JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED

You cannot keep Shahid Afridi behind the scenes

You cannot keep Shahid Afridi behind the scenes

Last Tuesday, the Sindh High Court had ordered the PCB to adjourn a disciplinary committee meeting in which Afridi was due to face, and now summoned the officials to Thursday June 16, 2011 for a hearing. This case should be decided as soon as possible, because the PCB and its cronies lead by none other than the Chairman Ijaz Butt and his not so able lawyer Taffazul Hussain are trying to drag this case as long as possible.  They should remember this is Sindh High Court and Afridi has a lot of supporters in Karachi.  Although he is a Pathan but, like Younus Khan and Umar Gul he is also residing in Karachi and draws a lot of support from all segments of the society, not only the Pathans and Mohajirs and Sindhis but, the Punjabis living in Karachi also support him and feels that Ijaz Butt is doing severe injustice in penalizing him for nothing.

You cannot punish someone for a crime (which was not even a crime) twice i.e., exactly what Ijaz Butt & Co. are trying to do, dig up his past and trying to prove that he scuffed the pitch and bit the ball in Australia. He was already punished and penalized for that, why dig up that case now? In fact after that he was made Captain of the team for the World Cup and with such mediocre team he led them from the front and brought the team to semifinal, nearly winning it and making it to the final.  But, thanks to his faithful foes he is a victim of conspiracy which did not end with one but followed with one after the other.

Afridi’s only crime is he is blunt and being a Pathan he cannot be a “yes man” to the Butt headed Chairman and his cronies such as Alyass who has now been suspended from his post, this is only to show to the people of Pakistan that no one is above the law.  Apart from using derogatory language against Afridi, Ilyass was seen sitting next to the banned player Salman Butt on a TV show in which the  later was a panelist, is only an act of show biz by Ijaz Butt.  In reality Ijaz Butt should also be suspended for participating in the same TV show via a telephone line. It is just as bad as being there. But, he is Abbu Dallah (Above The Law)  The only positive thing that happened in that show was Ijaz Butt’s ugly face was not displayed on the TV screen.

Cricket fans and Afridi supporters came to the Sindh High Court Building but, were disappointed because their Hero was not there, one of the supporters said,  “We have come here in Afridi’s support and feel that Pakistan cricket is incomplete without him,” It is true, most of his fans relates Afridi’s presence in cricket is just like Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring. I know  a lot of people who stopped watching boxing after Muhammad Ali retired from boxing. This may happen to a lot of Afridi’s supporters if he does not play in the future.

Taffazul Rizvi, the PCB lawyer, said the punishment was included in the central contract that Afridi has signed. Whereas, Afridi’s lawyer Syed Ali Zafar contradicted the claim by saying. “The sanctions are not under the central contract and that’s what we have pleaded,” he denied Afridi’s sole aim in going to court was to seek permission to play abroad.  Zafar also said, “we are against the disciplinary proceedings, which we have successfully adjourned, and the court has given us the right to claim for monetary losses suffered due to Afridi not being able to play in England.”

The funny thing is about the “Pissy-Leaks” (PCB Leaks) which are more sophisticated than the “Wikileaks”, I don’t understand how come every confidential news gets leaked in Pakistan? Intikhab Alam and Waqar Younus’ confidential tour report leaked before it went to the Chairman’s office.  Intikhab Alam at the age of 70 plus who is also in the same league as Ijaz Butt considers himself as the main person instrumental in Pakistan winning the 1992 WC and all those matches after that in which he was the team manager.  He is the same person who never won a single series  as a captain for Pakistan in any form of the game when he was the Captain of Pakistan team and same is the case with Waqar Younus.  But, today both of them have the audacity and cheekiness to place a feather in their own caps by saying they are responsible for the wins.  And, the team whenever it lost any match it was due to Afridi’s immaturity?

WAQAR YOUNUS HAS NO ROLE TO PLAY EXCEPT FOR POLITICS

WAQAR YOUNUS HAS NO ROLE TO PLAY EXCEPT FOR POLITICS

Waqar Younus’s report should not be considered as fair because, that man has a criminal record.  He was banned by Justice Qayyum from not only playing for Pakistan at any level but, also for holding a job at any official capacity because he was accused and charged for match fixing and betting along with Wasim Akram, Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmad, Ata ur Rahman and Mushtaq Ahmad.  Mushtaq, Ijaz and Waqar both got the coaching jobs in the recent past and Waqar is still the main coach. What is the credibility of a convict? Once a convict, the criminal record stays for life. There is no second chance for convicts. That is why Salman Butt, Asif and Aamir should not be allowed to play for Pakistan ever again.

