Pakistan’s Imad Wasim reverses retirement to play Twenty20 World Cup

Pakistan’s Imad Wasim reverses retirement to play Twenty20 World Cup
In this file photo, taken on April 24, 2023, Pakistan’s Imad Wasim (R) celebrates with teammate Mohammad Rizwan (C) after taking the wicket of New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell (L) during the fifth and final Twenty20 international cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. (AFP/File)
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Updated 23 March 2024
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Pakistan’s Imad Wasim reverses retirement to play Twenty20 World Cup

Pakistan’s Imad Wasim reverses retirement to play Twenty20 World Cup
  • The Pakistani all-rounder anchored Islamabad United’s title triumph in PSL tournament with bat and ball
  • He announced retirement after the selection team dropped him ahead of the ODI World Cup last November

KARACHI: Pakistan’s spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim Saturday announced he would come out of retirement for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, four months after ending his international career.
The 35-year-old left-handed batter and spinner anchored Islamabad United’s title triumph in the Pakistan Super League with both bat and ball in the final on Monday.
Wasim said he wanted to play for Pakistan.
“I am happy to announce that pursuant to meeting PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] officials, I have reconsidered my retirement and am delighted to declare my availability for Pakistan leading up to ICC [International Cricket Council] T20I World Cup,” he wrote on social media.
The 20-team World Cup will start in the United States and the West Indies from June 1 this year.
Wasim played 55 one-day internationals and 66 Twenty20Is for Pakistan and was a key all-rounder but his fitness and attitude were described as hindrance in his career by the previous selection committee.
He was part of Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad in the series against New Zealand in April last year but his axing from ODI World Cup in November prompted him to retire.
Pakistan are due to play a five-match home T20I series against New Zealand next month before touring Ireland and England for six more matches, all build-up to the World Cup.


Pakistan search for missing Japanese climber called off after one body recovered

Pakistan search for missing Japanese climber called off after one body recovered
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Pakistan search for missing Japanese climber called off after one body recovered

Pakistan search for missing Japanese climber called off after one body recovered
  • The climbers, Ryuseki Hiraoka and Atsushi Taguchi, went missing on June 10 while climbing 7,027-meter Spantik Peak
  • Pakistan is home to five of the world’s tallest mountains that loom above 8,000 meters, including K2 and Nanga Parbat

ISLAMABAD: A search operation in northern Pakistan to locate a Japanese climber, who went missing along with another one, has been called off after one body was recovered, the Pakistan Adventure Tour company said on Tuesday.
The climbers, Ryuseki Hiraoka and Atsushi Taguchi, went missing on June 10 while climbing Spantik Peak, which stands at 7,027 meters above the sea level.
On June 15, the civil administration of the Gilgit-Baltistan region in northern Pakistan confirmed one body had been found.
The search for the second climber continued with the help of a team, including two Pakistan Army helicopters, crewed by high-altitude climbers and experts.
“We tried our best and continued search for the second body but we could not see it because a lot of snow had fallen there and there were lots of crevasses there,” said local climber and member of search team, Imtiaz Sadpara, at a news conference at Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shigar.
Spantik, more popularly called the Golden Peak, is largely viewed as more accessible and straightforward. The Japanese climbers were attempting to summit it in the Karakoram Range.
Pakistan is home to five of the world’s tallest mountains that loom above 8,000 meters, including K2 and Nanga Parbat that are known for their treacherous climbs.
Last Sunday, Pakistan’s army rescued Estonian climber Saama Marie who injured her leg whilst attempting to climb the Nanga Parbat peak in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Marie last updated followers on her Facebook account on June 9 that she had camped on the slope of Ganalo at an altitude of 4,900 meters. There had been no update from her since then.
In a video shared by Pakistani state broadcaster PTV, two men were seen carrying an injured Marie to a Pakistani army helicopter from the snowcapped mountain.
“I have a leg injury and I have currently escaped by [the help of] Pakistan Army helicopter, taken from Nanga Parbat base camp to Skardu hospital,” she said.
Pakistan’s mountains attract climbers from all parts of the world. According to official figures, over 8,900 foreigners visited the remote Gilgit-Baltistan region in 2023 where the summer climbing season runs from early June till late August.
— With input from Reuters


