Pakistanis rooted for New Zealand as England won the World Cup final

England's captain Eoin Morgan lifts the World Cup trophy as England's players celebrate their win after the 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 15 July 2019

Pakistanis rooted for New Zealand as England won the World Cup final

  • England won the World Cup for the first time in a dramatic super over, as the nerve-wrecking contest ended in a tie at Lord’s
  • Pakistanis remain hopeful their team will lift the World Cup again one day

ISLAMABAD: Despite their team’s exit from the Cricket World Cup 2019, Pakistanis remained enthusiastic about the tournament, as many of them rooted for New Zealand in the final match.
Asked why they were supporting the Kiwis, some of the cricket fans pointed out that New Zealand had expressed tremendous solidarity with Muslims following the Christchurch mosque attacks in March this year.
The Kiwis battled England for the grand trophy on Sunday, but lost.
Pakistani remain passionate for cricket and many of them hope that their team will one day lift the Word Cup again. Arab News has more in this video


Pakistan’s move to reopen border will strengthen business ties, says Afghan special envoy 

Updated 12 July 2020

Pakistan’s move to reopen border will strengthen business ties, says Afghan special envoy 

  • Pakistani-Afghan border was sealed in mid-March as part of containment measures against COVID-19
  • Kabul-Islamabad trade was $1.2 billion per annum before the coronavirus outbreak 

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani government’s decision to reopen all main border checkpoints with Afghanistan will help increase business and reduce trust deficit between the two countries, Afghan special envoy Muhammed Umer Daudzai told Arab News on Sunday, as the Kharlachi crossing in Kurram district, Khyber Pakhtunkwa resumed operations after a long coronavirus closure.

The Pakistani-Afghan border was sealed in mid-March as part of containment measures against the COVID-19 outbreak. After reopening its crossings at Chaman in Balochistan, and Torkham, Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the past few weeks to facilitate trade, Pakistan on Saturday unsealed Kharlachi, which is the fifth main checkpoint on the borderline.

“These all are very positive signs. This (border opening) is a step toward right direction. This will increase businesses, people-to-people contact and remove trust-deficit,” the Afghan special envoy for Pakistan said.

Pakistani Foreign Office spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui also said the border’s reopening will help strengthen bilateral ties.

“The opening of the fifth Kharlachi border in Kurram tribal district with Afghanistan tends to encourage trade between the two countries, which will help strengthen their ties in future,” she told Arab News.

According to Faiz Muhammad from the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Pakistan’s move to reopen the five border crossings with Afghanistan was “a remarkable initiative” and would have a huge positive on trade between the two countries.

“Pakistan can regain Afghanistan trade market if it offers incentives to traders and reduce duty on items,” said the senior executive at SCCI, the chamber which role is to stimulate trade and business activity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province in which most border crossings with Afghanistan are located.

He said that the quantum of Kabul-Islamabad trade was $1.2 billion per annum before the coronavirus outbreak and dropped to an estimated $1 billion after the border closure.