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PPP rejects VIP accountability of Sharif family: Zardari

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ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Asif Ali Zardari has said that ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family are going through VIP accountability where they appearance before the NAB court with the security of 3000 police officials and a caravan of 40 vehicles.

In a statement issued here on Friday, Asif Ali Zardari said that PPP will not accept such kind of accountability. He said that the accountability should be conducted like our accountability was conducted during Nawaz Sharif’s government in 1990s.

He said that if a reference is initiated against PPP leadership the bail of the person takes two and half years whereas Sharif family is granted bail in one day. Our people used to get arrested and then they used to be sent to jails.

In Nawaz Sharif’s case, cases have been initiated on the orders of the Supreme Court but Nawaz Sharif and all his family members are roaming free, he said adding that Nawaz Sharif should remember accountability of 1990s.

The PPPP President said that Nawaz Sharif is still minting money on each ship of LNG and getting commission of four million on each ship. He said that the pipeline project from Iran has been cancelled by Sharif family despite Pakistani people would have got cheap guest through that project. Nawaz Sharif has sacrificed Pakistani interest for his own financial gain through commission.

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Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in fourth ODI

SHARJAH (Monitoring Desk): If the purpose of a series is to find out which of two teams is the superior one, then this ODI felt nothing more than a rhetorical question. To have to play it at all was the equivalent of insisting upon an answer to the aforementioned rhetorical question. The problem with that is the answer is hardly ever surprising. That was emphatically the case with the fourth ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah, which Sarfraz Ahmed’s men won by seven wickets with 11 overs to spare. Four down, one to go.

This time Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted, turned up the most abject performance of the series, losing seven wickets for 99 before recovering slightly to finish with 173. That was thanks to Lahiru Thirimanne, the visitors’ only batsman, apart from the captain, who emerges from this series with any credit. He made 62 off 94 balls, including four fours. The target was far too comfortable for Pakistan, despite early hiccups that had left them at 58 for 3, with half-centuries from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik guiding them home.

No matter what they try, it doesn’t seem to work for Sri Lanka. They made three changes to their XI and batted with an unmistakable air of freedom, having already conceded the series. Yet they careened to 173 all out in 43.4 overs. Pakistan’s bowlers put in an excellent collective performance – three of them took at least two wickets each – to establish the hosts’ dominance at the half-way mark.

It began when captain Upul Tharanga was bowled for a duck, debutant Usman Khan producing a wonder ball that ripped through the gap between bat and pad. Niroshan Dickwella then began to attack the opening bowlers, carting Usman for consecutive fours and hitting Junaid Khan for six over fine leg. The wicketkeeper-batsman was taking risks, though, and he pushed it a bit too far when he tried to go over the infield on the off side, cover point taking a simple catch.

Inevitably, the run rate began to slow down with Dinesh Chandimal and Thirimanne at the crease; the two batsmen have the lowest and fifth lowest ODI strike rates respectively this year. It was – unforgivably – a run out that broke the partnership, Chandimal the casualty. That brought the highly-regarded debutant Sadeera Samarawickmara to the crease, but he only lasted two balls, Imad Wasim beating him with the angle as the ball broke the stumps.

Shadab Khan soon joined the party, removing Seekkuge Prasanna and Thisara Perera off successive balls to leave Sri Lanka seven down before they had reached three figures. Akila Dananjaya, who has been stoic in the lower order, hung around with Thirimanne as they attempted to reach what might be a competitive score. The last three wickets did add 74, but in the end, it merely saved Sri Lanka some extra embarrassment rather than having any impact on the scoreline.

Chasing a smaller target than they had done in the third ODI, Pakistan might have felt comfortable with the straightforward task at hand. However, they were nowhere near as assured to start off on Friday, although the Sri Lankan bowlers were partly responsible for that. Fast bowler Lahiru Gamage was successful coming round the wicket to Imam-ul-Haq, trapping last game’s centurion plumb in front in the second over.

Zaman’s dismissal was more disappointing. He got yet another start before falling in exactly the same fashion as he had in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. He charged at the spinner – Dananjaya this time – and failed to get anywhere near the pitch of the ball, and was utterly beaten by the spin. Dickwella completed a simple stumping.

Seekkuge Prasanna removed Hafeez shortly after, though it was more down to a poor shot by the batsman. He failed to control a sweep shot off a wrong’un, the ball ballooning straight to deep square leg. Pakistan were 58 for 3, the match still salvageable for Upul Tharanga’s men.

