Politicians lash out at Imran’s derogatory statements against international players
ISLAMABAD, Mar 07 (SABAH): Hospitality is rooted in Pakistani culture. In many communities even when an enemy arrives as a guest he is respected and treated generously. But something that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said in a press conference on Monday night is being criticised by Pakistanis all around the world.
Video of Imran Khan’s press conference which has gone viral over social media shows him criticising the foreign players who had arrived in Lahore to play the Pakistan Super League Final in the Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.
Imran Khan was filmed telling aides the foreign players who took part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final were “phateechar” (roughly, low-class) and Relu Katte.
PTI chief said he does not even know the names of those foreign players who played the final match. He said these players were brought from Africa and they would have come to play in any case for money.
Imran Khan added that the idea was to bring big players to Pakistan but all of them refused to come here.
After this statement, Imran Khan came under fire and is facing a lot of criticism on social media as well as well as from political leaders and other public figures.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that remarks about foreign players participating in the final of PSL are regrettable. Successful holding of final was a message to terrorists from fearless Pakistanis to brace challenge squarely, she added.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan also bashed Imran Khan and said he used the language of RAW, his words were humiliating and hurt the feelings of whole nation. Rana Sanaullah demanded Imran Khan to take his statement back and apologize from whole nation.
“Imran cannot conceal his pettiness and jealousy,” Rana Sanaullah said. “He should have [instead] contributed to the success of PSL.” Sanaullah added Imran’s comments would harm no one but himself.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan leader Faisal Sabzwari also condemned Imran’s statements, saying the PTI chief’s words sounded like those coming from an enemy of Pakistan. “Imran’s comments sounded racist,” he said. “[Return of cricket] to Pakistan is a direct response to terrorists.”
On the other hand, cricket fans also seemed upset with Imran Khan and asked him the question that which name will be bigger than Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan and the great Sir Vivian Richards?
It is pertinent here to mention that the squad of Peshawar Zalmi came with full strength to Lahore for the final. Their team was led by two times T20 World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy. Other foreign players in the team included Marlon Samuels, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan.
Quetta gladiators also had one of the greatest players of the game in the form of Sir Vivian Richards who was their mentor. Moreover, Dean Jones also came to Lahore to commentate in the final.