Fawad Chaudhary Takes Notice of Spat Between Shoaib Akhtar and Dr. Noman Niaz

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has taken notice of the humiliating treatment meted out to legendary Pakistani pacer, Shoaib Akhtar, by Dr. Noman Niaz during a live broadcast on state television.

In this regard, the Information Minister has also formed a high-level committee to investigate the incident that took place on a state broadcast following Pakistan’s victory against New Zealand last night.

According to details, Managing Director (MD) Pakistan Television (PTV) Aamer Manzoor will head the committee. Chief Human Resource Officer, Director News, Director Sports, and Director Programs will also be a part of the committee.

The Information Minister has summoned the inaugural meeting of the committee later today. The committee will analyze both on-air and off-air footage of the show and will determine why the heated argument between Shoaib and Dr. Noman occurred in the first place.

It will also summon Shoaib and Dr. Noman separately to hear their sides of the story. After ascertaining the reason and culprit behind the verbal spat, the committee will submit its findings to the Information Minister at the earliest.

In case the committee identifies Dr. Noman as the wrongdoer, the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting will initiate disciplinary action against him.

PTV News’ official Twitter handle has also confirmed the development. In a Tweet, the PTV News penned that the PTV administration has taken notice of the incident that took place between Shoaib and the host of PTV Sports’ program Game On Hai, Dr. Noman.

What Actually Happened?

Shoaib Akhtar and Dr. Noman Niaz got into an on-air verbal spat during the post-match discussion where panelists, including legends like Sir. Vivian Richards and David Gower were discussing Pakistan’s 5-wicket win over New Zealand in the 2021 T20 World Cup last night.

It all started when Shoaib took a few jibes at Dr. Noman while sharing his thoughts about the match. Dr. Noman did not condone Shoaib’s digs at him, calling him rude and asking to leave the show. He immediately took a break after this.

To save everyone from embarrassment, Shoaib clarified that he was only messing around the host with a mutual understanding and suggested Dr. Noman politely apologize for calling him rude and asking him to leave.

However, Dr. Noman refused to apologize to Shoaib, forcing the latter to quit PTV Sports on-air.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Run Machines Babar and Rizwan Reach Another Milestone Together

Pakistan’s opening T20I batters, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, have been in a terrific run of form over the past year and have piled on the runs for the Men in Green at the top of the order. Both the batters have developed a great understanding and look in complete control when batting with each other.

The duo has become the first Pakistani pair to score more than 1,000 runs in T20I cricket. They achieved the feat during their 28-run opening partnership in Pakistan’s victory over New Zealand in the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Overall, Babar and Rizwan are the 11th pair in the world to have crossed 1,000 runs as partners at the crease. Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have scored the most runs as partners, piling on 1,743 runs in 52 innings they have batted together.

Babar and Rizwan have reached the milestone in only 17 innings. Their average while batting together is a staggering 63.06 and the pair has put on a partnership of 100 runs on four occasions. Out of four 100 run partnerships, they have gone on to score in excess of 150 runs in three of those innings and their highest partnership is 197 runs.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Foreign Ministry Condemns Indian Treatment of Kashmiris for Celebrating Pakistan’s Win

Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms the highly reprehensible attacks against Kashmiri students in India after Pakistan’s win in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup. This hateful behavior is reflective of the BJP-RSS extremist “Hindutva” mindset against minorities, particularly Muslims.

Equally condemnable and of deep concern are the reports that Indian authorities are charging Kashmiri students and youth under the draconian and arbitrary Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Clearly, such hate-mongering and Islamophobia reflect growing intolerance in India and illustrate that even the gentleman’s game of cricket is not free from its pernicious effects.

The Indian government must take steps to thoroughly investigate the intimidation of and violence against the Kashmiri youth and the Muslim minority in the backdrop of the T20 cricket match.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Pakistan seeks explanation on reported killing of Pakistani prisoner in IIOJK under Indian custody

The Indian Charge d’Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office today and a strong protest was lodged on the reported killing of a Pakistani civilian prisoner Zia Mustafa, in an incident involving Indian occupation forces in Poonch sector of Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The Indian Cd’A was told that the reported killing of the Pakistani prisoner, who was in Indian custody since 2003, under mysterious circumstances at a location away from the prison where he was interned, was not only intriguing but also raised serious questions about the well-being, safety and security of Pakistani prisoners in India.

Regrettably, this is not the first such incident. In the past as well, Pakistani civilian prisoners in India have been found dead under inexplicable circumstances. Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of the dastardly Indian practice of extra-judicial killing of Pakistani and Kashmiri prisoners in fake encounters.

The Government of India was urged to urgently authenticate this particular incident, undertake a credible and transparent investigation into it, ensure justice, and hold the perpetrators to account.

The Indian Government was further reminded to fulfill its obligations to ensure safety, security and humane treatment of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails/detention centres pending their release or repatriation.

Source: Radio Pakistan

ABL Reports Over Rs. 13 Billion Profit For First 9 Months of 2021

Allied Bank Limited (ABL) has managed to sustain its profit growth which stood at 4.5% year-on-year from January to September 2021.

According to the financial results, the bank’s profit increased to Rs. 13.2 billion by the end of nine months of 2021, as compared to the profit of last year which stood at Rs. 12.6 billion in the same period.

The revenues made from interest income decreased while income from non-markup sources surged thanks to investments in government securities. The bank’s interest income stood at Rs. 34.6 billion, whereas the non-markup earning stood at Rs. 11.7 billion. The bank’s expenses also surged to Rs. 24.9 billion during the nine months of 2021.

The earning per share of the bank stood at Rs. 11.53 this year from Rs. 11.03 of the last year.

The board of directors announced a dividend of Rs. 2 per share in addition to Rs. 4 interim dividends announced earlier this year.

The bank has a large network of over 1,350 online branches and over 1,500 ATMs in Pakistan and offers various technology-based products and services to its diverse clientele.

Source: Pro Pakistani