Pakistan’s top cricket official hails women’s team for historic super over win against New Zealand

Pakistan’s top cricket official hails women’s team for historic super over win against New Zealand
Pakistan women's cricket team players celebrate their victory against New Zealand in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 18, 2023. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Cricket Board)
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Updated 18 December 2023
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Pakistan’s top cricket official hails women’s team for historic super over win against New Zealand

Pakistan’s top cricket official hails women’s team for historic super over win against New Zealand
  • New Zealand won the toss and scored 251 at the loss of 8 wickets against Pakistan after deciding to bat first
  • Sadia Iqbal’s brilliant bowling in the super over helped her take two wickets and led her team to victory by 3 runs

ISLAMABAD: The top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official applauded the skill of the women’s national team on Monday following the first One Day International (ODI) victory against New Zealand in Christchurch in a thrilling super over.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat shortly before the beginning of the match. The host team scored 251 runs at the loss of 8 wickets before Pakistan fought back and tied the game.
As the contest went into super over, Pakistan relied on Sadia Iqbal’s brilliant bowling that helped her take two wickets and lead her team to victory by 3 runs.
“I want to congratulate the entire squad, team management and support personnel for completing the tour to New Zealand with great success,” PCB management committee’s chairman Zaka Ashraf said in a statement. “Today’s ODI win is a testament to the skills and dedication of the players.”
“I hope the team continues to give their best and bring similar results in the future as well,” he added.
Ashraf said PCB would host a special ceremony to celebrate the performance of Pakistan women’s team upon their return from New Zealand.
Pakistan are now ranked number two in the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 with 16 points, just behind top-placed Australia.
Earlier, Pakistan won the three-match T20I series 2-1 to become the first Asian side to defeat New Zealand in a T20I series.


Saudi FM due in Pakistan on official visit tomorrow — foreign office 

Saudi FM due in Pakistan on official visit tomorrow — foreign office 
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Saudi FM due in Pakistan on official visit tomorrow — foreign office 

Saudi FM due in Pakistan on official visit tomorrow — foreign office 
  • Visit comes days after Pakistan, Saudi Arabia reaffirmed commitment to expedite $5 billion investment
  • Pakistan state media on Sunday said Saudi Arabia would invest $1 billion in Reko Diq mining project 

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan will arrive in Pakistan on Monday on a two-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, the Pakistani foreign office said.
The Saudi foreign minister’s visit comes a week after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to expedite an investment package worth $5 billion.
“The visit takes place essentially to expedite follow up on the understanding reached between Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and HRH Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during their recent meeting in Makkah Al Mukarramah to enhance bilateral economic cooperation,” the foreign office said in a statement. 
“This visit is aimed at lending positive impetus to enhanced bilateral cooperation and mutually rewarding economic partnership.”
The Saudi delegation comprises the foreign minister, minister of water and agriculture, minister of industry and mineral resources, deputy minister of investment, and senior officials from the Saudi energy ministry and the Saudi Fund for General Investments, according to the Pakistani foreign office.
The Saudi delegation is expected to hold meetings with the Pakistani president, the prime minister, the foreign minister and counterpart ministers, as well as the army chief and members of the apex committee of the Special Investment Facilitation Council, set up last year to oversee all foreign investments. 
The Saudi government has not yet commented on the visit or its agenda. 
Cash-strapped Pakistan desperately needs to shore up its foreign reserves and signal to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it can continue to meet requirements for foreign financing that has been a key demand in previous bailout packages.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong trade, defense and cultural ties. The Kingdom is home to over 2.7 million Pakistani expatriates and serves as the top source of remittances to the cash-strapped South Asian country.
Saudi Arabia has also often come to cash-strapped Pakistan’s aid by regularly providing it oil on deferred payment and offering direct financial support to help stabilize its economy and shore up its forex reserves.
On Sunday, Pakistani state media reported Saudi Arabia was likely to invest $1 billion in the Reko Diq copper and gold mine project in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province.


