Cross-border attacks: PM Sharif chairs NSC meeting

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, Oct 10 : The National Security Committee met in Islamabad today under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the situation arising from what it called ' unprovoked firing by the Indian security forces across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary'.

The Committee noted 'with deep concern that the continuing ceasefire violations by Indian forces had led to loss of precious lives and injuries to innocent people, including the fearless soldiers'.

India should stop testing patience of Pak Army: Musharraf

Pervez MusharrafKarachi : Pakistan's former president and military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has sought to blame India for ceasefire violations along Line of Control, saying it should stop testing the "patience and resolve" of Pakistani Army.

Musharraf, who is facing a treason case in the Supreme Court, said, "Regular ceasefire violations on the LoC by the Indians is not good for the region and deplorable."

"I think India should stop testing the patience and resolve of the Pakistani Army," he said on Express News.

Lehmann claims Johnson, Clarke likely to play in upcoming Test, ODI series against Pak

Darren LehmannKarachi, Sep 29 : Former Australian cricketer and current national team coach Darren Lehmann claimed on Sunday that fast bowler Mitchell Johnson would play in the upcoming Test and ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Johnson withdrew from the Twenty20 Champions League with a rib injury, but was part of the Australian squad that left for the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) on Sunday.

Lehmann calmed fears that the world's leading pacer was a doubt for the first Test against Pakistan that starts in Dubai on October 22, The Express Tribune reported.

Over 33 million Pak kids to be inoculated against polio from today

ak kids to be inoculated against polio Karachi, Sept 29 : Over 33 million children in Pakistan will be administered with polio vaccine during from today till Thursday.

According to the Dawn, a majority of the 7.6 million children in the country's Sindh Province will be inoculated against polio during the four-day campaign beginning on Monday.

Dr. Zafar Ijaz, Director (Health) for the Karachi division, said arrangements to provide security to more than 6,000 teams in Karachi have been taken.

Stringent security measures are in place in volatile areas like Gadap and Baldia Towns, where polio workers and doctors had been attacked several times.

Veteran batsman Younis not named in 'new and younger' ODI, T20 Pak squad

Younis-KhanKarachi, Sep 25 - Veteran batsman Younis Khan failed to find a spot in the ODI team as Pakistan announced the squads for the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 series with Australia.

The Pakistan- Australia series, comprising one T20 and three ODI matches, is scheduled to kick off on October 5 in the United Arab Emirates .

Chief selector Moin Khan announced the ODI squad for Pakistan on Wednesday and Younis was not named as part of the team. The squads were initially going to be announced on Tuesday but had to be postponed for a day in light of the disagreement over the veteran batsman's inclusion in the ODI squad.

'Khoobsurat' earns Rs 3 crores in opening weekend at Pakistani box office

KhoobsuratKarachi, Sep 23 : 'Khoobsurat' has earned Rs 3 crores in its opening weekend at the Pakistani box office , it has been reported.

The film marks the Bollywood debut of Pakistani television star, Fawad Khan, and it was released on 46 screens across Pakistan, the Express Tribune reported.

Amjad Rasheed, owner of IMGC Entertainment, said that this was the first time this has ever happened because no Pakistani film has ever made Rs1 crore on a non-holiday weekday.

It was previously reported that ' Khoobsurat' had comprehensively beaten the Yash Raj Films produced 'Daawat-e-Ishq' in advanced bookings in cinemas in Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi may quit other formats to focus on T20 after World Cup 2015

Shahid-AfridiKarachi - Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder and national T20 captain Shahid Afridi may join the growing band of international cricketers who have opted to retire from other formats to focus only on T20 cricket.

Afridi told reporters at the national stadium that he could quit one-day internationals after the 2015 World Cup to focus only on T20 cricket. "I might do this because the PCB has appointed me captain of the national T20 side until the World T20 in
2016 and I want to focus completely on building a strong team that is capable of winning back the title for Pakistan," Afridi said.

India tour for Champions League is a learning curve: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad HafeezKarachi: Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez has described their tour of India for Champions League twenty20 tournament as a great learning curve for the players and Pakistan cricket.

"We are not in India just to play cricket, we want to go back by impressing the Indian people with our attitude, behaviour and cricket. There is a lot of demand for our players and Pakistan cricket in India and we don't want to spoil that image," Hafeez said on Geo Super channel during a telephonic talk from Hyderabad Deccan.

Malala set to receive first ever Asia Game changer award

Malala YousufzaiKarachi, Sep 17 : A report has revealed that Malala Yousufzai and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy have been chosen from Pakistan by the Asia society for the first Asia Game changer awards that will be handed out at the United Nations ( UN) later this year.

According to The Express Tribune, the society chose Malala, the teenage child activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, for the award for her incessant fight "for continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare." Chinoy, Pakistan's only Oscar winner, on the other hand, was selected for her "eye-opening" films that gave voice to the voiceless.

Zardari claims Sharif proposed to take turns ruling Pakistan after 2008 elections

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Sep 06 : Former Pakistani president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that after the 2008 elections, Nawaz Sharif approached him with a proposal to take turns ruling the country.

