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“Laying all blame on the players is not the answer to finishing seventh.”- Photo by AFP
“Laying all blame on the players is not the answer to finishing seventh.”- Photo by AFP

Salman Akbar is a veteran goal-keeper who made his debut for Pakistan’s hockey team in 2001. Termed by Olympian Shahid Ali Khan as one of the most hard-working players in the game, Akbar has won the 2005 Rabo Trophy and the 2010 Asian Games gold medal with Pakistan. He was adjudged the ‘best keeper’ in both events. Here, he reviews Pakistan’s overall performance at the London Olympics and highlights the problems plaguing Pakistan hockey.

Pakistan’s seventh-place finish at the London Olympics is being hailed as an improvement (of one position) from the team’s last stint at the Beijing Games four years ago. Well, if that’s our scale of measuring success, it will take Pakistan another 16 years to reach the podium.

Despite making a decent start to the tournament (against Spain), Pakistan failed to capitalise. The match against hosts Great Britain highlighted our poor performance. Against South Africa, we leaked four goals but there was some consolation in our 5-4 win as we managed to keep our semi-final hopes alive. In the most important match of the tournament (against Australia) and for Pakistan hockey, we managed to record our worst-ever defeat in the history of the Games.

Consolation victory In the last match against South Korea, Pakistan played a much better and controlled game. The pace Pakistan showed was one of the reasons for success as we beat a higher-ranked team for the first time in the tournament. It was good to see that we only gave away one penalty corner.

The two goals scored by Korea could have been avoided had the defence been in a good position to clear the ball on time. After Korea’s first goal, the reply of Pakistan was very good and we finally saw our vice-captain Waqas Shareef score his first (and last) goal of the tournament. Choosing Muhammad Imran for the first shot on penalty corner gave Pakistan the winning goal.

While Pakistan’s defence was struggling in the beginning they gained confidence with the passage of goalless periods and minimised their errors. Our strikers still missed some open chances, particularly one from Rehan Butt.

Coaching conundrum Overall, Pakistan’s performance at the Games remained poor. For me, the biggest reason for our failure was the lack of planning from the coaches. From a clear lack of tactics for the opponents’ game to being clueless about a good starting eleven to timely substitutions, the coaches failed to deliver on the promises they made before leaving for London. One of these claims was an apparent improvement in the team’s attacks, especially in terms of missed chances, which the coaching staff claimed to have worked hard on during the training camps. Once the team took the field, it was clear how much “work” had been done to overcome these problems.

Only seven field goals is clear indication of the performance of our strikers, some of whom ended the campaign without scoring a single goal! Six of the 12 goals scored by Pakistan were from penalty corners. Even in PCs, the conversion rate was unimpressive and the use of indirect variation was seen only once, which was appalling given the stature of the tournament. It was good to see that when Muhammad Imran was given two penalty corner opportunities, he converted from both. Goalkeeper Imran Shah had a nightmare under the bars. He failed to impress in any of the matches and this puts a question-mark on the role of goalkeeping coach Shahid Ali Khan. Midfield was the only area where Pakistan did well and it was mainly down to the excellent leadership of Waseem Ahmed.

Time to face harsh realities Barely a day after Pakistan’s stint at London ended, a statement from Pakistan’s chef de mission left me dumbfounded. He has called for cuts in hockey funds and slammed the lack of funding for other sports. While I agree that other sports desperately need attention and we must support all athletes, I don’t think taking away funds from hockey will do any good. It is our national game, which is itself reeling from lack of funding. As a player, I have always heard from every PHF set-up I have worked under in the last 15 years that they are struggling to get financial support from the government and there is a lack of sponsorship to promote the game and bring it to international standards.

It is important to realise that every sport has become scientific now. Athletes, from all fields, must be given the best possible facilities.

It is really sad to know that athletes can’t even buy proper kits. They don’t even have the money to maintain a proper, healthy diet. How will an athlete perform at the best of his abilities under such circumstances? It is easy to make so much noise when the athletes don’t bag medals.

According to our respected Chef de Mission Aqil Shah, “The PHF received a funding of Rs500 million from the government while assistance for other federations was minimal. Despite getting so much money, we failed to win a medal.” If hockey receives a big chunk of the funding and fails to deliver the results then it must be revealed where the funds are actually going. As far as I know, they can do a lot more to facilitate the players and the game of hockey.

