Fatima Jinnah Stadium instead of Qaddafi

Fatima Jinnah Stadium sounds much better.


Letter August 26, 2011

KARACHI: Regardless of one’s views about the developments in Libya, events have moved to the point that it may be assumed, with some degree of certainty, that Muammar Qaddafi will find himself dangling from the end of a rope, or with a bullet in the head sooner rather than later.

Either way, and regardless of any other outcome concerning his fate, he will not be president of Libya. The Arab League and other bodies have recognised this reality. The Foreign Office of Pakistan, not known, unfortunately, for its proactive, cutting-edge thinking, has nothing to say on this issue.

May I therefore make a suggestion. It may be best to start thinking of renaming the stadium in Lahore. If Pakistan is to maintain cordial relations with Libya, and there is certainly no reason not to do so, having a stadium named after Mr Qaddafi, may send the wrong signals. Given the fact that Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, decided arbitrarily to name the stadium after Mr Qaddafi, without consulting anyone, the matter should present no difficulties. One has to be pragmatic in these matters and look out for the national interests of Pakistan.

Fatima Jinnah Stadium sounds much better.

YA Hilaly

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.

COMMENTS (4)

Dr Priyanka | 10 years ago | Reply

There's a quote in urdu 'jab jahaaz doobane lagtaa hai, choohe sab se pehle bhaagtey hai'! Give the matter a break. India was asked to send it's troops to Iraq, but Vajpayi did not agree. We stuck to our guns that no way will do it. Uncle could not do anything about it. So give the matter some time and keep your self respect!

Cynical | 10 years ago | Reply

Any change of name can be and shoud be considered. But shall we also reflect on why we decided to name it after Qaddafi in the first place. Was it his rabid anti-US rants that impressed us? or was it like 'Money has no colours even if it comes from a despot? or his Arab origin?

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