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The Cricket Bat, Tiger and other symbols


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enter image description here The echo of the Cricket Bat is so loud these days that even our Sultan Rahi has been left behind. It has even promised that it shall beat the Tiger so badly that the latter shall never forget it. I cannot imagine why Khan Sahab has named his party Tehrik-i-Insaf when his party’s symbol isn’t even the scales, which symbolise justice. In fact, he let his previous party have that symbol. It seems like he will bring justice to the country through his previous Jamaat. He solely held on to the bat symbol for himself as justice is only there as namesake. Actually the best part for him is taking his turn to rule the country and he mentions this in every other sentence he speaks. “Hun jan deyo ji te saddi baari vi aan deyo ji.”

In any case, we need an expert batsman like Khan Sahab in the game currently being played in our beloved Pakistan and is expected to continue into the future. If he gets his turn, then you shall see how he hits a sixer upon a sixer. The ball shall always fall outside the stadium. Therefore, the bowler must be an expert, just like he is. But this is all for later. At present, he’s busy beating up Tiger with his bat. Let’s see if he succeeds in beating up the rest in the New Pakistan or whether he leaves the match at the umpire’s mercy, a tactic employed by our leaders for the past 65 years.

Our Tiger, the ‘Sher-e-Punjab’, has left the jungle and is now to be found within the limits of the cities. He refuses to relinquish his chance to rule Pakistan again. He has waited just as long as the Cricket Bat has to rule the nation. Thanks to the Saudi sheikhs, the luxury our Sher-e-Punjab enjoyed whilst in exile helped keep him silent and subdued throughout.

Now when it is time for the Sher-e-Punjab to finally move to the palace in Islamabad from his palace in Raiwind, the Cricket Bat has turned up to interfere with his plans. Their sole conflict lies in their opinion of whose turn into power it is, while their thoughts, ideologies, plans and even the supporters that stand behind them are all the same. Only this issue of each one’s turn to rule has brought them into a confrontation. The supporters stand at ease behind them because they know that whoever wins, the victory is eventually theirs. So they are just standing by watching their rallies becoming huge successes. Both parties are simply making noise, where the Tiger roars, the Cricket Bat slams.

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Illustration by Abro

But all of the above is happening in Punjab. Apparently, in the last five years, Punjab has experienced numerous difficulties and developed a sense of deprivation in the process. The smaller provinces never had any standing within the federation in the past and it seems like things will remain the way they are in future. But now these small provinces have given Punjab a serious sense of deprivation. Now in order to alleviate this malady, either the Tiger must get the chance to rule or the Cricket Bat. The other provinces are calling for elections for no reason whatsoever. It would also be better for them if they cleared the path for the Big Brother. But whether the Tiger wins or the Cricket Bat, that depends entirely on him.

The cycle, as you probably know, is already punctured, with its other body parts scattered all over the place. It has no seat or pedals; its brakes don’t work. The handlebars have completely changed their direction. Therefore, you can just forget about it. The book has become outdated anyway and in the present circumstances, it has possessed more than its fair share of power. It has only a handful of madrassas to keep it going. The literate ones have been improved, while the remaining ones are more interested in partaking of the proceeds.

This time, the supporters at the back are betting on the Cricket Bat as the favourite because one’s face must be clean-shaven in order to be able to show the youth many happy dreams. It doesn’t matter if the beard is hidden somewhere underneath. But the face must be new and corporate-looking because these days the karobar of the gulshan depends on them. The conventional faces don’t appeal to the youth. Only the Cricket Bat will win the youth votes, while the Tiger can roar as much as he wants. Who said that curing his baldness would win him the youth votes? No way, the youth wants a new Pakistan and that is only possible with the Cricket Bat. Besides, we are already so close to establishing a new Pakistan.

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It has been heard that Punjab would continue to rule in the new Pakistan because, according to Mian Sahab, rivers of milk flowed through the province throughout the last five years and there was not a sign of corruption either. Vices like thievery, plunder, terrorism and the exploitation of the poor only exist in the other three provinces. Meanwhile, during these five years, Punjab has progressed greatly and God willing, all the said vices would be eradicated from Pakistan’s other three provinces in the future. It will reclaim its water, gas and electricity, made inaccessible by the other three provinces. But just remember one thing; whether the Cricket Bat comes to power or the Tiger, Pakistan will return to the path of progress. The looters have looted as much as they had to. Now it’s the turn of those people who neither commit plunder nor let others do the same.

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The lovers of darkness and enemies of light have decided that this country must remain in darkness. That is why their main target is the lantern, which helps the people in this era of loadshedding. A lantern and that too with a red flag and cap cannot be tolerated at all. If anyone wants to vote for the lantern, then that person may do that on their own risk. Our caretakers are helpless and not even mandated to do this. Regarding the real heirs of this country, they just want to remain as impartial as possible in the current situation anyway.

Along with the lantern, the arrow and the kite are also under attack by the Taliban. The kite was already in trouble but instead of destroying it further, the Taliban ended up helping it more. In any case, the kite has a habit of tilting over to the side where the wind is blowing. It always checks the direction in which the wind is blowing before tilting over. It is best not to even think of cutting the string because it uses the wire string to fly and this string slits throats. That is why there is a ban on kite-flying and the festival of Basant in Punjab. However, the Hyderabad-dwellers have really enjoyed the kite-flying this time. On one hand, there are bomb blasts and mourning while on the other hand, the season of Election Basant is being enjoyed immensely.

