Jun 222017
 

KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has praised the current team for winning the ICC Champions Trophy but also criticised the domestic structure and quality of cricket being played in the country.

While speaking at the MoU-signing ceremony between ICMAP and Shahid Afridi Foundation at the former’s premises, Afridi said: “No one had any expectations that this team would even reach the semi-finals but the way they played and went all the way deserves appreciation. This is the beauty of ICC tournaments that no one can expect who will be in the finals. Any team can spring surprises.”

He further said that the team defeated top teams but there is still a lot of work to be done at the domestic level.

Classic win wins all-round plaudits

“I have been and will keep on saying that the structure of domestic cricket in Pakistan should be modified and the quality of pitches, balls and standard of umpiring should be improved,” he said. “We cannot relax after winning the trophy. We have to work a lot on the domestic structure to keep the national team consistent.”

Praising the efforts of Fakhar Zaman, the former all-rounder said that in modern cricket every team needs an attacking opener. “There is a need of attacking openers who can score quick runs for the team and Fakhar fits the bill,” he said.

Talking about the seniors’ place and role in the side, the 37-year-old Afridi added: “If they are able to find cricketers of the seniors’ calibre then they can be replaced but I still don’t see any players who are at par with Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq. Once they can find players of that calibre, then I think there are many seniors who will vacate their positions for youngsters.”

Classic win wins all-round plaudits

He also disclosed that he is planning to establish a multi-purpose academy in Karachi. “I have been in talks with city mayor Waseem Akhtar and he is providing me the land for an academy, which besides cricket, will also give English, computer courses and financial assistance to best young cricketers,” he said.

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Jun 222017
 

NEW YORK CITY: Qatar Airways has notified American Airlines it wants to buy about a 10 percent stake in the US carrier, which confirmed the move Thursday in a securities filing. Qatar Airways disclosed that it planned to buy at least $808 million in shares, and Qatar Airways’ chief executive told his counterpart at American that the carrier sought a stake of about 10 percent, American Airlines said. “The proposed investment by Qatar Airways was not solicited by American Airlines and would in no way change the Company’s Board composition, governance, management or strategic direction,” American said in the filing. The move comes as Qatar faces conflict with neighboring countries after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties over Doha’s alleged support for militant groups and Iran. The countries have suspended all flights to and from Qatar. Qatar Airways says service ‘unaffected’ by Gulf ban Qatar’s government denies all the allegations. American, for its part, also has had its differences with Qatar Airways, among other Middle Eastern carriers, over state subsidies the US air travel industry believes violate trade agreements. The Qatar stake in American “does not alter American Airlines’ conviction on the need to enforce the Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates and the nation of Qatar and ensure fair competition with Gulf carriers, including Qatar Airways,” American said in the filing. Qatar Airways calls on U.N. body to declare Qatar measures illegal- CNN “American Airlines continues to believe that the President and his administration [Read More…]

Jun 222017
 

MICHIGAN, US: The FBI is investigating as an “act of terrorism” a knife attack on a Michigan airport police officer Wednesday by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar.” The stabbing at Bishop International Airport, in the city of Flint, comes amid a wave of extremist attacks in Europe, most recently a foiled bomb assault at a train station in Belgium. Troops Shoot Man After Brussels Station Blast – Police US officials identified the suspected assailant, who is in custody and cooperating with investigators, as a 49-year-old Canadian resident from Quebec named Amor Ftouhi. “We’re investigating this incident today as an act of terrorism,” FBI special agent David Gelios told a news conference, detailing Ftouhi’s actions on Wednesday morning based on security camera footage. Ftouhi was seen lingering with luggage around the airport’s non-secured public areas, including at a second-floor restaurant and a bathroom, before pulling out a 12-inch serrated-blade knife, yelling “Allahu Akbar” — “God is greatest” in Arabic —  and stabbing an officer in the neck, police said. During the attack, Ftouhi “referenced killings in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also expressed “hatred for the United States” during questioning in custody, Gelios said. Riz Ahmed Hits Out At Portrayal of Muslims Following Terror Attacks “He was cooperative and has talked to us about what his motivations were,” he added. The injured officer, a 16-year veteran of the airport police force named as Jeff Neville, wrestled Ftouhi [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 