SACK THE BAY SHARAM IJAZ BUTT

SACK THE BAY SHARAM IJAZ BUTT

Most importantly Ijaz Butt must be sacked with immediate effect along with his entire paraphernalia.  Either they should appoint Javed Miandad as the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board or a professional who is qualified and suitable for the job must be appointed. Just like Dr. Nasim Ashraf or Shahriyar Khan. (Doesn’t mean them actually) but, someone of that quality and background, at least they were honest, just and fair unlike this uncouth, uneducated, dis-grunted Ijaz Butt who has all the time brought disgrace to the nation.

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 13, 2011 - 9:34 AM

    We have a new thread, please post here. Thanks

  2. #2 by mehmudah on June 13, 2011 - 9:58 AM

    We’ve all been saying – SACK BUTT. but who listens? Osman Samiuddin, Saad Shafqat, Kamran Abbasi and many other notable writers have pleaded this case for years! Pakistan cricket is some kind of laughing stock because of the current PCB admin! WHY DON’T THEY SACK IJAZ BUTT ALREADY???

    Maybe the ICC can do something with its policies and help oust the man.

  3. #3 by Pawan on June 13, 2011 - 12:41 PM

    Javed,

    Whatever you have written is so true. But I agree with this gentleman above. Who is listening?
    The head honcho Zardari who appoints PCB chief is himself the biggest crook of all.
    Do you think changing Butt is the solution?
    Or do you think changing Zardari would be a better solution?
    You change Butt and in comes someone who is even worse than Butt.
    This is not a quick fix problem.

    At times like these I feel Imran Khan is a much better solution for the post of President of Pakistan.
    No matter how racist his comments are at times, but he is head and shoulders above Zardari.
    The system from the root has to change. Think about it.

  4. #4 by Pawan on June 13, 2011 - 1:03 PM

    Konquest,

    I will post reply to your question in previous thread over here.

    First of all I would rather call myself as normal rather than moderate.
    And I say this honestly because I am no saint.
    After hearing what MF had done, I wasn’t overjoyed – put it that way.
    Few times I have cursed him with his MF initials.

    But then I have realized with age and maturity to handle such people.
    Every walk of life one meets such men/women.
    He is no doubt entitled to his opinion and freedom/independence.
    At the same time he should realize that with freedom comes responsibility.
    Responsibility to not to cross that fine line.

    I agree with you to some extent. Yes, he did it wrong – to paint what he painted.
    But the reason he shouldn’t have done it should be for his millions of fans and not for a Hindu organization.
    This applies to all religions in my view.
    No one, no organization should dictate what people should and shouldn’t do.
    But like I said before, for that to happen, people must understand freedom in its true sense.
    They should realize that freedom also has an aspect of responsibility with it.

    The sin MF has committed is not what he has actually painted.
    But what he painted in the minds of several people by breaking their hearts.
    Many will never say RIP to him.
    That to me is the biggest loss for a man.
    In true sense we call such a man – a loser.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 13, 2011 - 5:46 PM

    Mehmoudah, yes we all have been saying SACK BUTT, and it is not just us or you or, the names you have mentioned but, everyone is saying the same thing. But, it seems that the people of Pakistan have other big issues to deal with and they don’t take action i.e., by coming out and protesting. The issues such as, load shedding, water scarcity, gas scarcity, Mehngai in general plus the security concerns like the Rangers shooting an innocent boy, the suicide bombers being brainwashed by people and sent as human bombs and every political party has its own agenda, they are criticizing each other crossing the boundaries of ethics and morals. Even Imran Khan is doing the same and the less we talk about Zardari the better it is, he is one big menace in the country. Like Fatima Bhutto referred to him as Mr. 110%. I hope you have seen the video which we have posted on the previous thread? So, all I can say is Good Luck Afridi and Good Luck Pakistan.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 13, 2011 - 5:59 PM

    Pawan

    I understand your point of view concerning Zardari and Imran Khan, that is a totally another issue. One thing is guaranteed whether Imran Khan comes into power or not, the day Zardari is gone, Ijaz Butt will disappear into oblivion. It is then they should drag him out from that rat hole and smoke him, grill him and punish him. As long as Zardari is there, which is very likely he will complete his term and no one has the guts to remove him. The opposition is silent because, they too want to do the same i.e., rule for 5 years uninterrupted and undisturbed. So, this is all MILLI BHAGGAT.

    As regards MF Hussain, I told Konquest that Indians may not object to his paintings because, in the Hindu religion the deities are painted like that, the whole of Ellora and Agenta is like that. Lord Shiva is famous for his Phallus or the Lingam as they call it. About MF Hussain as a person, there is not much written about his personal life except that he used to walk bare feet everywhere and was obsessed with Madhuri Dixit and her Husn. To me he always appeared like an eccentric but, which artist is not? Vincent Van Gogh , didn’t he chop off his own ear lobe and sent it to her Mehbooba in a perverse act of love? And, some people say he was in deep depression after his friend Paul Gauguin had been mad at him and that is why he chopped off his ear lobe! Whatever it is, he too was an eccentric like most artists. So, you can expect such acts of eccentricity from such people.

