Tag: Ground

CM to inaugurate Ittefaq Cricket Ground

LAHORE - President of the Lahore City Cricket Association Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed said,"We will fill the city of Lahore with cricket grounds and one of the additions will be Ittifaq Cricket Ground, to be inaugurated by CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif soon in healthy and environmental friendly surrounding H-Block Model Town, Lahore".
Chief Executive of Shapes (Pvt) Limited, Nadeem said Lahore is full of talented cricketers but there is no protected platform for them to keep their future

Gbagbo forces regain ground in Abidjan

ABIDJAN - Forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, besieged in Ivory Coast's main city, have retaken ground and are edging closer to where rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara is holed up, the United Nations said.
UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters on Friday that Gbagbo's forces had used a lull in fighting for peace talks as a ruse to reinforce their positions. "We understand that since that time, the forces of Mr. Gbagbo ... have regained terrain and they have

Western planes hit ground targets

TRIPOLI - Western warplanes hit Libyan forces at a strategically important eastern town, trying to land a crippling blow on Muammar Gaddafi's tanks in a nearly week-old campaign that NATO says could last three months.
In Tripoli, residents reported another air raid just before dawn on Friday, hearing the roar of a warplane, followed by a distant explosion and bursts of anti-aircraft gunfire.
Western-led operations to enforce a no fly zone to stop a violent crackdown against

Keep your feet on ground

KARACHI - Pakistan must guard against complacency if they want to win the World Cup, former captain Imran Khan said on Thursday as the nation celebrated a thumping win over the West Indies. Pakistan romped into the semi-finals following a convincing 10-wicket win over the West Indies in Dhaka in the first of four quarter-finals on Wednesday. The victory gave the 170-million population more reasons to celebrate Pakistan Day which also fell on Wednesday.
"Pakistan was expected to

Poppy still thick on ground in FATA, KP, NA body told

ISLAMABAD - Poppy cultivation in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has not been eliminated despite the funding from abroad, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Narcotics was told Wednesday. Ministry of Narcotics Control Secretary Iftikhar Ahmed informed the committee, which met with Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair, that the target of making FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa poppy-free was not achieved despite the fact that the United Stated had provided funding for the purpose.

Taliban are losing ground in Afghanistan: WP

LAHORE - In an article 'Taliban is losing its advantage in Afghanistan', the Washington Post said until five months ago, Forward Operating Base Jackson in Sangin, Helmand province, was an island in a Taliban sea. Patrol bases were ringed by Taliban flags, and each spring the fertile land along the Helmand River bloomed red with poppies, as 35 drug-processing labs helped fund the Taliban. But the newspaper said after the arrival of 1,500 marines in Sangin, things started to change.

Encroachments thick on the ground in Gulberg

Lahore - Encroachments on footpaths including construction material, animal fodders, eatery shops and stalls in Gulberg, one of the posh localities of the city, Pakistan Today has learnt. Several areas in Gulberg including the Gurumangat Road, Halli Road, MM Alam Road, Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan, Ali Zaib Road, Mehmood Kasuri Road, Liberty Market, Ghalib Road, Sir Syed Road, Tipu Road, Mini Market and the Main Market are full of encroachments leaving no space for pedestrians.

Skiing gaining ground under PAF patronage

COMMENT - Skiing has been in Pakistan a very long time. Not considered a sport, local residents used improvised wooden skies to commute in winters in the northern snowy mountains. The Pakistan Air Force formally introduced skiing as part of the snow survival training for its aircrew. Gradually, the sport gained popularity and PAF finally decided to patronise it in the country.
Consequently, in December 1990 the formation of Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) was the first modest

Pakistan’s terror havens ‘rich hunting ground’ for US: NYT

LAHORE - Pakistan's refusal to launch a military operation in North Waziristan to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries on its northwest border may have created a magnet there for hundreds of fighters, which has a positive side for the US, according to a report in the New York Times (NYT).
The report said that a growing number of senior US intelligence and counterinsurgency officials were of the opinion that by bunching up there, insurgents were ultimately making it easier for American

LSE on shaky ground, gains nominally

LAHORE - Lahore Stock Exchange remained on shaky ground on the last working day of the week. The LSE 25-index gained 5.92 points at the end of trading session on Friday. However, major change was witnessed in total turnover as the share volume increased from 7.56 million shares to 11.10 million shares, registering an increase of 3.58 million shares.
Investors showed their confidence in banking, oil and gas and fertiliser sectors. Total 125 symbols remained active out of which 53

CJP claims he stood ground against dictator

ISLAMABAD - A delegation comprising students of Harvard Kennedy School who are on visit to Pakistan called on the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the Supreme Court on Thursday.
The CJP briefed them about the Supreme Court, the Constitution, Judicial System and the lawyers' movement in Pakistan. Talking about the movement, he said in the history of Pakistan the Constitution has been abrogated and Martial Laws have been imposed. However, since the

India on weak ground to oppose EU trade concessions

KARACHI - India, while opposing the trade concession to Pakistan granted by European Union (EU) in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is in a weaker position to oppose the draft bill. According to experts, India which has shown serious reservations over the draft bill forwarded by EU for unilateral market access to Pakistan citing the contravention of World Trade Organization's (WTO) rules, could not muster adequate points to back up its position in the first session of WTO. Given

Is Pakistan losing ground in Taliban war?

TIME - For Pakistan's military commanders, it was a brutal warning that the gains they had made against militants over the past two years risk erosion. On Christmas Day, Pakistan's first female suicide bomber killed 47 refugees near a World Food Program (WFP) distribution point in Bajaur, the northernmost of Pakistan's seven tribal areas along the Afghan border. The WFP operations were forced to shut down. On Wednesday, Bajaur was hit again, as militants carried out their 100th

New Sabzi Mandi area breeding ground for diseases

KARACHI - Majority of residents of the new Sabzi Mandi area are suffering from tuberculosis, skin infections, worm infestation, diarrhoea and anaemia.
Doctors discovered this at one of the health camps set up by the Aga Khan University (AKU) in different parts of the city for conducting free medical checkups.
More than 2,000 people, majority of whom were women and children, were given free medical checkups and advice at health camps setup in Karimabad, Federal B Area; Bilal

Pakistan won’t allow US ground operations

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said it would not accept any ground operation by US troops in the Tribal Areas.
"The US knows our red lines on the issue and they will not cross them. Pakistan does not expect the United States to complicate matters involving counter-terrorism," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in his weekly press briefing.
"The NATO and ISAF mandate is restricted to Afghanistan and Pakistan's security forces are capable of taking action against

US boots on ground will end alliance, Pakistan warns

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday warned the United States that it would stop cooperating in the war against terrorism if the US-led NATO troops carried out cross border raids in the Tribal Areas.
US military officials told The New York Times that the commanders in Afghanistan had drawn up plans to attack Taliban and Al Qaeda sanctuaries in Pakistani tribal regions.
According to this report, the US military reportedly pressed for permission to open a second front against

US pushing for more ground raids in Pakistan: NYT

WASHINGTON: Frustrated US military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for a series of Special Operations ground raids in Pakistan, the New York Times reported.
The raids would likely need approval from President Barack Obama himself, and the wary administration fears political backlash in Pakistan. But the commanders see much to gain, particularly in terms of intelligence from captured militant leaders. "We've never been as close as we are now to getting the go-ahead to go