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Merged districts' development top priority: Mahmood

Tariq Saeed. Peshawar. Chief Minster Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has declared the PTI government was committed to speedy development of the Tribal districts and bringing them at par with the developed areas of the country in line with the vision …

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Pakistan an afterthought in market eyeing future

Protesters burn a poster depicting India’s flag against what they call airspace violation by the Indian military aircrafts, in a protest in Peshawar.
HONG KONG: There’s no doubt of the seriousness underscoring the worst military standoff between India and Pakistan in decades, yet investors appear to be looking past the tension for now, at least when it comes to their stock markets.
India’s NSE Nifty 50 Index of blue-chip companies erased its gain Wednesday and the Pakistan benchmark plummeted as much as 3.8% as headlines emerged of fighter-jet skirmishes, with an Indian MiG 21 jet later reported to be shot down and its pilot captured.The dramatic escalation came just a day after Indian forces bombed a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.Yet by the end of Wednesday, Karachi had recovered most of its losses to settle for a mere 0.3% decline, with the Nifty 50 closing down by the same amount.Back to business as usual, apparently.Both the Nifty 50 and the SP BSE Sensex Index rose slightly Thursday, and Pakistan’s KSE 100 Index rebounded as much as 1.1% before trading little changed.They’ve invested more than US$2.2 billion net in the market this month alone, including three days of inflows through Tuesday, the last day for which the data is available.
The US$1.7 billion added on Friday (some of which could be linked to a stake sale in Kotak Mahindra) was the most since April 2015.Meanwhile, the options market is showing that investors are concentrating their attention further into the future.The cost of hedging against Nifty 50 swings in the next month remains lower than protection prices for three months out, despite a rebound in the past couple of days, implied-volatility data show.Just on Monday, the spread between the two hit its widest level since at least Sept 2017.Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a hotly contested general election due by May.
At the same time, the mood of markets across the region continues to vacillate with each fresh update on progress – or lack thereof – on a trade deal between the US and China, now that the original March 1 deadline has been pushed out indefinitely.When asked in a Bloomberg Radio interview what risks investors were keeping an eye on, Kay Van-Petersen, global macro strategist with Saxo Capital Markets, said: “In the very near term we have India-Pakistan, which no one seems to take seriously given the history there.”Indeed the two sides have long been in conflict, fighting three major wars since the 1947 partition and exchanging regular gunfire across the border.Similar to South Koreans learning to live with decades of threats from the North, perhaps investors in the two countries may have a higher tolerance for such volatility – at least for now.

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High court justice injured in Peshawar attack

PESHAWAR: A judge of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Justice Ayub Khan Marwat was shot and injured on Thursday morning in a deadly attack, ARY News reported.
According to police, the justice was on his way to the high court when his vehicle came under attack.He was rushed to a private hospital in Hayatabad where his condition was stated to be stable.A heavy contingent of police had reached the scene of the incident to collect evidence.
Police officials said Marwat had received two bullets, while his driver was also injured.In August 2018, the vehicle of a district and sessions judge had come under attack in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.Unknown assailants had fired at district and sessions judge Malik Inayat Ali’s vehicle in Tanger area of Diamer. A heavy police contingent reached the scene of the incident and collected further evidence.Police had said the judge was safe in the incident but his vehicle was badly damaged. Police had launched a search operation in the area to arrest the attackers.

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Quetta Gladiators rule the roost as Sharjah leg of PSL concludes

DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League 4 has it all, from high drama last-ball sixes to narrow wins and from hat-trick to rattling of stumps and brilliant catches.
Quetta Gladiators, living up to thier reputation of fighters, are ruling the table with eight wins in five games and it needed an extra-ordinary innings from Colin Ingram to stop the juggernauts.Ingram hit the highest-ever individual score to date of 127 off just 59 balls, spiced up with eight sixes and 12 boundaries to lit up the tournament big time. The first phase had also livened up with two exciting last-ball finishes.
Lahore Qalandars outlasting Multan Sultans on Friday with a six by former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese. Very next day Wiese was at the receiving end, conceding a last-ball six to Quetta and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Throughout the first phase, the Gladiators have proved to be a balanced side. They have set plans under an astute coach in Moin Khan and lively captain in Sarfraz bowl first, restrict the opponents and then chase with authority whatever comes their way.
Quetta’s top-order comprising three former players of their countries Australia’s Shane Watson, South Africa’s Rilee Rossuw and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal were on fire in most of the matches. Both Watson and Umar have hit two half-centuries to enable Quetta win by six, seven and eight wickets respectively.Umar is at the top of most runs chart with 200, followed by Watson on 186. Rossouw has 157 with one fifty and that defines how good Quetta’s batting is.One-time winners Peshawar Zalmi are second on the chart, primarily due to their fast bowling strength. Zalmi’s Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has so far stood out, taking wickets in his first over in three matches to jolt the best of batting.
Hasan has three four-fors in five games which has fetched him 15 wickets and first place in bowlers’ list.Wahab Riaz, Sameen Gul and Umaid Asif further give firepower to Zalmi’s bowling, while England’s left-arm spinner Liam Dawson is an asset as he can also smash the ball to all corner while batting.
Zalmi, though, are waiting for dashing opener Kamran Akmal, who only has one score of 49 to show in PSL4. Islamabad United, third on the table, again had mixed fortunes.The defending champions started the tournament with a thumping five-wicket win against Lahore Qalandars. But, they then lost to Multan Sultans and Quetta in their next two games as batting let them down.
It needed a patient half-century from Ian Bell and a hat-trick by skipper Mohammad Sami to revive Islamabad’s fortunes as they thumped Peshawar by 12 runs to return to winning ways. Luke Ronchi then smashed a fiery half-century to help Islamabad beat Karachi in their last game.
Islamabad will next meet Multan in Dubai on Tuesday. Multan are badly in need of a victory as they are lying in sixth and last place, so the title holders can expect a backlash from their opponents.Lahore Qalandars are on fourth after some mixed fortunes. They lost the opening game to Islamabad but did not take long to register a win that too against old rivals Karachi.
Lahore’s newest pace sensation Haris Rauf grabbed four wickets while Rahat Ali (three) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (two wickets) were equally destructive.Lahore found Peshawar bowling too hot to handle as Hasan (four for 15), Wahab (three for 17) and leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh (two for 14) wrecked them for a low total of 78.De Villiers and Wiese brought them back on track against Multan before Sarfaraz snatched a last-ball six to leave Lahore with four points in five games. Karachi finally fired and returned to the old winning ways with that Ingram masterclass.
They won their first game by a narrow seven-run margin against Multan with half-centuries from Liam Livingstone and Babar Azam, but in their next three matches, they failed to score a single fifty. Their pace attack comprising of Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Sohail Khan had failed all taking wickets but containing runs.Amir recorded his best HBL PSL figures of four for 25, but has since taken just three wickets. Sohail has been a major flop while Usman too was wayward and expensive.
Lastly, despite having big names in Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell, Multan Sultan have been unimpressive. Other than Malik and one innings from Vince, Multan’s batting has left a lot to be desired and so has their bowling.The first phase of PSL has once again thrown some exciting talent. Islamabad’s Mohammad Musa and Multan’s Ali Shafiq have impressed with their wicket-taking abilities.Musa took three for 25 on his HBL PSL debut to announce his arrival and was again threatening against Karachi with figures of one for 28. Shafiq was man of the match on his debut against Islamabad with two for 11 in his four overs.
The rise of Karachi Kings’ left-arm spinner Umer Khan is a story in itself as he graduated from Under-19 to HBL PSL from a humble background. Umer picked up two wickets against Lahore, including the prized wicket of AB de Villiers.Pakistan regular in Tests and ODIs, Imam-ul-Haq, has also made his presence felt in the HBL PSL with two half-centuries.th 2019.

