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  1. Pakistan?s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) improved by five points from 28 to 32 out of 100 in 2017. Photo: Transparency International KARACHI: A significant reduction in corruption has been observed each time the Pakistan Muslim League ? Nawaz (PML-N) formed a government in Pakistan, according to statistics released by Transparency International. A recent report, based on statistics collected from the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Economic Forum, rated 180 countries on a scale of one to 100 ? the latter being the highest score. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, Pakistan?s CPI score remained 32 out of 100 - the same score the country received in 2016. Pakistan fared better than its neighbour Bangladesh, with the latter receiving 28 points on the index. India and China, however, were ranked higher with the scores 40 and 41 respectively. The statistics issued by Transparency International disclose that in 1996, Pakistan stood on the 71st rank among 85 countries. After the PML-N formed the government in 1996 a notable increase in the corruption index was observed. Within a span of two years, the index increased by a point to reach 2.7. The country?s rating hit its record low (2.1) in 2004 and 2005. It increased to 2.5 in 2008, dwindled to 2.4 and 2.3 in 2009 and 2010 respectively but swung back to 2.5 in 2011 through to 2012. In the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, Pakistan's score on the corruption index was 28, 29, and 30 respectively.
  2. PCB chairman Najam Sethi/File photo Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi is confident international cricket will be fully restored in Pakistan within a maximum of two years. In a recent interview to BBC Urdu, Sethi expressed hope that in view of the improving security situation in the country and the successfully-hosted T20 matches in Lahore, the time is not far when Pakistan is able to host complete ODI and Test series. ?If we prepare our stadiums, we will be able to host matches with time. I believe international cricket will be fully restored in Pakistan within two years, at most,? he said. The PCB chief pointed out that Pakistan has already successfully hosted international cricketers [in the ICC World XI team], Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. ?And West Indies will be touring in March,? he added. About Pakistan team?s recent ODI whitewash in New Zealand, Sethi said it would take some time for the youngsters in the side to become ?stars?. ?The PSL has prepared us for T20s. Now we have to prepare for ODIs and Tests.? Pakistan team poses with the T20 trophy, Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Mount Maunganui, January 28, 2018/AFP/Getty Images He expressed concern that some of the veteran players in the team no longer have the required reflexes needed for modern cricket. ?That?s why we are building a young team. It takes time for young players to become stars.? Sethi admitted that the team tends to struggle in ODI cricket. ?Now our focus in on the 2019 World Cup, and we are getting ready for it.? He assured that cricket in Pakistan would receive a huge boost due to the new talent being discovered at school and club-level cricket and in PSL. ?You will see that the [inconsistency] will go away soon.? On spot-fixing, Sethi said he has ensured there is zero tolerance for violators of the board?s anti-corruption code. ?There is no room for forgiveness. We are monitoring with strict vigilance. There is absolutely zero tolerance,? he added.
  3. Dubai airport was the world's busiest for international passengers in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travellers, the United Arab Emirates´ state news agency WAM said Monday DUBAI: Dubai airport was the world's busiest for international passengers in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travellers, the United Arab Emirates´ state news agency WAM said Monday. International traffic at the UAE airport increased by 4.6 million passengers compared to the previous year, WAM said, despite a laptop ban temporarily imposed on its long-haul flights to the United States. A major transit hub situated on transcontinental air routes, Dubai is one of several Gulf-based airports to have experienced prodigious growth in recent years. Dubai airport, the base for UAE carrier Emirates, surpassed London´s Heathrow airport in terms of international passengers in 2014 and has maintained its lead since. The United States in March last year imposed a ban on laptops and tablet computers inside the cabin on inbound flights from several Middle Eastern and North African countries including the United Arab Emirates. But Emirates airline in July announced it had won an exemption from the ban for flights from its Dubai hub after implementing new security measures.
  4. International hockey players, who have come for the World XI series, and Pakistan's hockey legends met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 RAWALPINDI: International hockey players, who have come for the World XI series, and Pakistan's hockey legends met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. COAS appreciated Pakistan Hockey Federation's initiative for bringing the international players to the country, according to Inter Services Public Relations statement. Moreover, COAS also assured PHF of Pakistan Army?s support for the provision of security for international hockey matches and revival of Pakistan's national game. During the meeting, PHF president Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar(Retired) thanked COAS for his keen interest and efforts towards sports activities in Pakistan, the statement added.
