An Expected Refusal by India?


An Expected Refusal by India?

Yes it was … For a country where the national game is now a source of embarrassment, where hockey players go for penalty corners rather than field goals and where even the team’s loss is hailed as a moralistic victory by the authorities, anything is possible. For five years we have been hearing that Pakistan hockey team will get back on the winning track but sadly, the graph of the team’s performance continues to go down. For those who follow the game and still love it, the defeat at the hands of India a few days back was shocking, if not eye-opening. So, if the Indian officials have said NO to sending their team to Pakistan, or even touring Pakistan, they must have their reasons.

 

 

What reasons could it be then, you may ask? First of all, we all know that Pakistan is not safe for international sports. Even I would not play a match here if given the option to play elsewhere. The non-serious attitude of the politicians as well as the government is to be blamed for this scenario because they do things, the consequences of which effect Pakistan’s sporting relations.

 

 

The decision to not send the hockey team to Pakistan was taken by Indian officials just one day after the Parliament in Islamabad criticized India’s handling of the Afzal Guru case. Was such a comment even necessary because not only does this mean that Pakistan supported the terrorist but it also sent a message across the border that we would do whatever we like, and you can do whatever you can! I will not be surprised if someone does confess that the Parliament’s comments made them rethink the bilateral hockey series next month.

 

 

Former Pakistan skipper and legendary hockey player Shehbaz Ahmed, on the other hand, feels that no team in the world would like to play against Pakistan, considering they lose to teams below their ranking. He feels that the Indian officials must have thought after watching the greenshirts in action that playing against Pakistan would do them no good, since it would damage their hockey, rather than improve it. I must say, I agree with the maestro’s comments because the way the greenshirts are performing in the on-going Azlan Shah Hockey tournament, can be termed pathetic and unimpressive at the same time.

 

 

So where does Pakistan hockey go from here? Nowhere sadly, because in the last few years, fans of the game in the country have learnt that whenever they expect their team to win, it fails … and whenever they know that it would fail, they pass with flying colours. We are the Asian Games champions as well as the winners of the last Asian Champions’ Trophy, but in the lane of Champions’, we have a lot of distance to cover. There may be light at the end of the tunnel, but from the current performance of the Pakistan side, we may be rest assured that load shedding is keeping that light away!



Omair Alavi

A member of the Geo News team and writing articles on sports and entertainment since 1995.


  • wani

    Afzal guru was not a terrorist , nor did he attack the indian parliament. He was framed and sentenced to satisfy the collective nation of a country. Please get your facts right. You have betrayed all the Kashmiris and are now backing off. I dont know how trolls are allowed to write blogs on this site . Mamlikate khuda dad pakistan My foot

    • Anonymous

      Who was Afzal Guru and how he came to light …?

  • Ahmer

    Having won the last match somehow, India was afraid to play the Pakistani side again, lest it loses. The rest are excuses, including the security situation inside Pakistan.

    • Anonymous

      Yah … really afraid and trying to bypass or fence the security deficient area … ?

  • Mail Me

    I believe the resolution passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly added fuel to the fire. It has shocked those Indians who are trying to blame terrorism on non-state actors, and support India Pakistan peace initiatives. This was absolutely unwarranted, uncalled for and avoidable thing. How does it help Pakistan ??? On the other hand it proves that even the state actors support terrorists.
    Hockey is difficult to revive in South Asia as this hockey is not same anymore. The Change in rules and introduction of so many new rules has made it a strength and stamina oriented rather than skill oriented game. We can not match Europeans in strength and stamina. Our fate will be no different from Soccer.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah it did prove when you attacked East Pakistan.India does support terrorism and there are many examples available. How you killed Pakistanies in Samjhota Express? and how you supporting Balochistan, TTP and many other terror outfits via Afghanistan ? Just get out of your Indian shell and see the world which is completly different to your Bollywood.

  • Absar Kareem

    I would disagree with most of your comments. Sports should be kept out of all kinds of politics. What India is doing shows their cheap mentality, blocking players or games will not hurt Pakistan by any means rather it will clear the vision of Pakistani people about Indian mentality.