That leaves the arrow, who still thinks that it is still the symbol of victory and had settled for the same old slogan that says “Faislo zameer jo, vote Benazir ko!” Look, they still have expectations from the conscience of the poor. But no one is prepared to mention their conscience. Hopefully, those who are walking around with a rose in their hand won’t be disappointed by their followers. However, if this rose is left to the whims of the nationalists and progressives of Sindh, then there are many chances that the rose would wilt because they don’t recognise each other anyway and the rose’s turn comes much later!

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The author has dabbled in every form of the visual arts. An activist to the core, Abro’s work deals with social themes and issues ranging from human rights to dictatorial regimes. He is currently working for DAWN as an illustrator.

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Comments (31) Closed

Shahryar Shirazi May 02, 2013 08:50pm
In Urdu, Sher is used both for Lion and Tiger. Cheetah is used for Cheetah ... Shahzad
tariq May 03, 2013 08:57am
and look NS he is even afraid to face him in debate...what a looser
Nadeem May 02, 2013 11:58am
IK should have contested election one to one against NS in Lahore if he was true to his words. Having no courage he escaped now asking NS to face him on a TV debate. Hypocrisy?
Haroon Rashid Khan May 03, 2013 08:25am
The first option for IK was scale but the election comission did not assign it to PTI. It was not that he willingly let the JI take it.
Irfan May 03, 2013 05:40am
You probably never heard of babbar-sher
Faraz May 03, 2013 05:53am
You better write in Urdu.
Ghayyas May 03, 2013 05:51am
@Nadeem. Sher (lion or tiger) is not found in Pakistan whereas 'bat' is our national game. And secondly, sher is a wild animal whereas cricket is a game of noble people.
aamir May 03, 2013 04:38am
Sher is a tiger and native to India. Babar sher is lion and not native to India. So much for your education...
Azhar May 03, 2013 05:29am
Then what do you call tiger?...I guessTiger is "sher" and Lion is "babar sher" ...any way this is language and linguistic issue not political...what ever Lion or Tiger, tough time for both !
Zahid May 02, 2013 04:22pm
Why can't Pakistanis tell the difference between a tiger and lion. Sher is lion not a tiger yet everyone keeps calling a sher in newspapers and TV ads. I learnt the difference in class 1 in 1972. Is our education system gone this bad since that we can't tell the difference between animals?
azhar May 02, 2013 01:30pm
it might be better for the 'liberal' parties not to take part in election as threats and action against them can easily put them in state of 'victim' and gain sympathy for next time and also provide face saving alternative. They won't however as if out of assembly, they may come under strong accountability!
danial khan May 02, 2013 12:42pm
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Atif May 02, 2013 03:10pm
Nicely stroked through the covers. Unfortunately naraz is not articulate enough to take on a debate
Parvez May 02, 2013 11:31am
Nicely said.............but the funny thing about our elections are that miracles do happen, like 200 ballots get put in the box and 300 comes out of the box..........hallelujah !!
Tahira May 03, 2013 02:48pm
What reason did EC give for rejecting Tarazoo symbol to Imran Khan?
Tahira May 03, 2013 02:51pm
Fox would have been a better depiction of the motives of the Sher party.
Nadeem May 02, 2013 11:50am
We love you Nawaz Sharif. The Sher is roaring and its coming. Insha Allah
Imran May 02, 2013 11:40pm
Where is SHER?? isint his symbol is Tiger..Oh may be you mean Sher Khan??
Imran May 02, 2013 11:43pm
But registered voters in that village were only 150??
Tahira May 03, 2013 02:57pm
I would like to test IK by asking him to face a real Sher with a bat and defeat it. Put some distance between him and the sher so he is not really attacked but has time to run after throwing his bat at the sher. Just for fun. I wish PTI and MLN both an honest contest.
LOL May 03, 2013 06:20am
Tiger is called Sher. Lion is called Buber Sher. Perhaps they did not teach or you did not learn. And from the number of thumbs up you got suggests that you have plenty of company.
Shipan May 03, 2013 10:29am
@ Ghayyas, that is much better to leave the lion or tiger debate aside.
akbar bajwa May 02, 2013 12:19pm
well if IK didnt, why didn't Mian sb chose to contest against him??
HalkaPhulka May 03, 2013 08:51am
Cant help with your ignorance. PTI asked for "Tarazu" symbol but decision is made by EC. You don't fight for these symbols.
U.S. Khan May 03, 2013 07:32am
Mian sb submitted his nominee papers in the last hour of last date whereas IK submitted some days earlier. So why didnot "SERKAS KA SHAIR" showed some courage to stand against "BAT"?
Shipan May 03, 2013 06:58am
Same here in India!!
muhammadalipk May 03, 2013 05:14am
Be careful what you wish just might get it. :-)
muhammadalipk May 03, 2013 05:12am
Salaams Just need to correct you here as Tiger is indeed Sher. However PML-N uses picture of a Lion as well, which shows the ignorance and further adds confusion. Lion in Urdu is Babar Sher. Tiger in Urdu is Sher. Leopard in Urdu is Taindwaa or Guldaar (less common name). Cheetah in Urdu is Cheetah. Hope it clarifies. Best Regards
ANEES May 03, 2013 03:51am
@ Nadeem - So get ready to be torn apart by the Sher if it's coming.
MQ May 03, 2013 09:57am
This is a very poorly wriiten article -- short on flow, logic and most importantly content.
Umar Khan May 02, 2013 06:38pm
Just one comment to the write after reading the first para (because I didn't feel the article had any content or the write had any knowledge of politics, so I didn't read further forgive me for that) that PTI's symbol request was for "Measuring Scale or Tarazu" which reflects Justice and is a symbol of courts, however as it was already taken by JI so he was denied. Anyway, if symbols would bring the change, the world would be a different place altogether.