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Pakistan cricket win in T20i series with ball to spare, and Babar displaces Kohli at No. 1 🏏 🇵🇰

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Pakistan survived a collapse from 92/1 chasing 144, to squeak through with a ball to spare and win the series 3-1. South Africa’s brand new team did well to keep in the matches, but ultimately inexperience showed in the bowling and their own middle-order collapse for the Pakistan cricket win. They made rough going of it, scoring 92 for 1 off the first 9 overs, 37 for 5 off the next 9 and 20 for 1 off the final two. Pakistan captain Babar Azam is now the No.1-ranked ODI batsman, ending India captain Virat Kohli‘s long reign at the top of the charts. Babar’s match-winning 82-ball 94 in the third ODI against South Africa helped him gain 13 rating points to reach career-best 865 points. fter playing an unbeaten knock of 122 in the third T20I against South Africa, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has said …

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Babar, Rizwan script Pakistan’s highest successful T20I run chase, beat SA by 9 wickets 🏏 🇵🇰

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Pakistan complete their highest successful run-chase with 12 balls to spare against South Africa in the third game here on Wednesday. This thanks to Babar Azam’s stunning century and Mohammad Rizwan’s classy fifty. Pakistan T20I final score was 205/1. Pakistan defeated South Africa by nine wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match T20I series. The visiting captain struck 122 off just 59 balls (15 fours, 4 sixes) and shared a record 197-run opening partnership with vice-captain Rizwan, who ended unbeaten on 73 off 47 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes), as the tourists chased down 204 with two overs to spare. Earlier, half-centuries by the in-form Aiden Markram (63 off 31 balls, 6 fours, 4 sixes) and Janneman Malan (55 off 40 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) provided South Africa with a strong start that put them on course …

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Women’s Rights in Bangladesh have flourished since independence 🇧🇩

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Even after 50 years since Pakistan and Bangladesh separated in 1971, the two nations are diametrically opposed in terms of the status of women. While Islamabad has witnessed a decline over the years, in Bangladesh, women’s rights have grown by all measures. Fabien Baussart for Modern Diplomacy writes that women in Pakistan have been severely disadvantaged and discriminated against. They have been denied a whole range of economic, social and political rights. Much of the Pakistani society still lives under the patriarchal, outdated code of so-called ‘honour’ that systemises the oppression of women. While Pakistan has seen a decline in the status of women, Bangladesh has seen remarkable progress. The improvement is in the lives of females, decline of fertility and maternal mortality rates and greater gender parity in school enrollment. Furthermore, female participation in Bangladesh’s workforce is on the …

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Bangladesh at 50: A nation created in violence and still bearing scars of a troubled birth

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Bangladesh at 50 Bangladeshi children at the Independence Day celebrations in Dhaka in 2012. AP Photo/Pavel Rahman Tazreena Sajjad, American University School of International Service March 26 marks 50 years since the start of Bangladesh’s liberation war, a bloody nine-month campaign that culminated in the nation’s independence on Dec. 16, 1971. It was a violent birth, with some of its roots in the 1947 partition of India – when Pakistan was created as a separate nation. As the British Empire left the subcontinent, an estimated 200,000 to 1.5 million people were killed in sectarian violence associated with the partition and 10 million to 15 million were forcibly displaced. Newly independent Pakistan comprised two separate geographical areas separated by over a thousand miles of Indian terrain. While both regions included significant Muslim populations, West Pakistan was made up largely of Punjabi, …

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SA vs Pak: Proteas squad rests senior players for T20I series because of upcoming IPL

Temba Bavuma

All-rounder Wihan Lubbe and pacer Lizaad Williams, on Thursday received their maiden call-ups to the Proteas men’s squad. Lubbe has been included in the T20 squad while Williams has been named in both the ODI and T20 squads for the upcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan at the end of this month. The likes of Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Faf du Plessis, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris have been rested for the T20I series against Pakistan, beginning April 10 and as a result, all these players would be able to participate in the Indian Premier League from the start. The ODI series against Pakistan is set to get over on April 7, and depending on the quarantine protocols, the Proteas players won’t be missing much of the IPL. Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday named the squads to be …

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Sri Lanka likely to institute burqa ban after Pakistani PM visits

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Just days after Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s visit, Sri Lanka strongly considered to ban burqa on grounds of national security. Sri Lankan Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera on Saturday had said that he has signed a directive banning the wearing of the burqa in the country as it is a sign of religious extremism, Colombo Times reported. “We had a lot of Muslim friends when we were little. But Muslim females did not wear the burqa back then,” he had said. Weerasekara had stressed that the burqa is a symbol of religious extremism that garnered attention quite recently. “So, it will definitely be banned.” However, on Tuesday, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry issued a statement on a proposed ban on wearing burqa and niqab in the country, saying that the government is yet to impose a ban …

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Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi faces 3 years of jail for alleged false accusation of sexual harassment

Meesha Shafi

Meesha Shafi became the talk of the town after she had accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment during the 2018 #MeToo movement. She made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. She achieved further critical success for her role of Laxmi, an Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing’s operative, in Bilal Lashari’s action thriller film Waar, which ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time in Pakistan. In 2018 Meesha Shafi accused actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. She filed a case with the Punjab Ombudsperson (who is supposed to adjudicate cases of harassment of women in the workplace), who declined to hear the case because she “did not have an employer-employee relationship” with Zafar.An appeal she filed with the governor was dismissed, again on “technical grounds”. On 29 …

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USA and UK draw attention to Pakistan’s forced conversions and marriages

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Underlining that Pakistan government narrative and policies have consistently been anti-Hindu, the World Sindhi Congress, an NGO, urged the United Kingdom to pressure Islamabad to hold all parties and community members accountable for forced conversions and forced marriages. In a written submission to British lawmakers Jim Shannon, Marie Rimmer and David Alton on February 18, the WSC – an UK, USA and Canada-based human rights advocacy organization – said Pakistan is known as one of the world’s most religiously intolerant countries. Freedom of religion is loosely legislated, and religious minorities regularly suffer violence and discrimination. The NGO said that the Sindh province has become a difficult place for Hindus under Pakistan’s rule. “Hindus systematically face public and private sector discrimination and human rights violations such as kidnappings, forced conversions, and extortion. Further, attacks on their places of worship have increased …

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Deepika Padukone does the ‘PawriHoriHai’ meme

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Netizens have been grooving to the meme-worthy track ‘PawriHoriHai’ since music composer Yashraj Mukhate came up with his composition of the “pawry anthem”. Now, Bollywood’s queen of hearts Deepika Padukone has also joined the bandwagon with her own version of the viral meme. The ‘Padmaavat’ actor shared a rib-tickling picture on Instagram and wrote, “who made this?” with a laughing-out loud emoticon. The image is a throwback picture that sees a young Deepika sitting on a wooden horse toy. The picture also features text, which reads, “Yeh hum hain, yeh hamara ghoda hain, aur yeh hamari pawri ho rahi hain.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) The post from the talented actor received more than 1 lakh likes within few minutes of being posted on the photo-sharing application. Yashraj, who has made a name …

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