I jumped on the tube at 7:00 am yesterday morning and quickly looked for a seat so I could read about Pakistan winning the World Cup Final in the Metro Newspaper.Unfortunately, even after flipping through the entire paper, I couldn’t find a single reference to it and was in a state of shock! I even looked around at other passengers on the tube to see if anyone else had any “shocked” expression but err, I don’t think anyone really gave a damn.
I then felt a mmm (miserable monday morning) slap in the face and proceeded to sit back and shut my eyes.
As I got to work, I was glad to recieve an e-mail from Z, a friend of mine, who was concerned about the exact same issue! I just asked him to write a brief for you guys so check out what he wrote below –
“On Monday morning, as I boarded my train and picked up a copy of the Metro, I was most dismayed to find that aside from a large picture of the 20-20 England Ladies’ Cricket Team, (and all credit to them), there was absolutely no mention of the Pakistani Champions on the front page. No picture, no headline, not even a mention in small print on the side. It got me thinking had there been a terrorist attack, or even an unfoiled plan, with the remotest link to a Pakistani, we would have made the front page. For once we have something positive to sing and dance about and we get sidelined as if the whole tournament had been a casual game in the park.
Having been born and brought up in the UK, (yes I guess I’d be classed as a ‘BBCD’!!) I have always resisted the all too easily climbed and often misguided race card bandwagon. However, in this instance I can find no justification in being ‘blanked’ in such an absurd and obvious manner. All through my childhood, the only images of Pakistan I ever saw on the box were of dust and bombardment, people running around haphazardly, ‘naaraa’s dangling, unwashed faces and unkempt hair. No wonder we can never drag ourselves out of the ‘third world’ in the eyes of the West. Even while at university in the Nineties, a friend, in all her innocence (ignorance?) asked me whether we all lived in tents back home?? I didn’t blame her, that was the impression she had always had.
Had England won the same final, we’d never have heard the end of it for weeks and yet it’s business as usual for us Pakistanis, albeit of British origin, some of whom find it tough to exist and operate in Western society at the best of times, always having to ‘fit in’ and ‘prove’ our existence. All I ask is that the press please just give us credit where due for once. This is a big deal… “