The Shame of a Nation.13
knicq posted in Knicqisms on November 16th, 2007
Imran Khan. The only time I saw him play was in the World Cup 1992, and we won that World Cup, the only time we ever did. Until we win the next world cup (Sigh!), as in when we next win it, for me Pakistan’s moment of cricketing glory will always be that picture of Imran Khan lifting the World Cup aloft.
On what was one from a succession of the saddest days in our history, Imran Khan arrived at the Punjab University, the oldest cradle of learning in the city of “Zinda-dilan”, to lead a protest of students against the imposition of emergency. Imran is in his mid-50s, and can scarcely lay a claim to being one of those students – but if generation after generation of Pakistani youth ever had an icon, it was Imran Khan. Mobilizing the student body is the surest way of de-stablilizing a dictator – hark back to Ayub’s 60s – and Imran is thus the nation’s best shot. He rules hearts. He may not be the greatest thing that ever happened to the political scene, arguable as even that may be, he is head and shoulders above the lot of them politicians all. Upon his arrival, he was whisked away by the goons of IJT (
Islami Jamiat Talaba – the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami that party of bigots and ignorants who enjoy no popular support but lay claim to all matters of National importance in the name of Islam whilst their actions are summarily in contradiction to all tenets of Islam), who manhandled him, locked him up, according to some reports even beat him up with some assistance from the Government goons in plain clothes, and then handed him over to the police force, who are filing anti-terrorism charges against him for inciting trouble.
As someone who has seen Jamiat’s ghundagardi first hand, albeit at a negligible scale comparatively speaking, I have never had any love lost for these rascals – but this time they went too far, way too far. Whether one agrees with Imran or not, nothing changes the fact that he is a National Hero, one of the VERY few we have, and this episode of him being manhandled by goons masquerading as students is outrageous and shameful.
Not that we need indicators to tell us how quickly we are spiraling downhill, but if we ever needed one, this is it. It is ironic that we should be losing an ODI series in India after almost a quarter of century, and lets remember ODIs came along a little over a quarter of a century ago, pretty much about the time we were disgracing ourselves manhandling the man who was called a tiger (should be called a Lion now), earned us the image of fighting tigers who may be down but never out, and won us the ODI World Cup. It is not about Cricket, and that is saying a lot, since it is always about Cricket, just this once it is not, but this just isn’t Cricket – if you know what I mean.
One hopes this will mark the beginning of the end for Jamiat + Jamaat (and Musharraf too, not to mention the MQMs, Chaudharies, Benazirs et al) … one hopes, and prays ever so fervently.
I salute each of these students who has come out to protest this despicable transgression. May Allah see us through these turbulent times. Ameen.