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Snooker: Asif, Hamza bow out as Sajjad progresses

KARACHI: Matters continue to go from bad to worse for former IBSF World Champion Muhammad Asif, as he was knocked out by Rambail Gul in the quarter-finals of the Langnese Ranking Snooker Championship after a 5-1 defeat here at the NBP Sports Complex.

The first three frames of the match were closely contested by the two players, but Rambail managed to resist Asif’s aggression, which laid foundation for his surprise victory with scores of 70-61, 51-42, 66-59, 80-17, 36-74 and 69-22.

Asif has not been able to repeat the top performances for which he is known for in the last several championships.

Meanwhile, Hamza Akbar – touted as the next big player by the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) – also went down 5-1 against experienced cueist Imran Shehzad, who won with a scoreline of 68-30, 08-75, 76-19, 90-43, 64-26 and 64-17.

“It’s really shocking how both Asif and Hamza have crashed out in the event,” a senior PBSA official told The Express Tribune.

“Asif has been a former world champion and top performances are expected from him. On the other hand, Hamza has been given around six international tournaments in the last 12 months and was even preferred over Imran in the IBSF World Championship, but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations.”

Abdul Sattar beat Muhammad Majid Ali 5-1, while Muhammad Sajjad defeated Sultan Muhammad 5-4 by scores of 09-64, 65-59, 102-14(81), 66-43, 0-75, 48-76, 04-66, 105-27(105) and 69-27.

In the semi-finals, Sajjad will take on Imran while Rambail will lock horns with Sattar in a best-of-11 frames matches.




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Sajjad progresses, Toba and Hamza fall

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif Toba and Hamza Akbar crashed out of the ongoing IBSF World Championship after losing their last-64 round matches in Bangalore, India.

Toba fell prey to India’s Manan Chandra, who completed an easy 4-2 win with scores of 71-06, 67-41, 28-85, 70-41, 12-67 and 95-0.

Hamza also failed to carry his fine run from the group stages to the knockout phase and succumbed to a 4-1 defeat against England’s Nick Jennings, whose dominant victory was secured with a scoreline of 76-37, 77-22, 40-62, 73-49 and 82-0.

The only positive news for Pakistan was Muhammad Sajjad’s convincing 4-2 victory over Singapore’s Keng Kwang Chan with scores of 83-04, 84-0(84), 35-59, 67-03, 33-70 and 85-41. The national champion will face Duane Jones of Singapore in the last 32.

According to information made available by the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association, Sajjad’s record in the tournament is currently the best among 112 players.


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Pakistan’s Hamza loses first match

KARACHI: Pakistan’s IBSF World Championship campaign started on a disappointing note yesterday with young cueist Hamza Akbar going down 4-3 against Thailand’s Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn in their Group C match in Bangalore, India.

Hamza lost the first frame by just four points and then also conceded the second to give Kritsanut a 2-0 lead.

However, the young prodigy gave away only one point in the next frame while accumulating 75 to make it 2-1 and come back into the match.

Kritsanut then restored his two-frame cushion in the following frame to lead the match 3-1. Continuing with the see-saw nature of the encounter, Hamza won the next two frames to draw level at 3-3.

However, it was Kritsanut who won the decider and the match with scores of 59-55, 56-36, 1-75, 58-10, 4-60, 30-61 and 67-40.


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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Mir Hamza star of the show as Tigers dismissed for 46

KARACHI: Another impressive bowling display by Mir Hamza helped Karachi Dolphins dismiss Multan Tigers for just 46 in 13.5 overs on the opening day of their seventh round fixture of Quaid-e-Azam Gold at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Hamza ended with figures of 6-16 as Adeel Malik took the other four. Dolphins then took complete control of the match as they ended on 307-4 at stumps, with Rameez Raja Jr scoring 82 off 78 balls.

In another match, Khurram Manzoor scored an unbeaten 111 as PQA made 248-2 against ZTBL, while Umer Amin and Shahzaib Hasan also scored half-centuries.

At the Pindi Stadium, Sami Aslam and Fawad Alam were batting on 101 and 54 respectively at stumps for NBP, who were 238-2 against Wapda.

SNGPL were 209-6 with Khurram Shahzad on 58 as Prince Abbas took three wickets for UBL.

Meanwhile, Naveed Malik and Usman Saeed scored 80 and 78 respectively to help Rawalpindi Rams end the day on 322-7 against Islamabad Leopards.

Taj Wali took four wickets for Peshawar Panthers and Azizullah took two to restrict Lahore Lions to 220-7, while Saad Nasim made 71.


Silver edition

Najaf Shah took six wickets to help PIA dismiss PTV for 133, while Ali Imran Pasha took three. At the end of the day’s play, PIA were 113-4 with Faisal Iqbal batting on 26.

The pitch at Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad seems to be favouring the bowlers as 17 wickets fell on day one. Zahir Siddiqui took six wickets to dismiss Faisalabad Wolves for 76, while Bahawalpur Stags finished the day on 98-7 as Sadat Ali took five.

