Several dead in shootout near Pakistan-Afghanistan border

Militants have attacked a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, along the border with Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers and three militants dead, the army said.Four militants were also wounded, the military said in a …

Militants have attacked a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, along the border with Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers and three militants dead, the army said.

Four militants were also wounded, the military said in a statement on Sunday.

The overnight shootout early on Saturday took place in the Miran Shah tribal area of North Waziristan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, a former stronghold of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP terror group.

The Pakistani army carried out search operations to hunt down those responsible for the attack. They seized a cache of ammunition from the dead militants.

The military said it was “determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism.”

Although the army says it has cleared North Waziristan of militants, occasional attacks and shootouts continue, raising concerns that the TTP are regrouping in the area.

Source: TRTworld.com

Heavy rains, strong winds kill dozens in northwest Pakistan

Heavy rains followed by strong winds have killed at least 27 people, including eight children, in northwest Pakistan.The storms hit four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province late on Saturday, with five siblings aged between two and 11 among the de…

Heavy rains followed by strong winds have killed at least 27 people, including eight children, in northwest Pakistan.

The storms hit four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province late on Saturday, with five siblings aged between two and 11 among the dead.

"At least 12 people were buried alive after the roofs and walls of their houses collapsed," Taimur Ali Khan, a spokesperson for the provincial disaster management authority, said on Sunday.

More than 140 people were injured and more than 200 livestock died, he said.

Authorities have declared an emergency in all four districts.

Meanwhile, a cyclone is making its way across the Arabian Sea towards the coastlines of Pakistan and India, expected to make landfall at the end of the week.

The cyclone could bring winds, storm surges and urban flooding from Tuesday evening as it approaches, the disaster management agency said on Sunday.

"Fishermen are advised not to venture into the open sea until the (weather) system is over by June 17," the agency said.

Pakistani authorities said they would begin evacuating between 8,000 and 9,000 families from along the coastline of Sindh province, including in the mega port city of Karachi, home to around 20 million people.

The army will be deployed from Monday to assist.

In neighbouring India, the Meteorological Department reported on Sunday that the storm would likely cross the Saurashtra and Kutch areas of western Gujarat state as well as adjacent Pakistani coasts around noon on Thursday.

It warned it would likely make landfall as a "very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 125-135 km per hour, gusting to 150 km per hour".

Extreme weather

Scientists say climate change is making seasonal rains heavier and more unpredictable.

Pakistan, which has the world's fifth largest population, is responsible for only 0.8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions but is one of the most vulnerable nations to extreme weather caused by global warming.

Last summer, unprecedented monsoon rains put a third of the country under water, damaging two million homes and killing more than 1,700 people.

In India, natural catastrophes are forecast to cause more misery as the planet's climate warms and makes weather more volatile.

Source: TRTworld.com

Ex-Pakistani PM claims US plotted against him after Russia deal

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan, who was arrested last month on corruption charges, has claimed in a wide-ranging interview with Newsweek published on Saturday that the United States exerted diplomatic pressure to remove him from office las…

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan, who was arrested last month on corruption charges, has claimed in a wide-ranging interview with Newsweek published on Saturday that the United States exerted diplomatic pressure to remove him from office last year

Speaking to the US publication, Khan said he visited Russia on the same day that Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 – and that while he didn’t agree with the motives behind the offensive, he refused calls to condemn the action, so as to not jeopardize a trade agreement.

The US “wanted us, through the United Nations, to condemn Russia,” said Khan, who explained that his government had arranged an agreement to import “cheap oil” and wheat from Moscow. “If we condemn them right now, what about the impact it’s going to have on our population?”

Khan added that, after a meeting in early March of 2022 between Pakistani and US diplomats, he was informed that unless he was removed as prime minister, there would be “consequences.”

“Next day, there’s the no-confidence motion tables in the National Assembly,” Khan said. “And before that, we see that the American Embassy is meeting our parliamentarians, our backbenchers.” He added that he was “puzzled” as to why the US would “object to a deal.”

The US has said there is “no truth” to Khan’s repeated claims of a Washington-backed conspiracy against him.

Khan has been accused of an array of charges, ranging from corruption to sedition, since he was ousted from power last April after losing a no-confidence vote. He denies all accusations of wrongdoing.

Khan, a former cricket star, has accused what he referred to as Pakistan’s “undemocratic” military chief as being behind his May arrest, which sparked a wave of protests among his supporters. He is accused by the authorities of exchanging political favors for cash while in office.

