First time in 30 years: Kiwis eye rare series win over Pakistan

First time in 30 years: Kiwis eye rare series win over Pakistan

KARACHI: Pakistan entered the two-match Test series against New Zealand as favourites but following a hapless display by the visitors in the first Test, where the hosts won by eight wickets, that tag has been reversed; now Pakistan are the underdogs.

New Zealand, meanwhile, have a chance of a rare series win against Pakistan as even a draw in Hamilton tomorrow will serve the purpose.

The Kiwis have not won a Test series against Pakistan in more than 30 years with their last triumph coming back in 1985. Not only that, they have won only two series against Pakistan in their previous 21 attempts.

But with momentum on their side, the Kane Williamson-led team will look to make up for the 3-0 whitewash they suffered at the hands of India last month.

Pakistan, meanwhile, have experienced a sharp dip in form since their 2-1 win over the West Indies in the UAE and their performance in Christchurch, where they collapsed for 133 and 171 runs in the first and second innings respectively, is cause for alarm.

Add to that the fact that Pakistan would be without talismanic captain Misbahul Haq, who decided to travel back to Pakistan following the death of his father-in-law, the second Test is expected to be much tougher than the first.

But Azhar Ali, the stand-in captain for the Hamilton Test, is ‘confident’ the team will put on a better show. “As a batting unit we need to put up a better show … We have to improve in the next game and I’m confident we will do that,” said Azhar in Hamilton yesterday.

 

Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim is of the view that Pakistan need to adopt a different, more aggressive strategy for the Hamilton Test.

Many cricket pundits had blamed Pakistan’s first-Test capitulation on their extremely defensive approach and Qasim believes that the visitors need to take the game to the hosts if they are to get a result in their favour.

“Pakistan will have to be aggressive in batting. Just staying on the crease and not scoring runs will not serve any purpose. Pakistan batsmen should try to dominate the bowlers and score runs with a better pace. The Hamilton wicket is another challenging track for the batsmen and staying for long there is very difficult so Pakistan would need to score fast,” he said.

Qasim, meanwhile, called for the inclusion of fast-bowler Wahab Riaz for the final Test. “Wahab is very fast and he could be a game changer in Hamilton. The management should show some confidence in him.”

He further added that spinner Yasir Shah, who after impressing heavily against the West Indies in the UAE but was a mere spectator in the first Test in Christchurch, should only be included in the squad if the pitch conditions suit his style.

“The inclusion of Yasir Shah in playing XI should be made after looking at pitch conditions,” he said.

The former Test cricketer also said that Pakistan have the potential to bounce back in the series. “Pakistan went to Christchurch without much preparation but now the players have a better idea of the conditions. They are in a much better position to win the match and level the series,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2016.

Besiktas fans mark Benfica draw with ‘silent cheer’

Besiktas fans mark Benfica draw with ‘silent cheer’

Supporters of Turkish club Besiktas marked their thrilling Champions League draw with Benfica on Wednesday with a minute of “silent cheer”.

In the 3-3 draw between the two sides at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul, home supporters choreographed a cheer for an entire minute using only sign language.

PHOTO: AFP

 

The initiative was taken to raise awareness against racism and in support of the hearing and speech impaired ahead of International Day of People with Disabilities on December 3.

The fans signed “Say No To Racism” and “Black Eagle” – the club’s symbol, in the minute-long cheer.

PHOTO: AFP

Following this, the match began with Benfica taking a 3-0 lead inside 31 minutes with Ganchinho Guedes, Cabral Semedo, and Fejsa netting for the visitors.

However, the game turned into a six-goal thriller when Tosun scored for Besiktas on 58th minute followed by goals from Quaresma and Aboubakar in the last 10 minutes of the match.

I will only fight for Pakistan, says MMA star Ahmed Mujtaba

 

I will only fight for Pakistan, says MMA star Ahmed Mujtaba

KARACHI: Pakistan’s undefeated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Ahmed Mujtaba clarified yesterday that he is fully committed to representing Pakistan at international level despite a lack of recognition from the government and scarcity of corporate sponsors.

Mujtaba, who was at Karachi’s Third Generation Mixed Martial Arts Centre (3GMMA) to conduct a workshop, was egged by a certain section of the media to issue a threat of switching allegiance.

However, the Quetta-born stood firm and made it clear that he has no plans whatsoever of representing any other country than his beloved Pakistan.

“When you don’t get the recognition you deserve it’s only natural to seek alternatives, but that’s not me. I wish to represent Pakistan in every battle I fight,” said Mujtaba.

He then revealed that the life of an MMA fighter is doubly difficult in Pakistan as he not just has to undergo intensive training sessions but is also required to change the prevalent mindset.