In another match, Fahadul Haq’s unbeaten 116 helped Lahore Eagles post 255-5.

At the Sports Stadium in Sargodha, SSGC were 285-9 with Muhammad Waqas scoring 76 and Saifullah Bangash 74.

Meanwhile, Abbottabad Falcons scored 229 and the Sialkot Stallions were 42-1 at stumps.

At the NBP Stadium, Karachi Zebras were all-out for 187 as Quetta Bear’s Gohar Faiz took five wickets. Bears were 8-0 at stumps.



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Hamza exits Qatar snooker event

KARACHI: Pakistan’s young cueist Hamza Akbar crashed out of the 1st Qatar Academy 6-Red Snooker Championship semi-finals on Tuesday after a 6-5 loss at the hands of Iran’s Soheil Vahedi.

Despite trailing 3-1 initially, Hamza fought hard and equalised at one stage. However, his opponent once again restored his two-frame lead by winning the seventh and eighth frames to go 5-3 up.

Hamza refused to succumb to pressure and fought back to level the match 5-5. However, he ran out of luck in the decider as Vahedi, without conceding a single point, triumphed with scores of 43-08, 48-19, 21-43, 59-01, 19-43, 15-31, 38-11, 42-19, 15-35, 06-59 and 49-0.

Earlier in the quarter-finals, Hamza had defeated Qatar’s Ahmad Al Saif 5-1 with scores of 27-38, 42-01, 41-07, 51-36, 39-0 and 39-26, while compatriot Muhammad Sajjad lost to Malaysia’s Moo Keen Hoo -0, 57-0, 41-0, 39-10, 05-45 and 38-25 in his last-eight clash.


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Sajjad, Hamza selected for 6-Red championship

KARACHI: Pakistan cueists Muhammad Sajjad and Hamza Akbar will represent Pakistan in the 1st Qatar Academy 6-Red Snooker Championship scheduled for October 18-21 in Doha, Qatar.

The Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) had received an invitation from the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation (QBSF), calling on Pakistan to send two of its players.

The event holds a total prize money of ,000; the winner will bag ,000 and the runner-up will pocket ,000.

Players who finish third and fourth will be handed ,000 each, whereas those claiming spots from fifth to eighth will receive ,000 apiece.

The cueists will depart for Qatar on October 14 to practice at the QBSF Academy prior to the championship.

PBSA President Alamgir Sheikh said that former IBSF World Champion Muhammad Asif was overlooked due to his poor performances at the international level in the last 15 months.

“Asif was not selected as has been struggling to do well in national and international tournaments,” Sheikh told The Express Tribune.

“He needs to work hard and start performing well, otherwise he’ll face a lot of problems. Asif had asked the PBSA to help him consult with an eye specialist and we facilitated him. Hopefully he’ll become accustomed to playing with glasses soon.”

Sheikh added that Hamza was included because of his recent show in the Asian 6-Red Championship, where he made it to the semi-finals.

Crowds chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’ forcing Hamza Shahbaz to cut short his speech

LAHORE: Hamza Shahbaz, son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif faced an embarrassing situation on Saturday when during his address to mark World Tourism Day in Alhamra hall, Lahore, crowds started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ forcing him to cut short his speech.

As the central leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz started delivering his speech and speaking against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek sit-ins in Islamabad to overthrow the incumbent government, a woman rose and started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go.’

Undeterred in her chants and stirring the crowd, ‘Shame shame’ could be heard echoing in the hall in the Express News footage as Hamza is forced to cut short his speech and uncomfortably stands up from the stage to dash towards the exit door.

As Hamza walked towards the exit door, the entire hall rose up to chant ‘Go Nawaz Go.’

Hamza Shahbaz was the chief guest of the event and was expected to address the crowd at 11am but started his speech at 1:30pm, agitating the crowd.

The disgruntled crowd claimed that they were waiting hungry and thirsty for Hamza Shahbaz since eight in the morning. However, not only was he late, but he ignored the topic of tourism and only addressed the current political crisis.

This is not the first time a PML-N minister has been heckled by the crowds.

Earlier, during Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s speech at Preston University, a student chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go.’ However, Iqbal was not perturbed and continued his speech, while the student was later expelled.

Istehkam-e-Pakistan rally: Wait for 4 more years, Hamza counsels Imran


Imran Khan should abandon his recalcitrance and talk to the government using the parliament as his platform, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)’s central leader Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said during the party’s Istehkam-e-Pakistan rally on Monday at Lahore’s Charing Cross. “The people have decided that no one can get Sharif’s resignation using force or at gunpoint,” he said.

The PML-N leader said during his speech that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan said that the prime minister would resign, but it has been 12 days since the sit-in began and there has been no progress. “The nation has rejected Imran Khan’s illegal demands,” he said.

Thousands of PML-N supporters turned up at the rally, which proceeded from Qartaba Chowk to Charing Cross. Rallies were also held in Sialkot and the party plans gatherings today (Tuesday) in Sahiwal, Sargodha and Gujranwala. On Wednesday, rallies will be held in Rawalpindi and Multan.