Pakistan versus India mind-block As Pakistan ended the Games on a winning note, albeit without a medal, our coach didn’t miss the opportunity to point out that we finished better with neighbours India. For me, this was the most damaging statement to come out of the Pakistan camp. We need to move beyond this Pakistan-India mentality.

For God’s sake, stop wasting everyone’s time and stop trying to fool the nation! You need to be brave enough to admit that as a coach, you have failed to deliver at the Olympics. Before leaving for London and even during the pre-tournament preparations, our coach had promised a podium finish. He said the team had worked hard on overcoming their weaknesses and building mental toughness. The performance was there for everyone to see. You cannot fool the nation anymore.

The victory that they still boast of came two years ago and was under the Dutch coach Michel Van Huevel. Michel worked very hard on building the team and created a good atmosphere where the players flourished.

The coach also tried to play down the team’s failure by saying that we were the best Asian side. Well, you were playing at the Olympics, not defending the Asian title. Finishing seventh doesn’t prove our continental supremacy. In fact, it is a shame for the continent that its best rank at the world’s biggest stage was seventh and had only two other teams’ representation.

It is very easy to say that the players failed. I admit, they didn’t do well but then what was the role of the coach? The on-field performance was a fair reflection of the work done during the training camps and the pre-game plans. Laying all blame on the players is not the answer to finishing seventh. Is this the way to handle our failures? No. Instead of showing some courage and admitting that you failed, you are happy to say that you did better than India. This attitude reeks of a lack of professionalism. We need to get over with it. We mustn’t teach our youth that beating India is the biggest achievement. It may have been the case in earlier decades but not anymore. This is 2012 and we need to come out of this complex. There are some serious problems in our country and we need to focus on fixing them. Instead of getting such statements out of the officials, heads of the country and media should seek their accountability.