HYDERABAD: For the protection of couples marrying of their free will and without the consent of their families, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the provincial government to prepare a mechanism for their safety. The order was given on Tuesday by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar in three identical petitions filed by women complaining about harassment and threats to their lives, while seeking safety. The judge observed that the couples approach the court for their security after the police and state institutions fail to ensure that their fundamental rights are protected. “[Couples] approach this court for safety and protection always after a complaint of failure of quarter concerned in discharge of its obligatory duty [generally against the police],” reads the order, adding that the three amicus curiae and as many counsels of the petitioners have all pointed to this fact. Sindh urged to ensure end to forced conversions During the last two years, as many as 1,837 petitions were filed in the SHC’s benches in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana, according to the figures submitted during the hearing. These include 762 petitions in SHC Hyderabad, 544 in SHC Sukkur and 531 in SHC Larkana. Among them some 1,464 cases have been disposed of, while 373 cases – 173 in Hyderabad, 138 in Sukkur and 62 in Larkana – are still pending. During the last hearing on June 13, the SHC ordered Sindh IG Allah Dino Khawaja to submit details of FIRs registered under Section 365-B of the Pakistan Penal Code in the last [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 
Fault lines that stoked the Gulf crisis

Is the present Gulf crisis going to blow over soon or does it reflect a deeper fault line? How significant are Pakistan’s stakes and what do we need to consider in adopting a position on this crisis? Confounded by the complexity of the nature of conflicts across the Middle East there’s a tendency for most Pakistanis to turn to conspiracy theories. Instead, the most plausible framework to interpret these events is the prism of religious ideology. And the reason for this is simple: the foremost challenge to incumbent regimes is from competing religious ideologies and not from power politics, oil politics or the Arab-Israeli dispute. The actions of these regimes are driven more by fear than by opportunity. Above all is their need for survival. Viewed from that standpoint, it would appear that the sectarian schism is the primary and more visible fault line, a religious rivalry that extends deep into the vault of Islamic history. The clergies on both sides of the Persian Gulf wield substantial authority and both the Iranian and Saudi political regimes owe their ‘legitimacy’ and survival to their religious establishments. Yet, even as that rivalry plays out in Iraq, in Syria and Lebanon, in Yemen and other theatres, the two have not severed diplomatic links nor imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the other. That rivalry falls almost exclusively in the realm of power politics and is not a huge domestic worry for either regime. On the other hand, there is a less [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 

ISTANBUL: A Turkish man assaulted a young woman on an Istanbul bus for wearing shorts during Ramazan, images showed Wednesday. University student Asena Melisa Saglam was travelling on the bus on June 14 when the man seated behind her struck her in the face. She responded by chasing after him but he grabbed her and slung her to the back of the bus before running out of the vehicle. İstanbul Pendik'te şort giydiği için 21 yaşındaki Asena Melisa Sağlam'ı minibüste darp eden saldırganın görüntüleri ortaya çıktı. pic.twitter.com/7rn7BWDVlK — Haberler (@Haberler) June 21, 2017 Saglam said that throughout the journey the man had been verbally harassing her by saying she should not be wearing shorts during Ramazan. The man was detained shortly afterwards but following questioning – in which he reportedly said he had been “provoked” – he was set free, causing a new outcry. “The release of the attacker is a threat to all women,” the women’s rights organisation We Will Stop Femicide Platform wrote on Twitter. “We will wear whatever we want outside. We will not give up our freedoms.” Following the outcry, an order was given to re-arrest the man. It later emerged that he had been held in jail since Sunday on separate accusations of committing a tax crime and is also wanted for drugs offences. Turkey says liberal German mosque ‘incompatible’ with Islam Saglam, 21, was quoted by the Hurriyet daily as saying: “From the moment I sat down he was making these remarks ‘you dress like [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 
Venezuelan football fan gets record for most FIFA World Cup tournaments attended

