Three blasts heard in Quetta: sources

QUETTA: Three loud blasts have been heard in Quetta city, sources said late on Tuesday.Police is trying to locate the place of blasts but no loss of life or property was confirmed as a result of blasts, sources added.

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Levin: No US aid until Pakistan takes on militants (AP via Yahoo! News)

Pakistan must prove it is willing to take on extremists within its own borders before the U.S. delivers financial aid or weapons to the government there, a key senator said Tuesday.

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Pakistan’s most wanted claims Lahore attack (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Pakistan’s most wanted militant on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a deadly police academy assault and threatened to attack the US capital in retaliation for a series of air strikes.

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Pakistan court allows Sharifs to take back Punjab (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a ruling barring former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother from holding elected office and restored their government in the key province of Punjab.

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Old players selected as no new talent available: hockey coach

KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team coach Shahid Ali Khan has said that no new talent is being found in hockey due to which the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has decided to include old players in the team.Talking with media here at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium on Tuesday, Shahid Ali Khan said that the national team is participating in the Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament with only one goalkeeper. He said that there is only one slot for goalkeeper in modern hockey and if Nasir Ahmed gets unfit then goalkeeping job may be assigned to Dilawar Hussain.Shahid Ali Khan said that the Pakistan team did not play any international tournament for eight months but it is hoped that the team would give better input in the Azlan Shah tournament.He said that the main target of the Pakistan team is Asia Cup.

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PCB considers expansion of selection committee

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started considering an increase in members of the selection committee from three to five.The national selection committee currently consists of chairman Abdul Qadir, members Saleem Jaffer and Shoaib Mohammad.The PCB sources said that the board has started considering to increase number of selectors from three to five and an announcement in this regard is likely to be made in the next few days.Names of Ehteshamuddin and Farrukh Zaman are being tipped for including in the PCB selection committee.

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Ijaz undergoes CT scan at hospital

LAHORE: Former Test cricketer Ijaz Ahmed underwent a CT scan here at the Services Hospital on Tuesday and doctors have advised him further rest.Ijaz Ahmed is under police arrest for the charges of issuing bogus cheques.Ijaz told Geo News at the Services Hospital that he is still feeling not good and dotors have advised him further rest after he underwent CT scan.He further said that he is now under mental stress and would plead for his case once he recovers.Former Test cricketer said that he would prove himself innocent before the court and the people.

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Nadal, Murray make fourth round at Miami tennis

MIAMI: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray both made the fourth round at the Miami ATP hard court tennis tournament. Number 1 Nadal fought off a challenge from 74th-ranked Portuguese Federico Gil to win a tight 7-5, 6-3 victory, while fourth seed Scot Murray downed Chile”s Nicolas Massu 6-4, 6-4. Nadal”s victory was his 23rd of the season against just two defeats as he strives for a third 2009 trophy. Joining in the last 16 in Miami were sixth seed Juan Del Potro as the Argentine beat Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1, and Viktor Troicki who won over German Bjorn Phau 6-4, 6-3.

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Pakistan court restores opposition gov’t in Punjab (AP via Yahoo! News)

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday restored the provincial government of a main opposition leader after his administration was removed by President Asif Ali Zardari from the country’s most powerful province.

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Smith becomes fit to lead SA in ODI series against Australia

JOHANNESBURG: Captain South Africa, who could not play Twenty20 matches against Australia, has now become fit before the One-day International series and thus the South Africa cricket team will take the field with its regular captain in ODIs.The series of five one-dayers between South Africa and Australia will begin on Friday. Graeme Smith was injured when a Mitchell Johnson ball hit him during the second Test against Australia due to which he could not take part in the third Test and the Twenty20 matches but he is now fit to lead his team in the One-day Internationals.However, Jacques Kallis is facing fitness problem these days and he is likely to be replaced by Roelof van der Merwe, who has recently displayed brilliant performance in the Twenty20 match.

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