Respected Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sahab, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Patron-in-Chief of the PCB.
اسلام و علیکم
Certain new developments demands that the matter of formation of Pakistan Super League Pvt Ltd. (PSLPL), as a separate company from the PCB, be immediately brought to your kind notice.
Recently, PCB has officially stated the following three reasons for the formation of PSLPL on its website, as per link given below:(Link..http://www.pcb.com.pk/faqs-pakistan-super-league-pvt-ltd.html )
Reason # 1.
There are some serious financial and managerial issues at stake that require subsequent handling by a separate company as many such issues become complex with the addition of more teams in the near future.
First, most PCB earnings come from foreign sources, while most PCB expenses are incurred domestically. Therefore financial handling is very easy like any other Pakistani exporter. But it is the opposite with PSL in which case, most of PSL income comes from domestic sources while almost entire expenses are incurred outside Pakistan. This requires complex foreign exchange reserves and permissions from State Bank of Pakistan for forex payments to foreign venues, event managers, foreign players, boarding and lodging for teams and officials, etc. The facilities currently allowed to PCB for such foreign payments are simply inadequate to cater for the timely and significant transfers of monies required by PSL which are bound to increase with the addition of new teams, players and longer duration of the tournament in 2018 and subsequent years. A separate company with separate financial permissions from the Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan will be better geared to cope with this problem.
Rebuttal of Reason # 1.
The PCB already operates about four accounts in Dubai as it is earning foreign exchange as income, from ICC and other matches abroad. Therefore, it has deposits there,
PCB is also paying for expenditures in the UAE, in connection with hosting of our matches.
As the PSL is being held abroad there is ABSOLUTELY no issue for the PCB to make payments from its bank accounts.
As such, no government red tape or other rules are any hindrance, in payments of foreign exchange or PKR, abroad or in Pakistan, respectively.
The PCB doesn’t need special permission from government to make payments as PCB already have several foreign exchange accounts in Pakistan, as well.
In view of the foregoing, there is no justification to make PSL a separate company from PCB, on such concocted or imaginary excuses.
State Bank of Pakistan is a govt organisation and provides forex for all genuine requirements. Saying that procedures are difficult to comply is like criticising govt of Pakistan and its rules.
If PCB and PSL earnings and spendings pattern are inverse to each other, that should act as a blessings: as combining both, solves the problem.
Why a separate company is needed to obtain a special financial permission?
Finance ministry is always authorised to issue SRO allowing PCB to make payments in dollars to all foreign based players and organisations. All Pakistan based organisations, players and officials should be paid in local currency. This may be one of the reason why the proposal for new organisation is being fast forwarded, so that to get payments in foreign currency, resultantly getting savings on income tax.
If PSL is made a division of PSB, then a simple SRO from finance ministry will solve all their problems.
Remember, in corporate sector it is common practice to produce for local market and for exports. They keep separate details of accounts to avail export concessions, still annual accounts are prepared as one company.
Since, PCB always claims to bring corporate culture in it , why not start with this corporate practice.
Reason # 2.
Secondly, the understanding with Franchisees envisages the inclusion of independent professional managerial and financial expertise for purposes of transparency and neutrality in which meaningful and continuous consultancy with franchisees, who have invested millions of dollars into PSL, is made institutional. There is a need for a dedicated team to supervise this dynamic process and purpose.
Reason # 3.
Thirdly, the PCB is subject to political hiccups since it is a statutory body with the Prime Minister of the political party in power as the Patron. The PSL, on the contrary, cannot afford to be subjected to political instability because the investment in it is primarily from the private sector. The PSL financial model is a 10 year model, with negative results for the franchisees in the first few years and huge profits in subsequent years. It needs continuity of policies and management to be successful as additional teams are fielded and more investments are made by new franchisees.
Rebuttal of Reasons 2.
This point is a charge sheet of PCB. It says that a separate organisation is required for the reasons of transparency, neutrality, professionalism and ability to provide consultancy to franchise owners. This is straight forward acceptance that these traits are absent from PCB!!!!!
If we accept this point of view, then the decision of PCB to establish a separate private company for PSL was also non- transparent, biased and non- professional. Therefore, must be nullified by PM’s intervention immediately.
Rebuttal of Reason # 3.
This flimsy argument is not only self-contradictory, but hilarious and ridiculous, as well.
To whom this official statement on the PCB’s website is trying to deceive?
Everywhere, it is being propagated by the top notches of the PCB, in the media and also on the PCB’s website that this PSLPL will be 100% owned by the PCB.
At the same time PCB officially states on its website that “the PCB is subject to political hiccups since it is a statutory body with the Prime Minister of the political party in power as the Patron.”
Now, if the PSLPL will be 100% owned by the PCB, what difference it will make on the control of the government, when the PM of political party in power, will be naturally, the Paton-in-chief.
Furthermore, the above official statement of the PCB, that too on its website, is firstly, not only a clear NO CONFIDENCE on the PM of political party in power, who obviously can not be illegal ruler or dictator of the country; and comes into power with constitutional and legal authority: and secondly, an insult of the authority of the PM of political party in power. Moreover it is also a blatant condemnation/indictment of the political system, enshrined in the country’s constitution; and it is for the Attorney General of Pakistan and legal brains of the country, to determine, whether the top management of the PCB (a statutory body) is guilty of violation of any constitutional clause or/ and rules and regulations of the ESTACODE.
In view of the foregoing, there is now not even an iota of a doubt that the current top management of the PCB is rushing to create PSLPL, out of the PCB, for some hidden and undisclosed reasons, by putting up arguments on official website which absolute does not hold water.
Moreover, general public is being deliberately mislead with statements on media (TV interview dated 10, December 2016 at Express News TV link:- https://t.co/qYBHDk3IwD?ssr=true ) where Mr. Najam Sethi, who holds unprecedented five key positions in the PCB set up (1. Member BOG. 2. Chairman Executive Committee. 3. Chairman PSL 4. Chairman HR Committee. 5. Member Audit Committee) said that out of the PKR 26 crore profit from the 1st PSL, PCB was given profit of PKR 6 crore, instead of PKR 3 crore, due amount.
