Nawaz Sharif to attend n-summit in Netherlands

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, March 22 - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead a delegation to the Third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) being held in The Hague, the Pakistani foreign ministry said Friday.

The Third NSS (March 24-25) will be attended by leaders from 53 countries and the UN, European Union, International Atomic Energy Agency and Interpol. Like the first two summits, Nuclear Security Summit 2014 aims to promote nuclear security through voluntary national actions and international cooperation, Xinhua reported Friday.

Pakistan to import electricity from India

Pakistan to import electricity from IndiaEnergy-starved Pakistan has initiated the procedure to import electricity from India as Islamabad has already sent a draft of the initial power trade deal to the Indian government.

Islamabad made the move soon after the World Bank (WB) agreed to finance the feasibility study as well as transmission line for the import of 1,200MW of electricity from India.

Musharraf challenges special court decision

Musharraf challenges special court decisionIslamabad, March 19 : Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has challenged the decision of the special court not to transfer his high treason trial case to a military court.

The former president filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday through defence lawyers Khalid Ranjha and Faisal Hussain, Dawn online reported Wednesday.

A three-member special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, had Feb 21 rejected Musharraf's plea to transfer his case of imposing emergency in the country Nov 3, 2007, to the military court.

'Recovering' Afridi hopeful of playing in World T20

Shahid-AfridiKarachi, Mar 16 : Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is hopeful of playing in the World Twenty20 that kicks off in Bangladesh and has reportedly started training following his recovery from a groin injury.

Afridi, who suffered fitness problems in the Asia cup last week, has said that he is feeling much better as he trained for the first time since the injury and is feeling 'very good'.

Hafeez backs Pak not to get 'swayed by emotion' during 'high-pressure' World T20 clash with India

Mohammad-HafeezKarachi, Mar 16 : Pakistani Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has insisted that his team would not get 'swayed by emotion' ahead of their clash with archrivals India in the World Twenty20 at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Hafeez believes that Pakistan cannot afford to get distracted by their rivalry against India if they are to replicate their 2009 triumph from a group also containing defending champions West Indies and tournament favourite Australia.

Musharraf's indictment for treason March 14

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 13 : A three-judge court hearing a high treason case against former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf Thursday said he will be indicted March 14 as directed earlier.

Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, who heads the special court, said the order to present Musharraf in court March 14 remained intact, Dawn online reported.

Anwar Mansoor, Musharraf's counsel, told the court that his client was still not feeling well and by no means would he recover by Friday.

Musharraf's treason trial adjourned till March 14

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 11: The special court bench hearing former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's high treason case excused him from appearance in court Tuesday considering the perceived threat to his life but ordered him to appear before it March 14.

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, counsel for Musharraf, Tuesday argued before the three-member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab that if his client came to court as per its directive and something happened to him, the court would be responsible, the Dawn online reported.

Pakistan in good shape for World T20: Misbah

Misbah-ul-HaqIslamabad, Mar. 11 - Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that his players are in good shape to perform in the upcoming World Twenty20 Championship to be held in Bangladesh from the middle of March this year.

Returning home after ending up as runners-up in the Asia Cup, Misbah said stand-out performances by Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi on wickets in Bangladesh indicated that the team can perform well in that country during the World Twenty20, which starts from March 16.

Gayle fears Windies to face tough challenge while defending World T20 title

Chris-GayleKarachi, Mar 9 : West Indies batting star Chris Gayle has said that he believes his team will face a tough challenge when defending their World Twenty20 title at Bangladesh this year.

The left-handed opener was a key member of the side which lifted the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka two years ago, and is expected to be at the forefront again in the March 16 to April 6 campaign in Bangladesh.

According to The Nation, Gayle said that although West Indies has a realistic shot at defending their World T20 title, it however, would be a tough challenge for them as the other teams are playing good cricket and are in good form currently.

Special court rejects Musharraf's pleas

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 7 : A special court in Pakistan, trying former president Pervez Musharraf for high treason, Friday rejected all his petitions alleging bias by judges and arguing against the constitution of the special court itself, media reported.

The three-member special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, observed that the pleas of Musharraf were not on merit, according to Geo News.

The court dismissed all the pleas filed by Musharraf and adjourned the hearing till March 11.

The court had earlier ordered the former president to appear before the bench March 11.

Fans wish for dad of four daughters Afridi to be 'blessed' with son

Shahid AfridiIslamabad, Mar 07 : Shahid Afridi's fans have reportedly wished for the cricketer to be blessed with a son following Afridi's match-winning performances against India and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

A fan has said in a post on a Facebook page 'Meri jaan Pakistan' that Afridi's fans should pray to God that the 'person who has provided all Pakistanis with jubilation and smiles in such terrible times' is 'blessed' with a son.