Charges against Khan have inflamed what was already a precarious political balancing act in Islamabad, as the country of 231 million people grapples with soaring food prices, an extended economic crisis, and extremist violence. Discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over an economic bailout have also stagnated amid the political rancor.

Earlier this week, Khan was named by Pakistani police in connection to a case against unidentified gunmen following the murder of a lawyer who was investigating sedition charges against the former premier.

Source: Russia Today

Hoor’s Bronze Medal at WTT Youth Contender Highlights Pakistan’s Table Tennis Potential

Pakistan’s Hoor Fawad and Tunisia’s Waseem Essid bagged bronze in mixed doubles at WTT Youth Contender.Pakistan’s young table tennis player Hoor Fawad, who has been consistently making her country proud with her remarkable performances from a young ag…

Pakistan’s Hoor Fawad and Tunisia’s Waseem Essid bagged bronze in mixed doubles at WTT Youth Contender.

Pakistan’s young table tennis player Hoor Fawad, who has been consistently making her country proud with her remarkable performances from a young age, has once again raised the flag high by winning another accolade.

In a remarkable display of talent and teamwork, Pakistan’s table tennis star Hoor Fawad and her partner Waseem Essid from Tunisia secured the bronze medal in the mixed doubles category at the prestigious WTT Youth Contender in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Their impressive performance in the tournament is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and exceptional skills on the table. Hoor and Waseem’s achievement brings great pride to their respective countries and serves as an inspiration to young table tennis enthusiasts.

Their success on the international stage highlights the growing prowess of emerging talents and further solidifies their positions as rising stars in the world of table tennis.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Pakistan’s Schedule for World Test Championship Cycle 2023-2025

Today marks the final day of the World Test Championship 2023, as India and Australia battle it out for the ultimate glory at the Oval. While the focus is on the current championship, cricket fans are already looking ahead to the next cycle of the tou…

Today marks the final day of the World Test Championship 2023, as India and Australia battle it out for the ultimate glory at the Oval. While the focus is on the current championship, cricket fans are already looking ahead to the next cycle of the tournament from 2023-2025. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently released the fixtures for each team, revealing their home and away series.

When it comes to Pakistan, their journey in the upcoming World Test Championship is expected to be a challenging one. They will face England, West Indies, and Bangladesh at home, while their away fixtures include Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. These fixtures present a mixed bag of challenges for Pakistan, as they will have to contend with tough opponents both at home and in unfamiliar conditions abroad.

Pakistan’s last Test win in Australia came back in 1995/96, and they have never won a Test series in South Africa. These records suggest that Pakistan will need to bring their A-game to overcome these formidable opponents. As the fixtures for the next cycle are announced, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the intense battles that lie ahead in the World Test Championship 2023-2025.

Team Home Away

Pakistan England West Indies Bangladesh Australia South Africa Sri Lanka

Bangladesh New Zealand South Africa Sri Lanka India West Indies Pakistan

Australia India West Indies Pakistan New Zealand England Sri Lanka

India New Zealand England Bangladesh Australia West Indies South Africa

England Australia West Indies Sri Lanka New Zealand India Pakistan

New Zealand Australia England South Africa India Bangladesh Sri Lanka

South Africa India Pakistan Sri Lanka New Zealand West Indies Bangladesh

Sri Lanka New Zealand Australia Pakistan England South Africa Bangladesh

West Indies India South Africa Bangladesh Australia England Pakistan

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PCB Makes Strides to Host Multiple-Nation Series in Pakistan Just Before World Cup

The PCB has invited Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and South Africa to play an ODI series in Pakistan ahead of the upcoming mega-events.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking proactive measures to prepare its national team for the upcoming Wo…

The PCB has invited Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and South Africa to play an ODI series in Pakistan ahead of the upcoming mega-events.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking proactive measures to prepare its national team for the upcoming World Cup and Asia Cup. To ensure adequate practice and readiness, the PCB has approached four cricket boards for potential bilateral or Tri-Nation series. These boards include Australia Cricket, New Zealand Cricket, Bangladesh Cricket Board, and Cricket South Africa.

The PCB has proposed hosting a series in Pakistan during August, aligning with the playing conditions expected in Asia. The objective is to provide the national players with three to five One Day matches, helping them to hone their skills and refine the team combination.

As of now, the PCB is eagerly awaiting responses from the boards. The success of this initiative would significantly contribute to the team’s preparation for the World Cup and Asia Cup. The PCB is committed to providing its players with the best possible groundwork, and these matches would serve as valuable opportunities for gaining match practice and boosting confidence.