Senior journalist shot dead in northwest Pakistan over Eid holiday

Senior journalist shot dead in northwest Pakistan over Eid holiday
Updated 19 June 2024
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Senior journalist shot dead in northwest Pakistan over Eid holiday

Senior journalist shot dead in northwest Pakistan over Eid holiday
  • Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been the scene of a number of attacks on police, security forces in recent weeks
  • Islamabad has blamed the surge in violence on militants operating out of neighboring Afghanistan, Kabul denies the allegation

PESHAWAR: Unidentified assailants on Tuesday shot dead a senior journalist, Khalil Jibran, in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, a police official said, in the latest incident of violence in the restive region during the three-day Eid Al-Adha holiday.
The northwestern Pakistani province, which borders Afghanistan, has been the scene of a number of attacks on police, security forces and anti-polio vaccination teams in recent weeks.
Jibran, a former president of the Landi Kotal Press club in KP’s Khyber tribal district, was en route to his home in the district headquarters of Landi Kotal, when he came under attack by the suspects.
“He [Jibran] was coming back from his friend’s hujra [guest room] after dinner when he was killed by unknown assailants,” Daleem Kulachi, Khyber district police chief, told Arab News
“Police found bullet shells of M4 and AK-47 [rifles] at the scene,” he added.
The development came days after the Pakistani Taliban or the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced a three-day ceasefire with the government in Islamabad from June 17 till June 19 on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.
KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur condemned Jibran’s killing and extended his heartfelt sympathies to the deceased’s family, according to his office.
“Police have been asked to take necessary action for immediate arrest of the suspects,” it said.
Journalist bodies have announced a protest against Jibran’s killing across all tribal districts of the province on Thursday.
Separately, three bodies were found in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan tribal district, while a religious party leader, who was injured in a shooting in the South Waziristan district last week, succumbed to his wounds on Tuesday, according to officials. No group claimed responsibility for the killings.
Pakistan has witnessed a spike in militant violence in its two western provinces, KP and Balochistan, since the TTP called off its fragile truce with the government in November 2022.
Islamabad has blamed the surge in violence on militants operating out of neighboring Afghanistan. Kabul denies the allegation and says rising violence in Pakistan is a domestic issue of Islamabad.


So close to death: NGO captain recounts sea rescue involving Pakistani, other migrants

So close to death: NGO captain recounts sea rescue involving Pakistani, other migrants
Updated 19 June 2024
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So close to death: NGO captain recounts sea rescue involving Pakistani, other migrants

So close to death: NGO captain recounts sea rescue involving Pakistani, other migrants
  • One boat with 51 survivors, 10 bodies was intercepted about 90km south of the island of Lampedusa, Italy
  • Another was spotted about 200 kilometers east of the southern Italian region of Calabria, rescuers said

