The dilemma


Our country Pakistan came into being in 1947 after a lot of sacrifices given by our ancestors. This country was taken from the British and Indians for Muslims to live freely in it. Though we got independence in 1947 but as a nation we have always taken dictations from foreign powers just for the sake of good for a few people. Unlike my other class fellows I have chosen to talk about sports. Like many other institutions and fields suffering in our country sports is also a field being affected. Pakistan has produced great sportsmen which have been known worldwide. Specifically Hockey, Squash and cricket have been the sports in which we have produced legends. Being the nation who gave the idea of 002hockey world cup and has won world cup 4 times (most by any nation till now) was not able to qualify for the 2014 world cup. Same is the case with squash producing great players like Jehangir khan and Jansher khan and ruling the world for the game has almost come to an end in the country. The only sport left in our country is cricket about which I am going to write about.
So cricket in Pakistan is something which brings the nation together on one page which honestly in Pakistan is a very though job to do. Playing its first test in 1953 and being the world champions in 1992 and 2009 Pakistan cricket has produced great Cricketers who have been known all over the world. From great bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younas, Shoaib Akhter to great batsmen like Javed Miandad Inzamam-ul-haq and many others. Reverse swing a weapon used in cricket today was introduced by a Pakistani Sarfraz Nawaz and also the off spinner which goes the other way known as the‘Dusra’ was introduced by Saqlain Mushtaq.
Pakistan cricket has produced some individual brilliance but as a system unfortunately our board has not been up to the mark. Since the beginning players have been above the system and captains have been thrown out and changed just because of a few players not willing to play under them. Player power has always dominated the team. I do not have to repeat the incidents I am sure because that would take a lot of words and time. The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board is appointed by the head of the country which is pretty illogical and unfair. Obviously if the head of an institution is appointed unfairly how can you expect the employees of that institution under him to work fairly? The selection process
has been unfair at many times and many players have been given chances and others dropped not because of the talent they posses but because of personal likes and dislikes. The same people keep revolving in the board from one post to another.
There have been many incidents how we have put players above the system. Wasim Akram when he was accused of match fixing; during the investigation by Justice Qayyum he said

“For Wasim I had some soft corner for him. He was a very great player, a very great bowler and I was his fan, and therefore that thing did weigh with me. Two things – one, I didn’t want that the cricket should be deprived of his participation, and the other was that I didn’t want that towards the end of his career… he should be banned or something like that. My idea was not to find people guilty and then punish them. It was more of a case where I had to do something to put an end to the practice in future. What had happened001 had happened. You couldn’t turn the clock back but you had to make sure they wouldn’t repeat what they were doing.” If at that time Wasim had been dealt according to law and made an example people like Muhammad Amir would not have even thought of indulging in these activities and cause disrespect to their country. Furthermore how can we forget the incident of the great world cup winning captain Younas Khan how he was forced to step down as the captain after the team players under him took oath not to perfrom under his captaincy? How can we see players like Muhammad Hafeez given multiple chances in all formats and players like Asad Shafeeq and Asim kamal thrown out of the team. This has always been a dilemma in the history of our cricket. Unlike other countries for example if we take the example of England; Kevin Peterson who was man of the series in 2010 world cup was not involved in the next world cup of 2012 because of his attitude issues and an example set that nothing is above the system.
That is the reason why after 1992 till 2003 despite having world class cricketers, players who would fear any opposition on any track on a given day were not able to win the 50 over world cup again. You always win as a team not as individuals. We as a team have never been consistent and will never be because of the unfair system prevailing in our country. That is our good luck one might say that infrastructure like hockey is not required in Cricket otherwise Cricket would face the same fate as hockey and squash.

- T20 2009 World Champions

– T20 2009 World Champions




1890998_733075086733189_1148819892_n  Pakistanis are basically those men and women complaining about their country every second. Talk to a country fellow and their list wouldn’t come to an end regarding how worried they are by the unrest and political issues of the country. Every person living here is unsatisfied and living an underrated life except for THOSE off-course! So many issues we have here, so many complains, so much injustice at time too, but yet something unites us. Despite all the problems every Pakistani faces here we are reluctant to leave this country. The reason is that none of us hates Pakistan, we just hate those problems and we know we can overcome certain disputes just by showing little courtesy towards our beloved country.

Poetry by our National poet Allama Iqbal.

Poetry by our National poet Allama Iqbal.

There was a man, a man who fought hard, who made sure Muslims in the sub-continent (Indo-Pakistan) get their own 120458-ohome land to prove their identity and presence. This man was Jinnah, even the most powerful people of that time couldn’t buy him off. Due to his hard work and determinacy we Muslims whom were previously living in a Hindu dominating society knows as the Indian subcontinent are living in a free country today. Thank-you Jinnah, unfortunately Pakistan is not what you wanted it to be but there’s a shining beacon of hope as the people of Pakistan are exactly what you wanted them to be, they LOVE their country.

Democracy is in the blood of Musalmans, who look upon complete equality of manhood (mankind) and believe in fraternity, equality and liberty.” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Pakistan is among the beauty of Asia, the country is blessed with four seasons making it a fruitful country. It is enriched with cultures. Pakistan is a blend of various cultures spread over four provinces of the country.

punjab culture

The north side of the country is an immense beauty, to the extreme north6758221791_e639fb340a_zNeelum-Valley there is heaven on earth, Kashmir. There is no beauty as this place. The Karakoram Highway is the greatest wonder of modern Pakistan and one of the most spectacular roads in the world. Connecting Pakistan to China, it twists through three great mountain ranges, the Himalayas and Karakoram.

Punjab is the most enriched province of Pakistan, all the seasons and soil is suitable for various agricultures. The heart of this province is Lahore, everything about this city is historical. images (1) Although Lahore may not be Pakistan’s capital city, it wins hands down as its cultural, intellectual and artistic hub. If history and architecture are your passion there’s an evocative mix, from formidable Mughal monuments to faded legacies of the British Raj. Indeed, even a ramble around the Old City can unfold into a mini-adventure.

The province of Balochistan in Pakistan contains most of historical Balochistan and is named after the Baloch. Neighboring regions are Iranian Balochistan to the west, Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the north and Punjab and Sindh to the east. To the south is the Arabian Sea. The principal languages in the province are Balochi, Pashto and Persian. The capital and largest city is Quetta.

sindi culturee

The second largest province of the country is Sindh. Sind is one of the four provinces in Pakistan located at the Southern border. The province of Sind has its name derived from the famous River Indus. Karachi is the main city here. This province offers a variety of pleasant attractions: wide sunny beaches, deep-sea fishing, yachting, golf and horseracing all year round. Hyderabad, Moenjodaro, Sukkar, Thar and Rohri are the prominent historical places here.

Due to its richness in cultures and art, Pakistan makes its own dominant mark in the world and attract tourists. Apart from these factors, what still makes Pakistan strong and powerfull are the people living here whom all still somewhat ”ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL”.

Guinness world record of world's largest human flag made by Pakistan.

Guinness world record of world’s largest human flag made by Pakistan.



-Aisha Aftab

-Aisha Aftab