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Just as Pandavas could not choose their relatives, India can’t choose its neighbours: Jaishankar on Pakistan | India News – Times of India

PUNE: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said that just as the Pandavas could not choose their relatives, India cannot choose its geographical neighbours."It is a reality to us....Pandavas could not choose relatives, we can't choose our neighbours. Naturally, we hope good sense prevails" said EAM Jaishankar when asked if "a neighbour and rogue nation (Pakistan), who happens to be nuclear power, will be an asset or a liability."Jaishankar was in Pune for the release of his English book "The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World," which has been translated into Marathi as 'Bharat Marg'.The Marathi version of Jaishankar's book was released by Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.When asked about the economic situation in Pakistan, Jaishankar said t...
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Indus Waters Treaty: Pakistan Creating Hurdles In Power Projects, Says Union Minister Jitendra

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday alleged Pakistan has been creating unwanted hurdles in the power projects Kishanganga (330 megawatts) and Ratle (850 megawatts) as India is not stopping the flow of water but only using it for the power projects, news agency ANI reported. Both projects will be built in Jammu and Kashmir. The minister made the comment after Pakistan was given notice that the Indus Waters Treaty needed to be modified since Islamabad's actions had negatively impacted its provisions. While talking to the media, he said, "The India-Pakistan Indus Waters Treaty was finalized in the year 1960 and as a result of that treaty, there was an understanding between the two countries India and Pakistan. There would be sharing three of the rivers each. Whereas...
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Pakistan raking up Indus Waters Treaty violation without any reason: Union minister Jitendra Singh | India News – Times of India

KATHUA/JAMMU: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said Pakistan is habitual of making unnecessary noises alleging violations of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), even though there has been none and India has always stood by its end of the pact.The statement of the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office comes on the heels of India issuing a notice to Pakistan seeking a review and modification of the IWT in view of Islamabad's "intransigence" in complying with the dispute redressal mechanism of the pact that was inked over six decades ago for sharing of waters of cross-border rivers.The step comes around 10 months after the World Bank announced appointing a neutral expert and a chair of the Court of Arbitration under two separate processes to resolve the differences over the ...
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Pakistan’s foreign loan inflows slow down: Report – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan received only $5.6 billion in foreign loans during the first half of current fiscal year, equal to about one-fourth of the annual budget estimate, due to the cash-starved country's failure to take timely decisions about reviving the IMF loan programme, according to media report on Saturday.Data compiled by the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed that foreign loan disbursements from July to December 2022 stood at a mere $5.6 billion, the Express Tribune newspaper reported, adding that the disbursements were not enough to finance the maturing foreign debt, making a severe dent in the foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank.The key reason for the low disbursements was the government's failure to ensure the timely completion of the ninth review of the IMF prog...
Sports

WATCH: Sarfaraz Ahmed sings Bollywood special at Shan Masood’s wedding

Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been known as the ultimate team player in the Pakistan cricket circuit. A leader, who goes out of his way to make the players under him comfortable. So it wasn’t out of the blue that the 35-year-old sang a Bollywood song at the wedding ceremony of Shan Masood. In a recent video that has been doing rounds on social media, the 2017 Champions Trophy winning captain is singing the Akshay Kumar-Abhishek Bachchan starring wedding song, ‘Mubarak ho tumko ye shaadi tumhari’ for Masood. An act that invited cheers and applause from those present. In case you missed it – here is Sarfaraz Ahmed showing his brilliant singing skills pic.twitter.com/lz60SxsYxe — Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) January 26, 2023 Later last year, Sarfaraz marked his comeback into ...
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Will the ban on Pakistani artists be lifted? This is what information and Broadcasting had to say at SCO film festival opening in Mumbai. – Times of India

The Shanghai Corporation Organisation Film Festival kick-started in Mumbai today. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur spoke about several topics. He said that Pakistan along with other nations was invited to the film festival but has refrained from participating in it. He said, ``See whenever there is a multinational tournament has happened we have included All those countries that are a part of the world. It's their decision to attend or avoid. We have sent the invitation to all the members of SCO. If I talk about the members it's a long list. See we have sent the invitations from our side we have opened the gates for everyone.''But with the government inviting Pakistan for the film festival does it mean that the ban on Pakistani artists be lifted to which the minister ...
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As Pakistan refuses to play ball, India seeks modification of Indus Waters Treaty | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Citing Pakistani "intransigence" and unilateral actions related to the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), India has sent a notice to Islamabad for its modification. Despite the World Bank asking India and Pakistan to find a mutually agreeable way, instead of seeking separate processes, to address Pakistan's objections to Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad's refusal to discuss the issue with India led to the government's notice.The World Bank, which is also a signatory to IWT, in October last year appointed not just a neutral expert to examine the issue but also, at Pakistan's insistence, a Court of Arbitration chairman, despite acknowledging India's concern that carrying out the two processes concurrently posed practical and legal challe...
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IMF delegation to visit Pakistan next week for talks on 9th review: Official – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: An international Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will visit Pakistan next week to discuss the ninth review of the USD 7 billion Extended Fund Facility, Dawn reported citing the official.According to the statement released by the IMF, the international fund organization Resident Representative for Pakistan Esther Perez Ruiz said: "At the request of the authorities, an in-person Fund mission is scheduled to visit Islamabad [from] January 31 - February 9 to continue the discussions under the ninth EFF review."The Pakistani rupee has dived to a historic low against the United States dollar after an exchange cap was lifted as the cash-strapped country seeks the help from IMF. Earlier, Pakistan entered a USD 6 billion programme in 2019 but later on, it increased to USD 7 billion.If ...
Sports

