Watch CM Sindh play cricket on Karachi streets

A video clip of him is doing rounds on social media in which he can be seen donning simple shilwar kameez while playing cricket in a maestro style.

Murad Shah chooses a different way to enjoy rainy season. This is an unprecedented event in which a CM Sindh is seen playing cricket with friends on streets.

Earlier, he was seen enjoying rainy season on Karachi streets by having breakfast of tea and paratha at a local hotel, which are famously called Quetta-wala’s hotels.

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Iran arrests nuclear negotiator suspected of spying

DUBAI: Iran has arrested a member of the negotiating team that reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers on suspicion of spying, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

The suspect was released on bail after a few days in jail but is still under investigation, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said at a weekly news conference, calling the unidentified individual a “spy who had infiltrated the nuclear team,” state media reported.

The deal that President Hassan Rouhani struck last year has given Iran relief from most international sanctions in return for curbing its nuclear program, but it is opposed by hardliners who see it as a capitulation to the United States.

Ejei was responding to a question about an Iranian lawmaker’s assertion last week that a member of the negotiation team who had dual nationality had been arrested on espionage charges.

Tehran’s prosecutor general on Aug. 16 announced the arrest of a dual national he said was linked to British intelligence, but made no mention of the person being in the nuclear negotiations team. On Sunday, Ejei did not explicitly confirm that the arrested person had a second nationality.

Britain said on Aug. 16 that it was trying to find out more about the arrest of a joint-national.


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Turkey ramps up Syria offensive with deadly bombings

Ankara said it had killed 25 Kurdish “terrorists” and insisted the army was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties.

But the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 40 civilians were killed in Turkish shelling and air strikes on two areas held by pro-Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the first report of significant civilian casualties in Turkey’s operation.

The bombardments came after Ankara suffered its first military fatality in the two-pronged offensive against IS and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia.

Addressing a rally in the southern city of Gaziantep, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to combat the jihadists and the US-backed Kurdish fighters “with the same determination.”

“We will make any kind of contribution to the work to clear Daesh (IS) from Syria,” Erdogan told thousands of flag-waving supporters in the city where a suicide bomber suspected of IS links blew himself up at a wedding party last weekend.

Regarding “the PYD (Democratic Union Party) terror group in Syria, we have just the same determination,” Erdogan said, referring to the main pro-Kurdish party in northern Syria and its YPG militia.

On Sunday, Turkish forces ramped up their offensive against pro-Kurdish forces near a town wrested back from IS this week by Turkish-backed Arab rebels.

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Turkish advance

According to the Observatory, Turkish artillery fire and air strikes on Jeb el-Kussa village killed at least 20 civilians and wounded 50 others. Another 20 were killed and 25 wounded in air strikes near the town of Al-Amarneh, it said.

The monitor also said at least four Kurdish fighters were killed and 15 wounded in the two areas. Turkey said the dead were 25 “terrorists” from the YPG and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu news agency said.

“All possible measures are being taken to prevent harm to the civilian population living in the area,” the army said, quoted by Anadolu.

Sunday’s operations took Turkey deeper inside Syria, into an area where the Kurdish forces that control much of the border had begun to expand.

Jeb el-Kussa is located 14 kilometres (almost nine miles) south of Jarabulus, the IS border stronghold which Turkish-backed Arab rebels captured on the first day of the incursion.

The rebels say they have captured at least nine towns and villages, including Jarabulus, from IS and Kurdish forces since Wednesday. In a statement Saturday, Kurdish forces accused Ankara of seeking to “expand its occupation” inside Syria.

The latest fighting is likely to raise deep concerns with Washington, Turkey’s NATO ally which supports the YPG as an effective adversary of IS.

But Turkey considers the YPG a “terrorist” group and vehemently opposes its attempts to create a contiguous autonomous zone along its border, fearing it could strengthen the Kurdish rebels fighting the state in southeast Turkey.

Ankara says the YPG has broken a promise made to the US to go back across the Euphrates River after advancing westwards earlier this month.

