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Snooker prodigy Ahsan Ramzan distraught over police action

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Snooker prodigy Ahsan Ramzan distraught over police action

In a surprise move, a Green Town police team on Wednesday night raided a snooker club and took Ahsan Ramzan, the World and Asian Under-21 snooker champion, into custody. 

Ramzan strongly reacted to the police action and through a video appealed to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab IGP Usman Anwar to order a probe into the issue.

In his video message, the youngster claimed that police reached the snooker academy late night (Wednesday) and took him to the police station.

“I, along with other players, was in the academy in Township in connection with the training for upcoming events when the Green Town police raided the academy for keeping it open till late at night,” Ramzan claimed. 

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Police took Ramzan to the police station, though he said he introduced himself to police. He said the policemen seized his mobile phone and put him behind the bars.

The snooker hero finally secured liberty when a friend approached police and sought that he be released. 

Ramzan, who won the World and Asian Champion titles recently, was very much upset while describing the raid details. 

“I informed the policemen that I was a world champion but they replied I had done it for myself (implying that they would not give in to any pressure),” he lamented. 

“I always tried to elevate Pakistan and got success. But I am humiliated in my own country.”

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He further said that unfortunately snooker had no patronage in the country and was being dealt like an orphan.

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Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

Anchorperson Imran Riaz released after court dismisses charges against him

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 YouTuber and anchorperson Imran Riaz has been released following a court order that discharged him from charges of interference in official duties.

Imran Riaz’s lawyer, Mian Ali Ashfaq, confirmed the news on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Media reports indicate that on May 29, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Justice Aamer Farooq, allowed Imran Riaz to perform Hajj. However, despite the court’s permission, he was barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj on June 3 and had to return home, stating his intent to seek court intervention again.

On June 12, the Islamabad High Court once more permitted Imran Riaz to proceed with Hajj. Yet, on the same day, he was arrested at Lahore Airport, clad in ihram, just as he was about to depart.

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A case under Section 406 for breach of trust was filed against him, but the Model Town Court in Lahore dismissed these charges on June 13. Nonetheless, he was rearrested in connection with another case.

This time, Imran Riaz was accused in a case registered at Sarwar Road Police Station in Lahore for allegedly interfering with official duties by forcibly driving his vehicle through an airport checkpoint, damaging a barrier.

However, on June 14, the Cantt Court in Lahore discharged Imran Riaz from the interference charges, leading to his release as per the court’s order.

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

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Health insurance for 5,000 journalists on cards: Tarar

Federal Information Minister Atta Tarar announced that health insurance for 5,000 journalists will be ensured in the first phase.

While addressing the media at the press club, Tarar stated that the government is committed to the welfare of journalists. He underlined the need to work together to serve the country. He also asserted the government’s belief in freedom of expression while stopping misinformation.

Also read: PPP standing with journalists over defamation law: Hassan Murtaza

Tarar highlighted that everyone must play a part in ending fake. He mentioned that a long meeting with journalists will be held soon saying that his doors are always open for them.

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Furthermore, Atta Tarar said that the government will ensure a minimum wage of Rs 37,000

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Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

Political parties must prioritise country’s progress: President Zardari

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Political parties must prioritise country's progress: President Zardari

 President Asif Ali Zardari has emphasised that political parties must prioritise the country’s progress and prosperity by fulfilling their democratic and constitutional responsibility.

He was talking to Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

The president said we must only think about Pakistan and put aside personal differences.

He stressed the need to take Pakistan forward and everyone has to play his role in this regard.

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Speaking on the occasion, the Interior Minister said any challenge can be tackled through the power of unity and solidarity.

Besides, matters of mutual interest and country’s overall situation were discussed in the meeting.

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