Wasim Akram wants Pakistan to treat its national heroes with reverence
- “Every fight, every camp, every training, every tour is another opportunity for me to show the boxing world the world-class boxing Pakistan does have,” said boxer M.Wasim.
- Slavery still persists in our hearts and minds despite getting freedom from the Whites(Britain), says Imran Khan.
The triumph and respect that Pakistani Boxer Muhammad Waseem brought home after defeating the Philippines’ Conrado Tanamor in Dubai largely got unnoticed and the irony is that no one even from the boxing federation or the government welcomed him at the airport on his return.
To welcome him probably is not the part of the standard operating procedure but a symbol of respect and courage that a nation could have given to its national heroes when they earn something good for a country.
It is an undeniable fact that Pakistanis are over-obsessed with cricket and all other gaming events sound them subsidiary to the discussion. This might be the reason why achievements accomplished by athletes and sportspersons failed to get the spotlight.
The boxer himself expressed annoyance saying that he is not fighting to get a warm welcome at home but fighting to earn the respect and good name for Pakistan all over the world. “Every fight, every camp, every training, every tour is another opportunity for me to show the boxing world the world-class boxing Pakistan does have,” he continued.
I apologise on the behalf of Pakistan, Sometimes we as a country need to be “smacked on the face” with the fist of reality to wake us up and remind us how we should be treating our hero’s. I’m picking you up from the airport next time myself! Massive congratulations on the win! https://t.co/i7K1S4l2jx
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 15, 2019
His words had a deep spell on the Sultan of Swing the renowned Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram who not only congratulated the boxer for his dynamic win but apologized to him on the behalf of the entire nation.
Wasim Akram expressed his displeasure over mistreatment towards the national heroes and said: “Sometimes we as a country need to be smacked in the face with the fist of reality to us up and remind us how we should be treating our national heroes.”
Wasim also promised to welcome and receive the boxer himself at the airport, “I’m picking you up from the airport next time myself! Massive congratulations on the win!.” Boxer in his reply has thanked Wasim Akram and also told in his twitter message that he doesn’t demand anything from Pakistan. He also prayed for the situation of the country to get better.
1: عامر خان نامی پاکستانی نژاد برطانیہ کے لیے کھیلتا ہے پاکستان کے تمام مقتدر حلقے اسکے پروٹوکول میں بچھے جاتے ہیں۔
2:محمد وسیم پاکستانی اور پاکستان کے لیے کھیلتا ہے۔ جیت کر بھی آئے تو ٹیکسی پر گھر جاتا ہے۔
گورا چلا گیا غلامی کی عادت نہیں گئی۔
— Imran Khan (@ImranRiazKhan) September 16, 2019
Anchor Imran Khan who works at GNN also criticized the treatment towards the boxer and commented that Pakistani-born boxer Amir Khan plays for Britain and gets the protocol but Pakistani boxer Muhammad Wasim has to return home via taxi because he’s not welcomed as the former. Slavery still persists in our hearts and minds despite getting freedom from the Whites(Britain), he added.
An Aussie sports journalist Dennis Wade took to twitter and censured the flinching remarks by boxer Muhammad Wasim and asked: “Why do Pakistani sportsmen believe that they deserve a welcome at the airport?”
He further said that Pakistan does have world-class lawyers, bankers, doctors, and other professionals as well besides sportsmen who do not suppose to get welcomed at the airports. “Stop believing your own entitled bullshit,” he said.
Why do Pakistani sportsmen believe that they deserve a welcome at the airport?
You also have world class lawyers, bankers, doctors, teachers, farmers, engineers, etc and they don't get a welcome.
Stop believing your own entitled bullshit.
— Dennis Wade (@DennisCricket_) September 16, 2019
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