Quetta Gladiators match-winning batsman Umar Akmal has said that he hopes to make a comeback into the national team ahead of the World Cup on the basis of his performances in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four. On Friday, Umar hit an unbeaten 50-ball 76 that helped Gladiators cruise to victory against last year’s runners-up Peshawar Zalmi. “I want to continue performing well in the rest of the games for Quetta so I can make a comeback into the national team,” Umar said while speaking to local media. Moreover, Umar credited his last night’s win to his older brother Kamran Akmal who was playing for the opposing side, Zalmi. ‘NO LONG-TERM GOALS’:On the other hand, his brother Kamran Akmal doesn’t have long-term goals and wants to only focus on each PSL 4 game that he plays.
February 16, 2019 14:03 UTC
Dr Mohammad Faisal says New Delhi tried to hack website for two hoursISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that Indian hackers attempted to hack the official website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for over two hours on Saturday. The website currently cannot be viewed in the United States, United Kingdom, Holland, Norway and Australia. Pakistan launches diplomatic blitz amid Indian warmongeringHe said that the ministry took necessary steps to avert the cyber attack. Pakistan also launched a diplomatic offensive to counter Indian attempts to link Islamabad with Thursday’s attack. On Friday, Islamabad reached out to the five permanent members of United National Security Council (UNSC) to offset the Indian propaganda.
February 16, 2019 13:52 UTC
“The train later experienced technical issues and was stranded on the way to Delhi,” Indian Railways spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told AFP. The locally-made express train has a rated top speed of 180 kilometres (111 miles) an hour, 20 per cent quicker than the next fastest train in service. Saturday’s accident is the latest controversy for the express train — a pet project of Modi’s government, which has vowed to debut India’s first bullet train in 2022. Last week India’s rail minister Piyush Goyal was left red-faced after he tweeted a digitally altered video of the train zipping by a station at lightning speed. He was later accused of altering the video to make the train appear faster, triggering widespread social media ridicule.
February 16, 2019 13:41 UTC
Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam broke Pakistan Super League records with a mammoth opening stand of 157 for Karachi Kings against Multan Sultans on Friday, 15 February, reported ICC. Despite all that drama, the highlight of the day remained the fireworks displayed by Livingstone and Azam. Livingstone, the England batsman who played two T20Is in 2017, was exceptional on his PSL debut, scoring a 43-ball 82, comprising six sixes and as many fours. Karachi will be disappointed at what followed – Chris Green, the Australian off-spinner, had both Livingstone and Azam dismissed within two overs, and no other batsman reached double figures. Despite that record partnership, the collapse left Multan with an attainable target of 184.
February 16, 2019 13:18 UTC
But following an influx of Indian immigrants to Uruguay at the turn of the century, cricket steadily returned to Montevideo. “We came like spiders and rebuked them,” recalls Daniel Mosco, a local resident who has been playing football in that field for 30 years. “We’re looking for a permanent ground,” Beerbal Maniyattukudy, the Uruguayan cricket association’s secretary, told AFP. We also have plans for an under-15s league.”The solution may lie with Uruguay’s most popular football team: Penarol. Penarol started life as the Central Uruguay Railway Cricket Club (CURCC), founded by British railway workers in 1891.
February 16, 2019 13:18 UTC
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar on Saturday said that the Pakistani nation is happy to welcome the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as well as other Saudi brothers in Pakistan. Buzdar said that investment in the country will increase due to bilateral agreements between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in various fields, this strengthening the national economy. “The visit of Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman will ensure development in the resolution of the problems being faced by the Muslim Ummah,” he added while explaining that Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has made historic contributions to the economic development of his own country. The people of Pakistan have a profound love for the royal family of Saudi Arabia. We have old ties with Saudi Arabia and these relationships are improving constantly,” he concluded.
February 16, 2019 13:18 UTC
“Pakistan’s government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan’s security forces,” said Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to militant group Jaish al-Adl (“Army of Justice”). “If (the Pakistan government) does not punish them, we will retaliate against this anti-revolutionary force, and whatever Pakistan sees will be the consequence of its support for them,” he warned. The attack was one of the deadliest on Iranian security forces in recent years and came just days after Iran held more than a week of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the US-backed shah. Jafari’s comments came ahead of a two-day visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan, which is set to begin on Sunday. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has linked the perpetrators of the attack to “the spying agencies of some regional and trans-regional countries”.
February 16, 2019 13:00 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government on Saturday announced a local holiday on February 18 in the federal Capital owing to the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Crown Prince is scheduled to arrive here on a two-day visit to Pakistan on February 17. However, as per a notification of the District Magistrate Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), the offices of essential services in Islamabad, including Municipal Corporation Islamabad (MCI), Capital Development Authority (CDA), ICT Administration, Police, IESCO, SNGPL and hospitals would remain open as per routine.
