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Fakhar Zaman’s whirlwind 66 sets up Qalandars victory

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Haider Ali’s enterprising 49 and Kamran Akmal’s attacking 41 not enough as Zalmi fall short in 200 chase

Lahore Qalandars 199 for 4 (Fakhar 66, Shafique 41, Irshad 2-47) beat Peshawar Zalmi 170 for 9 (Haider 49, Akmal 41, Zaman 3-32) by 29 runsHaider Ali’s enterprising 49 and Kamran Akmal’s attacking 41 weren’t enough for Peshawar Zalmi, as a whirlwind knock of 66 by Fakhar Zaman helped Lahore Qalandars to a 20-run win.

After Shaheen Afridi bowled Hazratullah Zazai off the third ball of the 200 chase with no run on the board, Akmal and Hussain Talat added 62 as Akmal went for the boundaries while Talat struggled to get going. But Zaman Khan got them both off back-to-back balls in the ninth over, first having Talat caught at deep midwicket before getting Akmal to chop on to his stumps.Akmal’s 41 came off 24 deliveries, including 4, 4 and 6 off successive balls in the fifth over against Rashid Khan, while Talat couldn’t make the most of three drops to limp to 15 from 24 deliveries.

But after Akmal fell, Haider ensured Zalmi didn’t lose the momentum, getting off to a rapid start after himself being dropped. With Mailk also gone and the required run rate up to nearly 15 with seven overs remaining, Rutherford also targeted Rashid, cracking 6, 4 and 4 off consecutive deliveries. However, Zaman Khan dismissed Rutherford for 21 from 11 balls, and despite Haider’s effort, Zalmi were left with too much to do in the end, as David Wiese nearly had a hat-trick for Qalandars with DRS reversing the umpire’s initial out verdict.

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And with the bat, Qalandars were set up by an aggressive 94-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique. Initially, Fakhar Zaman was the one who went after the bowlers, scoring 26 off his first 13 balls after four overs. Shafique then upped the tempo, slamming Arish Ali for 6 and 4 off the first two balls of the next over.

At least one boundary was hit every over until Usman Qadir got Shafique for 41 off the last ball of the ninth to break the partnership.But Fakhar Zaman pumped Qadir for two more boundaries – the ball drooping off Haider’s fingers at deep square leg facilitated the six – before Talat got him for 66 in the 13th over. That is when Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Ghulam and Rashid combined to provide the finishing touches to Qalandars’ innings, as they crashed 82 off the final seven overs, with Rashid hitting three sixes in an unbeaten eight-ball 22.

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The Impact of Iran’s Inclusion in CPEC: A Strategic Analysis

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In recent years, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has emerged as a transformative project, reshaping the economic landscape of the region. With its focus on infrastructure development, energy projects, and economic cooperation, CPEC has garnered significant attention globally. However, the potential inclusion of Iran in this ambitious initiative has sparked new discussions and raised intriguing possibilities for regional connectivity and economic growth. This article delves into the implications of Iran’s participation in CPEC, exploring the strategic implications and potential benefits of this collaboration.

Understanding CPEC: A Brief Overview

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at enhancing connectivity and promoting economic development in the region. Launched in 2015, CPEC encompasses a network of infrastructure projects, including roads, railways, ports, and energy facilities, with a total investment exceeding $60 billion. The corridor connects China’s western region to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, providing China with a strategic gateway to the Arabian Sea and beyond.

The Significance of Iran’s Inclusion in CPEC

Strengthening Regional Connectivity

Iran’s inclusion in CPEC would significantly enhance regional connectivity, creating a corridor that spans from China to Iran and onwards to the Middle East and Europe. This expanded network would not only facilitate trade and transportation but also promote economic integration and cooperation among the participating countries.

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Energy Cooperation and Resource Sharing

Iran, endowed with vast energy resources, could play a crucial role in meeting the energy demands of the region. By integrating Iran’s energy sector into CPEC, the project could benefit from Iran’s oil and gas reserves, ensuring a stable and diversified energy supply for the corridor and its member countries.

Economic Diversification and Trade Expansion

The inclusion of Iran in CPEC would open up new markets and opportunities for trade and investment. Iran’s strategic location at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East makes it a pivotal player in regional trade, offering access to a diverse range of markets and resources.

Strategic Implications and Geopolitical Considerations

Balancing Regional Dynamics

Iran’s participation in CPEC could potentially reshape the geopolitical landscape of the region, creating a new axis of cooperation and influence. By forging closer ties with Iran, China and Pakistan could counterbalance the influence of other regional powers, fostering a more multipolar and stable environment.

Addressing Security Concerns

The inclusion of Iran in CPEC raises security concerns, given the volatile nature of the region. Ensuring the safety and stability of the corridor would require enhanced cooperation and coordination among the participating countries, as well as robust security measures to safeguard the infrastructure and investments.