  5. FAISALABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the international terminal at Faisalabad Airport on Saturday. While addressing the inauguration ceremony, the PM remarked that ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has placed attention on all types of industries in the country while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Faisalabad airport on Saturday. ?There is not a single industry where the government hasn?t worked,? he said, adding that investment has been made in different industries such as gas, electricity, railway among others. ?We have done the work which was unprecedented in last 65 years,? he remarked. The PM urged that adopting innovation and changing technology is the need of the hour. He also hailed the importance of aviation industry and claimed: "Aviation is the backbone of any economy." PM Abbasi will also perform groundbreaking of the bridge to be constructed at Kallur Kot on River Indus later today. Abbasi will also inaugurate Prime Minister's National Health Programme in a public gathering at District Bhakkar, where he will distribute PM's Health Cards among deserving persons.
  6. Pakistani actor Saba Qamar, in a video clip which has gone viral, shared the ordeal of facing constant security checks at international airports. Photo: file Pakistani actor Saba Qamar, in a video clip which has gone viral, shared the ordeal of facing constant security checks at international airports. Qamar, who made her debut Bollywood opposite Irrfan Khan in Hindi Medium, opened up regarding her ?humiliating? experiences at international airports for carrying a Pakistani passport. ?The way we are checked? I can?t tell you. I feel so humiliated when they check each and everything,? she said. She also narrates an incident which occurred when she has travelled to Tbilisi, the capital of Euresian Georgia, for a shoot. ?I remember for a shooting I went to Tbilisi. All the Indian crew members with me were allowed to go. But I was stopped. My passport had stopped me. I was fully investigated, and then an interview was held after which I was allowed to go.? She further added, ?That day I realised this is the respect we get. This is our position. Where do we stand?? Before entering into movies, Qamar was already a big name in the television industry. She is known for her work in many dramas including Udaan, Maat, Digest Writer, Yahan Pyaar Nahi Hai, Dastaan among countless others.
  7. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a US role in such a panel. Photo: file RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a US role in such a panel. The Palestinians are seething at US President Donald Trump?s recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital and Abbas told a meeting of senior Palestinian officials in a speech that the move had disqualified the United States as a peacemaker. Israel says it would welcome the United States as a mediator but a US bid to revive negotiations, led by Trump?s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has so far shown no progress. Talks have been frozen since 2014. Trump has said that achieving an agreement would be the ?deal of the century? but Abbas was scathing on Sunday, saying: ?The deal of the century is actually the slap of the century, and we will return it.? ?We do not accept the United States as a mediator between us and Israel,? Abbas said. ?Let it be an international committee formed at an international conference comprising four or five (countries or parties). But the United States alone? No.? Abbas?s comments were made at the start of a two-day meeting in Ramallah of the Palestinian Central Council, the Palestinians? highest decision-making body, where 95 delegates will debate future strategy. ?WILL NOT ACCEPT US MEDIATION? ?We will not accept anything the United States may try to impose on us and we will not accept its mediation following that crime,? said Abbas, referring to Trump?s Jerusalem decision. Palestinian officials have said they will not meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Egypt, Jordan and Israel this month. Since 2002, a ?Quartet? of Middle East peace negotiators comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations has been assigned to promote peace efforts but failed to show any result. Trump?s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital reversed decades of US policy and has enraged Palestinians and triggered violent protests in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel considers Jerusalem to be its eternal, indivisible capital. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move never recognized internationally. ?Jerusalem was taken off the table by a tweet from Mr Trump. Because of that, we are meeting now, because there is nothing more important than Jerusalem,? Abbas said.
  8. Pak Army team defeated the Indian side by 15 to 3.5 goals in the most-awaited match of the event. ? ISPR RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army defeated Indian Army in a thrilling match during Armed Forces International Polo Tournament 2018 in Nigeria on Friday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Pak Army team defeated the Indian side by 15 to 3.5 goals in the most-awaited match of the event, the ISPR said in a statement. Apart from Pakistan, five other teams are participating in the tournament, namely Egypt, India, Nigeria, Morocco and US, it added.
  9. KARACHI: Karachi Film Society announced on Friday to hold the first Pakistan International Film Festival, scheduled from March 29, 2018 to April 1, 2018, in Karachi. The PIFF is an initiative of the Karachi Film Society, which hosted a press conference here today. According to the press release, the festival will comprise film premieres and special screenings in the categories of feature length films, documentaries and short films. The statement said that the PIFF management is inviting the overseas delegates of filmmakers, artists and professionals, and expects many renowned names to grace the festival. The festival will hold workshops for young aspiring filmmakers where they can learn the craft from renowned mentors. The press release said that a special mobile screening programme is also included in which the PIFF teams will show selected films to young audiences at different locations of Karachi. The special panel discussions on women?s role in Film/ TV and seminars on the Pakistani film industry will also be an integral part of the agenda, said the press release.