Pakistanis from different faiths rally against Israeli atrocities in Gaza

Pakistanis from different faiths rally against Israeli atrocities in Gaza
Updated 14 April 2024
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Pakistanis from different faiths rally against Israeli atrocities in Gaza

Pakistanis from different faiths rally against Israeli atrocities in Gaza
  • The protest was organized by Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PFP) that advocates for the rights of Palestinians
  • A PFP representative says the purpose of the rally in Karachi was to condemn the ‘genocide’ happening in Gaza

KARACHI: A large number of Pakistanis, who came from different faiths, on Sunday gathered in the port city of Karachi to demand an immediate end to Israeli strikes in Gaza, which have killed 33,360 Palestinians and wounded 75,993 others since Oct. 7.
The protest, held outside the Karachi Press Club, was organized by the Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PFP) advocacy group and attended by Pakistani men, women and children from different faiths.
Anil Singh, a Pakistani Sikh, said their gurus (spiritual leaders) had urged their followers to stand against oppression and the same teachings had brought him to the demonstration.
“The entire nation has gathered for a purpose, to condemn the loss of human lives in Palestine due to Israeli aggression, which has been bombing for months, resulting in the martyrdom of more than 33,000 children, mothers and sisters,” Singh told Arab News.
“I condemn this act on behalf of the Sikh community, strongly denounce it, and it’s my message to the United Nations, international media, and all major platforms that we need to raise our voice.”
Singh called the killing of Palestinians in Gaza a “loss of humanity.”
“This is not just the loss of Muslim lives. It’s a loss of humanity, a violation of human rights,” he said. “We should stand with these [Palestinians] as humans and as Sikhs.”
Dr. Sabir Abu Maryam, general secretary of the PFP, said the purpose of the rally was to condemn the “genocide” happening in Gaza. “We strongly condemned this genocide and we stand with Palestine,” he said.
The rally came hours after Iran launched several drones and missiles on Israel in response to an Israeli strike on its consulate in Damascus, which killed seven Revolutionary Guards, including two generals, this month.
Commenting on Saturday’s attack by Iran, the protester said it was a “retaliation” to the Israeli strike on the Iranian mission in Syria.
“It’s the fundamental right of the state to retaliate and to respond to [an attack]. So, the response of Iran is the actual and an appropriate response,” he said, arguing that if Israel attacked Iran, it would be a violation of the international law.
Mrs. Iqbal, another participant who only gave her second name, told Arab News she and other protesters would take to the streets in case Israel attacked Iran.
“Iran has yesterday retaliated but if Israel takes any sort of step, we will come out for it [Iran],” she said. “We will raise our voice.”
Iqbal said Israel wanted to wipe Palestine off the face of the earth and Muslims across the world had the obligation to take to streets and at least protest it.
“We are also training our children and asking the people, who are sitting in their homes but not coming out, to come out,” she added.


Saudi Arabia likely to invest $1 billion in Reko Diq project — Pakistani state media

Saudi Arabia likely to invest $1 billion in Reko Diq project — Pakistani state media
Updated 14 April 2024
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Saudi Arabia likely to invest $1 billion in Reko Diq project — Pakistani state media

Saudi Arabia likely to invest $1 billion in Reko Diq project — Pakistani state media
  • Located in Pakistan’s Balochistan, Reko Diq contains one of biggest copper, gold deposits in world
  • The project has the potential to produce a large amount of these precious commodities for decades

