Momina Mustehsan named Islamabad United’s Empowerment Champion

Momina Mustehsan named Islamabad United’s Empowerment Champion

Singer Momina Mustehsan has been named as Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United’s Empowerment Champion.

According to a statement, Momina will feature in the team’s marketing and social channels, and will participate in events and campaigns in the coming months.

Apart from being a vocalist, Momina is known for her commitment to social issues in Pakistan. Last month, she was among public figures who came together for a campaign against domestic violence for UN Women Pakistan.

Islamabad United owner Amna Naqvi said Momina’s contribution to social issues makes her an ideal person for the position.

“We decided to incorporate Momina into the Islamabad United family as our Empowerment Champion because we believe it is our responsibility to foster more positive and progressive mindsets in our country,” she said.

“The empowerment of women in Pakistan is something we feel strongly about, and is something that Momina can be the face of. She is someone who is a role model for young women in Pakistan; the grace with which she has conducted herself through her rapid rise, while maintaining her principles is exemplary,” she added.

Regarding the partnership, Momina said she was honoured.

“I feel honoured and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality in Pakistan,” she said. “The vision that Islamabad United have for social issues, particularly with their Empowerment Programmes is something I feel strongly about, and look forward to contributing to.”

National players hail Leisure Leagues

National players hail Leisure Leagues

KARACHI: Pakistan national football players, including Kaleemullah, captain Hassan Bashir and women’s team captain Hajra Khan, hailed the launch of the Leisure Leagues in Pakistan which was announced at the British Deputy High Commission office in Karachi on Monday.

“Leisure Leagues is a very positive step as it will help unearth players who can represent Pakistan in the future,” Kaleemullah told The Express Tribune. “We desperately need a league system as that would help groom the youth into professional footballers.”

Leisure Leagues is a UK-based organisation which holds five-a-side, six-a-side and seven-a-side leagues in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and USA.

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The organisation has been active for the past 25 years and its president Tim Ollerenshaw revealed that they have plans to launch their operations in Pakistan from next year.

The leagues structure is such that it is not limited to just attracting professional players; it will try to rope in anyone who wants to play football, and this is an aspect which excited Pakistan midfielder Muhammad Adil the most.

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“The best thing is that anyone can play these leagues and that will give a lot of opportunities to many people to showcase their skills,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2016.

Australia remain unchanged for day-night Test against Pakistan

Australia remain unchanged for day-night Test against Pakistan

MELBOURNE: Australia named an unchanged squad on Thursday for the first Test against Pakistan starting next week, which will be the first day-night Test held at Brisbane’s Gabba.

Steve Smith’s team, drastically overhauled following their series-losing second Test defeat by South Africa in Hobart, salvaged pride by beating the Proteas in the third Test in Adelaide by seven wickets.

The selectors made six changes for the Adelaide Test, but decided the squad that reversed the team’s run of five Test successive defeats deserved another chance under lights in Brisbane.

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“We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the Tests in Perth and Hobart,” said chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns in a statement.

“This is a young group with a lot of promise and we believe all deserve their opportunity again in this upcoming Test,” he added.

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Opening batsman Shaun Marsh was not considered as he recovers from a broken finger he sustained in the first Test against South Africa.

The first Test of the three-match series against Pakistan starts on December 15.


Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.

Suarez to be offered new contract, says Barcelona president

Suarez to be offered new contract, says Barcelona president

BARCELONA: Barcelona’s prolific striker Luis Suarez will be offered a new contract with the Spanish champions until 2022, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Uruguayan collected the European Golden Shoe last season for the top scorer in domestic football in Europe with 40 league goals, helping Barca’s famed ‘MSN’ trio also containing Messi and Neymar score a record 131 goals in all competitions.

“Suarez is going to get a renewed contract very soon, it’s done, just a few small details need to be sorted and we’ll announce it in the next few days or weeks,” Bartomeu told Uruguayan radio station Cadena Celeste.

“It will be a great Christmas present, not necessarily for Luis as he already knows he’s going to continue here, but for football fans. For us he is an important character, he forms part of this spectacular trident we have, which helps the entire team function,” he added.

Suarez has won eight trophies since joining Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, including two La Liga titles, two King’s Cups and the Champions League. He is the club’s joint top scorer in the league this season alongside Messi with nine goals.


Bartomeu added: “We want [his contract] to be even longer, but for the moment he will sign until 2022. You have to adapt to the rules, which have a maximum contract length. We want Luis Suarez to stay at the club for many more years. And when he retires, he will always be welcomed back at Barcelona.”

