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Gautam Gambhir, India’s World Cup hero, announces retirement from all formats of cricket

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One of India’s best openers Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Gambhir posted a video of his announcement on social media on Tuesday.

The India and Delhi opener Gautam Gambhir will play his last game against Andra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy.

Gambhir will be remembered for his role in India winning the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup trophies. He was also a crucial part of the team that reached the No. 1 rank in Test cricket.

Gambhir, with Virender Sehwag, formed one of the best opening partnerships which the world has ever seen in the longest form of the game.

Gambhir was the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket and was named the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009.

Gambhir played 58 Test matches for India scoring 4154 runs at an average of 41.96 and 9 centuries. In ODIs, he scored 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 and 11 centuries in 147 matches. He also made his mark in T20I cricket playing 37 matches scoring 932 runs at an average of 27.41 with 7 half centuries.

Gambhir is one of the most successful captains in the IPL. He won two titles with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2012 and 2014.

 

 

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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Mithali Raj reacts to Ramesh Powar’s accusations, ‘It’s the darkest day of my life’

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Mithali Raj has reacted to Indian women’s cricket coach Ramesh Powar’s report to BCCIin which he has accused the senior player of being selfish, throwing tantrums and creating chaos.

Powar, in his report, has alleged that Mithali Raj threatened to retire midway through the ICC Women’s World T20 after being denied the opening slot. He also accused her for putting herself before team and country.

Raj took to Twitter to express her feelings. The veteran cricketer wrote that she was deeply saddened and hurt by the aspersions cast on her. She said that her commitment to the game, 20 years of playing for the country and hard work were being questioned. She ended with saying that it was the darkest day of her life.

She wrote, “I’m deeply saddened & hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game & 20yrs of playing for my country.The hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned & all the mud slinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May god give strength (sic)”

Powar’s report came a day after the Mithali had alleged that the former spinner was out to destroy her and humiliated her during the World T20 tournament in the West Indies.

Powar’s 10-page tour report is almost entirely focussed on Mithali, taking up nearly five pages in all. He met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim at the Board headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday to submit it.

 

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When elite honesty reigned supreme: Australia beat South Africa to finally end losing streak

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Australia snapped a seven-game losing streak to beat South Africa by seven runs in the second one-dayer in Adelaide on Friday, keeping the series alive and boosting their battered confidence.

Set 232 to win, the Proteas could only manage 224-9 in their 50 overs, leaving the series tied at 1-1 with the decider in Hobart on Sunday.

The hosts, who were thrashed by six wickets with more than 20 overs to spare in the opening match, dug deep with their bowlers getting them over the line.

Marcus Stoinis was the pick with 3-35 off his 10 overs, including the crucial scalp of David Miller who hit a stubborn 51.

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past for Australia.

In fact, their last win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

Their form slump since had been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion for 231.

But with Mitchell Starc returning to new-ball duties after a short-lived experiment with Nathan Coulter-Nile in Perth backfired, the attack did its job.

Starc got a reward in his third over, with Adam Zampa getting under a catch in the deep to end Quinton de Kock’s night.

Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks were looking dangerous as they pushed the score to 46, but they needlessly attempted a third run from a clip off the pads to midwicket and Markham was run out.

Six balls later and Hendricks was also in the clubhouse, getting an outside edge off Josh Hazlewood to give Australia hope.

And when Heinrich Klassen fell to Stoinis to leave the Proteas on 68-4 the crowd came alive, sensing the miserable run could be over.

Faf du Plessis and Miller set about building a 74-run partnership before Pat Cummins got a breakthrough with the South African skipper dragging the ball onto his stumps on 47.

Miller dug in as partners fell to grind out a gutsy 51 before he was given out lbw on a review decision and the South African tail failed to wag.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch stressed beforehand the need to go back to basics and build partnerships, and he and Travis Head tried to set the tone after being sent into bat.

But Head’s aggressiveness cost him and he was trapped him lbw for eight.

That brought Shaun Marsh to the crease and he quickly got into his groove.

He and Finch knocked up a 50 partnership before Marsh, on 22, got a thick edge off Rabada and de Kock took the catch.

Finch built a composed 41 before he was deceived by a Dwaine Pretorius delivery and chopped the ball onto his wicket.

