Pakistan Women’s team to take on traditional rivals India in a group league encounter in the ICC Women’s World T20 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday.
World No.7, Pakistan, after back-to-back victories in the warm-up matches, were beaten by Australia in their tournament opener on Friday. The world number one side made 165-5, beating Pakistan by 52 runs by limiting them to 113-8.
However, on the other hand, India began their campaign with a bang by registering a 34-run victory over World No.2 New Zealand.
In 2012 in Galle, India needed 14 in the last over bowled by Sana Mir and lost by one run. Then, in 2016, in a rain-hit match in Delhi, Pakistan beat India by two runs on the DLS method.
Since that loss at home, India have won all the three encounters against Pakistan.
The match is scheduled to start at 09.00pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).
Squads:
Pakistan: Javeria Khan (captain), Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz, Umaima Sohail.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav, Mithali Raj, Arundhati Reddy, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar,Radha Yadav.

Pakistan all set to take on India in ICC Women’s World T20 2018



Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law captain (r) Safdar on Saturday filed a reply in the Supreme Court (SC) to National Accountability Bureau’s plea challenging Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) suspension of their sentences in the Avenfield properties case.
Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (r) Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison in the Avenfield properties reference.
The Sharifs in their reply requested the apex court to maintain the high court’s verdict of suspension of their sentences.
“The [IHC’s] verdict is based on the facts and the NAB has failed to prove its stance,” they said in their reply.
Last month, the NAB had challenged IHC’s suspension of sentences given to Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in the Supreme Court.
NAB challenges IHC decision suspending sentences of Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in SC.
In its petition, the anti-graft body had stated that the high court did not correctly examine the evidence in the case. It had moved the apex court to declare the IHC’s Sept 19 verdict null and void.
The IHC had on Sept 19 suspended sentences handed to the three in the Avenfield corruption reference and ordered their release.
Justice Athar Minallah had read the judgment and suspended the sentences handed to the Nawaz and others by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6.
Ordering their release, the two-judge bench had directed the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law to submit bail bonds worth Rs0.5 million each.
Earlier, the supreme court hinted at overturning the verdict of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) pertaining to the suspension of the sentences awarded to members of Sharif family in the Avenfield verdict.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard a petition filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) challenging the IHC verdict.
Khawaja Harris appeared in the court on the behalf of the Sharifs while Akram Qureshi represented the anti-graft buster in the case.
During the hearing, the top judge remarked: “In the prima facie, there seems no other way apart from suspending the ruling of the high court”

Sharifs file reply to NAB plea challenging IHC’s suspension of sentences



The debate over the degree of Director General of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore, Shahzad Saleem has taken a twist after the supreme court initially took up and later dropped the case concerning the matter.
However, the leading Pakistani paper which initially blew the whistle about the alleged fake degree of NAB biggie seems to have overlooked a key evidence substantiating that the degree of Shahzad Saleem was not fake and was recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
A report carried by the said paper claimed that the degree issued by the Al-Khair University to DG NAB was fake as it was written in a Calibri font which was not available commercially at the time of issuance of degree in 2002. It also said that HEC invalidated the degree – a stance which is in flagrant contradiction with facts as the degree was actually in Arial font.
The Higher Education Commission, in its official press release issued in August 2018, explicitly mentioned that the degrees awarded to the students till 2009 were recognized by the body.

“Degrees of all students enrolled up to April 30, 2009 including the graduates studied at affiliated colleges/campuses will be recognised by HEC subject to fulfilment of all codal formalities and in line with rules and regulations,’ the regulator stated on August 31.
It also mentioned that degrees of students enrolled and studied after October 17, 2011 at main campus Bhimber, AJ&K will also be recognised.
With HEC’s official stance, the allegation regarding the fake degree of DG NAB seems shallow as Saleem Shehzad secured his degree in 2002 – much before 2009, when the issue of AL-Khair University came to light.
Moreover, what bolsters the stance of DG NAB regarding his verified degree is HEC itself, which in its meeting on March 31, 2009, decided that it would not recognise degrees issued by the varsity to students which had been admitted to the university or its affiliated institutions after April 30, 2009.
The Al-Khair University had been established under the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Act 1994 and the Director General of NAB got the degree from the same institute.