Conclusion: Embracing a New Era of Cooperation

In conclusion, the potential inclusion of Iran in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) represents a significant opportunity to enhance regional connectivity, promote economic growth, and foster greater cooperation among the participating countries. By leveraging Iran’s resources and strategic location, CPEC could evolve into a comprehensive network that spans across Asia, linking diverse economies and cultures. As the project moves forward, it is essential for all stakeholders to work together to address challenges, seize opportunities, and realize the full potential of this transformative initiative.

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As the world witnesses the evolution of CPEC and the potential integration of Iran, the future holds promise for a new era of cooperation and development in the region. By embracing this opportunity and harnessing the collective strengths of all participating nations, CPEC could emerge as a model for sustainable growth and prosperity, shaping the destiny of the region for generations to come.

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Kashmir and the Administration of Justice-III

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Professor Zafar Khan, Head of the Diplomatic Department of JKLF and a well-known leader of Kashmiri global diaspora has said, “Kashmiris are denied their collective and individual rights by India. The political, judicial and security establishment in India has orchestrated an environment of fear and impunity across Jammu Kashmir

With thousands of civilian deaths and politically motivated trials of Kashmiri leaders, India shows scant respect for domestic and international law. Yasin Malik’s trial to convert his deeply flawed life sentence to death is a glaring example of this impunity. It has to be said that recourse to justice for Kashmiris after annexation of disputed Jammu Kashmir, is no longer a basic right for them.”


Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2023 (India) writes, “Allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings persisted, with the National Human Rights Commission registering 147 deaths in police custody, 1,882 deaths in judicial custody, and 119 alleged extrajudicial killings in the first nine months in 2022.
Amnesty International says, “Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees in police custody remain widespread.” According to Amnesty International, these broadly defined powers facilitate the shooting of the suspects in custody. Amnesty International calls PSA as ‘Lawless Law.’

Many members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, International Commission of Jurists, and other international NGOs have expressed concern that these provisions contravene the right to life provided in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Dr. Farhan Mujahid Chak, a Canadian-Kashmiri scholar and widely respected expert on the subject of Kashmir has said, ‘The justice system in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir is as artificial as its current governance structure. No bearing with the reality on the ground and as illegitimate as any settler-colonial power would be anywhere in the world.’ The laws weaponized in the disputed territory are not meant to protect the powerless against the powerful or establish justice.  They operate to perpetuate the illegal stranglehold India has over society.

The 43- page report on the ‘Situation in Kashmir’ by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) issued on June 14, 2018, noted that, “Special laws in force in the state, such as the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 (AFSPA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (PSA) , have created structures that obstruct the normal course of law, impede accountability and jeopardize the right to remedy for victims of human rights violations.  AFSPA grants broad powers to the security forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir and effectively bestows immunity from prosecution in civilian courts for their conduct by requiring the central government to sanction all prospective prosecutions against such personnel before being launched.”

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An incarcerated but eminent and internationally known human rights activist, Khurram Parvez echoes those sentiments in 549-page report on, ’Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir’ on page 104, “In the context of unprecedented militarization in the state of Jammu and Kashmir post 1989, the army is omnipresent in all the villages and towns of the Kashmir Valley. Following the Doctrine of Sub-Conventional warfare (breaking the will of the people), the armed forces have perpetrated inter alia massive torture in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, they are equipped with legal, political, and moral impunity. Despite possessing some powers, the judiciary is avoiding confronting the executive, resulting in an overall state of judicial impunity.”

United States, Department of State Country Report 2022 states that “The Public Safety Act (PSA), which applies only in Jammu and Kashmir, permits authorities to detain persons without charge or judicial review for up to two years without visitation from family members.  In April, the press reported that more than 500 persons remained in detention under the PSA in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The country report further adds, “There were reports that police beatings of prisoners resulted in custodial deaths (see section 1.a.).  There were reports of abuse in prisons by guards and inmates, as well as reports of rape of detainees by police. According to human rights NGOs, police used torture, other mistreatment, and arbitrary detention to obtain forced or false confessions.  In some cases, police reportedly held suspects without registering their arrests and denied detainees sufficient food and water.”

Advocate Jalil Andrabi has said that “the laws conferring unrestricted and arbitrary powers on the armed forces continue to remain in operation in Jammu & Kashmir, with full impunity to the perpetrators or crimes against the humanity and violations of fundamental human rights, threatening the very existence of the people of Kashmir. Indictments and appeals from the United Nations Rapporteurs on Torture; Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution; freedom of opinion and expression; the situation of human rights defenders; Independence of judges and lawyers; Freedom of religion and belief; Violence against women; International Commission of Jurists; Amnesty International; Human Rights Watch have failed to make India withdraw these laws.”

The arbitrary powers conferred upon the armed forces with virtual impunity from any legal action are a part of deliberate Indian State policy wherein, arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, extra-judicial killing, and killings of civilians and unarmed and peaceful demonstrators have been used as a weapon of war. The motive behind these crimes against humanity is to force the Kashmiri people to abandon their struggle for fundamental human rights of self-determination.