The explosive Chris Lynn was in Twenty20 mode when he smacked 18 off the first four balls of a Rabada over before he pushed his luck too far on the fifth, mistiming a hook and was caught.

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past for Australia.

In fact, their last win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

Their form slump since had been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion for 231.

But with Mitchell Starc returning to new-ball duties after a short-lived experiment with Nathan Coulter-Nile in Perth backfired, the attack did its job.

Starc got a reward in his third over, with Adam Zampa getting under a catch in the deep to end Quinton de Kock’s night.

Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks were looking dangerous as they pushed the score to 46, but they needlessly attempted a third run from a clip off the pads to midwicket and Markham was run out.

Six balls later and Hendricks was also in the clubhouse, getting an outside edge off Josh Hazlewood to give Australia hope.

And when Heinrich Klassen fell to Stoinis to leave the Proteas on 68-4 the crowd came alive, sensing the miserable run could be over.

Faf du Plessis and Miller set about building a 74-run partnership before Pat Cummins got a breakthrough with the South African skipper dragging the ball onto his stumps on 47.

Miller dug in as partners fell to grind out a gutsy 51 before he was given out lbw on a review decision and the South African tail failed to wag.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch stressed beforehand the need to go back to basics and build partnerships, and he and Travis Head tried to set the tone after being sent into bat.

But Head’s aggressiveness cost him and he was trapped him lbw for eight.

That brought Shaun Marsh to the crease and he quickly got into his groove.

He and Finch knocked up a 50 partnership before Marsh, on 22, got a thick edge off Rabada and de Kock took the catch.

Finch built a composed 41 before he was deceived by a Dwaine Pretorius delivery and chopped the ball onto his wicket.

  • The explosive Chris Lynn was in Twenty20 mode when he smacked 18 off the first four balls of a Rabada over before he pushed his luck too far on the fifth, mistiming a hook and was caught.

 

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Rohit, Jadeja star as India rout West Indies in 5th ODI, win series 3-1 PTI |

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A ruthless India completed a nine-wicket demolition of the West Indies in the fifth and final ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday for their sixth successive series win at home.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to help India bundle out the West Indies for 104 in just 31.5 overs. Pacers Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with two wickets each.

The home team took just 14.5 overs to reach the paltry target, courtesy an unbeaten 99-run stand between Rohit Sharma (62 off 54) and captain Virat Kohli (33 off 29), following another low score from Shikhar Dhawan.

It was a complete surrender from the West Indies, who let themselves down after competing hard in the first three ODIs. The previous game at Mumbai too was dominated by the hosts before they romped to a 3-1 series win. India last a lost a series at home in 2015, when they went down 2-3 against South Africa.

The hosts wasted in no time completing the 105-run target after the bowlers laid the foundation of a massive victory. Rohit continued his fine form, notching up a half-century, in the process going past the 1,000-run mark for the calendar year 2018 and also hitting his 200th six in ODIs.

The India vice-captain had a lucky escape when he was caught behind by Shai Hope off Oshane Thomas’ bowling on 18. He made most of that reprieve as he hit five boundaries and struck five imperious sixes. Kohli too was solid at the other end and his innings comprised six fours.

Dhawan’s soft dismissal would probably be one of the lows for India as he chopped on a delivery from Thomas, who worked up good pace but was inconsistent with his line and length.

Earlier, the West Indies were in trouble right from the start after skipper Jason Holder chose to bat. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Kieran Powell caught behind by M S Dhoni for a duck off the fourth ball, giving India their first wicket.

Shai Hope, who has been one of the best West Indies batsmen on tour alongside Shimron Hetmyer, was castled by Bumrah off a beauty in the second over to leave the team at 2 for 2. The experienced Marlon Samuels, from whom a lot was expected, led a brief revival, hitting some crisp boundaries and the only six of the innings.

The Indian domination could be gauged from the fact that the first boundary came in the sixth over when Rovman Powell lofted one from Bumrah over the infield. Samuels’ resistance ended in the 12th over when he fell to a soft dismissal of Jadeja for 24, spooning a catch to skipper Virat Kohli.

