Pakistan Cricket Board Keeps All Options Open, From Boycotting India to Demanding Compensation

Jagmohan Dalmiya Shahryar Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan is in India to attend a condolence meeting for the late Jagmohan Dalmiya.


Kolkata: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan on Thursday said they are open to ‘options’ ranging from boycotting ties with India to demanding compensation if the BCCI fails to honour the MOU, signed between the two boards of playing a bilateral series in December. (PCB to discuss December series With India at ICC meet)

But Shahryar said he is still hopeful of the series taking place in December and would meet BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in a week’s time to decide on the fate of the rubber that is hanging in limbo in the wake of the current political tensions between the two countries.

“I received a reply from Thakur that we well meet in Dubai and we will probably decide what is to be done. The final decision of course lies with the Government of India,” the PCB chairman told reporters after paying his tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away here on September 20.

“In spite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), if the BCCI does not honour its own signature then we’ll see what is to be done. If they don’t honour it (MOU) for political reasons we have options open to us. We will suffer financial and other losses.

“Boycott is an extreme option but of course it’s an option. I never used the term ‘boycott’, you people know me and I am not one to give warnings and threats. But it’s surely a thing that if you don’t accept your signed agreement then definitely I’ll demand for compensation,” he said. “The series is an agreement but if it does not happen, it’s a reasonable thing to demand compensation.”

Still hopeful of the series happening, an optimistic Shahryar said PCB will keep ICC aware of the development and call for their suggestion.

“Now we still have some hope that the series will take place. We will cross the bridge when it comes but I feel BCCI should honour the agreement,” he said.

The BCCI secretary is likely to meet Shahryar on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai from October 8-13.

India are scheduled to play two Tests and five ODIs and two T20Is in Pakistan’s adopted home venue of UAE beginning in December.

The PCB chairman also said that he would give a reminder about the MOU to BCCI presidential candidate Shashank Manohar, who is likely to be elected at its SGM in Mumbai on October 4.

“I will remind him that BCCI has signed an MOU and is he going to honour it or not…that’s the basic issue. I have a high regard for him (Manohar). I hope when I am in Delhi I will congratulate him in advance and will assure him of my cooperation,” Shaharyar said.

India, who had stopped cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, had signed an MOU to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme (FTP), subject to clearance from the Government of India.

Shahryar and his wife Minnoo called on the Dalmiyas at their 10 Alipore Road Residence and fondly remembered the former BCCI president who passed away after a massive cardiac arrest last month.

Remembering Dalmiya as a ‘friend’ of PCB, Shaharyar said: “I have come to Kolkata for the sole purpose of paying my last respect to the family of Jagmohan Dalmiya who not only was a personal friend but I believe he was a friend of India and Pakistan cricket boards.”


Back From Pakistan, Geeta Takes a Ride on the Delhi Metro, Tours Museum

Back From Pakistan, Geeta Takes a Ride on the Delhi Metro, Tours Museum

Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan more than a decade ago takes a metro ride with members of Eidhi Foundation in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

NEW DELHI:  A day after her return from Pakistan, Geeta took a ride today on the Delhi Metro and also visited the Metro Museum in New Delhi.

Accompanied by members of the Edhi Foundation, who had taken care of the deaf and mute girl during her time in the neighbouring country, 23-year-old Geeta wore a constant smile and waved at the commuters who greeted her as she spent about an hour on the Metro network.

She travelled from the Civil Lines station to Patel Chowk station after meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Tuesday morning.

At the Patel Chowk station, she was also taken around the Metro Museum that houses several exhibits related to the construction and operations of the city’s Metro network.

“She was briefed about the Metro Museum with the help of an interpreter,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said.

Geeta, who also met President Pranab Mukherjee, was accompanied, among others, by officials of Delhi government during her ride on the Metro.

Over a decade after inadvertently crossing into the neighbouring country, Geeta returned to India on Monday to an emotional welcome.

She was received by senior officials of External Affairs Ministry and Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on her arrival from Karachi and also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.


Pakistan Cricket Board Urges Misbah-ul-Haq to Delay His Retirement Plans

Misbah-ul-Haq in recent media interactions indicated that he will take a decision on his retirement after the Test series with England in the UAE.


