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As Trump cracks down on Pakistan, US cuts military training programs

President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for more than a decade, US officials said. The Pentagon and the Pakistani military did not comment directly on the decision or the internal deliberations, but officials from…

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Political workers booked in terrorism case for using foul language against CJP

Islamabad police have registered an FIR against the workers of political parties for using ‘foul language’ for Chief Justice Saqib Nisar during the protest of opposition parties outside the office of Election Commission of Pakistan on July 8. Imtiaz Raja and Kusar Gilani were nominated in the FIR registered in the Secretariat police station. In…

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Saudi bank agrees to lend Imran Khan’s government $4billion: report

Pakistan plans to borrow more than $4bn from the Saudi-backed Islamic Development Bank as part of its attempts to restore dangerously low stocks of foreign currency. The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to make a formal offer to lend Pakistan $4 billion when Imran Khan takes over as country’s Prime Minister, two officials told…

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Imran Nazir announces his return to cricket

Pakistan’s Imran Nazir announced that he is returning to domestic cricket after a long period of 4.5 years

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Dismissing rumours, Shehbaz says nobody wants an NRO

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said his jailed brother Nawaz Sharif doesn’t want politics of chaos in the country. “The elections were rigged before the polling day and after it,” Shehbaz said after meeting Nawaz at Adiala Jail. “How did the RTS system collapse?” He said that his candidates’ polling agents were removed from the polling…

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Want to build a relationship with US based on trust, mutual respect: Khan

Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan called for more “trustworthy” ties with the United States which have frayed amid US accusations that Pakistan is aiding insurgents waging war in Afghanistan, something Islamabad denies. Khan, who is due to be sworn-in as premier next week after his July 25 election victory, met acting U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan John…

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Pakistan favorites to win World Cup 2019, says Mohammad Yousuf

Former batsman Mohammad Yousuf believes Pakistan is favorites to win the next years’ ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

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Bani Gala v. Beijing: The PTI and China

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has its foreign relations work cut out for it, especially when it comes to China.  Dr Ghulam Ali is the author of the book ‘China-Pakistan Relations: A Historical Analysis’ (OUP 2017). He specializes in China where he is an associate professor and has been teaching for the last four years. SAMAA Digital asked…

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Imran Khan accepts Hassan Rouhani’s invitation to visit Iran

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday telephoned PM-elect Imran Khan and felicitated him on the PTI’s victory in July 25 election. During a telephonic conversion, Mr Rouhani invited Khan to visit Iran and the PTI chairman has accepted the invitation. However, the visit would be finalized by the foreign ministries of the two countries after…

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Cricketers like Sarfaraz and Amir are paid 80 times what blind players make

Days after the PCB announced the central contract for national players, the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council also announced the monthly honorarium for its 17 players. The top blind player will be receiving just 1.5% of what Sarfaraz Ahmed is receiving. Just like PCB’s central contract, the PBCC has also divided players into three categories —…

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PIA hajj flight escapes disaster after tyres burst

A PIA flight narrowly escaped disaster after its tyres burst during takeoff at the Lahore airport. The engine of the flight PK-2057 suffered a technical fault during takeoff. The pilot used the emergency brake to stop the plane. As a result of the friction, the plane’s tyres burst, but it was safely stopped. The plane was…

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Akmal, Shehzad excluded from Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 training plan

Pakistan has excluded Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad for its training plan for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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Pakistan should manufacture cellphones, says PTI senator

Pakistan should manufacture cell phones to save $1 billion the country spends annually on the import of mobile devices, Senator Shibli Faraz of the PTI said in Tuesday. The senator heads a special committee of the Senate on circular debt. “Pakistan spends $1 billion annually on the import of mobile phones. This is a luxury….

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Pakistan to decide whether to seek IMF bailout ‘by September’

Pakistan must decide by the end of September if it will go to the IMF to bail out its economy, which is facing a balance-of-payments crisis, the likely new finance minister Asad Umar said Tuesday. “By the end of September, we should make our decision,” said Asad Umar. Umar, who is widely tipped to become…

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Kenya and Tanzania remember Al-Qaeda bomb attacks of 1998

Kenya and Tanzania on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of devastating US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, which signaled Al-Qaeda’s emergence as a deadly player on the global stage. In Nairobi, a solemn ceremony reunited families of the victims and officials at a memorial park in the centre of the Kenyan capital,…

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Osama’s son Hamza could be in Afghanistan, says his uncle

Hamza bin Laden, the son of one of Osama bin Laden’s three surviving wives, could be hiding in Afghanistan, said bin Laden’s half-brother. In an interview with the Guardian, bin Laden’s half-brother Hassan al-Attas said: “We’re not sure where he is, but it could be Afghanistan.” According to the bin Laden family, Hamza bin Laden…

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Independence Day Snooker Championships kicks off in Karachi

The 10th Independence Day National Bank Snooker Championships went underway in Karachi on Sunday.

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Pakistani players playing English county in dilemma after PCB decision

The contracts of Pakistani cricketers playing county cricket in England is in jeopardy as the central cricket board has decided to convene Quaid-e-Azam Trophy ahead of schedule

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Former cricketer recalls Patron Cup memories

A former cricketer recalled the memories PCB Patron’s Trophy match in which National Bank team was dismissed for just 20 runs against Pakistan Customs at UBL Cricket Ground

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Pakistan to host Asian Futsal Championship in December

Pakistan will host Asian Futsal Championship in December this year at Pakistan Sports Complex

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Pakistan’s Haris Qasim wins U-17 squash championship in Hong Kong

Pakistan’s Haris Qasim won the Under-17 Squash Championships in Hong Kong

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