As has often been the case in the series, Holder showed patience and skill to resist the rampant Indian bowlers but his dismissal hastened the end. The lanky Holder was taken by Kedar Jadhav, running in from the deep when he tried to go ariel against Khaleel Ahmed. He was the top-scorer with 25. The spinners took over and polished off the tail.

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India vs West Indies: When Captain Kohli fails, his deputy stands up – Rohit strikes 21st ODI hundred

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Rohit Sharma struck his fifth century of 2018 and an overall 21st century of his One-day International (ODI) career during the fourth ODI between India and West Indies on Monday.

Jason Holder, who dismissed Rohit in the previous match by rattling the stumps, bowled a short ball and in reply, Rohit pulled it away, beating the fielder at deep mid for four and that brought up the century for the local batsman.

The moment charged up not-so-full Brabourne Stadium’s stands that also included a cheering wife, Ritika. Rohit looked well on course for an unprecedented fourth ODI double-hundred, but the right-hander fell just short as he was dismissed for 162 off 137. His knock was laced with 20 fours and 4 sixes.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who had scores of 140, 157* and 107 in the previous three ODIs in the ongoing five-match ODI series against the West Indies, was aiming to become only the second batsman to register four consecutive centuries in the 50-over international format.

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, who smashed four centuries on the trot during the 2015 World Cup, remains the only batsman to have done that so far.

During the fourth ODI in Mumbai on Monday, Roach made the big breakthrough in the 17th over. In an attempt to run it down to the third man, Kohli ended up getting a faint edge that was caught easily by Shai Hope behind the wickets.

Kohli was dismissed for a mere score of 16, which also turned out to be his lowest score this year in the ODIs. In 2018, so far, the Indian skipper has played 13 ODIs, scoring 1,143 at an unbelievable average of 129.88 including six tons and three half-centuries.

Prior to the fourth ODI, Kohli’s lowest score was 36, which he had scored against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

Earlier in the day, Kohli won the toss and opted to bat.

Indian team have made two changes; they have dropped Chahal and Rishabh Pant and have brought in the duo of Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja.

Meanwhile, West Indian Keemo Paul comes in for Obed McCoy, who has picked up four wickets in two games.

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Salim Durrani at 85 denies, he was ever in love relationship with late actress Parveen Babi

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Eminent cricketer Salim Durrani with sr journalist Shelly Vishwajeet, me and Rajendra Raturi

It was indeed a very privileged ocassion to meet a greatest cricketer of his time known as a sixer man, tall and still hale and hearty Salim Durrani in PCI yesterday, at the age of 85, alongwith other friends.

There was a time about five decades ago when his sixes were the point of debate and discussions amongst the billions of cricket fans in India.

An outstanding batsman and a left armed bowler having taken lots of wickets, Salim Durrani primarily belonged to Junagarh, Gujarat and his father Abdul Aziz was also a renowned cricketer having played test matches for India during 1935 to 1940 and brought laurels for the country.

A down to earth, jovial and happy man even at 86, having also acted as a Hero in a movie called Charitra decades ago with the famous bollywood actress Parveen Bobby Salim Durrani Sahib has refuted that he ever had love relationship with her as was the controversy raised in the then bollywood magazines n rest of the newspapers in the country. He added that he was shocked, really grief stricken and felt very bad to hear her traumatic death inside a house in Bombay with nobody even knowing about her sad demise.

Durrani Sahab says that she was just a good friend as she also belonged to Junagarh, Gujarat from where he too belonged. He said the media always make mountains out of the mole and so was my relationship as a friend with Late Parveen Bobby twisted and blown out of proportion for nothing but enhancing their TRPs.

He was answering about this interesting query put forward by senior journalist Shelly Vishwajit who readily and as a matter of privilege hosted few Bacardi drinks to him despite his calm deniel, insisting that he will bear for it.

A tall man giving a Pathan look though bit thin Salim Durrani was born in Kabul Afghanisthan on 11th December, 1934 and later on shifted to India during partition. He is currently living in Jaipur Rajasthan. He was the first cricketer to have been honoured with the prestigious ARJUNA AWARD.