Zardari said that after 2008 elections that was won by his party, PML-N leadership asked him to take his turn and let them take the next turn, the Express Tribune reports.

The PPP head said that he did not 'extend any favour' at any point of time to the prime minister.

He said that he was following the political ideology of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and late Benazir Bhutto.

Former Pak captain Rashid Latif says Misbah should step down as ODI skipper

Former Pak captain Rashid LatifIslamabad, Sep 03 - After Pakistan's dismal show in ODI series in Sri Lanka, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif wants Misbah-ul-Haq to step down as ODI skipper.

According to the Dawn, Latif said Pakistan were disastrously under-prepared for the World Cup which is now just four months away.

The former wicket-keeper told the Press Trust of India that it was time for Misbah to be replaced, keeping in mind the way Pakistan performed in Sri Lanka.

Latif said that the team seamed directionless even with the presence of former high profile cricketers like Waqar Younis and Moin Khan.

Pak PM Sharif, army chief agree to resolve ongoing protests in national interest

nawaz-sharifIslamabad, Aug 26 : Pakistan Prime Minister met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at his residence here on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office stated, "There was a consensus on the need to resolve the ongoing issue expeditiously in the best national interest."

This move may pay dividends for Sharif, as it is less than a week since reports stated that the army was preparing to give the present government an ultimatum.

The army, in a statement released last week, had said that it would not interfere with the politics of the country.

Harris says India may face 'brutal summer' from 'Johnson and company' during Oz tour

Ryan-HarrisKarachi, Aug 23 : With three months still left to go ahead of India's tour to Australia, pacer Ryan Harris has said that the hosts would not tone down their aggression and the visiting squad might face a brutal summer from Mitchell Johnson and company in the series in December.

Harris has declared that the Australians would seek to extend India's woeful away-from-home record when they kick-start the four-match series on December 4.

Pak's Information Minister challenges Lahore court ruling against Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 22 : A Lahore court's ruling ordering the registration of a murder case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and several other PML-N leaders over the Model Town incident has been challenged by the country's Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.

According to the Dawn, Rasheed challenged the ruling in the Lahore High Court in a personal capacity, which the court has admitted for hearing.

Lahore High Court's Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa will be hearing the case today.

Pak PM to observe PTI, PAT sit-ins before holding talks with party chiefs

Nawaz-SharifKarachi, Aug 17 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to observe Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ( PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-ins closely till Monday before taking a decision on forming a government committee to hold talks with the party chiefs Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri.

Nawaz Sharif asked his party members to avoid panic and fear, reports the Dawn.

The PAT had nominated 21 people in its application for registration of a murder case.

PM Nawaz Sharif and the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were among the 21 people who had been nominated by PAT.

Imran Khan likely to back down on Nawaz resignation demand: Report

Imran-KhanIslamabad, Aug 16 : Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is likely to back down on his demand for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sources within the party said.

According to the Dawn, sources say Imran may soften his demand and instead present a set of conditions that it expects the government to deliver as a course of action once he reaches the capital.

An unnamed party insider revealed that PTI will present a set of conditions to the government and if the government is sensible, they will deliver, adding that if the government met nine out of ten demands, the party would accept it.

' I am not running away from Pak, ' says Musharraf

Pervez-MusharrafKarachi, Aug 11 : Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has finally broken his silence to clarify that he is not running away from Pakistan but wants his name removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) only because he wants to see his ailing mother.

Speaking to a gathering of his followers in Islamabad on phone, he said that the legal cases against him are politically motivated and baseless but added that he will defend himself in all the cases that are pending against him, reported the Dawn.

Justin Bieber wants to support youth activist Malala's fund

Justin BieberKarachi, August 8 - Justin Bieber recently shared a screenshot of his Facetime chat with youth activist Malala Yousufzai and conveyed his wish to help her cause.

The 20-year-old singer wrote that Yousafzai had an "incredible story" and he could not wait to meet her in person to help her cause and fund, the Dawn reported.

Yousafzai was shot in the head at the age of 15 in October 2012 for writing about life under Taliban for the BBC and supporting education for women. (ANI)

Pak PM Sharif approves appointment of new defence minister

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 4: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the appointment of Lieutenant-General (retired) Mohammad Alam Khattak as the defence secretary, said a notification issued by the defence ministry on Monday.

Khattak replaces former defence secretary Lt. Gen. (retired) Asif Yasin Malik, who stepped down from his position last week after completion of his contract.

Lt. Gen. (retired) Alam Khattak had previously served on key positions in the military, including corps commander Quetta, Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and chief of logistics at the GHQ, the Dawn reports.

Taliban does not intend to meddle with other countries' affairs, says Omar Abdullah

omar-abdullahKarachi, July 26 : While sending Eid greetings to Muslims this year, Taliban leader Omar Abdullah has reportedly said that Taliban does not want to interfere with the internal affairs of other countries.

Urging fighters to protect Afghanistan's borders in a statement released on Friday, Abdullah assured the neighboring countries and the world that Taliban only aims to build an independent Islamic regime in Afghanistan and does not intend to harm any other nation, The Express Tribune reported.

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