Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hat-Trick of defeats against India in World T20

India completed Hat-Trick of victories against Pakistan in World T20 Tournaments, as they beat Pakistan by eight wickets in their Group Two World Cup Twenty20 Super Eight Match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

This was a game where one of two jinxes would be survived. It was India, who posted their First Super Eights win in World Twenty20s since 2007. Pakistan are still without a win over India in any World Cup Match. Pakistan were every bit a team with a bogey attached to them. They tried flamboyance with the bat and failed, and didn't show heart to back up their talented bowling. India, on the other hand, did the small things well after a nervous start, and were there to accept every opportunity that Pakistan presented.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sixer Clouds reached Columbo from Dubai

It rained sixes in Columbo, as the Sixer Clouds, Watson & Warner, have reached the Lankan Metropolis from Dubai across the Arabian Sea.

Australia defeated India by nine wickets in a Group Two Super Eights Match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo. The Australians raced past the modest target of 141 in the fifteenth (15) over at the Premadasa stadium.

Shane Watson had made 72 from 42 deliveries and struck seven (7) sixes. He cleared the boundary straight down the ground, over midwicket and over square leg. A pair of enormous consecutive sixes pulled over midwicket off Irfan Pathan showed Watson's power.

David Warner remained unbeaten on an equally entertaining 63 from 42 deliveries and muscled three (3) sixes of his own, including two in a row off Harbhajan Singh, whose two overs cost twenty (20) runs. Rare though it may be, Warner was the quiet partner.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Observe Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (S.A.W) in Stone-age : Rehman Malik

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has asked the nation to observe Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (S.A.W), to protest against the Profane Film, in Stone-age. And directed Interior Ministry to disconnect Cellular Phone Service of some sensitive regions to maintain Law and Order situation in the country, as millions will hit the streets to condemn an Anti-Islam Film.

Rehman Malik was of the opinion that it will also provide necessary munition for street-fights during the protests.

After receiving Interior Ministry directions the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), has blocked Cellular Coverage in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Jhang, Rhimyar Khan, Attock, Murree, Chakwal, Chakri, and Kot Momin.

Previously, the Government had blocked the service during the Eid-ul-Fitr in a bid to keep any probable acts of terrorism at bay.

"Army and Rangers have been called for the security in Islamabad" said Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

"The move aims to protect Foreign Missions, particularly the US Embassy in Islamabad" a Spokesperson of Interior Ministry quoted Malik as saying.

The information presented above is offered in Good Faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If any factual errors have appeared here inadvertently, then we would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to offer corrections.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Waziristan is Waziristan, whether North or South : Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that "Waziristan is Waziristan, whether North or South" (Urdu: وزیرستان وزیرستان ہوتا ہے، چاہے شمالی ہو یا جنوبی ہو) (Roman Urdu: Waziristan Waziristan hota hay, chahay Shumali ho ya Janubi ho). He announced his change of plan for a march towards already peaceful South Waziristan, instead of war-torn North Waziristan, in October.

Addressing a Press Conference, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan announced that the PTI along with hundred-thousand (100,000) people will march towards South Waziristan on 6th October.

Earlier in July, Imran Khan announced he was planning to lead thousands of people in a march to North Waziristan on 23th September to protest against US Drone Strikes. His Party Spokesman said they would take a hundred-thousand (100,000) strong rally to the Tribal Region, and that US and British anti-war and human rights campaigners, reporters and politicians were also likely to attend the march. "The rally will start from Bannu, a District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa, and conclude near Mir Ali, a Tehsil of North Waziristan, with a historic speech by Imran Khan", said Dost Muhammad Mehsud, a Former Bureaucrat and a close aide of the PTI Chief.

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Ajmal not shortlisted for being "Too Short"

The International Cricket Council has come up with an idiotic reason for overlooking Pakistani Off-Spinner Saeed Ajmal for a nomination of Test Cricketer of the Year Award and announced that Ajmal missed shortlisting because he is "Too Short". Strange!

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board lodged a protest with Cricket's Governing Body over the exclusion of Off-Spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist of an Annual ICC Award, despite being Test Cricket's leading wicket-taker in the period under consideration.

The Cricket's Governing Body has admitted that the real reason why diminutive Pakistan Spinner Saeed Ajmal was overlooked for a Test Cricketer of the Year nomination was because they couldn't see him. "When we were scanning the room for potential candidates, we unfortunately didn't see him standing there", said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson. "Apparently Ajmal was right in front of us but we missed him because he was, well, below our field of vision. All we saw were some of the bigger lads at the back". Richardson agreed that the situation wasn't helped any by the fact that the selections were being made for a shortlist and we prepared a list of tall players.

Graeme Swann was omitted from a shortlist in 2010 but was later included after England put up his case. South Africa also objected to the omission of their players and boycotted the 2009 ceremony held in Johannesburg.