The Holy Grail of football is the FIFA World Cup tournament held once every four years and if you would ask any die-hard football fan their ultimate dream would be to attend the event once in their lifetime. But for Venezuelan businessman Hely Garagozzo, it has now become a ritual tradition. Garagozzo has now attended a whopping nine of the tournaments in a row beginning in 1982 when it was held in Spain to the last in Brazil. This unique feat has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records for the most FIFA World Cup tournaments attended by an individual. The Venezuelan estimates he has traversed over 231,000 kilometres to attend these matches, which is the equivalent of 5.67 full circumnavigations of the Earth. Bodla breaks world record for most punches in an hour Despite the main attraction always being the football itself, he has been able to see many interesting sites along the way such as the Roman Coliseum, Iguazu Falls, ground zero in Hiroshima, and the Berlin Wall. “It’s the magic of football that transcends the field and transforms into a culture,” he said. Hely carries a large Venezuelan flag to every game he goes to, which can sometimes cause him to stand out in the crowd. “A lot of people know me as the guy with the flag,” he joked. In addition to the nine World Cups, he also attended the Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 as well as the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt [Read More…]

Jun 212017
 

Pop star Zayn Malik has disclosed that he was once detained by US airport security for three hours when travelling with his former band One Direction, according to The Independent. Malik, a British Muslim, said that he was subject to “further processing” and extra checks when travelling to America, all because of his name and appearance. “The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane; first they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system,” the 24-year-old told the Evening Standard. The situation, however, escalated when the band reached the country. Shah Rukh Khan detained at US airport once again “When I landed, it was like a movie,” said Malik. “They kept me there for three hours, questioning me about all kinds of crazy stuff. I was 17, my first time in America, jet-lagged off the plane, confused. The same thing happened the next time too.” Malik said he could see why the extra security was necessary. “I understand the level of caution that needs to be taken, especially now, in the light of certain events at home,” he says. “I don’t think there’s any benefit to getting angry – it’s something that comes with the climate. I understand why they’ve got to do it,” he added. Pakistani Fulbright scholar denied entry into US despite valid visa The star, who is arguably the most [Read More…]

Jun 182017
 

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs on Sunday in their first-ever final appearance in the Champions Trophy and won their first-ever silverware at The Oval courtesy an all-round show. Here is what everyone will be talking about in the next few days. Never write off Pakistan They qualified for this by the skin of their teeth. They entered it as the lowest-ranked side in the tournament. When asked who will win this tournament, almost all experts agreed on one answer — anyone but Pakistan. History and ecstasy Pakistan’s as they claim first-ever Champions Trophy There is a reason that ‘unpredictable’ tag refuses to let go of this side. This is Pakistan’s greatest-ever sporting achievement In 70 years, Pakistan have pulled off some miraculous achievements in various sports. There have been the World Cups and Olympic medals in hockey and the World Cup and World T20 in cricket but never have Pakistan punched above their weight quite like they did here. The hockey team almost always entered a tournament as one of the favourites, while Pakistan boasted the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad back in 1992. Razzaq backs Pakistan bowlers to do damage against India This team had an inexperienced skipper, an unsettled bowling attack and a woefully mediocre and out of form batting line-up. Yet here they stand, champions of the world. Fakhar etches his name in history Nothing ever writes your name in Pakistani folklore than a century against India. Nothing quite grants you immortality [Read More…]

Jun 182017
 

Deepika Padukone has shared a heart-warming message on Instagram for her father Prakash Padukone on Father’s Day, letting him know how he has been her source of inspiration. The 31-year-old actress posted a picture with her father and captioned it, “…And that is what I want to tell you my children, that there is no substitute for perseverance, hardwork, determination and passion for what you choose to do. If you love what you do, nothing else matters – neither awards nor compensation, not even the gratification of seeing your face in newspapers or television. Deepika Padukone or Saiyami Kher: Who looked more stunning in frayed jeans? “The things that really matter in life are relationships, honesty, respect for your parents and elders. Material success is important, not fundamental to happiness and peace of mind…Thank you Pa for always inspiring us! #HappyFathersDay”. …"The things that really matter in life are relationships, honesty, respect for your parents and elders. Material success is important, not fundamental to happiness and peace of mind." Thank you Pa for always inspiring us! #HappyFathersDay A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Jun 18, 2017 at 5:58am PDT "…And that is what I want to tell you my children, that there is no substitute for perseverance, hardwork, determination and passion for what you choose to do. If you love what you do, nothing else matters — neither awards nor compensation, not even the gratification of seeing your face in newspapers or television." Thank You Pa for always inspiring us!#HappyFathersDay [Read More…]

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