Interior Minister condole death of Shiekh Zeeshan  Uncle

 

12998636_10207164686568887_4843918042072706783_nThe Fedreal Minister for Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan has condoled the sad demise of the brother of district Chairman Zakat Committee Sheikh Sajid Ur Rehman, Shiekh Mohammad Saeed and uncle of Shiekh Zeeshan Saeed. The interior Minister through his telephone call has expressed his deep grief and sorrow over his sad demise and expressed his condolence with the grieved family.

Later Raja Abdul Latif and Shiekh Mohammad Aslam special assistants of Federal Minister along with his Public Relations Officer Sardar Sulatan has visited their house and expressed their condolence with the grieved family on the behalf of Federal Minister. Moreover, President PML-N district Rawalpindi chapter Sardar Mumtaz Khan, tehsil President Fayyaz Khan, Jamait Islami leader Raza Ahmed Shah, local spiritual leader Peer Abdul Qadir, Peer Siddique Abbassi, Assistant Commissioner Shahid Imran, tehsil Municipal officer Qammar Zeeshan, Assistant Commissioner Saddar circle Tasneem Ali Khan,  technocrat Kamran Aziz Chairman Zakat Commitees Altaf Qureshi, Ansar Mehmood, Asif Waseem Malik, Ch Mohammad Imran, Malik Aamir Numbaerdar,  Malik Safdar, Zahid Mehmood, Mohammad, Pervaiz, Imran Noor,  Dost Mohammad Khan, Vice Chairman Alamgir Khan Durrani and Mohammad Tariq from Kallar Syedan also visited their house and offered their condolence with the grieved family and offered prayers.

From Lahore’s streets to world cup finals — Wasim Akram’s journey

I have often battled with myself to figure out exactly how I want to remember Wasim Akram.

He is the best left-arm pacer to have played the game but there were the dark days of match fixing too.

Last week marked the anniversary of when he reached 400 ODI wickets. And for the occasion, I am going to set the heartbreak aside and think of the joy that Wasim Akram brought into our lives.

1992

It pitched short of length, on or around the off stump. What was Allan Lamb supposed to do? Come forward? It wasn’t that full. Stay back? It wasn’t that short either. He was done.

The next delivery pitched way outside the off stump. Chris Lewis brought his front leg forward but he was too late; the ball never really stopped coming back in. Two in two. Game, set and match.

If there was ever any doubt in anyone’s mind about Wasim Akram’s class, these two deliveries dispelled them forever.

He is one of the finest cricketers ever and perhaps fate had wanted for him to make this announcement at the biggest stage of all.

He scored 33 from 18 balls and Pakistan closed their innings at 249. With England looking comfortable at 141 for 4, Imran Khan threw the ball to Wasim Akram. In front of a record crowd of 87,000 fans, first with the bat and then this trickery with the ball. Superhuman stuff?

1997

I was too young to experience the high of 1992, but my love affair with Pakistan cricket began during the 1996/97 Carlton & United series in Australia. I was five years old and remember waking up early in the morning during an unusually cold winter to watch the matches.

Wasim was the new Imran. I had only seen footage of Imran lifting the Waterford crystal trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Wasim was lifting a trophy at the same ground and I was watching it live on TV. His victory speech also had a reference to the month of Ramazan. I was completely sold .

2002

We are back in Australia. Wasim is now a 36-year-old wise fellow who has weathered many storms. He had multiple captaincy stints and is now aspiring to be captain one last time. He survived a match-fixing investigation, and battled diabetes for close to seven years.

The ball pitches on off stump, slightly short of length. Adam Gilchrist doesn’t quite know whether to push forward or stay back. The ball moves away from him after pitching.

You might need a magnifying glass to notice the movement, but it is very much there. This was classic Wasim: tease the batsman until the very last second. Gilchrist tries to play with a straight bat and edges it to the keeper.

Ricky Ponting is the next man in. Every left-armer dreams to bring the ball back into the right-hander; Wasim can bowl it blindfolded.