Karachi: Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been asked by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to continue in his role for next year’s tour to England and put off any retirement plans. (Misbah-ul-Haq Reveals Plans to Retire After Possible India Series)

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media in Lahore that Misbah would inform the Board about his retirement plans after the Test series against England ends next month.

“We have told him to delay his retirement for a year if he is thinking on those lines,” Khan said.

“We feel his presence as captain and senior player will be invaluable to the team for the Test tours to England and Australia next year,” he added.

Misbah, 41, has said in recent media interactions that he will take a decision on his retirement after the Test series with England in the UAE.

Misbah, who has become Pakistan’s most successful Test captain after leading Pakistan to victory over England in the second match in Dubai last week, has said he remains undecided about his future.

The middle-order batsman has been the Test captain since late 2010 but has not got the opportunity to lead the team in the longest format in England, Australia or India.

Pakistan will tour England next summer for a four-match series after 2010 while it last played Tests in Australia also in early 2010.

The PCB chief also made it clear that he had not as yet approved the final squad for the one-day series against England. (‘Big Concerns’ Over Playing in India, Says Misbah-ul-Haq)

“I have had a discussion with the selectors on the ODI squad but nothing is final as yet. It is the job of the selectors and team management to see which is the best possible combination for the matches against England,” he stated.


Pakistan Cricket Board unhappy Over Mohammad Amir appearing in tv show

Mohammad Amir has been warned of ‘awful conditionsfor the duration of Pakistan’s excursion of britain.

PCB miffed with Amir after he regarded in a television show in advance of england excursion
He become earlier advised to restrict his media appearances
He turned into banned for five years for spot-fixing in England
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board isn’t always glad with tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, after heseemed in a tv show just prior to the departure of the country wide squad for England.
in line with a welllocated supply within the board the problem had been taken seriously on the grounds that Amir did not inform them previous to accepting the invitation to seem inside the show.
“This has came about just few days after the pinnacle PCB officials such as chairman, Shahryar Khan and Najam Sethi had met with Amir in Lahore and briefed him sincerely on what become expected off him in England,” the source stated.
He stated Amir were told to provide his explanation for the reason that board and team control hadlabored out a plan for him proscribing his media appearances in advance and at some stage in theexcursion to England.
The source said what had dissatisfied Shahryar and different officials become that Amir went for theshow despite the fact that few days earlier he became cautioned to remain low key, avoid the media,show tolerance and endurance even as managing the media and opposing gamers and lovers in England.
“He was also advised absolutely to enhance his mind-set and not antagonise his personal teammates,” the source added.
The PCB filed a special case to eventually at ease a visa for Aamir who was among 3 Pakistani gamersobserved guilty of spot-fixing in the course of Pakistan’s excursion of england in 2010.
the alternative , former captain Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif had been now not even taken into consideration for the england excursion after English government conveyed to the PCB they could now not be welcome in the united kingdom this yr.
The supply said Khan could be speakme to Amir about the matter previous to the crew‘s departure from Lahore for London this weekend.
curiously, Shahryar additionally didn’t mince words when he spoke to the media in Karachi on Wednesday indicating that some gamers were now not glad with the PCB choice to allow players to only have theirfamilies on excursion to England for just two weeks.
He additionally said he became individually disillusioned that the countrywide selectors had now nottaken into consideration Fawad Alam for the tests in England.
Khan also cautioned banned test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to avoid talking towards the PCB.
“I assume Danish desires to consider what he is announcing approximately the PCB in India. It is notan awesome aspect what he has said and he must be careful with his statements.”
Khan stated that the PCB had never discriminated against any participant because of his religionconsisting of Kaneria.
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View from Pakistan: The 1971 struggle crime trials in Bangladesh make a mockery of justice

View from Pakistan: The 1971 war crime trials in Bangladesh make a mockery of justice

The atrocities perpetrated by way of all the aspects in East Pakistan in 1971 have been reprehensible. For its excesses, Pakistan expressed regret to the human beings of Bangladesh in 2002, with a preference to bury the ghosts of the beyond and forge strong ties for the future.

but, given that assuming strength in Bangladesh in 2008, the Awami League government of high Minister Hasina Wajed has followed a regressive pathway that could disrupt relations among the two international locations, even dissatisfied the local balance of power in South Asia. Dhaka has been selectively mining the tragic occasions of 1971 for political profits by keeping shambolic conflict crimes trials of its political opp­o­­nents belonging to the Bangladesh Jamaat-i-Islami and Bangladesh countrywide birthday celebration.