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How to Watch Pakistan Vs. Mauritius Football Match: Live Stream and Timings

Pakistan national football team will play its first match of the 4-Nation tournament in Africa against the host nation Mauritius today.The Men in Green will be determined to get start the tournament on the right foot and register their first internati…

Pakistan national football team will play its first match of the 4-Nation tournament in Africa against the host nation Mauritius today.

The Men in Green will be determined to get start the tournament on the right foot and register their first international win since 2018.

Shaheens have a host of new faces in the squad with the likes of Otis Khan and Easah Suliman joining the overseas contingent of Hassan Bashir, Abdul Samad, Abdullah Iqbal Harun Hamid, Rahis Nabi and more.

Unfortunately, Pakistan will not have the services of Abdullah Iqbal and Easah Suliman for this match, but the centre back duo is expected to join the squad in the next game against Kenya.

Pakistan Expected Line-up

Yousuf Butt (GK) Umar Hayat (RB) Mamoon Khan (CB) Abdullah Shah (CB) M.Sufyan (LB)

Rahis Nabi (CM) Alamgir Ghazi (CM) Harun Hamid (CM) Abdul Samad (RW) Otis Khan (LW) Hassan Bashir (St)

Match Timings

The tournament will kick-off with the highly anticipated encounter between Pakistan and Mauritius today at the Cote D’Or National Sports Complex. The match will commence at 4:30pm Pakistan Standard Time.

Fixture Date Time Venue

Pakistan Vs. Mauritius 11 June 2023 4:30 PM Cote D’Or National Sports Complex, Mauritius

Live Stream

Pakistan Vs Mauritius live streaming will be available for the Pakistani fans on various mediums. Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation will telecast the match live on their website and mobile app while the Mauritius Vs Pakistan live stream will also be broadcasted live on Facebook.

Here is the live stream link for Pakistan Vs Mauritius:

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation LINK

MBC LINK

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Increase in Monetary Limit of Foreign Remittances Not An Amnesty: Darc

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has clarified that the government has not announced any amnesty scheme for overseas Pakistanis and the new law of taxing windfall gains profits would be invoked against industries that exploit consumers to make extraordinary…

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has clarified that the government has not announced any amnesty scheme for overseas Pakistanis and the new law of taxing windfall gains profits would be invoked against industries that exploit consumers to make extraordinary gains.

Answering a question on (Additional tax on certain income, profits, and gains) under new section 99D of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 at the post-budget press conference on Saturday, the minister stated that the provision would be invoked against the sectors which would put an unnecessary financial burden on their consumers. We have not identified sectors, but the tax would be imposed on those sectors or segments that would exploit their customers to make extraordinary gains.

He said that it was a well thought decision and tax should not be more than 50 percent after the rationalization of the Super Tax. The additional taxation of Super Tax would generate Rs. 31 billion in 2023-24.

The government would be empowered to invoke the provision of section 99D of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 whenever required. The windfall gain tax will be imposed on those sectors earning extraordinary profits by exploiting their customers. In this regard, the FBR will have the necessary law available for enforcement.

Dar said the government has received requests from the entire business community to increase the monetary limit of foreign remittances remitted from outside Pakistan. This was a genuine and legitimate demand of the business community which should be supported. The government has enhanced the monetary limit of foreign remittance remitted from outside Pakistan from five million rupees to the rupee equivalent of $100,000 for the purpose of section 111(4) which places a bar on asking nature and source of unexplained income/assets.

“The amendment in section 111 of the Income Tax Ordinance is not a new measure, but the section has been amended. The amendment in section 111 of the Income Tax Ordinance2001 is not an amnesty scheme”, Ishaq Dar said.

The minister stated that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would be able to achieve the assigned revenue collection target of Rs. 9.2 trillion for 2023-24. The taxation measures of Rs. 200 billion have been taken to encourage documentation and put an extra burden on non-filers and those operating in the informal economy. Out of total taxation measures of Rs. 200 billion, the net income tax measures stand at Rs. 175 billion. Most of the measures would encourage documentation of the economy and the removal of anomalies in the taxation system.

He said that the government has not imposed a 9 percent sales tax on processed milk in the budget (2023-24). It was an old paper that was not approved by the government. Similarly, he dispelled reports that the sales tax has been imposed on the import of edible oil. The sales tax on the import of edible oil has not been abolished.

Source: Pro Pakistani