Imran Khan – Player to Politician

Posted on 27. Jul, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Imran Khan after winning the Cricket World Cup at Melbourne in 1992

Imran Khan addressing a PTI political rally

Imran Khan addressing a PTI political rally

Pakistan’s sports and political worlds are not complete without a mention of a captivating cricketer, playboy, social elite, philanthropist and now a politician Imran Khan. He is the former captain of Pakistan Cricket team and the current leader of the political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) meaning Pakistan Justice Movement) was born on November 25, 1952 at Lahore. He received his initial education at Aitchison College, Lahore and then took admission in the Royal Grammar School, Worcester in England. Thereafter, he went to study Economics and Politics at Keble College, Oxford from 1973 to 1976.

Cricket was very much a part of Imran Khan’s family. Inspired by his cousins, Javed Burki and Majid Khan who were first class cricketers, Imran Khan started playing cricket during his school years at the age of thirteen. He also played Cricket for Oxford University. He made his first class test debut for Lahore at the age of sixteen and his test debut in England, 1971 when he was only 18 years old.

Being an all-rounder Imran Khan achieved reputation as one of the fastest bowlers of his times and became the captain of Pakistan cricket team in 1981. He led Pakistan to numerous victories. Imran led the Pakistani team to its first victory against India on their home soil. His greatest victory was indeed to win the Cricket World Cup at Melbourne in 1992. Imran Khan was one of the few cricketers who captivated their fans by their charismatic and indomitable personality till the very end of his career. He retired from Cricket at the peak of his career. He made immense contribution to cricket and caused to produce so many superstars like Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzimamul Haq.

After watching his mother suffer miserably from cancer in 1984, Imran Khan vowed to build a cancer hospital and at last with his great endeavors succeeded to open in 1996, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Lahore in memory of his mother. The Hospital really proved to be a mammoth project, with the entire nation making contributions towards this noble cause. The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital has gained international recognition in the world where free cancer treatment is provided to the poor patients. Imran Khan married Jemima, the daughter of the late multi-millionaire Sir James Goldsmith in 1995. She embraced Islam and was named as Haiqa. In 1996 Imran Khan, disappointed with the state of national politics, decided to form Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of which he remains the Chairman to date. Imran Khan claims to have entered the field of politics in order to reform the deteriorating social and political conditions of Pakistan. The main aim of his party is to eradicate the evil of corruption from the society and to bring justice to all. His political career started with him contesting the 1997 general elections in which he was unable to win any seat. In 2002 elections, however, Imran Khan succeeded to secure his own NA seat and is at present an active member of the Opposition struggling hard for the sovereignty of the Parliament.

Government of Pakistan acknowledged the services of Imran Khan when he was given Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1993.

Reference:

cricketfunzzgroup.blogspot.com

Geo-Strategic Importance of Pakistan

Posted on 26. Jul, 2015 by in Uncategorized

The international situation of a country is inevitably influenced by the assets and liabilities of its geographic setting. Pakistan was carved in a region with a history of conflict and rivalry between the British and the expansionist designs of Soviet Union. Afghanistan acted as buffer between the two powers due to its neutrality in the post world war period. But the direct Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan in December 1979 brought an upheaval and a highly disturbing development in the region. Pakistan emerged as an area of interest for the West with change in geopolitical environment in the world. Under the present scenario, the following facts have a bearing on the geo-strategic importance of Pakistan:-

  1. Common borders with the world’s two largest countries i.e., China and India both of which have well defined role in the regional and global context.
  2. Pakistan provides access to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean for land locked Central Asian states. The disintegration of the Soviet Union may have reduced the interest of Russia towards the South, but the newly emerged Central Asian States still have a need for transit and trade through Pakistan and Iran.
  3. Pakistan is located close to the oil rich Persian Gulf. The oil wealth and the sea lanes used for their passage are vital to the industrially rich West.

As a South Asian state, Pakistan’s security is linked with the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf Region. The Straits of Hormuz are in close proximity to Pakistan and are famous as a passageway for the world’s largest oil reserves. Similarly the bulk of the world oil tanker traffic passes very close to the Pakistan border and as such, Pakistan’s strategic location has very important geo-political implications.

The famous mountain passes in the North West have historically restricted movement from Central Asia to the sub-continent, so these mountain passes have always remained a source of concern. The construction of Karakorum Highway has further enhanced the strategic importance of this area. Traditionally, who-so-ever controls these passes, holds the key to the sub-continent.

References:

–         G.R. Berridge. Diplomacy at United Nation. St. Martin’s. New York.

–          G. W Chaudry , Pakistan’s Relations with India . Independence , Difficulties and problems.

–          Map of Pakistan: paknotebook.blogspot.com

Animals in Urdu

Posted on 25. Jul, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Image from "Urdu Animal" App from Learn Urdu Animals For Kids.

Image from “Urdu Animal” App from Learn Urdu Animals For Kids.

English Transliteration / Urdu
alligator magermuch – مگرمچھ
bear bhaaloo – بھالو
bird parendah – پرندہ
bull bail – بیل
cat billi – بلّی
cow guy – گائے
deer hiren – ہرن
dog kuta – کتا
donkey gadha – گدھا
eagle uqab – عقاب
eagles ‘eqab – عقاب
elephant haathee – ہاتھی
giraffe zerafah – زرافہ
goat bekera – بکرا
goats bekerai – بکرے
horse ghora – گھوڑا
horses ghorai – گھوڑے
lion sher – شیر
monkey bander – بندر
mouse chooha – چوہا
mice choohai – چوہے
rabbit khargosh – خرگوش
snake sanp – سانپ
tiger cheyta – چیتا
tigers cheytai – چیتے
wolf bhairya – بھیڑیا
wolves bhairye – بھیڑیے
turkey feel murgh – فیل مرغ