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 13, 2011 - 6:10 PM

    Munir

    That CEREAL KILLING business of mine has nothing to do with Sunday ko or Monday ko! I am a free man, c’est ca!

    Btw, the Mango season has just started here i.e., Anwar Ratole is available right now and by the end of the month there will be good quality Chaunsa. The good thing is, the wholesaler delivers my mango cases at my drive-way. Every week I buy about ten cases and more than half I distribute among my gora friends and clients.

    It is also a great time for BBQ combined with Mango Parties in the backyard, now the flowers are blooming, the tomatoes are green, the cherry tree has already blossomed and we see the cherries are already there and they will be ready in a couple of weeks, In the front yard, I have a huge Mulberry tree (Shahtut in Urdu and mûre in French) the fruit is deep purple, almost black, there is a white Mulberry too which I don’t like and luckily we don’t have it, I like the white pinkish cherries which I have in the backyard besides the big red cherry tree. The white cherry tree is small so it bears little fruit whereas the the red one is big and we don’t know what to do with the red cherries, but, it is ideal for making jams.

    Got rid of the swimming pool from the backyard 3 years ago it was a pain in the neck and only a couple of months of swimming and a lot of work to do, so now there is a second terrace and lotsa, lotsa, sitting space and gardening area too. So, when are you coming? 😀

  8. #8 by Konquest on June 13, 2011 - 8:06 PM

    Bloodhounds after Afridi`s blood, says Sallu

    KARACHI: Former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed has thrown his weight behind star all-rounder Shahid Afridi by claiming that he is a national asset and certain lobby of bloodhounds are after his blood.

    “The bloodhounds are after Afridi`s blood,” Ahmed said in an interview with `Our Sources` on Sunday. “The flamboyant all-rounder is our national treasure and we should protect our asset.” There have been reports that a certain lobby has turned against the ex-captain.

    The former Test player feels that Afridi has been mistreated after helping the team in difficult times and leading them to the semifinal at the ICC World Cup despite distractions both on and off the field.

    “He turned individuals into a single unit and guided a relatively young team to the semifinal, exceeding everyone’s expectations. But instead of honouring him, the influential and powerful people are trying to end Afridi’s career by preventing him from playing cricket elsewhere in the world,” he added.

  9. #9 by Konquest on June 13, 2011 - 8:08 PM

    Pakistan team moving in the right direction: Misbah

    KARACHI, Jun. 13 (APP)- Pakistan Captain, Misbah-ul-Haq believed that the team is moving in the right direction but said role of the team management is also important.“However players’ on field performance matters the most,” he told a private TV Channel in an interview on Monday.“The management has been very supportive during the twin tour of West Indies and Ireland. They draft a strategy but the onus to achieve favourable result rests with the players who have to deliver on field,” he said. “Actually it’s a combined effort”, he added.
    “The attitude of the players is equally important along with the performance”, added Misbah who was also appointed captain of the ODI team last month in place of Shahid Afridi.
    He declined to comment on the ongoing row between former sacked Captain Shahid Afridi and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
    While expressing satisfaction over the Ireland trip, Misbah hoped that the performance of the young players would improve with the passage of time.
    “The result speaks itself and I am satisfied with the performance. The team combination worked out very well and the young players are getting better with experience”, he remarked.
    “The consistency shown by the side is heartening. Overall the team is moving in the right direction”, 37-year old veteran skipper Misbah-ul-Haq concluded.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 13, 2011 - 11:58 PM

    Misbah ul Haq is speaking like a true CHAMCHA OF IJAZ BUTT by praising that the team is moving in the right direction, by appointing a 37 year old BUDDA as captain they are in the right direction? Why will he not support the management? His said that, ““The attitude of the players is equally important along with the performance” he is hinting at Afridi’s attitude and his NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE, which he can see as an excellent performance by an individual. What consistency is he talking about? Beating the minnows Ireland? Especially since their ace batsman O’ Braien was not in the team plus the 18 year old spinner who troubled all the teams during the WC was not playing because of his dislocated shoulder.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 14, 2011 - 12:00 AM

    Konquest

    Salahuddin’s voice will remain unheard because he is a Karachiite. So no matter what he says, it will not reach the fort knox of Gaddafi Stadium.

    Btw, Ijaz Butt has spoken against Wasim Akram only once i.e., since he became Chairman and he made him complete Shut up. Or, is it the Girayeen Brotherhood that has stopped Chakram from responding?

  12. #12 by Pawan on June 14, 2011 - 12:36 PM

    Andy Roberts, the West Indian great fast bowler on Reverse Swing in a recent interview:

    He also sought to correct the notion that reverse swing almost exclusively was the preserve of the Pakistani bowlers in the 90s.

