T20 win a testimony to our character!June 23, 2009
We have compiled a list of messages for our readers from prominent personalities such as Zaid Hamid, Mushahid Hussain, and Imran Khan with more to be added later today. We’ll start off with our own message to all Pakistanis on this wonderful occasion:
The PKKH Team:
A warning to the doom merchants – Pakistan will not bow down.
For decades they’ve talked about how Pakistan is on the verge of collapse, a failed state, better off chopped into four smaller countries. Ever since the nation’s birth our enemies have steadfastly worked overtime to reverse the miracle of Pakistan.
Pakistanis are arguably among the most resilient people in the history of this earth. No other nation can soak up as much pressures that Pakistan has in recent years.
We’ve fought wars, brought superpowers down on our doorstep, faced internal strife and terrorist attacks, faced monumental refugee crisis, earthquakes, floods, and have been labelled terrorists. However, each time we’ve dusted ourselves off and moved on with a solid determination and the steely resolve that makes us ‘Pakistanis’.
It is therefore no surprise that despite being deprived of top level international cricket for more than 15 months, being isolated internationally and reeling under the most harrowing incident of the game, fighting a war inside our borders and looking after three million of our brothers and sisters made homeless due to conflict, we have managed come out on top of the world in yesterday’s T20 final.
This is who we are.
This is what we do.
The next time someone tells you Pakistan’s about to fall to the Taliban or end up carved into four pieces, you can tell them to zip it. There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan. It has come to stay.
Don’t let them distract you, for we have a wonderful destiny to achieve, and a dream called ‘Pakistan’ to fulfill with 17 crore wickets in hand.
Messages from Zaid Hamid, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Imran Khan are below:
It is a stunning testimony to the national will and resilience that, despite all the wars and unrest in the country, the national team was able to fight its way through to the top and win the world cup sparking national jubilation. A moment which gelled the nation and brought smiles on the faces of even the displaced people from war zones. In cricket at least, Pakistan rule the world!! انشاءاللہ soon, in all spheres of life, Pakistan shall rise and shine!
Mushahid Hussain Syed (Exclusive to PKKH):
It was Pakistan at its best – resilience, teamwork with homework, with a killer instinct under leadership determined to win. As The Times of India’s Avijit Ghosh put it, Younis Khan’s ‘karo ya maro’ (do-or-die) approach ensured that he and his men ‘gave Pakistan plenty to be proud of’. Never was such a victory so badly needed as the one yesterday.
While it shows Pakistan cricket’s bounce back from a period of decline, on a broader plane, this demonstrates the characteristic Pakistani spirit to fight back and to deliver despite odds. And it is perhaps apt, three of the heroes are from the area fighting extremism & terrorism – the captain Younis Khan,Shahid Afridi & Umar Gul.
Whether it’s Lord’s or Swat, we have the determination to lick the problem & win!
It is this can-do confidence that will, Inshallah, steer the country away from crises, and ensure a better tomorrow for our people.
Every Pakistani felt proud holding high the fluttering crescent & star.
Pakistan Zindabad. (ps: the doomsday wallahs better rest in peace!)
Sheikh Rasheed (Exclusive to PKKH):
I myself and from my party Awami Muslim League Pakistan whole heartedly congratulates our cricket team and the whole nation on this joyous occasion as we have won the T20 world cup. In this hard time that our country is facing right now at least we have got some thing to cheer on.
Dr. A. Q. Khan (Exclusive to PKKH)
Dear PKKH Team,
Thank you for your message. Yes, it was very nice that our team won its first major event in 17 years and a great moral boost for the country as a whole. They played some very good games. However, it is a game, not a judgment from God. We cannot ask more than that the players give their best. Some games are won, some are lost. It is not fair to put them on a pedestal when they win and then sling mud when they lose. I am sure that, had they any say in the matter, they would win all their games. Wouldn’t we all?