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Phehlukwayo’s all-rounder performance helps Proteas level the series

DURBAN (Agenies): An all-round performance from Andile Phehlukwayo took South Africa to a series-levelling victory the 2nd ODI against Pakistan of the five-match series at Durban.

Phehlukwayo took four wickets for just 22 runs in 9.2 overs, while he scored precious 69 runs on off 80 deliveries.

South Africa were pursuing a moderate target of 204 runs on a slow track and they were dented by the 18-year-old pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took three early wickets in the inning.

The three victims of Afridi, Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks and the skipper Faf du Plessis contributed 8, 5 and 8 runs respectively, leaving South Africa reeling at 29/3.

It was once again the stubborn newcomer, Rassie van der Dussen, who kept the hosts’ inning together. David Miller played a useful cameo of 31 runs off 26 deliveries and contributed 51 runs with der Dussen.

The partnership looked threatening for Pakistan, however, Shadab Khan removed the dangerous-looking Miller on just the second delivery of his spell and cleaned up Heinrich Klaasen on a golden duck.

South Africa seemed to be in trouble, losing half of their side for just 80 runs with the inexperienced Der Dussen and the bowling all-rounder Phehlukwayo at the crease.

Phehlukwayo was lucky and looked shaky at the start of his inning, however, he managed to hang in there in the middle to support his batting partner.

The left-handed batsman took chances against Pakistani bowlers, who were impressive throughout the day, but luck favoured the batsman as he managed to stay alive at the crease.

It was Der Dussen’s rigid approach and Phehlukwayo’s courage that took the hosts home in 42 overs at a loss of five wickets. The two scored unbeaten 80 and 69 runs respectively.

Earlier, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed alongside Hasan Ali put 90-run partnership on the scoreboard to rescue Pakistan from 112/8 to 203/10 against South Africa in the second ODI at Durban on Tuesday.

Ali showed courage and played a powerful inning of 59 runs to help his skipper who scored a fighting knock of 41. They both accelerated the score for Pakistan and gave their bowlers a defendable total.

South Africa after winning the toss put Pakistan into bat first. The green shirts having the good memories of the last match once again started their inning with Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman.

Imam, who played a handsome knock of 86 runs in the last match, couldn’t manage to deal well with the short ball and got out scoring just 5 runs.

Zaman, who was already facing problems to get his shots in the right zone, joined by Babar Azam who last time made his presence felt with a fine knock of 49. Babar fell to Rabada’s short ball which went straight up in the air and caught easily by Phehlukwayo.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik scored 9 and 21 respectively while Shadab Khan played a brief knock of 18 runs.

Phehlukwayo took four wickets, while Tabraiz Shamsi picked wickets of three front-line batsmen of Pakistan conceding 56 runs in his 10 overs. Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier took two and one wicket each respectively in the match.

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Annual credentials distribution ceremony of Pak Navy’s Logistics Command held

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KARACHI: Annual credentials distribution ceremony of Pakistan Navy’s Logistics Command was held in Karachi on Tuesday.

Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was chief guest on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, the vice admiral Pakistan Navy said that the Logistics Command was very important in Pakistan Navy and it was performing its responsibilities in a befitting manner.

He said that with the induction of new vessels in the fleet of Pakistan Navy, the responsibilities of Logistics Command had enhanced.

Earlier, Commander Logistics Rear Admiral Adnan Khaliq presented the annual performance of the Logistics Command in the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the chief guest awarded the credentials and shields to the best performers of various fields.

On January 10, Japanese Navy ships arrived at Karachi port to take part in bilateral maritime self defence exercise with Pakistan Navy.

A special reception was arranged by Pakistan Navy to welcome Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships at Karachi Port, wherein senior officials of Pakistan Navy along with Japanese diplomats received the ship.

The Pakistan Navy and JMSDF share a history of cordial relations, “in this backdrop, JMSDF ship IKAZUCHI reached Karachi for two days port visit to take part Pre-AMAN activities,” the press release read.

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Respect for Pakistani passport being restored in PTI’s tenure: FM Qureshi

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DOHA: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that the respect of Pakistani passport was being restored across the globe due to the positive policies adopted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Addressing the Pakistani community in Doha, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that PM Imran Khan had assumed the office when the country was in crises. He claimed that the PTI’s government would steer the country out of crises.