Shahzad Saleem’s degree of M.Sc Computer Science

Amid a whispering campaign about the degree of NAB official, the anti-graft body released the ‘original’ degree of Shahzad Saleem, saying the one on social media was doctored by ‘corrupt’ elements to make the NAB official’s credentials controversial.
The degree issued by NAB is printed in the Arial font instead of the Calibri font – as mentioned initially-  confirming that there was an element of ‘photoshop’ in the campaign against the accountability watchdog as Arial font was available commercially at the time of issuance.
The degree officially issued details that NAB DG did M.Sc from the said university in 2002, much before the HEC spring into action and cast doubts over the degrees issued by the varsity.

Photo of degree issued officially by NAB

NAB also suggested that the degree was verified as shown in the picture below in 2015, contrary to what’s being reported on the mainstream media.
Another confirmation about the veracity of Shahzad Saleem’s degree is a reply by HEC issued in June 2018, clearly mentioning that the degree was attested by the Peshawar centre of HEC which had attested 8 degrees in total at the regional centre.
Apparently the whole debate over the degree fiasco of DG NAB Lahore seems to be a well-planned campaign to discredit the investigator who is deeply involved in the probe against the president of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and senior bureaucrats who were a lynchpin to the former regime.

Newspaper overlooks key evidence proving DG NAB degree is not fake




The supreme court delisted on Saturday a case pertaining to the alleged fake degree against Director General of National Accountability Bureau’s Lahore Chapter, Saleem Shehzad.
The case was fixed on November 12 before a bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and it has been delisted citing no reasons. No new date has been announced for the hearing.
The notices issued to the parties in the case have also been withdrawn.
On Friday, the top court had decided to hear the case on November 12 on a petition filed by a citizen amid concerns that the official had secured a ‘fake’ degree.
Earlier during a TV show on Thursday, it was alleged that the official did not obtain No Objection Certificate (NOC) from his department before applying for the degree.
It was also alleged that the text on Salim Shehzad’s degree was in Calibri font and the degree dates back to year 2002 while Calibri font was not introduced at that time.
Meanwhile, on Friday, opposition parties heaped scorn on the NAB official for conducting a media trial of politicians and submitted a privilege motion in the National Assembly.
PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PPP had “joined the privilege motion moved by PML-N in writing”. She added that the rest of the opposition parties had also supported the motion, signed by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif.
The motion stated that DG NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad had given interviews to multiple news channels “with the consent” of the NAB chairman. The NAB Lahore DG “provided details of the matters that are sub-judice” and “maligned the reputation” of opposition members in the National Assembly, the motion said.

SC shelves DG NAB Lahore’s fake degree case



The accountability court in Lahore granted 14-day physical remand of PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Ashiana Housing Scheme case.
The verdict was announced on Saturday after the court reserved its verdict on a plea filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which sought to extend the remand by 15-days.
Shebaz Sharif would now be presented on November 24th as per the court orders.
The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly turned up before the court in Ashiana Iqbal Housing scheme case after his transit remand expired following which the anti-graft body presented the politician before the NAB court to seek extension in remand.
At the onset of the hearing, the NAB official alleged that Shehbaz Sharif threatened him adding that the ongoing case was fully substantiated with evidence.
On the other hand, Amjad Pervaiz, the counsel for Shehbaz Sharif, argued that NAB summoned Shehbaz Sharif for the first time in June 2018 and whenever his client was summoned, he complied with the directives.
‘NAB failed to present credible evidence in Ashiana Iqbal housing scheme,’ Amjad Pervaiz argued adding that the Director General of NAB had become a party to the case against Shehbaz Sharif.
During the hearing, there was a verbal duel between Shehbaz Sharif and NAB official as well with Shehbaz Sharif inquiring the official as to why he was staring at him.
Meanwhile as the proceedings continued, NAB also registered the arrest of Shehbaz Sharif in the Ramazan Sugar Mills case.
Strict security arrangements have been put in place with troops of Rangers, Anti-riot force and police deployed in the vicinity of accountability court tucked near civil secretariat.
The younger Sharif was taken to Lahore from Islamabad early Saturday. Hamza Shehbaz and scores of PML-N loyalists also assembled in the vicinity of the court.
The politician was residing in Islamabad on production orders issued by National Assembly Speaker, Asad Qaiser.
In his speech made on the floor of the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif refuted allegations of corruptions and declared that there was an unholy alliance between ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
On Oct 5, the NAB arrested Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly in the Rs14 billion Ashiayna-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme case.
He was detained by the anti-graft body at the accountability body’s Lahore office following a hearing in Punjab Saaf Pani Company.
The arrest of former Punjab chief minister followed shocking revelations of ex-principal secretary to PM, Fawad Hasan Fawad, who has become an approver in the cases against Shehbaz Sharif.
Petitions have been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking the bail of Shehbaz Sharif.

