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Australian cricketer’s brother nabbed over terror charges

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Sydney, Dec 4: The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has been arrested here in relation to a fake terror “hit list”, police said on Tuesday.

Arsalan Khawaja, 37, was charged after the discovery of a fake terror plot to kill senior politicians, which he allegedly created to “set up” a male work colleague, when the two were fighting over a woman, Xinhua news agency reported.

He was arrested around 8.30 a.m. when he was pulled over while driving through Parramatta and taken to the nearest police precinct.

He was charged with attempting to pervert justice, by giving untrue evidence in proceedings against Kamer Nizamdeen, and forgery, by making a false document, Canberra Times said.

Counter-terrorism police detained Arsalan Khawaja, alleging he wrote a fraudulent diary entry that led to the now-withdrawn terror charge against Sri Lankan national Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen.

“We believe this was planned and it was calculated,” said Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing, of the NSW Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command.

Occurring back in August, Nizamdeen, 25, was charged with a number of terror offences and held in custody for one month, after authorities found a notebook that allegedly detailed potential attacks on Sydney landmarks and plotting to kill then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his former deputy Julie Bishop.

In a volte-face, authorities dropped all charges against the PhD student in October, when a handwriting expert found there was no “conclusive” proof that the writing in the notebook was Nizamdeen’s.

Arsalan Khawaja is expected to be formally charged with forgery and attempting to pervert justice later Tuesday.

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Cricket Club of India covers Pak PM Imran’s portrait following Pulwama attack

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Mumbai, Feb 17 : The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has covered a portrait of former cricketer and current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at its premises following the terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

CCI Secy Suresh Bafna said,’We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack & to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We’ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo.”

The portrait is displayed in the restaurant of the CCI.

The CCI’s gesture follows mass outrage and anger across the country after one of the worst ever terrorist attacks on Indian security forces led to the martyrdom of 49 CRPF troopers. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

CCI President Premal Udani, however, refused to say whether the portrait will be pulled down.

The iconic CCI is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is home to the Brabourne Stadium.

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CCI covers Imran’s portrait following Pulwama attack

The portrait is displayed in the restaurant of the CCI, sources said.

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Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has covered a portrait of former cricketer and current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at its premises following the terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

The portrait is displayed in the restaurant of the CCI, sources said.

The CCI’s gesture follows mass outrage and anger across the country after one of the worst ever terrorist attacks on Indian security forces led to the martyrdom of 49 CRPF troopers. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

CCI President Premal Udani, however, refused to say whether the portrait will be pulled down.

The iconic CCI is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and is home to the Brabourne Stadium.

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Virat Kohli postpones sports awards for Pulwama martyrs

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New Delhi, Feb 16: The Virat Kohli Foundation announced on Saturday that the India skipper has decided to postpone the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours in honour of the 49 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers who were martyred in a terrorist attack in Kashmir recently.

“Virat Kohli annually rewards excellence in sports and nurtures promising athletes through the Virat Kohli foundation. The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours that was supposed to happen tomorrow night has been postponed by Virat as a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred at Pulwama by a tragic terror attack,” the foundation said in a statement.

Virat had also tweeted the about same on Friday.

The attack, one of the worst ever in the history of the terrorism in Kashmir, took place on February 14 when a suicide bomber ‘Adil Ahmad Dar’ rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a bus full of CRPF personnel.

“The who’s who of entertainment and sports industry were supposed to be present for the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sport stars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans,” the statement added.

“The Virat Kohli Foundation, an organisation dedicated to assisting the underprivileged sections of society, provides scholarships to promising young athletes, as well as individuals and initiatives that have promoted sport at the grassroot level.”

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