However, the official statement on the PCB’s website states absolutely a different figure quoted below:
“Upon conclusion of all PSL accounts, PCB earned $2.6m profit before tax, while the Franchisees, as expected, showed losses on their initial investment. Being cognizant of this fact, PCB reimbursed them to the tune of $2.2m out of its own profits in order to reduce their losses as pledged during marketing presentations before the process of sale of franchise rights.”
Here, it will not be out of place to mention that PCB in its May 20, 2016 press release (also posted on the PCB’s website) admitted that the total budgeted expenditure of the 1st PSL was $7.71m while the ACTUAL expenditure was $8.93m, which was an excess of $1.22m, which is a very huge difference, requiring audit from the office of the Auditor General Pakistan, rather than leaving the matter to some other auditors.
Another deliberate wrong statement (just to impress the ordinary public) mentioned at PCB’s website is quoted as below:
“Over and above this, the PCB’s BoG has set up an Audit Committee headed by Mansoor Masood Khan, President of UBL, to oversee all budgetary issues.”
However, the President of the UBL is Mr. Wajahat Husain since 1 June, 2014 and NOT Mr. Mansoor Masood Khan.
The above contradictions in PCB statements on media are not mistakes, but to deceive, hoodwink and mislead deliberately to hide failures, incompetencies and exorbitant expenditures like spending about PKR 4 crore on a single dinner in Lahore.
It will not be out of place to mention that recently Serena Hotel Quetta, charged PKR 19.25 lacs for food items; and PKR 15 lacs as catering charges for a 400 persons VVIP function, during a visit of the PM to Pishin.
Sir, now just observe the vast difference of charges of a PCB function in the same city i.e. Lahore and out of Quetta function in Pishin.
The question which arises in this regard is that what was the Audit Committee of PCB (headed by the so called president of the UBL) was doing along with the most reputed private auditors. Here it will again be not out of place to mention that according to reports, PCB had earlier employed a GM (F&A), Manager (F) and Manager (A) who previously worked with the firm, which audits PCB accounts.
In this regard, no august member of Board of Governors, no audit committee or no independent auditors, ever questioned the PCB that why the media rights for period 2015-2020 were sold for less amount than the auction amount income of media rights of previous five years.
Now, it is high time that the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB, the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and the Governing Members of the PCB ask the top notch management team, which is at the helm of affairs of PCB’s entire operations to explain, where was the money ($150m will come in 8 years from 2014 which comes to $18.75m per year) which was promised by Mr. Najam Sethi, that it will be coming from the ICC, after (according to Mr. Najam Sethi) Pakistan was made the Big4 of the ICC, as per his following statement published by the daily Express Tribune dated 30 June, 2014, extract quoted below and also link provided below:
“That, Sethi claimed, will get Pakistan the most funds after the Big Three.
“We will get revenues on fourth number, and I can say with confidence that in the next eight year cycle we will get $150 million dollars from the ICC,” he said, bringing the total takings to $450 million.
This compares to Pakistan receiving $10 million from the ICC per year in the last seven-year (total $70m) cycle, Sethi added.”
Sir, the above lengthy details of the utter and absolute management failures of the PCB’s heavy weights, proves that if all of them are allowed to continue with the PCB, they will surely ruin this national organisation, sooner than later, with ideas like formation of PSLPL etc.
As such, it is high time that the PCB is put on the right path, with an immediate surgical operation of replacing the entire set up with people, who love the glorious game of cricket genuinely, are efficient, dedicated and thorough professional and ready to work in harmony; and utilise the experience and wisdom of the senior cricketers, to make the PCB and the domestic cricket structure of Pakistan, best in the world.
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
Respected Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Respected all leaders of the political parties in Pakistan,
Respected all Pakistanis,
The following email message from the VP USA, reveals how much importance the US government is attaching to combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic ripping apart families and communities in America.
Email of VP USA Joe Biden, reproduced below, as an eye opener:
From: “Vice President Joe Biden”
Date: 13 December 2016 at 9:37:24 PM GMT+5
Subject: God willing, this bill will save lives:
The White House, Washington
Last Monday night, forty-four years after the people of Delaware first sent me to the United States Senate, I presided over a Senate vote for one of the last times.
As Vice President of the United States and president of the Senate, I served as the presiding officer as the Senate moved forward on the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that will harness America’s best minds in science, medicine, and technology to tackle the biggest health challenges of our time.
This bill will help us combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic ripping apart families and communities. It invests in programs to improve mental health treatment and suicide prevention. It will provide resources for President Obama’s BRAIN and Precision Medicine initiatives, so that our world-class researchers can figure out how to better prevent, treat, and eventually cure Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries.
And this is the part that’s personal for me and for millions of Americans: The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion to help us end cancer as we know it. For over a year, I’ve been leading our National Cancer Moonshot to fundamentally change the culture of our fight against cancer and inject a sense of urgency into it. This bill goes a long way to help us — investing in promising new therapies, enhancing prevention and detection efforts in every community regardless of zip code, and bringing us closer to the day when there are vaccines for all kinds of cancer, just as we have them for measles or mumps.
God willing, this bill will save lives.
While I was presiding in the Senate, my colleagues from both sides of the aisle renamed the section of this bill on cancer research for my son, Beau, who lost his battle with brain cancer, but like countless Americans who lost their own battles, inspires us to do everything we can for the loved ones we can save. My thanks goes out to the bipartisan leadership — Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate — who ensured that this important bill became law. Without this true bipartisan support, this piece of legislation, which will help millions of Americans, would not have been possible.
Today, President Obama will sign the 21st Century Cures Act into law. One last time in our Administration, I will stand right by him at a signing ceremony — proud of our country, and proud of the work we’ve done to give people hope.
I hope you’ll join me.
We wish our federal and provincial governments in Pakistan were also aware about the drug related damage, being caused by this menace which is more damaging than terrorism, to our future generations.
In this regard, the recent deaths of a student of LUMS in Lahore and a lady in the Chamba House Lahore, reportedly due to the drugs overuse, is just the tip of the iceberg.