Shehbaz Sharif remanded to NAB custody for 14 days



According to a study, the US-led war on terrorism has killed about 507,000 people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan during its 17 years and is showing a 22 per cent increase in deaths in the past two years, reported Voice of America (VoA).
The death toll includes US and allied troops, civilians in the war zones, local military and police forces, as well as militants, who have died from war violence, according to the report by Brown University’s Costs of War Project.
The report said the number of indirect deaths was several times larger than deaths caused by direct war violence, bringing the total death count to well over 1 million people.
Fatalities in Afghanistan, as of October 2018, stood at about 147,000 people, including Afghan security forces, civilians and opposition fighters. The figure also included the deaths of 6,334 American soldiers and contractors, as well as more than 1,100 allied troops.
The report said that war-related violence had killed 65,000 people in neighbouring Pakistan, including 90 American contractors, nearly 9,000 local security personnel and more than 23,000 civilians. The rest of the casualties were anti-government fighters.
The rest of the deaths, between 268,000 and 295,000, occurred in Iraq, where the US-led military intervention began in 2003.
“Though the war on terror is often overlooked by the American public, press and lawmakers, the increased body count signals that, far from diminishing, this war remains intense,” the report said.
It also lamented that the US wars have displaced millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.
“This update just scratches the surface of the human consequences of 17 years of war,” the report warned in its concluding lines.
While the casualties in Pakistan have dropped by more than 80 per cent in the past few years, intensified hostilities in Afghanistan continue to inflict record levels of casualties on civilians and pro-government forces. The year 2018, observers say, appears to be the deadliest so far since the conflict began 17 years ago.

US ‘war on terror’ killed nearly 0.5 million in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iraq: study



UAE passport holders can enter113 countries visa-free, while 50 countries will welcome them with a visa on arrival.
The UAE passport on Thursday jumped another spot to become the third most powerful passport in the world.
It was only late last month that the passport had climbed to the fourth spot, Khaleej Times reported.
The UAE travel document now has a visa-free score of 163. Of these, UAE passport holders can enter 113 countries visa-free, while 50 countries will welcome them with a visa on arrival. Emiratis still need visas to enter 35 countries on the globe.
According to the ranking by Passport Index, the UAE passport now shares its berth with passports from Belgium, Austria, Japan, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
On top of the list with a visa-free score of 165 are Singapore and Germany, while US, South Korea, France, Denmark, and Sweden are among the 11 countries that share the second spot with a score of 164.
“The United Arab Emirates’ positive diplomacy, focus, and determination helped boost its passport power,” Passport Index said in its blog titled “UAE to Become The World’s Most Powerful Passport?”.
“More and more countries are placing an importance on the power of their passports, and how freely their citizens can travel across the globe,” said Armand Arton, president of Arton Capital, the inventors of Passport Index.
“The success of UAE’s initiative has become a testament to other nations, that any vision can manifest with the power of positive diplomacy,” added Arton

UAE passport now world’s 3rd most powerful



Supreme Court has fixed hearing of a case pertaining to the alleged fake degree of Director General of National Accountability Bureau’s Lahore Chapter, Saleem Shehzad.
A three-member bench would hear the case on November 12 on a petition filed by a citizen amid concerns that the official had secured a ‘fake’ degree.
Earlier during a TV show on Thursday, it was alleged that the official did not obtain No Objection Certificate (NOC) from his department before applying for the degree.
It was also alleged that the text on Salim Shehzad’s degree was in Calibri font and the degree dates back to year 2002 while Calibri font was not introduced at that time.
Meanwhile, on Friday, opposition parties heaped scorn on the NAB official for conducting a media trial of politicians and submitted a privilege motion in the National Assembly.
PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PPP had “joined the privilege motion moved by PML-N in writing”. She added that the rest of the opposition parties had also supported the motion, signed by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif.
The motion stated that DG NAB Lahore Saleem Shahzad had given interviews to multiple news channels “with the consent” of the NAB chairman. The NAB Lahore DG “provided details of the matters that are sub-judice” and “maligned the reputation” of opposition members in the National Assembly, the motion said.

