At least 21 killed, 45 wounded in twin blasts near Afghan parliament

At least 21 killed, 45 wounded in twin blasts near Afghan parliament

At least 21 people were killed and 45 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Tuesday, a security official told AFP.

“The blasts left 21 people dead and 45 others wounded, most of them civilians including parliament employees,” the official told AFP, requesting anonymously.

Major casualties feared in the rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, which struck as employees were exiting the parliament complex.

“The first explosion happened outside the parliament… a number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot,” Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, told AFP.

“The second one was a car bomb. It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated,” he said.

Pakistan’s top junior player aims to emulate Federer

 

Pakistan’s top junior player aims to emulate Federer

ISLAMABAD: In a cricket-crazy country like Pakistan, tennis has not been able to get its due with only an odd icon like Aisam-ul-Haq making waves on international circuit. However, there are still youngsters in this country’s folk who want to turn professionals and aspire to excel like world’s top stars.

Huzaifa Abdul Rehman is one of them. The 14-year old is Pakistan’s top junior player and has been outstanding in the last couple of years. He has already jolted the tennis circuit at the Asian level by winning six Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) tournaments in 2016, five of them held outside Pakistan.

Currently the No.2 junior Asian player, Huzaifa idolises Swiss great Roger Federer and aims to be like him. “He is my ideal and I want to shine in the world of tennis like him and though Federer is currently not among the world’s top ten players, he is undoubtedly the greatest tennis player of all time,” he said of the legendary Swiss player who continuously remained in top 10 from October 2002 to November 2016 and also held the number one position for 302 weeks — a world record in the sport.

Huziafa, who represented Pakistan in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) 14 and Under Junior Development Series division 2 in January last year and claimed a silver medal in the coveted event, said he is training hard to accomplish what his role model (Federer) achieved after turning pro in 1998.

“I believe I’m on course to achieve what he did in his life,” says the confident youngster. “I’m training for at least five hours every day and the more I train, the more my desire to become like Federer grows.”

But Huzaifa’s father Col Mohammad Faisal believes that despite being highly talented, his son will only match the great Swiss player’s accomplishments if he has the proper financial backing.

“Financial support becomes crucial when a player takes a step from a budding youngster to a tour professional,” said Faisal. “When you don’t have the money to get top level training and to play the professional circuit, your dreams are unlikely to materialise.”

Huzaifa got training in Bangkok in May 2014 under coach Dominik Utzinger, an Asian Tennis Federation ITF level III coach. Then last year from Jan 2016 to June 2016, he again spent a six-month training period in the same country under Pracharapol Khamsaman, an Asian Tennis Federation ITF level II Coach.

Faisal said training in foreign countries involved a lot of money and a common Pakistani could not even think of it. “An aspiring youngster requires at least $3000 per month only for group training in a state-of-the-art academy to polish his skills. But if he wishes to hire a coach, then he’ll have to spend three times more than that.”

At home Huziafa is groomed by Faisal at the tennis courts of Mangla Cantt. When he is in Islamabad he is trained by former Pakistan No.1 and ITF Level II coach Asim Shafik who has a high opinion about his pupil and feels he has all the potential to become a tennis icon.

“Huzaifa is a highly talented kid and when I see his commitment and devotion to the game, I know that one day he’ll become a great player. The good thing about him is that he spends a lot of time in training. I’ve no doubt in mind that hard work will pay off and he’ll rise in world tennis,” Asim added.

Huzaifa also feels that tennis facilities in Pakistan are not at par with international standards and youngsters need sponsorships to get good training abroad and to pursue their dreams. “We can produce great players like Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray but money is a big hurdle,” he remarked. “Hopefully things will work out for me better if I get good sponsors.”

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Sarfraz Ahmed to miss Australia ODI after mother falls ill

Sarfraz Ahmed to miss Australia ODI after mother falls ill

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Media Director Amjad Hussain told DawnNews on Tuesday.

Sarfraz will return to Pakistan on the first available flight to see his mother, PCB sources said.

Sarfraz’s return is a second blow to the Pakistan One Day International squad, which is to face Australia without paceman Muhammad Irfan, whose mother passed away earlier this week. Irfan will be replaced by Junaid Khan.

According to PCB sources, Muhammad Hafeez will join the Pakistan team today, whereas Khan will join his teammates tomorrow.

Pakistan and Australia will face off in Brisbane on Jan 13.

inaugurates the Baitul Ehsan Mosque

Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Inaugurates New Mosque in Mitcham, London

Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Inaugurates New Mosque in Mitcham, London

The local Ahmadi Muslims must fulfil the rights of their neighbours and inform the local people about the true peaceful teachings of Islam so that any fears or misconceptions that they may hold about Islam are removed.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurates the Baitul Ehsan Mosque

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 7 January 2017, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Baitul Ehsan Mosque in Mitcham, London.

Upon arrival, His Holiness officially inaugurated the Mosque by unveiling a commemorative plaque and offering a silent prayer in thanks to God Almighty.

His Holiness then delivered an address to the local Ahmadi Muslims gathered at the event.

 Baitul Ehsan Mosque UK

Baitul Ehsan Mosque

Speaking about the true purpose of a Mosque, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“The purpose of a Mosque is to worship the One God, and so all those who come to worship in this Mosque should seek to fulfil this objective. Thus, Ahmadi Muslims should always pay full attention towards worship and fulfilling the obligations owed to God Almighty.”

His Holiness continued:

“As a result of building this Mosque, the local community will become more aware of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Hence, the local Ahmadi Muslims must fulfil the rights of their neighbours and inform the local people about the true peaceful teachings of Islam so that any fears or misconceptions that they may hold about Islam are removed. May Allah enable you all to do this.”

After his address, His Holiness led the Zuhr and Asr prayers at the Mosque and inspected various facilities of the Mosque.

In addition to the prayer halls, the five-story building holds conference rooms, offices and various other facilities

Source:. http://timesofahmad.blogspot.com/2017/01/uk-head-of-ahmadiyya-muslim-community.html