If anyone wants to know the stark reality of the gravity of drug menace in Pakistan, the following two paragraphs of an article’s link given below, will suffice as an eye opener:
“Pakistan, a country already tormented by regional insurgencies, is fighting a losing battle against a different kind of foe: drug addiction. In the country’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), an estimated 11 percent of residents use illicit substances – primarily heroin. Peshwar, the provincial capital of KPK, is a city rife with homeless addicts and dirty needles.”
“Pakistan’s illegal drug trade is believed to generate $2 billion a year [making] Pakistan the most heroin-addicted country, per capita, in the world.” Unquote.
In this connection, it is earnestly and urgently requested that the Prime Minister of Pakistan and all opposition parties, particularly having representation in the parliament (because they are ruling in all the four provinces of the country), to accord top priority to protect our future generations, from the most deadly menace of increasing drugs use trend, in our kids and youth on streets and educational institutions, by joining hands in planning and execution of legislation and action plans, on war like emergency basis.
In this regard, we should not only concentrate to fight the drug menace from just one angle, but our plan should be multi pronged, encompassing every conceivable activity in society, to provide healthy atmosphere to our youth.
First of all we must include the dangers of drugs use in the curriculum of the junior classes to educate and brain wash our youth in their early ages.
Sports is another activity in which, fortunately, our youth loves to indulge in.
Revival of sports in country will also provide jobs to many jobless youth in our country.
In this regard, a presentation on how to revive sports in Pakistan was given to the PMO on 6 September, 2016 wherein, it was also suggested to build few modern sports cities (as a part of CPEC program) to channelise the energy of our youth from drugs, crime and terrorism towards healthy sports activities, along with automatic provision of jobs, from the newly created sports industry.
Somehow, it seems that like all previous governments, this PMLN government does not even consider sports, as one its last priorities.
If anyone wants to know the importance of sports in transforming a society, kindly peruse the following statement of late Nelson Mandela, slightly modified to be applicable on current Pakistani state of affairs of the society.
“Sports has the power to change Pakistan…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite Pakistani people in a way that little else does. It speaks to the Pakistani youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope for the entire Pakistani nation, where once there was only despair, lawlessness, hunger, unemployment, poverty, drugs, suicide bombings and alarming increase of suicides due to the economic hardships. It is more powerful than government in breaking down the menace of drugs and terrorism which has blown the country to the smithereens.”
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
2nd Test Day 2.
NZ 271. Pak 76/5.
It looks our most expensively hired Head Coach is hell bent on proving his sheer incompetence, in selecting the correct eleven.
Here, the question arises who and at which stage from the PCB will intervene, to stem the rot, after very very unwisely, the PCB succumbed to the demand of Mr. Micky Arthur (at time of his appointment) that only he and the captain will have the authority to decide the playing eleven and manager will have no say in this regard. As far as I remember, Mr. Micky Arthur has not played a SINGLE Test match in his life.
Under the circumstances, one fails to understand why a highly experienced (81 Tests 51 ODI’s) former Test captain and holder of many cricketing world records, Ex. Chief Selector PCB and Ex. COO PCB Mr. Wasim Bari was sent as manager, if there was zero percent role of the manager in the final team selection. In fact, Mr. Wasim Bari has absolutely no role, as far as cricketing affairs are concerned.
In order to salvage the remaining part of this rather long tour, the chairman PCB must intervene sooner than later; and immediately restore the traditional powers of the team manager as the chairman of the tour selection committee.
In first Test vs the NZ our HC wrongly dropped Wahab Riaz, about whom later on, he was praising lavishly.
Now, in the second Test match, instead of playing Sharjeel Khan, he inducted Muhammad Rizwan and also wrongly dropped Rahat Ali.
So much for the HC. Now also it is high time that if more than three years old batting coach can not be immediately sacked during the on going tour, the PCB must send one person to join the team management immediately amongst Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Mohsin Hasan Khan and Amir Suhail, to be attached with team as Team Director with special responsibility, to improve the habit somehow adopted by all our batsmen of getting out himself, by playing lose shots rather than bowler getting them out.
Please mark my words, if PCB now fails to act sagaciously and with lightning speed, this tour of NZ and Australia, may prove to be one of the biggest disappointment, in our cricketing history.
Mr. Inzamam ul Haq (the highest paid chief selector in our cricketing history) must also explain to the nation, why
our opening batsmen are constantly failing under his tenure and why Khalid Latif was dropped, if Sharjeel Khan was selected?
Our PCB top notches must learn to be proactive, rather than be reactive, because PCB is not Pakistan CASH Board, where rather than thinking to improve the ever sliding domestic and international cricketing standards, money is callously dished out on perks and privileges of the members in many novel ways and where Rupees 4 Crores are spent on one dinner and plans are being contemplated for taking on to overseas trip its BOG members with their wives in business class, plus stay in 5 star hotels; and creating a paid joyride overseas trip fund, for the pleasure of our parliamentarians.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister and Patron in Chief PCB
اسلام و علیکم
At the outset I apologise for taking your busy time on the subject matter.
However, due to the sensitivity of the issue and urgency of the nature of the situation, created out of the extremely strange resolution, adopted by the Board of Governors of the PCB, in its last meeting held on 8 November, 2016 (to register PSL as an independent Private Limited Company which will be a separate entity run by its own governing board), a grave crisis has been created, which can only be resolved by your immediate and direct intervention.
