Monday, 14 November 2011

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Security around Mirzas residence beefed up

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>According to details, a large number of police mobiles from Califon and City Town police reached outside the resident of former Sindh home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza during night between Monday and Tuesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Soon after the arrival of police mobles, rumours about Zulfiqar Mirza&rsquo;s detention and house arrest spread in the area. Dr Zulfiqar Mirza was present in the house.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>However, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon visited Zulfiqar Mirza&rsquo;s house on late night, saying Dr Mirza was not under house arrest.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>He categorically denied the news regarding Dr Mirza&rsquo;s house arrest, terming all such news fake and baseless. He said Dr Mirza was his good friend and he come here to meet with his friend.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The provincial minister said that security around Dr Mirza&rsquo;s house was beefed up due to security concern.<br />&nbsp;</p>


New quake hits eastern Turkey

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>A magnitude-5.2 quake early Tuesday shook eastern Turkey already devastated by two powerful tremors, the Kandilli observatory said.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The latest quake hit Van province but there was no immediate report of damage or injuries, state-run Anatolia news agency said. Its epicenter was in the village of Mollakasim, the observatory said in a statement.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Previous quakes have turned Van, the provincial capital of half a million, into a virtual ghost town, Gov. Munir Karaloglu said Monday. He called for urgent relief aid for survivors.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Last month&nbsp;s magnitude-7.2 quake and a magnitude-5.7 quake last week flattened some 2,000 buildings, killed 644 people and left thousands homeless in the eastern province, where an unusually cold November is forcing survivors to endure even more suffering.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Very few state-owned buildings in the capital survived the quake, Karaloglu told the state-run Anatolia news agency. Many residents have fled because they fear going back into their homes even if they are not damaged.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It is a ghost city,&quot; said Karaloglu. &quot;Almost none of the buildings are in use.&quot;<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Karaloglu called on the country to show &quot;even more mercy&quot; in the face of mounting needs, ranging from housing to food and warm clothing.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The remaining homeless were suffering through unseasonably frosty weather. The Anatolia agency cited weather officials as saying</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Monday that temperatures dipped as low as -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight in the town of Ercis, which was the worst hit by the first quake.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The HaberTurk newspaper reported that a 7-year-old handicapped girl who had been living in makeshift tent died of pneumonia in Ercis on Sunday. Her father claimed that he could not obtain a proper tent from authorities, the newspaper report.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Several countries, including the United States and Israel, have sent in tents and prefabricated homes.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Assad urged to go as isolation deepens

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Syria stood increasingly isolated as the EU showered praise on the Arab League for its weekend decision to suspend Syria&nbsp;s membership in the bloc over its lethal crackdown on protests.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In the first such call by an Arab leader for Assad to quit, Jordan&nbsp;s King Abdullah II said in remarks aired on the BBC: &quot;I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I would step down and make sure whoever comes behind me has the ability to change the status quo that we&nbsp;re seeing.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But Syrian oreign Minister Walid Muallem told a packed news conference that Damascus would not budge despite the &quot;dangerous&quot; and &quot;shameful&quot; Arab League move to suspend its membership.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;The decision of the Arab League to suspend Syria represents a dangerous step,&quot; Muallem said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The EU said it &quot;salutes and fully supports&quot; the Arab League&nbsp;s suspension of Syria for failing to implement a plan to end violence that has left 3,500 dead since mid-March, according to the United Nations.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It &quot;shows the increasing isolation of the Syrian regime,&quot; the EU said, adding that the bloc &quot;stands ready to engage with representative members of the opposition... such as the Syrian National Council.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Assad has come under mounting global pressure over a bloody eight-month security crackdown in response to unprecedented democracy protests against his regime.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bloodshed continued on Monday, with security forces killing two people in the flashpoint central city of Homs and one in Daraa, the southern cradle of the revolt.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>EU foreign ministers said the continuing bloodshed in Syria, despite the hopes raised by the Arab peace plan, called for international action.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;The European Union will continue to press for strong UN action to increase international pressure and urges all members of the Security Council to assume their responsibilities,&quot; a joint statement said.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Arab League chief to meet Syrian opposition

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Secretary General will meet representatives of the Syrian opposition on Monday afternoon at the league headquarters.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Arab League foreign ministers are due to meet in Rabat on Wednesday, four days after voting to suspend Syria over its deadly crackdown on protests at an extraordinary meeting in Cairo.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Syria&nbsp;s suspension is due to go into effect on November 16.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At Saturday&nbsp;s emergency meeting, the League agreed on the principle of economic and political sanctions against Syria and urged the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It also called for a meeting with Syrian opposition groups &quot;to agree a unified vision for the coming transitional period in Syria.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Arab top diplomats had met in Cairo on November 2 and drew up a plan to end the violence in Syria which has left 3,500 dead since mid-March according to the United Nations.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Under the deal, Syria was given 15 days to pull back its troops from the cities that were the focus of anti-government protests, release detainees, allow free movement for observers and media and negotiate with the opposition.<br />&nbsp;</p>