He doesn’t have the pace of 1992 but this one comes back, kisses Ponting’s pad, strikes the bat and balloons in the air. Then Wasim dives to take the catch like a 20-year-old Shahid Afridi. Game, set and match.

You might watch an old clip of Wasim Akram bowling and use it as an example to define flawlessness and perfection. How could something so casual – he ran from what looked like 10 steps – in its formation and so uncomplicated in its execution lead to such magic?

It wasn’t just carefully planned smart tricks to entice batsmen though. There was pace and intimidation, enough of it to crush Brian Lara’s toe and to send Lance Cairns to the hospital.

By the time his age set in and the pace went, Wasim had mastered his swing enough to continue the magic.

Basically, everything about the way he bowled was the definition of what you had imagined bowling to be about.

2011

Fast-forward another nine years. He is 45 years old, working as a bowling consultant for Kolkata Knight Riders. England’s Eoin Morgan is asked about the toughest bowler he has ever faced. His response:

Wasim’s career, like that of most other young cricketers in Pakistan, started with tape-ball cricket.

Mastered in the streets of old Lahore, his skills caught the attention of a local cricketer who took Wasim to the Ludhiana Gymkhana.

Here, a certain Lahore cricket legend named Saud Khan took Wasim under his wings. But Saud, who has spent his career coaching the city’s Under-19 and college teams, can claim little credit.


After all, Wasim developed as a person, bowler, and leader largely due to the great Imran Khan. Wasim has often said in interviews that Imran used to guide him on every ball of every over.

To a certain extent, bowling did come naturally to him but this notion ignores another important aspect of Wasim’s career: he was a hard worker through and through.

He spent hours in the nets, often trying to perfect just one delivery. How else could he bowl these three unplayable balls in one over against South Africa with such perfection?

Ask the old administration stalwarts at the Qadhafi Stadium and they will tell you that he literally never stopped bowling.

His mantra – as simple as his action – was to get overs under his belt. This explains why he is not a fan of modern-day bowlers spending time in the gym as opposed to practicing in the nets.

But that was not all. Apart from being the greatest left-arm fast bowler, he was a fine captain too. Though captaincy did not come naturally to him, at least at first.

His first tenure, brought about by a rebellion against his predecessor Javed Miandad, lasted five Tests and 23 ODIs only. Perhaps that is why Wasim wants Azhar Ali to get a longer run with the current ODI team.


By the time he was in his last stint as captain, there was little doubt over his ability to marshal his troops. Over time, he developed the statesmanship and self-assuredness that came so naturally to Imran Khan. Just like his mentor did with him, Wasim always backed key match-winners and they delivered.

A spinner as a death bowler? Wasim obviously saw something in Saqlain and made him do it, almost with perfection. Abdul Razzaq flourished as an all-rounder under Wasim’s tutelage. Shahid Afridi, Azhar Mahmood, Shoaib Akhtar are others on the list.

Pakistan were touring India for a Test series after 12 years in 1999. India needed 231 runs to win the first Test with 8 wickets in hand and two days remaining. As the team gathered in a huddle before the play began, Wasim Akram chose very few words to tell his team what he wanted them to do:

Boys, aik baat important yaad rakhni hai ke girna nahiN hai.

Boys, it is important to remember that we are not going to back down!

Could there really be a more apt pep talk? These words, in many ways, encapsulated his own career as well. Player revolts, match fixing, diabetes – he had seen it all and, yet, he continued to weave his magic.

His words galvanised the team as Pakistan survived some tense moments to win the nail-biting match and go 1-nil up in the series.

Comparisons with Imran Khan were inevitable but he doesn’t enjoy the same status as Imran – he fell agonisingly short of winning the world cup in 1999. Nonetheless, Wasim did manage to give his team a sense of invincibility.

At Lancashire, Wasim’s county club for close to 10 seasons, he was known as King.

David Lloyd, former England player and coach, and a popular TV commentator for Sky TV, narrated that in his first game as captain, Wasim asked the team to gather in the dressing room. His words: “Come on. I have dream.” Make of it what you will.