On Sunday, the first Turkish casualty in the operation was flown home from Gaziantep for burial in his home province of Duzce on the Black Sea.

Erdogan also met relatives of the victims of the August 20 suicide bombing in Gaziantep, which hit a Kurdish wedding, reaffirming his earlier claim that the bomber was a 14-year-old boy.

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Condemning chemical attacks

Ankara’s military intervention has added another dimension to Syria’s complex multi-front war, a devastating conflict that has killed more than 290,000 people and forced millions from their homes since March 2011.

The Observatory said government forces on Sunday resumed shelling and air strikes on the rebel-held Waer district of Homs city, killing three people and wounding another 20.

Much of the heaviest fighting this summer has focused on the second city of Aleppo, which is roughly divided between rebel forces and President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

Global powers have been pushing for 48-hour humanitarian ceasefires in the embattled city. Russia, which backs Assad, has endorsed the proposal. But some rebel groups have rejected the plan.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday said it was crucial to condemn Damascus’ use of chemical weapons in Syria ahead of a crunch UN Security Council meeting on the issue.

“I cannot see the reasons or arguments for not condemning the use of chemical weapons,” he said in remarks apparently directed at Russia.

 

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Six killed in rain-related incidents in Karachi

Two men were killed separately when walls of houses in Civil Lines and Manghopir fell on them. Two others were electrocuted in New Karachi and Gulshan-e-Maymar areas in separate incidents.

Weather had turned pleasant in Karachi for most of the people, while brought tears to many others as rains lashed across the city on Sunday morning.

Downpours lashed several areas of the city including Liaquatabad, Saddar, Malir, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Karachi Airport.

Amid strong winds, a new system of monsoon entered the city on Saturday afternoon and Pakistan Meteorological Department has stated that the latest rain spell would continue in Karachi until Monday..

Rain lashed Shah Faisal Colony, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and areas surrounding the Jinnah International Airport Karachi on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier, in rain-related incidents, at least two people died on Saturday. A woman died in Shah Faisal Colony after the roof of a house collapsed during heavy rainfall.

Major roads of Pakistan’s industrial hub including the famed Shahrah-e-Faisal were entirely submerged under rainwater, troubling locals and triggering a massive traffic jam.

Mentioning poor visibility reasons, flight operations were also put on hold at the city’s airport for a brief period during several arrivals were diverted to alternatives routes.

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Rain washes out India run chase against West Indies in 2nd T20

After dismissing the world champions for 143, India were 15-0 in two overs when the rain came.

Ninety minutes later, and with the outfield soaked, play was abandoned, much to the irritation of the thousands of expatriates who turned out to watch India’s first ever weekend playing in the US.

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West Indies claimed the two-match series after winning the first game on Saturday by just one run.

Earlier, West Indies struggled to 143 all out with slow bowler Amit Mishra claiming a career best 3-24.

The Caribbean side had piled up 245 on Saturday in what was the third highest total of all time.

But the Florida pitch — and eventually the weather — turned its back on the strokemakers on Sunday.

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Saturday century maker Evin Lewis, again standing in for the injured Chris Gayle, mustered just seven runs before he was caught at mid-off from the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Fellow opener Johnson Charles looked set for another 50 but was dismissed seven runs short by recalled leg-break bowler Mishra who enticed a chance to Ajinkya Rahane at long-on.

The bowlers continued to apply the brakes with Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah getting rid of Lendl Simmons (19) and Marlon Samuels (5) respectively with the total on 76 by the 10th over.

Two overs and 22 runs later, the West Indies were six down with Ashwin having Kieron Pollard lbw for 13 and Bumrah clean bowling Andre Fletcher for three.

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West Indies crawled past the 100-run mark in the 14th over; on Saturday, they were into three figures in the eighth.

Dwayne Bravo (three) tried to put his foot on the gas but his charge down the wicket was undone by a Mishra googly.

Andre Russell eked out 15 off 13 balls before he holed out off Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the score on 123.

