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July 2, 2011

Special Olympics Summer Games 2011: Day five: Pakistan reach impressive heights

Pakistan have bagged medals in a number of event including bocce, cycling, badminton and table tennis and are certain to at least win a silver in the basketball event. PHOTO: SAIMA MOHSIN


Pakistan athletes reached unprecedented heights on an impressive fifth day of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 in Athens when Bakhtawar Gul and Ayesha Iftikhar bagged the top two positions at the girls’ 100-metre race, while Adeel Ameer secured a gold medal in the high jump event and Ali Sakhawat grabbed a silver medal in the men’s 200-metre race.

Rabia Saeed won the badminton women’s singles title and Mehwish Iftikhar won gold in the women’s singles table tennis event.

Eleven-year-old Gul covered the distance in 17.37 seconds while nine-year-old Ayesha followed her squad-member to bag a silver medal with 17.90 seconds to finish second. The athletes outran five other competitors in their division, as Bahrain’s Nayla H Aalathem came third with 18.12 seconds.

Meanwhile, Ameer won the gold medal in the high jump event when he covered 1.35 metres to outplay Switzerland’s Alfio Lorenzetti (1.25 metres), and Argentina’s Dario machuca (1.20 metres).

Similarly, 22-year-old Sakhawat Ali won the silver medal when he covered the distance of 200-metres in 25.53 seconds, losing the first place to China’s Bayaer Haosi with the difference of 11 seconds. Jmaica’s Owen Reitchie finished third with 25.72 seconds on the clock.

“We had an exciting day here with a lot of celebration and a major disappointment as well,” athletics coach Javad Arshad told The Express Tribune.

“Rahimullah Baig had almost won a silver medal in the 800-metre race today, but he got disqualified. We couldn’t believe it. The officials said that he entered into the race from a wrong position and ran before the signal.”

On the other hand, Saeed defeated South Korea’s Han Ui Lim 2-0 in the women’s badminton singles final. She had outplayed Netherlands’ Celine van Parijs 2-0 and China’s Chenxue 2-1 earlier in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, cyclists Billawal Aslam and Mohammad Nazeer Ahmed grabbed bronze medals in the five-kilometre men’s time trial event.

Aslam covered the distance in nine minutes and 5.62 seconds outrunning seven other competitors, losing to Colombia’s Carlos Gonzales (eight minutes and 39.89 seconds) and Greece’s Panagiotis Kontos (nine minutes and 4.84 seconds). Ahmed finished third in his division with 10 minutes and 17.69 seconds.

Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team continued with their winning streak when they defeated the UAE 31-10 in the semi-final.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

July 1, 2011

Invisible border: Freed Pakistani children reach home

A fisherman, who was released by the Indian government, is welcomed by a relative at Cantt railway station in Karachi. PHOTO: PPI


Eleven Pakistani children, including 10 fishermen, arrived in Karachi on Thursday after they were released from Indian jails.

One of the children, who arrived at Karachi’s Cantt station, had been in Indian custody for two years, while others were arrested around four months ago.

Nine children are from Karachi while the remaining two hail from interior of Sindh. Abdul Aziz, a fisherman from Thatta, told reporters that he and 13 other boys were fishing in the open sea around four months ago when the Indian Navy arrested them. He said they were initially kept in naval custody for interrogation but were later shifted to the Jamnagar Jail in Indian Gujarat. He also said that he was not aware of his release until authorities took him to the Wagah Border.

Another released child, Narain Kohli, who works as a farmer, said he got lost in the Thar Desert two years ago while on his way to work. He was trying to return to his village in Nagarparkar when he was arrested and handed over to Indian Border Security Force personnel, he said.

Narain said he was kept in the Bhuj Jail in Gujarat and was not allowed to contact his family. Around three days ago, he was taken to a juvenile prison before being released at the border, he said, adding that Indian authorities gave him and the other children train tickets with Rs200 each for travel expenses.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.

July 1, 2011

Teenage fishermen reach Karachi after release from India

Released Pakistani prisoners meet with their relatives upon their arrival at a railway station in Karachi on June 30, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Ten teenage fishermen, who had been released by India on June 27, reached Karachi on Thursday.

The fishermen had been arrested by the Indian Navy for alleged violation of international maritime borders. They were released via Wagah border and reached Karachi Cantt station today. <!–more–>

Speaking to the media on their arrival, the released boys said they had been subjected to torture and discrimination on the basis of religion in Indian jails.

Earlier, India had released 70 Pakistani prisoners including 52 fishermen. The imprisonment and release of fishermen from both sides of the border has been regularly taking place over the last few months. However, it often takes months for the release of such prisoners.