ICC withdraws demerit point to Rawalpindi stadium | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: The ICC has withdrawn its demerit point awarded to the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium for producing a below-par pitch during the Test match between Pakistan and England Test in December last year.Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said they had written a strong letter to the ICC challenging their decision to award the demerit point to the Pindi stadium."We wrote a long and strong letter to the ICC as soon as I became chairman, outlining the records of other venues and challenging on what grounds Pindi stadium should be given a demerit point when we even had a result in the said match," Sethi told the media in Lahore."I am glad to announce the ICC have accepted our point of view and withdrawn the demerit point."England won the first Test against Pakistan played at P...
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Haroon Rasheed appointed chief selector of Pakistan cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan's former batter Haroon Rasheed has been appointed as the chief selector of the national selection committee.Najam Sethi, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), told reporters in Lahore on Monday that Haroon will be heading the new selection committee but the remaining members would be decided later.Haroon, 69, was also named on the 14-member cricket management committee to run the PCB, on December 22, by the patron-in-chief of the board, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif."Haroon has now resigned from the management committee as we don't want a conflict of interest as he is now chief selector," Sethi said.Haroon who played 23 Tests and 12 ODIs for Pakistan had retired as Director of the High Performance Centre of the PCB last year.He has held many other positions...
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In 6 points: The wobble seam delivery that Mohammed Siraj has mastered | Cricket News – Times of India

(With inputs from Prasanth Menon)NEW DELHI: Mohammed Siraj has been making headlines of late for his very disciplined and very accurate bowling style that is helping him reap rich dividends. In the recently concluded ODI series vs Sri Lanka, Siraj was the highest wicket-taker overall with 9 wickets in 3 games. Four of those wickets were taken in the third and final ODI itself, in which he registered his career best ODI figures of 4/32.After the game Siraj spoke about how bowling the wobble seam delivery has really helped him, saying - "It is always difficult for batters in all formats if you bowl the right line. I started bowling with wobble seam in the nets to develop the in-swinger. The wobble seam keeps the batters guessing where the ball will go."So what really is the wobble seam de...
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Mohammed Siraj’s stock soars with wobble-seam delivery | Cricket News – Times of India

Pacer makes strong impact in white-ball cricket in Bumrah's absenceTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Not often do you see a fielding captain deploying four slips and a leg slip in white-ball cricket, especially in Indian conditions. And that too on a pitch where the team batting first has scored close to 400 runs.But on Sunday evening at the Greenfield stadium here in Thiruvananthapuram, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma decided to place such an attacking field in the final ODI of the three-match series because Mohammed Siraj was causing havoc among the Sri Lankan batsmen.Siraj, who looks to be in fine rhythm while running in and was the most impressive bowler in the first two ODIs against the Lankans, had reserved his best for last. In an inspired opening spell, he plotted the downfall of the visitors by ...
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India vs New Zealand: Kiwis have a hit under lights in quest of Holy Grail | Cricket News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: After taking a day's rest on Sunday, the New Zealand team, which is in India for three ODIs and an equal number of T20I games, underwent an intense training session ahead of the first ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday.The Kiwis, who almost won the second Test against Pakistan in fading light and then came from one down to win the ODI series 2-1, showed great intent on the ground. The Kiwis know that things will not be easy for them on the tour especially as they are without the services of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. Hence, they seemed keen to get into the grove as quickly as possible. The Tom Latham squad will not only need a lot of pluck but plenty of luck if they hope to overcome the marauding Indians, who have thrashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in t...
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Spinners lift New Zealand to 79-run win over Pakistan in ODI

