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Pakistan collapse to first series defeat to New Zealand in 30 years

New Zealand's Tim Southee celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Imran Khan during day three of the second cricket Test match. —AFP

New Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session of the second Test against Pakistan to win by 130 runs in Hamilton on Tuesday and clean sweep their series 2-0. It was New Zealand’s first series win over Pakistan since 1985. Pakistan were faced with an imposing 369-run target in their second innings but set themselves up for a ... Read More »

General Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan’s 16th army chief

Outgoing military chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday handed over the command of the army to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He passed the baton of command to Gen Bajwa at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters (GHQ). Gen Raheel Sharif addressed the ceremony after reviewing the guard of honour. ... Read More »

PCB announces Test squad for upcoming Australia tour

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday announced the 16-man lineup for Pakistan’s upcoming Test tour of Australia. The team has been finalised by chief selector Inzamam ul Haq and the National Selection Committee after consultations with the team’s Head Coach and the Test captain Misbah ul Haq, the PCB said in a statement. The Pakistan Test squad will play ... Read More »

BHC issues arrest warrants for Musharraf in Akbar Bugti murder case

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The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Monday issued bailable arrest warrants for former president Pervez Musharraf in a case pertaining to the alleged murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. A divisional bench of BHC passed this order during hearing of review petition challenging acquittal of the former president by an Anti-Terrorism Court in the case. Justice ... Read More »

Pakistan’s ‘first cyber harassment hotline’ goes live Dec 1

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The Digital Rights Foundation has announced that it will launch Pakistan’s ‘first cyber harassment hotline’ on Dec 1. The service will be available at 0800-39393 . The announcement made on DRF’s Facebook page said the hotline is a “free, safe and confidential service” for victims of online harassment which aims to provide legal advice, digital security support, psychological counselling and ... Read More »

Members of the Congress party hold up the banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes as they shout slogans during a protest as part of 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas' in front of the Reserve Bank of India. ─AFP

Tens of thousands of people turned out Monday for nationwide protests against India’s controversial ban on high-value banknotes, which opposition party organisers say has caused a “financial emergency”. India is still reeling from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shock decision nearly three weeks ago to pull 86 per cent of the currency from circulation overnight, triggering a chronic shortage of notes ... Read More »

Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat takes over as CJCSC

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Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat took over as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) on Monday from the outgoing chairman General Rashad Mehmood during an official ceremony at the joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi. Gen Hayat, who has become the 17th CJCSC of Pakistan, was presented with a guard of honour at a ceremony attended by all chiefs of staff, ... Read More »

Chinese naval ships at Gwadar port call for a rethink of India’s regional policy

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The transformation of Gwadar port as a base for Chinese Navy ships was long expected, but when media reports actually appeared on Friday to that effect, it was startling news for India. Read more: ‘Pak-China naval collaboration gains more importance due to CPEC’ The reports quoted Pakistani officials saying that China proposes to deploy its naval ships in coordination with ... Read More »

Ex-Indian army chief praises Pakistan’s incoming chief Gen Bajwa

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Former Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh has said Pakistan’s incoming Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is a “professional”. “In the UN operations, Gen Bajwa’s performance was totally professional and outstanding,” Gen Singh was quoted as saying by Times of India as he described the time when Gen Bajwa had served under him on a United ... Read More »

Clinton team to take part in US state vote recount, Trump blasts effort

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Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount of Wisconsin votes in the United States (US) presidential race, an effort Republican winner Donald Trump called “ridiculous” on Saturday. Wisconsin’s election board on Friday approved the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She has said she wants to guarantee the integrity of the US voting system since ... Read More »