The foreign minister said that overseas Pakistanis always showed trust in the leadership of PM Imran Imran Khan.He said that together they would make Naya Pakistan.

Earlier int he day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had held an important meeting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani wherein two dignitaries discussed LNG deal and review the future price of fuel.

The high profile meeting took place at Diwan-e-Amiri Doha Qatar. Sources said, the two sides agreed over compliance of the LNG agreement. The two countries would also discuss the issue of supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar on upto US$ four billion delayed payment, and increase in trade volume, sources further said.

Pakistan would put up a suggestion for a quota of 100,000 jobs for Pakistani nationals in upcoming FIFA World Cup, scheduled in Qatar in 2022.

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JIT holds CTD responsible on Sahiwal incident: Law Minister

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LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat on Tuesday, while terming the Sahiwal encounter ‘100 percent correct’, said the initial investigation report had held the Counter Terrorism Department officials responsible for loss of innocent lives in Sahiwal.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting that was held to review the JIT’s preliminary report, the Provincial Law Minister said the Additional IGP of the CTD had immediately been removed from his post, while DIG CTD and the SSP, who led the Sahiwal encounter, were suspended. He also said that the DIG Sahiwal was also removed from the post.

He said five officers of the CTD would be produced before an anti-terrorism court and have been charged under Section 302 (PPC).

Raja Basharat said Punjab Govt has fulfilled its promise for speedy investigation of Sahiwal incident.

Raja Basharat said the head of the JIT had sought some time to complete the investigation to ascertain the facts about Zeeshan, alleged terrorist who was killed during the incident.

He also said that the CTD officials were held responsible for Khalil and his family’s murder. The Punjab Law Minister also informed that an in-camera briefing would be held tomorrow (Wednesday) to inform the media about facts.

The minister further informed that the details about the car used by Khalil’s family would be revealed tomorrow.

Earlier, the JIT probing the incident in which four people were killed had submitted its preliminary report to the Punjab government in the evening today. A high-level meeting headed by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was held to review the report.

Punjab minister Abdul Aleem Khan, provincial law minister Raja Basharat, the chief secretary and additional chief secretary for home, Punjab Inspector General of Police Amjad Javed Saleemi as well top officials from relevant agencies attended the meeting. Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ijaz Hussain Shah, who headed the JIT, was in attendance as well.

Meanwhile, the Joint Investment Team visited the Qadirabad area of Sahiwal for the second day today. The Additional Inspector General, Police Establishment and the head of the Joint Investigation Team formed for probing the Sahiwal incident, Aijaz Shah has sought two more days from the Punjab government for filing an investigation report.

In a statement issued by him in Sahiwal, he said that six members of the JIT are detained and statements of eye whiteness have not so far completed. He said that as it is a very serious case which cannot be investigated in a short span of time.

“It is not even possible to submit an initial report right now. We will conduct investigations on scientific basis and determine what the truth is,” Mr Shah had said while speaking to the media after visiting the incident site and recording statements of eyewitnesses.

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UAE formalises $3b deposit into SBP to support Pakistan’s economic growth

DUBAI (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a $3 billion bailout package on Tuesday, as part of Abu Dhabi’s support for Islamabad’s falling foreign exchange reserve and resolving balance of payment crisis.

According to Emirates News Agency, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Tariq Bajwa and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) DG Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi and other officials were present during the signing of the agreement.

Speaking on the occasion Suwaidi said, “The directive to deposit $3 billion with the State Bank of Pakistan aligns with the UAE leadership’s keenness to bolster Pakistan’s economy, help its government achieve financial stability and overcome economic challenges, and drive comprehensive development in the country.”

While praising the UAE leadership for their continued support to the people of Pakistan, Bajwa said that the support from ADFD over the years has stimulated economic growth and contributed to sustainable development.

To date, ADFD has provided AED1.5 billion (approximately Rs57 billion) to fund sustainable development projects in Pakistan spanning diverse sectors, including transport, water and agriculture, healthcare, and education.

In December 21 last year, the UAE had announced it would deposit $3 billion into Pakistan’s foreign currency account to help it successfully overcome international payment crisis and to avoid a stringent International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal.

