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Crisis with India can have unintended impact on Afghan peace process: Maleeha

NEW YORK: The ongoing crisis with India means that Pakistan’s full focus has to be on its eastern frontier and that has implications for the nascent Afghan peace process, Pakistan’s Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said.
Although she stopped short of saying this would affect Pakistans role in the process, her message was clear that the shift in focus could have that unintended results.
Our attention is going to be where we feel there is a military threat to us,” Ambassador Lodhi said in response to a question about the possible impact of the simmering India-Pakistan tensions stemming from the Kashmir dispute.Qatar offers mediation to de-escalate tensions between Pak, IndiaThat ongoing threat, she clarified, was from India.
The latest round of Afghan peace talks is taking place in Doha, Qatar, between Zalmay Khalilzad, the American special envoy, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s deputy leader, who for the first time is taking a more direct role in the process.“Both (Afghanistan) and (Kashmir) issues are important in their own right.
But it is the eastern border, from where India attacked Pakistan. They sent planes into our territory.That’s a hot border,” the envoy added.“Afghanistan is a different situation.We would like that war to end. But we don’t perceive a threat from our western border.
It’s our eastern border from where we continue to perceive a threat.“We are in the midst of a very tense situation, a very fraught situation,” the Pakistani envoy continued.The Indian leadership is failing to respond to Prime Minister Imran Khans repeated gestures (for peace), which included freeing and releasing the Indian pilot.”The turmoil in Kashmir escalated on February 14, after a suicide bombing killed more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops in Kashmir.Pakistan categorically denied any involvement and offered to investigate, but India still went ahead and dropped bombs inside Pakistani territory.We kept asking the Indians to give us what you have and we will act on it, Ambassador Lodhi said, adding that only couple of days ago, the so-called dossier has been handed over Pakistan.Theresa May lauds PM Imran’s peace overtures amid Pak-India tensionsWe are examining that dossier to see if there is anything there on which we need to act, and we will act if there is any solid evidence, but we cannot act on the basis of allegations, she said.Replying to a question about Kashmir, the Pakistani envoy said the dispute has been there for the past 70 years.
“It has to be addressed, in its own right and (on) its own merits because it will remain an issue that will lead to repeated tensions between India and Pakistan and in any case, it is an issue that is on the Security Council agenda and it has resolutions that remain unimplemented.

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3 ceasefire violations along LoC in one day, says India

India said Pakistan violated the 2003 ceasefire agreement thrice on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts, for the seventh consecutive day, as tension between the neighbouring countries escalated to the worst in years.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said the latest firing came at 2:15pm in Rajouri’s Nowshera sector.
Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera Sector. The Indian Army is retaliating effectively, Lt Col Anand said.Earlier in the day, Pakistan fired along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector at 6am, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. The firing continued till 7am, Lt Col Anand had said.
The firing started again at 1pm in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch, he had said.The firings by Pakistan came a day after the air forces of both the neighbours claimed to have downed each other’s fighter jets.Pakistan also captured Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.Also read: First aerial dogfight in 48 years escalates India-Pakistan tensionsPakistan has been violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement and had at least five Indian soldiers were injured on Tuesday as its troops fired across the LoC at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
The tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed his explosive-laden car and blew up a bus killing 40 CRPF troopers on February 14.India has accused Pakistan of using its air force to target Indian military installations on Wednesday morning in response to pre-dawn counter-terror strikes of Tuesday against Jaish-e-Mohammad camps in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan summoned each other’s envoys on Wednesday over the tension.Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah, who was summoned to the South Block in New Delhi, told Indian officials about capturing of an Indian pilot by Pakistani authorities.In Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign office also summoned India’s acting high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned what it called unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control resulting in the killing of four of its civilians.Villagers along the 744-km long Line of Control and 198-km International Border in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu region and in Baramulla district in Kashmir Valley say they have been living in fear following the firings.
Authorities have ordered all government and private schools within a range five km from International Border in Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch to remain closed on Thursday.They said the situation is tense but no one has migrated so far from Jammu, Samba and Rajouri districts but some families from Chajala Pathri, a village close to the LoC in Poonch, have shifted to safer areas.However, district commissioners of Rajouri and Poonch said there has been no migration as yet.A report by news agency PTI has said that 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations 2,936 by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the India-Pakistan border.
Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire understanding of 2003 despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the agreement during flag meetings between the border guarding forces of the two countries.World powers have urged restraint as tensions escalated this week after the February 14 suicide car bombing in Pulwama.
US president Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped the conflict between India and Pakistan will be coming to an end.Also read: We have reasonably decent’ news from India and Pak, says TrumpPakistan’s ambassador to the United States, however, voiced regret that America has not condemned India’s air incursion, saying the stance emboldened New Delhi.Asad Majeed Khan said the US should have pinned blame on India. It is construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position and that is what emboldened them even more, Khan told reporters when asked about the US statement.