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mohamad
Aug 12, 2012 04:30pm
india have won 6 medals in olymipics and pakistaN 0. now compare.........
mansoor
Aug 12, 2012 09:37pm
Are there Artificial surfaces to play on, in Gojra, Toba, Sangla and Faisalabad and are players actually allowed to practice on them? Bulk of players come from these districts. We are not keeping pace with the changing world of hockey.As a minimum an IPL like league, handsome payments to players and business approach can help.Nothing is at stake when one plays for Customs against NBP. Gojra-Faisalabad match is mouth watering. I am building a team in Sangla-Salarwala with sole aim of beating Gojra in Gojra in 4 years time.
Roshan
Aug 14, 2012 10:10am
If we are loud Mouth.....What about you Pakistanis….you got nothing. You are the worst economy(Pakistan ranks 13 in failed states index), Pakistan, a country which is run by a military obsessed with India and by a civilian elite that steals all it can and pay almost no taxes, has been ranked 13th in the latest ranking of failed states….. We are far more developed in the field of education, technologies, and industry. US and Europe country look for Job investment from India. We are growing and 7th largest economy you got nothing…and in blogs and portals you chant like anything about your failed state... u say we are loud mouth
rohit
Aug 12, 2012 10:16am
country like Afghanistan also earned a medal..wat has Pakistan to show!!
ali
Aug 12, 2012 05:07pm
I think women are even more braiwashed than men. Thanks to continuous stream of anti India/US/Israel propoganda.
Harry
Aug 13, 2012 03:10am
India’s record at Olympics .My Pakistani friends please help me we are following china in GDP growth, but not in medals .May be you guys can help us :) By the way do you know the meaning of GDP? Year Medals(Ind) Pakistan 1996 - 1 0 2000 - 1 0 2004 - 1 0 2008 - 3 0 2012 - 6 0
Infidel
Aug 14, 2012 12:39pm
@napak, Afghanistan has won a medal, they are already ahead!!
Ali
Aug 12, 2012 08:52pm
Leave the players alone and ask yourself "what have you done for your the country?"
Deepak
Aug 12, 2012 08:20pm
Amna ji, aghar India mess hai to Pak to cesspool hai!
Roshan
Aug 14, 2012 10:21am
Thanks bro….For correcting me… Ya…..there was a power outrage in North and East part of India for 1day…..Whole world got to know because there were effected by that(many industries lie in that region). As it is very un-usual time that a power grid failed for 1day in India. At least 67% of our villages get 90% of free electricity….. But It’s common for your country…… rit? Because there is power faller for days and month in your country……. So, it doesn’t get noticed….. Any way who cares about you Guys….
Raoul Ciao
Aug 12, 2012 12:27pm
very good to see that Pakistan and India comparison is basis sports and how badly/well they are doing, so the sparring is on the playing field. better than running continued hate campaigns against one another. The only takeaway is this - Both these nations suck on the world stage except in playing a sport that under a dozen nations play globally.....and which is about as physically demanding as juniour school athletics at best. So let's try and emulate the local big daddies of Asia like S Korea, China, Japan etc. We are both neighbours international jokes in real sports.
DONT LIE
Aug 13, 2012 10:00am
LMAO!!!!! gud joke...
Ali
Aug 12, 2012 08:52pm
No comparison. 1 billion people vs 180 million big difference. Lets face it guys, the cricket has taken a toll on other games so stop bragging on 5-6 medals with no gold. Also everyone, games are games and if practiced then winning will come. leave the players alone and ask yourself "what have you done yourself for your own country?"
napak
Aug 12, 2012 04:06pm
In a decade Afghanistan will be ahead of Pakistan.
Jango
Aug 12, 2012 04:09pm
6 medals!
Sanjay
Aug 12, 2012 04:17pm
Both India and Pakistan lost the long term plot for hockey when the FIH mandated the switch to artificial turf and since then has steadily changed the rules in the Europeans' favour while we have just looked on. What is hockey today? A minor sport and not even a fraction as popular as football. The FIH has not only transformed it from a subcontinental sport to a European one but has also managed to change it from a mass entertainment sport to one which only has some weird people interested in it today. There are only about 15 countries that play it seriously - only slightly more than that other weird sport - cricket. Indians and Pakistanis will never reach the strength and fitness levels of the Germans and Dutch, not to mention the Belgians but more importantly will never be able to sophistication of their coaching and training tactics and regimen. Till the 1980s India and Pakistan had won just about everything there was to win and then the two countries stood by as the European-controlled FIH took the game and its rules away from them in broad daylight. Until this is fully understood, it will be an exercise in futility.
Agha Ata
Aug 14, 2012 12:37pm
"‘Must get over with India obsession and admit failures’ My friend it is not true only for the field of hockey, the same words of wisdom can be said for many other fields as well. (In the context of India) But, unfortunately during the past 65 years we have built the massive pyramids of “vanity” no one can compete with.
Sanjay
Aug 13, 2012 11:39am