Despite his omission from the award shortlist, Ajmal's name has been included in ICC's Best Test Team of the Year.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Akmal - Starc's Bunny

Throughout the tour Pakistani Wicket Keeper - Batsman, Kamran Akmal, proved to be bunny of Australian Fast Bowler Mitchell Starc. As Starc continuously troubled and dismissed Akmal with his out-swingers from both round and over the wicket.

Akmal will never learn.

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Pakistan escaped defeat of more than 100 runs

Pakistan escaped psychological defeat of more than 100 runs, as Australia crushed them out by 94 runs in the Third Twenty20 International at Dubai.

Australia began the series with one of their Worst Twenty20 Losses but they finished it with their Second-Best Win in the format, crushing Pakistan by 94 runs in the dead rubber in Dubai. David Warner and Shane Watson set up the victory with an Australian-Record Opening Partnership before Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc ran through Pakistan, who suffered their worst defeat in a Twenty20 international and were all out for 74, their lowest total in the format.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

The suicidal Waziristan War

He was not a warlord or a military commander, he was an ordinary man from a small village in North Waziristan who, on a matter of much lower importance than what is happening to the region and the religion now, took up arms against the British. The dominant Imperial Power of the time deployed more than fifty thousand (50,000) troops against him and the Royal Air Force carried out ruthless bombardment against him. But it could neither kill Haji Mirza Ali Khan, the famous Faqir of Ipi, nor pacify troubled Waziristan until Britain’s departure from the Indian subcontinent.

Let our forces not make the same mistake by launching a full-scale military operation in North Waziristan because a small incident, by design or default, will spark a massive reaction and in no time make the entire population raise arms against their own Army. Were that to happen, and no one wishes it will, Waziristan will become a territory impossible to control.

The mistake of mistreating and misunderstanding Waziristan cannot and should not be overlooked in the assessment of the situation in that region. Except for the Wazir area in North Waziristan, military operations have either taken place in the rest of the tribal agencies or are underway, but militancy still remains a threat. Why it has not been eliminated is a question that everyone asks.

Many believe it has something to do with our policy, which is why militancy is taking so long to decline. One argument in support of this contention is that those in powerful positions have some hidden agenda, or else how could foreign elements prosper and be allowed to grow that strong as to become a threat to us. The fault lies somewhere else. As the saying goes, "It is not the gun that matters but the man behind the gun".

So it is not the army that is at fault but the policy that they follow in this fight.

Razzaq's last laughs over Cummins

Twice in the span of three overs, Pakistani All-rounder Abdul Razzaq enjoyed the last laugh over Australian Pacer Pat Cummins, as the former saw his side through with both bat and ball during the course of Second Twenty20 International at Dubai.

Just a couple of days after being routed for eighty nine (89) on the way to a seven (7) wicket hiding, Australia scrapped to an enthralling tie. They owed much to the Captain George Bailey, who compiled the most critical and substantial innings of his T20 Career to date. Ten (10) were required off the final over, bowled by Razzaq, and Pakistan were expectant when Bailey fell. Cummins conjured a stunning six from the penultimate ball to level the scores, before miscuing the final delivery for a simple catch to force the use of the Super Over.

But it would be Pakistan's Players who were to be jubilant after the extra deliveries were completed. Umar Gul conceded only one boundary in his Super Over while claiming David Warner's wicket, and the 11 runs Pat Cummins had to defend were to prove too few, the teenager delivering a motley collection of short balls that betrayed the draining effect of the contest and offered meat and drink to Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq. It was unfair that Cummins be left the loser, for it was he who struck a mighty six to tie the match up.

Muhammad Hafeez's Team celebrated their victory in the minutes after midnight in Dubai, yet George Bailey's Australians could also take solace from a much-improved display.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Unfortunate Nation lead by Kazib Imams

Pakistan is such an unfortunate nation that even its Clerics & Prayer Leaders commit Blasphemy of the Holy Quran, i.e. just for fabricating evidence against an accused. As a Cleric, Khalid Judoon Chishti accused by a witness, another fellow Cleric, of adding pages from the Quran to ashes seized from fourteen (14) year old Rimsha Masih to implicate her.

قوم کیا ہے قوم کی امامت کیا ہے
اس کو کیا سمجھیں یہ فقط دو رکعت کے امام

Hafiz Muhammad Zubair, who witnessed Khalid Jadoon adding pages of the Quran, recorded a statement with the Rawalpindi Magistrate.

According to Hafiz Zubair’s account, he was sitting in Iteqaaf in the Mosque when some people handed burnt pages to the Prayer Leader. After a little while, Khalid Jadoon added additional pages of the Quran to the pile.

Hafiz Zubair, in his statement added that three other people present with him in the Mosque asked Khalid Jadoon why he was adding documents to the pile of burnt paper, to which prayer leader said that such an act was necessary to strengthen their case.

Police have arrested Khalid Jadoon on charges of fabricating evidence, which he had used to accuse Rimsha Masih of committing Blasphemy by allegedly burning Quranic pages.