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Adnan Sami faces major backlash for saying Pakistanis have ‘ostrich mentality’

DELHI -Adnan Sami has become a name being hated by Pakistani for many reasons. One major reason for the hatred for the singer is because of his anti-Pakistan comments.
Recently, after the Pulwama attack and failed Indian air strike in Pakistan, Adnan Sami, tweeted in support of Indians.
He praised Modi and the intrusion of Air Force in Pakistan.Here is the tweet:“The Force Is With You” ji.
🙌Respect to ✊.#HowsTheJosh 👊#StopTerrorism 🖐#JaiHind 🇮🇳✌️ pic.
twitter.com/x4RCzoPFNyFebruary 26, 2019However, as soon as his tweet went online on social media, People started reacting to the pro-Modi tweet by Adnan Sami.
The singer was trolled very badly by Pakistanis. The troll ignited Sami so much so that he was fueled to retort to them as well.Also, In another , he said that Pakistani had an Ostrich mentality.Adnan Sami’s passion for acquiring Indian citizenship,He said, “Dear Pak trolls, Its not about our egos being given a reality check today; its about eliminating terrorists who u claim r also ur extremies!” “Ur Ostrish mentality is laughing.
Btw, ur abuse exposes ur reality therefore d only difference between u a busket of shit is the bucket!”Dear Pak trolls,Its not about ur egos being given a reality check today; its about eliminating terrorists who u ‘claim’ r also ur enemies! Ur Ostrich mentality is laughable.Btw, ur abuses expose ur reality therefore d only difference between u a bucket of shit is the bucket!February 26, 2019Lets have a look at some of the reactions to Adnan Samis anti-Pakistan

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Aerial strikes on JeM camp: political leaders laud IAF | Live updates

A number of terrorists at the JeM camp in Balakot were killed, confirms Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. As Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed on Tuesday that a Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was destroyed in Indian Air.
As Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed on Tuesday that a Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was destroyed in Indian Air Force (IAF) air strikes early on Tuesday morning, political leaders welcomed the action.
At a briefing, Mr. Gokhale also said a number of terrorists were eliminated in the air strike.Here are the reactions from political leaders and others:  Air strikes on Pak. terror camps unimaginable: GangwarUnion Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Tuesday said the entire country is proud of the air strikes, which the common people wouldn’t have even “imagined”.“IAF soldiers returned safe after attacking terrorists. We are proud of our Air Force.The task carried out by them could not have been imagined by the people,” said the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge).Everybody can now understand which country is protecting terrorists, Mr.
Gangwar said, adding “We want to eliminate terrorists completely. — PTI Asaduddin Owaisi hails IAF air strikesAIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday hailed the Indian Air Force’s strikes and said the Indian defence forces should be prepared to tackle any retaliatory action.“I was expecting this sort of response within 2 or 3 days after the Pulwama terror attack. I welcome this step.
We stand with the government on this,” Mr. Owaisi told reporters in Hyderabad.He said, “I am sure that our Navy or Air Force are on alert, if Pakistan wants to take some stupid action [in response to the air strikes].” — PYI RSS congratulates governmentThe RSS congratulates the government and the Indian Air Force for the air strikes, saying they have translated into action the angry feelings of Indians following the Pulwama attack.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh general secretary Suresh Joshi in a statement says that these air strikes caused no harm to the Pakistani army and civilians which, he added, is tune with the “Bharatiya” (Indian) culture.“The entire nation was agitated and angry in the wake of terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama.Today the Indian Air Force demolished JeM’s Pakistan-based base camps’ by precision air strikes. We congratulate the government of India and the Indian Air Force for exactly translating the the feelings and anger of millions of Indians,” he says in the statement.
– PTI This will be the start of unlearning process for Pak.: Sajjad LoneChairman of People’s Conference in Kashmir Sajad Gani Lone says the air strikes will set a benchmark for deterrence and eventually end the cycle of violence.
“Pacifist to the core I am. But the reality as it stares in our faces is that this retaliatory action will actually be the start of the unlearning process for Pakistan.This will set the benchmark for deterrence. And eventually crowd out cycle of violence,” he said in a tweet.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik hails IAFOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hails the Air Force for its pre-dawn air strikes. “I salute the Indian Air Force for having taken action to protect our country,” he says.Air strikes underscore resolve and willpower of new India: Amit ShahThe Indian Air Force’s strikes on a terrorist camp in Pakistan underscores the will and resolve of a new India, says BJP president Amit Shah. He asserts that it shows that the country is safe under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong and decisive leadership.“I congratulate and salute the bravery and valour of our armed forces. Today’s action further demonstrates that India is safe and secure under the strong and decisive leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he says.“Our New India will not spare any acts of terror and their perpetrators and patrons,” he adds. Modi is tasting success in rooting out terrorism: Edappadi K.

PalaniswamyTamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamy lauds the Prime Minister for the air strikes.
He commends Mr. Modi for his “bold” efforts against terrorism.Mr. Modi was tasting success in rooting out terrorism, which was threatening the entire world, the Chief Minister says in a statement and congratulates him on behalf of the State people.“I extend my greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to whose bold functioning, a successful air strike has been carried out which has demolished terror camps in Pakistan,” he says. Chandrababu Naidu hails IAF Attack was necessary: KumaraswamyKarnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy welcomes the air strikes.Speaking to presspersons at Ramanathpura in Arakalgud taluk, he says they were necessary. Entire country would stand united on this issue.
A much-needed signal to Pakistan, says Amarinder SinghGreat job by the IndianAirForce. The IAFStrikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it’s harbouring – don’t think you can get away with acts like the PulwamaAttack.
Bravo to the IAF Our forces are world class, says Ram Madhav“Every Indian who had the pain and anguish of the martyrdom of our forces is greatly relieved and delighted this morning. Salute to the Air Force for a meticulous operation.Our forces are world class anyway. It is the political will of our PM and team that made all the difference,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav says. Air strikes a new ball game: Omar Abdullah Nation behind armed forces, says JavadekarHuman Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar hails the air strikes. The entire nation stands firmly behind the armed forces, he says.
“It was a necessary step required for the security of the country . it was an act of ‘maha parakram’ [mightily act],” PTI  quotes him as saying.Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the forces to take necessary action following the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, he points out. Rahul Gandhi salutes” IAF pilotsThe Congress also lauds the role of the Indian Air Force in ”keeping Indians safe with its consistent and determined effort.” IAF pilots have made us proud: Kejriwal Maharashtra Assembly congratulates armed forcesThe Maharashtra Assembly passes a unanimous resolution congratulating the armed forces for carrying out air strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan.The resolution is moved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who lauds the Indian Air Force for its bravery.“We feel proud of our armed forces which did not allow martyrdom of our jawans to go in vain. We proved our might,” he says.
Kamal Haasan praises Air ForceMakkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan ‘welcomes’ the air strikes and ’salutes’ the valour of the “heroes.” The country is “proud of its heroes,” he says in a tweet.
“Our 12 (apparently fighter jets) return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes.I salute their valour,” he says. Mamata Banerjee lauds IAFWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hails IAF for carrying out the air strikes. It’s a fight Against terror, No one else, says former director of NSC, AfghanistanMany thanks to IAF_MCC for hitting terror outfits in Balakot of Mansehra, PAK. The area has been known to have the so- called Jihadi Training Camps since era of Zia-ul-Haq.

