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  1. India's recent results in the Global Hunger Index should raise serious alarm, with a deplorable rank of 102 among 117 countries - ranking the lowest among both BRICS and South Asian countries - Pakistan ranked 94th, while Bangladesh stood at 88th and Nepal took the 73rd spot. © Concern Worldwide/Welthungerhilfe With a score of 30.3, India falls firmly within the 'serious' category of hunger. The GHI score itself is calculated by zeroing in on four different key figures - undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality. © Concern Worldwide/Welthungerhilfe While general trends seem to be improving (except for wasting) according to the report, it is said that for infants in India aged 6 months to 23 months, only 9.6% are fed a 'minimum acceptable diet'. This means that less than 10 percent of the infants in India are properly fed. © Reuters Because of its large population, India's GHI indicator values have an inflated impact on the regional numbers as well. India's child wasting rate is extremely high at 20.8% - the highest wasting rate of any country in this report. © Reuters Hygiene is also a serious issue that remains at large. “Even with new latrine construction, however, open defecation is still practiced,” the report reads. “This situation jeopardises the population's health and consequently, children's growth and development as their ability to absorb nutrients is compromised.”
  2. Whenever neighbouring countries India and Pakistan lock horns on the cricket field, the excitement around this massive fixture tends to reach an all-time high. The fans on both sides of the border are seen taunting each other on social media and, every now and then, Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza finds herself caught in the crosshairs. Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border 𤮠seriously guys, you don't need to 'hype up' or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already!It's only cricket for God sake, and if you think it's anymore than that then get a grip or get a life !! — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 12, 2019 Ahead of the Indo-Pak encounter at the ongoing ICC World Cup, Mirza had tweeted her frustration over the unnecessary hype around the much-anticipated fixture which also saw a distasteful video coming to the fore. "Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border 𤮠seriously guys, you don't need to 'hype up' or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already! It's only cricket for God sake, and if you think it's anymore than that then get a grip or get a life," she had tweeted. But, despite the extensive build-up, the so-called mother of all battles failed to live up to the billing. In what turned out to be a one-sided affair, Pakistan were overshadowed in almost all facets of the game by a rampant Indian brigade during their 89-run loss (D/L) at Old Trafford in Manchester. Witnessing their national team lose to arch-rivals India, the Pakistani fans wasted no time in expressing their feelings on social media. While some slammed captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for yawning behind the stumps, others questioned the fitness of Pakistani cricketers after a video of them eating junk food went viral. ðThat's the video you shot without asking us,disrespecting our privacy even though we had a child with us?& got told off for doing so,& u came up with this crap?FYI 'outing' was dinner & yes ppl are allowed to eat if they lose a match!Bunch of fools!Try better content nxt timeð https://t.co/51gnkMWUYu — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 15, 2019 There were also some tweets targeting Mirza, who was seen in the company of her hubby Shoaib Malik alongside his teammates. Tired of the criticism, Mirza hit back at the trolls by tweeting: "That's the video you shot without asking us, disrespecting our privacy even though we had a child with us? & got told off for doing so,& u came up with this crap? FYI 'outing' was dinner & yes ppl are allowed to eat if they lose a match! Bunch of fools! Try better content nxt time". But, amidst all that, Veena Malik joined the chorus and probably took it too far by schooling the Indian tennis star on parenting. Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn't it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie's is all about junk food which isn't good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself? https://t.co/RRhaDfggus — VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 17, 2019 It all began when the Pakistani actress tweeted out: "Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn't it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie's is all about junk food which isn't good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself?". Veena,I hav not taken my kid to a sheesha place. Not that it's any of your or the rest of the world's business cause I think I care bout my son a lot more than anyone else does :) secondly I am not Pakistan cricket team's dietician nor am I their mother or principal or teacher- https://t.co/R4lXSm794B — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019 In response, the Indian tennis star minced no words: "Veena,I hav not taken my kid to a sheesha place. Not that it's any of your or the rest of the world's business cause I think I care bout my son a lot more than anyone else does :) secondly I am not Pakistan cricket team's dietician nor am I their mother or principal or teacher". To know when they sleep,wake up and eat .. thank you for your concern though .. means a lot âð½ https://t.co/R4lXSm794B — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019 Mirza also mentioned the Pakistani actress' scandalous magazine cover but deleted the tweet soon after. Reconsidering her words, Mirza excluded the magazine taunt and tweeted again: "To know when they sleep, wake up and eat..thank you for your concern though..means a lot". But, despite deleting her tweet, Mirza, who had blocked the Pakistani actress by then, couldn't stop Veena from revealing the screenshot of her tweet on the microblogging website. Have some guts & don't delete ur tweets.Fortunately the technology has progressed so much that people can't deny their acts.Oh the magazine's cover u mentioned had morphed images.Also I can bringup all the controversies U have ever had bt I would rather not divert the discusion. pic.twitter.com/8qednFvEBz — VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 17, 2019 "Have some guts & don't delete ur tweets. Fortunately the technology has progressed so much that people can't deny their acts. Oh the magazine's cover u mentioned had morphed images.Also I can bring up all the controversies U have ever had bt I would rather not divert the discusion," the Pakistani actress tweeted. Great to hear that u didn't took ur kid their. Oh did I mentioned you are a dietician or mother of the Pak team? I said u are an athlete and u must know how much fitness is important for athletes.Also aren't u a wife of cricketer? U should take care of his wellbeing.Isn't it? https://t.co/zZKS3r0xSk — VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 17, 2019 Continuing her barrage on Twitter, Veena wrote: "Great to hear that u didn't took ur kid their. Oh did I mentioned you are a dietician or mother of the Pak team? I said u are an athlete and u must know how much fitness is important for athletes. Also, aren't u a wife of cricketer? U should take care of his wellbeing. Isn't it?" she tweeted. Also your tweet shows that me being worried for my country and cricket team has triggered you so much. Thank you for opening up to the world and showing your true colors! Much Love Veena Malik ð⨠— VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 17, 2019 After calling her out, Veena thanked Mirza for showing her true colours. "Also your tweet shows that me being worried for my country and cricket team has triggered you so much. Thank you for opening up to the world and showing your true colors! Much Love Veena Malik," she tweeted. Retweeting a reply, Veena then left a piece of advice for the beloved 'bhabhi', bringing it to her attention that personal attacks will not take her anywhere. "Dearest Bhabhi, Attacking someone personally and reaching new heights of being low will not take you anywhere. Love, Veena Malik," she wrote on Twitter.
  3. Team India's win against Pakistan yesterday set the temperature rising across the world, as Indian cricket fans across the globe celebrated the Men in Blue's unbeaten streak against Pakistan, 7-0, in the World Cup. Social media feeds were flooded with congratulatory notes for Team India and one such message was tweeted by recently appointed Home Minister, Amit Shah. Another strike on Pakistan by #TeamIndia and the result is same. Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/XDGuG3OiyK — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 16, 2019 Shah's 'another strike' comment has not gone down well with cricket fans and people are kind of disappointed with his choice of words. Home min @AmitShah likens India win over Pakistan to 'another strike'; yes, it's a great win but it's a cricket match and not war:no one died out there. We won because we played a much better game. There is still a World Cup to be won! Let's do the chest thumping on 14th July! — Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 17, 2019 Amit Shah compares India's win over Pakistan in the world cup to the Balakot strike. We just cannot be comparing a cricket match to an army strike in the first place. Very irresponsible statement coming from the home minister. — Chandni Prashar (@ChandniPrashar) June 17, 2019 People feel that the tweet was in bad taste, especially coming from a senior politician, and that comparing this win to a 'strike' was unnecessary. Cricket is just a game. The rest is all hype. I certainly didn't like the statement put out by @AmitShah and the @AmitShahOffice either, on yesterday's game. He must know that he's the HM of a country and not a state - period — #TheRebel #I still remain vigilant (@ravishankar5248) June 17, 2019 I thought it was a cricket match. Seriously "strike" @AmitShah . pic.twitter.com/eAq0s9Ze7m — Om Prakash (@Om81624017) June 17, 2019 @AmitShah don't compare cricket with your politics. Keep it aside. They won because they played a good game. It was not a war. https://t.co/XswG4GzBTW — Tonakshi Kalra (@Tonakshi_0494) June 17, 2019 Cricket and the battlefield are two separate things and while it's admirable to have a strong sentiment towards one's nation, sometimes we forget that as humans, our words can often leave a deeper wound than anything else.