In this regard, kindly allow me to explain below all the facts for your kind perusal please:
i). Nowhere, repeat nowhere in the cricket Test playing countries, T20 Cricket League is a separate company from its cricket board. The separation of PSL from the PCB is not a decision in the interest of Pakistan cricket, but may benefit few individuals.
ii). In all Test cricket playing nations, only ONE cricket board is DIRECTLY responsible for regulating all types of cricketing activities in their respective countries. If in Pakistan, two competing organisations are allowed to control cricket, it will very soon demolish the structure and the edifice of the PCB, along with the domestic cricket.
iii). In Pakistan domestic cricketing structure and standard of the game is already suffering badly, due to the acute shortage of funds; because no international cricket team has visited Pakistan, to play a complete series, since the year 2009. Under the peculiar circumstances of cricket in Pakistan, the cricket lovers are shocked at the hara kiri of the BOG of the PCB, in allowing its cash cow (PSL) to detach itself from the PCB: that too on without any plausible reasons.
iv). The shortage of funds is so acute with the PCB that it can not even spend money to provide playing practice in domestic games on imported Kookaburra cricket balls; and PCB has even requested to the ICC to create a fund for some financial assistance to the PCB.
v). Everyone remembers that when top Pakistani players were not allowed to play for the national team (as they had opted for joining Kerry Packer’s World Series team), what happened to our national team’s performance. Here also a situation is clearly apprehended in which, players, coaches and management staff will opt to go towards more lucrative PSL, even if they were to take an early retirement. This situation will badly affect on Pakistan teams future supply line of quality manpower.
vi). Cricket leagues in all countries are considered CASH COWS for the respective cricket boards. What is the the justification to cannibalise PCB by just putting forward the reason of POLITICS? The best way to minimise politics in any organisation (read PCB) is to strictly implement the policies of transparency and accountability and zero tolerance in conflict of interest situations.
vii). When even the audit report of the 1st PSL event has not been submitted to the BOG of the PCB, on which tangible and solid reasons it has decided to form a separate company for the PSL?
In this regard, what are the answers to the following questions:
1. Is the hurry and rush for creating separate company for PSL was due to the reason to create permanent and highly lucrative jobs for the few individuals, who may be foreseeing the end of their tenure in the PCB, in near future?
2. If the decision to make a separate company for PSL was taken because of the failure of the first PSL or non achievement of the desired and expected results, then why not to first have the accountability of the concerned personnel of the PSL management, who were wholly and solely responsible for running and managing the PSL, with ZERO interference from either the chairman PCB or anyone from the PM office?
And if at all the formation of an independent PSL company is inevitable; such failed persons must not be allowed to ruin the new company from the outset.
3. However, if the first PSL is found to be a successful event (after receiving the financial and management audit reports separately) then very logical question arises that what was the requirement of taking such a hugely damaging action against the PCB, whose funds and full resources were used in such a callous manner that almost Rs.4 Crore were spent on just one PSL dinner at Lahore?
4. Those who say that the Indian Supreme Court has asked the BCCI to form a separate body for IPL, are not giving the following additional information:
a). The BCCI is registered under the societies Registration Act. PCB is a statutory body formed by an Act of the GOP and currently under ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination. The constitution of the PCB and its amendments are always issued by the GOP through official gazette notifications.
b). Even after the orders of the Indian Supreme Court (ISC) the BCCI has not gone for the formation of a separate IPL body; and a legal battle is still on, between the BCCI and the ISC.
c). Some people in PCB are in a rush for the separate PSL company even when accounts of its first event has not been audited, but BCCI which started IPL in 2008 and has since played nine tournaments, has still not separated IPL from the BCCI.
Mr. Prime Minister, from the foregoing narration of facts, you can vouch for your self that the PCB is not in competent and safe hands and has utterly failed to safeguard even its own corporate interests and thus needs your immediate surgical strike to stem the rot, before it was too late to act.
Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad
New Social Contract for Pakistanis..!
What India achieved (after permission from Gen. PM allowed) with the sealing of Kashmir LOC & WB with a four layer fence system that it will get from its plans of sealing the entire International boundary with Pakistan by the year 2018?
My objection to the Indian fencing of the borders with Pakistan is that (despite such a fortified fencing already in place) after every incident in the IHC, Indians claim that Pakistani infiltrators were responsible.
In any case, for the Indians, Pakistan was responsible for the PK airbase attack, although, their DG BSF stated that there was NO breach in the border fencing.
India is still not absolving Pak from the responsibility of the PK airbase attack, despite the findings of their DIA that NO Pak government agency was involved in that incident.
According to the Indians, Pakistan was also responsible for the boat burning on 1st Jan 2015, despite DG coast guard saying that it was blown up by their on people in an exercise.
So, the fencing of border will not give Pakistan any respite, till such time, the Indians are fond of false flag attacks, and now they have gone a step further, by claiming a fake SS on Pakistan.
Actually, the Indians will never ever, let Pakistan live in peace, till such time they are paid back in the same coins, for which Pakistan needs a selfless leadership to build unity; and set our own house in order. Internal peace and harmony is not only of paramount but utmost importance.
The guarantee of security of any nuclear or non-nuclear state is NOT its armed forces or bigger stocks of its nuclear arsenal, but its internal unity.
Just look that we have even failed to be united on the routes issue of CPEC?
What we have to and we must do, is to first determine the national interest; and then keep it supreme, over all other considerations.
In my opinion now a time has come for taking the following decisions IMMEDIATELY:
– To create easily governable administrative units or provinces. In this regard, there should be no discrimination or injustice with any province and ethnic or linguistic group; and each division of the country repeat each division, should be converted into a province, which may for political reasons be given the name of an administrative unit or RIASAT etc.
Moreover, in order to remove any semblance of ethnicity or linguistic bias, these provinces/administrative units/RIASATS should be named like the NA seats; and mentioned as PK1, PK2, PK3 and so on.
No need to panic in creating about three plus dozen provinces in Pakistan. Turkey has 81 provinces and same is the case with Iran, Afghanistan, China, India and Thailand etc.
This will also work as a panacea (an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties), for the eradication of linguistic, sectarian and any other types of frictions and doubts, about the hegemony of one class of the people, over the other.
In fact, it will work wonders in the speedy development and unity of Pakistan; and kill instantly, any secessionist, linguistic, or sectarian activities, currently prevailing in some parts of the country.
– Moreover, the current election system is so flawed that any Tom, Dick and Harry can easily manipulate it to defeat the basic purpose of the democracy. Just imagine in the current system, one can easily get elected by getting even less than 10% of the total registered voters. So, if the basic electoral process is retarded, how can it give birth to genuine representatives of the authentic democracy?