US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara&nbsp;s fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field in northern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain John Kirby told reporters.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;There is an agreement now to fly some of those ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets out of Incirlik at the request of the Turkish government,&quot; Kirby said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The robotic drones, which are unarmed, had been moved to Incirlik in the last couple of weeks, he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It&nbsp;s my understanding they are operating out of Incirlik now,&quot; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Violence between rebels from the Kurdistan Workers&nbsp; Party (PKK) and Turkish army has escalated since the summer, with Turkey launching a major operation last month in retaliation for a PKK attack that killed 24 soldiers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Turkey had acknowledged talks with the Pentagon on redeploying the unmanned aircraft to Incirlik.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The mission for the drones would remain the same, with only a change in the air field used by the planes, Kirby said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;This is to help provide ISR support to the Turkish military to deal with the specific threat posed by the PKK on their southern border.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In another step designed to bolster the Turkish military in its battle with the PKK, the Pentagon announced last month plans to sell three AH-1 Super Cobra helicopters to Ankara in a deal worth $111 million.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed about 45,000 lives.<br />&nbsp;</p>


EU threatens Iran sanction but balks at military option

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said after talks with European Union counterparts that the EU would reinforce sanctions against Tehran by asking the European Investment Bank (EIB) to freeze loans to the Islamic republic.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But Juppe warned against military intervention, saying it &quot;would be the worst thing and it would drag us into an uncontrollable spiral.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said too that military action would be &quot;counter-productive.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Only British Foreign Secretary William Hague said all options should remain on the table.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Asked to comment on talk of a strike against Iran, Hague said: &quot;We are not considering that at the moment. We are not calling for or advocating military action.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;At the same time we say all options should remain on the table.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In a statement, the 27 EU ministers voiced &quot;increasing concerns&quot; over Tehran&nbsp;s programme and the lack of progress on the diplomatic front, a week after the International Atomic Energy Agency cited &quot;credible&quot; intelligence suggesting Iran carried out work towards building nuclear warheads.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;We urge Iran to address the international concerns over the nature of its nuclear programme through full cooperation with the IAEA and by demonstrating readiness to engage seriously in concrete discussions on confidence-building steps,&quot; the ministers said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Warning that Iran was in breach of international obligations, the ministers said that they would &quot;examine possible new and reinforced measures&quot; when they are next due to meet next month.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Police clear out downtown Occupy Oakland camp

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>An anti-Wall Street encampment was cleared out in Oakland, California in the latest tensions in some US cities over Occupy demonstrators who have camped out for almost two months.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Protesters appeared to put up little resistance, and officers led some away from the downtown plaza in handcuffs. Officers made 32 arrests, Police Chief Howard Jordan said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Some demonstrators gathered near the barricades and vowed to return. &quot;I don&nbsp;t see how they&nbsp;re going to disperse us,&quot; said Ohad Meyer, 30. &quot;There are thousands of people who are going to come back.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The action came a day after police drove hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators from weeks-old encampments in Portland, Oregon, arresting more than 50 people.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Officials across the US have been urging an end to similar gatherings after four deaths in different cities, including two by gunfire.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Oakland officials insisted on an end to their city&nbsp;s encampment after a man was shot and killed Thursday near the camp. Police issued an order Sunday night telling demonstrators they couldn&nbsp;t camp in the plaza.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;We came to this point because Occupy Oakland, I think, began to take a different path than the original movement. It was no longer about the pieces of the financial system or foreclosures or the unemployed,&quot; Mayor Jean Quan said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She said protesters would be allowed to return to the plaza but would not be allowed to spend the night.<br />&nbsp;</p>


