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


Ex-PM Sharif conditionally allowed to travel abroad for treatment

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Ex-PM Sharif conditionally allowed to travel abroad for treatment

  • Cabinet approved removing the ailing former premier's name from the no-fly list
  • Sharif asked to submits surety bonds of $35.5 million equivalent to fines imposed on him by Pakistani courts

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s federal cabinet on Tuesday granted conditional approval to remove former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the country’s no-fly list and allow him to travel abroad for medical treatment, the government said.

“We all are concerned about the health of a VIP prisoner [Nawaz Sharif] … However, all cabinet members have unanimously decided the [legal] relief [to him] should be conditional and time-bound,” said Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing a press conference here after the cabinet meeting.

The country’s 69-year-old, three-time former prime minister, Sharif is suffering from a serious immune disorder and was recently released on an eight-week medical bail from a prison facility in Lahore where he was serving a seven-year sentence on corruption charges.

He was sentenced to seven years with $25 million fine and ten years in prison with $10.5 million fine last year in two separate corruption cases.

The former prime minister, who has dominated Pakistan’s politics for about three decades, denies all corruption allegations against him, claiming they are politically motivated.

“The government will facilitate him [Sharif] and allow his medical treatment abroad if his family submits guarantees and surety bonds equivalent to the fines imposed on him by the country’s courts,” Awan said. “All cabinet members [during the meeting] had a consensus on one thing: That there should be no unconditional relief [to Sharif].”

Sharif’s younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, last week pleaded the interior ministry to strike off the former premier’s name from the no-fly list and let him travel abroad for treatment of his multiple ailments.

“An air ambulance will reach Lahore tomorrow [Wednesday] to take Nawaz Sharif abroad for treatment,” Marriyum Aurangzeb, spokesperson for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, said on Tuesday in a statement to media. “His [Sharif’s] health is deteriorating with each passing day … and he should be transported abroad as soon as possible.”

Sharif was earlier scheduled to fly to the United Kingdom on Monday through a private airline, but his ticket was canceled since the government had not removed his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Earlier in the day, Federal Law Minister Dr. Farogh Naseem convened a cabinet sub-committee on the ECL to prepare recommendations on the matter of removal of Sharif’s name from the no-fly list, but after nearly five hours of deliberations, the meeting ended without any decision.

The sub-committee will meet again at 9:30 pm tonight as participants of the meeting, including Sharif’s lawyers, have been asked to submit the “missing documents” for a final decision on the matter.

A meeting of the Sharif’s lawyers is currently in progress to prepare a response to the government’s demand of surety and security bonds equivalent to the fines imposed on the former prime minister by courts in two different cases.