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Hamza Ali Abbasi and Saba Qamar deny marriage rumours

KARACHI: Waar actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi and svelte drama actor, Saba Qamar’s relationship rumours have taken the media by storm. Speculations about the two started when entertainment websites shared pictures of the two together.

However, the two denied such rumours. “I really don’t know what sparked this rumour about me and Saba. There are just a few pictures on the internet but I have no idea what that is all about,” Abbasi told The Express Tribune.

Replying to a question about the rumours Abbasi said, “I will come forward myself and share whenever I decide to get hitched”. He added that there is absolutely nothing to hide and these rumours have put the on-screen duo in a very awkward position. “It has caused us a lot of inconvenience.”

Denying these rumours, Saba Qamar told The Express Tribune, “there is nothing, we are good friends and colleagues”.

She further clarified that the two worked together in the film Kambhaht. “Koi chakkar nahi hai humara. All I can say is that may God give people something better to do than speculate,” she said.


Framing charges: Suspects in Hamza murder case could not be indicted

KARACHI: 

Due to the absence of the defence counsel, the suspects facing the Hamza murder trial could not be indicted on Thursday.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) set June 4 as the date to frame charges against the suspects. Hamza Ahmed, a 17-year-old student, was gunned down allegedly by the security guard of another teenager, Shoaib Naveed, after they got into a heated argument outside a restaurant in DHA on April 27, 2013.

According to the prosecution, Naveed met Ahmed outside the restaurant to settle a dispute but their discussion became heated, and Ahmed allegedly slapped Naveed. Naveed’s security guard, Ammal Rehman, reacted violently and allegedly shot Ahmed dead. Rehman is still on the run.

The police have declared Naveed and the two drivers, Idrees and Mushtaq, as ‘harbouring offenders’ in the reinvestigation report submitted before the court, adding that they were unable to determine the role of Naveed’s father in the case. All of them have earlier been released on bail.

At a previous hearing, the ATC-III had supplied copies to the suspect under section 265-C (supply of statements and documents to accused) of the Criminal Procedure Code and adjourned the case till next the hearing for indictment. The court once again adjourned the case till June 4.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2014.


Cameron seeks ‘faster’ action against terror accuse like Abu Hamza

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Tuesday to speed up the deportation of terror suspects after hardline cleric Abu Hamza was convicted in the United States.

“It’s good that he has faced justice and justice has been done. I think we should reflect on whether we can extradite faster,” Cameron told BBC radio.

A New York jury convicted the Egyptian radical on 11 kidnapping and terrorism charges on Monday, and he will almost certainly face a life sentence.

Hamza had previously been an imam at a mosque in north London known for his inflammatory rhetoric and backing for hardline fundamentalists. He was first arrested in 2004 and convicted for hate speech and inciting murder in 2006.

He was finally extradited to the United States in 2012 following an eight-year process that was delayed by appeals to the European Court of Human Rights primarily on the grounds he could face the death penalty in the US.

“Speeding up extradition… we need to look at the avenues of appeal that there are and make sure that those are gone through more quickly,” said Cameron.

“We also need to look… at the European Convention on Human Rights, and the position that we’ve got to get into where, if someone threatens our country, we should be able to deport them if they have no right to be here and that is absolutely essential that we restore that.”

He promised to take “big steps” if he is returned to office in the May 2015 general election.

Cameron said Britain had a good domestic record in terms of prosecuting and convicting people guilty of terror offences in Britain, saying several hundred had been jailed.

“Every year since I’ve been prime minister, our security services and police have managed to prevent at leat one major plot that could have done untold damage to our country and the people who live here.”

Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known as Abu Hamza al-Masri, had been charged with the 1998 abduction of Western tourists in Yemen, providing material support to al Qaeda, assisting the militants and sending terror recruits to Afghanistan.

Following Hamza’s conviction, Laurence Whitehouse — who was among the Yemen hostages and whose wife, Margaret, was shot dead — voiced his relief.

“This has taken a long time, even though there was evidence of his involvement early on. We could have had less trouble and strife in the world if effective action had been taken against him earlier,” he told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Fellow hostage Eric Firkins, 70, told the broadsheet: “The worst thing, coming back from Yemen, was finding it had all been organised in north London. For years I saw him on the television every day, a free man who was still spouting hatred. Now I can parcel it up.”


Abu Hamza convicted of US terrorism charges

NEW YORK: The London cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri was convicted of terrorism charges in New York on Monday, following a four-week trial that shined a spotlight on the preacher’s controversial anti-Western statements.

A jury of eight men and four women found Abu Hamza, 56, guilty on all 11 counts he faced, handing Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara his second high-profile terrorism conviction in three months.

The defendant could face life in prison.

In March, a different jury found Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith guilty of terrorism-related charges.


Majid, Hamza and Faheem remain unbeaten

KARACHI: 

Pakistan cueists boosted their chances of qualifying directly for the last-32 stage after winning their third-round matches in the IBSF World U21 Championship being played at the Al Fujairah, UAE.

Mohammad Majid Ali made an impressive recovery to beat South Africa’s Aden Carl Joseph 4-2, despite trailing by two frames in the early stages of the match.

Majid stood firm against the challenge to take the score to 3-2, only to see the game being halted as the session timed out.

When play resumed, Majid made sure that the break did not slow down his progress and raced to victory with scores of 29-72, 36-59, 62-27, 74-12, 61-14 and 80-13.

Meanwhile, Hamza Akbar also extended his unbeaten run by thwarting Hong Kong’s Ming Wa Man with a 4-2 win.

Akbar’s match followed Majid’s progress as he also trailed 2-0 initially, but fought back to claim victory. The Pakistani struck a 54-point break in the fourth game to take charge and went on to win by 01-93(67), 61-77, 72-53, 70-39(54), 71-31 and 71-43.

In other matches, Muhammad Faheem beat Brazil’s Gabriel Martins Campos in straight sets with scores of 67-09, 83-28, 50-05 and 63-35, while Muhammad Haris Nadeem won in a similar fashion against Libya’s Abdelrahman Abdelnabi.

“If Majid, Akbar and Faheem gain another victory, they will make it directly to the last-32 of the World Championship,” a Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) official told The Express Tribune.

“Whoever tops the group will directly qualify for the last-32 phase and will not have to go through the last-64 round.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2014.

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