UN envoy: Yemen president should transfer power

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Yemen&nbsp;s embattled president must speed up reforms and begin a transfer of power according to a plan backed by the international community, said a UN envoy on Monday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jamal Benomar visited Yemen for a week to promote a Gulf-backed proposal that calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to transfer power to his vice president in exchange for immunity from prosecution.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Saleh told a TV interviewer that he will sign, but he did not say when.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Saleh has resisted the proposal despite nearly nine months of protests against his 30-year rule. Several times he said he would sign, only to back away at the last minute. Months of international diplomacy has failed to resolve the crisis.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Benomar held meetings with opposition figures on Monday, including Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who leads a military unit of defectors siding with the opposition and protecting protesters.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier in his trip, Benomar met with Saleh and his deputy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In a rare interview with foreign media, Saleh told the TV channel France 24 that he would sign the Gulf-backed package, but he would not say when that would happen or what was preventing him from doing so, vaguely noting that there was no time mechanism in the accord. The interview was broadcast late Monday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Definitely, definitely,&quot; Saleh replied when asked if he intended to leave power. &quot;I believe that anyone who grips on to power is crazy.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mediators and opposition figures have become exasperated with what they see as Saleh&nbsp;s stalling tactics.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>He said that the media was lying when reporting he refused to sign the agreement. He accused armed militias of infiltrating peaceful demonstrations in Yemeni cities.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Pro-Saleh forces regularly engage in deadly clashes with armed tribesmen and military defectors who support the protesters in Yemen&nbsp;s largest cities, and al-Qaida-linked militants have taken control of entire towns in the country&nbsp;s restive south.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Security has collapsed across the Arab world&nbsp;s poorest nation during the nine-month popular uprising.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Drone strike kills 3 in Miranshah

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>A US drone strike targeting a compound killed three people and injured two others in&nbsp; tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border in early hours of Tuesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The strike took place in Miranshah Bazaar, part of the town of Miranshah, in the North Waziristan region.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound in the bazaar killing three militants,&quot; a security official said on condition of anonymity.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>He said that thick smoke was seen coming out of the compound after the strike, adding the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Another security official also confirmed the strike and casualties, saying that four to five drones were still flying in the area.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>


Karachi: One shot dead, another hurt in firing incidents

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>According to details, some unidentified armed attackers opened fire near NIPA Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, leaving an unidentified person dead and another injured.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Some other armed men opened fire at Godhra Camp in New Karachi and created panic and fear in the area.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Heavy contingent of police and Rangers rushed immediately after firing to maintain peace in the area.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Shah Mehmood has written his political obituary: Firdous

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Monday that by resigning as member of National Assembly and quitting Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written his political obituary and political wilderness was his destiny.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Talking to media, the Information Minister said that the difference of opinion was the beauty of democracy and the PPP leadership had always welcomed positive criticism. But Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been targeting the President of Pakistan and the government policies to only get political mileage, she added.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi during his press conference was reading a script written by someone else. She regretted that Shah Mehmood chose the day on which the House was adjourned after paying tribute to Madr-e-Jamhoriat Begum Nusrat Bhutto, to tender his resignation from the National Assembly.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dr Firdous said that his resignation from the Assembly in such a manner was not less than a suicide attack on the democratic set-up.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She said that the PPP leadership did not sack Shah Mehmood as it wanted that the masses should know how the people change colours for personal political gains.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She said that in the past several leaders quit the PPP but they all lost people&rsquo;s support and went in political wilderness.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dr Firdous said that PPP was like a family and its workers did not forgive those persons who speak ill of its leadership and taught them a lesson in the next elections.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She said that Shah Mehmood was physically with the PPP but mentally he was following his mentor Zia-ul-Haq who had brought him in political arena.&rdquo;This is not a democratic approach and it will never help promote democratic institutions in the country, rather this approach can destabilise the democracy&rdquo;, said the minister.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>About criticism on the personality of President, she said, &ldquo;the PPP leaders do raise issues at party level, but the way Shah Mehmood criticized the President, it is a sinister effort to damage the party&rsquo;s image. It is a crime which cannot be pardoned and the PPP workers will settle the score in next elections.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She said by criticizing the President, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has practically showed solidarity with the remnants of dictator Zia-ul-Haq, and dissociated from the policies of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Information Minister said that the PPP believed in the power of vote and it would continue its pro-people policies and resignation of one MNA would not hamper its efforts for providing relief to the masses.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>She also said that the PPP, its workers and its allied political parties would not allow such elements to disrupt the democratic system in the country.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dr Firdous said that Shah Mehmood remained part of the federal cabinet and enjoyed perks and privileges but when he was not given the portfolio of his choice after cabinet reshuffle, he started criticizing the government policies which was hypocritical. <br />&nbsp;</p>


