Category: Current Events

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PSL Schedule 2017

The maiden season of the Pakistan Super League turned out to be a big hit among the fans, as they now wait eagerly for the second season. And given how the PSL draft for the 2017 season went, things can only get more interesting come the next season.PSL

The second edition of the Pakistan Super League will begin from February 9 in Dubai. Matches will be played in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi apart from Dubai with the PSL 2017 final to be played in Lahore subject to security clearances. With big crowds expected to return to see the stars in action in both Dubai and Sharjah, the rush and demand for PSL tickets is set to be huge.

The Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi will take on defending champions Islamabad United in the first game of the tournament on February 9 which will follow the PSL opening ceremony that evening. This will be followed by a double-header on Friday, February 10 which will see the Lahore Qalandars play the Quetta Gladiators before the Zalmis will be in action yet again as they take on the Karachi Kings.

On Saturday, February 11, Islamabad will be in action yet again as they play Lahore while the second game will see the Gladiators take on the Kings.

Each of the five sides will be involved in a double-leg round-robin league thereby playing eight games each. The top four teams will then qualify for the playoffs wherein the first-ranked team at the end of the league stage will take on the second-placed side in the first playoff. The second playoff will see the third and the fourth ranked side take on each other before the losing team from the first playoff faces the winning team from the second playoff. The final will be played between the winner of the first playoff and the third playoff.

The first and second playoffs will be played in Sharjah while the third playoff will be hosted by Dubai. If the tournament gets its security clearance the final will be held on March 7 in Lahore. The complete PSL fixtures with time is placed below.

PSL Schedule 2017 Time Table

Date Local Time Time (GMT) PSL Match Schedule Venue
9-Feb Opening Ceremony Dubai
9-Feb 20:00 16:00 Peshawar vs Islamabad Dubai
10-Feb 15:30 11:30 Lahore vs Quetta Dubai
10-Feb 20:00 16:00 Karachi vs Peshawar Dubai
11-Feb 15:30 11:30 Islamabad vs Lahore Dubai
11-Feb 20:00 16:00 Quetta vs Karachi Dubai
12-Feb 20:00 16:00 Peshawar vs Lahore Dubai
15-Feb 20:00 16:00 Islamabad vs Quetta Sharjah
16-Feb 20:00 16:00 Lahore vs Karachi Sharjah
17-Feb 15:30 11:30 Peshawar vs Quetta Sharjah
17-Feb 20:00 16:00 Karachi vs Islamabad Sharjah
18-Feb 15:30 11:30 Quetta vs Lahore Sharjah
18-Feb 20:00 16:00 Islamabad vs Peshawar Sharjah
19-Feb 20:00 16:00 Peshawar vs Karachi Sharjah
20-Feb 20:00 16:00 Lahore vs Islamabad Sharjah
23-Feb 20:00 16:00 Karachi vs Quetta Dubai
24-Feb 15:30 11:30 Peshawar vs Lahore Dubai
24-Feb 20:00 20:00 Quetta vs Islamabad Dubai
25-Feb 15:30 11:30 Lahore vs Karachi Dubai
25-Feb 20:00 16:00 Peshawar vs Quetta Dubai
26-Feb 20:00 16:00 Karachi vs Islamabad Dubai
28-Feb 20:00 16:00 Playoff 1: Team 1 vs Team 2 Sharjah
1-Mar 20:00 16:00 Playoff 2: Team 3 vs Team 4 Sharjah
3-Mar 20:00 16:00 Winner Playoff 2 vs Runner Up Playoff 1 Dubai
7-Mar PSL 2017 Final Lahore

PSL 2017 schedule download link: You can download the psl 2 schedule here. All matches will be played at two grounds – Dubai International Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium as announced by the PCB.

The tournament already boasts of big international names such as Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum and many more. Some of these players were retained by their respective teams, others were brought in during the auction while there were a few who joined in afresh.

The PSL draft for the 2017 season took place on October 19 this year, and similar to the last year, players were categorized in five groups – Diamond, Silver, Platinum, Gold and Emerging. The last category is particularly interesting, since the players in this group must be under 23 years of age as on January 1st, 2017. There was also a 9% increase in the salary caps of the players.

New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum and English T20 skipper Eoin Morgan were added not only to the Draft but also selected by teams during the Draft by respective teams. More than a dozen quality signings were also made for the draft and further selected by the five teams.

The Lahore Qalandars were given the first chance to pick up players in each category in the Draft and Islamabad United, on account of having won the title last season, were given the last chance.

The time table of PSL 2017 will runs over the course of 21 days with a total of 24 matches to be played. The T20 tournament will see five teams with each team representing a city participating in it. Plans are already in place for the PSL to become a 10 team league within five years. Watch this space for more updates.


5th of February Kashmir Day

MUZAFFARABAD: The people of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) will observe the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on Sunday to reaffirm their support for the struggle of the people of India-held Kashmir for their right to self-determination pledged under several UN Security Council resolutions.