Initiated in 2010 , these trials are being held 4 many years after the activities of 1971 and are a contravention of the 1974 Tripartite agreement concluded in “the bigger hobby of reconciliation, peace andstability within the subcontinent” among Pakistan, India and Bang­l. a.­desh. under this, the latter agreed no longer to proceed against those it accused of committing battle crimes in 1971. It turned into, in reality, in recipro­town of this guarantee that Pakistan officially recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign kingdom.

felony quagmire

these trials, that have to date led to over dozen capital and lifestyles sentences and four executions, had been marred by way of regular miscarriages of justice in breach of worldwide regulation norms andstandards.

From a legal viewpoint, the rigors have been blighted with the aid of, inter alia, denial of the accused man or woman’s proper to bail; confined rights to enchantment capital and life convictions; pro-prosecution bias; admission of rumour evidence and evidence from intercepted communications among the prosecution and judges amounting to prohibited and biased communications; capital convictions based totally on hurriedly enacted retrospective legislation; and arbitrary dilemma on manufacturing of defence witnesses and files. these are critical violations of fair trial and due procedure ensures enshrined inside the Inter­na­tional Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Bangladesh is a party. by engaging in these trials, Bangladesh is accountable underneath global regulation for directly breaching at least 11 Articles of the ICCPR (Articles 2, three, 6, 7, nine, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 26).

the trials make a mockery of justice.

The global crook Tribunal esta­b­­lished to hold these trials is fundamentally improper – Article forty seven(A) of the Bangladeshi constitution states: “this article similarly denies any accused under the ICT Act from moving the ideal courtroom for any remedies underneath the constitution, inclusive of anychallenges as to the unconstitutionality of Article 47(A).”

The latter essentially strips the accused earlier than the ICT of sure fundamental rights, which includesthe proper to an expeditious trial by way of an impartial, impartial tribunal, and the proper to move the courts to implement essential rights.

moreover, the ICT Act 2009 excludes the software of ordinary policies of manner and evidence inproceedings before the ICT. segment 23 states: “The provisions of the crook procedure Code, 1898 (V of 1898), and the evidence Act, 1872 (I of 1872), shall now not apply in any court cases below this Act.”

Political games

Disturbingly, one accused, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, turned into exceeded down the capital sentencenotwithstanding allegations that government forces abducted a key defence witness. Mohammed Kamaruzzaman changed into hanged in April 2015 even though witnesses and documents had beenarbitrarily constrained via the courts and the inconsistency of statements by using prosecution witnesseswere no longer factored into the evidence. within the case of Salahuddin Quader Chow­dhury, hanged in November 2015, the ICT refused to simply accept any testimony from his alibi witnesses.

in spite of permitting the prosecution to name 41 witnesses, the ICT confined Chowdhury’s defence to 4witnesses. The aut­horities ordered airways flying into Dhaka to claim if any of Chowdhury’s defence wit­­­­­­­­nesses, which include a few outstanding Pakistani residents, were booked on their flights ahead of hisoverview hearing, so that you can deny them entry.

The numerous procedural and significant flaws which have grew to become those trials right into a farcehave been highlighted with the aid of eminent attorneys and human rights organizations across the globe. The current Bangladesh very best court leader Justice himself remarked at some point of the appellate complaints in Mir Qasim Ali’s case that he was “very disappointed to look which you [the prosecution] are the usage of these trials [for] your political advantage.…” He changed intotaken abackthat the prosecution’s case is complete of contradictions”. regardless of these feedback, Ali’s capital sentence was upheld by the preferrred courtroom, probably because of political pressure.

final Wednesday, Jamaat-i-Islami leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami become hanged on trumped-up strugglecrime charges. Pakistan must enhance this problem at bilateral, local and worldwide stages to make certain that Bangladesh honours its global legal obligations by straight away halting these flawed trialsas well as quashing all extraordinary sentences mentioned via the conflict crimes tribunal. aside frommaintaining the global rule of regulation, this will decorate peace and balance in South Asia.

