Upon winning the Twenty20 World Cup in England, Younus Khan the skipper of the Pakistani cricket team has asked teams to visit Pakistan.
"I am requesting to all countries to come to Pakistan. Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault. Especially for youngsters, we need home series because there is no cricket in Pakistan. How can we motivate the youngsters, especially at school level and college level? I think this will be helping us build a new structure in Pakistan for our future," Younus said to the media at the post match press briefing.
One recalls during the first test match against Sri Lanka, on that fateful tour, where the Sri Lankans were targeted by terrorist in Pakistan. Ramiz Raja went on the air asking people to visit the country.
He praised the Sri Lankans for coming when the Australians deemed the nation unsafe. Just a few days later the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked. Ajantha Mendis had 17 stitches. Thilan Samaraweera went through several rounds of surgery.
Just because they survived one shouldn’t think all is well. The players suffered considerably and only survived due to sheer luck.
In return they were shot at and almost paid the ultimate price. Pakistan and it’s players were in the hotel room. Seven minutes late. Younus Khan has not once gone on record as an honourable man and explained why the Pakistani team did not leave at the same time as the Sri Lankans?
No mention of these events have been made. It was all swept under the carpet.
We listened to Ramiz Raja proclaim proudly "Come to Pakistan. It’s safe." So we went. We were shot at, and our hosts were missing. Where were the Pakistanis? Where was the VIP security?
Still with these questions unanswered, Younus Khan has the audacity to ask people to visit Pakistan.
It’s not going down too well with me as you can see.
Don’t call people to your home when you know there is clear and present danger to their lives? Don’t be a selfish nation that wants people to keep helping when you know you have no means to protect them.
It is true, Pakistan cricket is not responsible for what has happened. But they shouldn’t expect people to come, nor should they encourage anyone to visit.
Even through 30 years of civil war Sri Lanka Cricket has protected it’s guest even more than they would, a minister. We all watched the videos where unarmed Pakistani police escorts played dead to save their own lives. Clearly the security on offer to the Sri Lankans was terrible.
You messed up, now take ownership and don’t expect any sympathy. No one will come to Pakistan unless you clean it up. No one wants to be target practice for Islamic extremists.