This is just not cricket

Updated 19 March 2017
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This is just not cricket

Cricket has been running through my blood since childhood. As a Pakistani, I believe cricket is the only thing that unites us anywhere we may be in the world. But the recent suspension of fast bowler Mohammed Ifran for violating the anti-corruption code during the Pakistan Super league (PSL) shamed Pakistan and its people in front of the world.
I still rate Pakistani players among the best in the world. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has gone an extra mile to back the players, but some fraudulent cricketers make us feel apologetic in front of the cricket world. The PCB should keep a vigilant eye on cricketers, and build self-confidence and fairness among them.
We also need an infrastructure of international standards in our country, because many new talents do not receive proper training in their early years, so they develop their skills on their own. Some might use shortcuts for money.
I saw the delight and pride Pakistanis felt during the PSL weeks in Dubai, and when the PCB decided to go ahead with its plan to conduct the PSL final in Lahore despite a spate of terrorist attacks in the country.
The Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan said: “Compromise for your dream but never compromise on your dream.” The upcoming talent and current Pakistani players should follow the rules of cricket legends to achieve success, which is not possible without dedication and fair play.


Syrian civil war

Updated 18 April 2017
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Syrian civil war

Since it broke out six years ago, the disastrous war in Syria has claimed about 400,000 lives, with the victims being more civilians than fighters. Of the civilians, the most affected are women and children. Peace is shattered in and around Syria only to safeguard the most selfish monster in the world: Bashar Assad.
According to a UNICEF report, grave violations against Syrian children during the war have been recorded. The children in Syria are not only maimed and killed as a result of bombings but also forcefully recruited to be part of the conflict. Children as young as 7 years old are pushed into the front line as fighters, suicide bombers and executioners! The actual figures of those injured, dead and forcefully-recruited children are far higher than in the UNICEF report.
The innocent children “used” in the conflict have had the right to blossom, the right to enjoy life and the right to be on a play-ground torn from them. They have been deprived of the right to education and, according to UNICEF, nearly two million children have been forced to stop their education with one-third of school buildings rendered inoperative due to destruction.
With their often physically crippled parents, the children have to be the sole bread-winners in nearly 75 percent of Syrian households. Unwillingly, the children are forced to serve as garbage collectors, hairdressers and cleaners. Keeping aside what Assad gets out of this war, the beneficiaries of the war are weapon manufacturers who may well be dubbed parasites living on the blood of innocents.
Assad, the inhuman butcher of humanity, does not care what the world says, opines, suggests and warns about the catastrophic war in Syria. More than the ruinous acts of Assad, Russia and Iran, it shocks, grieves and pains to see that the world and the Muslim world has done nothing to stop the butcher of this century from his brutal and barbaric destruction of his own nation and his own people.