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'Conspiracy hatched' behind sudden cancellation of Pak-NZ cricket series: Sheikh Rashid

Islamabad: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid has hinted at conspiracy behind the sudden cancellation of Pak-NZ cricket series, saying the unilateral decision by the New Zealand government has no logic.

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'Conspiracy hatched' behind sudden cancellation of Pak-NZ cricket series: Sheikh Rashid

"New Zealand has taken a unilateral decision to cancel the Pakistan tour despite the country's tight security arrangements for the team," the minister told a press conference.

The press conference comes following New Zealand Cricket's decision to cancel its tour of Pakistan citing a "security alert".

He went on to say that the New Zealand authorities didn't have substantive proof of a threat in Pakistan.

Rashid said Pakistan had proposed holding the matches without spectators, but the New Zealand authorities did not agree to that. Following this, the Pakistani officials spoke to Prime Minister Imran Khan who is currently in Tajikistan.

"The premier called New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and assured her of providing complete security to the Kiwis. The New Zealand prime minister said there was no issue of a threat."

However, Ardern said the NZ government had "received intelligence that the team could be attacked when it steps out to go to the stadium", Rashid added.

"Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series," a statement from the PCB said.

"Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured the New Zealand Cricket of the same," the statement said.

Pakistan Cricket Board's new chairman Ramiz Raja said it was frustrating to see the "unilateral approach" of New Zealand over security, adding that Pakistan would take the matter to the International Cricket Council.

"NZ will hear us at the ICC," Raja said in tweet.

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For first time in three months, Pakistan's COVID positivity rate below 3%

Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate is less than 3% for the first time in almost three months, government data showed Friday morning.

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For first time in three months, Pakistan's COVID positivity rate below 3%

Islamabad: Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate is less than 3% for the first time in almost three months, government data showed Friday morning.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves. Today, the daily positivity rate in-country is at 2.87%.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,411 cases of coronavirus were reported while 56 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,785.

The total number of cases has reached 1,246,538.

As many as 1,170,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 3,649 critical cases.

Punjab    

The number of patients swelled to 431,666 in the province with 12,637 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 457,928 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,407.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 174,017 in the province with 5,547 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,926 confirmed cases while 348 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,157 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 738. On the other hand, there are 10,328 cases in GB with 184 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 105,516 cases in the capital city while 924 people have lost their lives.

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Husband throws acid on wife

As per reports, the wife had applied for divorce and the case is under hearing for a year.

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Karachi: Husband threw acid on her wife in the area of Gulistan e Jauhar in Karachi.

As per reports, the wife had applied for divorce and the case is under hearing for a year.

The culprit escaped from the scene, however, police are conducting raids to apprehend the offender.

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Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity ratio rises again 

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,021 cases of coronavirus were reported while 21 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,173.

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Islamabad: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio surged to 2.36% with 1,021 new cases. 

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,021 cases of coronavirus were reported while 21 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,173.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

The total number of cases has reached 1,260,669.

As many as 1,191,425 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,257 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 436,720 in the province with 12,800 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 463,703 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,505.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,194 in the province with 5,657 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,092 confirmed cases while 350 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,360 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,359 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,241 cases in the capital city while 935 people have lost their lives.   

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