Pakistan, Indonesia Lead in Malware attacks: Microsoft

Pakistan, Indonesia Lead in Malware Attacks: Microsoft

Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh, and Nepal entice the best prices of attemptedmalware attacks, in line with Microsoft Corp.

nations that attracted the fewest include Japan, Finland, Norway and Sweden, Microsoft said in a brand new examine, based on sensors in structures jogging Microsoft anti-malware software.

“We take a look at north of 10 million assaults on identities every day,” stated Microsoft manager Alex Weinert, although assaults do no longer always be successful.

about half of all assaults originate in Asia and one-5th in Latin the usa.

hundreds of thousands arise each year whilst the attacker has legitimate credentials, Microsoft said,which means the attacker knows a consumer‘s login and password. A generation known as devicestudying can often locate those attacks by using searching out information points which includewhether or not the place of the person is acquainted.

On common, 240 days elapse between a security breach in a laptop system and detection of that breach,said Tim Rains, director of security at Microsoft. The observe, Microsoft security Intelligence file, comes out Thursday.

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In photos: 71 dead in Pakistan and hundreds of homes washed away after flash floods

Torrential rains in northern Pakistan since Saturday night have triggered floods, landslides and mudslides, killing at least 70 people apart from washing away villages and homes.

According to official figures released by country’s National Disaster Management Authority, the pre-monsoon downpour between Saturday and Tuesday has left 71 dead, 53 injured and 370 homes damaged.

While a national disaster management official said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been worst hit, areas in Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir provinces were also affected. Several districts remained inaccessible to rescue workers till Tuesday.

Residents cross a flooded street following heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar. Photo: A Majeed/AFP
Residents cross a flooded street following heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar. Photo: A Majeed/AFP

Besides homes being swept away, some bridges also collapsed, including the Karakoram Highway that links to China.

In a statement, the National Disaster Management Authority said that most of the casualties occurred after poorly-constructed buildings collapsed, particularly in rural areas.

One of the worst-affected districts was the Swat Valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad, where 121 mm of rain fell on Sunday. The Meteorological Department said that the unusually heavy rain was expected to move northeast, towards northern India, in the next couple of days.

A vehicle moves through a flooded street in Peshawar. Photo: Xinhua/Umar Qayyum/IANS.
A vehicle moves through a flooded street in Peshawar. Photo: Xinhua/Umar Qayyum/IANS.
A villager walks through a flooded area in Peshawar. Photo: A Majeed/AFP
A villager walks through a flooded area in Peshawar. Photo: A Majeed/AFP

According to Dunya News, as many as two villages have been destroyed completely in Muzaffarabad.

Since March 9, heavy rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and provinces including Punjab and Balochistan have resulted in more than 200 deaths and damaged in excess of 1,500 homes.

The country is hit by extreme weather conditions nearly every year. Last year, floods killed 81 people and affected almost three lakh people across the country.

The worst flooding in the past 80 years occurred in 2010, when flooding in Pakistan resulted in more than 1,700 deaths and widespread damage.

Vendors and residents scramble to save their possessions in a market area on the outskirts of Peshawar. Photo: AFP
Vendors and residents scramble to save their possessions in a market area on the outskirts of Peshawar. Photo: AFP

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View from Dawn: India sees Pakistan as a roadblock in its path to Great Power status

India’s ambitions of achieving Great Power status cannot be fully realised unless Pakistan is strategically neutralised. A conventional military defeat of Pakistan has been a costly and unlikely option ever since the latter acquired a credible nuclear deterrence capability. Pakistan has also built a strategic relationship with China which provides it with the capacity to balance, to a considerable extent, India’s larger military and economic capabilities.

India’s need to bring Pakistan to heel has intensified in the context of the emerging Great Power contest in Asia. Pakistan’s incorporation into an Indian sphere of influence would be a grave setback to China’s future role in South, West and Central Asia and the western Indian Ocean. The prospect of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, while India has no land access to the West and Central Asia, has added a new dimension to India’s determination to neutralise Pakistan. India’s strategic goals, if not its methods, are fully supported by the US and its allies.

