Story behind Asia Cup’s last ‘6’ against Ashwin: Shahid Afridi


Karachi: Pakistan’s T-20 skipper and all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Saturday said that he was not sure about the second ‘6’ he hit against Ashwin which made Pakistan victorious against India in Asia Cup 2014.

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Shahid Afridi, while talking about the last six which earned Pakistan a dramatic victory against Indian in Asia Cup 2014, said that although he hit the shot for six but he was not sure whether the ball will cross the boundary or not.

He further said that no one contacted him even Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not ask about his retirement from ODI format cricket after the World Cup 2015.

Talking about his show cause, he said “We have taken the permission before signing the commercial. I don’t know why PCB sent show cause notice”

Shahid Afridi added that he want to end his career on the winning note.

21st amendment in Constitution bill presented in National Assembly

Islamabad: Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed on Saturday presented the bill for the 21st amendment in constitution in National Assembly.

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According to local media report, the bill was presented by Pervez Rasheed for approval in NA session started with an hour delay headed by the Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The bill will be presented on Monday in National Assembly for debate.

Information Minister also presented another bill on Saturday regarding amendment in Army act 1952.

The amendments includes in constitution and army act for the formation of special courts for next two years.

The special courts will conduct the hearing of only the cases of terrorism and not the political cases, sources said.

It is difficult to find alternative to Ajmal, Hafeez: Mushtaq Ahmad

Lahore: Pakistan’s spin bowling consultant and former cricketer Mushtaq Ahmad on Friday said that he could not think of other spinner in the presence of Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Hafeex and Shahid Afridi.

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While speaking to media group, Pakistani team’s spin consultant said that Ajmal and Hafeez never let him think of other spinner by their brilliant performance in International cricket.

He said that Hafeez and Ajmal are the ultimate spinners of Pakistan cricket team and PCB was not ready to hear the news of their ban from International cricket. Mushtaq further said that it will be very difficult to find an alternative of Hafeez and Ajmal.

He added that Australian pitches are best for leg-spin which is good news for green shirts as leg-spinner Shahid Afirid has returned to the team.

It is important to mention here that Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Hafeez have already been withdrawn from World Cup 2015 squad and the selectors are looking for Yasir Shah as replacement to Ajmal and Hafeez, who impressed the fans with his splendid performance against Australia and New Zealand in UAE in 2014.

EU supports Pakistan for execution of terrorists

Brussels: European Union (EU) has supported Pakistan’s implementation of death sentences in the country, as the EU spokesman has said that they never stopped Pakistan from execution of terrorists, media channels reported.

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The Spokesman said on Friday that EU never opposed death sentences in Pakistan and Pakistan is free to implement its laws regarding death sentences. He further added that China, Saudi Arabia and Iran were already implementing death sentences in their countries and EU never stopped either of them.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan People Party (PPP), in 2008, put a halt on death sentences citing that EU has threatened Pakistan not to implement death sentences in the country. And the same did the current PML-N government and presented the reason that EU and America have threatened not to implement execution.

However, after the Peshawar carnage, government of Pakistan compelled to resume death sentences in the country, and has executed seven high profile terrorists in the country so far after the barbaric attack on APS.

China expected to provide Z10 helicopters to Pakistan

Islamabad: China, once again as always, is expected to give a gift its famous helicopter Z10 to Pakistan this year, to help Pakistan in cleaning terrorism from the country.

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According to media reports, China will provide three of its famous Z10 helicopters to Pakistan Army aviation fleet, which will help Pak Army to root out terrorism from its country.

Pakistan has shown great interest in purchasing Z10 helicopters from China, report revealed.

Z10 helicopter is capable of targeting enemy on ground as well as in the air with a range of 3 to 4 kilometers without coming on radar.

It is important to mention here that Pakistan has also signed an agreement to buy Russian famous Mi-30 helicopters. Both of these helicopters will not only strengthen Pakistan’s defence but will also help in dealing with terrorists in the country.

Zarb-e-Azb updates: 23 terrorists killed in air strikes in North Waziristan

Rawalpindi: as many as 23 terrorists have been killed in fresh air strikes carried out in North Waziristan, targeting several hideouts in militants-held areas, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported on Wednesday.

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According to ISPR, fresh air strikes were carried out in North Waziristan, in which several hideouts of the militants were targeted. Report further revealed that 23 militants were killed and several others were injured.

ISPR report further added that military air strikes had successfully killed 23 terrorists and completely destroyed their underground tunnel system.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been intensified after the barbaric attack on Army Public School in which 150 people were killed including 137 innocent children.

PTI expected to resume its protests across the country

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is once again expected to resume its sit-ins across the country, if its demand for setting up a judicial commission, for investigation of alleged rigging in general elections, was allegedly delayed.

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PTI, in a press conference on Wednesday, once again showed a sign to resume its protests, as the party has restored its harsh tone against the government after a long silence.

The party has objected the Prime Minister for imposing General Sales Taxes (GST) on petroleum products without taking parliament’s approval.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi told to media on Wednesday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan was disappointed over the government’s alleged dragging up of the issue of formation of judicial commission for audit of the elections 2013.

Shah said that Imran Khan is quite angry over the government’s response towards the party demand of formation of judicial commission.

LoC violation: Khwaja Asif condemns Indian forces attack on Punjab Rangers

Islamabad: Defence Minister Khwaja Asif on Thursday condemned the violation of ceasefire on Line of Control (LoC) by Indian border security forces, which killed two officers of Punjab Rangers.

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Defence Minister condemned the unprovoked firing of Indian forces across Pak-India border, and said India should not meant Pakistan’s peace seeking efforts as its weakness. He further said Pakistan Security Forces have full capability to answer any kind of action against national security.

Asif said to the media group that India on Wednesday violated the LoC ceasefire, and attacked the delegate which was going for a FLAG meeting with Indian counter parts, which is an International crime.

It is to be mentioned here that India on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing on the delegate of Punjab Rangers who were going for FLAG meeting with Indian forces on Shakargarh border, and killed at least two Pakistani officers.

Saeed Ajmal returns to NCA for his bowling action practice

Lahore:  Banned Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal once again started his practice for his ICC bowling action test, in National Cricket Academy (NCA) from Wednesday.

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According to sources in Pakistan Cricket Board, Saeed Ajmal has restarted his bowling practice in NCA under the supervision of Saqlain Mushtaq.

Earlier, Saeed Ajmal had voluntarily withdrawn from the World Cup 2015 squad.

Ajmal was banned International Cricket Council from bowling during Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka last year. His arm bend was declared more than the International limit of 15 degrees, as his bend was more than 30 degree.

Saqlain Mushtaq, who is considered as one of the best spinners in the cricket history, will be reviewing and rectifying Ajmal’s action in national cricket academy.

Saeed Ajmal to save his cricket academy

Lahore: Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has requested Punjab government to save his academy land from Faisalabad Agriculture University who was taking its land from him, as the University had allotted the land for same purpose, on Wednesday.

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According to media reports, Saeed Ajmal on Wednesday met with the Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son Hamza Sharif to discuss the matter with him. Ajmal brief him about the critical situation of the academy and requested him to save the academy land situated in Faisalabad.

Ajmal said to Hamza Shahbaz that the furture of almost 200 youths would be in danger if the land of the academy was taken back from him.

The PML-N leader assured him to resolve the issue, after he sought help from the Punjab government.