    Pakistan has never stopped playing games against india even after 1971 or Siachin. And even internationally Iran and America has played football besides what ever is the political situation between them.

    As far as Afzal guru’s hanging is concerned, even in India people believe he was not given a fair trial, he was not involved in the attack and was arrested from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The puppet government led by Omer Abdullah also denounced the killing. So i dont understand how come author has a point to object on this.

    Our hearts and all efforts goes with Kashmiris of IOK for their struggle of Freedom from India.

  • Charanjeet Cheema

    In response to Pakistan Indian Parliament should also pass the resolution in favor of independent Baluchistan for Balochs, FATA for Pashtoons and Karachi/Sindh for the people migrated from India who are even after 65 Yrs are stiil being treated second grade citizens and are called MUHAJIRS. That will be TIT for TAT. Pakistan understands the languge of DANDA only and not of Hockey/Cricket diplomacy.

  • HM

    India is a confused country never knowing what to do when. There was no need to stop hockey ties with Pakistan. There cannot be any compromise on Kashmir issue. Whether someone likes it or not Pakistan will continue to support the cause of Kashmir until peace comes there. Afzal Guru was hanged in cold blood without informing his family.

  • Raj Chouhan

    Which is now 99% blocked and has choked the blood supply to the heart and is becoming a real life threat for Pakistan and Pakistanis.

    • Farooq Hashmi

      You know,what? Napoleon said that the big issues are settled not on table,but in battlefields; and it’s the second decade of the 21st century and not the seventies of the 20th century.

  • M.Saeed

    Najneen, just reverse the names with India taking place of Pakistan, taxt is still valid!

    Now, something for your personal consumption!
    A person, who doesn’t know the difference between Naj and Naz, is almost criminally negligent of self. While Naz is being proud of one’s virtues, Naj is the root of Najis which means contiguously unclean and ritually untouchable.

    • Anonymous

      NaJneen has probably touched the nerve of decaying intelligentia trying to remain alive with their ancient, historical and literary knowledge. It is a good example where knowledge drifts persons apart from fragrance and youthfulness of our budding citizenry. It is also a perfect case where the knowledge fails to understand simple and normal anger of youth. A young one who is trying to understand facts and put her view point beyond borders. Are we here to put them under hellfire of sectarianism which has caused enough damage to our commonalities?

  • Anonymous

    Who’s take was the life of eight soldiers killed defending Indian Parliament; If not Afzal Guru (corroborator) than who? The loya
    Jirgah supporting terrorists’ cause?

  • Anonymous

    ‘IoK Kashmir is part of Pakistan’ —- If so, why even PHK and GB is also
    not made part of Pakistan and is having separate PM and Supreme Court?

  • Anonymous

    Bro …. better just cut the nose which is poked … :-)

  • Anonymous

    ‘legal or ethical grounds to hold’ —- Not just legal or ethical … India is holding all grounds in J&K, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Also … why no ‘Resolution’ for Afia Siddiqui during last 5 years of PPP rule?

  • Anonymous

    It is happening too often from Pakistan that they refuse to engage with us at various levels. They don’t issue visas to our players, We should not insult ourselves by requesting different matches and sports venues with Pakistan until they are ready for it. I don’t think they are serious about making good relations with India. Just watch their TV programs and see the hatered they have for India. Just read different blogs and you can understand their behaviour. We should completely ignore them and just cultivate good relations with other neighbours.

    • Anonymous

      You deserve hate. Until you are not going to stop terrorism in J&K. You have no right to even use the word PEACE. India is killing and rapping innocent people in J&K. Indian needs a big Thick DANDA up his ass.

  • Anonymous

    “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” You supported terrorism in East Pakistan and you attacked a soverient country. You have no right to talk about Peace and Terorism. You have roots and mind full of terrorism.