  4. The ICC World Cup 2019 match between Virat Kohli's Team India and Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan was a tale of two countries. While the fans of the Men in Blue saw some of their best cricketers such as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli shine bright despite the cloudy weather of Old Trafford, Manchester, the supporters of the Men in Green were absolutely devastated by the way their side played on Sunday. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 After winning the toss, Ahmed decided to bowl first with the hopes of surviving the clash against a mega team like India on a DLS method when they come in to bat in the second innings. What Ahmed failed to analyse was exactly how strong the Indian batting order is. Scoring a total of 336 runs in 50 overs, the Bleed Blue army gave a mammoth task to their opponents to follow up. Once Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq got dismissed off Vijay Shankar and the partnership between Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman was broken, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav, the task became impossible for them, despite the DLS method coming into operation. Team India's batting and bowling sides performed at the pinnacle of their potential and came up with an ideal outcome, defeating the Pakistani squad by a huge margin of 89 runs. One of the great supporters of the Indian national team, Mumbai Police tweeted, wishing them the best of luck ahead of the game. India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do. #INDvsPAK #CWC19 #IndiavsPakistan pic.twitter.com/BlYJQiMbGA — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 “India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do,” their official account tweeted. After pausing the game at least four to five times, Kohli and Co were finally able to seal the deal, registering their seventh victory against their cricketing rival on the World Cup platform, keeping their streak of being unbeaten against Pakistan alive. The Mumbai Police did a follow-up as soon as the match was over: Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps? #IndiavsPakistan #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/YprxiyiuQr — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 The Twitter handle wrote: “Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps?” Looking for a platform to show their love for Team India and amusement from Team Pakistan, Twitter responded to Mumbai Police's roast: Mumbai Police steals the show... ððð — Aaya To Modi Hi (@KapsJosh) June 16, 2019 You guys are too good. Hats off to your SM tram — Sameer Gurav ð®ð³ (@SamGurao) June 16, 2019 Mumbai police you R always very creative ðððð Congratulations ð — Kamya Chawla :) (@chawla_kamya) June 16, 2019 Pakistan ko "Hara Diya"!!! — Rohit Narkhede (@R0H1T_N) June 17, 2019 Brilliant!! Salute to the Mumbai Police Forceð®ð³ — Hema (@ParekhHema) June 17, 2019
  5. The ICC World Cup 2019 match between Virat Kohli's Team India and Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan was a tale of two countries. While the fans of the Men in Blue saw some of their best cricketers such as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli shine bright despite the cloudy weather of Old Trafford, Manchester, the supporters of the Men in Green were absolutely devastated by the way their side played on Sunday. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 After winning the toss, Ahmed decided to bowl first with the hopes of surviving the clash against a mega team like India on a DLS method when they come in to bat in the second innings. What Ahmed failed to analyse was exactly how strong the Indian batting order is. Scoring a total of 336 runs in 50 overs, the Bleed Blue army gave a mammoth task to their opponents to follow up. Once Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq got dismissed off Vijay Shankar and the partnership between Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman was broken, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav, the task became impossible for them, despite the DLS method coming into operation. Team India's batting and bowling sides performed at the pinnacle of their potential and came up with an ideal outcome, defeating the Pakistani squad by a huge margin of 89 runs. One of the great supporters of the Indian national team, Mumbai Police tweeted, wishing them the best of luck ahead of the game. India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do. #INDvsPAK #CWC19 #IndiavsPakistan pic.twitter.com/BlYJQiMbGA — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 “India, see green? Accelerate. Like you always do,” their official account tweeted. After pausing the game at least four to five times, Kohli and Co were finally able to seal the deal, registering their seventh victory against their cricketing rival on the World Cup platform, keeping their streak of being unbeaten against Pakistan alive. The Mumbai Police did a follow-up as soon as the match was over: Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps? #IndiavsPakistan #INDvPAK #CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/YprxiyiuQr — Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 16, 2019 The Twitter handle wrote: “Didn't we tell you, following the signals always helps?” Looking for a platform to show their love for Team India and amusement from Team Pakistan, Twitter responded to Mumbai Police's roast: Mumbai Police steals the show... ððð — Aaya To Modi Hi (@KapsJosh) June 16, 2019 You guys are too good. Hats off to your SM tram — Sameer Gurav ð®ð³ (@SamGurao) June 16, 2019 Mumbai police you R always very creative ðððð Congratulations ð — Kamya Chawla :) (@chawla_kamya) June 16, 2019 Pakistan ko "Hara Diya"!!! — Rohit Narkhede (@R0H1T_N) June 17, 2019 Brilliant!! Salute to the Mumbai Police Forceð®ð³ — Hema (@ParekhHema) June 17, 2019
  6. ICC World Cup 2019 started out on a great note, with fans from all corners of the cricketing world tuning in to witness some of the best teams take each other head-on at the greatest platform there is in the sport. Sadly, the infamous English weather took over and literally washed out all the excitement and entertainment right out of the quadrennial tournament. Exactly how bad are the weather conditions in England? Well, in the last four days, we have only seen one match and less than eight overs of another match in total with eight teams getting one point each without putting in zero to negligible effort all due to the rains disrupting some of the greatest matches of the Cricket World Cup, one of which included the clash between the two teams that remain undefeated during the ongoing contest ie, India and Pakistan. Things have become so frustrating that it is almost comical now. Indian bowling all-rounder Kedar Jadhav even pushed out a video on the internet requesting the heavy, non-stop rains to move to Maharashtra and let them play cricket. Haha Kedar Jadhav asking rains from England to shift to Maharashtra ðâ¤ï¸ #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZcdoKcypkT — Saurabh (@Boomrah_) June 13, 2019 In the same comical tone, the fans of the Men in Blue have begun a fun banter with the supporters of Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan cricket team, letting them know that their chances of winning against Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are extremely slim. They went on to say that the only way for Team Pakistan to save themselves from a horrible and humiliating loss at the hands of the Bleed Blue army, is to pray that the downpour happens once again at Old Trafford, Manchester on Father's Day, this Sunday. This Sunday, the best way for Pakistan to avoid defeat in the match against India is to pray for rain, which is likely to spoil the game. Otherwise, Pakistan's defeat is sure. — Dr. Ashok Dhamija (@ashokdhamija) June 14, 2019 There is possibility that Pakistan will have a happy memory in this world cup. And may gain points against India There is plenty of chance for rain and match being washed out. — Chowkidar Vikram Joshi (@vikyjoshi3) June 14, 2019 Pakistan praying for rain and India showing them way to a na pakistan Train — MUKESH SURANA (@mukeshsurana) June 14, 2019 Pakistan team praying for Rain on Sunday against India because Baap rocks on Father's Day #ShameOnICC #ShameOnICC pic.twitter.com/B6Dkg62RJD — manish Agrawal (@MkAgrawal003) June 14, 2019 Only rain can save pakistan team from team india..#CWC — Puneet Suri (@Puneetsuri1) June 13, 2019 All jokes aside, India versus Pakistan is arguably the biggest match of World Cup 2019, maybe even bigger than the tournament final and if unfortunately, the rain does washout the Father's Day main event, the World Cup might lose out on whatever viewership it is enjoying right now.