  10. The new rules are set to apply from January 11 The UK government has decided to ease rules for international students looking to switch over to work visas, with new immigration rules set to be introduced from January 11. As per the new rules, international students can switch over to Tier-2 visa (or skilled worker visa) as soon as they complete their course. Currently, they must wait until they obtain a degree to apply for the Tier-2 visa, which gave them only a small time frame to find a job while still in the UK, the Times of India reported. ?The new rule will enable them to apply for a Tier-2 visa a few months earlier than what would otherwise have been possible," stated a newsletter by EY-UK, one of the big four business consultancies. London mayor Sadiq Khan has advocated a new category of post-study work visas. In his blueprint paper?'Immigration, a future approach', Khan has pointed to dwindling international student numbers and suggested that a post study work visa be distinct from the Tier-2 route and should enable students to work in the UK for 12-24 months, after graduation. Currently, many students holding a Tier-4 visa are unable to switch to a Tier-2 visa because they have not yet obtained their degree and their student visa is about to expire.
  11. A Malaysian passenger carrying weapons was arrested on Saturday from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: A Malaysian passenger carrying weapons was arrested on Saturday from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. The Malaysian citizen, who is reportedly a Daesh member, had concealed four pistols, eight magazine,s and 70 rounds in an oven.
  12. Pakistan fully backs UN resolution pertaining to Jerusalem, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi says in her address with the United Nations General Assembly. ? Geo News FILE UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi said on Thursday that the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a violation of the international laws. The UN General Assembly Thursday adopted by a decisive vote of 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, a motion rejecting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. President Donald Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that "we're watching" and threatened reprisals against countries that back the measure. His warning did appear to have some impact with nine countries voting against the resolution and 35 abstaining. The motion was put forward by Yemen and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries. In her address with the UNGA, Ambassador Lodhi said they were in favour of Palestine and justified demands of the Palestinian people, and that today's session would convey a clear message to the world against this 'illegal decision.' Table shows countries favouring or opposing the UN resolution, as well as the ones who abstained from voting on it. "Pakistan has been supporting the rights of the Palestinian people and backing their struggle is an important part of its foreign policy," she said, pledging Islamabad's continued support to the people of Palestine. The top diplomat said that Pakistan fully backs UN resolution pertaining to Jerusalem. "No plan changing the status of Jerusalem is acceptable to us." UN votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem Trump had suggested there could be reprisals for countries that support the motion "The people of Palestine will not accept any decision except for the two-state solution," she maintained, adding that the UN was the last hope for the Palestinian people. Diplomats had expected strong support for the resolution, which is non-binding, despite the US pressure to either abstain, vote against it or simply not turn up for the vote. On Tuesday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley sent an email to fellow UN envoys to put them on notice that "the president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us." "We will take note of each and every vote on this issue," she wrote in the message seen by AFP.
  13. A Brazilian activist who helped thousands of people in the Amazon rainforest to use their land sustainably won an international environmental award on Wednesday. Despite threats from logging companies, Maria Margarida Ribeiro da Silva, from the northern state of Pará, has been campaigning for more than a decade for the right of local people to use land for hunting, fishing and harvesting wild plants. Ribeiro da Silva, who lives on the Verde para Sempre Extractive Reserve, a 1.3 million hectare area protected by the government, helped persuade officials to allow the community to manage the forest, including cutting and selling timber. ?I hope that this award will help to guarantee the continuity of support (for) the Amazonian communities in their work to protect the forests for future generations,? she said in a statement. She was awarded the $20,000 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award - an annual prize named after the late Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist - at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, a conference on sustainable land use.
