Pakistan receives CSF tranche of $336 million dollars from US

Pakistan received 336 million dollars fund from the United States for its on-going role in combating a Taliban insurgency in its neighbouring country Afghanistan.

The fund is provided by US under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) programme which was started in 2001 after Pakistan became frontline ally of US-led coalition in Afghanistan.

This financial injection to Pakistan comes after Taliban militants had step up its annual summer offensive which was launched in late April, 2015.

Since the CSF programme began, Pakistan has received a total of 13 billion dollars in payments. In exchange for these reimbursements, Pakistan provides US and its allies to use its air bases and other facilities.

It should be noted that, the current CSF aid of 336 million dollars is the first tranche of total 1.5 billion dollars for the current fiscal year ending June 2016. It also first tranche since, US-led NATO forces ended their combat mission in Afghanistan in December 2015.

The injection of fresh cash has helped Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves reach all time high to 19 billion dollars.


Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez suspended from Bowling in International Cricket for 1 Year

International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Pakistan’s all-rounder cricketer Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket for a period of one year.

He was banned after he failed in ICC’s independent assessment on his suspected bowling action which violated permitted 15-degree limit. He will be able to reassess his bowling action only after the completion of this 1 year period.

Hafeez had tested his bowling action in Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai after his actions violated the limit during the second Test match against Sri Lanka.

It should be noted that this is the second time his bowling action were reported and this time he has been found guilty. For first time his bowling actions were reported earlier in November 2014 during Pakistan’s match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

During this time, his action was found to have an elbow extension up to 31 degrees and had underwent reassessment but failed to clear an unofficial test.


Acclaimed Pakistani Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain passes away

Acclaimed Pakistani Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain passed away in Lahore due to blood cancer. He was 84.

He had received worldwide fame after the publication of his masterpiece Urdu novel and greatest contemporary works of Urdu fiction Udas Naslain in 1964. UNESCO had published a translation of this novel called The Weary Generations.

He was born as Mohammad Khan on August 14, 1931 in Gujrat district in Punjab Province of Pakistan. His other famous novels are Baagh, Nadaar Loag and short stories Nashaib and Faraib.

Awards: He was honoured with Adamjee Award, Prime Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).