Umpire sent to hospital after blow to head in Mumbai Test

Umpire sent to hospital after blow to head in Mumbai Test


Umpire Paul Reiffel was taken off the field and sent to hospital after a throw hit him on the back of his head during the first day of the third Test between India and England in Mumbai.

The 50-year-old had collapsed from the blow and play was stopped for a few minutes. Third umpire Marais Erasmus took Reiffel’s place as the on-field umpire.
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England batsman Keaton Jennings had played a stroke towards square-leg as fielder Bhuvneshwar Kumar lobbed a throw back in for Cheteshwar Pujara, who stood between Reiffel and the stumps.

Reiffel fell quickly to the ground after the hit and fellow umpire Bruce Oxenford rushed towards him to provide aid.

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After basic tests by the England physio, Reiffel walked away from the field before being transported to a nearby hospital for further tests.

This article originally appeared on ESPNCricinfo

Germany’s top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons

Germany’s top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons

Germany’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rejected an appeal by the girl’s parents that she should be excused the classes because a burkini did not conform with Islam’s ethic of decency, German media reported.

A spokesman for the court could not be reached for comment.

Germany is in the grip of a heated public debate about the role of Islam in society as it seeks to integrate more than a million mainly Muslim asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution who have entered this year and last.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have been punished at the polls in regional elections by voters angry at her open-door policy, on Tuesday proposed a ban on full-face Muslim veils.

Her Christian Democrats, who have been bleeding support to the AfD, a populist party that says Islam is incompatible with the constitution, toughened their tone on integrating migrants at a party conference this week.

Wednesday’s ruling could give more credibility to future attempts by the government to ban the full-face veil after a parliamentary election next year.

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The girl had argued before lower courts that swimming in a burkini revealed the shape of her body, something that goes against her religion.

The Constitutional Court noted that lower courts had found this to be untrue, and further found there were “no binding rules in Islam” to define appropriate clothing.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may feature bezel-less display


Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may feature bezel-less display

Samsung’s new smartphone, the S8, which set to be released next year, may feature an edge-to-edge display, and no physical home button, a report from Bloomberg has suggested.

The report also reiterated earlier rumours that the new flagship device will introduce an upgraded digital assistant.

The bezel-less display is expected to provide a bigger viewing screen while maintaining the same overall size for the new phone. The physical home button may be given up in favour of a virtual home button place at the lower section of the screen.

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Much is on the line for Samsung as the smartphone giant works to recover from the Note 7 debacle. The ill-fated smartphone was recalled after reports of the device catching fire and exploding costing the company $6 billion.

Meanwhile, the report added, Samsung may introduce OLED screens in its new smartphone, which are a lot thinner than liquid-crystal screens. This new screen technology may offer better colours at lower power consumption.

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Samsung’s new device is expected to arrive in March next year, though it can be delayed till April as the tech giant adopts tougher testing procedure for its phones.

Samsung is not the first smartphone maker to venture into bezel-less display territory with Xiaomi and Sony also putting up their concepts, though none have made it to mass production.

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Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to Hold 32nd Annual Convention – ‘Jalsa Salana’

Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to Hold 32nd Annual Convention – ‘Jalsa Salana’

Along with the Australians from different walks of life, the convention attracts government officials, diplomats and various media outlets.

Bait-ul-Huda Mosque, Marsden Park, Sydney to host one of Australia’s largest and oldest running Muslim Convention

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia will hold one of Australia’s largest and oldest Muslim conventions on 28th, 29th & 30th December at Bait-ul-Huda Mosque, Marsden Park, Sydney.

The three-day event will attract about 3000 community members and their guests from across Australia and abroad, providing a unique spiritual experience through scholarly lectures, discussions and special exhibitions.  Along with the Australians from different walks of life, the convention attracts government officials, diplomats and various media outlets.

The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia, Mr. I. H. Kauser said,

“Our historic Annual Convention is in its 32nd consecutive year and thousands of Ahmadi Muslims will be gathering to gain spirituality, understanding, peace and unity. It’s a unique Islamic event through which we hope to answer the various questions and controversies often associated with Islam. Our doors and our hearts are always open for our fellow countrymen and we wholeheartedly invite all those who seek knowledge and understanding of Islam and Ahmadiyyat.”

About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Community has now built over 17,000 mosques, over 500 schools and over 30 hospitals, and has translated the Holy Quran into over 70 languages. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been at the forefront of worldwide disaster relief through an independent charitable organization, Humanity First.