  7. Ever since winning the competition in 1992, the Pakistani cricket team has found themselves chasing the elusive ICC World Cup trophy. Despite boasting some of the best bowlers and capable batsmen in their side, Pakistan has struggled to live up to the billing. But, the last few years surely gave their fans some hope which in turn allowed them to dream on in big tournaments. Their astounding triumph over arch-rivals India in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy surely promised of big and better things in the future. Thus, when they geared up to compete in the 2019 edition of the World Cup, despite not being tipped as one of the title contenders, Pakistan's unpredictable nature would've had the rival sides on their toes. A shambolic seven-wicket loss against equally unpredictable West Indies did get their fans worried for a moment. But, their superlative effort that allowed them to stun hosts England in their second game would have lifted the mood in their camp. Following a spectacular comeback, Pakistan were left frustrated after their third match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain. © Reuters It was surely quite unfortunate for Pakistan who would have fancied two crucial points against a weak opposition like Sri Lanka, especially after gaining some much-needed momentum in the tournament. “As a team we really wanted to play this match, especially after gaining momentum with the win against England. It is unfortunate that we were not able to play," skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said after sharing points with the Lankans. But, the Pakistan captain didn't stop there. Delivering a stern, yet needless, warning to other teams in the tournament, Sarfaraz said: “Our next match is against Australia. Every team is scared about Pakistan. Like other teams in the tournament they are also a tough opponent and they also have momentum as they have won their first two matches". His comments, at that time, made him butt of all jokes on the social media as cricket fans from across the globe slammed him for his baseless threat. Unfortunately for Sarfaraz, his boisterous claim came back to haunt him following his team's 41-run defeat against Australia in their fourth match at Taunton. © Reuters For a team that was labelled as 'scary for other sides' by its captain, Pakistan looked far from the champion brigade that hammered England earlier in the tournament. In what turned out to be a comedy of errors, Pakistan squandered their lead, having won the toss, as their pace attack produced one of their loosest performances in recent times. Barring Mohammad Amir, the likes of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz looked ordinary in conditions that were conducive to quicks. While Amir exerted pressure with his impeccable line and length at one end, the trio of Pakistani pacers allowed the Aussie batsmen to score freely, owing to their poor lengths, at the other. This Guy is the Mood of whole Awaam watching the teams fielding.... pic.twitter.com/RK9OTGQlXb — Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) June 12, 2019 If that wasn't enough, their poor fielding further cut a sorry figure. Asif Ali's butterfingers got him in the spotlight after he dropped two crucial catches in the field. The first chance came in the 13th over when he gave Aaron Finch a second life after dropping him in the slip cordon. The second one, an absolute sitter at the fence, gave a life to centurion David Warner whose upper-cut went straight into the hands of Ali, only to be put down. And then, there were misfields too, even from usually steady and safe Shoaib Malik. © Reuters Despite their frailties, Pakistani bowlers did fairly well to recover in the death overs to restrict Australia to 307 runs. Now the onus was on their batting unit to script a successful run-chase in a bid to make up for their shoddy effort in the first-half of the game. Following the soft dismissal of opener Fakhar Zaman early on, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam stabilised their chase with a 54-run partnership. But, just when Pakistan began to get going, Azam's poor shot selection, derived in a response from Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer, gave the Aussies a vital breakthrough. It was the Aussies who had the last laugh though with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson doing the bulk of the damage. Watch the wickets fall ð⤵#CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/SEAUsMzwUb — ICC (@ICC) June 12, 2019 After losing their best batsman, Pakistan began rebuilding again, this time, through a 80-run partnership between Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez. But, again, Pakistan found themselves on the backfoot as yet another set batsman lost his wicket in a soft dismissal. Out of all the bowlers, Hafeez handed his wicket part-timer Finch after hitting a full-toss straight down the throat of deep square leg. Pakistan have slipped from 136/2 to 160/6! Australia's game to lose? #AUSvPAK LIVE ð https://t.co/RyjNER1Rlx pic.twitter.com/qiuf7IDhBC — ICC (@ICC) June 12, 2019 At a time when they needed key partnership, Pakistan kept on losing wickets in a fashion unfathomable to their fans. Skipper Sarfaraz did find an unlikely support in Wahab Riaz in the later stages, but it just wasn't enough to get them over the line. Coming off a long rest, Pakistan were expected to put up a good show (if skipper Sarfaraz's boisterous claims are to be taken seriously). But, sadly, it wasn't the case. Reasons behind Pakistan's loss 1) 4 specialist bowlers only 2) Three dropped catches 3) Bowled too short in first half 4) Over reliance on senior batsmen Shadab as 5th bowler would have saved 20 runs or Haris as extra batsman would have scored 30-40 runs. #AusvPak — Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 12, 2019 To put things into perspective, Pakistan have now dropped eight catches in four matches so far in the tournament. Asif Ali's first dropped chance cost Pakistan 25 runs (as per ESPNcricinfo's Luck Index). On the other hand, their misfields cost them seven runs in the field. And, the fact that Pakistan ultimately lost by 41 runs, pretty much sums up their ordeal. In the end, we reckon, it's Pakistan who should be scared of the lacklustre brigade that turned up in their jersey against Australia than other teams as boasted by captain Sarfaraz earlier in the tournament. For what it's worth, Pakistan and their captain must walk the talk if they literally intend to scare the other teams in the tournament.
  8. What's the most bizarre thing you've heard or experienced while boarding an aircraft or sitting inside one? I mean apart from the miles-high club, is there anything else that you may have found funny or alarming? Well, if not, here's something to feast your attention on. A female passenger onboard a PIA flight opened the emergency door thinking it was the toilet and put the entire plane in to a frenzy. The woman had gotten up from her seat to use the toilet when the aircraft was on the runway of the Manchester airport early Saturday morning. She went ahead and pressed the emergency button which opened the exit door to the plane instead. (c)Rueters “The PIA flight, PK 702, from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed by seven hours. The departure was delayed on Friday night when a passenger erroneously opened the emergency exit causing the emergency chute to activate,” A PIA spokesperson told the press. The incident took place when the plane was on the runway, ready to take off and all the passengers had to be offloaded from the plane, and their luggage was removed too. They were given hotels to stay in, as the flight was further delayed for seven hours. All because a woman couldn't read a sign that read 'Exit'. “As per standard operating procedure, the PIA had to offload nearly 40 passengers and their luggage,” - The PIA spokesperson added. (c)Pintrest Deploying an emergency slide during emergencies is not a very cheap ordeal for flights. The flights have to pay a huge amount of money, whenever the emergency chute is deployed, even though the emergency in this case was claimed while the plane was stationary. Well, we can't decide if this incident is funny or rather sad. We do agree the passengers were left in grave inconvenience when their flight was delayed, but people really have to learn to read signs better.
  9. Owing to a violent partition, the prevailing Kashmir conflict, political and cross-border tensions, India and Pakistan, over the years, have developed a complex and largely hostile relationship. Their topsy-turvy relations have also given birth to one of the most extreme and intense sports rivalries in the world, making their duels in the sporting arena much more than just ordinary contests. The current scenario is no different. The recent cross-border strikes eradicated any hope of resuming the bilateral ties between the two countries. And, the sporting bodies of both India and Pakistan are now completely governed by the political stands of their respective governments. Ahead of the ongoing ICC World Cup in England & Wales, there were calls by some Indian political leaders and cricket pundits to boycott Pakistan at the mega event. But, luckily for the cricket fans, the calls for boycott subsided and the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan will go as planned on 15th June. © Reuters In a more recent case, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought permission from the government to host the Pakistani women's cricket team for a One-Day International (ODI) series this year. Now, given the current mood in the country, the decision to host Pakistan at home is expected to leave many baffled and disappointed, especially after what the nation endured earlier this year. The chorus of keeping politics and sports aside has been doing the rounds over the years. And, it does make sense. For the countries who can't seem to see eye-to-eye, what better way to mend tarnished relations than using cricket, a sport that grips the populations of the two countries, as a platform to bring people together. Now, while that might seem a little far-fetched at the moment, the latest plea of the Indian cricket board is more on the lines of safeguarding the interest of its women's cricket team, than going against the mood of the nation. © Reuters The BCCI is seeking the government's approval to host the Pakistani cricket team for an ODI series as a part of International Cricket Council's Women's Championship - a tournament that will determine India's qualification for the Women's World Cup in 2021. The ICC conducts the Women's Championship where teams need to play each other on a home and away basis. The points system of this tournament further determines the ranking of the teams to qualify for the World Cup. The likes of Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be playing the ICC Women's Championship - a tournament that involves home and away tours over a span of two-and-a-half-years. The top four teams and hosts New Zealand will qualify directly for the ICC Women's World Cup in 2021. The remaining three teams will have fight for their World Cup spot in the Qualifier in 2020. © Reuters The Indian cricket board faces a tough challenge in getting the nod due to the prevailing political tensions between India and Pakistan which has prevented any bilateral series between the men's teams for six years now. In a letter sent to the sports ministry, BCCI general manager (cricket operations) Saba Karim explained the Indian cricket board's situation. "As per the schedule of the event, BCCI is to host Pakistan women's team for at least three ODIs in India between July and November. BCCI would like to seek necessary permission from the government for India before giving its consent to ICC on this subject," the letter, accessed by TOI, read. It remains to be seen whether India will have to forfeit points if the series is not cleared by the government, or the BCCI will host Pakistan at a neutral venue like UAE. But, if the government approves the bilateral series, it will not only help the Indian women's cricket team to stay in contention for a coveted tournament like the World Cup, but will also help in bridging the ever-increasing gap between the two neighbouring countries - a vital opportunity to kill two birds with a single stone.