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Huzaifa storms into Pak World Jr tennis final

ISLAMABAD: Top seed and title favourite local lad Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) stormed into the final of Syed Tajammul Abbas ITF Pakistan World Junior Ranking Tennis Championships with easy straight set win over Bader Alabdullah (Kuwait) at DA PTF.
The talented local lad won 6-2, 6-1 in a match that failed to live up to expectation.Huzaifa displayed excellent tennis and did not allow his opponent to settle down throughout the match. Pakistan boy will now take on Bader Alabdullah in the final Saturday.
Bader Alabdullah (KUW) overwhelmed his country man Essa Qabazard 6-4, 6-2 in the second semis.In the girls’ event, third seed Aysegul Mert (TUR) stunned her opponent Ji Hyng Kang (Korea) in a straight set match by playing powerful forehand cross court and down the line drives.In the second set Ayesgul did not allow her opponent to settle down and won the set without conceding a single game. In the second semi final Arina Valitova (Russian) struggled hard to win her match against Anjalika Kurera (Sri Lanka).
In the first set Arina showed her supremacy of powerful ground strokes by playing combination of cross-court and down the line shots.In the second set Anjalika came back strong and showed tough resistance.Arina retaliated with some excellent powerful shots down the line and broke Anjalika’s game and held on to her own.Results: Boys singles semifinals: Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) bt Berk Ulas ENC (TUR) 6-2, 6-1; Bader Alabdullah (KUW) bt Essa Qabazard (KUW) 6-4, 6-2Boys doubles semifinals: Berk Ulas ENC (TUR) & Togan Makzume (TUR) bt Abdullah Adnan (PAK) & Ahmed Kamil (PAK) 3-6, 7-6(8), 10-4; Shoaib Khan (PAK) & Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) bt Ali Alshati (KUW) & Essa Qabazard (KUW) 6-2, 6-2.
Girls singles semi finals: Arina Valitova (RUS) bt Anjalika Kurera (SRI) 6-2, 7-5; Aysegul Mert (TUR) bt Ji Hyun Kang (KOR) 6-2, 6-0.Girls doubles semi finals: Anjalika Kurera (SRI) & Hanna Seen Ean YIP (MAS) bt Soo Ha Jang (KOR) & Ji Hyun Kang (KOR) 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
ISLAMABAD: Top seed and title favourite local lad Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) stormed into the final of Syed Tajammul Abbas ITF Pakistan World Junior Ranking Tennis Championships with easy straight set win over Bader Alabdullah (Kuwait) at DA PTF Complex Friday.The talented local lad won 6-2, 6-1 in a match that failed to live up to expectation.Huzaifa displayed excellent tennis and did not allow his opponent to settle down throughout the match. Pakistan boy will now take on Bader Alabdullah in the final Saturday.
Bader Alabdullah (KUW) overwhelmed his country man Essa Qabazard 6-4, 6-2 in the second semis.In the girls’ event, third seed Aysegul Mert (TUR) stunned her opponent Ji Hyng Kang (Korea) in a straight set match by playing powerful forehand cross court and down the line drives.
In the second set Ayesgul did not allow her opponent to settle down and won the set without conceding a single game. In the second semi final Arina Valitova (Russian) struggled hard to win her match against Anjalika Kurera (Sri Lanka).In the first set Arina showed her supremacy of powerful ground strokes by playing combination of cross-court and down the line shots.In the second set Anjalika came back strong and showed tough resistance.
Arina retaliated with some excellent powerful shots down the line and broke Anjalika’s game and held on to her own.