SC takes up ‘fake degree’ case of DG NAB Lahore



The gunman who shot and killed 12 people in a California bar, popular for live country music and packed with college students, has been identified as an Afghanistan war veteran serving in the Marine Corps, Ian David Long.
The 28-year old suspect entered the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night before opening fire with a Glock 21 .45 calibre semi-automatic handgun – a popular model in California – and reportedly throwing smoke bombs.
He was found dead in the bar of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
“We have no idea what the motive is at this point,” said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean.
Police were called to Long’s home in Newbury Park in 2018 for a domestic dispute where he was found to be “somewhat irate and acting irrationally,” Dean said.
Dean said mental health workers examined Long at the time but decided not to take him in for further observation.
One of Long’s neighbours said he called police on the man earlier this year after hearing loud noises that sounded like he was tearing down the walls of his house.
“I didn’t know if he was hurting himself,” Tom Hanson told reporters.
Hanson said the police officers spoke to Long and then left. “Everything seemed to go back to normal after that,” Hanson said.
Long left the Marine Corps in March 2013 after a five-year stint that included a tour in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand Province.
A machine gunner, Long’s Afghanistan deployment stretched from Nov. 2010 to June 2011.
A year later, Long appears to have posted a revealing message in an online military forum in reply to a note from another member.
The member posted about not knowing “how long you want to be in the fight until you’ve been in the fight?”

Long apparently replied, “yup, it’s either an addiction or a nightmare.”

Former marine Ian David Long identified as suspect in California bar shooting




Pakistan has invited Turkey to join the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, according to Radio Pakistan.
Talking to Ambassador of Turkey Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser said that both the brotherly Muslims countries have always stood together in times of need.
“Pakistan and Turkey are tied in bonds of common religion, culture and history. Pakistan highly values its relations with Turkey, and the new government desires to further strengthen relations between Islamabad and Ankara,” Qaiser added.
He further stressed upon the fact that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be beneficial for all the countries of the region.
CPEC, a $64 billion mega project signed in 2014, aims to connect China’s strategically important northwestern Xinjiang province to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port through a network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport cargo, oil and gas.
The economic corridor will not only provide China with cheaper access to Africa and the Middle East but will also earn Pakistan billions of dollars for providing transit facilities to the world’s second-largest economy.
Ambassador of Turkey Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, during the meeting at Parliament House in Islamabad, said that his country is committed to further strengthening existing relations between the two countries.
“The Turkish people always consider Pakistan as their second home, and we wish to see this country always strong and prosperous,” Yurdakul said.
The top Turkish envoy also extended invitation to Asad Qaiser to attend 2nd League of Parliamentarian Conference for Al-Quds which will be held on 14th of next month in Istanbul.

Pakistan ‘invites’ Turkey to join multi-billion-dollar CPEC




 Justice Athar Minallah was appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) by a Parliamentary Committee formed on the appointment of Judges (PCAJ).
The approval came as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan chaired a meeting of the committee on Thursday with Pakistan Peoples Party’s Farooq H Naek and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Rana Sanaullah and Javed Abbasi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Nauman Wazir and Balochistan Awami Party’s Sarfaraz Bugti attending the meeting.
The appointment came a week after the supreme judicial council (SJC) headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar recommended Justice Minallah’s appointment as the new Chief Justice of the IHC.
The incumbent Chief Justice of the IHC, Justice Muhammad Anwar Kasi, is set to retire on November 27.
Justice Minallah is the eldest son of Nasrum Minallah, who served as a commissioner during 1960s and 70s. Athar Minallah also joined Pakistan Customs and rose to senior positions but later resigned and entered politics.
He remained a caretaker minister in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government during the regime of Gen Pervez Musharraf, however, following the sacking of the then chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, he joined the lawyers’ movement for restoration of judiciary.
After Justice Chaudhry’s restoration, he became a critic of the judicial activism; he was sworn in as a judge of IHC in June 2014.

Justice Athar Minallah appointed IHC Chief Justice