— Australia: Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to Hold 32nd Annual Convention – ‘Jalsa Salana’

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Boxer Amir Khan’s wife makes shocking claims against in-laws

Boxer Amir Khan’s wife makes shocking claims against in-laws


International boxing star Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom are one of the most adored couples in the industry.

On Tuesday evening, Faryal took to Snapchat and spoke out against her in-laws and domestic abuse she had been facing after her marriage. Openly speaking out on the matter, we had a tough time believing that there may be trouble in paradise for the couple.

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Messages posted on her Snapchat hinted at instances of domestic abuse by her sister-in-law and mother-in-law.

“Don’t get your sons married if you’re going to abuse and bully the wife,” she said in a post.

“What about when your sister-in-laws come to hit you when your husband’s not home and still you don’t raise your hand out of respect for you husband?” she questioned in another post.

“Then they think it’s okay to bully you in public and call you BAD!” she continued.

Faryal, who is a human rights activist as well as an occasional ramp walker, further revealed that she lives on her own earnings even after marriage, but her sister-in-law still gives her a hard time.

“I worked my a** off on a catwalk from 7am till 12am at night. My husband’s a multi-millionaire but still work and do my own as I can never touch his BLOOD money, when I have a right too! And then I get hating evil sister in laws shitting on me?,” she wrote in another post.
PHOTO: fashpk

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In a yet another message, the star hints at her in laws forcing Amir to opt for divorce despite her being 9 months pregnant.

She then posted a screenshot of hateful comments posted on her official Instagram page, one of which appear to be from her sister-in-law.

Act of vengeance: Three members of a family suffer acid attack

Act of vengeance: Three members of a family suffer acid attack

LAHORE: To avenge the murder of a family member, three assailants threw acid on a woman, her husband and their daughter-in-law in broad daylight on the outskirts of the city. The incident took place in the Baghbanpura police jurisdiction on Wednesday.

The injured were identified as Muhammad Boota, 55, Sarwari Begum, 45 and Shama, 30, of the Mehmood Boota area.

The investigation officer of the Baghbanpura police station, Sub-Inspector Ismail, told The Express Tribune that the victims’ family nominated four people, including Fauzia, Ihsaan, Danish and Shafiq in their complaint.

He said the victims stated that their son had murdered his wife some years ago and was in jail for the crime. The suspects were relatives of the murdered woman.

‘Our’ woman

“You killed our woman, so we kill yours [is what the suspects said when they carried out the attack],” the IO said, quoting the victims’ family. “This seems to be an act of revenge,” he added.

The policeman said the accused were still at large and they were suspicious over the statements of victim’s family.

He continued that some of the facts of the story remained hidden as the police had only managed to take the initial statements of the victims. However, the cops had already initiated their probe.

The area where the incident occurred can be described as an underprivileged area of the city. Mostly small businessmen live there. Boota, one of the victims, said he was feeding his pigeons on the roof of their house when he heard his wife Sawari Begum screaming.

When I rushed down, I saw two men and a woman wearing black masks.

They were quarreling with my wife and daughter-in-law.” When he tried to confront the intruders, one of them pulled out a pistol and opened fire on him and later threw a bottle of acid” he said. “Thank God, I narrowly escaped the bullet.”

Boota told The Express tribune that locals immediately called Rescue 1122 after the attack and shifted the injured to the Mayo Hospital. The husband and wife suffered burn injuries to the shoulders, while their daughter-in-law’s face was burnt.

“Following the incident, locals gathered at the crime scene, but the culprits had managed to escape” he added.

Sarwari Begum told The Express Tribune said that a burqa-clad woman had come to their home and inquired about the residents.

“When I told her no one was at home except my daughter in law, she returned with two accomplices and the incident occurred” she said.

A doctor at Mayo Hospital, while talking to The Express Tribune, said the victims suffered 10 to 15% burns to their face, shoulders and other parts of the body.

We will let them go after observation. They are all in satisfactorily condition,” he concluded.

A law does exist

Social activist Advocate Nadeem Anthony pointed out that the Federal Acid Control and Crime prevention Act 2014 and Punjab Acid Control and Crime act 2011 are supposed to restrict the availability of the substance. He complained law enforcement agencies had not done their part.

“We can find acid’s at all shops of Lahore. Until law enforcement agencies take strict against these shopkeepers, these incidents will occur frequently” he said.

“Every week, we read about an acid throwing incident and law enforcement agencies remain silent spectators,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2016.