    “We began the reverse swing. When Pakistanis came in 1977 they were surprised to see us do it. It’s no rocket science, you keep the ball polished on one side and it would reverse swing. For it to happen, the other side must have a bit of moisture on it.

  13. #13 by amir on June 14, 2011 - 1:30 PM

    ISLAMABAD: Former cricket
    captain Shahid Afridi met
    Chairman of Pakistan Cricket
    Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt in
    Islamabad and reached an out
    of court settlement, Geo News reported. According to the sources,
    important government officials
    were also present in the
    meeting. Former skipper
    agreed to withdraw the case
    against the PCB and also to appear before the disciplinary
    committee of the board. The PCB will issue the NOC for
    Afridi after he appears before
    the committee. After getting
    the required permission Afridi
    will be able to play for
    Hampshire County in a T20 tournament in England and Sri
    Lanka Premier League.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 14, 2011 - 4:08 PM

    amir

    This is really shocking WTF is this? Why create all this hoopla? If he has to go out of court settlement why this drama?

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 14, 2011 - 4:18 PM

    Pawan

    Now, not only Andy Roberts but,any Tom, Dick and Harry will claim that. And why when Pakistanis came in 1977 and why not before and after that against any other team.

  16. #16 by Pawan on June 14, 2011 - 4:27 PM

    Javed

    Looks like Afridi wants to play for the SL league and English county T20 championships and earn big bucks.
    That is indeed shocking

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 14, 2011 - 7:01 PM

    Pawan

    All I can say is none of these players have any shame whatsoever, they keep changing their views with time and tide. All they are interested in is MONEY and there is nothing else. I am really disappointed by this move. Integrity, self-esteem, self-respect, loyalty, patriotism does not exist in their books.

    I think Afridi is doing this for the reasons mentioned by you above besides, he is hoping that Ijaz Butt will go, he is not here for 10 more years, so when Butt will go he will try to come back by saying, my initial statement was I will not play for the country until this Butt regime is there. So, whoever suggested him this idea is definitely an opportunist and that made Afridi look like an idiot that he has always been one.

  18. #18 by amir on June 14, 2011 - 7:25 PM

    JAK
    I think it was best chance for afridi to get rid of butt. He had a strong case and public support and had pcb lost in court there were very slim chances of butt remaining in power. From now it wil b butt all the way and he wil more damage pakistan cricket til zardari is in power. I m realy disapointed with afridi. But money talks.

  19. #19 by Konquest on June 14, 2011 - 7:48 PM

    Amir, Pawan, Javed A Khan, Jia

    I am not surprised because Afridi is more concerned these days with money and politics, instead of principles.

    This is all a game of politics and Afridi had the chance to gather the public and get Butt removed, but he chose to be loyal to money and politics.

    If Afridi is corruptible, then who else can be a role model for the youngsters in the team?

  20. #20 by amir on June 14, 2011 - 8:50 PM

    right now pakistan cricket is at its lowest point. It wil take very long to recover from butts era. But to start recovery butt has to go first and he should take with him all these senior players. If these things keep on happenin people wil loose interest in cricket which is the only thing which has united the nation.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 14, 2011 - 11:05 PM

    Konquest and amir

    i have already expressed my disappointment and the only thing that we can do now is write a new thread on Afridi’s materialistic approach. He is a stupid AH he has let the whole nation down by compromising with Butt. This was a golden opportunity for Afridi to become a national hero by getting rid of butt but, now he is as good a ch2so4 as others are, even bigger because he had the whole nation support and now everyone is hugely disappointed.

  22. #22 by amir on June 15, 2011 - 9:56 AM

    ISLAMABAD: After lashing out at the PCB’s
    decision to suspend his
    contract and revoke the NOCs,
    Afridi was granted his NOC to
    play for Hampshire on Tuesday.
    PHOTO: AFP Former ODI captain Shahid Afridi will
    finally join Hampshire next
    week after successful talks
    with the Pakistan Cricket
    Board (PCB) on Tuesday in
    Islamabad. Following an hour long
    meeting between Afridi and
    PCB chief Ijaz Butt, PCB granted
    the player his ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC). Afridi’s manager Umran Khan told BBC Radio Solent that the meeting went very well and
    both parties had come to an
    amicable agreement. He added that he had spoken
    to Hampshire manager, Giles
    White and they’re very pleased that it’s all sorted out and that Afridi, too, was very excited to
    finally be linking up with
    Hampshire and getting back to
    doing what he loves, which is
    playing cricket.

  23. #23 by Mohammed Munir on June 15, 2011 - 10:23 AM

    Javed Khan …

    LOL @ cereal killer.