Changes must be also be made in our constitution, to make it a presidential form of a democratic set up, where the whole country directly votes for the president.
However, before voting, the candidates of all political parties for the presidential post, must notify (in advance) a list of their MPAs, MNAs and Senators, who will be automatically considered elected, according to the percentage of votes cast, in favour of all the candidates, for the top post of the country. To some extent, the current system of reserve seats for ladies and minorities, is similar to the above proposed system of advance nomination of Parliament members before the election of the president.
This change of electoral system will greatly facilitate participation of expatriate Pakistanis and also allow local Pakistanis to vote for the president at any polling station of the country, consequently, increasing the overall voters turn out.
– The decision for Pakistan’s charter of development for building dams and mega projects like CPEC etc., for the next 50 years should also be finalised, on which, later on, no politics should be allowed, for any political party.
In other words, all the registered political parties must decide now, where they would like to see Pakistan, in EACH and EVERY field of the life, after 50 years. This plan should be further divided into ten five year plans.
The prime objective of our internal unity and cohesion can only be achieved by drawing a new social contract for over 95% of population, as current system is only serving less than 5% of the Pakistanis.
The new social contract should be evolved after a thorough debate between all the stake holders. It’s conceptual framework could be a reference to various systems around the globe.
The sooner we will do these fundamental reforms, the better it will be for Pakistan.
Only then we will realise that handling Indian conspiracies was not that much difficult and problematic.
So, my dear countrymen, if you agree for the need of a new social contract for Pakistan, I will request our intellectuals, political parties, think tanks, universities, media and all other forums to please build up a consensus; and forward blue prints of their proposals to all the concerned who are at the helm of affairs in the country, like President, PM, Parliament and lawyers etc., and also publish in the Urdu, English and regional language newspapers, for starting a productive debate on this national unity project.
The augment that Pakistan’s 9th rank in the ODI version of the game, is due to no international cricket in Pakistan since the year 2009, does not hold water, because at the same time, without international cricket, we are # 1 Test team of the world.
What is good for goose is good for gander.
In my humble opinion, the factual reason for our teams continuous poor performance in the ODI games, has the following reasons:
1. Our nemesis is the 1st power play of 10 overs, where our average was just 39 runs, when only 2 fielders are standing in the acres and acres of outfield.
Ist power play period of 10 overs, demands POWER HITTING and a score of not less than 90 runs. Recently, in England, we did score in an ODI match, 83 runs in the first 10 overs of 1st power play. However, mostly the moment, we lose a wicket or two, our team panics and immediately start playing in a defensive mode, forgetting that in an ODI match, either you win or lose, there was no scope for a draw, like Test matches.
Somehow, our batsmen are also very susceptible to short pitch rising deliveries; and this weakness, is nowadays, being fully being exploited by our opponent teams.
2. Our next huge weak point is playing the dot balls.
In an innings of 50 overs, a total of 300 balls are available.
In the World Cup2015 match vs India, we played 169 dot balls and lost the match by 75 runs.
The only solution of reducing dot balls is the rotation of strike; and going for singles, doubles and three runs, if boundaries were controlled by the opposite team, by way of good bowling or excellent fielding.
3. Our bowlers have totally forgotten how to bowl effective Yorkers and dot ball bouncers.
4. Both our pacers and spinners frequently come into the danger zone and are time and again warned by the umpires, which results in mentally putting the bowler under such a pressure that he forgets his main task of bowling with line and length.
Moreover, our spinners are not using the art of wicket to wicket bowling, resulting in getting fewer and fewer wickets.
In ODI and T20 matches, wicket to wicket bowling pays higher dividends, because batsmen are always lifting their bat, to go for big hits.
Our bowlers also lack discipline of not bowling no balls and wide balls. The new rules of free hit are very much tilted in the favour batsmen, because any type of no ball is now penalised with a free hit. If our bowlers can not restrict their no and wide balls then all the hard work of batsmen and fielders go down the drain.
No balls should be considered a CRIME like a SELF GOAL.
5. A run saved is a run scored. Dropped catches not only badly demoralises the bowler but brings the opponent team, nearer to victory.
Run outs should always not be the incorrect anticipation of the batsman, but run outs should also be created by the guile and agility of the fielders.
In the recently held T20 World Cup2016 match played in Chandigarh between Pak vs NZ, it was really shocking to witness NZ batsmen running 5 score, in an extremely small ground.
World class teams have a RULE of thumb that no player is considered for selection, particularly, in T20 and ODI teams, if that player is known for his poor fielding.
We in Pakistan, never hesitate to include in our T20 and ODI teams, poor fielders like Irfan, Rahat, Tanvir etc.
Our team should forget improvement in ODI rankings, if fielding is not taken as seriously, as batting or bowling.
Why Pakistan is a zero medal country in the Olympics since 1994?
Mr. Prime Minister, please sack the sports minister and dissolve all sports bodies of Pakistan, because, if these persons are not there, we will save billions and can’t go below zero medal level.
In Atlanta Olympics 1996 Great Britain ended up 36th on the medals table with only one Gold. They were behind Ethiopia,Nigeria,Algeria,Spain & Italy.
The whole nation protested so vehemently that their sports officials went into hiding with shame and disgrace.
They revamped the entire sports bodies and brought in Olympic medal winners in all bodies. Selected few disciplines in which they could concentrate and went about preparations.
In Rio, they finished number two with 46 Gold Medals, after USA.
Unless, there is a ruthless accountability of blood suckers, who are leeching on to our sports for decades, there would be no change.
Now, a time has come that Pakistan can not and must not allow this proxy war imposed by two of its known inimical neighbours namely; Afghanistan and India; to be just a kind of a routine exercise, to wait for the terrorists to attack as per their will and evil designs; and after that we ask our law enforcing agencies, to go after them and their facilitators with an iron hand.
This sort of mind set will ruin us completely, sooner than later. Offence is the best defence. Pakistan must inform the United Nations, Afghanistan and India that come what may, Pakistan will launch severe punitive strikes inside Afghanistan, on its terrorists training bases and on the Indian consulates, as well.