  14. Several countries, the United Nations and journalist groups are demanding the release of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from detention in Myanmar. The reporters were arrested on Dec. 12 after being invited to meet police officials on the outskirts of Yangon. They had worked on stories about a military crackdown in Rakhine state, scene of around 650,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh since late August. Myanmar?s Ministry of Information has said the reporters ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media,? and released a photo of them in handcuffs. It said the reporters and two policemen faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, though officials said they have not been charged. Their exact whereabouts are not known. ?We and their families continue to be denied access to them or to the most basic information about their well-being and whereabouts,? Reuters President and Editor-In-Chief Stephen J. Adler said in a statement calling for their immediate release. ?Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are journalists who perform a crucial role in shedding light on news of global interest, and they are innocent of any wrongdoing,? he said. Here are the comments on their detention from governments, politicians, human rights groups and press freedom advocates around the world: LATEST REACTIONS - The European Union urged Myanmar on Monday to release the two Reuters reporters ?as quickly as possible.? A spokeswoman for the EU?s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said, ?Freedom of the press and media is the foundation and a cornerstone of any democracy.? - Dutch ambassador to Myanmar Wouter Jurgens said on Monday that ?we urge the government for their immediate release or to provide clarity about their situation and what crimes they are accused of without further delay?. - Vijay Nambiar, a former special adviser on Myanmar to the UN Secretary-General, said in a statement to Reuters on Monday that the detentions had caused ?widespread disappointment within and outside the country that is likely to further damage the international reputation and image of Myanmar, already under stress as a result of its handling of the Rakhine crisis.? - The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on Myanmar authorities to immediately disclose the whereabouts of the pair. ?All detainees must be allowed prompt access to a lawyer and to family members,? Frederick Rawski, the ICJ?s Asia-Pacific Regional Director, said in a statement on Monday. - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano said in response to a question from a Reuters reporter on Tuesday: ?Freedom of the press is extremely important, including in order to protect fundamental human rights. The Japanese government would like to watch (this matter) closely.? - Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Chris Coons, the leaders of the US Senate Human Rights Caucus, said they were ?gravely concerned? about the arrests of the Reuters journalists and that freedom of the press was critical to ensuring accountability for violence against the Rohingya. Democratic congressman Ted Lieu, a member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, called the arrests ?outrageous and a direct attack on press freedom.? GOVERNMENTS, MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week the United States was ?demanding their immediate release or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance.? On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert reiterated the US demand for the reporters? immediate release. - British Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said, ?I absolutely strongly disapprove of the idea of journalists, going about their everyday business, being arrested. We will make it clear in the strongest possible terms that we feel that they need to be released at the earliest possible opportunity.? - Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called the arrests a ?threat to a democratic and peaceful development of Myanmar and that region.? She said, ?We do not accept that journalists are attacked or simply kidnapped or that they disappear ... To be able to send journalists to this particular area is of crucial importance.? - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said countries should do everything possible to secure the journalists? release and freedom of the press in Myanmar. Guterres said, ?It is clearly a concern in relation to the erosion of press freedom in the country.? - Canada?s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, the former managing director and editor, consumer news, at Thomson Reuters, tweeted that she was ?deeply concerned? by the reports about the arrests. Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian government department that manages its foreign and trade relations, issued a statement on Saturday calling for the reporters? release and said ?no person should ever face intimidation in the exercise of their profession.? - President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani called on Myanmar to protect media freedoms and release the two reporters. - Australia?s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said its embassy in Myanmar was registering Canberra?s concern at the arrest of the two journalists. ?A free and functioning media is an essential part of a modern democracy,? the department said in an e-mail to Reuters on Monday. - Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, information adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said, ?We strongly denounce arrests of Reuters journalists and feel that those reporters be free immediately so that they can depict the truth to the world by their reporting.? JOURNALISTS, NGOS - The Committee to Protect Journalists said the arrests were ?having a grave impact on the ability of journalists to cover a story of vital global importance?. - The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said there was no justification for the arrests and the charges being considered against the journalists were ?completely spurious?. - Advocacy group Fortify Rights demanded the Myanmar government immediately and unconditionally release the two Reuters journalists. ?The environment for media right now is as hostile as it?s been for years, and if adequate pressure doesn?t mount on the civilian and military leadership, we can expect it to worsen,? Matthew Smith, chief executive officer of Fortify Rights, said on Thursday. - Myanmar?s Irrawaddy online news site called on Dec. 14 for the journalists? release in an editorial headlined ?The Crackdown on the Media Must Stop.? The newspaper said that ?it is an outrage to see the Ministry of Information release a police record photo of reporters handcuffed ? as police normally do to criminals ? on its website soon after the detention. It is chilling to see that MOI has suddenly brought us back to the olden days of a repressive regime.? - The Southeast Asian Press Alliance said the two journalists were ?only doing their jobs in trying to fill the void of information on the Rohingya conflict.? - The Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists, a group of local reporters who have demonstrated against past prosecutions of journalists, decried the ?unfair arrests that affect media freedom?. - The Foreign Correspondents? Club of Myanmar said it was ?appalled? by the arrests and ?gravely concerned? about the state of press freedom in Myanmar. - The Foreign Correspondents? Club in Thailand, The Foreign Correspondents? Association of the Philippines, the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents? Club, the Foreign Correspondents? Club of Hong Kong and the Editorial Committee of The Society of Publishers in Asia have also issued statements of support for the journalists.