New Zealand’s Devon Conway celebrates after scoring century during the second one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand, in Karachi, Pakistan. | Photo Credit: AP New Zealand's spinners strangled Pakistan on a turning wicket to win the second ODI by 79 runs Wednesday and level the three-match series 1-1.Devon Conway hit a brilliant 101 and captain Kane Williamson scored 85 before New Zealand lost nine wickets for 78 runs and got bowled out for 261 against the leftarm spin of Mohammad Nawaz (4-38) and fast bowler Naseem Shah (3-58).Williamson perfectly outmanouvred Pakistan on the wicket and included an additional spinner Ish Sodhi in place of fast Henry Shipley to bowl out the home team for 182 in 43 overs. Captain Babar Azam fought the lone battle for his 79 ...
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Shahid Afridi might continue as chief selector, Mickey Arthur to decide on Pakistan future later this month | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Shahid Afridi could continue as chief selector after the home series against New Zealand while Mickey Arthur is expected to make a decision on whether to return as Pakistan's head coach later this month.According to reliable sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Afridi, who is the interim chief selector, had initially only accepted the responsibility for the ongoing series against New Zealand, but is now having second thoughts."Shahid has had talks with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi who had initially convinced him to work as interim chief selector but now discussions have taken place on the possibility of the former captain continuing in the role given that this year Pakistan has two major events -- the 50-overs Asia Cup and the World Cup in India," one source said.The source...
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BCCI, PCB on collision course: ACC chairman Jay Shah announces ‘calendar’, PCB chief Sethi terms it ‘unilateral’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The simmering tension between India and Pakistan cricket boards was palpable after PCB chief Najam Sethi took a sarcastic jibe at BCCI secretary Jay Shah for "unilaterally announcing" the Asian Cricket Council's two-year calendar.On Thursday, Shah, in his capacity as ACC chairman announced the 2023 and 2024 itinerary on his twitter handle with the marquee Asia Cup slotted in September this year, though the detailed itinerary and the host country have not been announced yet.Pakistan is the original host of the Asia Cup this year but the BCCI is not keen on playing there owing to political tension between the two countries.The then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja had opposed the BCCI's stand and even threatened to boycott the 50-over World Cup in India.Raja's c...
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2nd Test: Late blows boost New Zealand’s victory hopes against Pakistan in Karachi | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI (Pakistan): New Zealand set Pakistan a tricky target of 319 and then landed two late blows to boost their hopes of a series-clinching victory in the second Test on Thursday.In his first series as Test captain, Tim Southee declared New Zealand's second innings on 277-5 with three overs left on the penultimate day of the conTest at the National Stadium.Pakistan could not open their account in those overs but lost opener Abdullah Shafique and nightwatchman Mir Hamza in dying light to find themselves in a hole.Southee breached Abdullah Shafique's defence with a ball that kept low and Ish Sodhi bowled Hamza with a sharply turning delivery, with both indicating how the pitch might behave on Friday.Earlier, Sodhi claimed the final Pakistan wicket as the home side were all out for 408 i...
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Review of Sultan by Wasim Akram with Gideon Haigh: Reverse swing

Wasim Akram dwells upon cricket, Indo-Pak issues, injuries, an up-down equation with Waqar Younis, match-fixing allegations, and his coaching and commentary stints. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Wasim Akram remains the high priest of left-arm fast bowling. Readers of a certain vintage may prefer Aussie Alan Davidson but when you talk to batters of a more recent pedigree, they all concur that Akram was the best.The Punjabi from Lahore was intrinsic to Pakistan’s global cricketing imprint. Akram’s story had to be told, and in a non-fiction realm that features Osman Samiuddin’s  The Unquiet Ones and Aayush Puthran’s  Jazba, two books that respectively chronicled Pakistan’s men’s and women’s cricket, wordsmith Gideon Haigh enters the fray, helping the great speedster highlight his life thro...
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Asia Cup in September but itinerary and venue not announced by Asian Cricket Council | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Thursday said that the Asia Cup, to be played in 50-over format, will be held in September this year, though the itinerary and the host country have not been announced yet.Pakistan is the original host of the Asia Cup this year, but the BCCI is not keen on playing there owing to political tension between the two countries.The then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja had opposed the BCCI's stand and even threatened boycott of the 50-over World Cup in India later this year.But following a change of guard in the PCB, with Raja being replaced by Najam Sethi, there could be some positive development.The Asia Cup 2023 will be a six-team affair involving India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a qualifier team.Sri Lanka...
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Door open for Mohammad Amir to come out of international retirement: Najam Sethi | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has opened the door for left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir to come out of international retirement and play for the country again.Sethi, who has replaced Ramiz Raja as the PCB chief, has said in an interview that the board would have no objection if Amir wants to come out of retirement."Amir has been a very good performer for Pakistan and we have no problems if he wants to make himself available for selection again," he added of the pacer who was banned for five years for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010.Sethi has also given permission to Amir to train at the High Performance Centre in Lahore, a venue where he was persona non grata during the 14-month tenure of Raja after his fallout with former coaches Mi...