India and Pakistan should play together more often. We share a common hockey heritage and also the problems facing our style of hockey. We together can find a solution to the changing surfaces (now the blue one) clearly aimed at giving an edge to the European style of play. We can't blame the govt every time. There was a time when we have won Olympics when our players didn't have shoes to wear. The bottom line is that the game has lost its sheen in our part of the world because of excessive Cricket and therefore we don't get best of the talent in Hockey. There is hardly any passion found in the players because there is no money. With both the countries playing Hockey together the lost excitement and glamour can come back which is desperately needed to trigger a revival.
Harish
Aug 14, 2012 11:00am
There is no need to blow our trumpet here ESPECIALLY when the article in question is asking Pakistan to rid itself of this comparison to India in sports. I am an Indian and I say we should not be proud of our performance either. Remember those old days when India AND Pakistan were always on the podium for hockey? Its a shame that corruption in both our countries is destroying sporting culture. I would have loved to see at least Pakistan be on the podium to reclaim Asian hockey glory. Just be thankful Roshan that no one in India has said, "6 medals is a great achievement, at least we got more than Pakistan". Go spread your hate elsewhere.
Satish
Aug 14, 2012 10:33am
This is the age of cooperation. Pakistani & India should learn from mistakes. See how Europe is united. United we stand or else will perish
DONT LIE
Aug 12, 2012 08:30am
then wat is pakistan?? HEAVEN!!!!????
BS Pani
Aug 12, 2012 06:03am
All said and done- India's performance was pathetic. Sports and hockey lovers in India are more sad than shocked. Leading to the Olympics, the Indian team had done very badly in three tournaments. Nothing much was expected but the 'wooden spoon' hurts - not withstanding the five other medals won. We drool over cricket but at heart we love the game of hockey. But one thing everyone agrees in India- this time around, the Govt. did what best it could and the results were that +45 athletes in 8-9 items (athletics being one) actually qualified for the Olympics and most went upto quarterfinal stage atleast. That is a huge improvement from Beijing. If the trend continues- who knows? But as of now - reality does bite where hockey is concerned and all here do believe that Pakistan did lot better at the Olympics this year than us!! Keep it up- next time you are in finals ( our being there is too far fetched) - we would all cheer for you!! Best of luck next time!!!
Karan
Aug 12, 2012 07:15am
India has won 5 medals and their best medal hope is all set to take stage today- World Champion Sushil Kumar who won bronze in Beijing. Whereas Pakistan has lagged behind in Olympics. It is extremely sad to see the same as Pakistan too started making a mark in free style wrestling and boxing with medals in 1960 and 1988 respectively but unfortunately the spirited performance of its Olympians could not spark a revelation and interest in its youth and Pakistan has been unable to win an individual medal since 1988. On the other hand Indian shooters and now their boxers and wrestlers have been able to carry on their performance and bring home more medals than before. Probably one the reasons is the amount of cash benefits that the sportsman receive from their state as well as central governments and the permanent job security they receive from the central government. Pakistan needs to create such incentives as well. Also an area where both India and Pakistan lack is good infrastructure and training facilities which is probably not even comparable (in cricketing terms- run out and not even in the picture) to some of sports and athletics training facilities of schools and universities in US
Sajid
Aug 12, 2012 08:02am
How to improve things? Can you please outline an action plan? After all Champions Trophy is later this year, Asian games in two years' time and Rio only 4 years away.
Abdullah N.
Aug 12, 2012 01:05pm
If you have watched Olympic final Netherlands vs. Germany, you better believe both countries Pakistan & India should not even be on Olympic roster.
razi
Aug 12, 2012 01:01pm
yes true india n pakistan both performed badly n evn south korea! its time asian hockey federation intervenes n does smthng about it!!! asian hockey is important not only to us but to the sport itself! the flavour and talent these players bring is absolutely mouth watering at times n the fact that this talent is being wasted shld be a cncrn to all hockey lovers be it asians or not! i pray for not only pakistan but all asian hockey teams to regain the lost glory n beat the hell out of the europeans someday!!
Roshan
Aug 13, 2012 07:55am
These Pakistanis are fools.....We Indian compare our self with Super power IN GDP and Technologies and We don’t even think about Pakistan at that time..... Any ways we won 6 medals this Olympic and will win 15 in next…..We are preparing for that… We dnt ever compare Pakistan….. You Pakistani are so obsessed with India
Ali
Aug 12, 2012 01:56pm
We are a very insecure nation! We must fight our demons. As one of the gurus of management said, " concentrate on the task not on yourself"...
Razak
Aug 12, 2012 01:47pm
