Pakistan

Gilani questions Sharif's decision to visit Saudi Arabia

Yousuf-Raza-GilaniLahore, July 24 : Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has questioned the timing of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia.

In an interaction with the Dawn, Gilani questioned the need for Sharif to leave the country when Pakistan was at war with the Taliban in the northern parts.

He was quoted , as saying that he had no issue with Sharif going to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra, the fact remained that Pakistan needed him more at this time as he has a lot of responsibility being the country's premier.

Waqar Younis backs Pak's bowling line up ahead of Lanka tour

Waqar-YounisKarachi, July 23 : Ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka beginning August 6, Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has said that although his team has a nice balance of quality spinners and pacers yet it is no match to the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in the South African team.

Before starting the training camp for Pakistani team at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday, Younis also added that it will be unfair to compare the Pakistani bowlers with Steyn and Morkel because they are much younger, the Dawn reported.

Cook will never improve as a player, says Ponting

Ricky-PontingKarachi, July 22 : Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has written the England cricket team Captain off by stating that Alastair Cook will never improve as a player for the rest of his career.

According to the Dawn, the backlash comes at a time when the England skipper is already under fire from all sides for his poor form and performance. The loss suffered by England at the hands of India at Lord's on Monday made it the 10th successive test match that the team has lost in the recent times. England cricket team's ten losses are being dubbed as their worst stint in the format in the last 21 years.

PCB seeking ICC's advice over ex-Pak skipper Malik's life ban

Saleem MalikKarachi, July 9 - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly seeking advice from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over Salim Malik's life ban after the former Pakistani captain's plea to have his 2000 life ban for match-fixing removed.

The PCB wrote to the ICC after Malik approached Pakistan board's chairman Najam Sethi in April claiming that a lower sessions court had declared the suspension illegal in 2008.

According to The Dawn, Malik argued in his meeting with Sethi that the board should clarify the position with the ICC.

Priyanka Chopra's Reddit AMA debut goes horribly wrong

Priyanka-ChopraKarachi, July 7 : Priyanka Chopra's first interaction with Reddit users backfired as fans posed some biting questions.

During the interaction on Reddit's section of AMA, the questions ranged from "Does your toothpaste have salt in it" to how important is Auto-Tune in her singing career, which put the 'Gunday' star in a spot, the Dawn reported.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif tells Karzai to stop fleeing militants

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked Afghan President Hamid Karzai to plug the entry of militants fleeing into his country following a massive army operation against Taliban, officials said today.

A spokesman of the Prime Minister Office confirmed the telephonic contact between Sharif and Karzai for cooperation against the militants.

The call was made yesterday after reports emerged that more than 2,000 people have entered Afghanistan through the porous border since army launched operation against the Taliban in their stronghold of North Wziristan on Sunday.

Tehreek-i-Taliban claims responsibility for Karachi airport siege

Karachi-airport-siegeKarachi, June 9 : Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the militant attack on Karachi airport on Sunday night, in which 28 people were killed including ten attackers.

Rizwan Akhtar, the paramilitary Rangers chief, said Pakistani forces were combing through the terminal and would be handing it back to civilian authorities on Monday, Dawn. com reported.

According to Akhtar, some of the militants were apparently Uzbeks.

The attack began after gunmen disguised as police guards with fake IDs stormed the terminal after opening fire with machine guns and a rocket launcher. (ANI)

Modi bullied Sharif over terrorism?

modi-sharifIslamabad, May 29 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "bullied" his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif over terrorism at their first meeting, a writer in a Pakistani newspaper said Thursday.

Jalees Hazir said in The Nation that Modi not "only bullied him over terrorism and (the) Mumbai attack but also showed him the way forward ... brushing issues of importance to Pakistan ... under the carpet.

"The irony is that though he might not be able to say it in so many words, this also seems to be our prime minister’s lopsided blueprint for peace with India," said Hazir, a freelance columnist.

Pakistan hails Obama's Afghan withdrawal plan

Barack-ObamaIslamabad, May 28 : Pakistan Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's plan of withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, noting that the country stressed the importance of a responsible withdrawal and “cautioned against the creation of a security vacuum”.

The statement came hours after President Obama said that the US plans to pull out all forces from Afghanistan by 2016 and will begin with reducing the troop presence in the country to only 9,800. The US will end its combat mission at the close of 2014.

Facebook eyeing 'lucrative' Indian and Pakistani market to boost revenues

FacebookIslamabad, May 20 : Facebook has targeted users from India, Pakistan and China for their outreach towards the next 5 billion users and augmented revenue rates.