Results: Boys singles semifinals: Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) bt Berk Ulas ENC (TUR) 6-2, 6-1; Bader Alabdullah (KUW) bt Essa Qabazard (KUW) 6-4, 6-2Boys doubles semifinals: Berk Ulas ENC (TUR) & Togan Makzume (TUR) bt Abdullah Adnan (PAK) & Ahmed Kamil (PAK) 3-6, 7-6(8), 10-4; Shoaib Khan (PAK) & Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (PAK) bt Ali Alshati (KUW) & Essa Qabazard (KUW) 6-2, 6-2.
Girls singles semi finals: Arina Valitova (RUS) bt Anjalika Kurera (SRI) 6-2, 7-5; Aysegul Mert (TUR) bt Ji Hyun Kang (KOR) 6-2, 6-0.Girls doubles semi finals: Anjalika Kurera (SRI) & Hanna Seen Ean YIP (MAS) bt Soo Ha Jang (KOR) & Ji Hyun Kang (KOR) 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

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Pak govt working to address poverty, Maleeha tells UN

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has told the United Nations that the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan was pursuing a number of people-centric policies designed to eliminate poverty by boosting sustainable economic growth of the country.
The Pakistani envoy, who speaking in the 57th session of the UN Commission for Social Development, also called for global cooperation to eradicate poverty and social development for all.Ambassador Lodhi said that Pakistan’s big youth bulge had provided the government a unique opportunity to benefit from the demographic dividend and harness the potential of youth by providing openings for their growth and development.In addition, the Pakistani envoy said the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme aims entailed a broad canvas of schemes aimed at enabling youth and the underprivileged to access employment opportunities through skills development, higher education and Information Technology.At the same time, she said the new government had instituted a National Health Programme to provide health care to underprivileged citizens. Insaf Sehat Cards or Health Cards would potentially benefit over 15 million families for a start.
Pakistan, she said, considers education as an investment in its future. By implementing policies such as Waseela-e-Taleem, a conditional cash transfer programme for education to increase primary enrollment and completion, the government was seeking to provide basic education to all.This program had already benefited close to the country’s two million children. We also believe that the country’s social, political and economic development can only be sustained by strengthening mechanisms that ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, Ambassador Lodhi said,Through social safety initiatives like the cash transfer-based and female empowerment-focused Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), vulnerable segments are being helped to overcome extreme poverty and find livelihoods, the Pakistani envoy said.Robust results-based monitoring systems to evaluate progress on a wide range of strategies have been put in place to ensure implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In her remarks, Ambassador Lodhi noted that despite reduction in income inequality between countries in the past three decades, wide disparities within and among countries persist, based on income, gender, age, race, religion disability and opportunity.“These policies are aimed at reducing inequality by promoting financial inclusion, agricultural growth, rural development, provision of educational opportunities, access tohealth care and poverty eradication,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said,The Pakistani envoy, who speaking in the 57th session of the UN Commission for Social Development, also called for global cooperation to eradicate poverty and social development for all.Ambassador Lodhi said that Pakistan’s big youth bulge had provided the government a unique opportunity to benefit from the demographic dividend and harness the potential of youth by providing openings for their growth and development.
In addition, the Pakistani envoy said the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme aims entailed a broad canvas of schemes aimed at enabling youth and the underprivileged to access employment opportunities through skills development, higher education and Information Technology.At the same time, she said the new government had instituted a National Health Programme to provide health care to underprivileged citizens.
“Insaf Sehat Cards” or “Health Cards” would potentially benefit over 15 million families for a start.Pakistan, she said, considers education as an investment in its future.By implementing policies such as “Waseela-e-Taleem”, a conditional cash transfer programme for education to increase primary enrollment and completion, the government was seeking to provide basic education to all.This program had already benefited close to the country’s two million children.
“We also believe that the country’s social, political and economic development can only be sustained by strengthening mechanisms that ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Ambassador Lodhi said.Through social safety initiatives like the cash transfer-based and female empowerment-focused Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), vulnerable segments are being helped to overcome extreme poverty and find livelihoods, the Pakistani envoy said,Robust results-based monitoring systems to evaluate progress on a wide range of strategies have been put in place to ensure implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).In her remarks, Ambassador Lodhi noted that despite reduction in income inequality between countries in the past three decades, wide disparities within and among countries persist, based on income, gender, age, race, religion disability and opportunity.

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Pulwama Terror Attack: How will it impact India vs Pakistan cricket?

