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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Pakistan vows to respond 'forcefully' to any destabilisation attempt

Reaffirming its commitment to eliminate all terrorists “without distinction,” top Pakistani diplomat Maleeha Lodhi warned of a forceful response to any attempt to destabilise parts of Pakistan or to attack its territorial integrity.

“Let me be clear: we will be relentless in rooting out terrorism, whosoever its sponsors, external or internal,” Ambassador Lodhi told the UN Security Council on Monday.

“Any effort to destabilise parts of our country or to attack its territorial integrity will be responded to forcefully,” the Pakistan envoy said in a debate on the situation in Afghanistan.

Acknowledging that terrorism remained a common challenge, she told the 15-member council that Pakistan had condemned the recent rise in violence in Afghanistan, including the “atrocious” attack on the Afghan parliament, and reaffirmed Islamabad's commitment to cooperation with Kabul in fighting the scourge.

Ambassador Lodhi spoke after the quarterly briefing by Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), in which he urged the international community to work towards lasting peace and reconciliation by facilitating direct talks between the Afghan government and armed groups.

The country continues to need the support of the international community and the sustained attention of the Council, he stressed.

In her remarks, Ambassador Lodhi said Pakistan would play a constructive role in promoting peace and security in Afghanistan that could best be achieved through a process of national reconciliation undertaken and led by Afghans themselves.

“We welcome the first, tentative steps taken in recent months to advance the reconciliation process. We hope these steps will lead soon to direct talks as well as de-escalation of violence.”

“Pakistan will do everything possible to encourage this process. Success will require reciprocal accommodation and above all, strategic patience,” the Pakistani envoy added.

Ambassador Lodhi affirmed enhanced engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan based on the principles of non-interference, preventing the use of territory to attack the other country and treatment of each other's enemies as common enemies, as agreed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the Pakistani premier's recent visit to Kabul.

Outlining activities relating to the Heart of Asia process that Pakistan co-chaired, she stated that sustainable peace in Afghanistan would lead to regional stability.

She also welcomed the Afghan government's commitment for the return and reintegration of the large population of refugees hosted by Pakistan and hoped for continued Unama assistance in that regard.

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Ambassador Lodhi called for more focused action with international support to stem the illicit drug trade.

The destinies of Afghanistan and Pakistan are intertwined, she said, adding that Pakistan would help the Afghan people in whichever way it could to reach the goal of lasting peace.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Aisam-ul-Haq and Faha Akmal get Married Photos

Aisam-ul-Haq and Faha Akmal get Married official Photos  

Aisam-ul-Haq and Faha Akmal get Married 

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Shamed Pakistan Disgraced trio, Pakistani Cricketer scandal

A third cricketer, teenaged fast bowler Mohammad Amir, pleaded guilty to the charges before the start of the trial. All three will be sentenced on Wednesday.
"It is a day of sadness and happiness for us. We are shocked by this verdict and will fight to the end. But at the same time God has given us a new life," Butt's father, Zulfiqar Butt, told Reuters after his daughter-in-law gave birth an hour before the verdict was announced.
While Butt's father summed up a bittersweet day for his family, the three players discovered that they had effectively been cast aside by the cricketing community after many former players said they "deserved no mercy" for "shaming Pakistan cricket".
Three cricketers who should have been setting the world alight with their sporting feats now find their names written alongside late South African captain Hansie Cronje in cricket's 'Hall of Shame' for trying to cheat in their sport.
Tuesday's findings followed allegations in a British newspaper that the trio had arranged for deliberate no-balls to be delivered in the fourth test at Lord's last year.
Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas said: "These players have brought a bad name to Pakistan cricket and it is a tragedy that we saw a day where cricketers had to face a criminal trial."
Just over a year ago things had been very different for the disgraced trio.
Butt, an elegant left-handed batsman, was given the task of guiding a troubled Pakistan side out of turmoil when he was appointed captain in July last year for the second test against Australia after Shahid Afridi quit the post abruptly.
Butt made an immediate impact by winning the test, played at the neutral venue of Leeds in England, by three wickets but the subsequent series against England brought his 33-test match career to a premature halt. He had scored 1,889 runs with an average of 30.46.
Asif, who had made his debut in 2005, had taken 106 test wickets in 23 matches at an average of 24.36, while Amir had been tipped to become one of the world's best bowlers before he and his two team mates were suspended for at least five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in February after being caught up in the spot-fixing scandal.
During a prolific 2010 season, the teenaged Amir was named man of the match for becoming the youngest player to take a five-wicket haul in England and he also grabbed 19 scalps during the four-match series.
Some pundits believe the younger Amir could make a comeback following the ban. Before the trial started, all three vowed to return.
They kept up their fitness as a show of defiance but should they find themselves behind bars, state-of-the-art fitness centres and personal trainers will be hard to come by.
It was the second time in just over a decade that corruption was found to be rampant in cricket after the match-fixing furore in 2000 when three international captains -- Cronje, Saleem Malik of Pakistan and India's Mohammed Azharuddin -- were banned for life from all forms of cricket.
Spot-fixing involves a player, or players, agreeing to perform to order. For example, a bowler might deliberately bowl consecutive wides in his second over or a batsman could make sure he does not reach double figures.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Pak, Zimbabwe set for T20

If ever there was the perfect time for Zimbabwe to play a couple of Twenty20s, surely it is now. What was clear in their heavy defeat in the one-day series was that third, fourth and fifth gears are all lacking in the batting department, while the bowling could do with a bit more innovation and invention.
As a team Zimbabwe have largely been doing the basics right, and in the process have shown that there's a good deal of talent to work with. However when they've been required to up the tempo in a run chase the necessary fluency just hasn't been there, and a flurry of wickets has generally been the result.
This may have helped Zimbabwe on their return to Test cricket, where most of the batsmen have displayed admirable technique, but they're lacking a dimension to their one-day strokeplay. One hopes that they will therefore approach these two Twenty20s without any fear, and simply look to play with freedom and adventure. The fear of collapse which held them back in the middle overs of the ODIs should not apply here.
Having won the Test and swept the one-day series, Pakistan will view the Twenty20 series as a chance to have a bit of fun. The tour has been a great success, particularly in the way the inexperienced fast bowlers have been blooded. The only member of the touring party not to play a match so far is Rameez Raja, so expect the 24-year-old to enjoy his first international showing in one or both of the matches. Having played a key role with the bat in the Karachi Dolphins' run to the final of their recent domestic Twenty20 competition, where they lost a one-over eliminator to the Rawalpindi Rams, Raja will be one to watch. Misbah-ul-Haq said that there would be two or three changes to the side that took the field in the third one-dayer as Pakistan look to find the right Twenty20 balance. One imagines they will look to field their strongest possible side in the first match, with Saeed Ajmal likely to return, before possibly giving a game to others in the second.


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