According to Bharath Ramraj in crizzbuzz.com Salim Durani is the only Test cricketer, who was born in Afghanistan. The Kabul-born cricketer, Durani bowled slow left-arm orthodox and was known for his striking prowess as a batsman. During his childhood days, Durani took part in a variety of sports like cricket, tennis and football. However, cricket was his first love. His father Abdul Aziz was a decent cricketer, who once played for India in an ‘unofficial’ Test match against the Australians in 1935-36. As his father used to work for the ruler of Jamnnagar, he shifted with his family to that place.

Even after the partition, Durani (Jnr) continued to live in Jamnagar. However, his father made his move to Karachi and became well-known as a coach. It is believed that one of his students was none other than the legendary opening batsman from Pakistan, Hanif Mohammad. Durani made his Test debut at the age of 25 against a Richie Benaud-led Australian side in Mumbai in 1960. Interestingly, he got his chance only because Jasu Patel, the off-spinner, who had turned the previous Test match played in Kanpur in India’s favour with a bagful of wickets, was down with food poisoning.

Durani’s greatest moment came in the series against England in 1961-62. If he took eight wickets in Kolkata, then in the next game in Chennai, he ended up with a 10-for. India tasted victory in that series. In 1962, Durani also registered his one and only Test hundred against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In 1966 though, after playing with guts and gumption against Charlie Griffith and Wes Hall to score a fifty in a Test match in Mumbai, he suffered a knee injury and with the selectors looking out for younger players, he soon found himself in the wilderness.

Durani though, made a sterling comeback into the side by playing a key role in India’s first ever Test win against West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad, 1971. It was his double strike to remove Clive Lloyd and Garry Sobers in the second innings that paved the way for India to achieve a historic victory. Durani played his last Test against England at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai in 1973. In fact, he had made his Test debut, too, at the same stadium.

Even now, connoisseurs fondly remember Durani for his six-hitting prowess. In 1973, when he was dropped for a Test match in Kanpur, the crowd had shouted, \”No Durani, no Test!\”. Durani was also known for his dashing looks and acted in a film called Charitra opposite Parveen Babi in 1973. Durani was the first ever cricketer to win the Arjuna Award. In 2011, he was honoured with the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI.

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SPORTS MINISTER ARVIND PANDEY ASSURES OF FULL TRANSPARENCY IN THE UTTARAKHAND RANJI PLAYERS’ SELECTION

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There are secret reports from various sources that lot of politics and favoritism is being exercised in the trials and subsequent selection of Ranji Trophy cricket players for its Uttarakhand’s cricket team, being held at Dehradun . It’s nothing new that there is usually a lot of red tapism and corruption in the selection processes in cricket at the district, state and national levels and the formula of setting, getting is ultimately applied.

At majority of the districts and state level selections this is usually applicable as those having influential connections try to ensure the selection of their candidates thus surpassing the real and competetive players especially hailing from poor or moderate socio economic background.

In Dehradun, Uttarakhand, the same thing seems to be happening with the deserving n budding aspirants with merit are being allegedly sidelined and those incompetent considered.

Though the process of trial is still on for the Uttarakhand’s Ranji Trophy team but the highly deserving with no political support still feel apprehensive of being left out, despite their best performance.

There have been number of complaints that lots of non Uttarakhandi cricket players of other states who could not prove successful in Ranji Teams of other states are now clandestinely using their political influence, clout and sources to have their place in Uttarakhand Ranji Trophy team thus killing the chances of the local Uttarakhandi deserving players.

There have been news in various papers that the domicile certificates of these outsiders ate being allegedly prepared on back dates through various private academies based in Dehradun for 30 to forty thousand rupees so that they can technically claim themselves as Uttarakhand’s citizen.

However, sources reveal that after receiving the complaints the BCCI and Uttarakhand Cricket Cordination Committee would now minutely scrutinise the domicile certificates and other documents of all the entrants.

In view of the preparation of the Uttarakhand Ranji Trophy Team several cricketers who’d left their hometown in Uttarakhand years ago are now returning back for continuous practice and their subsequent selection in the district cricket teams and Ranji Trophy.

Maximum of these cricketeers are under 16 and under 19 playing for other schools and boards outside Uttarakhand earlier.