  10. I may not know much about cricket, but even I know that scoring just 105 runs is not great. But, Pakistan had a very disappointing run in their first match during the ICC World Cup 2019 against West Indies. Yep, it was one of the worst performances in Pakistan's cricketing history after scoring a total of 105 runs before getting all out in the 22nd over. That also meant that West Indies team was able to quickly wrap up the match, after winning obviously. But, while the Pakistani team didn't apparently work that hard yesterday, the meme-makers of Twitter surely did. Something like scoring just 105 runs would inspire so many memes, of course. The main point that kept coming up was how Paksitan's PM Imran Khan advised the team to give their 100%. Well, the number is same. 100 Percent bola tha, galti se percentage ko runs samaj liye𤣠https://t.co/tWBMKQbv7M — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Maths is still screwing up everyone. When you don't know maths. #WIvPak pic.twitter.com/GufsCuqka3 — Angoor Stark ðð®ð³ (@ladywithflaws) May 31, 2019 The first tweet did not age well. #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/R4cPdtFfbU — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) May 31, 2019 Pretty close. Close enough ? ð¤ð¤£ pic.twitter.com/ZPFH296aYU — Maithun HMP (@Being_Humor) May 31, 2019 Yep. When Wahab Riaz hit those sixes #PAKvWI Whole Pakistan: pic.twitter.com/KrxY6D3dGm — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 31, 2019 Existential crisis. Shoaib Akhtar watching Pakistan's innings. #PakvWI pic.twitter.com/iEdt26uI12 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 31, 2019 Apparently. Admit it , RCB is far better than Pak team ð¤£ð¤£.#PAKvWI — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Ho gaya? pic.twitter.com/qcFIu8aE1o — Moeen Ali fan account (@Kattehaiklu) May 31, 2019 That picture, tho. Sarfaraz: Haan toh #cwc19 ke real match kab start ho rahe hai, practice match mein ab maza nahi aa raha hai. #PAKvWI Rest of Pakistan Team: pic.twitter.com/hYSfmP0uhI — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 31, 2019 Valid reason. Interviewer : itna jaldi match kyun kahtam kardia? Pak palyers : oh iftari ka time tha hame roza kholna tha.#ICCWorldCup2019 #PAKvWI — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Okay. Thr is no much difference between "E sala Cup namde" & Pak's tag line " we have we will".#PAKvWI#ICCWorldCup2019 — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Wow, a meme compilation within a meme compilation. I really wish that Pakistan bounce back in the tournament, and after such a one sided match usually memes help cheering mood up (well if u like creativity) I came across a few and found these funny, if u find one funny add under this tweet #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/18DYDukkkB — Rizwan Haider (@razi_haider) June 1, 2019 Uhh. Pakistan cricket team right now ðð#PAKvWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nsBy66jHyO — Saurav Agarwalla (@follow_saurav) May 31, 2019 Wow. Pakistani batsman after 5 min on pitch#PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/cKe3JnjRFn — Shahzain Khan (@Shahzai62203638) May 31, 2019 Brutal. #PAKvWI Meanwhile me... pic.twitter.com/4qYLYONF9N — Mubashir abbasi pmln (@Mubashi23274565) May 31, 2019 Yep. Me after watching #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/8sZ8opckCx — sunny(hina or fatima ki bday â¤ï¸) (@sunny_tweetss) May 31, 2019 Remember. Dear Pakistan, it was a ODI and not a T20 ð#PAKvWI — The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) May 31, 2019 Okay then. Match Summary. #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/Gl4b08uq0z — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 31, 2019
  11. After the ICC World Cup 2019 began with a bang with Eoin Morgan's Team England dominating over the South Africans, we are in a bit of a fix with the upcoming match between two of the most unpredictable teams to be playing in the quadrennial event this year, West Indies versus Pakistan. West Indies © Reuters Flooded with some of the scariest batsmen of the 21st century, the Windies can put up big numbers in a hurry, when they are in the form, that is. In the warm-up game against the Kiwis, who are considered to be one of the better teams of the tournament, the Caribbean stars performed exceptionally well. Despite Chris Gayle's below average opening innings, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell and Shai Hope rallied the team to a massive total of 421 which turned out to be too much for Kane Williamson's men to handle. Having said that, the Windies, who were once famous for their terrifying bowling attack, now struggle to restrict the opposition from scoring. The fact that the Kiwis were able to score 330 runs in the chase says a lot. West Indies Squad: Jason Holder(c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse. Pakistan © Reuters As mentioned earlier, the Pakistan cricket team is extremely unpredictable and absolutely impossible to judge according to their work in the past. Starting from the top of the team with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to Mohammad Hasnain, the entire team can suddenly get an excellent team chemistry and play well, or tank and fall apart just like that. Probably the only consistent person on the Pak roster is Babar Azam who can give his side a flying start during their batting innings. Despite some great hitters on the team, Pakistan has not been like themselves recently. They have lost every single ODI match that was held against Team England a month ago and having being thrashed out by a team as new as Afghanistan makes them not a very popular pick as the winner of today's match. Pakistan Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed(c/wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hasnain. MensXP Prediction: West Indies Win Also Check: ICC World Cup 2019: Schedule, Stadiums, Teams & Players Of Cricket's Biggest Spectacle On Earth
  12. The Pakistan cricket team is probably the most unpredictable thing about the ICC World Cup 2019, which begins in a couple of days in England & Wales. While their loss to a team like Afghanistan in their warm-up games shows just how bad the team can be, they consist of a few extremely talented players who can take Pakistan cricket to a new high, maybe even get their first ever World Cup victory against the Indian cricket team. Here are the five key players of the team who can win it all for the cricket-crazy nation: 1. Babar Azam © Reuters Referred to as the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Babar Azam plays like the Indian skipper too. At the age of 24, Azam easily dominated some of the deadliest of bowlers on the current time in Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier at the Proteas' home ground in South Africa a couple of months ago and seems to never lose his form with the bat. In his career in adolescence, Azam has scored 2544 runs in just 62 ODIs which includes 8 tons and 11 half-centuries. In 2019, Azam has batted in 10 innings for his team and scored 472 runs with an average of 52.4 runs per innings. 2. Imam-ul-Haq © Reuters Being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam faced a lot of pressure during his introduction to international cricket during the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012. A fighter that he is, Imam has brought his flamboyant stroke-play to every match that he has played ever since. His debut for the national team of Pakistan occurred in 2017 against Sri Lanka, in which he not only chased the total and won the match but also struck his first ODI hundred. Imam's ODI journey has seen him play in 27 games while scoring a total of 1381 runs including his career's best single-inning performance, a 151 against the World Cup 2019 hosts a couple of weeks ago. 3. Fakhar Zaman © Reuters Probably as unpredictable as the Pakistan team, Fakhar Zaman is the opening batsman who will either bring you runs in big bundles or will not bring them at all. The series against England was the perfect example of his uncertainty as a batsman. Having said that, when he does stick to the crease, there is no force in the cricketing world that could stop him from getting a half-ton for his side. In his career, Zaman has featured in 34 ODIs, putting up 1585 runs on the board with a decent strike rate of 97.83 through his career. He has batted in 10 ODI innings this year and scored 367 runs. 4. Hasan Ali © Reuters While the team, which was once feared for their bowling attack, is now in search for some good bowlers themselves, 24-year-old Hasan Ali is probably the best they have heading into the World Cup, who's reverse swing with a slightly-used ball has got him some important wickets throughout his career. Ever since his 2016 debut in the ODI format of the game, Ali has scalped 78 wickets in just 47 matches with an economy rate of 5.56. 2019 has been a little expensive for the bowler as he has given an average of six runs per over in the past five months while collecting only five wickets. 5. Asif Ali © Reuters Pakistan's bravest athlete, Asif Ali faced a tragic loss in his personal life when cancer took away his two-year-old daughter from him a week ago. Aware of his duties towards the team and his fans, Asif returned to England to join the squad yet again before they take on West Indies on 31st May 2019. Stepping onto the crease at the number seven spot, Ali is known for hitting it strong and long on command. Ali has mustered 342 runs in the 16 games that he has played in the ODI format with a fierce strike rate of 131.03. In 2019, two of the four ODIs that he was a part of saw him raising his bat in the air for half-tons scoring 142 in total this year.