“There are many hurdles for me as many people say MMA has no future but I keep a positive mindset and work to change the image of Pakistan through MMA,” he said.

Mujtaba, who recently won his debut fight at Asia’s largest MMA promotion ONE FC, also gave a few tips to female grapplers who were at 3GMMA to train and told them to stick to their coaches’ advice.

“Pakistani coaches have all the required skills and techniques that you need,” he said. “All a fighter needs is to train with dedication and consult their coaches.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2016.

Indonesian army helicopter carrying five goes missing

Indonesian army helicopter carrying five goes missing

JAKARTA: 

An Indonesian army helicopter carrying five people went missing Thursday over Borneo island, an official said, the latest blow to the country’s accident-prone military.

The Bell 412 helicopter lost contact in the morning on a short flight from Tarakan in North Kalimantan province to Long Bawan near the Malaysian border. Borneo is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.

Local search and rescue chief Mujiono, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said a team of military personnel and search and rescue officials had been sent to the area where the aircraft was believed to have disappeared.

Mujiono said the helicopter was carrying five people and supplies for soldiers when it lost contact.

The Indonesian military has been hit with a number of aircraft accidents in recent years.

The worst accident in recent times was in June 2015, when an air force Hercules C-130 crashed into a residential neighbourhood in the city of Medan, killing 142 people and causing widespread destruction.

Whatsapp users can watch videos without downloading them

Whatsapp users can watch videos without downloading them

WhatsApp is introducing a new feature to improve video watching experience on its platform: users no longer require downloading a video before watching it!

Just like YouTube and other streaming services, the video can now be streamed as it being downloaded, reported Mashable.

The new feature is currently available for beta version 2.16.365 for Android users only, but other platforms are expected to get the update soon.

This is the second major update WhatsApp has introduced this month.

The Facebook-owned messaging platform also rolled out a video call feature last week, and has been aggressively adding new features and testing others lately.

Two killed in bomb attack in southern Turkey

Two killed in bomb attack in southern Turkey

Two people were killed and 16 wounded on Thursday in a car bomb explosion outside a local government building in the southern Turkish city of Adana, officials said.

The bomb exploded in the car park of the governor’s office for the Adana region, close to the vehicle entrance, the governorate said in a statement. The explosion sparked a fire, and a cloud of dark smoke spewed into the sky. The force of the blast caused damage to the governorate itself, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, describing the blast as a “terror attack”.

“Two people were killed and 16 were wounded,” the governor of Adana, Mahmut Demirtas, was quoted as saying by Anadolu.

“A vehicle blew up at 8.05am (0505 GMT) at a parking lot next to the entrance of the governor’s office,” Demirtas said.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by a woman, the governor said, without providing further details of the nature of the blast. As has been the case with previous attacks, the Turkish authorities immediately slapped a broadcast ban on footage of the blast.

“This accursed terror continues to target our people,” Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik, a ruling party MP from Adana, wrote on Twitter.

“We will fight against terror until the very end in the name of humanity,” he added.

source The Express Tribune news

At least 67 killed in China construction accident

At least 67 killed in China construction accident

BEIJING: At least 67 people have died and others are still trapped after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said.

The accident happened in Fengcheng at around 7 am (2300 GMT) and rescuers were on the scene, Xinhua said.

The death toll was likely to rise because an unknown number of people were still trapped, it said. Five injured workers have been sent to hospital.

Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, and anger over lax standards is growing. Three decades of swift economic growth have been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.

China has vowed to improve safety at such facilities. President Xi Jinping has said authorities would learn the lessons paid for with blood after chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin killed more than 170 people last year.

source The Express Tribune news

Is Ahmadi General going to be New Army chief ?

Is Ahmadi General going to be New Army chief ?

Four names have been proposed for the new Chief of Army Staff in Pakistan. Mullahs are lobbying the State to drop one of these names because he happens to have an Ahmadi Muslim relative. Others are implying he himself is Ahmadi when he is not. “… He will lead the country to doom. These people are worst enemies of the country.”

Just think about that. Even having an Ahmadi relative is intolerable to these extremist Sunni Mullahs. They deliberately mislead people to incite more hate against the Ahmadis. And people forget that the only general to have laid his life for Pakistan on battleground was an Ahmadi Muslim (General Iftikhar Janjua). Leading heroes of the 1965 war were also Ahmadi Muslims (General Akhtar Malik, General Abdul Ali Malik). This was before Pakistan gave up Jinnah’s vision (1974) and before Ahmadi Muslims were banned from the highest posts in the military.

Pakistanis must reject this hatred and bigotry. These statements implying Ahmadi Muslims are traitors not only places a direct target on the backs of Ahmadis in Pakistan but is an insult to the sacrifices of Ahmadi Muslim Gold Star families.