Abid Qamar, the SBP spokesperson, said they would soon share details whether the announced funds will be deposited in one-go or in tranches like Saudi Arabia has been doing and that when the deposits would be transferred to Pakistan.

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PM Khan promises to steer country out of crucial period

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DOHA: Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledge for steering country out of the present critical period.

Addressing the Overseas Pakistanis in Doha today, prime minister said, when PTI government was sworn in, it was just like four wickets down for 20 runs on the board.

“But I know very well how to play in pressure situation, sooner the Green Passport will regain its position in the world,” he contented.

Terming Overseas Pakistani as an asset of the nation, PM Khan appreciated their contribution for uplifting the foreign reserves of the country.

I’m fully aware about the problems being faced by you [overseas Pakistanis], the premier maintained.

“Those sending money to Pakistan are ‘heroes’ and those doing money laundering are ‘villains’ of the country,” said prime minister, and added that he will continue fighting the villains of the country.

He said a time is not far away when people will not go overseas in search of jobs as Pakistan is going to become economic hub.

Giving example of Qatar, he said honest leadership can uplift any country of the world as it spent the money generated from the gas sector for the prosperity and uplift of the country.

Imran Khan said Pakistan has huge potential for tourism and it can earn billions of dollars from this sector.

He said Pakistan has fascinating beaches, snow clad peaks, religious sights of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Hinduism to attract large number of tourists from across the globe.

Concluding his address, PM Khan thanked Qatari leadership for inviting him and according him a warm reception. He also thanked overseas Pakistanis for their precious time.

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Hasan Ali’s counterattacking fifty hauls Pakistan to 203

DURBAN (Agenies): Only a check of the schedule would tell you it’s an ODI, much less that it’s being played at Kingsmead. The first innings today took Pakistan back to the Test series, where the short ball was an unconquerable demon, and Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada invincible tormentors.

A series of dismissals when the ball was pitched short saw Pakistan hampered in their innings early on, before an inspired performance from Tabraiz Shamsi, deputising for Imran Tahir, helped reduce Pakistan to 112 for 8. The left-arm wristspinner, fighting for a World Cup spot, ended up among the better bowlers, taking three wickets, and at one point appeared to have set up his side for a seemingly straightforward chase.

It required the most delightful joie de vivre sort of innings from Hasan Ali – a character who matches that description to the fullest – to keep Pakistan in the contest. They were 59 of the most uncomplicated runs that saw Pakistan recover to 203. Hasan was responsible for 59 of the 90 runs which came in a ninth-wicket partnership with Sarfraz Ahmed, and was last man dismissed after Andile Phehlukwayo returned to remove both Sarfraz and Hasan in the 46th over.

Hasan’s innings remained in spirit the typical knock of a have-a-go hero, but the sweet timing of the strikes against legitimately world-class bowling gave it the air of conventional classiness you might not expect from Hasan. At any rate, it gave Pakistan more than a fighting chance. It was only thanks to career-best figures from Phehlukwayo that it wasn’t even more, his 4 for 22 including those vital last two wickets that finally put paid to Pakistan’s innings.

Faf du Plessis had won the toss again, this time deciding to let Pakistan bat first after much criticism around his side’s failure to pace their innings well. Pace was never a problem for his fast bowlers, though, who accounted for Pakistan’s top four in the first hour with deliveries that grew big on the batsmen. Imam-ul-Haq mistiming a pull shot off a Rabada ball was a harbinger for what was to come, and Babar Azam was dismissed cheaply much the same way. Then came the now-customary Fakhar Zaman dismissal off a short ball, when Olivier got one to rise towards his grille, the batsman fending it off to gully.

The middle overs might have been an opportunity for rebuilding, but Shamsi had other ideas. Brought in to replace Tahir, he had big boots to fill, and he acted like it. The first ball of his spell drew an edge from Malik that first slip would have pouched had one been placed, and off his fourth delivery, he snared fellow spinner Shadab Khan. It wasn’t long before debutant Hussain Talat, curiously promoted ahead of Sarfraz, fell to perhaps the ball of the innings. An exquisite stock ball beat Talat’s outside edge, drawing him out of his crease while Heinrich Klaasen deftly removed the bails.