February 16, 2019 12:11 UTC
ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Saturday took notice of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Archaeology and Museums Director Dr Abdul Samad’s arrest, hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the action a “disgraceful act”. “The KP director of archaeology and museums should be presented along with his record and details of allegations against him,” the NAB chairman added. “NAB values Dr Abdul Samad’s services to the nation and will ensure that his respect is maintained. According to the anti-graft watchdog, Dr Samad had appointed over 90 ‘Class IV’ employees at different archaeological sites in violation of prescribed rules. Dr Samad’s lawyer said that his client was asked through a phone call to appear at NAB’s office and was arrested there without a warrant.
February 16, 2019 12:06 UTC
Its losses before taxes, depreciation, and other expenses were $1.8 billion, an improvement over the $2.2 billion loss posted in 2017. Uber said gross bookings for the fourth quarter were a record $14.2 billion, up 11 per cent from the prior quarter. That marks an improvement after bookings growth slowed to just single-digit percentages throughout much of last year. Uber’s revenue in the fourth quarter reached $3 billion, up 2 per cent from the third quarter and a 24 per cent increase over the previous year. INTENSE COMPETITIONThe food-delivery service, Uber Eats, accounts for more than $2.5 billion in bookings quarterly, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
February 16, 2019 11:48 UTC
For her, agreeing with that notion would require relegating Indian Muslims to a troubled minority. Talking about her character in Gully Boy, the 26-year-old told BBC Asian Network, “My character Safeena was written to the tee. So, no, I don’t find it odd or surprising.”Safeena, however, is not the first Muslim character Bhatt has played. There’s another poster where I’m not wearing a hijab because she does take it off whenever she wants to. Similarly, it took Raazi, Lipstick Under My Burka and now, Gully Boy for Bollywood to realise that maybe it is alright for a lead character to wear a hijab onscreen.
February 16, 2019 11:37 UTC
LAHORE: Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of imprisoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday said the “night of oppression” will soon be over. Speaking to reporters outside Jinnah Hospital where her father is admitted, Maryam said, “Soon the night of oppression will come to an end.”Maryam was greeted with slogans and flowers as she arrived at the hospital. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif also visited the former premier at the hospital. Speaking to the media, Shehbaz said, “Nawaz’s complete medical treatment should be conducted.”Nawaz was shifted to Jinnah Hospital from Kot Lakhpat jail on Friday after the Punjab government allowed shifting of the deposed prime minister from the central jail in Lahore. Jail officials had brought the former premier, who is currently under arrest in connection to the Al-Azizia reference, to the hospital.
February 16, 2019 11:18 UTC
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday spent time with his wife Tehmina Durrani after being released from the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody in connection with the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases. As he is a cancer survivor, pet scans & blood tests were regularly conducted by his Dr in London. The tests taken in Islamabad showed some abnormal signs. Shehbaz was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore in connection with the Ashiana Housing case on October 5, 2018, when he appeared before the bureau in the Saaf Pani scam investigation. His arrest came several months after NAB apprehended two senior bureaucrats, former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general Ahad Khan Cheema and former principal secretary to prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad.
February 16, 2019 11:08 UTC
Washington struggles to convince allies to stay on in Syria after it leavesMUNICH, GERMANY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Saturday that Washington’s plan to swiftly pull its soldiers out of Syria risks allowing Russia and Iran to boost their role in the region. But Washington is struggling to convince allies to stay on in Syria after it leaves and Merkel warned of the risks of leaving a vacuum in the region. Trump orders full withdrawal of US troops from Syria“Is it a good idea for the Americans to suddenly and quickly withdraw from Syria? Or will it once more strengthen the capacity of Iran and Russia to exert their influence?” Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian asked why the US would create a vacuum in Syria that could benefit its enemy Iran, calling the approach a “mystery”.
February 16, 2019 10:52 UTC
Independent National Electoral Commission blames postponement on logistical difficultiesABUJA: Nigeria’s two main political parties on Saturday hit out at a decision by the country’s election watchdog to push back presidential and parliamentary elections by a week. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blamed the postponement on logistical difficulties, after reports of widespread problems in the distribution of voting materials. Yet both the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party blamed the other for orchestrating the delay as a way of manipulating the vote. With tempers expected to flare, and political violence common in Nigeria, Abubakar called on his supporters to remain calm. You can postpone an election but you cannot postpone destiny,” he added in a statement.
February 16, 2019 10:41 UTC