The torch, touring the world ahead of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, arrived in a chartered plane from Muscat at a an airbase in the nearby city of Rawalpindi. The torch is in Pakistan after 44 long year. There are Alhamdulillah no specific threats to disrupt the Olympic flame’s procession and any anti-China protests over China’s treatment of Tibetans are not expected, which have plagued the global torch relay elsewhere.
The torch will be transported to the capital’s main Jinnah Stadium at around 2 pm PST. The original plan was to parade the torch down from the presidency building and along Islamabad’s main boulevard, but the entirety of the event will now be held behind closed doors at the stadium to ensure security.
President Pervez Musharraf is due to return from a trip to China on Wednesday to attend the ceremony, while Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is also set to be there. It would be nice to see the two hostile leaders togather after the oath taking cermony.
It is an honor for Pakistan that the Asian tour of the torch has started from Pakistan. It will then travel to New Delhi from Islamabad.
There was not much to be talked about the on going Pakistan-Bangladesh ODI series (except the battle between WAPDA and PCB perhaps) until this feat achived by our very ownhero, Mohammad Yousuf. During his cameo knock of 32 yesterday he became the second Pakistani batsman to go past 9000 runs after Inzi. Although it was a superb 72-ball 76 by opener Salman Butt that inspired Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh after they were set a revised target of 158 to win in 28 overs under the Duckworth/ Lewis method but for me it was Yousuf who made my day.
Way to go Yousuf! Thanx for making us proud once again 🙂
I was geniunely ashamed of myself when the incident of beating up Sher Afgan happened. Not because I am his ardent supporter but because that was not something which should have happened. I feared more violence would follow and thats what happened today when rival groups of lawyers clashed with each other leading to the loss of 7 precious lives. It is believed that at least 50 vehicles have been torched as well. These incidents are not only embarrassing for the whole nation but also very damaging for the new coalition government.
I assume the drama has not ended here. There’s a lot more to come for us to witness in the coming days.
I know I am lazy…but I have never been lazier than this!
Its been more than a month since I came back from UK but I still havent sent in my pics to my bro…can u believe that!!?? Anyway, was just uploading my pics on the Flickr wen I came across my fav of the lot so I thought of sharing it with everyone. Its the British National Museum and amazingly, it was a nice, sunny day in London.
Being a muslim girl who wears a headscarf, I find it pretty amusing how such a small piece of cloth can actually create such huge problems…and that too in a muslim country! Here’s a picture that caught my attention today on a blog called The White Path.
A lot has been happening in Pakistan in the name of “Enlightened Moderation.” I hope this doesnt happen in Pakistan any time soon. For me, my hijaab is a set of rules and my freedom of expression which no one can take away from me…