  13. There is no doubt about the fact that the game of cricket is highly male-dominated and the bigger portion of the cricket-watching audience prefer to watch men's cricket rather than women's cricket. However, this does not make cricketers like Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj less entertaining than Virat Kohli or Mahendra Singh Dhoni. All four of the lot have been dominating throughout their professional careers and continue to do so, even now when younger talents are entering the competition to lock horns with them. Recently, the 2018 ICC 'Women's Cricketer' of the year, Mandhana conveyed a rather important message for the entire cricketing world with a little bit of help from the Twitter handle of the International Cricket Council (ICC): Well said, @mandhana_smriti ðpic.twitter.com/xprYp9GFwb — ICC (@ICC) May 9, 2019 “I no longer see myself as a woman cricketer but simply as a cricketer,” said the young athlete. “Why should there be labels when none are required?” This clearly agitated someone, who supposedly is a cricket fan from Pakistan, who then decided to mock women's cricket, calling them “not fun to watch” and straight out “ugly”: I KNOW THE HATE WILL COME TOWARDS... ME AND MANY PISS DRINKERS FROM INDIA WILL AGREE WITH ME TO BUT WILL TALK SHIT. BUT FACT IS WOMEN CRICKET IS BS AND NOT FUN TO WATCH !!! THATS WHY U JUST CANNOT COMPARE IT WITH MEN'S CRICKET JUST CANNOT.......PLUS ALL THESE WOMEN ARE UGLY — WaPlarkaa (@Rockyenzo1) May 9, 2019 “I know the hate will come towards... Me and many piss drinkers from india will agree with me to but will talk shit.” said @Rockyenzo1. “But fact is women cricket is BS and not fun to watch !!! Thats why u just cannot compare it with men's cricket just cannot.......Plus all these women are ugly.” Hate mails and social media trolls these days have become as common as weed in the grass and organisations like the ICC seldom respond to such messages, however, this one tweet seemed to have irked the Council, who decided to him a lesson: It's 2019. Be better. Bye! ð#blocked pic.twitter.com/PPsvvgeT8f — ICC (@ICC) May 9, 2019 Short, sweet, impactful. Soon after, the real fans of the game, you know, the non-sexist kind, came to the support of cricketers like Mandhana and joined the ICC in trolling the troll: Savage ðð — Junaid Jabbar (@JunaidShaikhCA) May 9, 2019 Well done ICC. No room for narrow minded people. This shows their upbringing and their cultural conditioning. Such kind of people need this kind of treatment. — Vishal (@vishallovesall) May 10, 2019 Aukaat dikhayenge di usse apni.ððððð¤£ð¤£ — Rahul Kumar (@rk5444) May 9, 2019 @Rockyenzo1 why you gotta disgrace Pakistan like this on a public forum? — Shaikh Rasheeds Cat (@shaikhs_cat) May 9, 2019
  14. Earlier this year, the whole world was talking about a certain Rozi Khan from Pakistan. Why? Because he looks strikingly similar to actor Peter Dinklage aka Tyrion Lannister from 'Game Of Thrones'. © HBO On one hand, where people were losing their minds over 'Game Of Thrones' that has now entered its final season, Khan wasn't even aware of Dinklage or the show or the popularity that he was enjoying for being his doppelganger. © AFP However, things have now changed and how. From being someone who had never heard about the show to making his acting debut as Tyrion Lannister; Khan has come a long way in a really short time. You read it right! © YouTube Rozi Khan, who is a waiter by profession, just got a lead role in a food commercial in Pakistan. In the commercial, he is seen dressed as 'Tyrion Lannister' with people coming to him to click selfies and get autographs. In fact, the makers of this advertisement sure knew how to cash in on his popularity and that of the show, as they included references from 'GOT'. The ad shows people walking up to him and saying things like 'Winter is coming', 'Please tell, what happens at the end?' and 'I heard, you always pay your debts'. We wonder what the real Tyrion Lannister will say once he sees this commercial.
  15. We have often heard the wise say that hope is the biggest weapon when it comes to surviving adversities. Till the time one can hope, they possess the means to survive and emerge a victor. If you are wondering what is the point behind that piece of 'gyaan' we just passed on, well we are trying to make a point. And this point involves a very sensitive (if you will) issue - minorities. Be it ethnic, racial or religious, minorities exist in every part of the world. However, their treatment in every part of the world is pretty much identical. © Twitter Right from facing challenges within the education systems, employment opportunities, to dietary and dressing choices, as well as the disputes one faces with regards to identity and a sense of belonging, most minorities around the world have it tough, more often than not. So, bearing those aspects in mind and the fact that even in India we often hear minority groups crying foul for a number of reasons, Pakistan Prime Minister's decision to do something for the Hindu minorities in the state, comes as positive news. © Twitter Imran Khan decided to finally walk the talk and do something concrete for the Hindu minority residing in the country where he enjoys the title of Prime Minister. Now, in a bid to keep his promise to the Hindus in the country, the federal government led by Imran Khan recently announced that they have decided to restore and reopen over 400 Hindu temples across the country and hand them over to the Hindus. © Twitter This not only comes as a gesture of peace and inclusivity but also sparks a ray of hope for all the minority groups around the world. They can now hope for their leaders to follow the lead and spare them a second look, and perhaps take a few tips on how to cater to the needs of the minorities. However, since there are a lot of temples in Pakistan (some of which have been destroyed and lay abandoned since long), the government will be restoring two temples every year. Starting with the temples in Sialkot and Peshawar, which has a functioning Jagannath temple, and a 1000-year-old, abandoned Shivalaya Teja Singh temple, the Pakistan government plans to refurbish all 400 temples on its land. © Twitter According to The Logical Indian report, an All-Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM) survey showed since 1990 close to 408 out of the 428 temples have been converted into restaurants, schools, and offices. However, as per a recent survey conducted by the Pakistan government, 11 temples were located in Sindh, four in Punjab, three in Balochistan and two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which are operational as of 2019. © Twitter People are also looking at it as a peace gesture for India's consideration, since it's coming from the Pakistan PM directly. We cannot help but wonder what Indian politicians will make of that, given that only months ago in February this year, a few unidentified vandals destroyed a Hindu temple in Pakistan's Sindh province and even set the holy books and idols on fire. Hindus came out in protest after the incident, following which Imran Khan ordered for swift action. We can only hope that this recent development from the Pakistan government comes in complete honesty and goodwill, which could then succeed in setting a great example for the rest of the world.
  16. It has been less than a month since the unfortunate terror attack backed by the terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, enraged the entire nation as it claimed the lives of more than 40 brave CRPF jawans in the most gruesome manner with their children orphaned and their wives widowed in an instant. The whole country has been in mourning and have been trying to show their love and respect for the brave soldiers and their families however they can. The Indian cricket team did their best to do the same last week when former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni distributed camouflage caps with the symbol of Indian cricket at the centre, ahead of the third ODI against Australia in his hometown of Ranchi. The Men in Blue donned the unusual-looking caps the entire game in order to honour the martyrs of the infamous attack. #TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi — BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019 "#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces. And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind," the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) tweeted ahead of the match. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board strongly feels these actions taken by MSD and the BCCI are wrong and have led to a loss of credibility in the cricketing world. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said he has "strongly taken up the matter with the ICC." "There's absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position," Mani said in a press conference last weekend in Karachi. "We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their [India] credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly." That's not all as the Pakistan Information ministry, held by Fawad Chaudhry, even urged the International Cricket Council to ban BCCI and the Men in Blue from international cricket for combining sports and politics. As a response to the bold statements by the PCB, ICC spokesperson Claire Furlong let The Associated Press know about their stand on the whole issue via email. "The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted," she wrote. Now, we agree that sports and politics should be kept miles away from each other. Over the years there have been numerous incidents where politicising a game or an athletic meet has led to adverse results for the sporting world. But the BCCI's idea to pay homage to the nation's brave soldiers cannot be deemed as politically motivated. Athletes wearing camouflage caps is in no way trying to demean or insult the cricketers of our neighbours, nor were we trying to get some kind of upper hand in the international scenario against the PCB.
  17. Ever since the deadly Pulwama terror attack by JeM that took the lives of over 40 CRPF soldiers on Valentine's Day last month, the cricketing fraternity in India has had varying opinions about the Board of Cricket Control in India's (BCCI) decision to plea to the other member nations of the International Cricket Council or the ICC to “sever ties with the nation from which terrorism emanates”. In other words, the BCCI wanted to boycott the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in London and Wales as a means to show their protest against terrorism. I'm boycotting today's #IndvAus ODI to protest the BCCI pestering the ICC to ban Pakistan from the World Cup — Dennis Universe Boss (@DennisCricket_) March 2, 2019 A number of cricketing legends such as Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh were openly advocating this move while there were others such as Sunil Gavaskar and Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who instead thought that competing and beating Pakistan on the biggest platform of the game would be the most impactful response. However, during the quarterly ICC meet in Dubai, when BCCI CEO Rahul Johri raised the issue to be discussed formally, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar refused to pay heed to the topic saying that the council did not enjoy the authority to 'isolate' Pakistan because it continues to be one of the permanent members of the Council. Amid India-Pak World Cup clash uncertainty, BCCI to discuss ICC's stand on terrorism pic.twitter.com/Gex2n2PS0v — Mukesh Rajpoot (@MukeshR43127690) March 4, 2019 So, the most pertinent question here is, now what?. The decision of forfeiting from the contest against Pakistan now rests completely in the hands of the BCCI. The two cricketing titans are scheduled to go head to head during the point round on 16th June 2019 and even if India decides to not show up for the match and Pakistan wins by default, it will have little to no harm on India's chances at qualifying for the knockout rounds. However, the real issue arises if and when the two rivals meet again during the semis or worse yet, the World Cup final. Is India ready to give up on all those players who only want to lift the trophy and have been dreaming about this day ever since they were kids? Alternatively, will they just look over the agenda and face them? The kind of heat the BCCI will face from those who share Ganguly and Singh's vision, will then be extremely difficult to deal with the Indian Cricket Board. Yes, India has been wronged, time and again, as terrorism has been inflicted on our sovereign land and the perpetrators are all around us, but when politics get involved with sports, the outcome, more often than not, is ugly.