We must remember that when it comes to a do or die situation, especially for a nuclear power, then there is no going back. Precisely, this was the reason USA was absolutely ready for a nuclear war, when Russia planned to install missiles, in its back yard in Cuba.
Actually, the current strategy of our known enemies, to wage a out-sourced third party war, to disintegrate and degenerate a nuclear Pakistan, suits them as the best option, without any cost to our enemies. As such, it is high time our strategy is revamped and rehashed, to let our enemies and the whole world know very clearly that red lines of Pakistan’s conventional and nuclear thresholds have been crossed; and we reserve the right to use any and all weapons, to safeguard our national interests. This means clearly the use of nuclear and all weapons at our disposal, because we can’t sit idle and witness our own demise, without any punishment to the mischief mongers.
In this regard, if the UNO or the world powers wants to take steps to ensure peace on our western borders, we should have no objection, provided all the Indian consulates established, after the NATO invasion of Afghanistan, are permanently shut down, just as Russia accepted American demands, during the Cuban crisis. (In fact, before the start of the NATO invasion of Afghanistan the USA had accepted this Pakistani condition that India will have no role in this Afghan war on terror ).
So, for a nuclear Pakistan, enough is enough. We must not forget that any
all-out nuclear war between India and Pakistan, will not only be a complete annihilation of both the countries, but it will be an Armageddon, for the entire planet, as well.
As the matter is extremely grave and fraught with dangerous consequences, we must prove beforehand to the world the Indo-Afghan nexus against Pakistan, with factual statements of American leaders and scholars and other related water tight evidences and documents.
In this regard, besides the other evidences like the video of Indian NSA Ajit Doval wherein, he is talking in detail about his defensive offensive strategy and removing thorn with a thorn, the following must be used as a proof of the Indo-Afghan designs against Pakistan:
– In 2008, the Indian naval chief, Admiral Suresh Mehta, expressed concerns over the development of Gwadar port and had said, “Being only 180 nautical miles from the exit of the Straits of Hormuz, Gwadar, being built in Balochistan coast, would enable Pakistan to take control over the world energy jugular and interdiction of Indian tankers.”
– Senator Chuck Hagel, who later became US Secretary of Defence, earlier commented on India’s role in Afghanistan, during a speech at the Cameron University in Oklahoma in 2011, quoted as below:
Quote “India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan from across the border in Afghanistan.”
In his talk on Afghanistan, Mr Hagel reportedly said that India had been using Afghanistan as a second front against Pakistan. “India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border, and you can carry that into many dimensions.” He noted that India took advantage of tensions between Kabul and Islamabad for fomenting troubles in the areas that border Afghanistan. “The point being [that] the tense, fragmented relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been there for many, many years,” he said.
– Mr Hagel is not the only American to suggest that India has been using Afghanistan for stirring troubles in Pakistan. C. Christine Fair, an assistant professor at Georgetown University, made similar suggestion during a congressional hearing on Afghanistan in 2011.
– In June 2015 the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh said “heard what my ears would never want to hear again – Narendra Modi’s acceptance of India’s lethal plan in the disintegration of East Pakistan in 1971, and its threat to destabilise Pakistan through terrorism.” His statement also proved that the specific aim of creating RAW in 1968 was to subvert the people of former East Pakistan and prepare grounds for the creation of Bangladesh for the training of over one million Mukti Bahini.
– The following text of India-Pakistan joint statement in Sharm-el-Sheikh between Manmohan Singh and Pakistan PM Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on July 16, 2009 clearly proves that Indian hand in creating mischief in Balouchistan was exposed right on the face of the Indian PM:
Quote.”Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Baluchistan and other areas.”Unquote.
– The following news titled “Capture of spy proves India’s interference in Pakistan: army” reported by the daily Dawn on 30 March, 2016 (Link:- http://www.dawn.com/news/1248776/capture-of-spy-proves-indias-interference-in-pakistan-army) leaves no doubt of active Indian sabotage and killings in Pakistan, which clearly tantamount to waging undeclared war by India against Pakistan:
The army has said that the capture of an Indian spy in Balochistan is a proof of India’s interference in Pakistan.
“This is no less than the state-sponsored terrorism,” military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said on Tuesday while releasing a six-minute video of confessional statement given by the spy, who identified himself as Kulbhushan Yadav and said he had been operating under the cover name of Hussain Mubarik Patel.
The military spokesman said that Yadav would be prosecuted as per the law of land.
Responding to a question about granting consular access to him as sought by the Indian government, Gen Bajwa said he was caught red-handed while planning subversive activity in Pakistan and a decision in this regard would be taken later.
“We’ll cross the bridge when we come to it. There are lots of technicalities involved in it,” he said.
He said it was a rare incident for a serving military officer to have been caught in another country.
In his statement, Yadav said that he was a resident of Mumbai, where he was commissioned in January 1991, and belonged to Indian Navy’s engineering cadre. He said he held the rank of commander and his service number was 41558Z.
He detailed how he entered the intelligence world and joined RAW in 2013 after which he was assigned the task of promoting unrest in Balochistan and Karachi. He had previously visited Karachi undetected in 2003 and 2004 from Chabahar (Iran), where he had established his jewellery business to conceal his activities.
He disclosed that he worked with Baloch student organisations and other insurgents for carrying out his activities.
He said Anil Kumar Gupta, a RAW officer of the rank of joint secretary, was his supervisor.
Yadav said he was arrested on March 3, 2016, and was voluntarily giving the statement and cooperating with his investigators.
Gen Bajwa said the primary task given to Yadav was to revive the dying Balochistan insurgency and sabotage China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Yadav, he said, was planning to attack the Gwadar Hotel where Chinese were staying and where there was presence of a sectarian organisation.
The spokesman said they had planned to bring in 30-40 trained RAW operatives to coordinate and help in reviving the Baloch insurgency.
The world must be informed that Pakistan is not in an ordinary war, rather, for us it is our world war, which is being fought for the life and death of Pakistan. Already Pakistan has suffered casualties of nearly 80,000 civilian and military personnel and about a trillion dollar economic loss. This type of war has not been witnessed by any other nation, in the history of the world.
