1971 loss a ‘military failure’, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal says after ex army chief called it ‘political failure’
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said the breakup of the country that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971 was a “military failure”. The "debacle had created many challenges" for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he added. Read more: Work together to keep 1971 legacy alive: Indian envoy at 'Maitri Alumni Reunion' Bilawal, also PPP chairman, made the comments on Wednesday at the Nishtar Park rally, organised to mark the 55th Foundation Day of his party, days after former army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called the "East Pakistan loss a political failure." "When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took over the government, the people were broken and had lost all hope," he was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper. "But he rebuilt the nation, restored the confidence of the people and finally brought our 90,000 troops back home who had been made prisoners of war due to 'military failure.' Those 90,000 soldiers were reunited with their families. And that all was made possible due to politics of hope... of unity... and inclusion," Bilawal added. Read more: Imran Khan accuses Pak army of recreating 1971-like situation Days before his retirement, General Qamar rejected that 92,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered in the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. Qamar said: "I want to correct the record. The fall of East Pakistan was not a military but a political failure. The number of fighting soldiers was not 92,000, it was rather only 34,000, the rest were from various government departments."
Chief of India’s Border Security Force (BSF), Pankaj Kumar Singh, has said that they will install 5,500 CCTV cameras along the borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan. “The central government has sanctioned Rs 30 crore for this procurement,” he said on Wednesday while addressing the annual press conference in Delhi, reports the Hindustan Times. Read more: BSF hands over body of Bangladeshi farmer after 15 days through Feni border The fund has been sanctioned for surveillance cameras, drones and other monitoring gadgets, the BSF chief said. “We have got around 5,500 CCTV surveillance cameras and some other gadgets and the Union home ministry has sanctioned a Rs 30-crore fund for this procurement,” Singh said. Soon, he said, the CCTV cameras will be installed in the front areas – at the borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan. Read more: BGB, BSF agree to cut border killings While terming the use of drones from across the border as a “major challenge”, for which they do not have a fool proof solution yet, Singh said that BSF has developed “low-cost” technology solutions for monitoring infiltration, drone activity and other crimes at the Indian border. “We have tried to enhance the surveillance in border areas in a big way. This entails use of surveillance cameras and drones on the western and eastern theatres (Pakistan and Bangladesh fronts respectively),” the BSF chief was quoted. India and Bangladesh share 4,096km land border.
England's cricket team arrived in Islamabad early Sunday to play its first test series in Pakistan since 2005. Led by Ben Stokes, England will kick off the tour in Rawalpindi -- an adjacent city to Islamabad -- which hosts the first test from next Thursday. The second test will be played at Multan from Dec. 9-13 before England round off the tour with the final test at Karachi from Dec. 17-21. England had played a seven-match T20 series in Pakistan prior to the T20 World Cup in Australia where it went on to beat Pakistan in the final. England was due to tour Pakistan last year before the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates but abandoned the tour due to security concerns after New Zealand had aborted its tour to Pakistan just minutes before the toss in the first ODI at Rawalpindi. There were some concerns over England’s test tour to Pakistan after former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was wounded in Wazirabad, a district in eastern Punjab province, during his protest against the sitting government. “It’s been a long time since England have played test cricket in Pakistan,” Stokes had said in Abu Dhabi last Friday where the team trained for a week before flying out to Pakistan. Read more: England to play 3 Test matches in Pakistan in December “With what happened with Imran Khan recently, there was a little bit of concern, but we have Reg Dickason, who has been the security man for many years with England, and we left it in his capable hands.” Last Monday Khan had met with the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja and British High Commissioner in Lahore and assured the officials that his protest against the government will not disturb England cricket team’s tour to Pakistan. Pakistan had hosted England twice in a test series at UAE over the last 17 years with foreign teams reluctant to travel to Pakistan after the Sri Lanka cricket team was attacked in Lahore in 2009. However, since 2015 Pakistan has started regaining the confidence of foreign countries that it could organize international games at home and have hosted almost all the major cricketing nations, including South Africa and Australia. The three-test series will be part of World Test Championship where Pakistan is sitting in fifth place while England is seventh. Pakistan needs to win the three-test series to keep its hopes alive for next year’s final. Read more: England crush Pakistan in T20 decider to win series 4-3 Pakistan will be without its key fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who has been ruled out of the series due to knee injury. The home team has also dropped middle-order batter Fawad Alam and ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah due to poor form. Uncapped fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Mohammad Ali have been called up to the squad along with mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed, who is expected to make his debut during the series. England also has injury concerns ahead of the first test with fast bowler Mark Wood in doubt due to a hip injury. Stuart Broad has been given paternity leave from the tour as England will be banking on its experienced fast bowler James Anderson to trouble Pakistan batters. England has included 18-year-old Leicestershire allrounder Rehan Ahmed in the squad after originally drafting him as a net bowler for the tour. Squad: Ben Stokes (capt), Harry Brook, Joe Root, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Jamie Overton, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed.