The Pulwama terror attack resulted in the death of 42 CRPF personnelIndia and Pakistan’s cricketing ties have been strained ever since 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks.India and Pakistan will square off in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester.
The Pulwama terror attack is the bloodiest attack on India’s security forces ever since the terror attack in Uri in 2016. At least 42 CRPF personnel were killed when their vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Awantipora area of the district.
The attack has angered the people of India, with many sporting personalities venting their anger out on . The likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Saina Nehwal and others all offered their condolences.
Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket recently and has been vocal on a lot of issues, went one step further stating, Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan.
But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough.
Gambhir’s aggressive tone is nothing surprising. After any terror attack by Pakistan on Indian soil, a pattern emerges in the aftermath.
There is widespread condemnation on social media, Bollywood and sports personalities vent their anger out on , channels show debates and there are visuals of ordinary citizens calling out for revenge against Pakistan while there is renewed call for tough military action against Pakistan. The 2016 terror attacks in Uri, which resulted in the death of 18 soldiers of the Indian Army, strained the relationship even further.
Priority is to expose Pak as country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket with such a nation, the-then BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said about cricketing ties.
Pulwama Terror Attack: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and India’s sporting stars vent angerVirat Kohli slammed for ‘insensitive’ tweet over Pulwama terror attackPulwama Terror Attack: Stand by our Indian friends during this difficult hour, says IsraelToo much at stakeThis is the year of the ICC Cricket World Cup and India will play Pakistan in Manchester on June 16. It is THE marquee match of the tournament.
There is plenty of pride at stake for cricketing fans of both nations. There is plenty riding financially for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and for world cricket.
Will Pulwama be the final full stop in India vs Pakistan cricketing relations? Will India go the extra mile and boycott the game against Pakistan in Manchester due to the attacks in Pulwama? The answer is NO.For all the bluster shown by the Indian public when it comes to taking revenge on Pakistan for a terror attack, they become awkwardly silent when it comes to an India vs Pakistan cricket match.
Keep politics away from sports. The players are not responsible for this situation.
This is the common mantra related by many individuals when it comes to a sporting contest. Sports are beyond politics.
It is often stated that sports individuals are soft targets for the policies of a state.The sad part is that the anger and bluster shown by the Indian fan will fizz out when it comes to the World Cup encounter.
The people who head the game will not want to jeopardise a massive money-making opportunity. The cricket fans’ will conveniently forget all the pain and talks about revenge to don the tri-colour and cheer for the team when they defeat Pakistan.
The government will conveniently not want to interfere. Since it is election season, the Pulwama attack could potentially be used as an election sop.
The sporting issue will just endure another year of stalemate.Will India follow England’s lead and not play a league game in the Cricket World Cup like they did in 2003? In 2003, England’s players faced plenty of domestic pressure to boycott their game in Harare, Zimbabwe over the atrocities’ committed by the Robert Mugabe regime at that time.
The boycott resulted in England’s early elimination but they held on. Although atrocities and terrorism are a different dynamic, this falls under the prism of morality.
For people who say keep politics away from sport, they conveniently forget about how sporting isolation played a small but significant part in the downfall of apartheid in South Africa.The anger and calls for revenge are at fever pitch and will endure for a couple of days on social media.

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Babar continues to top batsmen’s list

DUBAI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing 2-26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the …
The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends.
He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.
For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs.Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers.
Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table.
ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of February 11):-

1. Pakistan 135,

2..India 124,

3. South Africa 118,

4. England 118,

5. Australia 117,

6. New Zealand 116,

7. Windies 101,

8.Afghanistan 92,

9. Sri Lanka 86,

10. Bangladesh 77,

11. Scotland 62,

12.Zimbabwe 55,

13. Netherlands 50,

14. Nepal 43,

15. UAE 43,

16.Hong Kong 42,

17. Oman 39,

18. Ireland 34.

Batsmen (top 10):

1.Babar Azam (Pak) 885,

2. Colin Munro (NZ) 825,

3. Aaron Finch (Aus) 806,

4. Evin Lewis (Win) 751,

5.Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 745,

6. Fakhar Zaman (Pak) 700,

7.Rohit Sharma (Ind) 698,

8. Alex Hales (Eng) 697,

9.Jason Roy (Eng) 688,

10. Lokesh Rahul (Ind) 677.

Bowlers (top 10):

