There comes to mind an old Scandinavian folklore about a “tramp and his stone soup”. Hungry for food and turned down by the people, the tramp produces a ‘magic stone that can make soup’. With wit and theatrics he sets up a boiling pot and places the stone in it. As the people are enticed he assures them that the most delicious soup is on the menu – but it would be ever so more amazing if he could get some salt.
The calendar reads Friday the 10th, but in essence today is more like the feared Jason’s Friday the 13th. Surely, there won’t be any instant casualties but the day’s events are likely to kickstart a process that may ultimately claim the scalp of Prime Minister Gilani.
It appears as if every political leader of Pakistan is certain that the Pakistani masses (all 180 million of them) support him/her. Some of them even dare anyone to challenge this certainty, although in not in so many words. It’s as if the number of heads at their rallies revealed the strength behind them – instant referendums several times over. However, if any of them really thinks so (and there are likely to be some), that individual needs to beam back to mother earth.
The 6th of February will always be remembered as the golden day in Pakistan’s cricket history. Not only did the Men in Green achieved the impossible by claiming a whitewash over England, they also tamed the English media that had called them chuckers, thrown ball tampering allegations at them as well as termed them spot-fixers during their last tour of the country.