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SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 10, 2017 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Mar 10, 2017 | Last Updated: 5 years ago


By: Muhammad Farooq Dhedhi


Cricket in Pakistan wins as final passes off peacefully

Fans around the country watched the match on giant screens placed in marketplaces, while many tweeted under the hashtag #CricketComesHome.

Legendary paceman Wasim Akram called it a “momentous occasion for Pakistan”, while fans at the ground said they had sent the militants a message.

“I felt no fear and I just came to give a message to terrorists that Pakistanis are not afraid of their cowardly acts,” said Mohammad Nauman, who paid $40 for his ticket.

Peshawar Zalmi rode on a 32-ball 40 by the in-form Kamran Akmal, who clobbered six fours and a six to reach 148 for six off their 20 overs.

Skipper Sammy hit two sixes in his 28 not out, while fellow West Indian paceman Rayad Emrit took 3-31 for Quetta.

In reply, Quetta were shot out for 90 after being rocked by left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar, who finished with three for 16 in his four overs.

Eight security experts attended the game, including officials from the International Cricket Council.

Delegates from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who are rumoured as possible candidates to tour Pakistan, were also at the ground.

“We will give good news to fans soon that an international team will come to Pakistan,” said tournament chairman Najam Sethi, although similar statements in the past have gone unfulfilled.

The final of the Super League’s second edition brings a successful conclusion to a tournament which began inauspiciously with two players suspended and more questioned over alleged spot-fixing.


World cricket’s governing body plans to send a team of international players to Pakistan in September as part of efforts to revive home fixtures disrupted by a deadly militant attack in 2009, officials said Tuesday.

The announcement comes days after the final of the Pakistan Super League was held in Lahore without incident.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said the PSL event, which featured foreign stars and was hailed by fans as a unifying national force, had paved the way for the return of international matches.



Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan made fun of foreign players for fearing to come to Pakistan and said the ones who came to Pakistan are quite unknown to him.

It should be mentioned here that the foreign players shied away from final of Pakistan Super League (PSL2) over security concerns as one player cited caring for young family as the prime reason.



International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 (Wednesday) to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide.

This year theme of the day is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

To mark the day, various governmental and non-government organizations have chalked out special programs to pay tribute to the services of women folk.

In his message on the occasion, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres pledged to do everything to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment



Hours after media reports that Peshawar Zalmi have received an offer from Shah Rukh Khan for a series of matches with his Kolkata Knight Riders, PZ owner Javed Afridi and the Indian Premier League team denied any such development.

Javed Afridi rubbished the media reports as mere speculations.

Earlier media reports said Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, who is the owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has offered a short series of matches between Peshawar Zalmi and Kolkata Knight Riders at a neutral location



Reacting to the presence of blasphemous content on social media, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday directed authorities to dispatch the material to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  and said the PM should know as to what is happening around in the country.

Hearing a case regarding the blasphemous content on social media, IHC Chief Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered to block all controversial pages on the social media and directed the Secretary Information Technology to call a meeting to map out a strategy.

“For God’s sake, do not do this to the holy Prophet (peace be upon him),” Justice Siddiqui said through tears, leaving some lawyers in the courtroom with tearful eyes.


The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday accused WikiLeaks of endangering Americans, helping US rivals and hampering the fight against terror threats by releasing what the anti-secrecy site claimed was a trove of CIA hacking tools.



THATTA: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday announced launch of a new phase of development in Sindh and vowed to bring modern basic facilities for its neglected rural areas.

Addressing a large public gathering here the prime minister announced a number of development projects for Thatta, Sajawal and Tando Mohammad Khan aimed at building better road network, healthcare facilities and provision of electricity and natural gas.



Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Murad Saeed and ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Javed Latif scuffled in the lobby of the Parliament House on Thursday. After his fight with ruling party MNA Javed Latif, claimed that his opponent abused him and his party leader.



Pakistan Test Captain and batsman Misbah-ul-Haq entered in a Elite list of batsman who has done the incomprehensible. The 42-year-old Misbah ran crazy with his energy hitting as he figured out how to hit 6 sixes of 6 balls for his group Hong Kong Islands on March ninth in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz. He posted 82* off 37 balls.

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