It is hard to recall the last time Pakistan’s cricket team effortlessly outplayed any international team during an international tournament. The boys in green have left everyone surprised with their game changing mannerisms. Unpredictability is a trait Pakistanis resonate with but our cricket team has certainly championed at it. It may be a negative trait in general but for Pakistan’s cricket team it is a blessing in disguise, as it keeps our rivals wondering if they’ll win or lose. The team’s passion combined with Sarfaraz’s mature captaincy led Pakistan to eventually win the much desired ICC Champions Trophy for the first time ever. The win became much more special as Sarfaraz eleven fought smoothly and jolted the Indian cricket team, which alone is reason enough for the nation to celebrate the much awaited victory. A team that stood eighth in the ICC rankings took the title home in the face of adversity. This was, indeed, a historical win, owing to the efforts of young and experienced minds alike. Luck was finally on our side.
Pakistan is, unfortunately, notorious for numerous human rights violations and forced conversion is one of them. For the past several years, the Hindu population in Sindh has dealt with the menace of forced conversions and have been living on the mercy of those enforcing their religiosity on them. Hindu girls in particular are a target of such conversions which is, of course, quite an appalling situation. In a recent turn of events, a girl from Thar is the newest victim of this inhumane practice that has taken over a religiously diverse province of Sindh. Sindh is known for its religious diversity but its minorities are suffering at the hands of those in majority. Pakistan was not built to torture minorities but to help them thrive within its diaspora. It is high time that those in power realise their responsibility and give minorities their due right.
I recently came across literally disturbing news. It isn’t, however, a recent news piece but is startling enough to make me pen down this letter. There were times when parents would ask teachers to keep a strict check on their children and treat them as their own, which was not just limited to being loving and caring towards them but also being strict with them when needed. But times have really changed now, as parents now end up killing school principal for allegedly scolding their children. To everyone’s surprise, this has literally happened in this day and age. The unfortunate event took place in Lahore’s Badami Bagh where a principal of a school was brutally murdered by parents for supposedly scolding their kid. This is a murder and I request the provincial government of Punjab to take strict actions against the culprits and give them severe punishment for brutally murdering an educator. It won’t take long for our society to collapse if such incidents are not dealt with carefully.