From thereon, it could have turned into one of those awkward low-scoring thrillers that chasing sides find so horrible, but the combination of youth and experience got Pakistan out of a hole. Apart from a dropped catch that gave Shoaib Malik a reprieve, the veteran added an unbroken 119 with Babar with Babar that carried the side home. After a lengthy spell where they consolidated, they swatted the bowlers away towards the end, the last 26 runs coming off two overs. It was far too comfortable, as much of this series has been for Sarfraz’s men.

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Hasan Ali moved up to top of ICC ODI rankings

LAHORE (APP): South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has once again grabbed the top position in the ICC ODI players rankings while Pakistan’s Hasan Ali has emerged as a new number one among bowlers in the latest ranking updates carried out on Friday.

An astonishing knock of 176 by de Villiers in the second ODI against Bangladesh in Paarl, which consisted of 15 fours and seven sixes and came off only 104 balls, has also helped South Africa edge India at the top of the ICC team rankings by taking a 2-0 winning lead in the three-match series, said the information made available by the ICC here on Friday.

The latest rankings, which take into account the first two matches of the South Africa-Bangladesh series and the first three matches of the ongoing Pakistan-Sri Lanka series in the United Arab Emirates, sees de Villiers climb to the top of the ODI table for the 14th time in his career.

De Villiers, who has leapfrogged Australian David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli, had first attained top position on 30 May 2010 and the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after retired Windies great Vivian Richards. De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days while Richards was number one for 2,306 days.

Other batsmen to move up include Pakistan’s Babar Azam (up two places to a career-best fourth position), the South African pair of Quinton de Kock (up three places to fifth) and Hashim Amla (up two places to ninth), and Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim (up five places to 18th).

Among bowlers, Hasan Ali’s haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, which his team won by seven wickets for a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match series, has given the pace bowler a big boost in ranking points.

The 23-year-old, who has taken nine wickets in the series so far, has moved up six places to become the fifth bowler at the top of the ODI rankings this year after Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Josh Hazlewood.

Outside of the top 20, Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 36th), South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo (up 30 places to 52nd) and Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain (up seven places to 61st) are the other bowlers to move northwards.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez is back as the top all-rounder, edging Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Hafeez, who first attained top ranking in January 2013, has reached the top spot for the ninth time.

Meanwhile, India will be looking to wrest back the top spot in the team rankings when they take on New Zealand in an upcoming three-match series.

South Africa and India are both on 120 points with South Africa ahead on decimal points. South Africa can reach 121 points if they complete a 3-0 series win over Bangladesh but India will overtake them if they win the opening match against New Zealand, to be played the same day as the last South Africa-Bangladesh match, on 22 October. If India win that match, they too will be on 121 points but ahead in decimal-point calculation.

However, India will have to win the series against New Zealand 3-0 to retain the top spot should South Africa win the last match against Bangladesh.

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NAB chairman slams Shehbaz over corruption allegations

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal slammed Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif over latter’s comments regarding corruption in the organisation.

“People who call NAB corrupt have finally opened their eyes to corruption. Why couldn’t they see the corruption when they were in power,” he remarked while speaking to media after taking a round of NAB Headquarters on Friday.

“What’s the point of calling NAB corrupt when its chairman has taken charge?” He asked.

NAB has played an integral role in the elimination of corruption from the country, the chairman remarked. “Zero tolerance policy will be implemented towards corrupt officers and officials.”

“No officer including me is above the law,” he said, adding NAB is on a mission to obliterate corruption from the country.

Speaking about the organisation, he said that promotions will be on the basis of merit, seniority and performance. “No one will be treated unjustly.”

After the indictment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar on Thursday, Shehbaz had remarked that NAB was the most corrupt institute of the country.

NAB is being used for political reasons, he claimed, adding that the accountability bureau was inactive during the regime of former president Pervez Musharraf.

“What was NAB doing during the tenure of Musharraf?” he asked. “They ask me to hold people to account when it is their job to do so,” he added.ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal slammed Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif over latter’s comments regarding corruption in the organisation.

“People who call NAB corrupt have finally opened their eyes to corruption. Why couldn’t they see the corruption when they were in power,” he remarked while speaking to media after taking a round of NAB Headquarters on Friday.

“What’s the point of calling NAB corrupt when its chairman has taken charge?” He asked.

NAB has played an integral role in the elimination of corruption from the country, the chairman remarked. “Zero tolerance policy will be implemented towards corrupt officers and officials.” “No officer including me is above the law,” he said, adding NAB is on a mission to obliterate corruption from the country.