Moreover, it seems that this fight may not end very soon, in the near future. As such, our civil, military and all non military people, will have to stand united in front of the terrorists, who are hell bent to fight this war, not in our back yard, but right in the middle of our homeland.
In any crime investigations, the first logical step is to find the beneficiary of that criminal act. Here, in Pakistan we have observed a pattern, which reveals that either, the terrorists have been targeting the GHQ, Naval and Air Force bases or indulging in specific targeted attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers, Chinese nationals and other foreigners, soft targets like intelligentsia, polio workers, hospitals, educational institutions, busy markets, tourists and Pakistani minorities.
All these operations are carried out (at specifically chosen vital timings) not only to inflict maximum men and material losses, but also to undermine Pakistan’s military power, sabotage CPEC, create isolation in foreign policy and inflict maximum damage on economy, sports and tourism etc.
We should not be so naive to indefinitely close our eyes and ignore the role of huge number of Indian consulates, specially based near the Pakistan’s western borders with Afghanistan. In fact, the terrorism in Karachi and the insurgencies of Swat and Balouchistan are a clear testimony of the Indian evil designs, being perpetrated through these consulates in Afghanistan.
However, Pakistan must clearly know that this Indian game plan, specifically designed to keep Pakistan bleeding for an indefinite period, will never cease, till such time we repay the Indians in the same coins, by devising a strategy, to fight fire with fire.
Therefore, it is high time that Pakistan officially warn India to immediately pack up all its consulates in Afghanistan, failing which we should also immediately take steps to establish our own consulates, in the border areas of all those countries, which share a common border with India.
The recent sudden increase of acts of terrorism, also highlights the importance of preventive measures to curb this menace, which is causing severe losses of innocent lives, material and reputation of the country.
In the cases of previous terrorist attacks on the GHQ, PIDC house & Pakistan Navy air base, it was reported that the gang of attackers was residing in a rented house for quite some time, in an area not very far away from their targets. It was also reported that the neighbours of these houses were although, suspicious of these tenants yet, they kept quiet and did not tip area police, about their apprehensions.
Under the circumstances, there is a dire need for motivating general public, which must remain extra-vigilant, in playing their role of defending the motherland, by involvement of entire population of the country, to look out in their near vicinity, for the stay and suspicious activities of the terrorist.
As such, In order to make the stay of terrorists at any place almost impossible, it is proposed to actively involve the entire population, to look out & hunt them.
This objective can be easily achieved, by the announcement of the government, that a reward of Rs. 50 millions shall be paid to any person, who informs the Police, about the terrorist(s) staying in a house, hostel, hotel, rest house or any such place.
If our war against terror and for our survival is to be won quickly, the entire population of the country shall have to be geared up and involved in the task of watch and vigilance.
Last but not the least, as is done in many countries, compulsory three years military service law, must be enacted for entire Pakistani citizens, without any discrimination of rich and poor. Besides many other benefits, it will help produce a new generation of disciplined and physically fit Pakistanis.
A write up of June 9, 2014 (www.snayyar.com) but even more relevant today.
Latest update after attack at Karachi air port and killings of dozens of pilgrims at two hotels in Taftan near Iranian border.
Now, a time has come that Pakistan can not and must not allow this war, to be just a kind of a routine exercise, to wait for the terrorists to attack as per their will and evil designs; and after that we ask our law enforcing agencies, to go after them and kill them.
This sort of mind set will ruin us completely, sooner than later. Offence is the best defence. Pakistan must inform the United Nations, Afghanistan and India that come what may, Pakistan will launch severe punitive strikes inside Afghanistan, on its terrorists training bases and on the Indian Consulates, as well.
We must remember that when it comes to a do or die situation, specially for a nuclear power, then there is no going back. Precisely, this was the reason USA was absolutely ready for a nuclear war, when Russia planned to install missiles, in its back yard in Cuba.
Actually, the current strategy of our known enemies, to wage a out sourced third party war, to disintegrate and degenerate a nuclear Pakistan, suits them as the best option, without any cost to our enemies.
As such, it is high time our strategy is revamped and rehashed, to let our enemies and the whole world know very clearly that red lines of Pakistan’s conventional and nuclear threshold have been crossed; and we reserve the right to use any and all weapons, to safeguard our national interests.
This means clearly the use of nuclear and all weapons at our disposal, because we can’t sit idle and witness our own demise, without any punishment to the mischief mongers.
In this regard, if the UNO or the world powers wants to take steps to ensure peace on our western borders, we should have no objection, provided all the Indian consulates established, after the NATO invasion of Afghanistan, are permanently shut down, just as Russia accepted American demands, during the Cuban crisis. (In fact, before the start of the NATO invasion of Afghanistan the USA had accepted this Pakistani condition that India will have no role in this Afghan war on terror ).
So, for a nuclear Pakistan, enough is enough.
We must not forget that any all out nuclear war between India and Pakistan, will not only be a complete annihilation of both the countries, but it will spell dooms day, for the entire planet, as well.
(Posted at www.snayyar.com by Syed Nayyar Uddin on January 9, 2014)
How to win Pakistan’s world war..?
Pakistan is not in an ordinary war rather, for us it is our world war, which is being fought for the life and death of Pakistan. This type of war has not been witnessed by any other nation, in the history of the world.
Moreover, it seems that this fight may not end very soon, in the near future.
As such, our civil, military and all non military people, will have to stand united in front of the terrorists, who are hell bent to fight this war, not in our back yard, but right in the middle of our house.
In view of the seriousness of the situation and to keep the motivation of the general public alive, it is imperative to immediately announce the following initiatives:
1. Shaheed Chaudhry Aslam SSP and Shaheed Aitzaz Hussain (the 9th class student of Hangu, who grabbed the suicide bomber) may be awarded the highest national bravery award, for offering ultimate sacrifice, in beyond the call performances of their duties.
2. As a safety and precautionary step, government must announce that with immediate effect, no vehicle of any type, including cycles and motor cycles etc., be allowed to enter or be parked in any bazaar, throughout the country. This is a harsh and very inconvenient step, but it may save many lives.