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The problems associated with attempting to curtail human rights abuses in Kashmir are further complicated by India’s steadfast refusal to allow non-governmental organizations, the United Nations Thematic Special Rapporteurs, Amnesty International and other NGO’s to investigate allegations in Kashmir.

UNHCHR has recommended to the Government of India in its report on page # 48 that “In line with its standing invitation to the Special Procedures, accept the invitation requests of the almost 20 mandates that have made such requests; in particular, accept the request of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and facilitate its visit to India, including to Jammu and Kashmir.” It has also recommended to the UN Human rights Council to, “Consider the findings of this report, including the possible establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.”

In reality, as Advocate Jalil Andrabi has said the people of Kashmir are prisoners – prisoners of their conscience. They have been deprived of their non-derogable human rights including their right to life and liberty, and access to justice only because they are demanding to exercise their fundamental inalienable and non-derogable right to self-determination. To restore the basic human rights of the detainee, India must be compelled to concede the right of the people to exercise their self-determination and stop its crimes against humanity in Kashmir.

With these words I have shown the merest tip of the iceberg of the pandemic violations of human rights with which the people of Kashmir must live on a day-to-day basis. Such events are not rare and occasional, but most decidedly part of a systematic policy of repression, victimization, suppression, and colonization. By extension, one has to ask what extremely deleterious effects this activity must have on the psychological health of even the occupying forces, and the families and neighbours of all those affected by such violence.

By our shared humanity, we are obliged not to sit idly by, but to act swiftly and surely to repair the disastrous human chaos that daily threatens human life and the human dignity of the people of Kashmir. The question arises: what should be the point of departure for determining a just and lasting basis? The answer is (a) the Charter of the United Nations and (b) the international agreements between India and Pakistan

(……Concluded….)

Dr. Fai is the Chairman, ‘World Forum for Peace & Justice’.He can be reached at: [email protected] www.kashmirawareness.org

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Spinners Inspire Consolation Win as New Zealand Fold for 92: Pakistan’s Victory in the Fifth and Final Twenty20 International

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Pakistan’s spinners orchestrated a consolation 42-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final Twenty20 international on Sunday, preventing a series clean sweep. Despite losing the series 4-1, the tourists finished on a positive note by defending their total of 134 for 8, as the Black Caps crumbled for a meagre 92.

Introduction

The match was held at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, on January 21, 2024. The Pakistani team won the toss and elected to bat first. The team scored 134 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. In response, the New Zealand team could only manage 92 runs in 17.2 overs, losing all their wickets. The top scorer for Pakistan was Fakhar Zaman with 33 runs. The top scorer for New Zealand was Glenn Phillips with 26 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed was declared the player of the match for his impressive bowling figures of 3/24 and 2 catches.

Pakistan’s victory was largely due to the excellent performance of their spinners. Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar Ahmed picked up two wickets each, while Zaman Khan and Usama Mir picked up one wicket each. The New Zealand team struggled against the spin attack, losing six wickets for just 19 runs. The Pakistani team’s fielding was also top-notch, with Ahmed taking two catches and Zaman taking one.

This victory was a much-needed boost for the Pakistani team, who had lost the previous four matches in the series. The team will be hoping to carry this momentum into their upcoming matches.

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Pakistan’s spinners inspired a consolation win over New Zealand in the fifth and final Twenty20 international on Sunday, preventing a series clean sweep. Despite losing the series 4-1, the tourists finished on a positive note by defending their total of 134 for 8, as the Black Caps crumbled for a meagre 92.

How Pakistan’s Spinners Orchestrated a Consolation Victory

Pakistan’s victory was largely due to the excellent performance of their spinners. Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar Ahmed picked up two wickets each, while Zaman Khan and Usama Mir picked up one wicket each. The New Zealand team struggled against the spin attack, losing six wickets for just 19 runs. The Pakistani team’s fielding was also top-notch, with Ahmed taking two catches and Zaman taking one.

The Match Details

The match was held at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, on January 21, 2024. The Pakistani team won the toss and elected to bat first. The team scored 134 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. In response, the New Zealand team could only manage 92 runs in 17.2 overs, losing all their wickets. The top scorer for Pakistan was Fakhar Zaman with 33 runs. The top scorer for New Zealand was Glenn Phillips with 26 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed was declared the player of the match for his impressive bowling figures of 3/24 and 2 catches.

The Importance of the Victory

This victory was a much-needed boost for the Pakistani team, who had lost the previous four matches in the series. The team will be hoping to carry this momentum into their upcoming matches.

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Conclusion

Pakistan’s spinners orchestrated a consolation 42-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final Twenty20 international on Sunday, preventing a series clean sweep. Despite losing the series 4-1, the tourists finished on a positive note by defending their total of 134 for 8, as the Black Caps crumbled for a meagre 92. This victory was a much-needed boost for the Pakistani team, who had lost the previous four matches in the series. The team will be hoping to carry this momentum into their upcoming matches.

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