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Usman Khawaja to open for Australia, Harris dropped for final Ashes test

Usman Khawaja will open for Australia in the fifth Ashes test in Hobart against England

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Melbourne: Usman Khawaja will open for Australia in the fifth Ashes test in Hobart against England in place of the dropped Marcus Harris, captain Pat Cummins said on Thursday.

Khawaja, who replaced Travis Head in the middle order in the fourth test, scored back-to-back centuries at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a stunning return after more than two years out of the test side.

Head reclaims the number five position after contracting COVID-19 and being forced into isolation following Australia’s series-sealing win in the third test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Harris scored a test-high 76 in the low-scoring MCG match but has made a modest 179 runs at 29.83 for the series.

"I think he knew it was coming," Cummins told reporters. "The message to Harry is we think he’s going really well.

"I thought Marcus has been really good, I think he’s been growing each game. He’s certainly part of the future."

Australia have yet to decide on their bowling attack for Hobart, with paceman Scott Boland under an injury cloud.

Jhye Richardson, who took a five-wicket innings haul in the second test in Adelaide, could return to the side if Boland is ruled out.

 

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Pakistan condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque's courtyards by Israeli settlers

Foreign Office spokesperson said this provocative action has blatantly violated the sanctity of Qibla-e-Awwal and hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.

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Islamabad: Pakistan has strongly condemned the storming of courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli occupying forces.

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said this provocative action has blatantly violated the sanctity of Qibla-e-Awwal and hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.

He said such incidents are flagrant violation of international law, international norms and practices and any attempt to change the historical and legal status of Al-Aqsa Mosque must stop.

The Spokesperson called upon international community to take urgent action to put an end to the Israeli aggression and violations, which continue to fuel violence, tension and instability in the region.

He said for a lasting and just solution of the Palestinian issue, Pakistan renews its call for a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State, with pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, in accordance with the relevant UN and OIC resolutions.

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Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain condemns propaganda campaign against Army

PML-Q president calls upon politicians to leave political expediencies and support Army

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Lahore: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain condemned the vilification campaign on social media against the Army.

PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the entire nation mourns the loss of Army men’s lives in the Lasbela tragedy while urging politicians to put their political interests on the back burner and support Army.

In his statement on Sunday, Ch Shujaat said that the Army had served the nation in every calamity and hour of trial. It has played a significant role in the restoration of peace and security and the elimination of terrorism from the country, he added. 

The PML-Q leader stated that the entire nation was grieved over the martyrdom of the Shuhda of Lasbela tragedy. He called upon the politicians to leave their political expediencies behind and foiled the propaganda campaign against the Armed Forces. He asked them to fully support the Army. 

He was of the view that everything could be tolerated but propaganda against Army could not be allowed.

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UAE intends to invest in diverse sectors of Pakistan: PM

Both brotherly countries are very keen to further strengthen their multifaceted relationship.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says United Arab Emirates (UAE) is going to make investment in various sectors of Pakistan.

In a tweet, he said both brotherly countries are very keen to further strengthen their multifaceted relationship.

Terming Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as his brother, the Prime Minister extended thanked him for investment in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The two leaders exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close and cordial relations and Qatar is home to over two hundred thousand Pakistani diaspora that is playing a pivotal role in development of both countries.

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