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World XI to play series in Pakistan annually for next three years: Najam Sethi

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi has said Pakistan host World XI annually for next three years as Pakistan took a giant step for the revival of international cricket in the country.

This he said while talking to foreign media at Qaddafi stadium in Lahore. Sethi said that the recent tour of World XI is the first series and two series will be organize in the coming two years and adding that hopefully other teams  will also touring to Pakistan after the World XI series.

Najam Sethi claimed that the Sri Lankans have committed to play in Lahore once the World XI series is done and then the West Indies have also promised that they will tour to Pakistan in November.

The World XI tour was dinalized after the security clearance of Security experts of various boards and ICC came to PSL final in Lahore and then they gave green signals for the series, Sethi added.

In the first match of series, Pakistan, set a target of 198 for the World XI in which Babar Azam hit a quick 86 runs on 52 balls, however the World XI was not able achieve the target and Pakistan won by 20 runs.

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PM Abbasi to address UN General Assembly on September 21

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NEW YORK: The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly was opened with the stress on bringing peace and work for the betterment of people of the world.

President of General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak has said the UN was created for the people, who needs it and most of them are now not sitting in this hall and even they are not involved in the discussion of resolutions.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres in his address also emphasized the importance of focusing on people in the UN’s work.

Antonio also stresses on the empowerment of women and girls around the world and highlighted his own roadmap for achieving gender parity.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will address to the session on 21 September and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will likely be accompanied with PM during his first to the US.

Pakistan has strongly rejected the US President allegations and his new anti-Pakistan policy for South Asia and The foreign minister has been on a diplomatic offensive since then, with the foreign minister dashing to China, Iran and Turkey in an effort to build regional consensus.


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Holding cricket matches in other cities is top priorities: DG ISPR

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LAHORE: Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor has said the World XI tour is a historic event and it will definitely the doors of international cricket in Pakistan and cricket loving people will again see their stars in own grounds.

This he said while talking to media persons during his visit to press gallery of Qaddafi Stadium. He added that we are trying to organize matching in different cities and our top priority is to hold matches in Karachi and tribal areas.

Ghafoor added that army will continue its support in future matches and practice needs to be continuing in future.


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Afghanistan should eliminate terrorist safe havens immediately: PM Abbasi

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Afghanistan must take steps for the elimination of the terrorist safe heavens on its land.

This he said while giving interview to a foreign media, PM Abbasi said that Pakistan initiated grand operation against the terrorists in the country and it destroyed the safe heavens of terrorists within our territory.

Pakistan suffered so much because of Afghanistan situation but still Pakistan played their positive role in rebuilding Afghanistan and now it is totally wrong to put blame of instability in Afghanistan on Pakistan because instability in Afghanistan affects Pakistan, PM Abbasi added.

Abbasi reiterated that Pakistan wants to work with US in elimination of terrorism and if US has any queries it should discuss them with Pakistan and adding that the Afghan issue should not be made a part of the relationship between US and Pakistan.


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Cabinet approves extension of SC, IHC jurisdiction to FATA

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet decided to extends the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to the tribal agencies of Pakistan as a first towards implementation of the FATA reforms in the tribal belt.

In the six members FATA reforms committee they recommended to merge the FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and extends the jurisdiction of Peshawar High Court to FATA but instead of given approval to these recommendations. The federal cabinet decided to extends the SC and IHC to FATA which is clear sign that government is not interested in implementation of FATA reforms as per recommendations which was prepared as per the wishes of tribesmen.

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a federal cabinet meeting and approved the extension of SC and IHC jurisdiction of FATA and declaring it a big achievement towards including the FATA in mainstream and bill in this regard will soon be presenting in parliament and after that controversial Frontier Crimes Regulations will also demolish in the better interest of the masses.

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Two critically injured in road accident at Lahore

F.P. Report

LAHORE: As many as two persons were critically injured in a road accident in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Kot Lakhpat area of Lahore.

As per details, two persons including a woman were injured when a car turtle down in Kot Lakhpat area and they were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and they were said to be in critical condition.