    Thank you very much for your cordial invitation, I will sure this in mind and make my plans to visit Canada sometime next year, if possible. But your invitation is much appreciated and highly cherished.

    You are Mashallah very luck to have a nice large home with so many nice fruits and such fantastic weather to enjoy it all. In UAE, well you know how hot it is these days. 😦

    On Mangoes, first of all we get the Indian mangoes followed by some local (UAE/ Oman) Desi mangoes. But as you have said, they all do good business only because of their advance timings, and once the Pakistani-mangoes (which are late like all things Pakistani) 😉 hit the market, we don’t see anybody buying Indian/ local mangoes anymore.

    BTW, the Pakistani-mango season has started in almost full swing here in UAE too. Why I said, ‘almost’ is because along with Sindhri, Dosehri, Anwer Ratole, and a few other lesser known varieties have reached the market. In fact, even earlier types of Chaunsa category are also available, but the best sub-variety within the Chaunsa class, which is “Chaunsa Samer-Bahisht” (Samer = Fruit & Bahisht = Heaven, so literally meaning “Chaunsa Fruit of Heaven”) is still very eagerly awaited.

    After this top of the top, Chauna Samer-Bahisth is over, we may also get Kala-Chaunsa, and then White-Chaunsa but they are nothing like Samer-Bahisht, which is also my favourit. Although, I like and eat Anwer Ratole (which many peoples like more than Chaunsa) as well as many more varieties, but in my books, Samer-Bahisht is The One to go for. 😉

    My dad likes, Fajri the most, similarly some peoples also like Sindhri because they are less sweet and generally very clean without any ‘thread’ inside the pulp, which makes them preferred for sweets, shakes, cooking, etc. BTW, recently, my wife cooked Keema (minced meat) with Kerries (raw mangoes) and then the other day she made curry of raw-mangoes with chicken, both the dished were great and I absolutely adored the sour tastes curries. Kerry Ka Murabba (raw-mango jam) is a regular for my breakfast, so are shakes and Kerry juice.

    Enough of mangoes, I am already hungry now.

  24. #24 by Mohammed Munir on June 15, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    Shahid Afridi …

    Nothing much to say except that Afridi has really disappointed me. 😦

    Sometimes back someone here on LS (I don’t remember may be Konquest, or Javed or even Pawan) was comparing Shahid with Imran Khan, and they said that Afridi is blunt while Imran was more diplomatic.

    Well all I have to say in this regards is that comparing Imran Khan to Afridi is gross injustice to Imran, and the BIGGEST difference between them is EDUCATION.

    Imran is an Oxford educated through gentleman, who even if does anything wrong did it in such a nice manner that it looked ‘acceptable’, while Afridi on the other hand is such a Jahil Angutha-Chhaap that he does even good things in very bad and uncivilized manner, and made himself look like a joker. 😦

  25. #25 by Pawan on June 15, 2011 - 1:00 PM

    Javed, Konquest, Munir

    The Afridi situation has reminded me of the hot debate going on in India right now apart from Baba politics.
    That is the debate of country vs. club. I doubt if you guys follow IPL.
    But the situation is such that many senior players including Tendulkar refused to tour the West Indies
    Because they needed rest after the hectic World Cup – but they didn’t miss a single match of IPL.
    I will just highlight the points in favor and against such players’ decisions.

    In favor..

    1. The BCCI wants IPL to be a big hit, so if these star players don’t play the IPL, then the IPL would really be nothing.

    2. BCCI wants to rotate players and test the bench strength and what better than the WI as they are at their worst right now.

    3. One of the points I think that could be made in favor of these players is that they are also human like we all are
    I know many of you have been born and brought up in Pakistan and then shifted base to some other country
    Where there is more money and scope. Millions of people in sub-continent do that. Even I have done it.
    Obviously out here in the west there is more money and opportunities.
    So to blame the players that they run after money is slightly unfair.

    Against..

    1. The last point I raised in favor could be viewed differently as well..
    Look at it this way – agreed that we stay away from our country of birth and work outside to earn money.
    But given a chance that you get the same opportunities and similar pay package back home would you consider going back?
    I would. So if these players are getting payed “more than sufficiently” while playing for the country, why are they still greedy?

    2. All this while these players say that they play for the country and brag about it.
    Now where is there patriotism? If they are not patriotic then at least don’t be hypocrite.
    Please be clear like Gayle. Do what you want to do but don’t lie.

    3. About the point of rotation policy, I don’t agree with sending in a completely new team.
    The whole point of rotating players is to look at their performance, let them get the feel of it
    And also to let them get the experience of rubbing shoulders with the best team.
    Now if you send a completely new team with hardly any seniors, it beats the whole point of rotation policy.
    The 4th match between India and WI was a prime example.
    There are absolutely no experience. This way you will kill the confidence of bench strength.