In the meanwhile the Uttarakhand Sports Minister Arvind Pandey has said that he had also been receiving complaints about alleged favouritism, irregularity and red tapism in the selection process of the state Ranji Trophy team for which trial selection is underway in Dehradun these days. He assured of transparency in the selection process with strong warning to those involved in.this fishi affair. The minister asked the media to expose the irregularity or arbitrariness if any in the selection process of the Uttarakhand Ranji Trophy team so that he can take strict action against those involved in these illegal activity.

Now, as per the short listed names in the list for selection in the final trials if the names of at least first three players like Ajeet Rawat, Hari Singh ot Saurav Chauhan are not chosen in the team it would be crystal clear that justice have not been meted out to them. The chief minister of the state Trivendra Singh Rawat should intervene in the selection process and instruct those involved in this selection to be impartial, honest and fully technical to ensure that who ever is selected gets the opportunity on entirely competetive basis not on favour or political influence. What’s your take friends?

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SUNIL GAWASKAR REFUSES TO GO TO PAKISTAN, SIDHU TOO PLEASED TO PARTICIPATE IN IMRAN’S OATH TAKING CEREMONY! DEBATES ON

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The former skipper of the Indian Cricket team Sunil Gavaskar has refused to attend the swearing in ceremony of his old friend, the former Pakistan Cricket Captain and the twenty first prime minister elect of Pakistan to be sworn in at Islamabad on 18th August.

The reason given by him was his pre occupation in the test matches as a commentator on 18th in England. Sunil Gavaskar’s denial to attend this historic swearing in of Imran Khan in Pakistan is being highly appreciated and lauded by one and all in India especially the saffron party and the present political dispensation at the centre and about twenty states of the country.

Though the reason given by the former skipper of the Indian team is quite genuine and true as Sunil Gawaskar would be in England on 18th of August due to his being the commentator in the India versus England test series starting on 18th till 22nd August political analysts say that by refusing to accept the invitation of the the Pakistan’s prime minister elect’s swearing in ceremony Gawaskar has also given a huge rebuff to the enemy country and its anti India policies thus winning the hearts of billions of Indians around the globe.

Since it was the invitation from a friend ex captain of Pakistan cricket team to the former Indian skipper on extremely personal terms, Sunil Gavaskar could have easily obliged the former by cancelling his trip to England but he did’ nt do so proving himself to be a true nationalist in the language of the saffron party that rules the country at the centre and in over twenty states of the country.

Meanwhile the former Indian batsman, MP and now minister in the Congress government of Punjab has created a furore by saying that if allowed he will be extremely pleased to attend the swearing in ceremony of the former Pakistan skipper and the PM elect Imran Khan’s swearing ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan to usher in a new chapter offriendship between the two neighbouring countries always at loggerheads.

On being questioned by journalists about his intention to visit Pakistan after the former Indian skipper Sunil Gawaskar refused to oblige Imran Khan, Navjyot Singh Sidhu said that he would love to go to Pakistan, if permitted as this would usher in opening the doors for a renewed friendship between the warring nations who are at loggerheads for a long time. Sidhu even gave Imran Khan a certificate terming him a man of character to the utter dismay, surprise and shock of all.

There had also been reports that the Indian Ambassador to Pakistan would be presenting a cricket bat to Imran Khan as a diplomatic goodwill gesture for reopening of the friendship dialogues between both the nations who could not see each other eye to eye since long with incessant killings going on in the Indo Pak border and Kashmir at the behest of Pakistan Army and the ISI since long.

The refusal of Sunil Gavaskar and the interest of Navjyot Singh Siddhu to attend the swearing in ofTehrike Insaaf chief Imran Khan has opened serious debates in various television channels of the country with some appreciating Sidhu’s move as a purely friendly gesture while his antagonists terming it as an initiative to supportthe India’s hardened enemy nation and its prime minister.

However, the another Indian skipper Kapil Dev and Bollywood actor Amir Khan have not yet issued any statement in this context whether they intend to go to Pakistan on 18th August in Imran Khan’s swearing in ceremony or not.

It may be recalled that the Tehrike Insaf chief and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan who had been extremely critical of India during the entire election campaign to beget votes had after scoring the victory over his immediate political rivals like PML-N and PPP has said in the media interviews that he is looking forward for the better friendly relations with neighbouring India and if India puts one step forward his government will come out with two steps forward sunce he has lots of friends in India especially in the cricketing fraternity.