India has adopted a complex strategy to wear down Pakistan’s resistance. This strategy encompasses: military and political pressure; subversion; terrorism; diplomatic isolation; media and public defamation and cultural domination.

Some elements of India’s comprehensive strategy and actions are now public knowledge, such as Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s boastful speech recalling how Indian agencies eroded the Kashmiri freedom struggle through corruption and intimidation; forecasting the separation of Balochistan; and expressing glee at the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s beheading of Pakistani soldiers in Fata.

India’s strategy has a wide canvas.

Resistance to Indian domination

One element of the strategy is the attempt, pursued in tandem with the West, to neutralise Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence capabilities. Thus, the discriminatory Western restraints on equipment and technology transfers to Pakistan and the vigorous US opposition to Pakistan’s deployment of theatre nuclear weapons and long-range missiles which are designed, respectively, to counter India’s Cold Start doctrine and its second-strike capability.

Meanwhile, India maintains military pressure on Pakistan through deployment of advanced weapons systems (ballistic missiles, anti-ballistic missiles etc), expanded offensive deployments, military exercises to refine the capacity for a surprise attack (as envisaged in India’s Cold Start doctrine) and frequent shelling along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

Subversion, involving infiltration, sponsorship and support for dissident or disgruntled groups within Pakistan, is a third element of this strategy. The sponsorship of the Baloch Liberation Army and terrorism in Balochistan and Sindh has now been confirmed by the recent capture and confession of the Indian spy. Disaffected groups in Karachi, rural Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkwa have been encouraged for many years to disrupt peace and security.

Substantial proof has been gathered by Islamabad’s agencies of Indian sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan through the TTP, in collaboration with Kabul’s National Directorate of Security and certain power brokers. Some of this evidence has been shared with the UN but has not evoked any action so far from the world organisation. An Indian link to the Lahore park atrocity, responsibility for which has claimed by an affiliate of the TTP, cannot be ruled out.

Pakistan’s armed forces are one of the few organised institutions left in the country. Not surprisingly, because of their profession and training, their resistance to Indian domination is robust. Tarnishing the reputation and credibility of the Pakistan Army is an important element of the Indian strategy. Through the Indian and Western media, the Pakistan Army is incessantly accused of doing today what it did yesterday – supporting the Afghan Taliban and the Kashmiri jihadi groups.

Acceptance in Pakistan

The reality is clouded by ‘fifty shades of grey’. Despite old relationships, Pakistan’s security establishment is either confronting some of these Jihadi groups or has little influence over them (the Afghan Taliban). The violent sectarian groups in Punjab are known to have enjoyed in recent years the protection of some politicians rather than the security establishment. Notwithstanding this, the Indian-inspired mantra against the army and the ISI is frequently echoed not only by the Western media but even within Pakistan.

At the opposite end of India’s kinetic actions, is the wide and successful use of its “‘soft power’, epitomised by Bollywood. This song and dance culture has been warmly embraced by large segments of Pakistan’s young and moneyed elite. Over time, this can lead to greater acceptance in Pakistan of India’s political and strategic goals.

Since early days, India has attempted to co-opt Pakistani politicians, by fair means and foul. When out of office, some political leaders have had intimate contacts with the Indians. Shamefully, some of them – excluding the ruling party – are known to have expressed the desire for Indian and other foreign intervention in Pakistan’s internal affairs. Even today, the desire of some of Pakistan’s leaders to ‘normalise’ relations with India at any cost is inexplicable.

India has been able to play on the fears and predilections of Pakistan’s politicians to set the tone and pace of the bilateral relationship. Dialogue is held out as a favour to Pakistan. India’s positions on both substance and process keep hardening with each encounter. Concessions continue to be made by Pakistan on process and substance – to no avail or purpose.

It is high time for Pakistan’s National Defence Council, which includes both the civilian and military leadership, to undertake a frank and in-depth review of India’s objectives and policies towards Pakistan and evolve a coherent and consensual strategy to respond to each of the elements of India’s policies aimed against Pakistan.

To those Americans who disingenuously chide Pakistan for being paranoid about India, I would respond as Trotsky did shortly before being assassinated: “Just because I am paranoid, does not mean I am not persecuted.”