    Now about Tendulkar, I think he is a special player. He has served the nation for more than 20 years without any greed.
    There is hardly any player in World cricket, leave alone India, who has shown more commitment towards his country than him.
    I understand he is slowly moving towards retirement and he plays only those series where the country really needs him.
    Also if he suddenly retires then there would be a big gloom.
    So he is consciously tapering down his role in the Indian team.
    Playing 20 overs is also quite easier than a full ODI series that too away from home.

    But what about Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Zaheer?

    I would like to hear views from you guys, who I believe will be impartial.

    Thanks.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 15, 2011 - 4:49 PM

    Munir

    First of all ours is not a big house, but yes there are lots of trees which were there and some we planted, when we bought this house we were more keen on trees than the size of the rooms because, we grew up in Dubai at a time when there were no trees in Dubai. The only tree in the entire Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi area was @ Rolla square Sharjah where they have built a monument of THE SHARJAH TREE, the one and only tree which died because taxis were parked under it and the oil leak made the tree die. We still have a picture post card of THE SHARJAH TREE, it was taken by a gora and printed in England and was sold in Dubai. My folks used to go to Ras Al Khaimah were Shaikh Ahmad of Qatar had a garden that was kinda luxury. It used to take 9 hours in land rover to reach RAK or Fuj from Dubai.

    on chaunsa samar bahisht, this is the third item i have heard about jannat, the two very popular items are nehrain aur hoorain which the moulvis always talk about and now you are the one talking about chaunsa!

    Hum ko maloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat laikin
    dil ko khush rekhnay Ghalib yae khayal accha hai

    I hope you have seen that moulvi video which I have emailed a few weeks ago, that moulvi if ever his dreams come true, would definitely look like hoor ke pehloo may langoor.

    On the subject of jannat, when my son was 3 1/2 years old i asked him a very stupid question and he gave a befitting reply and my wife said, “Good, when you ask such questions from your kids, you deserve this kinda reply.”

    My question was, beta what will you do if i die? He said, Abba I will pray to Allah to keep you happy, i mean wherever you may be in, Jannat or in Jahanum.` 😀

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 15, 2011 - 4:53 PM

    The latest news on Afridi is, he had no choice but to accept whatever was offered to him. Reportedly, Zardari called all of them in Islamabad and asked them to settle it amicably. There was immense pressure from all the politicians on Afridi and Butt both to settle it outside the court and stop further humiliation.

  28. #28 by Konquest on June 15, 2011 - 10:22 PM

    What they said about Afridi:

    These small issues should be dealt with internally by the Board along with the players. We are all Pakistanis so why is there a need to disgrace the nation? : Shoaib Malik

    It is good that this issue has been resolved, the focus should only be about playing good cricket: Kamran Akmal

    The Board did the right thing by dealing with this internally and resolving the dispute. But I feel that if a player compromises on discipline he should be dealt with strictly so that an example is made for the other cricketers who intend to breach discipline: Mushtaq Ahmed

  29. #29 by Mohammed Munir on June 16, 2011 - 11:01 AM

    Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Mushtaq Ahmed … Look at who the fcuk are talking ❓

  30. #30 by Mohammed Munir on June 16, 2011 - 11:03 AM

    A BEAUTIFUL LETTER WRITTEN BY A FATHER TO HIS SON ON LIFE’S LESSONS:
    (This also applies to daughters ….. use this in your teachings to your children)

    (Following is a letter written by a concerned Father who is a renowned Hong Kong TV broadcaster and a Child Psychologist to his beloved Son. The words are actually applicable to all of us, young or old, children or parents. Please read and apply, wherever possible).

    Dear Son/ (Child),

    I am writing this short letter to you because of three basic reasons:

     Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable; nobody knows how long he lives. Some words are better said early.

     I am your father, and if I don’t tell you these, no one else will.

     What is written is my own personal bitter experiences that perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches.

    Remember the following as you go through life:

    1- Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and I. To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and also you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every move. When a person is good to you, it doesn’t mean he really likes you. You have to be careful, don’t hastily regard him as a real friend, unless tested.

    2- No one is indispensable, nothing in the world that you must possess. Once you understand this idea, it would be easier for you to go through life when people around you don’t want you anymore, or when you lose what/ who you love most.

    3- Life is short. When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy life.

    4- Love is but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with time and with one’s mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness. Don’t over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don’t over exaggerate the sadness of falling out of love.

    5- Be of use to your country, not because it shall repay to you in return, but because it had already been beneficial to you in the first place.

    6- A lot of successful people did not receive a good education but this does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life. One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

    7- I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old, neither would I financially support your whole life. My responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether you want to travel in a public transport or in your own limousine, whether rich or poor.

    8- You honour your words, but don’t expect others to be so. You can be good to people, but don’t expect people to be good to you in return. If you don’t understand this, you would end up with unnecessary troubles.