3 (i). In any crime investigations, the first logical step is to find the beneficiary of that criminal act. Here, in Pakistan we have observed a pattern, which reveals that either, the terrorists have been targeting the GHQ, Naval and Air Force bases or indulging in specific targeted attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers, Chinese, foreigners and Pakistani minorities.
3 (ii). All these operations are carried out (at specifically chosen vital timings) not only to inflict maximum men and material losses, but also to undermine Pakistan’s military power; and create isolation in foreign policy, economy, sports and tourism etc.
3 (iii). We should not be so naive to indefinitely close our eyes and ignore the role of huge number of Indian consulates, specially based near the Pakistan’s western borders with Afghanistan.
3 (iv). In fact, the terrorism in Karachi and the insurgencies of Swat and Balouchistan are a clear testimony of the Indian evil designs, being perpetrated through these consulates in Afghanistan.
3 (v). However, Pakistan must rest assured that this Indian game plan, specifically designed to keep Pakistan burning for an indefinite period, will never cease, till such time we repay the Indians in the same coins, by devising a strategy, to fight fire with fire.
3 (vi). As such, it is high time that Pakistan officially warn India to immediately pack up all its consulates in Afghanistan, failing which Pakistan should also immediately take steps to establish its own consulates, in the border areas of all those countries, which share a common border with India e.g., China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and SriLanka etc.
4 (i). The sudden increase of acts of terrorism, highlights the importance of preventive measures to curb the menace of terrorism, which is causing severe losses to men, material and reputation of the country.
4 (ii). In the cases of terrorist attacks on the GHQ, PIDC house & Pakistan Navy air base, it was reported that the gang of attackers was residing in a rented house for quite some time, in an area not very far away from their targets. It was also reported that the neighbours of these houses were although, suspicious of these tenants yet; they kept quiet and did not tip area police, about their apprehensions.
4 (iii). Under the circumstances, there is a dire need for motivating general public, which must remain extra -vigilant, in playing their role of defending the motherland, by involvement of entire population of the country, to look out for the stay and suspicious activities of the terrorist, in their near vicinity.
4 (iv). As such, In order to make the stay of terrorists at any place almost impossible, it is proposed to actively involve the entire population to look out & hunt them. This objective can be easily achieved, by the announcement of the Government, that a reward of Rs. 50 millions shall be paid to any person, who informs the Police, about the terrorist staying in a house, hostel, hotel, rest house or any such place.
4 (v). If the war against terror is to be won quickly, the entire population of the country have to be geared up and involved in the task of watch and vigilance.
The entire responsibility of Yaser Shah’s abysmal performance in the 2nd Test (1/266) rests on Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad, and no one else.
However, legendary spinner Dr. Intikhab Alam was also sitting there and he should have guided Yaser Shah to how to bowl at the English batsmen, who changed their technique from lords, as stated by their captain:
“Watching Yasir from Lord’s, he got a lot of lbws and bowled so we played him a little straighter and it worked,” said Cook.
More than the players, it was a complete failure of the entire Pakistani nincompoop coaching staff and the tour management committee, who just sat on the laurels of the Lords victory and failed to devise any strategy for the second Test match and entered the game without ANY plan, except not to do any push ups again.
In cricket, every new game is an entirely new battle of wits. Gone are days when winning combinations were not disturbed. The biggest failure of Micky Arthur and Misbah ul Haq was when they ignored our glaring weaknesses of the first Test and entered into the second match on the hype of the Lords victory push-ups.
Further, from day one, Amir was bowling at a reduced speed in the second Test and by the end he had to go off the field. If this man was not fit he should never have been waisted in the second match.
The secret of success lies not in the push-ups, but in staying ahead of your competitor, by future gazing, knowing your and competitors weak and strong areas, anticipating the next move of the opponent and be ever ready to adapt for the change.
Now, till the start of the 3rd Test on 3rd August, we should utilise the available time for some radical changes.
As such, the chairman PCB must act immediately and swiftly (like ECB did when they immediately inducted Saqlain Mushtaq, which helped Moeen Ali get many more wickets and much cheaply than Yaser Shah) and induct the world renowned legendary leg spinner Mr. Abdul Qadir, as a spin bowling consultant of the touring team.
The following suggestions submitted a few days ago may be considered on the theory of selecting horses for courses:
Few suggestions for the remaining two Test matches:
1. Let Shan Masood continue opening the innings. However, the batting coach must work very hard on removing his weakness of playing rising balls and mental block against the bowling of James Anderson.
2. Drop M. Hafeez.
3. Call back Shoaib Malik from his Test retirement, as a batting all-rounder. We need his off spin bowling desparately.
4. Let Azhar open with Shan.
5. Drop Younis Khan and bring, in his place, Sami Aslam, who is already with the squad.
6. The batting order may be reshuffled as below, as England has also promoted their best batsmen J Root to # 3 position, who alone scored 325 runs in the match, whereas, our 22 batsmen scored a mere 432 runs (Average 19.63) in the 2nd Test match.
2. Shan Masood
3. Asad Shafiq
4. Misbah ul Haq
5. Sami Aslam
6. Sarfraz Ahmad
7. Shoaib Malik
8 to 11 four bowlers.
It also looks Amir is a shadow of his original self. If he is not fit, either, Sohail Khan or Zulfiqar Babar may be included in his place or Junaid Khan may be called from Pakistan.
Keeping in view the overall pathetic batting display, Fawad Alam must also be immediately flown to the UK: and given a try in the side matches before the 3rd Test, to check his form under the English conditions.
Moreover, for the ODI’s the situation is even more critical, as our eligibility for the ODI World Cup 2019, is dependent upon staying by September, 2017 within the top 8 rankings, which at the moment is #9 and our next 15 ODI’s will be played against England, West Indies, NZ and Australia.
In the ODI format, batting is our Achilles heal. In this regard, it is suggested that Misbah ul Haq, may be advised in the national interest to rejoin our ODI team, by cancelling his retirement, as a batsman, to see through the period, till the rankings cut off time of September, 2017.