Shehbaz and Hamza Sharif released on parole to attend Begum Shamim Akhtar’s funeral

Shahbaz Sharif (C wearing mask), Pakistani opposition leader and brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, comes out from the high court surrounded by supporters after the court rejected his bail plea in a money laundering and assets beyond income case, in Lahore on September 28, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 28 November 2020

Shehbaz and Hamza Sharif released on parole to attend Begum Shamim Akhtar’s funeral

  • Mother of Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif, Begum Akhtar’s last rites will be performed in Lahore on Saturday
  • Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif prayed for Begum Akhtar in London before her body was flown back to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and his son, Hamza, were released on a five-day parole to attend Begum Shamim Akhtar’s funeral that will be held in Lahore on Saturday.
Begum Akhtar, who passed away in London last Sunday, was the mother of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in Britain after he got a medical bail and flew out of the country in November 2019.
The Sharif family faced corruption allegations soon after the Panama Papers were leaked in April 2016.
The country’s top court disqualified the former premier from holding public office in July 2017, and he was convicted by an accountability court the next year.
While Nawaz Sharif currently resides abroad, his brother, Shehbaz, and nephew, Hamza, have been in prison and facing corruption references against them.
The provincial administration of Punjab released them on Friday to attend Begum Akhtar’s last rites as her body was flown back to Pakistan from London.
The PML-N founding leader, Nawaz Sharif, will not return to Pakistan for the funeral, though he prayed for his mother’s departed soul in a small congregation in London.
Sharif also missed his father’s funeral in 2004 since he was denied permission to return to his country from exile in Saudi Arabia by the administration of General (r) Pervez Musharraf.
 


Pakistani Twitter rejoices as archrival India beats Australia in cricket win for the ages

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Pakistani Twitter rejoices as archrival India beats Australia in cricket win for the ages

  • Pakistan and India are political foes and have one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world
  • Tuesday’s win by India was unequivocally cheered by Pakistani cricket fans who called it “one of the greatest test match wins of all time”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani social media users rejoiced on Tuesday as India bagged an incredible three-wicket win in the fourth test decider against Australia.

India’s Rishabh Pant timed his innings to perfection, ramping up the aggression in a stellar 89 as India stormed to a record 328-run chase at the Gabba and became the first team to beat the hosts at the Brisbane stronghold since the West Indies in 1988.

Pakistan and India are political archrivals and fierce opponents in the cricket field. But Tuesday’s win was unequivocally cheered by Pakistani cricket fans on Twitter, who called it one of “the greatest test series and test match wins of all time.”

“From 36 all out in the same series to winning it on Australia soil. Wow,” former cricketer and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar wrote.

“Investing in your players, giving them financial security, protecting them, giving them exposure, having A team tours is eventually bound to pay off. Well done India,” said cricket manager Rehan ulHaq.

“India basically pulled off one of the greatest test series and test match wins of all time,” said Uzair Younus, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “To win Down Under [Australia] is an achievement on its own. But to do it when several first-team players are out injured is a whole new level of achievement. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.”

“Given results, their injuries, and lack thereof of the home side, this Indian team is probably the greatest from South Asia to tour Australia,” said Umair Javed, an assistant professor at LUMS, Pakistan’s most prestigious private university.

“Cricket is the winner (and Australia the loser),” Javed said in another tweet.

“What a fight back by Indian cricket team in the series, they’ve played quality cricket. From 36-all out in first test to 2-1 up. Commendable. Love and respect from Pakistan,” Twitter user Taliha said, posting one of thousands of tweets praising the Indian team’s performance.

“Tremendous cricket by Indians,” Haider Rasool wrote. “Love from Pakistan.”

One Indian Twitter user posted: “Thank you Pakistan. Today’s win is ever more special because of support from neighbor.”

Strained relations between the two nations, who were one country before the partition of British India split them into India and Pakistan in 1947, and a decades-long dispute over the Himalayan valley of Kashmir conflict, has laid the foundations of one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world.

Pakistan and Indian have not played a bilateral Test series since 2008 when already brittle ties were shattered by the Mumbai terror attacks.