Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pakistan to launch more spin at England

ABU DHABI: Pakistan will once more depend on spin to maintain their dominance over England when the teams meet in a four-match one-day series starting here from Monday.

Misbahul Haq’s men blanked England 3-0 in the Tests series with off-spinner Saeed Ajmal finishing with 24 wickets, left-armer Abdul Rehman taking 19 and allrounder Mohammad Hafeez five in a spin-dominated series.

Pakistan’s spin repertoire will further be boosted by allrounder Shahid Afridi whose 5-36 helped Pakistan beat Afghanistan in a first-ever one-day between the two countries in Sharjah on Friday.

Even spinning allrounder Shoaib Malik, controversially included in the squad despite failures in the last six one-day matches, will pose problems for England who were routed 5-0 in India last year.

Pakistan captain Misbah acknowledged Afridi’s heroics as leg-spinner.

“Afridi is a match winner,” said Misbah of Afridi whose 338 wickets is now the second highest by a spinner behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (534) in one-day internationals.

“In the last three series in almost all matches Afridi has been outstanding and undoubtedly he is one of the best bowlers in one day cricket,” said Misbah, who has won one-day series against Ireland, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh since taking over in June last year.

Misbah, however, seeks improvement in his batting, especially in the top order.

“I always say that the main area we need to improve is batting. Against England if we can have batting consistency or if we can set very good targets then we have the bowling to give our opponents a tough time,” said Misbah.

England coach Andy Flower also hoped his batting improves after struggling badly against Pakistan’s spinners.

“This will be a really challenging series for us. In our last one-day series in sub-continental conditions, we lost badly to India. The batsmen are lower in confidence after the Tests, so it will be a serious challenge for us,” said Flower.

“I expect better things from the batsmen, and I really expect to see us improve with our knowledge and method of how to combat their spin,” said Flower, adding that Kevin Pietersen will open the batting.
Pietersen had a miserable Test series, managing just 67 runs.

“He’s a very, very fine cricketer – very dangerous – and someone we’d like to give the option of facing as many balls as possible in the limited-overs game. If he stays in long enough, he will win games for us in that position.”

James Anderson and Stuart Broad – who both missed the India one-day series – will be on support for Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach and Steven Finn in pace while Samit Patel and Danny Briggs will assist Graeme Swann in spin.

The remaining three matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (February 15) and in Dubai on Feruary 18 and 21.
Teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals in Dubai (February 23 and 25) and in Abu Dhabi (February 27).


Imran Khan Kiyoon - Harun Rashid

Thank You PTI- Disgruntled PML-N members win Senate nomination

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz finalised candidates for seven seats in the Senate, on Friday.

The candidates include four for general seats – Sardar Zulfiqar Khan Khosa, Zafar Dhandla from Bhakkar, M Hamza from Toba Tek Singh and Rafique Rijwana; Ishaq Dar for the technocrat seat, Begum Nuzhat Sadiq for the women’s seat and Provincial Minister for Finance and Human Rights Kamran Michael for the minority seat.

PML-N’s senior leader Ghulam Dastgeer Khan and former bureaucrat Saeed Mehdi have been asked to prepare as covering candidates.
The party has awarded tickets to disgruntled members in order to keep them from breaking from the party.

The Dhandhla family was about to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, but has now accepted the Senate seat.

Senior leader M Hamza was also about to join the PTI in Toba Tek Singh when his opponent Bilal Warraich joined the PML-N.

It was reported earlier that the PML-N leadership had been sending text messages to its members restraining them from suggesting anyone for Senate candidature, sources in the party told The Express Tribune.
“Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called an immediate meeting of all members of PA on Monday, in which he will take them into confidence over the candidates for Senate election,” the sources added.

In Punjab there will be a total of 12 seats up for grabs – seven general, two each reserved for technocrats and women, and one for a non-Muslim. Under the deal reached between major political parties for seats distribution, PML-N will get a total of 7 seats including 4 general seats, one technocrat, one women’s and one non-Muslim seat. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will get a total of 4 seats and Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) will get only one general seat.

It is pertinent to mention that the division of seats, though unopposed, had occurred in Punjab in the 2006 and 2009 Senate elections as well. In 2009, PML-N nominated almost all its members from their Rawalpindi division.

“Members in the Punjab often have not exercised their right to cast votes to decide who shall represent Punjab in the Senate,” said PML-N MPA Javed Ahmad.
Meanwhile, PML-Q’s 47-member dissident faction called Unification Bloc seems to be determined to put forward its candidate or negotiate a seat from PML-N. According to official party information, two MPAs have been interviewed by PML-N’s interview committee in Islamabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.

Alais Minkum Rajal Rashid - Hahrun Rashid (about Balichistan Situation)

"Aakhri Round" - Hassan Nisar

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shukriya 30 October Shukriya Imran Khan - Munir Baloch

"Sharmata Jaa" Hassan Nisar

PTI will shoot drones down once in power: Imran Khan

SWABI / KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said that those in power should be embarrassed about the ongoing drone attacks that violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and kill innocent people. Following the rally, a grenade attack injured 16 people including eight officers and women. Imran Khan expressed his deep concern over the attack, and sympathised with the victims.

At a rally in Swabi, Imran said the PTI will not let US attack Pakistan via drone strikes and will shoot their drones down.

“We will help them [US] to get out of Afghanistan but we will not become a part of their war,” Imran explained.

He further said that if the PTI comes to power, it will free the people of Pakistan from US slavery. “We won’t beg, we won’t take loans and will generate our own funds,” he said.

Bowling out the competition

Making predictions about the success of his party, Imran said even if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) unite, PTI will “bowl them all out on the first ball.”

“The nation has decided it wants a change and no political party can defeat PTI’s tsunami,” Imran said.

Respectful green passport

Promising a better Pakistan under PTI’s leadership, Imran said his party will bring investment to the country and will tax the rich. He also said that his party will fix the education sector and will put in place a uniform education system.

“Green passport will be respected and people from abroad will come to Pakistan in search of jobs,” Imran stated.

“Pakistan is a rich country and we will make it better,” he added.

Grenades injure 16 at PTI rally

At least 16 people including eight police officials and women were injured when assailants tossed grenades on a police van in Swabi, following the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf rally, acting DPO, Muhammad Ashfaq told The Express Tribune.

As the PTI rally concluded in Shavay Adda in Sawabi, unknown men hurled two hand grenades at a police van, stationed at the site to provide security for the rally attendants. As a result, 16 people were injured.
Sources said that the policemen were returning to their vehicle when the attack took place. Ashfaq said that “some critically injured people have been shifted to Mardan,” before adding “there are no reported casualties so far, but we are not sure at the moment, as the numbers of the injured are still increasing.”
There were women who were also amongst the injured, however, the extent of their injuries were unclear at the moment as authorities are busy in coping with the situation.

Imran Khan sympathises with the victims

Chairman PTI, Imran Khan expressed his deep concern over the attack on the police bus after the PTI rally in Swabi concluded.

“This is an attempt by terrorists to derail the peaceful political process in Pakistan. This attack on a police vehicle and bus is strongly condemned as innocent people have been injured,” the statement read, adding that Imran Khan sympathised with the families of the victims and the injured.

The statement also said that the attack symbolises the deteriorating law and order situation in the country and poor governance in KPK.