allowing the airing of a blasphemous programme by Geo television in May, which played a religious song while staging a mock marriage of Malik with Bashir.

Pak actress Kubra Khan set to make Bollywood debut with 'Welcome to Karachi'

Kubra KhanKarachi, Nov 11 : Pakistani model and actress Kubra Khan will be making her Bollywood debut with the film 'Welcome to Karachi.'

The 'Na Maloom Afraad' star said that she is playing the lead girl in this project working alongside the amazing Arshad Warsi and Jackky Bhagnani, the Dawn reported.

Khan added that she had to go through the traditional auditions and the team happened to like her work.

The movie, which will be directed by Ashish R Mohan, is a satire about two Indians who get stranded in Karachi without any proper travel documents and is expected to release in 2015. (ANI)

Hair transplants: Pakistan's new weapon of mass seduction

Hair transplants: Pakistan's new weapon of mass seductionPeshawar : Mohammad Shahid's eyes lit up when he saw his once bald cousin come home one day with a head full of hair and a strutting gait to match.

A handsome but follically-challenged young man, he decided the time was ripe to restore his honour, battered by years of taunts that follow the barren-headed and the beardless in Pakistan.

In the northwestern city of Peshawar, home to underground Taliban hideouts and a gateway for trade to Afghanistan, men go about their business in the crowded dusty streets, their faces covered by bushy black beards that would make Captain Haddock proud.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai to donate 50,000 dollars for Gaza schools destroyed during conflict

malala yousafzaiKarachi, Oct 30 : Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousufzai has reportedly decided to donate 50,000 dollars to help rebuild the United Nations schools in Gaza which were destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Palestine and Israel in July and August, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency said.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement on Wednesday that after winning the World Children's Prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, the 17-year-old Pakistani children's rights activist said that she would donate her prize money to the agency, reported the Dawn.

Saeed Ajmal bowls with revamped action under Saqlain Mushtaq's supervision

Saeed AjmalKarachi: Pakistan's suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal yesterday for the first time bowled with his revamped action under the supervision of Saqlain Mushtaq.

Ajmal bowled a number of overs to experienced all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez who has also resumed batting in the nets after having to return home from the UAE because of a hand injury during practice.

"I am confident of getting cleared before the World Cup and my ambition is to make the World Cup squad," Ajmal, who bowled with high speed cameras filming his deliveries, said.

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David WarnerKarachi, Oct 13 : Australian batsman David Warner is confident that he would be fit for next week's first Test against Pakistan despite suffering a groin injury in the final ODI in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Warner left the field in clear discomfort during the 35th over of Pakistan's innings in Australia's dramatic one-run victory that rounded out a 3-0 sweep of the series in the United Arab Emirates ( UAE).

The big-hitting opener said that he would need to work with team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris but thought that the injury would not prevent him taking his place in the side when the first of two Tests starts in Dubai on Wednesday week, The Dawn reported.

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