  18. There's probably not a single person in the country right now who doesn't know the simmering tensions between India and Pakistan, which are at an all-time high right now. The recent turbulence started with the deadly Pulwama terror attack on 14th February and then escalated after India's air strike on a JeM terror camp in Pakistan on 26th February. Amid all this turbulence and rash cries for a possible confrontation, a lot of people from both countries have come together to call for peace and got the hashtag #SayNoToWar trending on Twitter. This hashtag started yesterday, but right now, it's much more important after Pakistan announced that it is releasing captured IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow as a 'gesture of peace'. #SayNoToWar is not cowardice. The father of the nation was opposed to any war and he certainly was no coward. In fact he was one of the bravest that humanity has ever seen. Social media jingoism and mindless warmongering should not be mistaken for bravery!! — Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) February 28, 2019 It's great! Imran Khan just announced that Pakistan is freeing Wing Commander Abhinandan tomorrow as a peace gesture. Now it's Modi's turn. #SayNoToWar ð — Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) February 28, 2019 People need to think about the realities of war. Being an army kid I can say confidently that the only war India & Pakistan should fight is against terrorism, poverty and illiteracy . Full stop. #SayNoToWar #SayNoToTerrorism #Jaihindð®ð³ #SaluteOurForces ð — Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 28, 2019 Fight for peace. #SayNoToWar .Let's pray for peace.We don't want war & stay away from paid media. Indian media Anchors while sitting on studios are talking about war bcoz they knw they are not gonna fight it Its army & innocents of both sides who will loose their lives & other channels make money pic.twitter.com/UPKrdPA1Mc — Aafaq Ganaie (@aafaq_ganaie) February 28, 2019 Welcome back! Welcome back sir Abhinandan #SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/VjI7VUSI7l — Asif Khan (@AsifKha36463418) February 28, 2019 We need to focus on more important things. 2 nuclear powers ready to blast each other,#SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/QbSQ1m0kB2 — Wajih Ul Hassan (@wajihulhassan57) February 28, 2019 Yep. The best solution for both countries #SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/ytTeLQ7lMt — ZARRAR (@HudhHai) February 28, 2019 War will do nothing. Those who fight war don't want war, those who want war don't fight. Those cheering for war are often the one's sitting farthest from the battle ground if you support this war send your own children's please ð#SayNoToWar ⤠— Tehرeeemee.ðµð°ð¹ð·( Pak Army â¤) (@Cheerrryy_) February 28, 2019 So stupid. Shame on Sold Media ð#SayNoToWar #AbhinandanMyHero pic.twitter.com/U4FlMSweoS — Navnath Sargar (@NavnathSargar6) February 28, 2019 We need peace. Only peaceful dialogue btw #India & #Pakistan can stop another generation of #children in #Kashmir growing up trapped in a cycle of #violence.. @EmilyThornberry #SayNoToWar & #ResolveKashmirDispute for the sake of oppressed #Human of #Kashmir #SayNoToOccupationInKashmir@UN_PGA pic.twitter.com/01h62jLEWs — Suddhan Sadaf Shareef (@SuddhanSadaf) February 28, 2019 It never is. this is what a war will look like in the end. truly heartbreaking. war is not an option #SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/aeBoU2Oi7K — avni (@avni21333489) February 28, 2019 Yes. Share as much as can. #saynotowar https://t.co/g4CkWgXN4q — Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) February 28, 2019 True. The war is never real but the dead bodies are Instagram: thecurlypoet #SayNoToWar #SayNotToWar #SayNoToTerrorism #IndianAirForce #India #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/U49GhlnZk1 — Nitin Soni (@TheCurlyPoet) February 28, 2019 This is horrible. Sanghi shit heads doesn't even care about fellow human being, not even their Bros. They just want war. These jingoists are sickening. This guy is followed by our PM! #Abhinandan #SayNoToWar #NoToWar pic.twitter.com/8S49XsUFzA — Pishu Mon | ÙرÙا٠(@PishuMon) February 28, 2019 Peace, please. Mothers of soldiers of both #india and #pakistan. Any difference in their grieving? If you feel the pain then propagate #peace not #war #SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/89MWgDv6sz — Asif Ali Shah (@oshikhandassi) February 28, 2019 Exactly. We won But who paid the price. #KargilWar #SayNoToWar pic.twitter.com/d0TWmAcyeF — Aryan Pathak (@AryanPa53806626) February 28, 2019 Say no to war! My mom still remembers having to undergo war drills in Punjab as an elementary school student in the 1970s, practicing hiding in bunkers in case bombs were dropped. Wars are between India and Pakistan, but its Punjabis and Kashmiris that suffer the most. #SayNoToWar — Roop (@renegaderoop) February 28, 2019 A good quote. Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich. ~Peter Ustinov #SayNoToWar — Dr. Ram Puniyani را٠پÙÛاÙÛ (@Rampuniyani1945) February 27, 2019
  19. With the tensions increasing between India and Pakistan, we are trying to find respite in the situation for our Armed Forces, who're either in captivity or battling the current scenario to give us peaceful nights. In the midst of these screaming tensions though, a newborn baby in Rajasthan's Nagaur region has been named 'Mirage', after the Mirage 2000 fighter jets, used by the Indian Air Force, in the 26th February's air strikes against Pakistan-based terror camps. © Twitter The baby has officially been christened 'Mirage Singh Rathore' and his father, SS Rathore hopes that his son joins the nations' security forces when he grows up, someday. “We named our child Mirage Rathore to commemorate the strike on Pakistan by the Mirage jets. We hope he will join the security forces when he grows up," He told a local news agency while in conversation with them. © Twitter The boy, obviously born on Tuesday when India went ahead with the air strikes, was named the same to commemorate a memorable day, according to his family. His uncle, who is in the Air Force said he received news of two good developments on Tuesday. One was India's attack on Pakistan territory and the other was the birth of his nephew. Well, this does lean on some solid shreds of patriotism and when Mirage does grow up, we're sure he's going to consider joining the security forces after he finds out the back-story to his name. Well, if you thought the name 'Stalin' was a bit too idealistically communist for little boys growing up in Kerala, then Mirage is definitely going to one-up them with this historic memory that reeks of patriotism. © Reuters In the wee hours of the 26th morning, 12 Mirage-2000 jets entered the Pakistan air space and dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp-site, in Balakot. The Mirage-2000, developed by a French company, Dassault Aviation is one of the deadliest aircrafts in existence and it was first commissioned in 1985. It was first recognised when it was used in the Kargil warfare in 1999, following which the Government placed additional orders for 10 more Mirage-2000 jets in 2004, making it a total of 50 jets. © Reuters We're sure it would be an honour for baby Mirage to grow up with a name like that, but without actually flying a Mirage-2000 jet into war, when he does decide to join the forces!