Sarfraz, who has been shy of batting too high up the order since becoming captain, finally came in at No. 8. While Pakistan fans might have hoped for a valuable partnership with Shoaib Malik to rescue the side, injudicious shot selection from Malik soon left Pakistan eight down. It was after that that Pakistan’s finest moments in the innings were to arrive, thanks to a refreshingly straightforward innings from Hasan. He threw off the shackles, attacked every bowler he faced, seamer or spinner, his 59 coming off just 45 balls. It included five fours and three sixes, taking Pakistan past 200 where once they looked like they might struggle to reach 125.

South Africa still may be expected to chase this; 203 is, after all, well below par. But where once this looked like it might be headed for an early finish, there may now be a contest to be enjoyed after all.

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Hockey no longer prevalent in Pakistan says Shahbaz senior

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): The Federal secretary Shahbaz senior says the future of the Pakistan hockey is uncertain. He stressed on revamping players’ selection procedure and the present coaching structure.

Hockey las lost popularity among our youth in the last 15 years. “The youth prioritize cricket over hockey,” he said. Any game is unable to maintain its highest place after the loss of the passion from fans. One of the reasons for the inclination of the youth towards cricket is the financial stability that it offers. A good cricketer even upon failing to secure a place in the team gets placement in some department. He has lots of avenues and can play in the local and international leagues.

The government does not allocate sufficient funds for hockey. The Hockey Federation has no system or property, where they could pay attention to educational, appetite, gym, swimming pool and coaching and other necessities. There should be a system where junior to senior level qualified coaches and trainers are available and all the camps should be planned for the entire year. Considering the present condition, no high hopes should be pinned on the young team. The captain of the 1994 gold medal winning team said that our habit of bringing a bad name to others leaves none respected. They should be thankful since hockey earned them this position. It is their identity for which they are respected.

It is their national duty to give their opinions which could bring good name and add to the prominence of the national game. Speaking about the system of the European teams, Shahbaz senior seconded that there lies immense difference between Pakistan and European hockey. Unlike the English, hockey is played differently in every other area. The English players play same hockey everywhere, and we should follow them.

The former PHF secretary complained that the attitude of Pakistan Sports Board and Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry has been disappointing due to which the Hockey Federation has to face criticism, which in turn is bringing a bad name to the country and the game. I tried my best to seek help from the government but I resigned due to their apathy. Annually, Pakistan Hockey is in need of Rs200 million.

There is need for focusing on long-term planning. We have Japan, Belgium, India and Malaysia as examples before us; how they worked on development. We can revive hockey in two years upon provision of even half the budget of the aforementioned countries. Technocrats who do not work for the government should be appointed to revamp the hockey. Reforms that can greatly improve the future should be brought after consultations with the Olympians.

Our present coaching system has flaws. Attention will have to be paid to the coaches’ education. All the English coaches get promoted by earning higher education in addition to coaching from the club level. We will have to focus on the young coaches, who in addition to possessing coaching abilities enjoy a command over the English language. Furthermore, we need coaches who are patriotic and love the game.

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Cardiff striker Sala missing after suspected plane crash

LONDON (Agencies): Premier League club Cardiff City’s record new signing, Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, was missing on Tuesday after a light aircraft he was travelling in disappeared over the English Channel.

Sala, signed on Saturday from French club Nantes for a reported fee of 17 million euros ($19.3 million), was flying to Cardiff aboard a small plane that disappeared from radars around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey on Monday night.

French civil aviation authorities confirmed that 28-year-old Sala “was on board the plane”. A statement from police on Guernsey, a British island just off the coast of France, said the pilot had requested to lower his altitude shortly before air traffic control in neighbouring Jersey lost contact with the plane.

After a search was called off on Monday because of high winds, two helicopters, two planes and a lifeboat joined renewed efforts on Tuesday morning to find the single-propeller plane. “So far over 1,000 square miles have been searched by a total of five aircraft and two lifeboats,” Guernsey police said at 1145 GMT.

“There has been no trace of the aircraft. The search is continuing.” It is thought Sala was one of two passengers on board, but French civil aviation authorities were unable to confirm that. Sala, who had been at Nantes since 2015 and had scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with relegation-threatened Cardiff subject to receiving international clearance.