Pakistanis and Kashmiris have been observing the Kashmir Day every year on Feb 5 without any discontinuity since 1990.

The call to observe this day was first given by then emir of Jamaat-i-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed and it was endorsed by then prime minister Benazir Bhutto and then chief minister of Punjab Nawaz Sharif.

On Sunday, rallies, seminars, demonstrations and other events, such as speech and essay competitions in educational institutions, will be organised across Pakistan and AJK, notwithstanding the harshness of weather, as an expression of unwavering support to the struggle of Kashmiris.

However, the main event of the day will be the formation of symbolic human chains at five or six points linking AJK with Pakistan, in a loud and clear message to the international community in general and India in particular that Pakistanis and Kashmiris are like “one soul in two hearts”.

Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates in different parts of the world, mainly the United Kingdom and United States, also hold rallies to voice their support for the oppressed but resilient people of India-held Kashmir.

A special joint session of the AJK Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council has also been convened to meet here at 2pm on Sunday.

Weather permitting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would address the special session and in case he fails to make it to Muzaffarabad owing to inclement weather, his message would be read out.

A special function in connection with the Kashmir Day will be held in Convention Centre Islamabad with Pakistani and Kashmiri leaders among the speakers.

Prime Minister Sharif will host a dinner in the honour of Kashmiri leadership from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday night.

On Saturday, AJK ministers and lawmakers visited different camps of Kashmiri refugees and distributed ration packages among them with the cooperation of the federal ministry of Kashmir affairs.

Messages from Srinagar

In their messages on the eve of the Kashmir Day, pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Syed Shabbir Ahmed Shah expressed their gratitude for the government, people and armed forces of Pakistan for their unflinching support to the Kashmiris’ struggle.

“People in India-held Jammu and Kashmir are challenging a big power and Pakistan is the only country that acknowledges our right to self-determination and extends its persistent support to us,” Mr Geelani said.

“But we hope that Pakistan will play more effective and active role in this regard,” he said, asking Islamabad to activate all of its foreign missions to highlight the Kashmir issue and human rights violations in an operative method.

In his message, incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah said that observance of Feb 5 as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ was “encouraging and praiseworthy”.

Fair plebiscite

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged India to stop bloodbath in held Kashmir and allow holding of free and fair plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations, adds APP. He said in a message for the last seven decades India had denied valiant Kashmiris the right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through numerous UN Security Council resolutions.

The prime minister said the people of Pakistan joined their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in observing the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” to reaffirm the country’s moral, diplomatic and political support to their legitimate struggle for their basic human rights, especially the right to self-determination, enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has said the dream for peace in the region would remain elusive until resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris.

In a message, Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the Kashmir Day had special significance this year because the recent uprising in India-held Kashmir, following the July 8 extra-judicial killing of popular youth leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani had shaken the conscience of the international community.


Dengue In Pakistan

Why Pakistan Is Having The Dengue Epidemic Every Summer?



After earthquakes, terrorism and floods that devastated thousands of people and left millions homeless, Pakistan had yet to face one more major calamity at the start of the second decade of the 21st century. This time around the factor responsible was the dengue virus and the disaster being the dengue epidemic of Pakistan. In only two weeks’ time, more than 40 fatalities occurred as a result of the infection in Lahore alone with another 6000 affected by the virus. This not only led to a great burden on the health care system of the city, but also resulted in the spread of panic and concern in the affected region.

Understanding the condition

Dengue fever is the clinical presentation associated with infection of an individual by the dengue virus. The latter itself is transmitted by the bite of an infected female of the Aedes aegypti specie of mosquitos. There is a wide spectrum of presentation of the disease, ranging from minor symptoms of muscle aches and fever to the more severe form known as the Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever. The latter is characterized by deranged clotting system of the body resulting in spontaneous bleeding which may further aggravate into shock, known as Dengue Shock Syndrome, and death of the patient. With no cure or existence of any effective vaccine against the virus, the mainstay of management of the condition involves rehydration therapy along with symptomatic treatment of the associated fever, pain and bleeding by using anti pyretics, analgesics and platelet transfusions respectively. Initially a concern of the tropical countries, the disease is now making its way into other parts of the globe as well.

Significance of the disease

The “dengue problem” has become a cause of great concern for the international community recently. The current World Health Organization estimates around 50 million new dengue infections every year with a total population of 2.5 billion at risk from the infection. Likewise in Pakistan, it is rapidly assuming the shape of an epidemic. From the first diagnosed case of the country in 1994, the virus has spread widely and rapidly across the nation, concentrating in the city of Lahore and surrounding regions in the same province. According to one study, more than 11500 people were affected with the virus till last September. Over the past few years, the condition has assumed a cyclical nature with infection rates highest in the monsoon season and lowest in the winters. The causes for such variation are considered to be many and diverse in nature.

