EbeneInfo – AU – England is back to boost the country’s security image

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The return of the England cricket team to Pakistan next year, their first visit since a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team, is a vote of confidence in improving country security – but challenges remain, analysts say Cricket-obsessed Pakistan spent a decade in international sporting isolation after gunmen targeted Sri Lankan team’s bus in 2009 in Lahore during a series of tests, killing eight people and injuring several players and officialsThe attack marked another chapter in Pakistan’s long battle against activism and extremism, which has left tens of thousands dead and damaged the country’s international imageBut a military crackdown that has lasted for years has resulted in a steady improvement in the security situation in Pakistan, and several countries have relaxed travel advisories accordingly. »Perceptions of Pakistan need to catch up with reality, and things have changed a lot here over the past five years, » Christian Turner, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, told Sky News“We are evaluating a huge decrease – an 80% decrease – in security incidents since around 2015 I think Pakistan deserves to be recognized for this” England will play two Twenty20 internationals in Karachi on October 14th and 15th during their first visit to Pakistan since 2005 The announcement follows Pakistan’s trip to England over the summer, when they played tests and T20s when Britain was one of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic Pakistan, one of the main financially below-par international cricket teams, thus helped save England, one of the richest, an estimated loss of 280 million pounds (366 million dollars) if all programmed ECB matches were wiped outPakistan recently hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and a World Eleven Several English players have also played in Pakistan’s Twenty20 league Security analyst Qamar Cheema said such events could improve Pakistan’s image at abroad « After making colossal progress against extremism and radicalization, Pakistan wants the world to see it as a normal country, » Cheema told AFP »Pakistan’s security environment is now conducive to international sports the armed forces and law enforcement have done enough, » he added. Officials hope that major sporting events will help spread the international perception of the country. Pakistan from « terrorism to tourist destination » – a phrase that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party used « It’s a big achievement for Pakistan’s security apparatus The more sport comes to a country, the more the name of this country is broadcast (internationally), « security analyst Imtiaz Gul told AFP.Islamabad last year introduced an electronic visa system, making it easier for visitors to come, and British Airways announced its return to Pakistan after more than a decade Virgin Atlantic to launch flights from Britain to Pakistan in December Pakistan welcomes foreign teams with presidential level security, with elite commandos ensuring player protection Squads travel in heavily armed convoys, roads leading to venues being stuck, creating a puzzle for commuters and fans trying to reach the matchesSnipers are positioned on the rooftops nearby and spectators must pass through several security barriers after parking their car away from the venue“The security features create inconvenience for ordinary people at the moment, but it’s a price worth paying for hosting an international sporting event,” Gul said before the arrival of the ‘England, South Africa to visit Pakistan in early 2021 « Once the England tour is over next year, I’m sure other big countries will have confidence in our arrangements as well, » said the Pakistan head coach and former captain Misbah ul Haq

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