Earlier this week, in traffic accidents across the country, at least eight lives were lost.


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Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal

ISTANBUL (AFP): Turkey has signed a deal for its first major weapons purchase from Moscow to buy S-400 missile defence systems, both sides announced Tuesday, in an accord that could trouble Ankara´s NATO allies.

The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence batteries, Ankara’s most significant deal with a non-NATO supplier, comes with Turkey in the throes of a crisis in relations with several Western states.

“Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia. A deposit has also been paid as far as I know,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in comments published in several newspapers on Tuesday.

“Mr Putin and myself are determined on this issue,” he told Turkish journalists aboard his presidential jet returning from a trip to Kazakhstan.

Moscow also confirmed the accord, with Vladimir Kozhin, Putin´s adviser for military and technical cooperation, saying: “The contract has been signed and is being prepared for implementation.”

‘Take our own decisions’

The purchase of the missile systems from a non-NATO supplier is raising concerns in the West over their technical compatibility with the alliance´s equipment.

The Pentagon has already sounded the alarm, saying bluntly that “generally it’s a good idea” for NATO allies to buy inter-operable equipment.

A NATO official told AFP that interoperability was “fundamental” to the alliance for the conduct of joint missions.

“No NATO ally currently operates the S-400,” the official noted, adding that: “NATO has not been informed about the details of any purchase.”

But Erdogan said Turkey – which has the second largest standing army in NATO after the United States – was free to make military acquisitions based on its defence needs.

“We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves, we are obliged to take safety and security measures in order to defend our country,” he said.

He said Moscow would also extend a credit to Turkey for the purchase of the weapons. No financial details have been disclosed.

‘Signal resentment to West’

However, signing the deal does not mean that delivery is imminent, with Russia facing a high demand for the S-400s from its own armed forces and key clients like China and India.

Some analysts have suggested the message sent to the West by the military cooperation between Moscow and Ankara is as important as the delivery itself.

In 2015, Turkey scrapped a $3.4- billion deal with China to build its first anti-missile system.

Aykan Erdemir, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the accord will hasten Ankara’s “drift from the transatlantic alliance and values”.

The purchase “is more about signalling resentment against the West than serving Turkey´s pressing security needs,” he told AFP.

Ozturk Yilmaz, deputy leader of the opposition CHP party, said the party was not opposed to the buy but argued such weapons should be produced in Turkey to lessen the country´s dependence on outside suppliers.

Both Ankara and Moscow have an interest in signalling to the West they mean business with the military cooperation.

Russia´s relations with NATO have been in crisis over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and for backing pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has currently troubled ties with the United States over a number of issues including Washington´s support for the People´s Protection Units (YPG) Syrian Kurd militia which Ankara considers a terror group.

The Turkish-Russian contract is a symbol of better relations between Ankara and Moscow after a reconciliation deal was signed last year following the 2015 shooting down by the Turkish military of a Russian plane over the Syrian border.

But the two nations – whose rivalry in the Black Sea and Caucasus regions dates back centuries – are still at odds on a host of political issues.

Turkey, which vehemently opposed the 2014 annexation of Crimea, strongly condemned Tuesday the jailing of a Tatar leader for eight years by Russia over a rally against Moscow´s seizure of the region.

Akhtem Chiygoz, a former deputy head of the Tatars´ traditional decision-making assembly, was arrested in 2015 over clashes at a rally that left two people dead.

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Christian community has lent huge support to Nawaz, says Maryam

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday said the Christian community has lent huge support to her father and the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

“My Christian brothers and sisters are as zealous in their support as other Pakistanis,” she said while addressing the minorities’ wing convention in NA-120 in Lahore.

“Your leader (Nawaz Sharif) believes you are Pakistanis, and not a minority,” she said, insisting that her father doesn’t believe in the concept of minorities.

The former prime minister’s daughter, who is campaigning in the NA-120 constituency on behalf of her mother and PML-N’s candidate for the seat Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, said she is happy to see the enthusiasm of her ‘Christian brothers and sisters’ in the support that they’ve lent to the party.

