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Imran Khan directed not to dislocate poor in anti-encroachment drive: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed not to dislocate poor people in drive against encroached land. "The government has devised a plan for resettlement of poor if they are dislodged. Those who deprived the poor people of their hard earned money will be brought to justice and the amount will be recovered from them," he said while talking to media in Islamabad after inspecting the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the federal capital. He…

Brand ‘Messi’ unblemished by poor World Cup

MOSCOW: Lionel Messi may be heading home early from the World Cup after flops on the pitch for Argentina yet he will remain a ubiquitous presence in Russia and around the world as the face of dozens of brand marketing campaigns. For while sporting success in a single tournament is a matter of contrasting luck and split seconds — Messi striking a penalty at the Iceland goalkeeper, arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal burying one in the Spanish net — results in Russia will do little in themselves to damage brand…

ICC rates Ashes Melbourne pitch as ‘poor’

MELBOURNE: The Melbourne pitch for the fourth Ashes Test match has been rated "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC), reportedly the first for an Australian ground, just days after players also criticised the conditions. The showpiece Boxing Day match, which ended in a draw, denied England their first win of the series that Australia had already claimed with an unassailable three-nil lead. It was only the second Boxing Day Test draw in 20 years. The drop-in pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was…

Asked about Trump, Pope says his concern is for politicians’ impact on the poor

VATICAN: Pope Francis declined to give a personal judgment on US President-elect Donald Trump in an interview on Friday, saying he was interested only in the impact of politicians' choices on the poor. Asked what he thought of the real estate mogul who won Tuesday's US presidential election, the Argentine pontiff was quoted in Italian newspaper La Repubblica as saying: "I do not make judgments on people and political men; I only want to understand what suffering their behaviour causes to the poor and the excluded."…

Master Ayub’s classroom offers beacon of hope for Islamabad’s poor

ISLAMABAD: In the corner of a pristine park in an upmarket district of the capital, an open-air classroom run by an aging rescue-worker offers a beacon of hope to the city's poorest. For the past 30 years, ‘Master’ Muhammad Ayub, whose day job includes defusing bombs and putting out fires, has cycled from his office to the makeshift school to teach children from surrounding slums for free. There are no walls, no roof and no chairs - and students dutifully rise to move en masse as the sun makes its way across the sky - it…