  15. ISLAMABAD: International Mountains Day is being marked today across the world, including Pakistan, to raise awareness about the importance of mountains to life. The day highlights the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain people's and environments around the world. International Mountain Day 2017 provides an occasion to highlight how climate, hunger and migration are affecting highlands and to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This year's theme is Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration. Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, overexploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. Mountains are early indicators of climate change and as global climate continues to warm, mountain people ? some of the world?s hungriest and poorest ? face even greater struggles to survive. The rising temperatures also mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, affecting freshwater supplies downstream for millions of people. Mountain communities, however, have a wealth of knowledge and strategies accumulated over generations, on how to adapt to climate variability. Climate change, climate variability and climate-induced disasters, combined with political, economic and social marginalization, increase the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food shortages and extreme poverty. Currently, about 39 percent of the mountain population in developing countries, or 329 million people, is estimated to be vulnerable to food insecurity. As the vulnerability of mountain populations grows, migration increases both abroad and to urban centres. Those who remain are often women, left to manage the farms but with little access to credit, training and land tenure rights. Out-migration from mountain areas will also result in an inestimable loss in terms of provision of ecosystem services and preservation of cultural and agrobiodiversity. Investments and policies can alleviate the harsh living conditions of mountain communities and reverse out-migration trends from mountain areas. Various activities are organized on and around International Mountain Day. These aim to increase awareness and knowledge around the role of mountains and mountainous regions amongst the general population and professionals. Particular examples of events are: book fairs; symposia; themed lectures for students; workshops and press events. Mountaineering and explorations societies may hold lectures and social events on or around December 11. The International Year of Mountains was held in 2002 and with the aim of raising awareness and triggering action on issues relating to sustainable mountain development. The leading agency was the Food and Agriculture Organization. The International Year of Mountains was launched at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York on December 11, 2001. On December 20, 2002, as the International Year of Mountains drew to a close, the UN designated December 11 as International Mountain Day and encouraged the international community to organize events to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development on this date. International Mountain Day was first observed on December 11, 2003. Each year International Mountain Day has a particular theme. Previous themes have focused on freshwater, peace, biodiversity or climate change.
  16. A picture taken on December 6, 2017 shows Palestinian men watching an address given by US President Donald Trump at a cafe in Jerusalem - AFP 2 ISLAMABAD: A statement from the Prime Minister Office has stated that it is "deeply regrettable that pleas from states across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif have been ignored, more out of choice than necessity." President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East. "This decision represents a serious violation of international law and applicable UN Security Council resolutions, more specifically UNSCR 478. It is a serious setback to the rule of law and international norms. It signals a severe blow to the Middle East peace process as well. Anger in Muslim world as Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital Trump's defiant move ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of the Holy City Pakistan shares the international outrage and is deeply concerned over the implications of this decision for international peace and security, especially in the Middle East, the statement said and added that Pakistan called upon the UN Security Council to take cognisance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter. Pakistan urged the United States to revisit its decision as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond." The Government of Pakistan welcomes the announcement by Turkey to convene an extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss this serious issue, the statement added. Protest call The Jamaat-e-Islami has said it will take out a country-wide protest tomorrow. Similarly, during a media talk in Islamabad on Thursday morning, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan condemned the US move, saying, "the Muslim world needs to unite against the move". He added that, "people like Trump don?t consider Muslims humans". Pakistan Peoples Party leader Khursheed Shah also condemned the US decision during a media talk today. Palestinians react during a protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital - Reuters 'Move targets Muslim world' Pakistan?s Foreign Affairs Minister Khawaja Asif said the US had not only targeted Palestinians but the entire Muslim world. Speaking on Geo News' programme Aapas Ki Baat Wednesday night, the minister said "the sanctity of Al-Quds for Muslims is not hidden from anyone" and that "not only are the Palestinians a target of this wound but the entire Muslim world." "This is a blatant evidence of opposition to Muslims. "A proxy is being propped up in the Middle East, which is extremely condemnable," the foreign minister said." Asif said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called an emergency meeting of members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on December 13. "We fully back it and the Muslim world will present its detailed stance from the platform, so that we may fight for the aspirations of our Palestinian brothers," Asif added. Earlier, in a tweet prior to the announcement by Trump, Asif had said, "By moving the US embassy will practically alter the status of Jerusalem, an affront to Palestinians and the Muslim world." He had said the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will be practically burying the two states solution. "It will add another wound to already bleeding body of Muslim Ummah." Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold a Palestinian flag and a portrait of Turkey´s President Tayyip Erdogan during a protest against the US- Reuters Erdogan, Mamnoon discuss Jerusalem Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain to discuss US President Donald Trump?s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel?s capital, Turkish media reported on Thursday. The two leaders talked about the implications of the decision, which prompted an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East as Trump?s announcement ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of Jerusalem, which is vociferously claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. President Erdogan, in his call to President Mamnoon, pointed out that there would be no lasting peace in the Middle East unless an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, with Eastern Jerusalem as capital under the borders of 1967, is formed, local media said. Erdogan also discussed the issue with the leaders of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Tunisia and Sudan earlier.
