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BCCI has banned me without any evidence: Asad Rauf
ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf Friday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty. "What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me," Rauf asked.

World Champion Asif gearing up to regain National Snooker crown
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Former IBSF World Amateur Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif was gearing-up to regain his crown in the 41st edition of National Snooker Championship which break-off here from February 15. "Yes I am fully ready to regain my crown after last winning it in 2012," country's premier cueist told APP in an interview on Friday as he prepared to travel to Karachi from Faisalabad to figure in prestigious national event.

Zeeshan/Saif steers Pakistan 5th spot in ICC U19 CWC
KARACHI, Feb. 12 (APP)- Pakistan ended its campaign in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament. Batting duo of opener Zeeshan  Malik and Saif Badar starred in their team's triumph with sizzling batting.

TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally starts
BAHAWALPUR, Feb 12 (APP): Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) 11th Cholistan jeep rally has started here Friday. A total of 80 vehicles have got registered in 8 different categories. Two female drivers are also participating in the event. Qualifying round of the rally will be held on Saturday.

2nd National Twenty20 Blind Cricket from Feb 15: Secretary PCoBC
PESHAWAR, Feb 12 (APP): To express solidarity with the martyred of Army Public School, the Peshawar Club of Blind Cricket has decided to hold the second edition of the National Twenty20 Cricket Championship to be played from February 15-18, 2016 here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium. This was stated by Habib Ullah Khan, Secretary General Peshawar Club of Blind Cricket while talking to APP here on Friday. He said all arrangements in this connection have already been finalized. He said team from Peshawar, Abbottabad, Okara and Islamabad will take part in the three-day event with the aim to pay rich tribute to the martyrs of APS.

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Profile of Punjab Governor Latif Khosa

LAHORE, Jan 13 (APP): Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa is the 33rd Governor of the province who succeeded Salman Taseer, gunned down by his body-guard in Islamabad.Hailing from Dera Ghazi Khan, a district in the Southern Punjab, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa’s elevation as Punjab Governor symbolises the fulfilment of PPP’s manifesto of the empowerment of the less priviliged as well as development of backward areas in the country.
Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa, a close aide of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, is an astute politician as well as a lawyer leader who rendered valuable services during the lawyers movement launched for the restoration of judiciary.
Following is a brief profile of the Punjab Governor sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa:
Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa was born in Dera Ghazi Khan on 25 July 1946.  
He got his early education from schools in D.G. Khan and Lahore while graduated from the Punjab University.
Khosa won distinction in the matriculation and L.L.B examination during his academic careeer.Blessed with rare rhetoric abilities, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa remained the best english debator in the Punjab University.
As a student leader, Khosa was elected as President Punjab University Law College Student Union during 1965-66.
As a lawyer Khosa has the unique distinction of being the first President of the Multan High Court Bar Association and was elected three time as President.
He also was elected member of Pakistan Bar Council on three occasions and Chairman Executive Committee and Appeals committee as well as Members Tribunal of the council.
Khosa, remained PPP Senator from March 2003 to March 2009.
He also served as Attorney General of Pakistan as well as adviser to the Prime Minsiter on Information Technolog/Minister-in-Charge.
Khosa was in the forefront of the lawyers movement who opposed the Musharraf dictatorial regime tooth and nail and shed his blood for the restoration of judiciary on March 12, 2007.
Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa has been elevated as Punjab Governor by the President Asif Ali zardari on advice of the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on January 11, 2011.
Profile of Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan

Governor Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan (born March 2, 1963) studied in the prestigious Dow Medical College, Karachi. As a student he had a penchant for politics and emerged as a prominent leader of a popular student organization, APMSO, a student wing of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The MQM is the third largest political party of Pakistan and the second largest in Sindh, having representation in the Federal Parliament of Pakistan, the Sindh Provincial Assembly and the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly. The party enjoys a large following in all units of the federation because of its welfare-oriented egalitarian political manifesto impacted by Mr. Altaf Hussain, the populist leader of the toiling masses.

After graduation, he remained the head of the Medical Aid Committee – poor patients’ welfare entity of the party. Gradually, he became a front rank political figure of the MQM. On his return from almost ten years of political exile in London, he was appointed to the position of the Governor of the province of Sindh. Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan assumed the charge of his office on December 27, 2002 as the youngest Governor of Sindh. He is the longest serving Governor of any province of Pakistan since its inception in 1947.

Earlier in 1990, he was the youngest Minister in the Provincial cabinet of Sindh, holding the portfolios of Housing and Town Planning. Subsequently, he was also assigned the additional charge of Environment and Public Health Engineering Departments.

Masood Kausar takes oath as KP Governor

PESHAWAR, Feb 10 (APP): Barrister Syed Masood Kausar took oath as Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) here on Thursday.
The oath taking ceremony was held at the lawn of Governor House.
Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal administered the oath to the new Governor. Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti was also present on the occasion. Earlier, Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastagir read commission of appointment issued by President Asif Ali Zardari.
Large number of people, including politicians, judges, senators, ministers, MNAs, MPAs, government officials, lawyers and mediamen attended the ceremony.
Talking to newsmen after taking oath of office, Governor Masood Kausar said that restoring peace in tribal area would be his priority. He said he would fully concentrate on the development of Fedreally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as the region had received much importance from the founding leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He said he would work with the leadership of Awami National Party (ANP) to put the province on the path of development and prosperity.
Senior Minister Bashir Bilour, speaking on the occasion, termed the  appointment of Barrister Masood Kausar as Governor a good omen, saying that such a person was appointed on the post who had close relations with the people of the province.
Bashir Bilour said they would jointly work with Masood Kausar for the resolution of problems of the province and FATA, especially militancy.
He said that Barrister Masood Kausar was a seasoned politician who had rendered great sacrifices for the cause of democracy and was even jailed for the purpose.
Profile of Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulifiqar Ali Magsi

Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi is an influential tribal figure, a seasoned politician and has a long history in politics.Born on February 14, 1954 in Jhal Magsi, he is a qualified person and the chief of his tribe, Magsi. He also served as the Chief Minister Balochistan from 1993 to 1996.
He started his political career in 1977 when he was elected as the Provincial Assembly Member from his native constituency PB-32 as an independent candidate. Similarly, in 1985 and 1988 general elections, he retained his seat and represented his constituency in the Provincial Assembly.
Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has served on key positions in the provincial government from time to time and held the portfolios of Education and Planning & Development and Home and Tribal Affairs Department.
In 1993 general elections, Nawab Magsi was again elected as Balochistan Assembly Member from Jhal Magsi and this time he was elected as Leader of the House as he secured vote of confidence of 26 out of the total 42 members of the House.
In 2008 gneral elections, the people of PB-32 again reposed their confidence in Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi but he resigned from the seat as he was appointed Governor Balochistan.
During his long political career, Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has represented Pakistan and the province in a number of countries including United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Greece, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

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