Hamza said that the PML-N would give a fitting reply to the PTI’s demands with the inauguration of the Lahore-Karachi motorway and through establishing coal projects in Sahiwal and Gadani, as well as solar energy projects in Bahawalpur. “Imran Khan’s sit-in has flopped and he is repeatedly calling musicians to join him at this musical concert,” Hamza said. “Khan’s Naya Pakistan gets women to dance at musical concerts.”

After the PM’s formation of a judicial commission to investigate alleged rigging in the elections, there is no need for a long march on the issue, Hamza said. “Imran wants the prime minister’s position via a short cut and is acting like a stubborn child.” He remarked that the National Assembly has passed a resolution showing support to the PM and urged Imran Khan to ‘wait for four more years’ before vying for the top slot.

“The PML-N took out a long march for the restoration of the judiciary and once it was restored, the sit-in ended,” Hamza said. “We did not call for the PPP government at the time to be removed,” he claimed. He said Imran Khan’s demands – civil disobedience, the promotion of the use of hundi systems, withdrawal of cash from bank accounts – actually showed his enmity towards the state, not the government.

Hamza claimed that businessmen, lawyers and society have rejected PTI’s demands and 12 PTI MNAs complained that they were not consulted before the call for resignations was made, thus forming a forward bloc of the party. “Imran must wing up this drama in order to save face,” Hamza said. He said the PM would fulfill all promises made to the people and according to the mandate given by the masses. “The nation will get real freedom and self-reliance when there are enough resources, and not through a musical show,” he said, claiming that the sit-in had resulted in a loss of Rs700 billion to the economy.

Hamza claimed that Imran Khan broke a commitment not to enter the Red Zone. “If Imran Khan is sincere, he should let the commission do its work for electoral reforms,” he said. Referring to recent fatalities in Peshawar due to rainfall, he remarked, “Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would immediately reach areas affected by floods or earthquakes in Punjab, but K-P’s CM has been dancing at sit-ins instead of helping his people.”

He advised Imran Khan to let the nation continue its journey towards development, or ‘the nation will throw him out of the country’. If Imran Khan refuses to leave his container until Nawaz Sharif’s resignation, then he should make arrangements to live there for the next four years, he said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2014.

Hamza ousts defending champion Asif


Pakistan’s snooker prodigy Hamza Akbar produced the biggest upset of the ongoing Asian 6-Red Championship as he defeated defending champion Mohammad Asif 6-3 in their last-16 match at a local hotel in Karachi yesterday.

Hamza then went onto win his quarter-final as well and will be up against Iran’s Amir Sarkosh in the semi-final. The other last-four match will be played between Iran’s Hossien Vafaei Ayouri and Thailand’s Boonyarit Kaettikun.

Hamza shocked his mentor Asif in a roller-coaster match as he won with a scoreline of 04-68, 36-18, 35-32, 0-71(71), 50-0, 66-0, 0-69, 37-14 and 54-09.

He then defeated Sohail Shehzad 6-5 in the last-eight match, while Sarkosh ended Mohammad Sajjad’s hopes with a 6-4 triumph.

Meanwhile, Ayouri thrashed Mohammad Asif Toba 6-1 as another tough match was witnessed between Kaettikun and Singapore’s Ang Boon Chin, which was won by the former 6-5 with a scoreline of 19-39, 19-29, 23-42, 52-14, 20-31, 41-11, 39-0, 53-08, 53-01, 20-29 and 52-0.

“It’s an amazing win for me because I’ve beaten the defending champion Asif,” Hamza told The Express Tribune.

“Although I was aiming to do well in these Asian Championships, it never crossed my mind that I would be able to beat Asif and then will move into the semi-final.  These wins have certainly given me a huge confidence boost and now I feel that I can fight for the title as well. I know it will be tough from here, but I need to back my game and myself.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2014.

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Street power: PTI, PAT endangering country, says Hamza


MNA Hamza Shahbaz said on Thursday that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were putting the country in danger to satisfy their lust for power.

He was addressing a delegation of religious leaders at his Model Town residence.

He said that PAT chief Tahirul Qadri was inciting his followers to violence.

He said that the nation was preparing to celebrate independence day and paying tribute to Zarb-i-Azb martyrs. “The people will not allow enemies of progress and prosperity of the country to hijack the Constitution or democracy,” he said. He said that clerics should play their role in preserving the political stability in the country.

“The demands put forward by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri so far are undemocratic. Qadri’s demand about 14 bodies has shown that he is not averse to anarchy or shedding blood in pursuit of power,” he said.

He said that under these circumstances, the government had to meet responsibilities regarding law and order. “We too have some reservations about the electoral system. However, we believe that parliament is the right forum to settle these matters,” he said.

He said that Imran Khan wanted to stop the development process. “Political adventurism at such a time amounts to betrayal of the sacrifices of our soldiers in their fight against terrorism,” he said. He said that democracy was necessary for national development and prosperity.

“The Chaudhry brothers are fond of dictatorship. They cannot understand the importance of democracy,” he said.

Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah and provincial ministers Bilal Yasin and Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman were also present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.