Who do you think is Pakistan’s greatest cricketer and why? Tell us about it atblog@dawn.com

Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation’s new animal shelter is now up and running

Ask any animal lover in Karachi if they’ve heard of Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation and you’ll hear nothing but good things about all the non-profit does for animal welfare.

The organisation rescues abandoned and/or abused stray animals and provides them with food, shelter, free medical treatment and rehabilitation.

The foundation has now opened the doors to its new and improved animal shelter in the city after moving base four times in the last three and a half years. The shelter currently houses over 240 animals, ranging from cats and dogs to donkeys.

We spotted lots and lots of dogs and cats at the inauguration
We spotted lots and lots of dogs and cats at the inauguration

Speaking to Images, Ayesha shares, “All the money for the new place has come from donors. We’ve tried really hard to make it like a sanctuary for the animals because we’ve gotten so many of them who have been abused and have to come to us in extremely dismal states.”

The organization has moved base 4 times in the last 3.5 years and has finally found a permanent home now
The organization has moved base 4 times in the last 3.5 years and has finally found a permanent home now

The new place is located in Malir Cantt, which Ayesha believes is the ideal location.

“Legally, this was the best place for us to set up. With so many dogs and other animals in one vicinity, there are noise issues within the inner city.”

The foundation also rehabilitates donkeys
The foundation also rehabilitates donkeys

When asked if the location poses an inconvenience for prospective pet adopters, Ayesha explains: “It’s a nice smooth drive and I feel people who really want to give these animals a home will make the effort.”

“We have a very strict screening adoption process due to the fact that we’ve seen how some of these animals have been treated in the past; many have been abandoned, abused by their previous owners. So we feel it’s a good sign if people who might give them a new home are taking out the time to come to the shelter,” she adds.

All the money for the shelter has come from like-minded animal loving donors
All the money for the shelter has come from like-minded animal loving donors

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U Z KAZIABOUT 17 HOURS AGO

What about human beings?

PAKISTAN ZINDABADABOUT 17 HOURS AGO

May they visit our area of Sohrab Goth. It is the richest for stray dogs. We can offer her to take them all.

NAXALITEABOUT 17 HOURS AGO

@U Z Kazi A Human can ask for food because he can speak, an animal can’t. A Human is intelligent enough to ask for help, a stray animal can’t. Lets encourage those who are doing!

BE FAIRABOUT 17 HOURS AGO

Well done Ayesha,keep it up.You are running a true humane organisation in Pakistan.

SK9595ABOUT 17 HOURS AGO

Most heart warming and noble. These poor helpless animals have no other fate but to be poisoned to death by the so called humans!! May this foundation prosper forever!!!

MOTHABOUT 16 HOURS AGO

@Naxalite and also cats, dogs and donkeys do not kill others when starving

ALIABOUT 16 HOURS AGO

@ Naxalite A Human can ask for food but still goes hungry and live in poverty and no shelter, where as animals are given proper care and 3 to 4 time meal where as human can’t even have one proper meal a day. so lets encourage to help human first along with so called animals.

HANIABOUT 16 HOURS AGO

Shabash larki…. well done

HAMAADABOUT 16 HOURS AGO

This is very heart warming news. Animals are also God’s creation. We must not ignore to take care of them.

IBRAHIMABOUT 15 HOURS AGO

A great initiative! It is reassuring to know that all decent and kind things that human beings do have not been lost to the ravages of time. Many years back, Lady Constantine had a similar program going in Karachi. Hats off! to the young people who have picked up the torch.

HUMBLEABOUT 15 HOURS AGO

Good work Ayesha ! keep it up.

DR. SARKARABOUT 15 HOURS AGO

Excellent! A big thank you.

AHMED ALI KHANABOUT 15 HOURS AGO

The best way to be nice to animals and mother nature is to put a stop to human population explosion. Once we do it, we have realistic chance of conserving and rehabilitating wild animals and plants !!!

ASIF ALIABOUT 14 HOURS AGO

What a beautiful thing in this cruel world!

ADD (CANADA)ABOUT 14 HOURS AGO

@U Z Kazi They should be smart enough to make a living. Animals have no say. A very great scantuary for abused animals. May God shower his blessing on all the workers.