Haha Amna India feels insulted when you guys compare yourself to India. Stop being funny. We won 6 Medals in London Olympics. Certainly no great acheivement, but if you get to comparisons, it matters pretty well.
Krish Chennai
Aug 11, 2012 04:37pm
The real tragedy is, that if the rest of the world were told that hockey is still the National Game for both Pakistan and India, they would do what in this net-age lexicon is known as ROFL, expanded into Roll on the Floor Laughing. Everyone knows over which sport in these two countries the public have all but drooled over, treating players as born heroes. Can't give up on hope, though !
Ayesha
Aug 11, 2012 04:38pm
A very harsh reality...u potrayed the rekistic side...bravo...we need these reality checks badly...bravo
cienu
Aug 11, 2012 04:43pm
Not only in hockey. Pakistan needs to rid itself of its India obsession in all aspects.
SMK
Aug 11, 2012 04:51pm
It is ridiculous to mention India, no serious lover of hockey would do it. Looking at the performance against Australia, Pakistan looked like a high school team. They looked nervous,never settled down. Comparing performance to India is an old jingo. I don't believe even Pakistani players think that way.
Saamia
Aug 11, 2012 05:01pm
A well written article .
Ijaz Chaudhry
Aug 11, 2012 05:23pm
Salman is right. In 4 years tenure of the present set up of the PHF, Pakistan hockey has shown no improvement. If Korea and India did worse than that doesnt hide our own poor performance. Korea is among the top 5 or 6 in the Olympic medal table. Even India won 4 medals. Hockey was our only hope for a medal and the federation was provided with huge funds yet they failed to deliver. The officials should be showing repentance instead of defending themselves.
Hindu
Aug 11, 2012 06:07pm
Would it help it is said " Pakistan beats Afganistan in U-19"??????!!!!!!!!!!!
shish pal
Aug 11, 2012 06:07pm
I think every pakistani should think like that, every time u campare with india , thats not good. don,t fool ur nation
JKeshav
Aug 11, 2012 06:29pm
Yes I agree it was an immature statement to have come out the coach of the Pakistan hockey team! India has won five medals so far in this Olympics. It is not to say that India's achievements have been superior. What affects the Pakistani players is affecting the sportsmen and sportswomen on the other side of the border too! Corruption, politics & nepotism are the culprits! We need to learn from our neighbour to east, China! With sustained programs, discipline they have achieved much in a short span of time! Time to emulate them!
John
Aug 13, 2012 08:08am
You did learn nothing in 1971. You should be Pakistani first,and then if you can,a muslim. Otherwise, Pakistan will not survive in its present shape long before the end of this century.
Jehangir
Aug 12, 2012 02:04pm
India just won its sixth medal, how many did Pakistan win?
nabeel khan
Aug 11, 2012 07:51pm
Salman How many hockey turfs are there in pakistan. pls email me and i am willing to do something to increase the level of interest and quality of game. no point relying on the government.
ChaCha
Aug 11, 2012 08:06pm
Nope but it will help if u say india ended 12th in Olympic hockey tourny :P
Ram krishan
Aug 11, 2012 08:38pm
Pakistan should look at their next door neighbours west ,with Afganistan winning 1 medal and Iran 5 and east with India winning 5 . Pakistan with no medal in a list of 76 countries.
doctor
Aug 11, 2012 09:25pm
bhatijey India also won 5 medals.
ahmedjan
Aug 11, 2012 09:57pm
Chef de Mission Aqil Shah's remarks are unfortunate. What contribution does he have for discovering any sportsman or athlete from the entire KP province or the city of Peshawar from where he belongs. It is true that as mentioned in the article Coaching standard while playing lacked professionalism control. Two glaring examples are against GB, the player was sent out on green card. The coach sent another player in his place which was rightly identified by the referee who penalised the team captain Sohail Abbass with another green card. This resulted Pakistan players playing with 9 men. This was very crucial time when Pak was down with two goals and Pak was putting enormous pressure on GB but with the sudden changed scenario Pak went into defensive posture. Secondly at a referral pak lost its appeal without watching any referral, this was coach's responsibility to explain this to the players. there are many other occasions. Regarding improving hockey, I play this game in west and can compare the same back home. In Pakistan very few grounds are available and the ones having artificial pitch is only available to the selected players. Many new natural grounds specifically made for hockey could be made available to public, like school/college grounds after education hours (evening times). Similarly, civil, military and government departments hold numerous such grounds. A little fee can be charged for utilisation of these facilities and this can also help generate extra income for the grounds men. Apart from classical hockey, indoor game with reduced players can be introduced. The game can take momentum when summers are harsh or at dark hours There is a lot which could help not only hockey but every sport in Pakistan. we need someone who loves sports
Salman Akbar
Aug 11, 2012 10:01pm
Thanks a lot for your interest. In Pakistan there are around 12-15 turfs but out of them 2-3 are play able. Let me know if i can help you in any thing. Really respect and appreciate your step for the national game.
