By Ahsan Mehmood.
The world applauded as Pakistan stood triumphant in the face of serious insurgent threats after successfully hosting the charged PSL final. There had been an uproar of opposition on the decision to hold the PSL final in Lahore and many were of the opinion that in the current circumstances, holding the PSL final was a stupid decision. Leading from the front, the PTI Chief Imran Khan had been vocal about his opinion and had made several controversial statements in that regard.
After the successfully executed event however, the world was enraged when he commented on the international players as being “phateechar” in a private conversation with journalists. Hamza Ali Abbasi, an avid PTI supporter posted an 11 minute video defending the PTI chief’s controversial comments. The actor asked an “objective” question; Did Pakistan win the war against terrorism with this match? No”.
Pakistan and the rest of the world begs to differ. The war has not ended and it will not end soon; but this was a message of strength and resilience conveyed to non state actors.
He also analyzed the circumstances. He said that this was a private discussion and the leader had used some slangs, which everyone does. Imran Khan represents millions of Tehreek e Insaf members and followers. Using offensive slang terminologies for guest players was offensive not only to them, but also to the host country. Political rivalries should not affect the sanctity of the country.
Mr. Abbasi said this his analysis was neutral and not biased. The world has witnessed Hamza Ali Abbasi transcend into a PTI core worker in all of his years of serving the party and his commitment and loyalty to the PTI Chief. No Hamza, you are not neutral.
Pakistan won, not the war but hearts all across the world. Pakistan won approval, Pakistan won trust from its people, Pakistan won in the face of hatred and insurgency. Pakistan Zindabad.
The writer is a business student at Institute of Business Management, hailing from Karachi.