Old-design notes to be demonetized

Old-design notes to be demonetized


As per federal government’s gazette notification dated June 4, 2015, the old design banknotes will cease to be legal tender with effect from Dec 1, 2016.

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Therefore, it has now been decided to phase out all remaining old design banknotes of Rs10, 50, 100 and 1,000. The Rs5 banknote and the old design Rs500 banknote have already been demonetised. It is worth mentioning that the State Bank of Pakistan issued a new design banknote series which started with the issuance of Rs20 denomination banknote in 2005 to improve the security, durability and aesthetic quality of banknotes.

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The process of issuance of complete series of new design banknotes comprising eight denominations (Rs5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 and 5,000) was completed in 2008. The commercial/microfinance banks will accept the old design banknotes of Rs10, 50, 100 and 1000 and exchange the same with the new design banknotes and coins of all denominations up to Nov 30, 2016 only.

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Sarfraz elated after finishing on a high

Sarfraz elated after finishing on a high

Sarfraz elated after finishing on a high

MANCHESTER – New Twenty20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed was delighted to end the England tour on a “high note” Wednesday erasing memories of the damaging spot-fixing controversy of their last visit six years ago.

Pakistan inflicted a crushing nine-wicket win over England at Old Trafford on Wednesday in Ahmed’s first match in charge of the Twenty20 side and the final match of their tour. Fresh from Sunday’s four-wicket victory in Cardiff, where Ahmed made 90 as Pakistan avoided a one-day series whitewash, the tourists held England to 135 for seven in their 20 overs.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim removed both England openers before fast bowler Wahab Riaz took a Twenty20-best three for 18. Openers Sharjeel Khan (59) and Khalid Latif (59 not out) then shared a blistering century stand as Pakistan won with 31 balls to spare.

“Credit to our bowlers … and then Khalid and Sharjeel played really well,” Ahmed told reporters. “After we won the match in Cardiff, the morale was very high when we arrived here. But I told the players that when we are playing T20 cricket we want some energy and we want some good fielding on the ground. The players did that,” he added. “This is how to play modern-day cricket.” Riaz had been plagued by no-ball problems as Pakistan came from behind to draw a four-Test series with England 2-2 — a result that took them top of the Test standings — before losing the one-dayers 4-1. But there was no over-stepping in Manchester.

“The credit goes to the bowling coach (Azhar Mahmood), he really helped me, he was very strict with me about the no-balls,” said Riaz. “Because I was resting the last two games, he really worked hard with me,” the 31-year-old man-of-the-match added.

Pakistan confounded a succession of England batsmen with their changes of pace, none more so than Riaz, who broke the 90mph barrier in Manchester. “When I was running in, I had a plan within myself that if I have to bowl fast, it has to be very fast and if I have to bowl slow. it has to be very slow,” said Riaz.

“You have to have a lot of varieties in this T20 game. I think I was successful in that and getting wickets.”

Pakistan’s conduct, as well as their cricket, helped restore their reputation in English cricket circles following the spot-fixing controversy that blighted their last visit six years ago. “The whole tour was very good, our Test cricket was very good. We wanted to finish on a high note and we did,” said Ahmed. Beaten England captain Eoin Morgan blamed a rapid change in conditions for a crushing loss. England managed just one boundary in their last 10 overs, whereas Sharjeel and Latif struck 14 fours and a six in the first five overs of Pakistan’s reply.

But Morgan said evening dew had made the new ball come on to the bat nicely at the start of Pakistan’s chase, even though there was a gap of just 10 minutes between innings. “I think conditions changed quite dramatically throughout the game,” he said. “With the benefit of hindsight, I probably would have bowled first and chased in the evening — given how much dew there was about.”

But England coach Trevor Bayliss was scathing after a disappointing end to his team’s season. “The way we were going allowed Pakistan to get on top. We didn’t show urgency with our running,” he said. “We played like pretty boys at one stage,” the Australian added. “We want to win every game. You can coach all you want but it’s got to come from within. The ceiling is still very high. We’re still looking at how well we can play. We’re looking at how we can become a bit more consistent.”

0 Bigger wins for Pakistan in T20Is than the nine-wicket win in this match. They had won by eight wickets on three previous occasions, two of those against Bangladesh and Kenya.

107 Opening partnership between Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif – Pakistan’s fourth-highest in T20Is. Their top-three opening stands have been either against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. This was their first 50-plus opening partnership against England.

4 England players who have appeared in 50 or more T20Is. Jos Buttler became the fourth to play as many after Eoin Morgan (64), Stuart Broad (56) and Luke Wright (51).

