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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM NAB summons Pervaiz Elahi in forest land case

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in connection with its probe into illegal allotment of forest land in Rawalpindi to a private housing society during his last tenure as Punjab chief minister. A senior NAB official told The News that the Bureau is probing the former Punjab

January 15, 2019 1:43 AM US officials due today for talks on Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Two key US officials — special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Deputy Assistant to the US president Lisa Curtis — are expected in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks aimed at ensuring the success of a US-backed peace initiative for Afghanistan. The US Department of State announced last week that Mr Khalilzad is visiting India, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan 1

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM HU produces first woman Urdu PhD scholar

MANSEHRA: The Hazara University has produced its first woman PhD scholar in Urdu literature.“I have defended my thesis successfully on the importance of psychology in Urdu fiction novels and got the distinction to become the first ever woman PhD in this discipline at this university,” Raheela Bibi told reporters on Monday. Dr Altaf Yousafzai-led examination

January 14, 2019 12:00 AM India call up Shankar,: Gill to replace suspended pair

SYDNEY: India Sunday called up all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill for their Australia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were ordered home in disgrace over comments made about women. Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, which the tourists 3

January 13, 2019 12:00 AM Obama protege Julian Castro set to join 2020 race

SAN ANTONIO: Former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member Julian Castro is expected Saturday to launch his bid to become the nation’s first Hispanic president, scheduling his announcement in a border state central to America’s immigration debate. Castro would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 race, which 2

January 6, 2019 12:00 AM New Orthodox church gains independence from Russia

ISTANBUL: The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch on Saturday signed the formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church, marking a break with the Russian church that has angered Moscow. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the leading authority in Orthodox Christianity, signed the decree known as Tomos at a ceremony 1

January 6, 2019 12:00 AM Kashmiris observe right to self determination day

MIRPUR: The President, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan has said India must realise that the Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their inalienable right to self determination and freedom through military might. Masood was addressing a conference commemorating the right to Self Determination Day hosted by Jamaat Islami Azad Jammu and Kashmir 3

January 3, 2019 12:00 AM Training camp for Pro League: PHF asks players to report on Friday

KARACHI: PHF associate secretary Olympian Ayaz Mehmood has said that the preparation for the training camp of Pakistan team has been finalised and the players have been directed to report by Friday at National Hockey Stadium, in Lahore to the newly-appointed team management. Ayaz, who took over after the resignation of Shahbaz Ahmed, told ‘The News’ 1

December 21, 2018 12:00 AM Smith barred from Bangladesh T20 league

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Cricket Board said on Thursday it has barred former Australian captain Steve Smith from the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament following an objection raised by some franchises. Smith, serving a one-year ban from international cricket and Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League, had signed for Comilla 5

December 19, 2018 12:00 AM Abid upsets Serbian Igor in BB Tennis Championship

ISLAMABAD: Wild card holder Abid Ali Akbar (Pak) surprised Serbian Igor Banecivec in a marathon three-set match to move into the second round of the men’s singles event of the Benazir Bhutto (BB) Shaheed ITF Futures C’ships at the ITC Tuesday.Abid won 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in a match that lasted almost three hours. The Serbian player got off to encouraging 9