Missiles could be used to protect Olympics

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Britain&nbsp;s Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has not ruled out anything to protect London during the 2012 Olympics, including using surface-to-air missiles.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hammond told lawmakers that &quot;all necessary measures&quot; would be taken to protect the London games following the reports that the United States was set to send 1,000 of its own agents to the sporting event.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I can assure you that all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the London Olympic Games will be taken including, if the advice of the military is that it is required, appropriate ground-to-air defences,&quot; Hammond said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>He was responding to a query by his predecessor Liam Fox who said surface-to-air missiles had been deployed at Olympic Games since Atlanta in 1996.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier Monday &lsquo;The Guardian&rsquo; newspaper said US officials had raised &quot;repeated concerns&quot; about security at the London Games and were planning to deploy 1,000 of their own agents, including 500 from the FBI.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The paper added the London Organising Committee for the Games (LOCOG) had underestimated the number of security staff it would need at the 32 Games venues, with 21,000 guards now required rather than the initial figure of 10,000.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>A spokesman for the Home Office, or interior ministry, insisted that security planning was &quot;on track&quot; and that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had &quot;full confidence&quot; in the blueprint.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Security planning is on track and funding has been protected. The Government is committed to delivering a safe and secure Games that London, the UK and the world can enjoy,&quot; the spokesman said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In October, British officials rejected reports that the United States had offered to send its own aircraft carrier to be stationed off the British coast during the Olympics.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Kvitova wins WTA player of year honours for 2011

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been honored as the WTA&nbsp;s player of the year for 2011 to cap her breakthrough season.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The 21-year-old Kvitova went 60-13 with six singles titles, including at the season-ending tour championships, and rose from No. 34 to No. 2 in the rankings. She helped the Czech Republic win the Fed Cup and won more than $5 million in prize money.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In the awards announced Monday, Kvitova also won for most improved player and sportsmanship.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Sabine Lisicki of Belgium was honored as comeback player of the year, Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania was the newcomer of the year, and the top-ranked pairing of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik won for doubles team of the year.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Football: England to play Sweden in Stockholm

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Fabio Capello&nbsp;s side face the Swedes in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday as part of their preparations for Euro 2012.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>And in a reciprocal deal, the English Football Assocation have agreed to send a team to be the first opponents at the new 50,000-capacity Swedbank Arena on November 14 next year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>England also played the first match at Sweden&nbsp;s current national stadium, the Rasunda, in May 1937.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>By next November England will be under new management as Capello plans to step down at the end of the Euro finals in Poland and Ukraine.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Capello&nbsp;s successor will hope to improve England&nbsp;s poor record against Sweden. Tuesday&nbsp;s meeting will be the 22nd between the two teams, with Sweden boasting the remarkable record of not having lost to England since 1968.<br />&nbsp;</p>


Ashraf vows to lure world's best back to Pakistan

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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Pakistan&nbsp;s new cricket chief Zaka Ashraf Monday vowed to bring international cricket back to the country, suggesting the game&nbsp;s governing body could form a board to assess security before teams&nbsp; tours.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players and their assistant coach injured.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Those incidents, coupled with continued security fears in Pakistan, have led to refusals by international teams to tour the troubled country, where the national army is fighting militancy and a resurgency by the Taliban.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ashraf, who replaced Ijaz Butt as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman last month, said his first task is to bring international cricket back to the country.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;We are doing our level best to bring international cricket back to Pakistan,&quot; Ashraf, who met International Cricket Council (ICC) officials, said. &quot;I have suggested the ICC should form a board to assess security in Pakistan.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>After the terrorist attacks of 2009, the ICC was forced to strip Pakistan of its share of matches in the 2011 World Cup.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Sri Lanka also turned down an invitation to tour Pakistan after a military base was attacked in Karachi in May this year, forcing them to play the series in the United Arab Emirates.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ashraf, regarded as a close friend of Pakistan president Asif Zardari, said he can take help from the government on implementing security for international teams.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Once the ICC forms a security board we can also take help from the government and implement the best arrangements for international teams,&quot; said Ashraf.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ashraf said Pakistani fans are deprived of international cricket.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;What happened in Pakistan was disappointing and that left millions of fans in our country deprived of international cricket and we now seek help from the cricket world to restore activity so that our fans get to see that,&quot; said Ashraf.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who met Ashraf on Monday, said the ICC was doing its best to revive cricket in Pakistan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It was something that could not get much time (for consideration) due to the spot-fixing issue, but now in order to have some teams playing in Pakistan the security situation has to be considered,&quot; said Lorgat.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ashraf said he has also written to Indian cricket chiefs to revive what he termed the &quot;mother of all cricket&quot; series.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I have written to Narayan Srinivasan (President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India) to revive the series between the two countries because it&nbsp;s a game and should be kept away from politics,&quot; said Ashraf.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It is a move backed by Lorgat.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;India-Pakistan is a seriously important fixture. It is also something which Ashraf has uppermost in his mind and we will support that. We can make a request to India, it is up to India to decide where they want to play.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ashraf said he has also met Bangladesh Cricket Board officials to break the ice.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I have also met Bangladesh officials and in order to break the ice. I have invited them to tour Pakistan and I hope they reply in a positive way.&quot;<br />&nbsp;</p>


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