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After exit from ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Pakistan Captain returns home

The latest reports suggest that Babar Azam has landed the Lahore airport from the USA via Dubai

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Lahore: National team captain Babar Azam returned home on Tuesday after the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 elimination.

Babar Azam arrived in Lahore from the USA via Dubai. After Pakistan's exit from the T20 World Cup, he had decided to extend his stay in the USA for a few days.

The sources said that Babar Azam would meet with PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi in the coming days to review the team's performance in the World Cup.

Besides it, PCB sources revealed that Chief Selector and Senior Team Manager Wahab Riaz would also meet with Chairman Mohsin Naqvi shortly.

Wahab Riaz is expected to present a report on the team's disappointing performance in the World Cup.

 

 

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Islamabad court reserves verdict in Iddat case against Imran, Bushra

The hearing on the couple’s pleas for annulment of their conviction in the same case has been adjourned until July 2

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Islamabad: Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Afzal Majoka on Tuesday reserved the verdict on pleas by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi seeking suspension of their sentence in the iddat case.

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi’s lawyer, Salman Safdar, and Khawar Maneka’s lawyer, Zahid Asif Chaudhry, appeared in court.

The reserved verdict is set to be announced on June 27 (Thursday) at 3 PM.

Meanwhile, the hearing on the couple’s pleas for annulment of their conviction in the same case has been adjourned until July 2.

Earlier this month, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the session court to deliver a verdict on Bushra Bibi’s plea for suspension of conviction in the Nikah case within ten days.

Bushra Bibi had approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the conviction in the Nikah case, where both she and Imran Khan were sentenced to seven years in jail and fined Rs 500,000 each.

Imran Khan married Bushra Bibi in February 2018 in Lahore, in a ceremony attended by close relatives and friends. However, PTI founder’s sisters were not present. The Nikah was performed by Mufti Saeed, with former PTI leader Awn Chaudhary and former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari serving as witnesses.

Last year, Bushra Bibi’s former husband, Khawar Maneka, claimed that the marriage was illegal and violated Sharia law, accusing the couple of marrying within the three-month iddat period following her divorce, and of fornication.

The court ultimately sentenced Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi to seven years imprisonment and fined them Rs 500,000 each in the 'un-Islamic' iddat case.

Judge Qudratullah announced the verdict.

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PM announces duty free solar panels for general public

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif claims the country is rapidly moving towards economic stability, and efforts will be made to boost national exports by developing small and medium-sized industries

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced that no new duties would be imposed on solar panels for the general public.

He made this announcement while chairing the federal cabinet in Islamabad on Tuesday.

 During the meeting, he stated that no new duties would be imposed on solar panels for the common man. He emphasized the government's commitment to providing low-cost and renewable solar energy to every citizen and mentioned that comprehensive planning is underway to steer the economy in a positive direction.

He claimed that the country is rapidly moving towards economic stability, and efforts will be made to boost national exports by developing small and medium-sized industries. He also stated that the privileges of the elite and those exploiting national resources will be eliminated, and the government's top priority is to provide economic security and equal opportunities for growth to the common man. He urged ministers to ensure their attendance in parliament during the budget session.

The Prime Minister further mentioned that “Azm-e-Istahkam” is a multifaceted determination involving the cooperation of security institutions and the collective national vision of the entire state system.

Instead of launching any new organized armed operations, ongoing intelligence-based actions will be intensified. He clarified that initiating operations requiring displacement is a misconception. The goal of "Azm-e-Istahkam" is to eradicate the remnants of terrorists and the nexus of crime and terrorism, and to uproot violent extremism from the country.

The meeting communiqué stated that the federal cabinet was briefed on the progress of the privatization of state institutions, particularly PIA.

It was informed that the privatization process of PIA is progressing rapidly, with companies expressing interest in pre-bidding and visiting various PIA sites.

The bidding for PIA is scheduled for the first week of August. The Prime Minister directed to expedite the privatization process of PIA and ensure transparency.

Besides it, the meeting approved the request of the UN World Food Program to transit a container from Karachi to Kabul, which would contain truck parts. The special permission was granted on humanitarian grounds for one-time transit only.

 

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