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.


Spies deserve ‘harsh punishment’

Updated 17 April 2017
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Spies deserve ‘harsh punishment’

This refers to the story “Pakistan’s army sentences alleged Indian spy to death” (April 11, 2017). Since the announcement of the death penalty for Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian intelligence agent who was involved in various terrorist activities in Pakistan, the Indian media are making false allegations against Islamabad.
We are citizens of a sovereign country. No one can dictate to us how to ensure the security of our people. Jadhav’s confession regarding his activities in Pakistan is available on YouTube. That should be enough for the Indian authorities.
A spy that conducts and masterminds terrorist activities that result in the death of many people has to face harsh punishment.
I firmly believe that if the death penalty is waived in Jadhav’s case, the consequences will be worse and terrorist acts will escalate in our country.
This must come to an end.
As Sartaj Aziz, adviser on foreign affairs to the prime minister, pointed out in his recent statement, Jadhav was tried according to the law of the land, in a fully transparent manner, while granting him his rights, as per the constitution of Pakistan.
Due process has been followed in the proceedings against him.
Jadhav, a serving commander in the Indian Navy, was apprehended on March 3, 2016, having crossed into Pakistan from the Saravan border with Iran.
He was found in possession of an Indian passport issued by the government of India on May 12, 2015, and valid until May 11, 2024.
He confessed that he is a resident of Mumbai, India, still serving in the Indian Navy and that his retirement is due in 2022.
New Delhi should not underestimate the fact that the entire Pakistani population is behind the Pakistan Army.
We, Pakistanis, have been victims of massive terrorist acts for decades.
I am sure that our government and armed forces understand that there shall be no compromise where Jadhav is concerned. — Farheen Ayub, Taif