  20. Before the funeral pyres and graves of the CRPF soldiers martyred in the Pulwama attack on 14th February 2019 could go cold, India showed Pakistan how terrorism must truly be dealt with when push comes to shove. Earlier this morning, India carried out an air-borne strike on three locations in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to eliminate terrorists and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camps in the area. The air-strike was carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) using hi-tech fighter jets, which successfully destroyed the camps of the terror-outfits functioning out of three pivotal centres in the area. Here are all the details you need to know about the who, when, where and how of the air-strike carried out by the Indian Air Force during the wee hours of 26th February 2019, that made India's stand on terrorism very clear: The Timeline The Indian Air Force dropped 1000 kg bombs on three sensitive terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi in PoK and Pakistan. Here is how the series of air-strikes were carried out. Intel Sources: Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot,Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators pic.twitter.com/b7ENbKgYaH — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 3:45 am - 3:53 am - The first strike was carried out at Balakot, 24-km north-west of Muzaffarabad. Joint training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba were located in the area. These are launch pads that were jointly operated by the three terror outfits. 3:48 am - 3:55 am - The IAF struck the terror camps in Muzaffarabad next. 3:55 am - 4:04 am - Chakothi, which is over 50 kilometres from Muzaffarabad, was the last and final target of the strike. Source The Official Statement By The Indian Government On The Airstrike An official statement from the government on the airstrike on the terror bases in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi by the Indian Air Force, was made by the Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in a detailed statement, earlier this morning. Here is the full statement: · On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades and is led by Masood Azhar with its headquarters in Bahawalpur. · This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible for a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016. · Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, denies their existence. The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jihadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities. · India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil. #WATCH: Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi https://t.co/Th0TjwO99o — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary. · In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis, who were being trained for fidayeen action, were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghouri, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM. · The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism. Hence this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in a thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details. JeM's Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim alias Ustaad Gohri who was targeted today by IAF #airstrike in Balakot across LOC was on the Interpol list and among the most wanted in India. pic.twitter.com/1eTj8FhFMJ — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions. 7 Vital Tactical Moves Used By IAF During The Strike 1. Mirage 2000- The multirole fighter jet acquired in the 1980s and Rafale's predecessor. 2. GBU-12 paveway laser-guided bomb, an American-built precision guidance bomb kit. 3. Matra magic close combat missile, loaded as a defence tool for a possible counter-attack by Pakistan. Intel Sources: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan pic.twitter.com/th1JWbVrHw — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 4. Litening pod, a laser designator and targeting pod to acquire targets and guide precision bomb. 5. Bhatinda-based Netra airborne early warning jet. 6. Ilyushin flight refuelling aircraft to refuel jets. 7. Heron drone from a secret airfield conducted real-time surveillance along the Line of Control. Source More About India's Weapon Of Choice Even though India holds many other advanced fighter jets in its artillery, Mirage 2000 was brought out once again after the 1999 Kargil War, for the airstrike. · The French fighter jet was made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. · The Indian Air Force first took on a 36 single-seater Mirage 2000 and four twin seater Mirage-2000 in 1982, when Pakistan bought F-16 from the US. © Twitter · Mirage 2000 played a pivotal part in the Kargil war in 1999. Later the Indian government took on ten more Mirage-2000 planes in 2004. Other Things To Know About The Airstrike · According to reports, the entire operation lasted around 20 minutes, which includes take off till return time. · 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation and dropped bombs weighing 1000 kg. · Reports also suggest that close to 300 militants, trainers and commanders were killed in the strike. Intel Sources: Flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on staircases seen in Jaish e Mohammed facility destroyed by Indian Air Force jets in Balakot pic.twitter.com/266CEI0hGR — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 · A Business Today report states that government sources have said that six laser-guided bombs were dropped by IAF's Mirage 2000s during the surgical air strike on terror camps located within Pakistan. · The National Security Committee of Pakistan stated that "India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing,” after a meeting with PM Imran Khan. · Main targets of the air strikes were Ibrahim Azhar and Mufti Azhar Khan Kashmiri. Source Here is what the top officials are saying on the airstrike: A Owaisi: Was expecting this sort of response within 2-3 days after Pulwama blast. Welcome this. We stand with govt. Though Foreign Secy called it non-military action,it's a step I was expecting govt will take long time back. I hope govt will now go after Masood Azhar&Hafiz Saeed pic.twitter.com/eYgHAfrt7c — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 Subramanian Swamy: Even if it was their territory, we have under the United Nation charter the right of self-defence. They have been attacking us & they say we want to give a thousand cuts to India, so our government did the right thing by giving them 1000 bombs. https://t.co/t1N22SzLHS — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019 They say they want India to bleed with a 1000 cuts. We say that each time you attack us, be certain we will get back at you, harder and stronger. Salute the brave pilots of the @IAF_MCC that carried out the strikes. #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/3dLvr5oX0B — Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) February 26, 2019 IAF also means India's Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 26, 2019 पà¥à¤à¤® नॠपà¥à¤²à¤µà¤¾à¤®à¤¾ à¤à¥ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨à¥à¤ à¤à¥ शहादत à¤à¥ बदलॠमà¥à¤ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¥ लियॠà¤à¤¬ à¤à¥ फà¥à¤°à¥ हà¥à¤£à¥à¤¡ सà¥à¤¨à¤¾ à¤à¥ दिया हॠà¤à¤à¤° यह फà¥à¤¸à¤²à¤¾ मà¥à¤¦à¥ सरà¤à¤¾à¤° दà¥à¤µà¤¾à¤°à¤¾ पहलॠलॠलिया à¤à¤¯à¤¾ हà¥à¤¤à¤¾ तॠपठानà¤à¥à¤, à¤à¤°à¥ व पà¥à¤²à¤µà¤¾à¤®à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤¸à¥ à¤à¤¤à¤¿-दà¥à¤à¤à¤¦ व à¤à¤¤à¤¿-à¤à¤¿à¤¨à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ वालॠà¤à¤à¤¨à¤¾à¤¯à¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤¤à¥ à¤à¤° न हॠà¤à¤¤à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ शहà¥à¤¦ हà¥à¤¤à¥à¥¤ — Mayawati (@Mayawati) February 26, 2019 Lt Gen DS Hooda (Retired), the Northern Army Commander during the 'Surgical Strike' in 2016: My compliment goes to the government for taking this action & also to the Air Force for the way they have carried out this strike (in Balakot) in an absolutely professional manner. pic.twitter.com/zdDVqZvhOU — ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019 Today's strong action shows the will and resolve of a New India. Our New India will not spare any acts of terror and their perpetrators and patrons. — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 26, 2019
  21. On 14th February 2019, a dastardly terror attack robbed India of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. Since then, the country and its citizens waited anxiously for the government to take adequate steps in a bid to avenge the lost souls. And, on 26th February, India struck a major blow to the notorious Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which was responsible for the ghastly suicide strike in Pulwama. In the wee hours of Tuesday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed 12 of its Mirage 2000 fighter jets that crossed the border and carried out swift airstrikes to eliminate multiple terror camps and launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan. The Indian jets dropped bombs weighing 1,000 kgs (in total) in a 21-minute operation that resulted in the elimination of Jaish's biggest terror camp in Balakot. According to a statement issued by Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, India targeted the terror camps and avoided the areas that were occupied by civilians. As per "credible intelligence" JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various part of the country and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose which made India's pre-emptive strike absolutely necessary. #India struck biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Balakot; a very large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and fidayeen jihadis were eliminated: Sh Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary pic.twitter.com/D8kk4gWfWI — PIB India (@PIB_India) February 26, 2019 "In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousuf Azhar (alias Ustad Ghouri), the brother-in-law of Maulana Masood Azhar, Chief of JeM," the Foreign Secretary revealed. It was the first cross-border airstrike that India has carried out in nearly five decades. The last such action was during the Bangladesh war in 1971. Thus, when the news surfaced on television and social media platforms early on Tuesday, the Indians across the globe hailed the Indian Air Force for their airstrike. The Indian sports fraternity, too, joined the chorus in saluting the brave fighter pilots who successfully carried out the retaliatory attack. JAI HIND, IAF ð®ð³ @IAF_MCC @adgpi #IndiaStrikesAgain #IndiaStrikesBack #IndiaStrikes — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 26, 2019 Big salute to our #IndianAirForce ðð®ð³.... #IndiaStrikesBack .. Jai Hind — Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) February 26, 2019 हम शाà¤à¤¤à¤¿à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¯ हà¥à¤, तॠà¤à¤¤à¤à¤ à¤à¤¾ मà¥à¤à¤¹à¤¤à¥à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¬ दà¥à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤à¥à¤¬à¤¾ भॠरà¤à¤¤à¥ हà¥à¤à¥¤ à¤à¤¯ हिनà¥à¤¦, à¤à¤¯ भारत #SurgicalStrike2 #AirStrike #IndianAirForce@PMOIndia @narendramodi @DefenceMinIndia @IAF_MCC — Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 26, 2019 Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness. I salute the IAF, Jai Hind ð®ð³ — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 26, 2019 Saluting the #IndianAirForce fighters for their valor, courage and timely action. ð https://t.co/CNPmH28mnz — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 26, 2019 Hats off to the #IndianAirForce for their strike against terror. Every Indian is proud of you! Jai Hind! ð®ð³#IndiaStrikesBack — Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) February 26, 2019 Salute to the Indian Air Force. Shaandaar #IndiaStrikesBack — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 26, 2019 Jai Hind ð®ð³ But next time, let's not wait for Pulwama or Uri to do what's needed to be done. Strike Out Terrorism. — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 26, 2019