3 Instances of both Pakistan openers making 50-plus scores in the same T20I innings. Their first two instances were against Bangladesh in the 2010 World T20 and against Zimbabwe last year.

73 Runs scored by Pakistan in the Powerplay – their most in T20Is. They had added 72 runs against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2011. This is the joint third-highest Powerplay score by any team against England.

3/18 Wahab Riaz’s figures, his best in T20Is. His only other three-wicket haul was 3 for 34 against New Zealand in Auckland earlier this year.

17 Runs conceded by Imad Wasim – joint second-lowest for Pakistan against England in T20Is, for a full quota of four overs. Shahid Afridi had conceded 15 runs in Dubai last year.

0 Previous opening partnerships of 50 or more runs for England against Pakistan. Today’s stand of 56 between Alex Hales and Jason Roy is the first such stand. England’s previous highest for them was 48 in Dubai in 2012.

79 Runs added by England’s last seven wickets – their fourth-lowest in T20Is. Their openers added 56 runs but they ended with 135 for 7. None of their remaining partnerships added more than 30 runs.

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Rangers summoned in Punjab: Sanaullah

Rangers summoned in Punjab: Sanaullah

Rangers summoned in Punjab: Sanaullah



Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Friday said the provincial government had summoned Rangers for operation against terrorists and banned outfits in ‘specific’areas of the province.

Sanaullah said that after the Quetta blast last month, the Punjab government felt the need to summon Rangers in order to “assist the counter-terrorism department against financiers and facilitators of banned outfits”.

“Rangers have been summoned for a specific time period, and will operate in specific areas,” the provincial law minister told BBC Urdu’s Umar Afridi in an interview.

Rangers will operate in Punjab for a period of two months, Sanaullah said. He added that if needed, the government will extend their stay to operate in the province.

“Rangers are operating in Punjab. They are assisting local police on a tip-off against terrorists. More Rangers have been summoned as reinforcement,” said Sanaullah.

The law minister clarified that the paramilitary force has been summoned to operate in ‘difficult areas’, identified through intelligence reports, which require tough security measures.

“This is not the first time that the Rangers have been summoned. In the past, the paramiltary force was summoned to bring down robbers in Rajan Pur area,” said Sanaullah.

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The Condemned: A documentary on Ahmadi persecution

The Condemned: A documentary on Ahmadi persecution



‘The condemned’ is an endeavor to capture the persecution faced by the minority Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan – from their eyes.

The short documentary is a collection of testimonies in which those Ahmadis who have faced persecution narrate the target killings of loved ones, discrimination at the hands of fellow students and what it is like to live in jail as a blasphemy convict.

A town called Rabwah

Rabwah, is a town of District Jhang with the highest population of Ahmadis in Pakistan. The town is also home to some who have been convicted of blasphemy and under the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance of 1984, making them prisoners in this town.

A major chunk of the report was filmed in Rabwah and identities of some community members have been hidden for the sake of their security. The young man who shares the story of the horrors his family faced after his brother was accused of blasphemy has now left Pakistan. Therefore, we took the risk of showing his face on-camera. The town still provides a sense of security for the rest, so the condemned could speak with hidden faces.

Terror and truth

“Is she sure she will be able to run the interviews? What about the censorship, what about the backlash?”

These were the questions asked when this scribe approached the Ahmadi community members for the video report on their plight. Such concerns arose as a consequence of their experience with the mainstream Urdu press, who finally dared to address the Ahmadi debate after the May 28, 2010 bombings at two Ahmadi places of worship in Lahore. Unfortunately, the Urdu press continued its precedent of not covering the faith-based target killings of Ahmadis, not raising the question of discrimination faced by this community, and continuing to cover events by different religious organizations that are openly anti-Ahmadi.

However, the regular coverage of Ahmadi persecution and threat to the lives of community members by leading English publications eventually opened space to allow video documentation of the persecution of this minority group.


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Germany: New Ahmadiyya Mosque opened in Morfelden-Walldorf

Germany: New Ahmadiyya Mosque opened in Morfelden-Walldorf

Germany: New Ahmadiyya Mosque opened in Morfelden-Walldorf

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

The Subhan Mosque inaugurated by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is pleased to announce that on 6 September 2016, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa (Caliph), His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad inaugurated the Subhan Mosque (Mosque of Purity) in the German city of Morfelden-Walldorf.

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 led the Zuhr and Asr prayers at the new Mosque and later planted a tree at the Mosque premises to further mark the occasion.