  17. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/dc694da28a855e141845e9a05250bcd0.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjMvMjAxNyAxOjUxOjAyIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9bFYvQlR3OC9uTUFORmVLaEgyakpzZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] MARDAN: Jamiat Ulema-e Islam - F (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman on Thursday alleged that international powers want to destabilize the country. "International powers wan't to destablize Pakistan," Rehman stressed, adding that the country should take the path of national unity. "It is high time that we work our way towards national unity because without unity, this nation won't make it through to the elections in 2018," Rehman warned during an address in Mardan. He stated that [political parties] may disagree on strategic decisions but the quest of peace is a common wish. Discussing the US policy for the region, Rehman remarked that the country is 'habitual of talking about negotiations' after it 'wages war on Muslims.' "I fail to understand what is the US objection if we are standing with a law and our country," he said. "The only objection they [US] have is that we made their agenda unsuccessful." He also said that his party's participation in the upcoming general elections was being forcefully obstructed.
  18. Pakistan Rowing team brought laurel for the country during the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships 2017. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official JOHAR BAHARU: Pakistan Rowing team brought laurel for the country during the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships 2017, which was held in Johar Baharu, Malaysia. The team secured three medals, one gold, one silver and one bronze, at the international competition, according to a press statement. The athletes who secured a gold medal include Maqbool Ali, Rashid Hussain, Rabia Amjad and Naila Bano. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official Pakistan?s mixed four clinched the gold medal, which has been won by Pakistan after 14 years. The athletes who participated in the category include Maqbool Ali, Rashid Hussain, Rabia Amjad and Naila Bano. Moreover, the team from Pakistan clinched silver medal in the lightweight men pair category. The athletes who representated Pakistan in the event include Waliullah Khan and Muzammil Shehzad. Athletes who secured a bronze medal include Sohaib Ahmed, Muzammil Shehzad, Naila Bano and Nighat Kausar. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official Pakistan?s team secured a bronze medal in the lightweight mixed category. Those who represented Pakistan in the event include Sohaib Ahmed, Muzammil Shehzad, Naila Bano and Nighat Kausar. This have been the best performance of the Pakistan team at an Asian-level competition since the establishment of Pakistan Rowing Federation in Pakistan, the press statement added.
  19. Mohammad Hafeez - File Photo The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said that the bowling action of Mohammad Hafeez was found to be illegal through an independent assessment. The off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. According to the assessment, the majority of Hafeez?s deliveries had exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance which is permitted under regulations. The international suspension imposed on Hafeez will be applicable and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction in accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations. However, he will be permitted to bowl in domestic cricket with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations. Mohammad Hafeez underwent an assessment on November 1 in England after his bowling action was reported during the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka on October 18. Hafeez can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.
  20. Pakistan will play its first match of the International Festival of Hockey against the hosts Australia at Melbourne's State Netball Hockey Centre on Wednesday. The 4-Nation tournament also features New Zealand and Japan. After the single league, the top two teams would play the final, with the bottom two featuring in the third position game. Australia, the reigning world champions who are no 2 in the FIH rankings, are the favourites. Their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand (ranked 8) are expected to offer the toughest competition. It will be a surprise if any of the Asia sides, Pakistan (ranked 13) and Japan (ranked 16), makes it to the final. Pakistan's Matches: Wednesday 8 November, vs Australia Thursday 9 November, vs New Zealand Saturday 11 November, vs Japan Final & 3rd Position match: Sunday, 12 November
  21. LAHORE: Ahead of the expected West Indies tour to home in coming days, Pakistan?s hope of maintaining the in-form bowling unit have dealt a major blow, as fast bowler Usman Shinwari is ruled out from playing international cricket for at least next six months, sources informed Geo News. Reportedly, the medical camp of Pakistan Cricket Board has informed the team management that Shinwari may take next four to six months to recover from the injury. The pacer is facing a serious stress fracture of the back. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still waiting for a final word from Cricket West Indies (CWI) on the proposed tour of Pakistan by the West Indies team for a series of three T20Is. PCB awaits final word from West Indies on proposed tour CWI is looking for reciprocation from PCB for the tour and PCB has suggested two different options Meanwhile, a source in PCB has confirmed to Geo.tv that PCB has sent the proposed itinerary and the related plans to the CWI and the board is now waiting for the final approval. ?We are hoping for a reply from them by Wednesday,? said the source. A joint statement from PCB and CWI had stated that Cricket West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Board were advancing discussions that would see the West Indies team play three T20 matches against Pakistan in Lahore in late November.
