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Match fixing: shameful and unacceptable

The News of the World exposes cricket match-fixing scandal

Raza Rumi

The match-fixing allegations are not new for Pakistani cricketers. In the past, such allegations have been proved within the country. The recent scandal with circumstantial evidence broke out by a British tabloid is simply mind-boggling and shameful. We hope that a fair inquiry will remove the mist from the narrative presented by the media. But a thorough inquiry must take place and all the recommendations should be implemented.

Even if there is a grain of truth in the allegations against 7 members of the the team including Mohammad Amir whose bowling was ironically praised in the ongoing test match, it is a matter of serious concern and brings shame to all Pakistanis.

That such an incident happens at the world stage when Pakistan is struggling to recover from a major natural disaster and seeking international assistance has ramifications for the country and its people.

What is wrong with us? Is it that bad? The absence of rule of law and flouting of ethical standards in every sphere seems to be our fate?

Perhaps, another conspiracy – as I just heard a few people on the television. No. We must admit that we are sliding down and we need to face our grim realities and do something about it.

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First of all, thanks to Allah

another skewed perspective by kinkminos
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So Pakistan finally defeated Australia in a test match. “Hallelujah,” if you’re an ethnophobic Anglophiliac like myself. “Shukr alhamdolillah,” if your thot processes have more of an Urdu-medium bent.

The attendant frailties exposed during the match are immaterial to the majority of cricket-mad Pakistanis. The lack of commitment and self-belief; the absence of any sort of plan or an attacking approach; the insha’allah masha’allah subhanallah state of mind… kiss the ground as we bow to the heavens in gratitude to the only force we accept as relevant in any clash, confrontation, encounter or conflict.

So what? We’re Packies. We play (and follow) cricket the way we live our lives; with an unshakeable belief in the almighty and his Continue reading

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Pakistan’s first winter olympics skier….

Posted by Raza Rumi

Pakistan’s Muhammad Abbas, left, arrives for a free skiing session at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. Abbas, Pakistan’s first Winter Olympian, started skiing by strapping two planks of pine wood to his shoes with thick rubber bands. He honed his skill through observation, studying other skiers on a tiny slope near his home. Look at Abbas now. He’ll have real ski boots and real skis as he heads down the same slope as Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Aksel Lund Svindal in the giant slalom race Tuesday at the Vancouver Games. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Read article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/23/AR2010022301045.html
Pakistan's Muhammad Abbas skis to the finish area during a free skiing session at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. Abbas, Pakistan's first Winter Olympian started skiing by strapping two planks of pine wood to his shoes with thick rubber bands. He honed his skill through observation, studying other skiers on a tiny slope near his home. Look at Abbas now. He'll have real ski boots and real skis as he heads down the same slope as Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Aksel Lund Svindal in the giant slalom race Tuesday at the Vancouver Games. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Pakistan’s Muhammad Abbas skis to the finish area

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Female squash player from Waziristan defies the odds

By Taimur Sikander

 Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Sports Pir Aftab Shah Jillani presenting Maria Toor with a cash award as her family looks on during a ceremony to reward top players on the national circuit in Islamabad. -Photo by APP

KARACHI: Top Pakistani squash players Aamir Atlas Khan and Maria Toor have been nominated for Professional Squash Association Young Player of the Year and Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) Young Player of the Year, respectively, by the World Squash Federation.

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“We Refuse to Be Held to Ransom By Terrorism”

Cross-post: Beena Sarwar interviews VEENA MASUD, Pakistan Women’s Swimming Association

KARACHI, Oct 29 (IPS) – Karachi-based, Trinidad-born and educated Veena Masud is a school principal who wants to see Pakistani women shine in the international sports arena.

Honorary Secretary of the Pakistan Women’s Swimming Association, president of the Sindh Women’s Swimming Association, and executive committee member of the Pakistan Olympic Association, she has cheered Pakistani swimmers as they returned to the Olympics after 40 years. Continue reading

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Sri Lankan team attack” to “destabilize Pakistan”

Contributors to the PakTeaHouse have reported that the Pakistan People’s Party government has found what it feels is compelling evidence of  a convergence of Al-Qaeda and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (“RAW”) to carry out the Lahore travesty.   While not ruling out the Tamil Tiger connection, the government has rounded up over 100 people all over Pakistan, especially in cities of Hyderabad, Rahim Yar Khan and Quetta.  The suspects said to be involved in this violence are identified as an Afghan citizen named Abdul Rahman,   an unidentified Uzbek citizen,  one “Aslam” arrested from Hyderabad, Sindh who is said to be a RAW  agent.   Continue reading

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Death to Infielders, Round 3

i once went to see a fight,
welterweight i’m sure, in New York City.
Madison Square Garden, no less.
MSG! The majic aji no-moto?
duhhh… YES-moto!
No ringside seat. Nowhere near, in fact.
In fact, from where i sat i could just about
make out the shapes of two figures
bobbing up and down above the heads of
two lovebirds making out in the seats
in front of me. There’s no telling
what will turn a couple on. Continue reading

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