According to the Nation, the post, which appeared on Wednesday, has so far received more than 5,000 likes and 1,000 shares with comments saying 'Ameen (Amen)'.

Ghazi murder case: Musharraf granted exemption from appearance

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, March 1 : A court in Pakistan granted exemption to former president Pervez Musharraf from appearing Saturday in the Abdul Rasheed Ghazi murder case and summoned him for its next hearing March 15.

A murder case was registered in September 2013 against the former army chief for the death of Islamabad's Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi during the 2007 military siege of the mosque.

Additional sessions court judge Wajid Ali heard the case, Dawn online reported.

Musharraf's lawyer requested for permanent exemption for the former president in the case.

Pakistan's economy grew 2.9 percent during last five years

Pakistan-economyIslamabad, Feb 27 : The economy of Pakistan grew at an average rate of 2.9 percent per annum during the last five years, the country's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said in a report.

However, GDP grew at 3.6 percent during 2012-13 financial year, against the fixed target of 4.3 percent, the Daily Times reported Thursday citing the report.

Sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and services remained below their capacity.

Pak court rules Musharraf cannot to be tried in military court

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, Feb 21 : A special court in Pakistan has ruled former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will not be tried in a military court.

The court has now summoned Musharraf before it on March 11.

During the hearing, the bench announced its decision, rejecting Musharraf's plea seeking to hold the treason trial at a military court.

According to Dawn News, the three-judge bench ruled that he was no longer in the army and that high treason can be tried exclusively in a special court.

Irfan's impact would be missed in T20 World Cup: Hafeez

Mohammad HafeezIslamabad, Feb  20 : Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has said that his team will miss towering pacer Mohammad Irfan in the T20 World Cup as the fast bowler has not recovered from a hip injury.

According to Sport24, Hafeez said the team would miss the pacer's impact as his first two overs could be lethal.

However, Hafeez feels that fast bowler Umar Gul and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar are good replacements for Irfan. He also backed the selector's decision to include wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik in the team.

Nine killed in Pakistan militant attack

Nine killed in Pakistan militant attackIslamabad, Feb 12 - Nine people were killed on the outskirts of Pakistan's Peshawar city when militants entered a house and opened fire early Wednesday, media reported.

Over a dozen militants armed with heavy weapons barged into the house at Badaber Moashokhel area on the outskirts of Peshawar, capital of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, tossing grenades, the News International reported citing police.

They then opened fire inside the house, killing nine people, including a volunteer for a peace committee.

Pak Taliban says wouldn't wage war against govt. if believed in Constitution

Shahidullah ShahidIslamabad, Feb 8 : Pakistan's TTP spokesman Shaihidullah Shahid has reportedly said that had the group believed in the Constitution, the militant group wouldn't have waged a war against the government.

Citing its purpose behind holding peace talks with the government, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson said that the group was fighting for enforcement of Sharia and talks with the government would be held for the same objective.

AAP named 'corrupt politicians' for four reasons: Kejriwal

Arvind-KejriwalIslamabad, Feb 2 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in comments published Sunday in a Pakistani newspaper that the AAP targeted "corrupt politicians" for four reasons.

"There are four reasons," Kejriwal was quoted by the Dawn as telling a group of Pakistani journalists who called on him.

"We are against corruption among politicians," he said, listing the reasons.

"We are against their criminalization," he added. "We are against their commercialization. And we are also against dynastic politics."

Pakistan reduces prices of kerosene, LDO

Pakistan reduces prices of kerosene, LDOPakistan's Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has confirmed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led government has marginally reduced the prices of kerosene and light diesel oil (LDO), while kept prices of most of other fuels unchanged for the month of February.

Dar said the government reduced the prices of kerosene oil and LDO by Rs 1.24 Rs 1.02 a litre for February, while kept the prices of petrol, high octane blending component (HOBC) and high speed diesel (HSD) unchanged at their current levels.

Dar made the announcement after his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday.

Sania Mirza says will try for more Grand Slam titles with Tecau

Sania MirzaIslamabad, Jan. 27  : Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has reportedly said that she would try for more Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with Romanian Horia Tecau after the pair stumbled in the Australian Open final in the weekend.

Mirza said that she had made a great start to the year despite the loss to Canadian-French pair Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic, who won 6-3, 6-2.

According to The Nation, Mirza reached the women's doubles quarterfinals with partner Cara Black, where they went out in three sets to eventual champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy.

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