  22. NEW YORK: Pakistan''s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said on Friday that the concept of building a community of shared future for mankind showcases China's vision to vigorously promote international cooperation in an interdependent world, Lodhi said in a session that the Chinese vision is the most important and ambitious concept for promoting international peace and sustainable development in the 21st century. She said that the One Belt One Road project offers an innovative thinking for the international community, that is, to establish a more equitable and reasonable international system through stronger integration of interests and deeper across-the-board cooperation. Lodhi said that without integration no country or a group of countries can resolve the security crisis prevailing in the world. She paid tribute to the Chinese President Xi Jinping and added that his vision will benefit not only one country or one community but also will positively impact entire nations of the world. "Terrorism and cybercrime cannot be resolved by any one country," she said. "China's One Belt One Road project will be expanded to 60 countries of three continents, and is for the prosperity of more than 4 billion people." China on Friday said that many members of the international community including Pakistan have appraised the incorporation of the concept of a community of shared future for mankind into the United Nations First Committee?s resolutions. ?We have noted that many members of the international community have appraised the incorporation of the concept of a community of shared future into the First Committee's resolutions,? Chinese Foreign Ministry?s Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said during the routine briefing.
  23. Indian bowler Ashish Nehra waves at supporters as he leaves the field with his team at the end of the first T20 cricket match between New Zealand and India at Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi, on November 1, 2017.?AFP photo NEW DELHI: World Cup winning fast bowler Ashish Nehra ended his career with India's Twenty20 win over New Zealand on Wednesday. Now 38, Nehra bid farewell at his home Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi after not being part of the team for a T20 series against Australia last month. The left-arm quick had been in and out of skipper Virat Kohli's T20 plans in recent months. He last played a one day international in 2011 and a Test match in 2004. His career in the longer versions of the game was curtailed by the injuries. He went wicketless in Wednesday's match to return figures of 0-29 in his four overs but was carried by his teammates in a lap of honour. "I will once again repeat that it is always good to retire when people are asking why, rather than why not," he told reporters in a marathon press conference that lasted 30 minutes. "I consider myself lucky to sign off at my home-ground. I am emotional but happy to play for almost 19 years as a fast bowler for Team India," the lanky paceman added. Nehra bowled the first and the last over in the New Zealand chase as India won the match by 53 runs after posting a mammoth 202-3. Nehra collected 157 ODI wickets plus 44 Test and 34 T20 scalps during his 18-year career, since making his Test debut in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He went under the knife 12 times during his career mainly because of the effects of his unwieldy action ? called "mechanically incorrect" by batting great VVS Laxman ? which added to his pace, accuracy and unpredictability. He could whip up speeds up to 140 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. His run-up and a near-tumbling follow through was a treat for fans along with his animated gestures on the cricket field. Nehra was a part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Delhi native was also a vital part of India´s 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa, where the team ended up as runners-up to Australia. Roller coaster ride At the peak of his powers, Nehra was often called upon to bowl the final over in a tense encounter. He is best remembered however for his career-best ODI figures of 6-23 against England at Durban during the 2003 tournament. Nehra performed brilliantly in India´s 2011 World Cup semi-final win over arch-rivals Pakistan, returning figures of 2-33 at the Mohali Cricket Ground. The paceman was unlucky to miss the final against Sri Lanka after he fractured his finger during an unsuccessful attempt to catch Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi. Nehra has also finished his Indian Premier League (IPL) playing career after successful stints with Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad. "I am content with my career. As an optimist I will always look at the brighter side and look forward to the rest of my life which I believe would be better," he said. "Now I can pass my experience to upcoming fast bowlers. I have seen failure and maybe can help others to improve," he added. He has said he is weighing up coaching roles in domestic cricket and commentary stints as part of his retirement plans.
