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CM orders judicial inquiry of Intizar murder case

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has decided to conduct judicial inquiry into the murder of Intizar Ahmed, spokesman says.

“The Sindh chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah received a letter from Ishtiaq Ahmed requesting him to conduct a judicial inquiry into the murder of his son Intizar Ahmed killed at Khayaban-i-Ittehad,” according to spokesman CM house Karachi.

The chief minister just after receiving the letter talked to Ashfaq Ahmed on telephone and assured him that he was going to conduct judicial inquiry as desired by him.

 “Let me a day to finalize all the formalities for judicial inquiry,” he asked him. He also told him that he was with him [Ishtiaq Ahmed] to redress all his apprehensions and reservation in terms of investigation into the murder of his son Intzar Ahmed.

The chief minister has directed the chief secretary Sindh to initiate necessary process for judicial inquiry.

Nineteen-year-old Intizar Ahmed has been fatally shot by undercover ACLC officers on Khayaban-i-Ittehad in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority area on Saturday night after he failed to stop his vehicle at their signal.

After taking into custody six of the nine ACLC men accused (three have gone into hiding), DIG South-Zone Azad Khan had said that no leniency will be shown to the culprits. However, the deceased’s father is not satisfied the case will get fair treatment.

“When policemen themselves were involved in the murder of my son, how can I expect them to punish their own,” the grieving father said while asking the army chief and the chief justice to take notice of the incident.

He later sent a written request to the CM Sindh seeking a judicial inquiry, which the CM has been more than willing to accommodate.

Ishtiaq said he had seen the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of his son’s murder. “First, a black car stopped in front of my son’s car, forcing him to stop his vehicle,” he said. “Another car came from the left and then policemen in plainclothes reached there on a motorcycle. One policeman kept on shooting towards my son.”

The deceased’s father said there was an unknown girl in the car with his son and demanded that she must be brought to the fore as she is an eyewitness. “I don’t know who that girl was but she must be identified,” he said.

“I was shown the footage where the girl fled the scene,” Ishtiaq added.

Later, when the girl was identified, he said: “My son was sleeping at our home when she called him and asked him to come, after whom he left.”

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Afghanistan to play first test match in June against India at Bengaluru

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Afghanistan Cricket Team will play its first international test match against India in June 14 this year. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) confirmed the report by informing the fans through twitter.

Last year in June, Afghanistan and Ireland joined full member club of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and taking the total number of Test-playing countries to 12.

Afghanistan only gained full one-day international (ODI) status in 2011 and in 2015, Afghanistan took part in their first 50-over World Cup and they have also played in the World Twenty20 competition.

Chairman ACB, Atif Mashal said on his twitter account that on June 14 the nation will witness another historic moment in Afghan cricket when Afghanistan face India in a test match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.


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Police foil terror plot as BDS defuses two bomb in Quetta

F.P. Report

QUETT: Bomb Disposable Squad (BDS) defused two bombs which were planted by the roadside in Quetta and foiled a major terror plot in the area.

Police told media that a remote control bomb was planted by some unidentified criminals by the roadside in a cycle in Shafi Colony near Saryab Road in Quetta.

BDS and Police reached the spot immediately and blocked road for all kind of traffic. The BDS diffused the bomb and avoided a major disaster in the area.

BDS started search in the surrounding area with the aim to make sure the safety of the masses and they found another bomb which was also diffused and the area was declared clear.


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National narrative declares Jihad as state’s prerogative only, terms suicide attacks ‘Haram’

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday launched its national counter-terrorism declaring Jihad (Islamic holy war) as the prerogative of state only and calling suicide attacks ‘haram’ (forbidden) in the light of Holy Quran and Sunnah.

The narrative ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ that comprises a 22-point Fatwa (religious decree), inked by over 1800 religious scholars of all schools of thought hailing from across the country rejects terrorism, extremism, sectarian hatred and use of force to impose Shariah as a “rebellion” against the state.

The national narrative launched by President Mamnoon Hussain at a ceremony here at the President House attended by ministers, religious scholars, vice chancellors of universities and diplomats , is the culmination of efforts by the Islamic Re-search Institute of the Inter-national Islamic University.

The document is based on the decree of religious scholars from all schools of thoughts in the country and is in accordance with the injunctions of the Holy Quran, the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the Constitution of Pakistan.

“Those, who are conducting, facilitating, financing and promoting such heinous acts, are rebels and the State of Pakistan has legitimate authority to take all possible measures against them,” according to the document.

The ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ declares that Jihad involving physical combat and waging war were the prerogative of the state, and no individual or group has the authority to declare and wage Jihad.

“Such initiatives of an individual or group shall be deemed interference in the state authority, and such actions shall be considered as acts of rebellion against the state and according to Islamic teachings is a heinous crime punishable under ta’zir.”

It also points out that sectarian hatred, armed sectarian conflict and imposing one’s ideology on others by force is in clear violation of the injunctions of the Shariah and are a “disorder on earth”.

The Fatwa states that the core objective of all educational institutions in Pakistan is enlightenment, schooling and character building and th-ese must not impart any hostile military education, training, hatred, extremism and violence.

The national narrative reminds all Pakistani citizens that they are bound to protect the national interests as top priority.

“Damaging public unity and national interests are also forbidden in light of Holy Quran and Sunnah. Renunciation and breach of national interests is to be taken as high treason and therefore shall be dealt as per the Islamic injunctions.”

The document strongly supports the military operations initiated to strengthen the security and stability in Pakistan. It declares as forbidden the use of force to impose ‘Shariah’ in Pakistan, armed struggle against the Pakistani state and all other forms of terrorist activities.

“All such actions are considered as rebellion against the state, benefitting the enemies of Islam and Pakistan.”

The document states that the land of Pakistan is a sacred trust from God.

“Every inch of it is a great blessing from Almighty. Therefore, the land of Pakistan at no time shall be allowed to be used for the propagation of any kind of terrorism,” the document states and bars any type of  intellectual and practical training of terrorism, terrorists, their recruitment and conducting of such activities in Pakistan and other countries.

The Fatwa categorically mentions the dignified status given to the women and says that Islam protects their rights and points to the last sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). It states that the women have the right to vote, education and employment, and to destroy their education institutions, attack on female students and educationists is contrary to human values, Islamic teachings and the law of the land.

It points out that honour killing, marriage with Quran, exchange marriage and violation of other women rights is strictly prohibited as per the injunctions of Islam.

The Fatwa discourages all forms of illegal use of loudspeaker, calls for strict legal action against hate speeches, delivered from the platform of mosque, and demands that polemical discussion on religious topics is reprehensible and be declared cognizable crime. The unanimous document states that non-Muslims living in Pakistan enjoy all such civil and legal rights for the protection of their life, property and dignity that their fellow Muslims avail, within the bounds of the law and Constitution. The non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan have full right to worship in their places of worship and pursue their religious celebrations as per the teachings of their religions, it adds. The document while allowing all schools of thoughts to propagate their doctrines, beliefs and juristic ideologies as per the Shar’iah, however makes it clear that no one is permitted to speak or write against any person, or other schools of thought using any insolence, hatred or baseless allegations.

The document has been prepared with the assistance and support of the academia from Pakistani universities,  in cooperation with the Wafaq-ul-Madaris al-Arabiyyah, Tanzim-ul_Ma-daris Ahl-e-Sunnat, Wafaq-ul-Madaris al-Salfiyyah, Wa-faq-ul-Madaris al-Shi’ah and Rabitat-ul-Madaris Pakistan.  Also eminent religious scholars from Dar-ul-Uloom Kar-achi, Dar-ul-Uloom Muham-madiah Ghausia Bhera Sh-arif, Jamia Binoria Karachi, Jamiat al-Muntazar Lahore, Jamia Ash-rafia Lahore, Jam-ia Haqqania Akora Khattak, Jamia Muha-mmadiah Islam-abad and Jamia Faridiah Islamabad.

The Paigham-e-Pakistan is the outcome of over a several months long process that identifies the problems being faced by the state and provides solutions to devise a strategy to achieve the goals of the Objectives Resolution.

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Rohit Shetty wants to make a biopic on Sania Mirza

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MUMBAI: Producer and Director, Rohit Shetty who is very famous for his action and comedy likes Singham, Golmaal series and Comedy, has shown his interest in seeing a particular biopic.

The india media outlet reported that Rohit Shetty wants to see a biopic being made on Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. This he said while hosting a show with Karan Johar.

Earlier, it was reported that director Farah Khan was working on Sania Mirza’s biopic starring Parineeti Chopra in the lead but the project could not materialize due to some reasons.

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Mouni Roy to play a negative role in ‘Brahmastra’

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MUMBAI: Famous Indian TV actress, Mouni Roy will be seen in ‘Brahmastra’ movie and will share screen spacing with Ranbir  Kapoor and Ali Bhat.