  • Anonymous

    Abbay Chup Ker !! You are financing TTP and terrorist in Balochistan, Karachi, KP and many other place just like you did in East Pakistan.OSAMA was an Americans hero whom they trained just like Sadam and Gadafi and later when they didnt need him they killed him.

  • M.Saeed

    Correct but, you need to see their comments in Indian Newspapers,
    even Times of India–(the so called associate of Jang Group in their Aman ki Asha initiative) on anything related to Pakistan, Islam or Muslims. Even they do not spare the criminals with Muslim names, writing all possible un-writable dirty comments with complete support of their moderators.

  • Anonymous

    Well there is vast difference between facts and Illusions… and Facts are like “Lions” You don’t need to defend it… you just have to lose it and it will defend it self……..so time has come to and end…. Propaganda and misinformation against Pakistan are vanishing.. And Now the world knows about it.. So just wait and watch.. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Just like Samjhota Express and other terrorist by Saffron terrorist are exposed soon it will be .. just like Pakistan asked UN to investigate that issue .. but India was jolted and refused to let UN team investigate the matter.. so we know what you (India ) clowns are and now the world knows it….. specially Gang rapes of tourist…:O OMG

  • Anonymous

    Incorrect assumption Sir …. the hate is not against Islam or its followers … gaze it from Indian relations with its own citizenry and also other Muslim world?
    Hate is against interference in India’s peaceful living and managing its own affairs within its territory? Hate is against injecting religious sectarianism in India? Hate is for violating true spirit of ‘Shimla Agreement’ and incidences like 26/11 and Kargil? Hate is against shielding terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim, Masood Azhar and Hafiz Sayeed? Hate is against treatment of minorities? Hate is against hating others as well as own citizenry?

  • Raj Chouhan

    Has Chadha sahab written any thing against Islam? Is it not blasphemy what you have stated Hashmi Sahab? If you think not then I am sorry to say you are a pseudo Muslim.

  • Anonymous

    WHAT YOU MEAN? He is a HERO and He will remain a HERO.If they did we are Thankful to GOP.Blood Relationship between Pakistan and Kashmir will never end. We Live with Pakistan or we live Independent, we were, are and will always remain Pakistanis.If anyone got an issue email me I will sort it out.

  • Anonymous

    Now Please Dont calling me BRO, I aint your brother so please avoid it.You want AMericans to tell you? dont you watch TV? its even in News FFS with proofs from Americans.Bangladesh was a creation of India, now stop this nonsense and accept you attacked a country and you divided it.brain dies with age and The Unpleasant Truth is 90 Percent of Indians Are Fools

  • Anonymous

    Sir …. your own Hamdoor Rehman Commission Report (Supplementary Report) …. :-) I would like to have the original one from you …. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Saeed Sahib, problem is that even if I bow before my deity … for some it is anti-islamic …. :-)
    By the way there is nothing anti-Islam in my writing below.

  • Anonymous

    Hashmi Sahib: What are your views about Kabir, Rahim, Rehman, Fareed and enumerable Sufi saints, Iqbal, King Akbar, Tipu Sultan etc. where they not Muslims of Bharat? To be Muslim one doesn’t require to get his DNA tested and matched with Arabian ancestry? A Sindhu, Hindu or Indoi will remain hindu …. whatever faith he may follow …. even if it is Islam, Sikkhism, Sanatanism, Buddhism, Jainism, Arya Samajee or even atheism … :-) )

  • Anonymous

    Saeed Sahib: I think you misunderstood my post ….? Please read it again … I have not equated Shivlingam, I have only given its description. The ‘Blind Donkey’s’ is described only for blind followers. This land have innumerable scriptures since time immemorial (over 10000 years) and they all are protected as precedence of past. It is a vast library for guiding the society on right path. Even Holy Quran and Bible is also part of this library. For me nothing is ultimate, as they all are unidirectional …. to guide the society for peaceful social living and respecting all creations of that omnipotent force … :-)

    For few even my bowing before my deity is also blasphemous and on the other hand blowing ‘Bhamian Buddha’ is also a religious act?