Neither club has commented publicly on the disappearance, but Nantes have postponed their French Cup match against third-tier side Entente SSG on Wednesday as a mark of respect. When he put pen to paper at Cardiff on Saturday, Sala, who also has Italian nationality, said in a statement: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.

“For me it feels special (to be the club’s record signing). I have come here wanting to work and to help my team-mates and the club.” Sala’s last post on Instagram showed him surrounded by players from Nantes. “La ultima ciao (the last goodbye),” he wrote.

Cardiff, who currently sit third from bottom of the English Premier League with 19 points, said they were “very concerned”. “We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala,” the club said in a statement.

The accident, if confirmed, comes only three months after the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City football club died in a helicopter crash that shocked the club and supporters around the world. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died on October 28 shortly after taking off from the pitch of the club’s stadium in central England.

Disconnected cockpit pedals, which are used to control the rotor on the helicopter’s tail, were found to be the cause of the accident by investigators. Sala began his footballing career at French club Bordeaux, who he joined in 2010, and spent loan spells at other French clubs including Orleans, Niort and Caen.

He joined Nantes in 2015 for one million euros and appeared to be peaking as a player in recent seasons, overcoming technical shortcomings that had held him back earlier in his career. He was tipped for a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray last summer.

“He’s a very likeable lad, very hard working,” his coach at Nantes, Vahid Halilhodzic, said of him recently.

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Nadal relentlessly marches on as emotional Kvitova makes Open semis

MELBOURNE (Agencies): Rafael Nadal continued his relentless march towards an 18th major title Tuesday as an emotional Petra Kvitova swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final since a terrifying knife attack almost ended her career. On day nine of the Australian Open, the fairytale runs of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins were also extended as they too swept into the last four.

Second seed Nadal inched closer to winning an event he has only claimed once before when he trounced unseeded American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in another ruthless display from a man who has not dropped a set so far. Tiafoe had announced himself by beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson, but was no match for a player at the peak of his powers as he attempts to become only the third man to win all four Slams twice and the first to do so in the Open era. “I had some trouble at this event all my career, so I’m very happy with the way I played tonight,” said the Spaniard, who faces another young gun Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. “I feel lucky to be where I am.”

Greek sensation Tsitsipas powered into the last four with a measured 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. The 20-year-old, who ended Swiss great Roger Federer’s tournament, became the youngest man to reach the semis at Melbourne Park since Andy Roddick in 2003 and the first player from Greece — man or woman — to get so far at Grand Slam.

“I’m just living the dream, living what I’ve been working hard for,” said the 14th seed, who lives in Cyprus but trains at the academy of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou in France. “I feel a bit emotional but not too much -– I know I really worked hard to get here, playing in semis of a Grand Slam.”

Czech Kvitova had not gone past the last eight at a major since a burglar slashed her left hand in December 2016, forcing her out of the game for six months and leaving her with lasting nerve damage in the fingers of her racquet hand. But the eighth seed has bounced back and is on a sensational 10-match unbeaten streak after claiming the Sydney International warm-up title.

She proved too much for Ashleigh Barty, crushing the local hope 6-1, 6-4, and was in tears afterwards as she reflected on her long journey back to the top. “Really, I didn’t imagine to be back on this great stadium and play with the best,” the two-time Wimbledon champion said. “I’m calling it as my second career. So it’s the first semi-final of the second career. I’m really enjoying it.”

Kvitova will face unseeded American Collins in the semi-final on Thursday and she desperately wants to reach Saturday’s decider. “I want it bad, that’s right,” she said. Collins, the world number 35, had never won a Grand Slam match before entering this year’s tournament but she stunned three-time major champion and second seed Angelique Kerber in round four.

And the 25-year-old from Florida continued her Cinderella run by bouncing back spectacularly to down Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the quarter-finals. Collins, who has spent long stretches of her career playing small tournaments to build up her ranking points, was in big trouble after losing the first set to the world number 44. But she fearlessly battled back into the match to again stamp her mark on the tournament. “This has all been a really incredible experience,” she said. “This time last year I was playing a challenger (tournament) in Newport Beach. But, yeah, I think I’m really embracing it. It makes it a lot easier when you play in front of great fans and really good energy.”