Roy will soon make her Bollywood film debut in ‘Gold’, starring Akshay Kumar and it was confirmed that she is part of Ayan Mukerji directorial ‘Brahmastra’.

Reports claimed Mouni Roy will play a villainous role in the movie.  We have seen the actress play the rival in her television show ‘Naagin’, it will be interesting to see her play this part on the big screen.

The first part of the film Also starring Amitabh Bachchan, is slated to hit theatre screens on August 15,


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Pele backs Brazil to win sixth World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Footballing legend Pele said that Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup in Russia, four years on from their humiliation on home soil.

Five-time winners Brazil were thrashed 7-1 in the 2014 semi-finals by eventual champions Germany at the Maracana, but Pele, considered one of the best players of all time, insisted that new coach Tite has formed a team ready to put his country´s painful memories to rest.

“Those who are Brazilian and believe in Brazil always point to Brazil as the favourites,” the 77-year-old said while attending the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro league on Monday.

The Selecao romped to qualification as winners of the South American group, with Tite building an exciting side featuring the world´s most expensive player Neymar and new Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho.

“One of the good things that happened was the arrival of Tite, he´s making a team,” Pele added. “In the last World Cup we had the best players in the world but the team was disorganised. “It seems that now we´ll have a team and a Selecao that gives us confidence.”

Pele, who won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970, has been struggling with ill health and Monday was his first public appearance with a zimmer frame, having attended December´s World Cup draw in a wheelchair.

“I´m fine, thank goodness, and I want to thank all those who sent me messages wishing me a good recovery from all over the world,” he said.

Pele, who scored over 1,000 goals during his career, also claimed that modern football produces fewer great players than in his era, despite the presence of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

“Today, there are only three players who really stand out; Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar,” he said. “Before, at the time of Cruyff or Beckenbauer, there were three in each team.”

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Shoaib Malik narrowly escapes head injury

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LAHORE: Pakistan cricket teams all rounder Shoaib Malik narrowly escaped head injury while trying to take a run as he was hit on his head with a wayward throw during the fourth one day international against New Zealand at Hamilton on Tuesday. Shoaib was assessed on field by match doctor and team physio.

“He did not show any sign of concussion and was able to carry on playing”, said a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board here. After getting out he was re-assessed and was showing delayed concussion signs. He was doing well and resting, he stated. As advised by match doctor and team physio Shoaib will not be taking any further part in this match, he added.

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Mitchell Johnson pulls out of PSL 3

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KARACHI: Australian pacer Mitchel Johnson has pulled out of the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League.

Sources privy to the matter have confirmed to media that Johnson, who was picked by Karachi Kings, has informed the PSL management of his unavailability. “Mitchel has informed the PSL that he needs some rest before the much attractive and lucrative Indian Premier League,” said one source.

The Australian fast bowler, who was in the platinum category of players for the PSL was picked by Karachi Kings after demoting to the Diamond category for the third season. Sources believe that Mitchell Johnson was unhappy over being demoted from the platinum category to the diamond category of players.

“This can be one understandable reason that he wasn’t happy about his category. He might have come if he was in platinum,” said a source. “Another reason was his unwelcoming relationship with Karachi Kings’ coach Mickey Arthur over an infamous homeworkgate scandal.

Johnson was one of four players suspended for the third Test of the 2013 tour of India along with Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson.

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U19 World Cup: Afridi stars as Pakistan humiliate Ireland

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WHANGAREI: Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi decimated the Irish batting line-up and guided Pakistan to a comfortable nine-wicket win in the International Cricket Council (ICC) U19 World Cup Group D match in Whangarei on Tuesday.

After deciding to bowl first in bowling friendly conditions, the Boys in Green remained on top and never gave Ireland any relief throughout their innings with immaculate line and length. Harry Tector’s men were eventually bowled out for just 97 in the 29th over, as JoshuaLittle finished with the top score of 24 off 20 balls with the help of two fours and one six.

For Pakistan, Afridi was the star of the show as he claimed figures of six for 15 in his 8.3 overs, which included three maidens as well, whereas captain Hassan Khan claimed three wickets with his tidy left-arm spin.

In reply, the Boys in Green cruised to the target in less than nine overs at the loss of just one wicket. Opener Muhammad Zaid finished the innings with the top score of 43 not out off 19 balls with the help of seven fours and one six. For his outstanding bowling performance, Afridi was named player of the match.