A study of social media strategy conducted by iStrategy Labs indicates the number of users in Pakistan to be 14.2 million and 102 million in India. The social media network also sees China as a possible attribute for growth in revenue patterns.

According to The Express Tribune, Facebook Advertising data also shows China to have just 8,40,000 registered users due to the strict regulations of the country.

PCB dissolves after losing eight GB members cutting short Ashraf's third comeback

Zaka AshrafKarachi, May 19 : Reinstated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf's comeback for the third time has reportedly been cut short to just a day as the body currently stands dissolved after losing eight of the 10 Governing Board (GB) members.

The PCB currently stands dissolved after Islamabad Regional Cricket Association ( IRCA) president Shakil Sheikh resigned on Sunday to take the total to eight after seven of the GB members had already finished their tenure with the PCB earlier.

Pakistan army chief to meet Afghan, NATO commanders

Raheel SharifIslamabad, May 19 - Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif will visit Afghanistan Monday to discuss war against terrorism and security situation with top Afghan and NATO commanders.

It would be General Sharif's first tripartite meeting with Afghan army chief General Sher Mohammad Karimi and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General Joseph Dunford.

"The Chief of the Army Staff will be going to Kabul Monday for a day-long visit. He will hold important meetings with Afghan military and ISAF commanders," Xinhua quoted Pakistani army's media wing as saying in a message.

Pakistan to implement WHO's polio directive from June

polio-vaccination-pakistanIslamabad, May 15 : Pakistan will put into effect from June an international recommendation that requires all travellers from this south Asian country to carry a polio vaccination certificate.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the measure due to the alarming increase in the number of polio cases in the country (61 so far compared to the total of 91 in 2013).

The statistics serve as evidence that Pakistan has become the largest global source of polio infections.

US asks Pakistan to deny safe-haven to militants

William J BurnsIslamabad, May 10 - A top US diplomat has urged Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to "sustain pressure on militant groups, deny them a safe-haven, and prevent cross-border attacks", US officials said Friday.

US Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns spoke on these issues as he concluded his two-day visit to Pakistan after meeting senior political and military leaders Friday.

"Militancy continues to threaten Pakistan's revival. Few countries have paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against extremism.

WHO imposes travel curbs on polio-endemic Pakistan

polio-vaccine-pakistanIslamabad, May 5 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday imposed strict travel restrictions on Pakistan due to the increasing number of polio cases in the country.

WHO has made it mandatory for Pakistanis to travel with a polio vaccination certificate which will determine that they have been vaccinated for the virus, Dawn online reported.

WHO's Emergency Committee has confirmed three countries where the crippling virus is still endemic -- Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

PCB considering proposal to appoint Ahmed Shehzad as new Pak T20 captain

Ahmed ShehzadKarachi, Apr 24 : Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) is reportedly considering a proposal to appoint opener Ahmed Shehzad as the new Twenty20 captain following the resignation of Mohammad Hafeez from the position.

However, The Nation reports that the board officials are divided into two factions for handing over T20's captaincy to Shehzad due his aggressive on-field and out-field behavior.

The report mentioned that some officials are pushing for Shehzad's selection as T20 captain as they believe that his exciting style is suitable for T20 cricket.

PCB chief says ICC president for 2015 to be from Pak

Najam SethiKarachi, Apr 12  : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said that the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2015 would be from his country.

Pakistan had opposed changes to the world cricket's governing body, which hand the majority of powers and revenues to the ' Big Three' of international cricket: India, Australia and England .

Musharraf moves Supreme Court over travel ban

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, April 3 : A petition was submitted in the Supreme Court Thursday for the removal of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The petition was submitted on behalf of Musharraf by advocate Shah Khawar. It argued the point that every individual possesses the freedom to travel abroad, Dawn online reported.

The petition also mentioned that the former army strongman should be allowed to travel abroad to visit his ailing mother and also for personal treatment.

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeat

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeatIslamabad, April 3 - Explosive allrounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the negative approach of Pakistan's top order batsmen for the team's heavy defeat by the West Indies and early exit from the World Twenty20.

Talking to the media on the team's return home from Dhaka Wednesday after an 84-run defeat against the defending champions, Afridi was quoted by The Times as saying that the target was not a difficult one.

Pakistan government, Taliban talks in a day or two: Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, March 24 - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Sunday that the government's direct talks with the Taliban would be held in a day or two.

"Talks between the government team and the Taliban's intermediaries are going ahead at a satisfactory pace and hoped that direct talks will start in a day or two," Xinhua quoted Sharif telling during a function.

"There will be peace and the country would get rid of extremism and terrorism," the prime minister said, adding that the restoration of peace will ensure economic prosperity in the country.




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