Oct 102017
Four Dead After Gunbattle In Indian Kashmir

Two Indian Air Force commandos and two suspected militants have been killed during a gunbattle in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army says.The fighting started when soldiers searching for militants surrounded a neighborhood in the northern town of Hajin on October 10.The deaths came two days after a leader of the banned militant group Jaish-e Mohammad, known as Khalid, was killed in a shoot-out with government forces in Kashmir.The Pakistani national was accused of organizing a series of suicide attacks across the Indian-administered region that Pakistan also claims.The Himalayan territory has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both countries claim it in full.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Oct 202016
Younis wants India, Pakistan to resume Tests

ABU DHABI: Senior batsman Younis Khan wants India and Pakistan to set aside their strained relations and resume five-day matches as both are giants of the game. “It’s my wish to play a Test in Pakistan again, play against India and against all top teams,” Younis told reporters in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. “India and Pakistan are two giants of cricket — one number one and the other number two — so whatever the situation between the two nations it must be forgotten and cricket should be played, people want to watch them play.” There has been no Test cricket between the two nations since 2007. Bilateral cricket ties were severed in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which New Delhi blamed on militants based in Pakistan. Pakistan did tour India in December 2012-January 2013 for a short limited over series but that failed to revive full ties, including Tests. The two countries have come close to war since last month´s attacks on a military base in Indian-administered Kashmir, again blamed on militants from Pakistan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) repeatedly snubbed Pakistan´s calls for resumption of ties in the current scenario. The Pakistan Cricket Board wants BCCI to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014, but linked to Indian government´s clearance. Under the MoU Pakistan were due to host a series last year and were due in India next year but considering the strained relations [Read More…]

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