Speaking about the organisation, he said that promotions will be on the basis of merit, seniority and performance. “No one will be treated unjustly.”

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Shehbaz, Chaudhry Nisar review country’s political situation

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar on Friday.

Shehbaz Sharif met with Nisar at his residence, sources revealed, adding that the two leaders exchange views of country’s political situation as well as issues pertaining to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Sources informed Geo News that CM Punjab has been holding multiple meetings with PML-N’s top leaders such as Saad Rafique, Ahsan Iqbal and Rana Sanaullah since last week.

Shehbaz wants to ensure that there is no clash between institutions and is trying to ensure that MPAs and MNAs don’t confront institutions, according to sources

Moreover, sources claim that some politicians from south Punjab are trying to make their own bloc and Shehbaz is also holding talks with them to convince them otherwise.

The politician is trying to stave off internal clashes between parliamentarians, sources add.

Shehbaz also met with a non-political important person, claim sources.

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Commitment to fight terrorists down absolutely clear: Air Chief

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ISLAMABAD: “Our commitment to fight the terrorists down to the last man is absolutely clear”, said the Air Chief, while addressing the concluding session of International Seminar on Air Power (ISAP) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad Friday.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the chief guest at the concluding session of the two days seminar conducted under the auspices of the Pakistan Air Force. Speakers and observers from 18 allied countries participated in the seminar and presented their views on the Emerging Trends in Airpower.

Addressing the session, the Air Chief thanked the participants for their contribution in making the seminar a great success. He highlighted the effectiveness of airpower in addressing the sub-conventional threat, which had emerged out as an important point in the seminar.

He commented upon the valuable experience PAF has gained in sub-conventional domain during various operations including Zarb-e-Azb and Rad-ul-Fasad, while fighting alongside the sister services. In this context, he also offered training support to the allied air forces in the newly established Airpower Centre of Excellence.

Senior serving and retired PAF Officers, Pakistan based foreign Defence/ Air Attaches, Defence Analysts and selected Academia notables from various institutions of Islamabad attended the Seminar.

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PM Included K-4 Water Project in Karachi uplift package: Sattar

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KARACHI: The head of MQM Pakistan fiction Farooq Sattar claimed Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has included the K-4 project for supply of additional water to Karachi in Karachi development package.

Addressing press conference at Buhadarbad central office, MQM head said that PM Abbasi has assured him, during meeting held a day ago, that the funds being issued for Karachi package at the end of October while in November funds will also released for Hyderabad.

“The people of Sindh, particularly Karachi, have been paid huge taxes, however they received relatively low development projects,” he said adding that PM Abbasi has included the K-4 project in Karachi package that will accelerate the work on the project.

He complaints that government was not issuing cards those who came Pakistan after 1971. He mentioned that people being deprived of health and employment that enforced them to crimes.

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Sheikh Rasheed’s desire not N-league’s fate: Saad Rafique

LAHORE (NNI): In response to Sheikh Rasheed’s speech outside Laal Haveli, Khawaja Saad Rafique has said on Friday that N-league’s future is not at the mercy of the desires of people like Sheikh Rasheed.

Instead of being in chaos, N-league is united than ever under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. He remarked that next general elections would decide who rules the hearts and minds of the people.

Commenting on Riaz Pirzada s statement, he said that the likes of him sow the seeds of discord in political parties for their personal ends.

He also made clear that the actions of a true leader speak louder than the words of his adversary. N-league owns the credit for stablalizing the economy, establishment of peace and CPEC’s infrastructure.

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2018 elections important for political parties: Zubair

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ISLAMABAD: Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that 2018 elections are very important for all the political parties.

The political parties should have to clear themselves from the legal process before going to public for vote, he said while talking to a private news channel.

The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), had given policy and performed well for the public, he said.

He said that despite the matter of disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), was fully united.

He said that educated people should come forward for politics.

He said that he never refused to meet any representatives of the political party.

To a question he said that he got the governorship through hardwork and performance.

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Nadeem Afzal Chan resigns from party office

LAHORE (NNI): Secretary General (SG) of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Punjab, Nadeem Afzal Chan has resigned from his position after his brother Waseem Afzal Chan announced to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

However, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, rejecting the resignation of Nadeem Afzal Chan, asked him to continue performing his responsibilities as provincial SG of PPP. Nadeem Afzal Chan said that he stepped down on moral basis after his brother Waseem Afzal Chan joined PTI.

Meanwhile, President of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) Asif Ali Zardari has summoned Nadeem Afzal Chan for meeting on Saturday.