Weekly News Round-Up (11th – 17th September)
This week was full of cricket-related news. With Ramiz Raja becoming the new chairman of PCB and the Blackcaps cancelling their tour last minute – cricket fans were kept on their toes. Moreover, K-Pop sensation BTS was appointed as diplomatic envoys, Minal Khan’s wedding was straight out of a fairytale, Nisha Rao made history and images surfaced from the sets of ‘Sinf-e-Aahan’ – read on to find out more!
News Of Blackcaps Cancelling Pakistan Tour Leaves Cricket Fans Dismayed
Today New Zealand caught cricket fans off-guard when they cancelled their tour to Pakistan minutes before the first ODI. The tour, comprising three ODIs and five T20Is, was supposed to start today, with the first ODI in Rawalpindi, but neither team left their hotel on the morning of the game, and spectators were not allowed to enter the stadium. After many delays, an NZC statement was issued, saying, “Following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the Blackcaps will not continue with the tour.” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja was especially critical of the New Zealand Cricket decision, saying, “Walking out of the tour by taking a unilateral approach on a security threat is very frustrating. Especially when it is not shared! Which world is NZ living in? NZ will hear us at ICC.” (ESPNcricinfo)
‘Sinf-e-Aahan’ First Looks Revealed
As shooting begins for ‘Sinf-e-Aahan’, fans were excited when images surfaced of Sajal Aly and Kubra Khan clad in the army’s uniform. In association with ISPR & penned by Umera Ahmed, the serial is produced by Ary Digital with Next level Entertainment & Six Sigma Plus. The drama will most likely follow the lives of five female army cadets -Sajal Aly, Yumna Ziadi, Syra Yousuf, Kubra Khan and Ramsha Khan. And if you’re counting the ISPR factor, we just finished a spectacular project ‘Ehd-e-Wafa‘ that had fans glued to their TV sets every week! So we can’t wait for ‘Sinf-e-Aahan’ to air!
Minal Khan & Ahsan Mohsin Ikram’s Enchanted Wedding
Minal Khan’s wedding reception was straight out of a fairytale! The reception took place on Sunday, 12th September and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. Minal’s makeup look was kept to a minimum by Sara Ali of Sara Salon and Spa, and she wore a beige ensemble with silver embroidery by Erum Khan. Ahsan Mohsin Ikram looked debonair in a waistcoat and suit designed by Ismail Farid. The event was decked out by Parfaire Events. Click HERE to read about five moments from their wedding that touched our hearts.
Nisha Rao In The News For Making History
On the 31st of August, Nisha Rao became the first transgender in Pakistan to be admitted to an MPhil program at Karachi University. Nisha’s story is that of constant struggle and perseverance. In 2020 her efforts materialized when she earned her law degree, gained her license and was admitted into the Karachi Bar Association. Now, Nisha Rao has finally earned herself a spot at Karachi University’s MPhil program to study law, and while no current scholarships or policies exist to assist transgender students in their educational pursuits, Nisha is persistent in her goals and plans to pursue the degree by paying for it herself.
Ramiz Raja Elected As New PCB Chairman
On Monday, 13th September, Pakistan’s former captain, Ramiz Raja was unanimously elected as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s 36th chairman for a three-year term. Ramiz Raja, along with Asad Ali Khan, was nominated by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of the PCB, in the PCB Board of Governors on 27 August for a three-year term (The News). “I am thankful to all of you for electing me as the PCB Chairman and look forward to working with you to ensure Pakistan cricket continues to thrive and grow stronger, both on and off-the-field”, stated Ramiz Raja while addressing the members of BoG following his election.
BTS Appointed As Special Diplomatic Envoys
On Tuesday, September 14th, K-Pop sensation BTS were given diplomatic envoy status as “special presidential envoy for future generations and culture” by the President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. Their first assignment was to accompany the president to the 76th session of the UN in New York and attend a meeting on UN Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all UN member states in 2015. They will give a speech on September 20 and preview a video performance.