  24. Arguably one of the most popular and consistent cricketers in international cricket, Virat Kohli has taken huge strides both personally and professionally to help Indian cricket scale new heights in the modern era. Ever since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni as Team India skipper, Kohli has transformed from being a prolific batsman to becoming a great leader for his side. And the recent home series against Australia was surely a testimony to that. Hosting the Steve Smith brigade in five-match ODI series, Kohli-led India ran riot against the visitors to record an emphatic 4-1 series win. Even in the three-match T20I series, India dominated the proceedings and looked favourites to run away with top honours until the third T20I was called off. While Kohli clearly managed to pip his famous rival Smith in the home series, his Australian counterpart finally has something to cheer for. © BCCL According to a recent study, Smith has beaten the Indian captain to claim the title of the highest-earning captain in international cricket. One of the world's best batsmen, Smith bags a whopping $1.469 million an year, leaving behind Kohli who earns an approximate salary of $1 million. Though Kohli - with his earnings from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), brand endorsements and IPL fees - continues to be the richest cricketer on the planet, but when it comes to sheer wages, Smith leads the envious list. To put things in perspective, Smith's yearly salary is 20 times more than what Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer draws. © BCCL “At $23,380 per game, India's Test cricketers are the most well rewarded across the world, earning almost twice of what an Australian cricketer gets for a home Test (Australia has different fees for home and away Tests),” an ESPNCricinfo report said. “The figures are based on international cricket, and do not take into account player earnings from T20 leagues, other domestic engagements or endorsements,” the report added further. Highest-Paid Cricket Coach © BCCL While Kohli might have fallen behind Smith in the cricketers' list, Indian fans will be delighted to find out that Team India coach Ravi Shastri is currently the highest-paid cricket coach in international cricket. Shastri, who took over the reins from Anil Kumble as Team India coach, draws a staggering $1.17 million - only less than what the top cricketers from Australia, England and India earns a year. Australia's coach Darren Lehmann is placed second with a package of $0.55 million, followed by Trevor Bayliss - coach of the England cricket team - with an yearly package of $0.52 million. On the other hand, the cricket boards in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are currently not in a position to pay their cricketers as much as other international sides. But, surprisingly, Bangladesh's head coach from Sri Lanka - Chandika Hathurasingha - is paid more than any of the country's top cricketers. When it comes to Pakistan, the cricket board is paying their coach Mickey Arthur three times more than any of what their top-most cricketers are earning. Worst Paid Cricketers © Reuters While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is breaking the bank for Coach Mickey Arthur, their cricketers are sadly among the worst-paid cricketers in international circuit. A cricketer in Pakistan's top contract will be an annual retainer at an yearly package of $74,014 - which is marginally less than the top contract for an Ireland player who bags $75,000. “A player like Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan's captain, will end up earning more in a year, of course — and he quadruples his base salary in 2017 — because he plays more often and plays across three formats,” the study claims. While the absence of international fixtures at home has clearly hurt the Pakistani cricketers, the strained bilateral ties between India and Pakistan - which also led to exodus of their cricketers from the Indian Premier League (IPL) - has also led to a downfall in their yearly revenue.
  25. KABUL: The International Committee of the Red Cross will ?drastically? cut back its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that have killed seven of its staff this year, the aid group said on Monday. The announcement underlines the deteriorating security for aid groups in Afghanistan, where the ICRC has been operating for more than 30 years and has been running its fourth biggest humanitarian program. ?Exposure to risk has become our greatest challenge and concern,? Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC in Afghanistan, told a news conference in the capital, Kabul. ?We have no choice but to drastically reduce our presence in Afghanistan,? she said, adding that the decision would particularly affect operations in the north, where facilities in Kunduz, Faryab, and Balkh provinces would be closed or downsized. Red Cross officials said the assessments are ongoing and could not say how many of its 1,800 staff would be affected. The Red Cross had already warned of the threat to its operations following a series of attacks over the past year. In February, the organization put all of its operations on hold after six of its staff were killed in an attack on an aid convoy in the far north. Operations gradually resumed over the summer, but last month, a Spanish Red Cross physiotherapist working in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif was shot dead by one of her patients. In addition, four of its staff have been abducted over the past year. The spreading conflict has combined with an increase in criminality, making for more ?blurred lines? between the various armed groups which complicate efforts to safely provide aid, Zanarelli said. ?I would say there are more gray areas than there were in the past, and this is certainly what is affecting our capacity to assess our security,? she said. According to U.S. military estimates, the government controls no more than 60 percent of the country, with the rest either controlled or contested by the Taliban and other insurgent groups.