By Almas Akhtar Published: October 2, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan (C) and captain Asghar Afghan (R) celebrate with teammates after the match tied against India in the Asia Cup in Dubai on September 25, 2018. PHOTO: GETTY During my last visit to Karachi a few months ago, I spent some time going through the school assignments and homework of our family cook’s children. As I did so, I insisted on the importance of hard work in order to succeed in life. “You have to work extremely hard in school so you get good grades and then go to the army, as your father wants you to become a general in the Pakistan Army one day, InshaAllah,” I continued to lecture them. My words echoed the dreams and aspirations of not only our cook, but so many other working parents across Asian countries who want their children to pursue careers as doctors, engineers and army officials. This is what the norm has always been, as I have grown up listening … [Read more...] about Rashid Khan, the Afridi of Afghanistan: When heroes emerge out of rubble
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By Abdul Basit Sayeed Published: July 13, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The Pakistan Cricket Team poses with the trophy after winning the T20I Tri-Series final against Australia on July 8, 2018. PHOTO: PCB As far as the T20 format is concerned, Pakistan cricket has been on a roll since September 7, 2016, under Sarfraz Ahmed’s leadership. After a disastrous T20 World Cup in 2016, when Shahid Afridi and his men failed miserably and couldn’t qualify for the next round, Pakistan were under a tremendous leadership crisis. Enters Sarfraz. He was handed the captaincy and his first Test was against England, where Pakistan was coming in with a 4-1 defeat in the ODI series. However, we witnessed a complete turnaround as Pakistan comprehensively beat the pioneers of cricket with a nine-wicket triumph. Since then, records just kept coming in for the green shirts in the shortest format of the game. Retaining its number one ranking is not something expected from Pakistan … [Read more...] about If anything is coming home, it’s Pakistan with 2 trophies!
By Abdul Basit Sayeed Published: June 29, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Pakistan will first take on Zimbabwe and then Australia for a 20-over tournament respectively, followed by a five-match ODI series with Zimbabwe. The clouds of concern have cleared, and Pakistan is now ready to take on Zimbabwe and the currently third-ranked (in T20Is) Australia in a couple of days. Due to a financial crisis, the Zimbabwe Cricket Board was very uncertain regarding sponsorship and players’ availability for the tri-series, but it seems now that everything is in place to get the show started. Pakistan will be starting the series as favourites, which is very rare. The last time this was the case was in 2014 when Pakistan entered the Asia Cup as favourites, since India was short of their most dependable players: Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Currently, hosts Zimbabwe are short of key players and Australia is coming in with a humiliating loss … [Read more...] about 5 ways Pakistan can turn the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia in their favour
By Zohaib Zahid Published: June 6, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email If the respective parties fail to finalise the name of the caretaker CM, the matter is decided by the ECP. PHOTO: FILE Let’s get it out of the way: the caretaker or interim government setup for the General Elections 2018 will not be in a position to influence the results the way it did back in May 2013. After all, the chief secretaries appointed in this tenure will be scrutinised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) very strictly, while the political parties, especially the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are very determined to develop consensus when it comes to the names being included in the interim government. The provinces failed to develop consensus for the selection of caretaker chief ministers (CM) within the given time, with the exception of Sindh, where a former bureaucrat has been sworn in as the caretaker CM. However, according to the rules, if the respective parties fail to … [Read more...] about Can the 2018 General Elections be rigged?
Riaz Khan, Associated Press Updated 1:46 am, Saturday, April 28, 2018 Photo: Qazi Rauf, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this July 9, 2010 file photo, Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi is photographed in Pakistan's tribal area of Jamrud in Khyber region. A Pakistani lawyer and prison official said Saturday, April 28, 2018, Afridi, a physician who was convicted for helping the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden has been taken by authorities from a prison in Peshawar to an unknown location. less FILE - In this July 9, 2010 file photo, Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi is photographed in Pakistan's tribal area of Jamrud in Khyber region. A Pakistani lawyer and prison official said Saturday, April 28, 2018, ... more Photo: Qazi Rauf, AP Sources: Doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden moved 1 / 1 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about Sources: Doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden moved