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Pakistan: PM Shehbaz Sharif-Led Ruling Govt Prepares To Have PTI, Imran Khan Disqualified

After the verdict announcement from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the Foreign Funding Case against former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the ruling coalition government, under the leadership of premier Shehbaz Sharif, has decided to make full use of this opportunity and ensure the disqualification of former PM in what is being termed as "Operation Clean Sweep" against PTI and its chairman. According to reports, the coalition government - Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance - has already started laying the ground work and preparations to initiate the barrage of legal proceedings against PTI and Khan with reference to the judgment of ECP in the prohibited funding case. The coalition government is looking to c...
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CWG 2022: Weightlifter Gurdeep Singh bags bronze in +109kg | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Gurdeep Singh rounded off India's weightlifting campaign with a bronze medal in the +109kg event at the Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday. The-26-year-old Singh, son of a farmer, had a best effort of 390kg (167kg+223kg) for a podium finish and India's first-ever medal in the heavyweight category. With his 223kg clean and jerk effort, Singh bettered his personal best and also rewrote his own national record. It's Raining Medals for 🇮🇳 at @birminghamcg22 🤩Fantastic effort from #GurdeepSingh to bag 🥉 with a total lift of… https://t.co/8KFP7wg5jr— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1659554658000"I had a wrist injury so couldn't give my best in snatch otherwise I would have landed a silver," said the seven-time national champion. The gold went to Paksitan's Muhammad Nooh Butt for his Game...
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Pakistan drop under-performing Hasan Ali for Netherlands tour, T20 Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Uncapped white-ball pacer Naseem Shah has replaced out-of-form fast bowler Hasan Ali in Pakistan's squads for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Netherlands and the Asia Cup in UAE. The Pakistani selectors have also retained leading bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi in both the squads although he missed the second Test recently in Sri Lanka due to an injury. There has been no word on how serious the injury is but chief selector, Muhammad Wasim said Afridi would remain in both squads and rehab under the supervision of the team trainer and physio. Pakistani selectors also ignored the scoring feats of batsman Shan Masood although he was part of the Test squad in Sri Lanka. "We have only made changes that were necessary. Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, w...
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CWG 2022: India get Pooja Vastrakar boost ahead of must-win tie against Barbados | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

Fresh off the morale-boosting eight-wicket win over Pakistan, India will be further boosted by the arrival of their star allrounder Pooja Vastrakar, who has recovered from Covid-19 as the team guns for a semifinal berth when they take on Barbados in a do-or-die match of the women's T20 competition. This is the first time India will play under lights in the event. The winner will go through to the last four. Vastrakar and batter S Meghana had tested positive for Covid-19 but have joined the squad now. While Meghana played against Pakistan, it will be interesting to see if Vastrakar is fielded against Barbados. Vastrakar was a big miss for India in the opening game, as they suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of world ODI and T20 champions Australia. Our women's cricket team's firs...
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Refuting Pakistan’s Claims, Baloch Armed Group Takes Responsibility For Downing Army Helicopter

New Delhi: The wreckage of a military helicopter that went missing on Monday night carrying senior military officers was found and the death of at least six officers and crew members was confirmed by Pakistan military media wing on Tuesday. However, the claim by the Pakistan military was countered with a claim by an umbrella organization of Baloch separatist armed groups.  Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), an umbrella organization of Baloch armed groups claimed responsibility for targeting and downing the low-flying military helicopter in the mountainous areas of Windar and Noorani in Balochistan.  “Freedom fighters of BRAS targeted a low flying helicopter of Pakistan military. The targeted helicopter crashed near Moosa Goth in Dareji”, claimed the spokesperson of BRAS ...
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Pakistan Has No Role In Killing Of Al-Qaeda Chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri: Official 