Thereafter, a special reception, attended by around 150 dignitaries and guests, was held to mark the opening of the Mosque. Various dignitaries attended, including the Mayor of Morfelden-Walldorf.

The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Germany, Abdullah Wagishauser gave a welcome address, followed by comments from guest speakers.

Representing the Protestant Church, Father Jochen Muhl said:

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community upon the inauguration of this Mosque. You are good people and our friends.”

President of the Buddhist Community, Matthias Groninger said:

“It is a great honour for this town that His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is visiting us. I congratulate you all on the building of this Mosque which I believe to be a symbol of peace.”

Mayor of Morfelden-Walldorf, Heinz-Peter Becker said:

“A fundamental human right is religious freedom and we see that here in Germany and it is part of our Constitution. Certainly, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community upholds human rights and is against all forms of religious compulsion.”

Thereafter, the keynote address was delivered by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad in which he addressed and explained various issues according to the teachings of Islam.

Speaking about how all religions in their original form were forces for peace, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad:

“All the major religions of the world are present in this town and if their followers act upon the true teachings of their respective religions then you will never see any conflict or division arise. All religions, in their original form, seek to establish values of peace, love and tolerance.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“The purpose of a Mosque is to establish peace and indeed every true place of worship is a symbol of peace and harmony. When the Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) was permitted to fight a defensive war it was for the sake of establishing the peace and freedom of belief.”

His Holiness said that the wars fought in early Islam were for conducted for the sake of establishing universal religious freedom.

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Where Islam granted the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) permission to engage in a defensive war it was in order to protect the people of all faiths and all places of worship. It was to protect churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and the places of worship of all people.”

Speaking of the need for people to join together and for increased dialogue, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“Dialogue between different communities and groups is extremely important and the way to break down barriers and to foster mutual understanding. We should remember that we all make mistakes and have weaknesses and so it is better to focus on each other’s qualities and try to ignore their shortcomings. This is the way to build bridges and the means for peace.”

Concluding, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:

“A message of peace and harmony echoes in all directions from our Mosques wherever they are built and wherever our community is established. Now that this Mosque has been inaugurated, I am confident that the local Ahmadi Muslims will spread Islam’s message of love and peace far and wide.”

Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad continued:

“I pray that with each day that dawns the local people will come to the realisation ever more that this Mosque is not merely adding to the physical beauty of this town, but rather is a means of peace and security for them.”

The formal session concluded with a silent prayer led by His Holiness followed by dinner.

— Germany: New Ahmadiyya Mosque opened in Morfelden-Walldorf

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Various groups call for more sanctions against Ahmadis

Various groups call for more sanctions against Ahmadis

Various groups call for more sanctions against Ahmadis



Several religious organisations celebrated September 7 as Khatm-i-Nabuwat Day. They demanded more religious and social sanctions on Ahmadis in Pakistan.

These organisations held indoor conferences, seminars and press conferences to express their reservations against Ahmadis to mark the day in 1974 when the parliament had declared the community non-Muslims. Speakers at these conferences demanded a ban on their activities. Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat held a seminar in this regard at Jamia Masjid Muslim Town where its leaders expressed their views against Ahmadis.

Various groups call for more sanctions against Ahmadis

Maulana Yousaf urged Muslims to unite against Ahmadis. “At least 10,000 people were killed in the movement against Ahmadis in 1953. In 1974, we waged a legal battle and ensured that Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims. We should continue our efforts against them.” Maulana Azizur Rehman Sani said, “The Ahmadi’s presence in Pakistan amounts to setting up another Israel. There are rumours of conspiracies to bring Ahmadis into decision-making positions.”

Jamaat-i-Ahle Sunnat held a conference at Jamia Ghosia Rizvia on Bund Road. Mufti Muhammad Iqbal Chishti, its provincial leader, said Ahmadis should be taken to task for “preaching their faith.” “We will not allow anyone to remove provisions in the Pakistan Penal Code that provide punishment for blasphemers,” he said.

World Pasban Khatm-i-Nabuwat held Kul Musalik Khatme Nabuwat Conference at Lahore Press Club. Representatives of several religious parties participated in the conference. The participants passed a unanimous resolution paying tribute to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for his move against Ahmadis. “Bhutto provided a constitutional cover to finality of prophet hood in Pakistan by declaring Ahmadis non-Muslims.” “For this, Bhutto will remain a hero,” he said.

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Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat held a seminar at a private hotel where representatives of various religious parties expressed their views.

Muhammad Ziaul Haq Naqshbandi said Ahmadis should be removed from public offices. He said there should be a ban on Ahmadis speaking on television. He said there should be stricter punishment for apostates.

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