She visited the St Anthony’s Church in Lahore on September 1 and said that the Convent of Jesus and Mary played a huge part in where she stands today in life. System must be changed, dictators dominating judiciary: Maryam Nawaz

Maryam also expressed pride at the appointment of the first Christian finance minister and said she was “personally very happy” at the ‘angel of Pakistan’s Chrisitan community’ — Dr Ruth Pfao — being honoured with a state funeral.

In the aggressive by-poll campaign for the NA-120 constituency that the PML-N has launched, Maryam has time and again insisted that her father’s case is in the public’s court.

During her campaign speeches to different members of the constituency, the former prime minister’s daughter has reiterated that it is imperative that the country’s system — through which ‘dictators such as Pervez Musharraf have become more powerful than the judiciary,’ — must be changed.

People have not accepted the injustice done to Nawaz: Maryam The by-poll for the NA-120 seat, which was left vacant after Nawaz’s disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28, will be held on September 17. A total of 44 candidates will contest the NA-120 by-poll.

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Pakistan beat World-XI in the first T20 match by 20 runs

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LAHORE: Green shirts Tuesday defeated World XI by 20 runs in its first match played at Gaddafi stadium here.

Pakis blocked the route of victory by successfully defending the target as green shirts set a target of 198 runs with blistering 86 runs innings of Babar Azam. Babar Azam played a magnificent knock but fell short of his century when he was dismissed by Imran Tahir for 86.

The World XI won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan. Pakistan lost its first wicket in the very first over of the game as Fakhar Zaman edged to first slip on the bowl of Morne Morkel. After the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam was joined on the crease by Ahmad Shahzad.

Babar Azam and Ahmed Shahzad put on a solid partnership for the third wicket, however, both were dismissed within a few overs of each other. Pakistan lost its second wicket when Ahmed Shahzad (39) was dismissed by Ben Cutting in the 15th over of the innings.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed failed to score big as he was caught behind on a delivery of Sri lankan bowler Thesara Perera. Ahmed scored 4 runs.

Shoaib Malik took ahead Pakistani innings with his formidable 38 runs off 20 balls. He scored four boundaries and two sixes.

Malik was dismissed by Sri lankan bowler Thisara Perera. Imad Wasim was the next batsman to come. He scored a massive six in the last ball of the Pakistani batting inning. World XI openers Hashim Amla and Tamim Iqbal steadily kicked off the innings against Pakistan while chasing 198 runs to win the first match.

Pakistan got their first breakthrough as fast bowler Rumman Raees dismissed Iqbal by bolding him out in his first over. In the same over, Raees also took the wicket of in-form Hashim Amla. With Amla’s dismissal, Skipper Faf du Plessis came on the crease.

The skipper played a brief but a classic inning of 29 off 18 balls, which included four boundaries and a six. Shadab Khan took the breakthrough for Pakistan by dismissing him by his googly.

Tim Paine departed on the score 25 off 25 after falling prey to the delivery of Sohail Khan. Shadab was seen overwhelmed with passion after dismissing David Miller on the very next ball after getting hit out of the ground.

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‘Dynastic politics’ a problem in India, says Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI (AFP): The torchbearer of the Nehru-Gandhi political scion said on Tuesday that dynastic politics was a “problem” in India, but maintained that a large number of people in his party did not have a dynastic background.

At the same time, Rahul Gandhi, India’s main opposition party Congress vice-president, said a person’s background did not determine his capabilities, The Hindu reported.

Responding to a question of whether the Congress was more associated with dynastic politics, he insisted that India was being run by dynasties.

“Most parties in India have that problem So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin [son of M. Karunanidhi in the DMK] is a dynast… even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast. So that’s how India runs. So don’t get after me because that’s how India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India,” Rahul said as he listed several prominent Indians born into famous families.

But, he said, there were a large number of people in the Congress who were not from dynastic families. “And I can name them in every state. There are also people who happen to have a father, or a grandmother or a great grandfather in politics. They do exist,” he added.

“The real question is, whether the person actually a capable and a sensitive person,” Rahul said.