25 November, 2020

My Neighbour, My Foe

Pakistanis rue their defeat in a match worth more than the Cup

My Neighbour, My Foe
What a day it proved to be for Pakistan! Events were dominated by the constant shelling and firing by the Indian and Pakistani armies on the LoC and a pathetic showing by the Pakistani cricket team against the Indians in Manchester. Pakistan had recently moved up to the number two spot in the World Cup rankings. The Indians, on their part, had put up a poor performance throughout the Cup, and a loss to Pakistan would have left them bereft of even the feeblest of chances to make a comeback in the championship. But, the Indians were destined to live another day.

Pakistanis throughout the country were glued to their television and radios sets. All work came to a standstill. People either pleaded ill-health, an emergency in the family or just sat around unabashedly in their workplaces listening to the commentary.

After a mere 15 overs of the second innings, grandparents, their children and grandchildren from Peshawar to Karachi were in deep depression. Salma Raza, an 85-year-old great-grandmother, who chose to come to Pakistan in '47, was constantly on the phone with her...



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