    9- Try to help the needy and underprivileged as much as you can, but without carrying any expectations from them.

    10- I have bought lotteries tickets for umpteen years, but I never strike any prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There is no free lunch!

    11- No matter how much time I have with you, let’s treasure the time we have together. We do not know how much time are we left with or if we would ever meet again after this life.

    Your Sincere Dad,

  31. #31 by Pawan on June 16, 2011 - 12:42 PM

    That is a very nice letter Munir..

    Especially the last sentence.

  32. #32 by Pawan on June 16, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    By the way, why is Shoaib Malik out of the team?

    He is acting as if he has already retired from cricket.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 16, 2011 - 1:50 PM

    Pawan

    If there is one thing against Shoaib Malik then, one can write about it but, there are several issues. To sum it up:

    1. Since the time he was made captain, we have been writing against him on cricinfo that it is a bad choice, it took years for selectors and team management to realize this. He is one of the most selfish players in Pakistan also very negative like Misbah.
    2. If he wasn’t able to succeed, he used to play negative tactics to make the team lose.
    3. He created grouping, divisions and fractions and we used to call him a MEESNA and that is the most apt word to describe his character (in the game and in his personal life too, remember that Ayesha case and then Sania’s affair?)
    4. During Dubai tour, Abdul Qadir the chief selector said, “i want to return this guy to Pakistan)
    5. In his tour report after Aus/NZ tour, the team manager intekhab alam wrote, HE WAS LIKE A TERMITE, HE USED TO EAT YOUR BRAIN IF HE IS NOT IN THE PLAYING XI,
    6. When he was playing domestic cricket for Sialkot, he deliberately threw away the match and openly admitted on TV and he was punished for two ODI suspensions that is all.
    7. Reportedly in his bank account he has received huge sums of money and the PCB asked him to explain the source, he has so far not given any details and remains suspended.
    8. Currently he is SANIA’s BALL BOY.

    KONQUEST

    This is the same Shoaib Malik, jis kay liyeh Afridi said, I WANT HIM AND AKMAL IN MY TEAM . Read the news below, it was only in December 2010 and he was still not selected by the PCB

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/03/afridi-wants-akmal-malik-in-team.html

    ABOUT MUSHTAQ AHMAD’S comments

    SOUP BOLAY BOLAY CHUNNI KYA BOLAY?

    Mushtaq moulvi is one of the banned players according to Juistice Qayyum report and yet he was awarded the job of a bowling coach for Pakistan.
    SO WHERE IS THAT EXAMPLE? Reportedly, Mushtaq along with Wasim, Waqar and one more player were arrested by the police in the Caribbean (when they were touring officially) for SMOKING POT AND MARIJUANA on the beach and were kept in Jail for 2 days.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 16, 2011 - 1:55 PM

    I accept my mistake but will not apologise: Afridi

    LA’HORE: Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi refused to apologise to authorities Thursday after appearing before a disciplinary committee to face charges of misbehaviour.

    The 31-year-old announced his retirement from international cricket after being dumped as one-day captain and then criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), refusing to play under its current management.

    The PCB said Afridi violated the players’ code of conduct, suspended his central contract and revoked permission for him to play abroad, preventing him from joining Hampshire in the ongoing Twenty20 league in England.

    It summoned Afridi to appear before a three-man disciplinary committee in Lahore, where he said he had been forced into making a mistake.

    “I accept my mistake but will not apologise. The committee has summoned me later Thursday and after their verdict I will speak to the media again,” he told reporters after the meeting.

    The three-man committee is made up of former Test opener Shafiq Ahmed, Sultan Rana and Usman Wahla, and is expected to submit a report to the PCB.

    Afridi’s lawyer Mehmood Mandviwala has said he hopes the all-rounder will get back his permission to play abroad, which would allow him to play in next month’s Sri Lankan Premier League.

    The stand-off began last month after Afridi publicly criticised coach Waqar Younis for meddling in team selection during a one-day series against the West Indies, which Pakistan won 3-2.

  35. #35 by Pawan on June 16, 2011 - 2:26 PM

    So is Mal-lick now just a house-husband?

    Must be thanking his stars he married Sania Mirza, warna ghar kaisey chalta?

  36. #36 by Pawan on June 16, 2011 - 2:29 PM

    If Mushtaq Ahmad is a banned cricketer along with Waqar then why are they still allowed to coach teams? Mushi is Eng bowling coach – wonder what gyan he gives Swann. While Waqar is destroying Pak team’s spirit and indulging in politics. Even during playing days Waqar and Wasim weren’t best of the buddies. I wonder if Waqar has this ego problem.

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 16, 2011 - 3:29 PM

    Pawan

    Like our fellow blogger Varun said, “oh, accha tou moulvi mushy bhee chilam kay pujari thay?”
    Imagine after this Waqar and Mushy went for Hajj and both have grown beard after eating 900 choohay!