Pakistan's former premier Imran Khan said Saturday his party was quitting the country's regional and national assemblies, as he made his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month. Khan, a former cricket star turned politician, was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament in April. He is now in the opposition and has been demanding early elections, claiming his ouster was illegal and orchestrated by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, with the U.S. government’s help. Sharif and Washington have dismissed the allegations and the current government says the next polls will be held as scheduled in 2023. Khan launched a protest march late last month from the eastern city of Lahore toward Islamabad as part of his campaign for early polls, but stepped down from personally leading the convoy after he was wounded by a gunman who opened fire at his vehicle. One of Khan’s supporters was killed and 13 were wounded in the attack. The gunman was arrested. On Saturday night, in Rawalpindi city near Islamabad, Khan rejoined the protest march. He told tens of thousands of his cheering supporters that his Tehreek-e-Insaf party was leaving all regional and national assemblies and getting out of this "corrupt system.” His party resigned from the national assembly en masse in April ahead of a vote to elect a new prime minister, although most of the resignations have yet to be accepted. Khan's stronghold is in the northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and leaving the Punjab assembly would hand power to his rivals. The politician spoke for more than an hour, including references to the Sufi mystic Rumi, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the seventh-century Shiite leader Imam Hussain. Toward the end of his speech, he did a U-turn on his demand for snap elections, saying his party would win the polls scheduled for nine months' time. He also said he would no longer march on the capital. Read more: Pakistan’s politics of FIR registrations “They (government) cannot deal with a march in Islamabad, they can call as many police as they want, but they cannot stop the hundreds of thousands from entering Islamabad,” said Khan. "We could have created a situation like Sri Lanka. I have decided against marching on Islamabad because I don’t want there to be anarchy in the country. I don't want to cause any harm to this country." After months of protests over an economic crisis that has led to shortages of essentials such as food and medicine, thousands of Sri Lankans stormed the president’s residence in July, forcing then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee and later resign. Khan said he will meet his chief ministers and parliamentary party and announce the timing of the exit. The rally came days after the appointment of a new army chief, Asim Munir, who ran the country's spy agency during Khan's term in office but was fired without an explanation from the then-premier. Munir replaces Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who Khan has also accused of playing a role in his ouster. Bajwa denies the allegation. Read more: Imran Khan far better actor than Shahrukh and Salman, says Pakistani politician Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari described Khan's Saturday night rally as a “facesaving flopshow.” He said in a tweet: “Unable to pull revolution crowds, failed at undermining appointments of new chiefs, frustrated, resorts to resignation drama.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has decided to appoint the country's former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief as head of the country's army, the information minister said Thursday (November 24, 2022). Maryam Aurangzeb tweeted Sharif's decision to name Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir as the new army chief, shortly after the premier presided over a crucial Cabinet meeting in the capital, Islamabad. Munir would replace retiring army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Read more: Militants kill six police officers during ambush in northwest Pakistan The information minister said Sharif has also decided to appoint Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. The latest development comes a week before Bajwa is to retire after completing his six-year extended term. However, it was not clear whether Alvi will immediately approve the appointments, as he is a former member of the country's opposition leader Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Read more: Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan wounded in firing at anti-govt rally Pakistan’s army has historically wielded huge political influence and ruled the country for half of its 75-year history.
The two-match T20 series between Bangladesh and Pakistan U-19 teams ended with both teams winning a match each. Bangladesh won the first match of the series but lost the second one Friday by seven wickets. Meanwhile, the solitary four-day match was drawn. And Bangladesh won the three-match 45-over series 2-1. Arafat Minhas and Saad Baig hit a fifty each for Pakistan at the Multan Cricket Stadium in Pakistan's Punjab. Read: NCL: Dhaka Metro move to tier one, Chattogram relegated to tier two Bangladesh batted first and scored 163. Opening batter Jishan Alam top-scored a 40-ball 73, hitting nine fours and two sixes. Chowdhury Mohammad Rizwan scored 29 off 28 balls, which included two fours and one six. For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Ali Asfand bagged three wickets and Mohammad Ibtisam took two wickets. "Beating Pakistan in Pakistan is right up there in terms of job satisfaction," Wasim Jaffer, Bangladesh coach, wrote on his Twitter. "Proud of the boys on winning the ODI series 2-1, drawing the T20 series 1-1, and batting over a day to draw the only Test."