1. Rashid Khan (Afg) 793,

2. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind) 728,

3. Shadab Khan (Pak) 720,

4.Imad Wasim (Pak) 705,

5. Adil Rashid (Eng) 676,

6. Adam Zampa (Aus) 670,

7. S.Al Hasan (Ban) 658,

8. Ish Sodhi (NZ) 657,

9.Faheem Ashraf (Pak) 655,

10. Santner (NZ) 638.

All-rounders (top five):

1. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 362,

2.S. Al Hasan (Ban) 338,

3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 313,

4. Mahmudullah (Ban) 240,

5.Thisara Perera (SL) 219.

DUBAI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav has moved up one place to take a career-best second position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after grabbing 2-26 in the final match against New Zealand which his side lost by four runs to go 2-1 down in the series, says a press release.The 24-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner accounted for well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only match he played during the series and reaped immediate dividends. He is now only behind Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the table.
Spinners Imad Wasim of Pakistan (up five places to fourth position) and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up four places to 10th) have also moved up in the latest rankings update that includes two other series which saw South Africa beat Pakistan and Nepal beat the United Arab Emirates by identical 2-1 margins.Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was another spinner to move up as he advanced 39 places to a career-best 58th while India openers Rohit Sharma (up three places to seventh) and Shikhar Dhawan (up one place to 11th) have made progress with some useful knocks.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson (up one place to 12th), Ross Taylor (up seven places to 51st) and Tim Seifert (up 87 places to a career-best 83rd) among batsmen and Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers are some notable gainers.For South Africa, left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks’s eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him re-enter the rankings at a career-best 81st position while his compatriot Chris Morris has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets

. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets.Among their batsmen, Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers.
.Pakistan’s Babar Azam continues at the top of the batsmen’s list after scoring 151 runs in the series while Hussain Talat has gained 19 places to reach 56th position after aggregating 98 runs. Shaheen Afridi has moved up 28 places to a career-best 48th position among bowlers.The UAE’s Shaiman Anwar has risen to 15th among batsmen with a gain of two slots while Mohammad Naveed has gained three places to reach 12th position among bowlers. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi (up four places) and Sompal Kami (up 22 places) are in joint 70th position among bowlers.
In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, South Africa have overtaken Australia and England to third place while Nepal have overtaken the UAE marginally to be in 14th position even as they come onto the table within a week of similarly crossing the threshold of eight matches and gaining entry in the ODI table

.ICC T20I Team Rankings (as of February 11):-

1. Pakistan 135,

2. India 124,

3.South Africa 118,

4. England 118,

5.Australia 117,

6. New Zealand 116,

7.Windies 101,

8. Afghanistan 92,

9.Sri Lanka 86,

10. Bangladesh 77,

11.Scotland 62,

12. Zimbabwe 55,

13.Netherlands 50,

14. Nepal 43,

15.UAE 43,

16. Hong Kong 42,

17.Oman 39,

18. Ireland 34.

Batsmen (top 10):

1. Babar Azam (Pak) 885,

2.Colin Munro (NZ) 825,

3. Aaron Finch (Aus) 806,

4. Evin Lewis (Win) 751,

5. Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 745,

6.Fakhar Zaman (Pak) 700,

7. Rohit Sharma (Ind) 698,

8.Alex Hales (Eng) 697,

9. Jason Roy (Eng) 688,

10. Lokesh Rahul (Ind) 677

Bowlers (top 10):

1. Rashid Khan (Afg) 793,

2. Kuldeep Yadav (Ind) 728,

3.Shadab Khan (Pak) 720,

4. Imad Wasim (Pak) 705,

5.Adil Rashid (Eng) 676,

6. Adam Zampa (Aus) 670,

7.S. Al Hasan (Ban) 658,

8.Ish Sodhi (NZ) 657,

9. Faheem Ashraf (Pak) 655,

10. Santner (NZ) 638

All-rounders (top five):

1.Glenn Maxwell (Aus) 362,

2. S.Al Hasan (Ban) 338,

3. Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 313,

4.Mahmudullah (Ban) 240,

5. Thisara Perera (SL) 219.

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