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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq summoned up the spirit of Imran Khan

BRISBANE: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq summoned up the spirit of Imran Khan and his 1992 World Cup warriors on Saturday as the strife-hit Asian giants look to salvage their 2015 campaign.


Pakistan, engulfed by a series of on and off-field controversies, have lost both of their opening two games — by 76 runs to India and 150 runs against the West Indies.They are bottom of Pool B and defeat by Zimbabwe at the Gabba on Sunday will virtually condemn them to an early exit.

But Pakistan have been down this road before.Twenty-three years ago, when the World Cup was last played in Australia and New Zealand, Imran Khan´s team were also staring at early elimination.They lost by 10 wickets to West Indies, beat Zimbabwe, had a no-result when about to be defeated by England before two more losses to India and South Africa.They then went on a roll, seeing off Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand to make the semi-finals.New Zealand were defeated again in the last-four before the title was clinched in Melbourne courtesy of a 22-run win against England.”The important lesson is never give up,” said Misbah.”That´s what you need to do as a player and as a team. That´s what Imran Khan usually says about 1992. Even when the team was in difficult times, they never gave up.”They just kept trying, kept trying, and kept trying. At last they just managed to do what they really wanted to do in that World Cup.”So, that´s what we are trying to do. We just have to do the things and we have to work hard, and that´s what we´re trying to do”.

Misbah insists that his team are trying to forget their two defeats as well as off-field diversions which have seen eight players fined for breaking a curfew, reports of a bust-up in training and chief selector Moin Khan being sent home in disgrace for visiting a casino.”It´s always like that,” said Misbah, when asked to reflect on the deluge of criticism his team has endured for their woeful form.”They always say that they are with the team all the time, but never do it. You could say it´s always like that in Pakistan. We are always with the winning team, but when our team is in difficult times, we´re here (on their own.)”Misbah added that Pakistan´s slow start could be partly attributed to the damage caused by the late withdrawals of three key men — spinner Saeed Ajmal, veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez and seamer Junaid Khan. As a result, Pakistan´s tactics and strategy had to be tweaked. “We are playing with a different set-up. We were relying on spin and different bowlers, especially Junaid Khan. He was a main bowler for us,” said Misbah.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov shot dead

MOSCOW: Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladmir Putin, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend, investigators and police said

russia-moscow-BorisNemtsov_2-28-2015_176615_l“In central Moscow, a man with documents in the name of Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov was killed,” an interior ministry spokesman told AFP early Saturday, declining to give further details.Russia´s Investigative Committee confirmed the death, saying it had opened a criminal probe.”According to preliminary information, an unidentified person shot at Boris Nemtsov no fewer than 7-8 times from a car as he was walking along the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge,” investigators said in a statement.

The committee, which reports directly to Putin, said that “experienced” investigators had been put on the case.Nemtsov launched his political career as the governor of Nizhny Novgorod region in central Russia and became a vice prime minister in the late 1990s under the presidency of Boris Yeltsin.After leaving parliament in 2003, he helped establish and led several opposition parties and groups.Nemtov´s murder comes ahead of a major opposition rally scheduled to take place on March 1.The murder “bears the hallmarks of a contract killing,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.Another interior ministry spokesperson, Yelena Alekseyeva, told reporters at the scene that Nemtsov was walking with a woman when he was shot.

The woman, who is from Ukraine, was now being questioned, she added.Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev has taken charge of the criminal probe, she said.Mikhail Kasyanov, a former prime minister turned opposition leader, told reporters after viewing the scene: “This is payback for the fact that Boris consistently for many, many years fought for Russia to be a free democratic country.”agency.

Quetta blast case registered

QUETTA: An FIR has been registered at the Civil Line police station against unknown culprits involved in the blast allegedly targeting Adviser to Chief Minister on Education Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech vehicle on Joint Road in Quetta on Tuesday, Geo News reported Wednesday.

According to police,pakistan-Quetta-blast-FIR_12-3-2014_167559_l the case of the blast that occurred near the vehicle of Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech has been registered on the complaint of an injured citizen against the unknown miscreants.The FIR included attempted murder, explosives act and anti-terrorism provisions, however, no arrest has been made so far.It may be mentioned that Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech narrowly escaped an explosion on Joint Road on Tuesday. Two persons were wounded in the blast allegedly targeting Barech’s vehicle. Fortunately, he and his driver remained unhurt in the explosion.