    At least Afridi is not a druggy, match fixer, spot fixer or a gambler, he bit the ball and said, EVERYONE DOES…………. Manoj Prabhakar was caught biting the ball and pulling the leather out with his teeth and that video was on youtube for years and years and they removed it 3 days after Afridi’s incident.

    Although Afridi has lost respect in my eyes after compromising with Butt, but a lot of reliable sources say that he has no choice as Zardari called them to Isb. and ordered them to settle amicably so, according to people BUTT is the loser. IMO Afridi should have not compromised and the people would have supported him more.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 16, 2011 - 9:45 PM

    Pawan

    U see there are a lot of things about Pakistani cricketers and the PCB management that you are not aware of and we are giving you that info.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 16, 2011 - 9:49 PM

    Munir

    The best time to be here in Montreal is between June 30 and July 10 because, July 01, is Canada Day and July 4th is US republic day so there are a few hundred thousand people from across the border, Also, it is JAZZ FESTIVAL on the streets for FREE, plus good weather and MANGO SEASON. PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR, get in touch with me via email

  40. #40 by Konquest on June 17, 2011 - 10:29 PM

    Disciplinary process against Afridi initiated as per rule: COO

    LAHORE: The disciplinary process initiated against former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is not matter of victory or defeat for the PCB, stated its COO Subhan Ahmed.

    “All the disciplinary steps against him were part of the board’s clearly laid down disciplinary process,” COO Ahmed said in an interview.

  41. #41 by Konquest on June 17, 2011 - 10:31 PM

    When Misbah said that the team is moving in the right direction, which team was he referring to? England? India? SAF?

    Because Pakistan is only moving in the wrong direction with promotion of players like Misbah. There are rumours Malik and K Akmal might be back in the team soon.

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on June 18, 2011 - 4:21 PM

    Konquest

    In reply to your above comment, I asked the same question here a few days go and I have asked the same question. I asked, by appointing a 37 year old budda with negative attitude and performance? As long as Butt is there, he will bring back Malik and Akmal.

  43. #43 by Konquest on June 19, 2011 - 9:45 PM

    Afridi apologised after threat for harsher punishment

    Lahore: Sacked Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was on Thursday forced to plead guilty of breaching PCB Code of Conduct after he was threatened to hand harsher punishment and withhold no-objection certificate to play abroad, according to sources.

    Reliable sources told PTI that Afridi was given an ultimatum by the Cricket Board and its disciplinary committee that he should admit he had breached the code of conduct or face harsh punishment.

    The sources said that Afridi refused to plead guilty twice in the day but finally relented to the threat, resulting to the 4.5 million rupees fine and the grant of NOC to play for Hampshire in English Twenty20 tournament.

    “It was not smooth at all. In fact, Afridi appeared before the disciplinary committee thrice before he agreed to admit his guilt and mistakes in breaching the code of conduct,” one source said.

    He said at the first hearing in the afternoon, Afridi was aggressive with the committee members and made it clear he would neither apologise nor admit his guilt as he had not done anything wrong.

    “The first hearing ended in a stalemate in 15 minutes time. Afridi was than called in again after an hour and told he would have to apologise or admit his guilt as part of his deal to seek a NOC from the Board and close the case.

    “He again refused pointing out that if he apologise or regret his actions he would lose face in the eyes of the public,” the source disclosed.

    The source said that it was after the second hearing that the Board’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, who was assisting the disciplinary committee, clearly told the all-rounder that he would have to apologise or admit his guilt if he does not want a harsher punishment.

    “Afridi was told in clear terms that the process could not move forward unless he apologised or admitted to breaching the code of conduct and if he couldn’t do this he should go home,” the source said.

    “Afridi was told the Board would follow whatever process was applicable and he would not get any NOC to play abroad,” the source added.

    The source said it was after this warning that Afridi returned before the disciplinary committee and admitted he was guilty of breaching the code of conduct and also regretted his actions.

    “It was after this that the committee decided to take the mitigating circumstances into consideration and just fine him half of the maximum fine possible for his offence,” the source said.

    The source also revealed that Afridi had been told clearly he would have to apply again for a NOC if he wants to play in the Sri Lankan Premier League next month.

    “The disciplinary committee also did not discuss his retirement or future plans for Pakistan,” the source added.

    He said Afridi, during the hearing, had told the committee members that the Board had removed him as captain without listening to his grievances and acting on the reports of the team manager and coach, which was “grossly unfair”.

    “Afridi also said that being a senior player the board should have discussed the captaincy issue with him before removing him. He also insisted that coach Waqar Younis was causing a lot of problems in the team,” said the source.

  44. #44 by Konquest on June 19, 2011 - 10:45 PM

    new thread

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