ADD (CANADA)ABOUT 14 HOURS AGO

@Ali I think you missed a HUGE point. This place is built for abused animals not animals properly cared at homes. Try reading the article once more slowly.

Banks refuse to accept old-design US dollar notes

KARACHI: Millions of dollars stashed away in lockers by Pakistanis face the risk of devaluation as banks have stopped accepting old-design notes.

Meanwhile, moneychangers are charging up to a 4 per cent fee to exchange the old-design bills.

Pakistanis who do not know the difference between old- and new-design notes are going to be unsuspecting victims of devaluation and unacceptability of the dollars.

Banks and moneychangers confirmed on Tuesday that the former are not accepting the old-design notes while the latter are charging a fee to exchange them.

The old-design $100 notes are not banned anywhere in the world, except Pakistan where the strange situation seems to have emerged mainly due to the banks’ refusal to accept old-design banknotes.

The $100 bill with a blue stripe in middle of the note is newly designed. Older bills without the blue stripe are not currently acceptable by Pakistani banks.

There is no official restriction on accepting the old-design $100 note. But moneychangers say banks turn down old-design notes when they try to deposit them.

“There is no restriction on banks to accept or reject the US dollars. It all depends on banks how they deal with the currency,” said Abid Qamar, chief spokesman for the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). He added that there is no need for the SBP to intervene in this affair.

Moneychangers who charge a 3-4pc fee for exchanging each $100 bill said it is because of the banks’ stance on old-design notes.

Both old- and new-design dollar bills are legal tender and remain acceptable in Dubai, the main destination for Pakistani currency exporters. According to moneychangers, new-design notes were introduced about five years back.

Traders prefer using cash to settle payments in order to avoid the tax on banking transactions. Many Pakistanis like to keep their savings in banks’ lockers in the form of dollars. Other victims of this trend are overseas Pakistanis who keep foreign exchange accounts in Pakistan.

“I withdrew $4,000 from my accounts, but moneychangers refused to accept it and told me that these are old notes and not acceptable. He was ready to accept the dollar at Rs103 while the market rate was Rs107.50 at that time,” said Mr Iqbal. He added that hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis living abroad are not aware of the so-called devaluation of the US currency in Pakistan.

Moneychangers buy old-design notes at a cheaper price and manage to exchange the same in Dubai without incurring any cost and thus make a heavy profit.

“We don’t know why banks are not accepting the old-design dollars, but it means devaluation for those who hold these notes. This is true that both banks and moneychangers are not accepting old-design notes,” said Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan Secretary General Zafar Paracha.

“The old-design dollars are not acceptable even in China and Russia. They also demand the new-design dollar,” he added. He said the bigger problem exists with the British pound.

“If we want to deposit 10,000 pounds, we have to keep 40,000, as banks are extremely cautious about the currency,” he said. He added that their biggest advantage is that they constitute an exportable foreign currency as opposed to dollars that can’t be exported.

Azhar, Sarfraz in running for Test, ODI captaincy

KARACHI: Pakistan’s senior batsman Azhar Ali is set to lose his ODI captaincy but will be appointed as captain of the Test team after the retirement of veteran Misbah-ul-Haq.

Besides, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan to appoint wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed as the captain of the ODI team for the tour to the West Indies in March-April, sources in PCB said. “Inzamam has conveyed to PCB Chairman and other high officials about some radical changes needed in the national team set-up following the disastrous tour to New Zealand and Australia,” a well-informed source in PCB said.

He said it had been decided that the PCB Chairman and the chief selector would be having a talk with both Misbah and senior batsman Younis Khan to let them know about the board’s future plans. “It has been decided in principle that Misbah would be advised to announce his retirement after the Test series against the West Indies as captain while Younis would also be advised to call it a day after he completes 10,000 Test runs in the three Tests in the West Indies,” the source said.

He said it has also been decided in principle that after the West Indies tour, Azhar will take over as the new Test captain. “But Sarfaraz will be appointed as the captain of the one-day squad before the West Indies tour in addition to his responsibility as captain of the T20 side,” the source confirmed.