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia is likely to invest $1 billion in Reko Diq copper and gold mine project in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, Pakistani state media reported on Sunday.
Located in the Chagai district, Reko Diq contains one of the biggest undeveloped copper and gold deposits in the world, with the potential to produce a large amount of these precious commodities for decades.
The project is owned 50 percent by Canada-based Barrick Gold Corporation, 25 percent by three federal state-owned enterprises, 15 percent by Balochistan on a fully funded basis, and 10 percent by Balochistan on a free carried basis, according to Barrick.
“A Saudi investment of up to one billion dollars is likely next month in the Reko Diq Copper Gold project located in Chagai district in Balochistan,” the state-run Radio Pakistan broadcaster reported.
“Special Investment Facilitation Council is trying to remove obstacles in this regard.”
Pakistan set up the SIFC, which also includes its army chief, in June last year with the sole purpose of reviving the frail economy, dented by low foreign exchange reserves, currency depreciation and record inflation.
In the subsequent months, Islamabad signed a number of bilateral agreements with brotherly countries in the Middle East during high-level engagements by caretaker PM Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar and Army Chief General Asim Munir.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will soon constitute a committee comprising finance ministry officials and all stakeholders in order to ensure smooth completion of the Saudi investment, according to the Radio Pakistan report.
“Following this investment, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will sign agreements for further investment in the mining sector,” the report read.


Pakistan pacer Ihsanullah leaves for England for assessment of elbow injury

Pakistan pacer Ihsanullah leaves for England for assessment of elbow injury
Updated 14 April 2024
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Pakistan pacer Ihsanullah leaves for England for assessment of elbow injury

Pakistan pacer Ihsanullah leaves for England for assessment of elbow injury
  • The fast bowler sustained the injury in April last year following a white-ball series against New Zealand
  • At the time, the PCB did not believe the injury was severe and the initial treatment reportedly worsened it

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan fast bowler Ihsanullah left for England on Sunday for a crucial appointment with esteemed orthopedic surgeon, Professor Adam Watts, regarding his elbow injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.
The pacer sustained the injury in April last year following a white-ball series against New Zealand. At the time, the PCB did not believe the injury was severe and the initial treatment, including gym and weight work, reportedly worsened it.
Ihsanullah’s appointment is scheduled for Monday, according to the PCB. Professor Watts specializes in hand and wrist surgery, shoulder and elbow procedures, sports injuries, and trauma surgery.
“Ihsanullah’s franchise, Multan Sultans, has collaborated with the PCB to secure this appointment,” the cricket board said in a statement. “The PCB, as Ihsanullah’s parent body, will cover all expenses for his treatment and rehabilitation.”
The PCB said it would provide further updates after the assessment and diagnosis by Professor Watts.
Since April 2023, there had been almost no official updates on Ihsanullah’s injury. His case received media attention this month, when Ali Tareen, owner of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans, accused the PCB of failing to provide “appropriate treatment” to the player.
Tareen said the franchise had borne considerable expenses for the pacer’s treatment and he would likely require another surgery.


Pakistani man among six killed in Sydney knife attack — community groups

Pakistani man among six killed in Sydney knife attack — community groups
Updated 14 April 2024
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Pakistani man among six killed in Sydney knife attack — community groups

Pakistani man among six killed in Sydney knife attack — community groups
  • Faraz Tahir was killed by a knife-wielding man who also killed five women
  • The 40-year-old suspect was previously diagnosed with mental health issues

SYDNEY: A 30-year-old Pakistani man was named on Sunday as the security guard killed in a weekend knife attack in a Sydney shopping mall, according to two local community groups.
The Australian Pakistani National Association and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said Faraz Tahir was killed by a knife-wielding man who also killed five women.
On Sunday evening, members of the Muslim community held a silent vigil for the man, who is said to have moved to Australia last year.
“He quickly became an integral part of our community,” a statement said.
The Australian Pakistani National Association encouraged the community to “stand together in solidarity, offering support and prayers to those grieving and affected by this heartbreaking loss.”
As the attack unfolded on Saturday, online social media accounts falsely reported that the attack was linked to ideological or religious groups or events in the Middle East.
Police have named the assailant as 40-year-old itinerant man Joel Cauchi who was previously diagnosed with a mental health issue.
New South Wales police Assistant Commissioner Anthony Cooke said there was no evidence to suggest Cauchi was “driven by any particular motivation, ideology or otherwise.”