Armed militants ambushed and killed all six people in a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan, officials said Wednesday. Police officer Rab Nawaz Khan said the morning attack in the Dadewala area of Lakki Marwat district came during a routine patrol in a suburban area. The attackers escaped on motorcycles. Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Islamic militants had been involved in previous attacks on security forces. Mohammad Khurasani, who said he is a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, formally known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, said in a statement that the patrol was ambushed on the way to a raid and the attackers acquired five police weapons from the confrontation. Khan said reinforcement has reached the scene, moved the bodies to a hospital and started an investigation to find the perpetrators. Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan borders Afghanistan and has seen Islamic militants largely known as Pakistani Taliban operate in the area for many years. Read more: Bus rams into fuel truck in eastern Pakistan, killing 20 The Pakistani Taliban are a separate group, but they are allies of the Afghan Taliban, who seized power in Afghanistan more than a year ago as U.S. and NATO troops were in the final stages of their pullout. The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has emboldened the Pakistani Taliban. Although the Taliban in Afghanistan have encouraged Islamabad and the TTP to reach a peace agreement through dialogue, talks amid a ceasefire between the two sides that started in May proved futile.
English fast bowler Sam Curran has been outstanding throughout the T20 World Cup 2022. He conceded only 12 runs in the final and bagged three wickets against Pakistan that helped England to put pressure on Pakistan early on. Curran has been awarded the player of the final, but while receiving the award, he said Ben Stokes deserves it more. “I don't think I should be getting this,” Curran said. “I think Ben Stokes should get this.” Curran, the left-arm pacer, ended up taking 13 wickets in six matches. He has also been awarded the player of the tournament. His bowling was one of the highlights of this T20 World Cup. Read more: T20 World Cup Final: England need 138 to lift Championship title “The big square boundaries, so I knew my bowling would work with big boundaries. I mixed it up with slower balls to make it tough for the batter. Incredibly special (to win the World Cup,” Curran added. “We all look up to him (Stokes). People question him (about the final of 2016) but he's incredible.” Allrounder Stokes scored an unbeaten 52 and scored the winning run for England. He failed to defend 24 runs in the final of the 2016 World Cup in Kolkata. After six years, he is the hero of England’s victorious World Cup campaign. Read more: Stokes leads England to T20 World Cup championship England are now the champions of both white-ball World Cups— the 50-over and T20Is. They are the first team to achieve such a fate.
England have wrapped up Pakistan for 137 for eight in the final of the T20 World Cup on Sunday in Melbourne. They now need to score 138 to become the champions of T20Is for the second time. England won the toss and sent Pakistan to bat first. The Babar Azam-led team failed to post a challenging total on the board. They lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked to offer some challenge to the English bowling attack. Sam Curran, the England speedster, continued to shine and bagged three wickets after conceding just 12 runs in four overs. He was the highlight of England’s controlled bowling in the final. Read More: T20 World Cup Final: Rashid hunts Babar as Pakistan struggle Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan have also done well with the ball, picking up two wickets each.Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan in the power play, and young Muhammad Haris was also sent back early. From the beginning of their innings, Pakistan's batting lineup has looked sluggish. Curran scalped the first wicket of Rizwan, and then Rashid came to the scene and picked up the wickets of Haris and Babar. Babar was opening his arms, but a googly from Adil did the trick for England. Babar fell for 32 off 28 balls. After Babar’s dismissal, the onus was on Iftekhar Ahmed and Shan Masood to keep the scorecard afloat. But Iftekhar failed to deliver in the final. He had a duck and fell victim to Ben Stokes.Pakistan’s dismal batting continued after that. Shadab Khan scored 20 off 14 balls, but that was enough for them to pass the 150-run mark. They were not even able to score 140 in the final. Read More: T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan to bat first vs England In the first ten overs, Pakistan scored 68 for 2. In the next ten overs, they scored only one more run, losing six more wickets. In the death overs, England's bowlers were as outstanding as they have been throughout the event. Both England and Pakistan have won the T20 World Cup once before. With the kind of batting lineup the English team has, the 138-run target shouldn't be a difficult task for them to win the 2022 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan and register their second title in the format.
Pakistan seems to not be in a rush for the 2022 T20 World Cup final against England in Melbourne. They lost the toss and were sent to bat first. Sam Curran, the best bowler for England in this World Cup so far, bagged the first wicket, and then Adil Rashid came to the scene and picked up the wickets of Haris and Babar Azam. The Pakistani captain was opening his arms, but a googly from Adil Rashid did the trick for England. Babar fell for 32 off 28 balls. Read more: T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan to bat first vs England After Babar’s dismissal, the onus was on Iftekhar Ahmed and Shan Masood to keep the scorecard afloat. But Iftekhar failed to deliver in the final. He had a duck and fell victim to Ben Stokes. After the 13th over, Pakistan were batting at 90 for four. The lower order has to shoulder extra responsibility should Pakistan want to score more than 150 in the 2022 T20 World Cup final against England. Read More: Pakistan vs England T20 World Cup 2022 final Live Streaming: Where and How to watch live, Playing XI