Pakistan has categorically rejected rumors circulating about a possible role the country may have in the killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri by US forces in Kabul on Sunday.  Zawahiri’s residence in Kabul was targeted by a CIA drone strike, giving out clear signals and indications that US holds the capability of targeting high profile targets without having any footprints on the ground in Afghanistan.  Zawahiri had a $25 million bounty on his head and was the chief of al-Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan in June 2011.  After Zawahiri's death was confirmed by the United States, speculations started to surface about the role of Pakistan in helping CIA carry out the strike. Many hinted towards the use of Pakistani airspace and airba...
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CAA rules to be framed after booster dose exercise is over: Amit Shah | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the laws regarding Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be framed after the Covid precaution dose vaccination exercise is over. The statement by Amit Shah comes after BJP leader from West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari Tuesday urged him to implement the citizenship law at the earliest. Adhikari told reporters that the issue of CAA, slammed by critics for its alleged anti-Muslim bias, implementation is very critical for West Bengal where a large number of people who can benefit from its provisions. The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities of neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had come to India by December 31, 2014. The law was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019, and the Act was...
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England to tour Pakistan in September for T20s and Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: England will tour Pakistan in September for the first time in 17 years to play seven Twenty20 and three Test matches in two spells, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday. England pulled out of their Pakistan tour last year soon after New Zealand had abandoned their tour of the South Asian country over security concerns. Beginning on Sept. 20, England will play seven T20s in Karachi and Lahore in the first leg of their tour. After the T20 World Cup in Australia, England will return to play the Tests in December, the PCB said in a statement, adding that the schedule of these matches would be shared later. "We demonstrated our event planning and operational skills in the highly successful series against Australia in March/April and I am confident we will be able to ...
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Pak Army Chopper On Relief Mission Goes Missing In Balochistan, PM Sharif Raises Concern

The Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations on Monday reported that an Army helicopter carrying six persons, including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, lost communication with air traffic control in Balochistan's Lasbela district. The military's media wing stated on Twitter that the aviation helicopter was on a flood relief mission in Lasbela, Balochistan, when it lost touch with air traffic control (ATC). "Six individuals were on board, including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan," Pakistan military's media wing tweeted.  A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC. 6 individuals were on board including Commander 12 Corps who...
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Pakistan: Imran Khan’s Instagram Account Briefly Hacked, Phishers Posts Cryptocurrency Link

The Instagram account of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan was temporarily hacked on Monday by crypto fraudsters who uploaded a message praising Tesla Motors Founder Elon Musk for "donating" three bitcoins, as per media reports, news agency PTI reported. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief's Instagram account was quickly restored with the assistance of Meta - Facebook and Instagram's parent company, PTI social media head Arslan Khalid informed the Dawn newspaper. According to Arslan Khalid, he personally watched Imran Khan's account, where hackers provided a bitcoin link with his 7.4 million followers. According to Arslan Khalid, the hackers also released a screenshot of a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Scammers frequently pose as the millionaire to take advan...
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Abdullah Shafique’s hundred helps Pakistan pull off big chase to beat Sri Lanka in 1st Test | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Abdullah Shafique's career-best 160 not out helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the opening Test in Galle on Wednesday. Chasing 342, Pakistan wrapped up victory in the second session to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series. Spinner Prabath Jayasuriya was the pick of the Sri Lanka bowlers, claiming 4-135 in the second innings to finish with a match haul of nine wickets. The teams stay put in Galle for the second Test beginning on Sunday. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function()...
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1.2 million tickets sold, India-Pakistan women’s cricket tie to be one of the CWG ‘highlights’ | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As many as 1.2 million tickets have been sold for the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham on July 28, the organisers have said, adding that the women's cricket match between India and Pakistan has "really caught the interest" of the local public. Women's cricket is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games, and India and Pakistan will be clashing at the Edgbaston on July 31. The city is home to a substantial number of Indian and Pakistani-origin people. Speaking to PTI, Birmingham Games CEO Ian Reid said the semifinals and final tickets have already been taken while he expects a sell out crowd even for the India- Pakistan fixture. "I am a big cricket fan myself. India are in the same group as Pakistan so that has really caught the interest here in Birmingham. It is an...
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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Ton-up Shafique drives Pakistan’s record chase at Galle | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Opener Abdullah Shafique hit a gritty century to keep Pakistan in the hunt to chase down a victory target of 342 in the opening Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Pakistan ended day four on 222 for three, still needing 120 runs to take the lead in the two-match series at Galle, where the highest successful fourth-innings chase is 268 by Sri Lanka against New Zealand in 2019. Shafique, batting on 112, and skipper Babar Azam, who made 55, put together 101 runs for the third wicket but spinner Prabath Jayasuriya broke through just a few overs before the close of play. Jayasuriya bowled talisman Azam with his left-arm spin around the batsman's legs with a delivery that spun sharply from outside leg to rattle the stumps of the right-hander, who looked visibly shocked. Wick...
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Pakistan’s Nawaz relishing Test return with ‘dream’ five-wicket haul | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz said Monday that his maiden five-wicket haul on return to Test cricket was a "dream" performance he aimed to repeat. The 28-year-old Nawaz, who played just three Tests for Pakistan in 2016, impressed with his left-arm spin to dent the Sri Lankan top and middle-order in the first match in Galle. He combined with leg-spinner Yasir Shah to reduce Sri Lanka to 267 for eight but the hosts hit back with Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 86 to lead by 333 at the end of the third day's play. "It's every bowler's dream to get a five-for in Test cricket and the same goes for me," Nawaz told reporters. "I am very happy and I will keep working hard and repeat this kind of performance again." Nawaz made his debut across formats in 2016 but his five-da...
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SLC moves venue of second Test vs Pakistan from Colombo to Galle