Shafi
Aug 11, 2012 10:23pm
'PHF received 500 million Rupees from the Government'. What was the money spent on? It most probably never reached the intended target. 77 countries so far won the medals in the 2012 Olympics. Sadly 6th largest country in the world won nothing. What does it prove? Any guess?
Shafi
Aug 11, 2012 10:25pm
I know you won'publish it like the last on. Freedom of speech? ha ha ha.
Dr V. C. Bhutani
Aug 11, 2012 11:26pm
Perhaps both India and Pakistan need to give better attention to their sports policy, especially about hockey. There was a time, long past, when hockey used to be monopolized by the two. No longer. Both need to give better attention to selection of players and athletes, selection of coaches, providing funds for both diet and training, providing facilities and funds and equipment, and more opportunities for the two to meet more often at sports events, including of course hockey. It seems much in the India-Pakistan sports has become hostage to politics.
doctor
Aug 11, 2012 11:44pm
7th or 12th rank in Hockey, both are same, means no medal. India already has 1 silver + 4 bronzes, one more medal chance left on Aug'12. Do you have any Olympic medal to show yet?
Raj
Aug 11, 2012 11:45pm
You are doing the same thing,
Hellothere
Aug 12, 2012 12:50am
Certainly! But then again, Indians seem to be ever more obsessed with Pakistan. By any chance, have you ever viewed an indian newspaper online?? Filled with lots and lots of stuff from Pak, that our media doesn't even bother bringing forward, and in most cases, instead of having our news in the 'south asia' section, they have a separate news from 'pakistan' section.
Dr.Syed Jafri
Aug 12, 2012 01:22am
I think its a great article. It is heartening to see that at least our youth is showing us the right path and that is the only hope I can envisage in our future . Our politicians and other institute have let us down time and again in the name of fighting with India for decades now and don't feel remorseful at all. In today's world , when US can bow down to Afghanis and looking for negotiations , why not Pakistan see the real picture. I am a proud Pakistan and love my country but can not fool our 180 million people in the name of India any more. Lets face the reality , India is doing much better than Pakistan currently and there is no harm in in accepting that . I must say our youth is also fascinated by Indians in sports and showbiz as well in other fields like medical sciences and IT so be it .
Amna
Aug 12, 2012 02:09am
I feel insulted when Pakistani like these compare to India. India is a big mess india is a country of mess.
ROHIT PANDEY
Aug 12, 2012 03:44am
India has moved past hockey and a trickle of medals is coming our way! Pakistan yet to!
Rehan Khaleel
Aug 12, 2012 05:18pm
Compasing Pakistan's failure to India is like saying we failed better than India, so its not that bad really... the truth is that both countries let themselves down in Hockey... it would indeed be glorious for both Pakistan and India to play the finals in the next Olympics and let the better team win... in any case India is celebrating winning 5 medials which is not bad in comparison to its own part medals tally .... but small comfort when compared with China, Great Britain and others.... both Pakistan and India need to stop hating each other in sports and start fixing their own underperformers
srini
Aug 12, 2012 06:48am
This is like India saying it won five medals and therefore did much better than Pakistan in the Olympics. Then Pakistan can console itself saying India is five times bigger therefore it is okay for Pakistan to get 0 medals. Certainly, no one in India is taking comfort from the fact that Pakistan got 0 medals Rather, they look enviously at China getting a bagful of medals although the Chinese methods would be alien to India. The fact is both countries -- India and Pakistan -- performed pathetically in the Olympics. It does not matter which performed worse. There are deep sociological and economic reasons for this. One also has to accept our limitations. Hiding under a rock, making excuses, and foolish comparisons should not comfort us.
LivingInLondon
Aug 12, 2012 08:54am
In a Country of 185 Million people, Pakistan cant even get a Bronze Medal? They are so far down the list, they dont even appear on any Olympic Medal tables. The Country is a Joke.
shahid
Aug 12, 2012 11:22pm
u r obsessed with india........ and u r comparing Pakistan with India. what has happened to u guys? its really sick
shahid
Aug 12, 2012 11:23pm
yes
SAZ
Aug 12, 2012 11:51pm
