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General/Politics:

  • Case registered against PTI’s MNA Alvi & MPAs: KARACHI: A case has been launched against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Member National Assembly (MNA) Dr Arif Alvi, three Members Provincial Assembly (MPAs) and three counselors for rioting during protest on Saturday. (http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/04/09/2-page/865699-news.html)
  • PM wants ulema to counter propaganda against Islam:
    ISLAMABAD: Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh bin Muhammad Bin Talib called on Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Saturday.
    The PM welcomed the cleric to Pakistan and said that the Pakistanis attach great religious and spiritual attachment with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to the Kaaba. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10863/78365)
  • CBC lodges FIR against PTI lawmakers:
    KARACHI: Police on Saturday lodged a case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI lawmakers and others on the complaint of Cantonment Board Clifton for allegedly vandalizing its office during a protest (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10864/78410)
  • PTI to contest Chakwal by-poll on symbol bat:
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Saturday said that it would contest by-election in Chakwal district of Punjab on its symbol ‘bat’ as the party had got relief from the court against the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-09/page-3/detail-4)
  • Law & Order:
  • 10 ‘terrorists’ behind The Mall blast gunned down:
    LAHORE: At least 10 suspected terrorists were killed in an ‘encounter’ with the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) early on Saturday in Lahore’s Manawan area (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10863/78362)
  • Suspect seeks trial in open court:
    ISLAMABAD – Moazzam Ali, one of the suspects allegedly involved in the murder of Dr Imran Farooq, on Saturday filed an application in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking his trial in the open court (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-09/page-3/detail-1)
  • Economy:
  • PSX edges down by 0.6pc past week:
    KARACHI: Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) sustained its lackluster performance during past week as uncertainty from the possible verdict on Panama case persisted while volumes remained thin owing to absence of leverage product (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10877/78329)

Opinion/Editorial:

  • Pakistan’s radicalisation problem begins at school:
    In 2010, Pakistan’s Parliament devolved education as well as the powers to set school curricula to the provinces. Many of us heralded this change, as till then the curriculum had been the preserve of central governments that successively introduced a constructed ideology into what young minds were learning. Seven years later, it is disappointing that except for minor changes, no province has undertaken a serious effort to revise what is being taught in the schools. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10868/78287)
  • Waiting for Godot:
    “There is a man in his entirety, blaming his shoe when his foot is guilty” (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10868/78288)
  • The Muslim Brotherhood factor:
    The geopolitical road map in the region, namely the Middle East and South East Asia, is witnessing restructuring phases, demographically, politically and economically. These changes have been seen in the hegemonic powers of the Middle East starting from Iraq passing through Syria, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. The people in the Middle East were hoping that the so-called spring revolt waves would put an end to those regimes that lasted for decades under democratising dictatorships. But unfortunately, the waves were not up to the expectations of the people of those countries who dreamt of practicing freedom of expression. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-09/page-6/detail-5)

Sports:

  • Spirited West Indies eye rare series win as second ODI today:
    PROVIDENCE: West Indies will barely have recovered from the high of a record-breaking win in the first ODI against Pakistan when they go at it again in the second game on Sunday. It had looked every inch the average game you would expect against a depleted West Indies side before lesser-known Jason Mohammed dismantled Pakistan’s fabled fast-bowling attack, sealing a chase of 309 with an over to spare. As a result, they prepare for the second game in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to wrap up a long-awaited series win against a top side. Pakistan’s shock at losing the first ODI was written large across each of their faces, none more so than captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who seemed to run out of ideas and composure in equal measure as Mohammed began his brutal onslaught in the last ten overs. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10872/78311)
  • Pakistan outclassed!
    It was an incredible victory. Pakistan were outclassed. West Indies recorded their highest successful one-day international run chase to down Pakistan by four wickets in the first contest of a three-match series on Friday at Providence Stadium in Guyana. West Indies, whose previous highest successful run chase was 300, themselves may have not planned to finish it off this way, but they did. The star of the day was Jason Mohammed whose fabulous knock overwhelmed the visitors. Chasing a formidable 309 for victory, accurate bowling by Pakistan’s pacers as well as spinners restricted West Indies to a meagre 107 in the first 25 overs. A West Indies win appeared unlikely after Kieron Powell – the only batsman who had attempted to inject any impetus into the West Indies innings in the first half – and wicketkeeper Shai Hope fell within 10 balls of each other. They were both dismissed off quality deliveries. But then Mohammed took charge, playing lusty strokes to lift the home side’s spirits. He literally put the Pakistan bowlers to sword as Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali were all on the receiving end of hammerings in the slog overs (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-09/lahore/10872/78312)
  • France, Serbia set up Davis Cup semi-final clash:
    LONDON-France will meet Serbia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after both finished off their last-eight ties inside two days on Saturday but Australia and Belgium were made to sweat. Serbia, who had been given a flying start by 12-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic on Friday on his comeback from an elbow injury, completed a 3-0 victory over Spain in Belgrade (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-09/page-16/detail-7)
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