He even said that the Indian media has made him the villain of Bollywoofd for no reason. But on Kashmir issue he never relented and said that its the core issue of Pakistan where human rights violations have become the order of the day. He extented four specific invitations for his swearing in to his Indian crickter friends viz. Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjyot Singh Sidhu ( all cricketers) and  Bollywood actor Amir Khan.

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REHAM KHAN ACCUSES IMRAN KHAN FOR BEING THE IDEAL PUPPET OF PAK ARMY

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The former wife of the globally famed cricketer and the would be prime minister of Pakistan, a journalist and author of the controvertial book Reham Khan, exposing Imran Khan on various counts termed the cricketer turned politician as an ideal puppet of the Pakistan Army who will follow the Army line while being the prime minister of Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview published on Sunday edition of 29th July in “The Hindu”, Reham Khan accuses her former husband of winning the Pakistan elections through alleged unfair means and with the complete support of the Army failing which he and his Party Tehrike Insaf would have never been on the power saddle as today.

In an interview given to Suhasini Haider on telephone from London highly critical of Imran, senior journalist Rehan revealed that there had been hell of the pressures and even life threats by her former husband and her protege who very unambiguously threatened her to blow her up incase she comes in the way of the Tehrike Insaf Party chief Imran Khan and as such she had to give up her idea at that very point of time to bring out the book.

She added that that Imran’s people also called my friends to convey me, very specifically that I have two daughters and that non will be safe if I proceed further with my idea to write the book. My entire staff were bribed and intimated and clearly told that anyone who stood in the way of the PTI chief would be blown to pieces ( Uda Diye Jaoge).

On a question, that she wrote the book with a politically motivated intention to have an adverse impact on the chances of her ex husband’s party in the elections, Reham answered that people in Pakistan traded charges on her for having complicity with the PLM- N chief Nawaz Sharif saying that it was he who actually sponsered the book but its not true n absolutely unfair, as I came in the contact of the former PM while he was the PM of Pakistan and had interviewed him as a journalist on earlier ocassiins. However, it would be flattering for me to think that I could have had any impact on the election campaign. I was told very clearly that this would happen in the elections, but I authored my book anyway she added.

She however being critical to Jemina, Imran’s former wife who congratulated him on his victory said that she don’t want to be like Jemina for sure. She added : I married Imran when he was’nt in power or winning elections. I am a Pakistani, a self made woman, an anti social nerd, and entirely a non socialite.

Reham feels greatly relieved that she dosen’t have to stand with her ex husband Imran while he touted blasphemy laws and his party targetted minorities. I would’nt want to justify the indefensible she added.

Levelling open charges of being the Army stooge who will in all earnestness follow the Army line in future, the strict and strong bete noire of Imran Khan speaking against the future Pak PM, Reham agrees that every political establishment in Pakistan toed the Army’s dictates and so did the ex prime minister Nawaz Sharief but when the latter started asserting himself and defying the army’s dictates while praising or following the pro India policies or raising his voice on China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Army started supporting the PTI and its chief Imran Khan whole heartedly and let Nawab Sharief go out of power.

She also accused Imran and the Tehrike Insaaf Party of not allowing the previous Pak regime to accord India the status of the most favoured nation. The interview dwells on many other significant issues.

Meanwhile, after the prime minister Narendra Modi’s return to India from his three nation African tour the Indian government has, for the very first time welcomed the outcome of the general elections held on 25th July and expressed optimism that a new political dispensation would work constructively to build a new, safe, secure and developed South Asia free from violence. India desires a prosperous Pakistan at peace with its neighbours.

It may be recalled that the would be Pakistan PM Imram Khan had been extremely critical of India during his entire election campaign in Pakistan but after getting the largest number of seats as an individual party neligibly short of majority with a guarantee to fom the government with the support of the few outside parties, he lent a hand of friendship with India saying that the initiative should come first from the Indian side.

He added: if India raises the first step ahead towards Pakistan, the latter will put forward two steps with higher spirits but on the issue of Kashmir his stand was on the same lines as was that of his predecessors.

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