PM fails to gather consensus for amendment over Senate polls

ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to pave the way for government`s plan to pass a constitutional amendment for an open ballot in the upcoming Senate elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday failed to convince the leadership of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F).

54f070162bf85A senior member of the ruling PML-N told that representatives of the MQM, PTI, JI, and Fata welcomed the government’s move, but the leadership of the PPP and JUI-F expressed concern regarding the govt’s move to bring a 22nd constitutional amendment in the upcoming session of Parliament.

The PML-N member said senior PPP and the JUI-F leaders asked the ruling party to activate the electoral reforms committee for comprehensive electoral reforms, instead of changes in the Constitution for the Senate elections.

The ruling party member said the PM has asked PPP and JUI-F parliamentary leaders to rethink about the amendment until tomorrow, as it was necessary to stop horse-trading in the upcoming polls.

It is important to mention here that the PML-N requires the unconditional support of the PPP for a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate as the party holds a majority in the Upper House.

The prime minister will also meet parliamentary leaders on Saturday to discuss the constitutional amendment for an open ballot.

Speaking to the media after meeting with the premier, former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf said his party leadership believes that the govt should take all the political leadership on board before any constitutional amendment.

“We are against any kind of rigging and horse-trading in the elections, but it is important for the government to build a consensus before introducing any constitutional amendment in Parliament,” Ashraf said.

He also stated that the PPP leadership demands electoral reforms for transparent elections in future.

Meanwhile, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman said political parties should take action against members who cast their votes for other parties in the Senate elections, and that the constitutional amendment would make the loyalty of party members doubtful.

On the other hand, MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar said that his party will favour the amendment, while PTI leader Dr Arif Alvi said party chairman Imran Khan had already welcomed the govt’s move.

JI Parliamentary Leader Sahibzada Tariqullah and Federal Minister for Textile, Abbas Khan Afridi said that they will support the govt’s move in this regard.

The govt has drafted an amendment bill to bring crucial to the Constitution in a bid to hold the upcoming elections to 52 Senate seats in a manner that will end the ‘undemocratic practice of horse-trading’.

Three new amendments are being considered to allow changes in existing procedures and rules for conducting election for senate seats. The proposed act will be called the Constitution (22nd Amendment) Act, 2015.

The draft suggests that elections to the Senate will be held through open voting instead of the secret ballot that is currently in vogue.

Fawad Khan may replace Saif Ali Khan and portray a womanizer

Seems like Pakistani actor Fawad Khan will be heading over to Bollywood once again, as rumour has it that the heartthrob has signed on to do Reema Kagti’s Mr.Chaloo next,according to Times of India.

54f05a2b518f8After Saif Ali Khan had to leave the project due to remuneration issues, the filmmakers started to search for a suitable boy to play the role of a scheming and manipulative womaniser. Initially, they had approached Shahid Kapoor but as he was tied up with Abhishek Chaubey’s drug drama, Udta Punjab, he could not get involved with the project either.

Now, the rumor mill is buzzing as reports seem to suggest that the makers have finally chosen Khoobsurat actor, Fawad Khan for the part.

Mumbai Mirror reports that a source close to the development shared that the deal with Fawad was finalized when he had been in Indian for the Filmfare Awards, where he picked up the accolade for Best Debut.Reema, along with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, are convinced that Fawad will do a good job fulfilling the character of a smooth ladies man who cons women out of money using his charm.

For him too, it’ll be a welcome change from the quintessential stiff upper-lip royal that he essayed in his first film,” the source added.Previously, Queen actress, Kangana Ranaut, had been roped in to play the female lead but she has also left the project to pair up with Saif in Sujoy Ghosh’s adaptation of the Japanese novel, ‘The Devotion of Suspect X.’

The source also said: “After Kangana’s exit, Reema has substantially changed the script. The film has strong roles for both protagonists and a leading lady is likely to be finalised in a week’s time.”

Mr. Chaloo goes on the floors in August. The film also stars Richa Chadda and Pooja Bhatt in significant roles.