Pakistan could not grab a single medal in Olympics. we can not blame only the players of Hockey. In fact there is no marked response seen in rest of other games like Boxing etc. If we look at PK’s neighbours the situation is embarrassing for us. The China 2 years younger than us in independence grabbed second position in the world with 87 medals. Iran got 12 medals and stood 17th in rank in entire world despite of all of the foreign sanctions and international pressures and constant conspiracies against their state. India got at least 6 medals still better than PK despite of their less high ego of the entire nation than its Pakisani counterparts. Afghanistan got one medals with ongoing war for last two decades and with no adequate coaching facilities available at their end. It leaves no excuse for Pakistan not to earn any medal in the world Olympics. This is shame for entire nation and their leaders. The corruption at the hierarchy in all Pakistani departments from parliament, defence services/armed forces, judiciary to the state bank of PK and the ministry of sports and education etc has plundered all treasures. The remaining blow is the Talibana activities by terrorist groups what has ruined the existing infra structure of the entire state. There is no honour for those nations who do not take care of their heroes. The killing of great sports man (Syed Abrar Hussain Shah, an ex Olympian boxer of Hazara community) by Jehadi groups or banned terrorist groups in recent years has left nothing in PK’s lap except fanatic groups and their blind folded followers. The wind of hatred propagated by few schools of thoughts in PK has not only shattered the innocent people of PK but also burnt the respect and dignity of PK what she had earlier in entire world. Our loss is great but entire nation is still ignorant.
Mohammed Shaf
Aug 13, 2012 12:30am
PAKISTAN FAILURE IN EVERYTHING, EXCEPT CORRUPTION
NSS
Aug 13, 2012 03:36am
For GOD sake stop blaming others.TRY TRY to learn from mistakes,WORK WORK very hard. TRY to be a MUSLIM first then a PAKISTANI. Then see the results.
Salil
Aug 13, 2012 05:24am
People of the divided subcontinent, you were never made to play games and sports. You were meant to make classic cheap and vulgar gyrations and excelling a.k.a. bollywood dances. Going gaga over cricketers and playing a game which hardly any one in the world recognises as an international sport. You are the best in" extreme sports" like corruption, cheat, deceit, blame game, poor hygiene, loot and above all hypocrisy!! After 65 years of so called "independence"...the worlds 3rd fastest growing econonomyIndia has no electricity , clean water and toilets. I know Pakistan would be no better...see we are good at business only because we can cheat..so let us concentrate on labour oriented business (we have scores of people) and try to earn our breads instead of thinking about making any international sports event our imposssible dream...pessimistic, but very true!
Robin
Aug 13, 2012 06:04am
what about the non-muslim pakistanis?
Robin
Aug 13, 2012 06:07am
Of course its brainwashing. Why else would a woman be proud and accepting of her husband having 3 more wives?
umesh
Aug 13, 2012 07:50am
Pakistani hukumrans ( democrats/islamists/military etc..) have successfully kept the AWAM busy in obsessions ( Hatred of other faiths, disputing territories, sympathesing with Umma miles away etc. ) , away from scientific education etc. It is easy to Rule and mint money in this environment. There is no time & no money for sports...........blame others and look out for excuses........Naturally this will happen......
Tufail Khan
Aug 13, 2012 08:20am
The region is lagging behind the rest of world as far as the sports are concerned ,Iook at the best performance of India a country of 1.2 billion the second most populous country in the world having no gold medal in the olympics wheareas countries like Ethopia and Uganda have won gold medals.On the other hand Pakistan was relying on hockey for medal hope and finished seventh.Both the countries should realize their position and should work systematically to improve their system and promote merit.There is need for sporting culture,study the systems of China and Korea two asian countries in the top five.
Ali
Aug 13, 2012 06:37pm
You lack communication skills. You can just read the power outage issue of Endia and see for yourself how you Endians compared yourself with Pakistan
Blaster
Aug 13, 2012 07:45pm
Pakistan needs to grow up, come out of its shell and stop the denials. Accept first and correct your mistakes. The day you love your own children more that day you will succeed. The day you respect other religions, that day you will succeed. The day you stop your India fixation, and kashmir bashing, that day you will live in peace.
Lax Sawkar
Aug 13, 2012 08:35pm
Six medals.
Lax Sawkar
Aug 13, 2012 08:37pm
Zero.
Sandeep
Aug 13, 2012 09:45pm
totally ageed...!!!! pakistan should concentrate on its own sports rather than comparing itself with india.. because Atleast India is improving after every Olympics.. pakistan has win not even a single bronze.. even Afghanistan performed better than pakistan..
Sufyan
Aug 14, 2012 02:02am
Living in UK and looking down on a third world country is also a joke! Have some shame
Akil Akhtar
Aug 14, 2012 02:16am
Yes you are not comparing yourself with pakistan, its obvious. Come back when you win 15 medals until then its is just being loud mouth
Sufyan
Aug 14, 2012 02:17am
You could take the same advice, grow up and move on from Pakistan obsession. We are 66 years on from getting our freedom from you. Give it a rest please
Sufyan
Aug 14, 2012 02:28am
Grow up! Even after reading the article which is ridiculing the comparison, people are still comparing!?! The fact is that vast majority of people in this part of the world are too focused on roti, kapra and makaan to care about a shiny piece of accolade and 30 seconds of fame! We want our kids to be doctors or engineers and if we cant send them to school then we want them out earning - this is the grimy reality! Wake up, open your eyes! Instead of hurling abuse at each other which we have done plenty of for the past 66 years!