 Why Pakistan?

“Chocked sewers”

Pakistan is affected so severely by the dengue virus for a variety of reasons. The most notable of these is the poor hygiene and inefficient sewerage system of the region. Vast open fields, overflowing gutters, leaking sewerage pipes and congested slums all result in bodies of water ideal for the laying of eggs by the Aedes aegypti mosquitos. This results in exponential growth in the numbers of these insects. Since they are the vector for the spread of the dengue virus, their increased numbers result in higher and more rapid rates of infection in the community. The scenario is aggravated much more by the arrival of the monsoon season whereby torrential downpours further aggravate the already compromised hygiene of the area, aiding further mating and reproduction of the vector mosquitos.

Mass displacement of people 

Another cause attributed to the epidemic nature of the disease is the armed conflict occurring in the country for the past several years. This has resulted in a vast number of people being internally displaced that have migrated to the plain areas of Punjab. With no shelter and limited resources, they have become the prime targets of the Aedes mosquito. This along with the increasing humidity associated with the changing weather in the regions has further resulted in a rise in the incidence of clinically apparent cases of the infection.

Role of the government

Lastly, many attribute the growing nature of the concern to the inefficient management of the problem by the current political and administrative setup of the country. It is considered that the officials either continue to use out-dated insecticides that have lost their efficacies or ones to which the mosquitos have developed resistance. Consequently, the involved insects continue to thrive and spread the virus. The government has also failed in raising the adequate degree of awareness on preventive measures among the general population and has done very little to help promote and encourage people to adopt protective measures. Many individuals cannot buy food to keep themselves alive, let alone mosquito repellent sprays and nets to protect themselves from insect bites.

Future recommendations

The past few years have made it clear that the “Dengue problem “is one that cannot be taken lightly, especially in Pakistan. Since prevention is considered to be better than cure, steps must be taken by the government to help strengthen our community health sector and promote awareness among the people of the country and decrease the incidence of the disease. A multi-sectorial approach should be adopted which would include collaboration with media to raise awareness, and, development authorities and health ministries to effectively eradicate breeding places and decrease the numbers of the vector mosquitos. Further research on the genetic makeup and effective anti-mosquito measures must be carried out to effectively deal with the situation. All this becomes even more necessary with a infection that has no known cure or a preventive vaccine.


FAC Missile inducted into CPEC security by Pak Navy

Nobody can deny the importance of CPEC for regional prosperity this is why it is highly recommended to take quick actions in making Pakistan shores more secure, in this regard Pakistan Navy has inducted FAC missiles which is another step towards safer trade VIA Gwadar Port.l_150771_054908_print

The third of the FAC(M) and MPVs once fully operational will contribute significantly towards ensuring maritime security in the area, he added. Launching ceremony of third Fast Attack Craft (Missile) FAC(M) being built for Pakistan Navy and keel laying of 600 tons Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV) being built for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) was held at the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering works (KS&EW).

A fast attack craft (FAC) is a small, fast, agile and offensive warship armed with anti-ship missiles, gun and/or torpedoes. FACs are usually operated in close proximity to land as they lack both the seakeeping and all-round defensive capabilities to survive in blue water. The size of the vessel also limits the fuel, stores and water supplies. In size they are usually between 50–800 tonnes and can reach speeds of 25–50 knots. (wikipedia)


RAW Agent Arrested in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: India’s foreign ministry on Friday said it has sought consular access to an undercover agent of the country’s intelligence agency RAW arrested by Pakistan from Balochistan.

In a statement issued today, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs admitted that the officer was an officer in the Indian Navy, but claimed that he had taken an early retirement from service.

“He (alleged RAW officer arrested in Pakistan) has no link with the government since his premature retirement from the Indian navy,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in the statement.

“We have sought consular access to him. India has no interest in interfering in internal matters of any country,” said the statement.


Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador on Friday to protest against the illegal entry of the Indian spy.

“(Pakistan) conveyed our protest and deep concern on the illegal entry into Pakistan by a RAW officer and his involvement in subversive activities in Baluchistan and Karachi,” Pakistan’s foreign office said in a statement, referring to the message conveyed to India’s ambassador.

The capture of the RAW agent is the latest evidence of Islamabad’s claim that the neighbouring country is actively trying to destabilize Pakistan.

In a media statement here today, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that the captured agent is an active Indian serviceman who was active in Balochistan with an aim to destabilise Pakistan.

According to details obtained by Geo News, RAW agent Kul Bhashan Yadav was arrested by a Pakistan’s intelligence agency in Balochistan three days ago and he was later shifted to Islamabad for investigation.

The arrested agent of RAW had contacts with separatist groups operating in Balochistan, sources said, adding that he is a commander in the Indian Navy.

During preliminary investigations, the undercover Indian agent revealed that his main agenda was to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) through propaganda and to create disharmony among the Baloch nationalist political parties.