Cricket fans upset as India beat Pakistan in world cup match

Two men stand to watch the India-Pakistan World Cup cricket match screened in the capital’s Fatima Jinnah Park on Sunday, June 16, 2019 – (AN)
Updated 17 June 2019

Cricket fans upset as India beat Pakistan in world cup match

  • If Pakistan can’t beat India, how can it expect to win the World Cup argue cricket fans
  • India defeating Pakistan came as no surprise say Pakistanis that kept high hopes, low expections

ISLAMABAD: The excitement of Pakistani cricket fans swiftly turned to depression on Sunday as Indian batsman aggressively countered the blitz of Pakistani bowlers attempting to take down their South Asian arch rival during the first inning of the most awaited match of the cricket World Cup. Pakistan won its first and only World Cup in 1992 under the captaincy of incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Arab News witnessed several disappointed Pakistani cricket fans in Islamabad storm out from public and private screening venues of the India-Pakistan match early. Many predicted a defeat as India set a stunning 377 target for Pakistan which later was lowered to 302 impacted by intermittent wet weather.
The second inning which Pakistani batsmen played cautiously was shortened to 40 overs. Overall, spectators at home said the green team’s performance was subpar while fielding coordination disorganized.
Fans managed to salvage some moments of joy as Pakistan struggled to knock out Indian wickets. And when the green jerseys did, a dim ray of hope returned but quickly faded realizing the Indian were just too strong for Pakistan.
In this video, Arab News shows the match highlights, facial expressions, and people’s comments over India-Pakistan’s first pitched battle of ICC Cricket World Cup played in England which Pakistan lost by a mile.

Pakistan probes multibillion-rupee losses from cargo misdeclaration

Updated 04 February 2020

Pakistan probes multibillion-rupee losses from cargo misdeclaration

  • Incidents of fraud reported at Torkham, Quetta and Karachi customs stations
  • Automation of the system needed to prevent corruption in duty collection, experts say 

KARACHI: Pakistan’s tax authorities are investigating a series of fraud incidents at the country’s main customs stations, which inflicted multibillion-rupee losses on Pakistan’s economy, an official confirmed on Sunday.

Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) spokesman Hamid Ateeq Sarwar told Arab News an investigation “is underway” and its findings will be shared with the public. 

The FBR’s Directorate General of Customs Intell­igence and Investigation, in early January, uncovered a case involving a network of top officials suspected of a large-scale practice of cargo misdeclaration which it estimates resulted in state losses of billions of rupees.

A report by the directorate sent to the FBR chairman indicated that “organized fraudulent activity (is) taking place at Torkham Customs station through which foreign origin goods are being smuggled.” An initial investigation disclosed that 110 vehicles carrying imported goods have passed the checkpoint on the border with Afghanistan uncharged, the document seen by Arab News reads. 

Similar incidents of misdeclaration were detected in Karachi and Quetta, where more than 900 containers were cleared without paying duties. 

Customs experts are calling for all officials involved in the incidents to be punished. “No matter how influential those involved are they should be given exemplary punishment so that such incidents are prevented in future,” Abdul Qadir Memon, lawyer and former president of the Karachi Tax Bar Association, said.

While corruption appears to be the main obstacle to the FBR’s sound functioning, according to Memon, the problem could be solved by technology. “Automation of the system and installation of scanners at customs stations is key to eliminating corrupt practices. Improvement in the audit system may prevent under-invoicing,” he told Arab News.

The incidents of mass fraud are yet another blow to the FBR, which at the same time is facing a leadership crisis, with its chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi’s health reportedly deteriorating due to acute stress.

The FBR is also facing a shortfall of around Rs218 billion against its revised revenue target of Rs2.62 trillion set for the July 2019–January 2020 period. 

All these result in an atmosphere of uncertainty, which “is the worst one can afford at this moment. Revenue mobilization is necessary for Pakistan’s economic viability as a state,” taxation expert Dr. Ikram ul Haq told Arab News.

The developments raise concerns over the International Monetary Fund (IMF) second quarterly review of Pakistan’s $6 billion bailout program. IMF representatives arrived in Islamabad on Monday.