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board on Sunday shifted the venue of the second Test against Pakistan from capital city Colombo to Galle. The SLC said that the decision was taken in order to ease out the logistical challenges faced by the stakeholders in carrying out tour-related operations due to the prevailing situations in the country. The first Test between hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan are currently underway in Galle and the second Test is scheduled to start from July 24. Interestingly, this is also for the first time such a measure has been taken, keeping in mind both the Indian women’s cricket team and the Australian men’s cricket team have had recently toured the island nation. Both the tours involving Australia and India went on smoothly, with the Australians also praising the Sri ...
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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka shift second Pakistan Test from Colombo | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Sri Lanka on Sunday moved the second Test against Pakistan from Colombo to Galle due to political unrest in the island nation that forced its president to resign. The Galle International Stadium will host its fourth straight Test in the past few weeks after the two Australia matches and the ongoing Pakistan opener. "SLC arrived at this decision in order to ease out the logistical challenges faced by our stakeholders in carrying out tour related operations, due to the prevailing situation in the country," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. The capital has been engulfed by protests over Sri Lanka's worst-ever economic crisis, which has forced its 22 million people to endure shortages of food, fuel and medicines since late last year. Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled his ...
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It was an exceptional innings: Yousuf on Babar Azam’s ton | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan batting coach Muhammad Yousuf has hailed skipper Babar Azam for his "exceptional" innings against Sri Lanka, terming it as one of the best innings that he has ever seen in the longest format of the game. Babar scored a magnificent 119-run innings and added an invaluable 106 runs with the last two wickets as Pakistan recovered from 85 for 7 to score 218 in reply to Sri Lanka's 222 in the first innings on the second day of the Galle Test. "I think it was an exceptional, mature and patient innings. The maturity Babar has shown as a batsman even after becoming captain in all three formats is remarkable," Yousuf said after the second day's play here. Babar scored a magnificent 119-run innings and added an invaluable 106 runs with the last two wickets to give Sri Lanka just ...
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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Coach Silverwood lauds ‘fantastic’ Jayasuriya | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood on Sunday said there were lessons to be learnt from the team's new spin hero Prabath Jayasuriya after his third successive five-wicket Test haul. Jayasuriya remained Sri Lanka's go-to bowler as he returned figures of 5-82 with his left-arm spin to help bowl out Pakistan for 218 after skipper Babar Azam's defiant century. The 30-year-old took 12 wickets on debut in a series-levelling Test win over Australia last week at the same venue, six in each innings. Sunday's performance made him the first Sri Lankan bowler and only eighth overall to claim three five-wicket hauls in his first two Tests. "I think he has been absolutely fantastic so far," Silverwood told reporters. "I think the one thing that he does really well is hits line and length and I th...
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Thanks to BCCI, IPL gets what it truly deserves | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: For the umpteenth time in 15 years since inception, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has always moved in a direction that changed the global cricket calendar as we have known it. This year, it has moved beyond the expected. Largely thanks to the current BCCI administration led by its secretary Jay Shah, the marquee T20 property has now carved out an extended window for itself in the international calendar, one that will now allow the IPL to run for a full three months and ensure that any or all cricket in the rest of the world comes to a standstill during this time. The credit for ICC's new FTP, in the context of this changing landscape, goes to BCCI & Shah alone. The draft of ICC's Future Tours Program (FTP) is ready and the game's parent body is in the middle of selling its...
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Pakistan wants ICC to regulate growth of T20 leagues | Cricket News – Times of India

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday that it has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to devise a way to regulate the growth of lucrative Twenty20 leagues with rising concerns about its impact on the sport's calendar. South Africa this week pulled out of a three-match bilateral one-day series in Australia in January as it clashes with their new domestic Twenty20 competition. The next cycle of the Future Tours Programme (FTP), which lays down which national sides play where and when, is set to be confirmed later this month at the annual conference of the ICC, the global governing body, in Birmingham. Franchise cricket is likely to dominate the busy international calendar, which also includes ICC events like the World Cups in all formats. "The growth of franchise cri...