JuD chief, Hafiz Saeed, addresses election rallies in Karachi

Chief of Jama’at-Ud-Da’wah (JuD), a UN-designated terrorist organization, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, addressing a political rally for JuD political front, the Milli Muslim League (MML), on Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Karachi. (AN photo)
Updated 16 July 2018

JuD chief, Hafiz Saeed, addresses election rallies in Karachi

  • The Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief vows to make Hyderabad Deccan, Junagadh and Kashmir part of Pakistan after coming into power
  • Around 300 MML candidates are contesting the 2018 general election under the banner of Allah-o-Akber Tehreek (AAT)

KARACHI: Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD), a UN-designated terrorist organization, has said that its political front, the Milli Muslim League (MML), will make Hyderabad Deccan, Junagadh and Kashmir part of Pakistan. They had opted to join it but were forcibly occupied by India.
Addressing an election gathering in Karachi’s North Nazimabad neighborhood, Saeed said the MML, which unlike like other leagues being curved out of Pakistan Muslim League is not personality-centric, will complete the mission of the founder of Pakistan.
Nearly 300 candidates of the MML, a party blacklisted by the US because of alleged terror links, are contesting under the banner of Allah-o-Akber Tehreek (AAT).
Hafiz Saeed on Sunday arrived in the megacity of Karachi to address three election gatherings in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad and Orangi Town neighborhoods of the city and lead a rally to visit different vicinities.
“Pakistan is a gift of God as it was created on 27th Ramadan. When Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was asked about the government, he said we have a model to follow, which was presented and practiced 1400 years ago,” the JuD chief said, adding that in the past 70 years the rules didn’t run the state according to the wishes of the founder, owing to which the areas occupied by India couldn’t be secured.
“Had Pakistan been run according to the wishes of Quid, the Hyderabad Deccan, Junagadh and Kashmir would have become part of our country long before,” he said, vowing that the MML, after forming a government in the country, will make these areas part of Pakistan.
Saeed urged a large number of women participants of the gathering to start a door-to-door campaign to pass on the message. “I urge my brothers and sisters to start a door to door campaign. We have kicked off a movement. People are contesting elections for their party we are fighting election for Pakistan.”
The Milli Muslim League, which was proscribed as a terrorist group by the US in April 2018, had announced it would push for its registration as a political party with the Election Commission of Pakistan but if that failed it would field independent candidates from across Pakistan.
Later it announced it would contest elections under the banner of AAT with 265 contestants. The number, however, reached 300 when independent candidates also announced to contest with the symbol “Chair.”


Shaheen Afridi upstages Taylor's ton as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in first ODI

Updated 30 October 2020

Shaheen Afridi upstages Taylor's ton as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in first ODI

  • Zimbabwe lost by 26 runs when it was bowled out for 255 in 49.4 overs
  • Afridi outperformed everyone with 5-49

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan overcame Brendan Taylor’s century thanks to fast bowler Shaheen Afridi’s 5-49 to beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the first one-day international on Friday.
Taylor’s 112 off 117 balls — his 11th ODI hundred — ended up in a losing cause as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 255 in 49.4 overs.
Afridi was well supported by Wahab Riaz, who claimed 4-41.
In Pakistan’s first home international with no spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions at Pindi Cricket Stadium, left-handed batsmen Haris Sohail (71) and Imam-ul-Haq (58) propped up their team’s total of 281-8.
The three-match ODI series is part of the new World Cup Super League. Seven of the 13 teams in the league will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.
Taylor kept Zimbabwe in the hunt by hitting 11 fours and three sixes until Afridi returned in the 47th over and had him caught at mid-off. Zimbabwe lost its last five wickets for only 15 runs in the space of 18 balls.
“Pakistan’s bowlers' skill level at the death made it difficult for us," Taylor said.
On being named player of the match, he added, “I feel very lucky to get this man of the match award as I feel Shaheen should have got it. You’re up against a very skillful attack at the death and they were too good at the end."
Taylor and Wesley Madhevere (55) shared a 119-run, fifth-wicket stand that put Zimbabwe’s chase back on track after Afridi and Riaz reduced Zimbabwe to 115-4 in the 27th over.
But once Riaz broke the partnership by clean bowling Madhevere, Afridi followed up with the key dismissal of Taylor and swung the game back in Pakistan's favor.
“He (Taylor) played an outstanding innings, but I had confidence in Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz,” Babar Azam said after winning his first ODI as Pakistan captain. “Once Shaheen had Taylor’s wicket, I was sure we are going to win the game.”
Earlier, Zimbabwe's players didn’t show any rustiness despite this being their first international match since March as they tied down Pakistan’s much-fancied stroke-players.
Left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro (2-31) and fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani (2-39), who is making a comeback after two years out, were the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers. Muzarabani got Babar caught behind on 19.
Imam survived a television referral for lbw on 11 and went on to hit six fours. However, soon after completing his half-century he fell to a bizarre run out when he and Sohail ended up at the striker’s end.
Sohail departed in the 42nd over after hitting six fours and two sixes when offspinner Sikander Raza had him caught behind. Sohail didn’t return to the field during Zimbabwe’s chase.
Pakistan made 90 runs in the last 10 overs to post a competitive total.