Carlos Brathwaite (18) smashed a six and four off Mishra in the 18th over but the captain was bowled off the Indian’s last ball of his impressive spell.

Shami mopped up Samuel Badree for one with two balls of the innings left.

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Saudi defence minister arrives in Pakistan

He was received by his counterpart Khawaja Asif who welcomed him at the airport.

Later, he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister House.  Army Chief General Raheel Sharif was also present on the occasion. They discussed a range of issues including matters of bilateral relations and regional situation.

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He is also expected to discuss mutual cooperation in defence and security matters and fight against terrorism.

This is the second visit for the Saudi minister who had arrived in Pakistan in January this year. The son of the Saudi king Salman is considered one of the most influential men in the country. 

He is second deputy prime minister and the youngest minister of defense in the world, and the chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.

 

 

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100 students arrested after seminary sealed near Quetta

According to police officials, the seminary was sealed on suspicion of presence of the Taliban. It is known there was a large number of Afghan students studying at the seminary without any valid documents.

Police also claimed to have recovered prohibited literature from the seminary. The students have been shifted to various police stations around the city for interrogation.

Yesterday, six terrorists were arrested including an Al-Qaeda and ISIS commander from Noshki. This was confimed by Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti who said that a huge amount of arms and ammunition was also recovered including an ISIS flag and other extremist literature.

It may be mentioned that a combing operation is underway across the country to eliminate sleeper cells and terrorist hideouts. This was intensified about the Quetta blast which leave at least 70 people mostly lawyers dead.

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Youth in Gaza City take up rollerblading

The sport requires little gear — which is important in Gaza, hit by three wars with Israel since 2008 and under an Israeli blockade for a decade.

Nearly half the 1.9 million population in the strip run by Islamist movement Hamas is unemployed.

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“The rollerblades are not available in Gaza. It’s complicated for us to find some,” said Rajab Al-Rifi, a 20-year-old rollerblader from Gaza City.

“We go to the Yarmouk souk, which is a second-hand market with goods from Israel. They are considered cast-offs from Israel, but we buy them, we fix them and then we can use them.”

The rollerbladers join bikers, joggers and horse- and camel-riders on Gaza’s Mediterranean coastline, weaving their movements and jumping from steps.

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They sometimes draw curious looks, including from city employees who stopped with their brooms in hand to watch.

“When the people see us, they are happy,” said Mohammed Hajjaj, 17.

But the rollerbladers say more should be done to develop the sport in Gaza.

“We don’t have any support in Gaza,” said Rifi.

“There is no club for rollerblades… There is nothing for us here.”

 

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Corruption biggest obstacle in development of Pakistan: Imran

He was addressing after offering condolence at the residency of PTI councilor Taimur who died last month in a car accident.

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He said that corruption hampered foreign investment, while the country was witnessing the highest rate of unemployment. He said that overseas Pakistani desired to invest billions of dollars but were hesitant due to the rampant corruption.

He bemoaned that there was no human development in the country, despite the fact that the subcontinent had some of the poorest people in the world. 

He said that the issue of Panama Papers will not be brushed aside. He said that Nawaz Sharif had weakened the institutions of the country so as not to face any accountability.

Therefore, he vowed to bring out a massive show of force in Rawalpindi on 3rd September which he said was to relieve future generations, and demand answers and accountability of Nawaz Sharif.

Imran Khan remain adamant and said that he has no desire to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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Those leaving MQM will soon return to party: Farooq Sattar

“Asif Hasnain’s deserting made no difference. The party workers should not panic. MQM has had gone through a struggle of 38 years which would not be wasted,” he said on arrival of his party workers at his home.

He also requested Army chief to help stop molding of MQM workers’ loyalties under torture. The process of extra-judicial killings of workers and cornering MQM should be stopped and our mandate should be accepted.

To a query, he said Asif’s parting ways with MQM made no difference and he would talk more about Asif Hasnain in tomorrow’s press conference.

“The time clock will now rotate backwards. Those who left MQM under fear would come back to the party,” he said.

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