  22. Ever since the infamous Pulwama terror attack, former Indian cricketers and other sports officials have been talking about boycotting the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales in June. With Punjab Cricket Association removing the photos of iconic Pakistani cricketers from the Mohali stadium and now BCCI doing the same from the head office, the rage in the cricket fraternity is burning deep against our neighbours. A couple of days ago, former Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh voiced his displeasure against Pakistan. "Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces,” said the cricketer. “Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking.” On Wednesday, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly echoed his ex-teammate's opinion when he basically said that Team India is strong enough to be a success at the World Cup even if they do not play against the match Sarfraz Ahmed and his men. But amidst all the chaos there are all but four decisions that the Board of Cricket Control in India can choose to take and all of them are bound to cause multi-fold consequences: Decision 1: Complete Boycott Of Pakistan During The World Cup © Reuters A complete boycott would involve forfeiting every game against Pakistan during the World Cup. In a relatively shorter tournament of the top 10 teams in the world, every side is going to play at least one game against the nine others during the points round. Without a doubt, India is more than capable to making it to the semis even if they give up some points but what if the two teams meet in the knockout rounds or worse yet, in the final? Will BCCI be willing to up give the chance of winning the World Cup? Decision 2: Forfeiting Just The Points Round Match © Reuters If India decides to boycott the Men in Green during the points round, they still have eight matches to cover up. Sure, the burden on Virat Kohli and team's shoulders would be a tad bit more than the others but it's nothing they can't handle. Say, the Men in Blue do meet them in the semis of the final and decide to play them, then does that not defeat the whole purpose of the protest? Doesn't it feel like a facade, an act to show revolt against Pakistan? Decision 3: Campaign To Ban Pakistan From The World Cup © Reuters According to a report by News 18, the Committee of Administration (CoA) has ordered BCCI to push the International Cricket Council (ICC) into banning the Pakistani cricket team from participating in the 2019 World Cup altogether. There is no denying the fact that India is the major revenue source for ICC and if BCCI puts them in a situation to choose between the two teams, the council is likely to tilt in favour of India. However, if things were to go south and ICC rejects BCCI's 'Ban-Pakistan' campaign, not only will it play against the public image of the Board but it will also lead to people questioning India's ability to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup. Decision 4: Play Pakistan Regardless © Reuters This may turn out to be upsetting to a lot of us but this is the most likely decision BCCI is going to take. The attack has left a deep impact in the heart of every Indian citizen but all the hard work put in by Team India must be rewarded. The revolt against terrorism is not disregarded but the World Cup is important too. It is easy for people to suggest the boycott but even if there is a slight chance of this measure leading to a sad end to India's world cup journey, BCCI will act against it. In such times of distress the need for rational decision-making is of utmost importance. Loud noises and anger looks dramatic, sure, but what impacts would take leave on BCCI and the Indian cricket team in the long run must be taken into consideration. The ultimate authority lies in the hands of the Indian board.
  23. 14th February 2019 marked one of the darkest days in India's rich history. A cowardly terror strike in the Pulwama district of Awantipora robbed India of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on the spot, while injuring several others. The tragic incident has since become the topic of great discussion, further fuelling backlash for Pakistan over their alleged role in the deadly strike. In protest against the Pulwama attack, the Indian government withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status awarded to Pakistan. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200 per cent with immediate effect. More recently, IMG Reliance, too, pulled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as their main broadcaster, as a mark of respect for the CRPF martyrs. © AP The Cricket Club of India (CCI) also removed the portrait of Pakistan PM Imran Khan from their restaurant wall. While the world was condemning the horrendous act, the Pakistan PM didn't even bother to comment on it which led to the CCI's move. "We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports," CCI Secretary Suresh Bafna had told ANI, while also suggesting to skip the Pakistan clash in the ICC World Cup in June. Amid growing calls for revenge, Indian cricket fans, too, have asked skipper Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to boycott Pakistan at the World Cup in England and Wales. Expel the country Pakistan from every global arena, at first, expel them from ICC World cup 2019. It's mandatory. Separate them is every stage.ð ð¡ Jai Hind. #ICC we don't want to see Ind vs Pak match WC #ExposeDeshDrohis #PulwamaTerrorAttacks #ICC #BCCI pic.twitter.com/udBFAbUvpc — Shomedeep Mondal (@MondalShomedeep) February 17, 2019 @BCCI @imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc The general emotion of the Indian public is don't play Pakistan in world cup as well, let ICC award the 2 points to Pakistan. I am sure you all can do ur bit for our Marty's wth this Gesture!! Jai Ho!!! — Amit Manohar Narang (@amit0283) February 17, 2019 Let's boycott Pakistan in @ICC Cricket World Cup! Let's stand together against the terrorism they are sponsoring. @BCCI @CricketAus @OfficialCSA @OfficialSLC @cricketworldcup #BoycottPakistan — Ishaan Datta (@datta_ishaan) February 16, 2019 As a mark of respect for our armed forces Indian cricket team should not play cricket with Pakistan in June world cup match — Vinod Punwani (@vpunwani56) February 17, 2019 If you have the spine @BCCI then give a strong message to @ICC Either India will be part of World Cup 2019 or Pakistan. You have enough funds to pull this off Will you do it @msdhoni @imVkohli — #RenukaJain, FCA ð®ð³ (@RenukaJain6) February 15, 2019 #boycottindvspakworldcupmatch @BCCI & @imVkohli please boycott Ind Vs Pak match in world cup 2019. @imVkohli 2 point bhikh me de do pak walo ko. We do not want to see Indian team with Atankistan on the same field. Proud to be an indian. #PulwamaAttack — Keshav Pandey (@Pandey_k100) February 17, 2019 ICC gets most profit from IND vs PAK matches. Boycott this event they will sure show Pakistan its place — Sumit gupta (@Virus0uploading) February 18, 2019 Dear @BCCI there is a IND vs PAK WC fixture on 16/6/19 so please make sure this match is cancelled otherwise we will have to boycott the @cricketworldcup #Pulwama #PulwamaAttack #PulwamaTerrorAttack — Dr. Hanni Billu (@SavageRaptor7) February 15, 2019
  24. If you love Ryan Reynolds in and as 'Deadpool' and have wondered why there has been no 'desi' version of the Merc with a Mouth so far, then maybe this will give you your daily dose of laughter. A YouTube channel called 'Dablew Tee' has uploaded a 'desi' Deadpool swinging through the streets of Lahore and the video is hilarious. While the hunky Ryan is the anti-hero of everyone's dreams and is probably not the exact representation of cultural appropriation we might find suitable, this Pakistani Deadpool is downright funny. While you might imagine Wade Wilson stealing from bad people and driving a dope car, this one ends up stealing bananas and driving a broken motorcycle instead. © YouTube © YouTube This version is definitely funny and kind of made our day, ergo we thought we'd share the cheer with everyone. Wonder what Ryan Reynolds has got to say about it.
  25. A decision has been taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Pakistan Cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was incidentally caught barking racial slurs at South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo on 22nd January 2019 during the second ODI match at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban. After about a week of inspection, the ICC has finally decided to suspend Ahmed for four matches after he said: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya padhwa ke aaye hai aaj?". (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?) and everything was recorded by the stump microphones placed right in front of him. The suspension follows a wave of serious flak towards Ahmed and his comments which was spearheaded by the former Pakistani cricketer and all-time great Shoaib Akhtar, who uploaded a minute and a half long video from all his social media handles to publicly show his disgust with Ahmed's words and urge him to make a public apology as soon as possible. Surely, about 24 hours later, Ahmed did take to Twitter to address the whole issue but his comments felt less like an apology and more like him trying to dodge his way out by saying that his words were not supposed to be heard by any specific individual nor were they for the opposing team to understand and that whatever he said was out of sheer frustration. 1/2 - I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday's game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and... — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 2/3 - I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from... — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 3/3 - ...across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field. — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 However, when the ICC made their decision to suspend Sarfraz for four games public, the Pakistan Cricket Board, in a statement on their website, said that they were utterly disappointed by this measure. “The PCB notes the ICC decision on Sarfaraz Ahmed with its utmost disappointment. PCB had anticipated that the matter had been resolved amicably between the two players and the two Boards following Sarafraz Ahmed's public apologies which were accepted by the player, the Board and South Africa cricket team,” reads the statement. The ICC has also ordered Ahmed to take up "an education programme to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he has committed”.
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