ROME: Saving migrants from one of the shipwrecks that have left dozens dead or missing off Italy’s shores involved walking through bodies to find barely alive survivors, the NGO captain involved in one of the rescues said on Tuesday.
One boat with 51 survivors and 10 bodies was intercepted about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa, while another was spotted about 200 kilometers east of the southern Italian region of Calabria.
Eleven survivors from the second shipwreck and the body of a woman were taken ashore on Monday, and aid groups said 64 people, including 26 children, were unaccounted for. The Italian coast guard recovered three more bodies at sea on Tuesday.
Captain Ingo Werth of German aid group RESQSHIP, which operates the “Nadir” boat, led the first rescue in the early hours of Monday, picking up the 51 survivors from a “totally overcrowded wooden boat,” he told Reuters.
Before leaving, his team inspected the lower deck and found what seemed to be about a dozen bodies. A medical officer then said, “There’s a guy who’s breathing, he makes some noise, I hear some noise.”
Wearing gas masks, crew members went below to pick up the man and take him to safety. Another survivor was found in a second inspection, but getting him out was more complicated for the captain and a nurse who went with him.
“The (migrants’) boat was almost capsizing and so it was a potential grave (for rescuers),” said Werth.
The captain and the nurse left the hold with the bodies to return above deck, and managed to save the man below by pulling him through a hole made above his head using an axe and a hammer.
“There was that much life left in both of them,” Werth said about the survivors, using a hand gesture to signify they were close to death. He said the body temperature on one was below 32 degrees.
The pair has been airlifted to a hospital in Palermo and are recovering, he added.
The two shipwrecks have confirmed the central Mediterranean’s reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous migration routes. According to UN data, more than 23,500 migrants have died or gone missing in its waters since 2014.
According to RESQSHIP, the migrants picked up south of Lampedusa had set off from the Libyan port of Zuwarah and spent two days at sea. They told rescuers half of the passengers were from Bangladesh, with others from Pakistan, Syria and Egypt.
The migrants from the other shipwreck off Calabria set sail from Turkiye, spent eight days at sea, and came from Iran, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to statements from UN agencies and the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity.
Survivors are “very confused” and don’t know “who among their relatives is alive or dead at sea. Entire families have been destroyed. Some have lost a wife, a child, a husband, a friend or a grandchild,” MSF staffer Cecilia Momi said.


4.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

4.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
Updated 19 June 2024
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4.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

4.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Islamabad, parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
  • Tremors were felt in Peshawar, Swat, Malakand, Dir and other areas at 4:17am
  • However, no loss of life or property was reported in the wake of the earthquake

ISLAMABAD: A 4.7 magnitude earthquake jolted the Pakistani capital of Islamabad and parts of the country’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistani state media reported on Wednesday.
Tremors were felt in various areas, including Peshawar, Swat, Malakand, North Waziristan, Parachinar, Lower Dir, Hangu, Charsadda and Swabi, at around 4:17am Pakistan time.
“The center of earthquake was region of South-East Afghanistan and depth was 98 kilometers,” the state-run Radio Pakistan broadcaster reported, citing the National Seismic Monitoring Center in Islamabad.
However, no loss of life or property was reported in its wake.
Earlier this month, an earthquake of 3.2 magnitude jolted parts of the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi.
Its epicenter lied 15 kilometers northeast of the city at a depth of 22 kilometers, according to the National Seismic Monitoring Center.


Festivities continue as Pakistanis mark Eid Al-Adha for third and final day

Festivities continue as Pakistanis mark Eid Al-Adha for third and final day
Updated 19 June 2024
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Festivities continue as Pakistanis mark Eid Al-Adha for third and final day

Festivities continue as Pakistanis mark Eid Al-Adha for third and final day
  • People continue to visit relatives to convey Eid greetings and share elaborate meals
  • Recreational spots and beaches witness rush as Pakistanis celebrate final day of Eid

ISLAMABAD: People in Pakistan and other countries on Wednesday continued sacrificing animals and taking part in festivities as they marked the third day and final of Eid Al-Adha. 
Muslims celebrate three-day Eid Al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by slaughtering animals such as cattle and goats and sharing their meat among family and friends and the poor. It commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
In Pakistan, Eid Al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals on the Islamic calendar, began on Monday with special prayers for the well-being of the Muslim world, particularly Palestine and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, Pakistanis continued to visit each other to exchange Eid greetings and share elaborate meals to celebrate the joyous occasion, the state-run Radio Pakistan broadcaster reported.
“The distribution of meat also continues among each other particularly to deserving people,” the report read.
“Picnic and recreational spots are observing unusual rush due to children.”
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed Eid greetings to countrymen and several other leaders of the Muslim world on Eid Al-Adha as his government announced a three-day holiday on the joyous occasion.
Over six million animals valued at approximately Rs531 billion ($1.9 billion) were sacrificed during the three-day Eid festival in 2023, according to tanners association.
As many, if not more, animals are expected to be sacrificed this year.