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Due recognition for Dr Abdus Salam demanded

Due recognition for Dr Abdus Salam demanded

 

LAHORE: Religious beliefs are personal and must not be used against anyone. While Dr Abdus Salam brought the name of Pakistan to the international stage, Pakistanis do not consider him one of their countrymen because of his beliefs.

These views were expressed by renowned social critic Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy at a conference organised by the Government College University (GCU), Lahore to pay homage to the Nobel laureate on his 20th death anniversary.

Hoodbhoy said Dr Salam’s religious beliefs were his personal matter and no one should discriminate against him for that. “It is a reflection of the mentality of our society, which judges personalities on the yardstick of religion,” he said. “We must change our behaviour towards others if we want to progress [as a society]. All scientific thinking and research papers are meaningless with this narrow-mindedness.”

Dr Shaukat Hameed, a nuclear physicist, quoting KK Aziz said: “We still choose to deny the reasons why we have neglected his [Dr Salam’s} memory and choose to neglect his contributions, why we almost demonized his existence and how we harassed him. The greatest son of the soil, neglected by the state, harassed by the people, honoured by the enemy and forgotten from public memory: Dr Abdus Salam.”

Hameed recalled that after Dr Salam received the Nobel prize, Quaid-e-Azam University decided to award him an honorary degree. But the ceremony was disrupted by activists of a religious party and the ceremony had to be shifted to the National Assembly. “Even his alma mater, the Government College, did not give him due respect and denied giving him a residence,” he said.

Dr Salam died on 21 November, 1996 and won laurels across the world. His brother, who lived in Lahore, asked the government if it would like to provide protocol on the arrival of his coffin from Oxford but there was no response, Hameed said.

Dr Ahmed Ali said Dr Salam was a theoretical physicist, whose scientific work was guided by the search of a unified theory of the seemingly different forces and phenomena in nature.

The electroweak theory of particle physics will remain his lasting legacy. The discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 and its properties measured so far are the stunning proof of Salam-Weinberg model prepared in 1967-68.

“If Salam had been alive today, he would be busy modelling them now,” Ali said. “He deserves better recognition in Pakistan. Egypt, for example, has set up an Ahmad Zewail’s science city. Let us do something similar for Abdus Salam.”

Dr Fayyazuddin, a student of Dr Salam in early 60s at the GCU, said the Nobel laureate started evening classes and introduced modern courses in mathematics at the college. He believed the scientist left Pakistan in 1954 because of isolation.

Pointing towards the thin attendance at the conference, Dr Asghar Qadir said he was disappointed the physicist community did not give due recognition to Dr Salam. “Stress is given to writing research papers but no solutions to problems are introduced,” he said.

Being a student of Salam, Qadir recalled the scientist always urged the need to introduce new ideas in Pakistan. “This thinking should be followed to solve problems,” he said.

Dr Munir Rashid, another student of Salam, shared an interesting piece of information. At the age of two years, Dr Salam won a healthy baby competition in Jhang.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2016.

Pakistan: Actor, producer, activist Hamza Ali Abbasi all set to host TV show?

Pakistan: Actor, producer, activist Hamza Ali Abbasi all set to host TV show?

His last hosting stint landed him in hot water. Hamza was barred by PEMRA from hosting his Ramzan transmission after he broached the sensitive subjects of the persecution of the Ahmadi community and blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

One wonders if he is given his own show, will it be just as controversial if not more.

Looks like Hamza Ali Abbasi takes his duty very seriously. Being one of the most vocal actors in showbiz, he is all set to host a TV show with a huge fan following.

In the latest video posted on his Facebook, he says, “It is time to get rid of the notion that being political or talking about politics is taboo if you are not a politician… Being political is not a profession, not a career… it’s a duty, a necessity.”


“It is time to get rid of the notion that being political or talking about politics is Taboo if you are not a politician. Be politically aware, our destiny depends on it. Being political is not a profession, not a career… its a duty, a necessity!” – Hamza Abbasi, Facebook

His last hosting stint, however, landed him in hot water. Hamza was barred by PEMRA from hosting his Ramzan transmission with Ayesha Khan on Aaj TV, Ramazan Hamara Emaan after he broached the sensitive subjects of the persecution of the Ahmadi community and blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

But Hamza stuck to his guns, insisting that these topics should not be taboo.

Following the Kashmir siege, the Pyarey Afzal actor spoke up on Facebook against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen separatist commander Burhan Wani by government forces in IHK and his account was subsequently suspended on the social networking site.

In an earlier run-in with Facebook, Hamza’s post about the Charlie Hebdo attack had also been removed.

One wonders if he is given his own show, will it be just as controversial if not more. What we can say for now is that Hamza won’t shy away from saying what he thinks is right.

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