R.imran Dhrugi Rajgn
Aug 14, 2012 02:28am
It is a right time to accept our mistakes to do better in future.its unfortunate,we as a nation have been habitual to blame others of our failure rather than to seek faults within ourselves. worst ever failures in Olympic 2012 are great stroke for Pakistani players and coaches who are always been ready to throw baskets of failure in others threshold.every Pakistani across the world get stirred not to find the name of single Pakistani players in medals table. Olympic champion hockey team disappointed the sports lovers in Pakistan.we really miss the great legends of Pakistan Hussain saradar ,samiullah.kaleemullah and a long series of the great names whom every one salutes because they are heores of pakistan.we should learn lesson from our neighboures.I salute Indian players to get around 6 medals and Chinese who gave a gift of bage full medals to their country
Swasteeka
Aug 14, 2012 02:56am
The article is good. However, I can't help but feel sorry for all. I mean, why shy from reality that our nations are stems of a single tree. We are bound to behave similarly. Both can measure themselves on what ever parameter but should not run away from the fact that we are living our own choices and therefore we should accept that the onus lays on us only. What difference does it make by sharing how much we have spent on team development, facilities etc...the truth is there is no accountability. Accountability...well yes Sir, this is the difference between other nations like China for example and ours. Out there leadership knows the meaning of accountability and in our countries our leaders ONLY know the meaning of BANK ACCOUNTS period. Another year, two years or four...keep counting buddies. We'll end up repeating ourselves. Ciao.
ML!
Aug 14, 2012 02:58am
Apparently not enough of a joke that you still manage to read this Pakistani paper.
ML!
Aug 14, 2012 03:01am
The obsession with winning medals is inherent in the Indian psyche; by hook or by crook!
ML!
Aug 14, 2012 03:05am
Just read blogs in Times of India on stories related to recent rioting in Mumbai, and the hatred from Hindustan is very apparent.
ML!
Aug 14, 2012 03:07am
Rohan, read blog comments in Times of India related to stories on recent Mumbai rioting. It will be clear to you who is obsesessed with whom.
south asian
Aug 14, 2012 03:21am
Your point is well taken. However, what you have said will mostly fall on deaf years. This region is known for selfish people and corrupt politicians. No one really cares about the country.
amit
Aug 14, 2012 04:36am
It nice to see some Pakistani frnds realising the truth and want to come out of obsession of India. I can say majority of us do not think about Pakistan and never keep pakistan as benchmark...for our sucess..I think we use to do in cricket.. but I think now we are too rich and powerful as BCCI..ur standard has gone down in cricket and as a country too....so you guys are more jealous may be then obsessed.
Jai
Aug 14, 2012 06:48am
I can see a huge change in the pakistani mindset nowadays... People are getting more sensible now, except some sterotypes whom we even find in India... People now understand that India is not their enemy and that this Indian-centric attitude wont help their country... Good minded people like Salman Akbar are helping this cause big time... Hope this good sense prevails and pakistan makes good progress in all fields... Pakistan's enemy is not across their border, its within them, inside their borders.. People should join hands to kick them out of their country... Good luck Pakistan....By Indian friend
Harbhajan Singh
Aug 14, 2012 08:36am
Stop comparing and start working hard for the next 4 years, there is no comparison with India. In sports its the skill and hard work which pays off.
Roshan
Aug 14, 2012 10:44am
Thanks bro….For correcting me… Ya…..there was a power outrage in North and East part of India for 1day…..Whole world got to know because there were effected by that(many industries lie in that region). As it is very un-usual thing that a power grid failed for 1day in India or any big and Developed country(definitely not pakistan). At least 67% of our villages get 90% of free electricity….. But It’s common for your country…… rit? Because there is power faller for days and month in your country……. So, it doesn’t get noticed….. Any way who cares about you Guys….
Anand
Aug 14, 2012 04:56pm
India and Pakistan must give up the obsession for hockey. The top 5 on the medals standings are US, China, GBR, Russia and South Korea. None of them won any medals in hockey in London2012. Jamaica has produced the fastest runners on this planet. Jamaica isnt a top hockey nation either.
Ali
Aug 14, 2012 06:16pm
Check how often you or your people compares India with Pakistan then point fingers. Comparison are done on both sides and will be done--so relax and chill out no big deal.
harish
Aug 14, 2012 06:41pm
stop bulling each other like children grow up.i wishing happy indipendece day to all my pakistani brother and sister.good luck.
blockriders
Aug 15, 2012 08:08am
I have donated my blood for INDIA on independence day 2012 in my engineering college blood donation camp.
Amit
Aug 18, 2012 07:12am
Naw!!!....very difficult......Pakistan exists only on anti-India thought....no other reason (I could see).