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Islamabad United survive Pollard blitz in 12-run win over Peshawar Zalmi

SHARJAH (Dunya News/Agencies) – Muhammad Sami’s last-over hat-trick over-shadowed Kieron Pollard 51 in just 22 balls and Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by 12 runs in the 11th match of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4).
As has been the case every year, Islamabad United started this season slowly, winning just one of three games.However, this season has begun to emulate the others just as closely as the tournament progresses, with the defending champions putting in a vastly improved performance, holding their nerve to seal a 12-run win. The game ended with their captain Mohammad Sami knocking off the final three Peshawar batsmen off successive balls, claiming his maiden PSL hat-trick and ensuring his side finished with a flourish.
All of their best efforts looked like they might be derailed during a brief four-over spell of monstrous hitting by Kieron Pollard. With 92 required off 39 balls and the match meandering to its inevitable conclusion, Pollard roused the dispirited ranks of Peshawar fans in Sharjah with a blistering 22-ball 51.
But crucially, support from the other end was lacking, and once he holed out to deep cover, the valiant efforts of Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz couldn t quite make up for a first ten overs where their side had fallen well behind the pace.They had been chasing 159, a total Islamabad were only able to put up thanks to Ian Bell, playing his first PSL match of the season.As much of the rest of the order fell away, he remained at the crease until the penultimate delivery, his 54 playing a large part in knitting the innings together, and ensuring Islamabad had just enough runs in the end.By 13 overs, Islamabad were shuffling along at 88 for three, not quite able to get in the big hits in the face of tight Peshawar bowling.
But a loose over from Umaid Asif saw Cameron Delport smite a six back over the bowler and Bell a boundary, fetching 16. From there, Peshawar lost their discipline somewhat; it was the start of a spell in which Islamabad plundered 56 off five overs.It was ground ceded they wouldn t be able to make up.Mohammad Sami may have come away with a hat-trick, but his wickets had been set up by the efforts earlier on of Islamabad s emerging player Mohammad Musa.
Less than half Sami s age at 18, the fresh faced Musa was entrusted with the third over, with Imam-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal batting in the Powerplay. Pace, accuracy, composure and lethality combined, culminating in the wicket of Kamran Akmal – another man twice his age.He would add the wickets of Dawid Malan and Darren Sammy to a collection that may very soon begin to burgeon.At some point, you may risk blasphemy and begin to wonder about Darren Sammy s role in the Peshawar line-up.
He doesn t bowl anymore, and for some reason, comes in to bat at number seven. He still strikes at over 150, so he might as well bat higher up, but today, the bigger issue was he failed to give his Caribbean teammate much support in terms of run rate reduction.He never could find the middle of the bat as Pollard, and later even Wahab Riaz, took on the senior role in the partnership. When Sammy did hole out, it was to a waist-high full shot he has buttered his bread with by smashing for six.
It cost his side today, but as the tournament progresses, the specific role Sammy takes on may begin to come under wider scrutiny; there is no hiding place in this format.The narrow defeat means Peshawar have split their four games, winning and losing two apiece.The same applies to Islamabad United, with the two sides placed third and fourth on the table respectively

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Pakistan Navy rescues stranded civilians in flood-hit Balochistan areas

QUETTA – Pakistan Navy successfully conducted rescue operation in Uthal, Balochistan and saved 42 precious lives including women and children, who were stranded in rain-hit areas in the southwestern province.Upon the request of District Administration of Lasbela, the Navy personnel promptly dispatched rescue teams along with requisite equipment and boats to the rescue site.Accordingly, 42 personnel including 20 men, 10 women and 12 children of Goth Ali Pur were rescued.The National Disaster Management Authority said 14 people were killed and 200 families were affected by flash floods that submerged villages near the southwestern town of Lasbella.A control room has been set up at the Chief Minister Secretariat in Quetta under the special instruction of the Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Jam Kamal Khan.
The control room will immediately respond to the rains affected people across the province and coordinate between the flood-hit people and concerned officials in order to provide relief to them instantly.The rain and flood-hit people have been advised to contact on following telephone numbers 081-9202061, 081-9202069, 081-9201798, 081-9202424 and Whatsapp number 0336-8005960 at any time for any help.Meanwhile, heavy rains wreaked havoc in In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, resulting in the death of twenty-three people.Six people died in Upper Dir, five in Kohat, four in Khyber, three in Bajaur and two each in Nowshera and Hangu and one in Shangla.
Nine people were also injured in these areas.Two houses were completely destroyed and seven partially damaged.Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the administration to provide relief to the rain-affected people. In a statement in Peshawar, he directed the concerned authorities to assess damages caused by the rains.In central Pakistan, nine people were killed in three separate incidents of roofs collapsing during heavy rains, four of them in the city of Multan.Heavy seasonal rains often cause landslides and flash floods in the South Asian country.

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