Terror, not New Zealand, killed Pakistan cricket

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was in Tajikistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit when he was knowledgeable of the New Zealand cricket workforce’s choice to drag out of the bilateral collection in Rawalpindi and Lahore.

Minutes earlier than the toss, New Zealand announced the decision to return home, citing a menace to the workforce. Imran Khan, Pakistan’s World Cup-winning captain, instantly reached out to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and tried to offer her his assurance, guaranteeing the safety of the Black Caps, however she was not impressed. The Pakistan Army had deployed its elite SSG Commandos for shut safety of the visiting cricket workforce. 4,000 Pakistan Army and police personnel have been deployed in Rawalpindi and Lahore across the New Zealand cricket squad to make sure complete safety. But New Zealand was clearly not impressed. And not with out cause.


From the occasions of former navy dictator Gen Zia-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Army has been radicalised. The stage of radicalisation was such that Lt Gen Shahid Aziz, former Chief of General Staff of the Pakistan Army, a 3-star basic who had served as Director General of Military Operations and Commander of Lahore-based 4 Corps, joined the Islamic State and fought alongside ISIS and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Syria. Lt Gen Hamid Gul, former Director General of Pakistan’s ISI, was infamous for sponsoring the Taliban and terrorist organisations towards India. His assertion that when historical past is written, it will likely be talked about in golden letters that Pakistan used US cash to defeat the previous Soviet Union will even have a postscript: that Pakistan used US cash to defeat the US in Afghanistan. Gen Gul was probably the most radicalised Generals of the Pakistan Army. The TV viewers laughed at Gen Gul’s boast, however Pakistan was not laughing when Brigadier Ali Khan, serving at GHQ Rawalpindi, was discovered responsible of ties with a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Hizb-ul-Tahrir in 2012.

The try and assassinate former Pakistan navy dictator and chief Gen Pervez Musharraf by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists and the assault on PNS Mehran in 2011, resulting in the destruction of two P3C Orion plane and killing of 15 Pakistan safety forces personnel, have been indications of inside assist that terrorist organisations had throughout the Pakistani armed forces.

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Former Pakistan tempo bowler Shoaib Akhtar says New Zealand pulling out of the tour simply earlier than the toss is a physique blow to cricket in Pakistan. “New Zealand just killed Pakistan Cricket,” tweeted the Rawalpindi Express. But can New Zealand be faulted? Images of the Pakistan Air Force Mi 17 helicopter landing in the centre of the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in March 2009 are still fresh in the minds of the cricket-playing world. Terrorists targeted the Sri Lanka cricket team, injuring five players, including captain Mahela Jayawardene and vice-captain Kumara Sangakkara. Six police personnel and two civilians were killed in the terror attack in the heart of Lahore. Incidentally, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a UN-designated global terrorist and the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, led the Eid Namaz at the same Gaddafi stadium.

Now it is for Shoaib Akhtar to realise if New Zealand killed Pakistan cricket or Pakistan’s ISI in bed with terrorists from the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan to Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar in Lahore and Bahawalpur. Why would Jacinda Ardern want to risk her cricketers when the writ of UN-designated global terrorists like Hafiz Saeed runs large across Pakistan’s Punjab province and the Pakistan government refuses to take action against UN-designated global terrorists on its soil – the Maulana of Terror Masood Azhar and the Professor of Terror Hafiz Saeed?

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Former US Secretary of Defence Gen Jim Mattis once called Pakistan the most dangerous country in the world. In his book “Call Sign Chaos”, Gen Mattis wrote: “Of all of the international locations I’ve handled, I contemplate Pakistan to be essentially the most harmful, due to the radicalization of its society and the provision of nuclear weapons.” Jim ‘the Mad Dog’ Mattis additionally hit out on the Pakistani management, saying leaders do not care concerning the individuals’s future. Imran Khan has previously taken nice satisfaction in not simply getting photographed with Taliban fighters but additionally advocating their trigger leading to him being notoriously known as: Taliban Khan.


All eyes are now at the England & Wales Cricket Board that has to take a name within the subsequent 48 hours on sending the England cricket workforce to Pakistan. In the previous 20 years, a number of groups have pulled out of Pakistan, given the precarious safety state of affairs. The state of affairs has been alarming since 2002 when the New Zealand workforce had pulled out of a cricket tour when terrorists attacked the Pearl Continental lodge in Karachi. The workforce was on the lodge when the phobia strike resulted within the deaths of 10 French naval engineers and technicians. The 2nd check match between Pakistan and New Zealand was deserted, and the Kiwis returned dwelling.

Sri Lankan gamers have been focused in Lahore in 2009. South Africa known as off the tour to Pakistan in October-November 2010, citing safety issues. Bangladesh took the identical plea in December 2012. Pakistan went down on a bent knee, requesting West Indies to play in Pakistan in 2016, however regardless of an settlement on 2 Test matches and 5 One Day International matches, the precarious safety state of affairs resulted within the collection being known as off. In 2019 Australia turned down Pakistan’s request for two ODIs to be performed in Pakistan.


New Zealand calling off the collection in Pakistan is a good slap throughout the face of those that have used terror as an instrument of state coverage. It could also be seen because the dying of cricket in Pakistan, however it’s a wake-up name for the individuals of Pakistan. Those celebrating the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the help given by the Pakistan Army and Deep State are enjoying with hearth. A harmful hearth that threatens not simply to singe however burn Pakistan down.

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