Taliban invoke Sachin Tendulkar to defend `martyr` tag for militants
Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban have contended that those opposed to referring to dead militants as martyrs are like persons who do not want cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar to be praised because he is an Indian.
In a clip posted today on a video-sharing website, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid made the remarks while responding to criticism of Jamaat-e-Islam chief Munawar Hasan`s comments describing slain commander Hakimullah Mehsud as a `shaheed` (martyr).
Shahid`s remarks were initially mistaken by the media as a criticism of praise for Tendulkar, who recently bid farewell to international cricket.
"Those in the media criticising Munawar Hasan, they are acting like those...There is an Indian player named Tendulkar who was praised highly by the media and Pakistanis while Misbah-ul-Haq was criticised," he said.
"Some people may say Tendulkar may be a very good player but don`t talk about his greatness because that is against Pakistani nationhood. And these people say Misbah, even if he is a bad player, should be praised because he is a Pakistani.
"So those who are criticising Munawar Hasan are behaving like this," he added. Shahid made it clear he was using Tendulkar as an example while speaking about the media`s coverage of the controversy over the Jamaat chief`s statement describing Hakimullah Mehsud as a?martyr. Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike on November 1.
He claimed Pakistani soldiers "fighting for the US" were being called martyrs while Taliban fighters fighting for Islam were not referred to in the same manner. The Pakistan Army reacted angrily to the Jamaat chief`s praise of Mehsud, saying he should apologise to families of soldiers who died fighting terrorists.
Tendulkar`s recent retirement from international cricket was extensively covered by the Pakistani media and his last speech was beamed live. Newspapers paid rich tributes to the icon, saying cricket will be poorer without him.
Dawn wrote Tendulkar`s retirement marks the end of a truly memorable career that spanned nearly a quarter of a century. Tendulkar continued to rewrite record books with his batting skills since making his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989, it said.
Insaaf, an Urdu daily, wrote cricketers like Tendulkar are not born every day. He is widely loved and his fans must be sad as "cricket without him is surely poorer", it said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Reservation issue: Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others
- Zee Media exclusive chat with 'Welcome to Karachi' cast
- Zee Media exclusive interview with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
- UP Minister allegedly threatens, abuses Gonda businessman
- Manali: Heavy corruption found in environmental taxes
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 24, 2015
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Five unmanned parachutes spotted over Mumbai airport
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- Dawood's intercepted phone calls prove yet again he is in Pakistan
- CBSE Board Class 12th Exam Results 2015 declared
- IPL 2015 Final: MI vs CSK - As it happened...
- CBSE.nic.in 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board (cbseresults.nic.in) Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced on May 25
- Heatwave continues in North India; death toll in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana more than 400
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- Kejriwal completes 100 days in office, AAP says centre 'shadow boxing' over row with LG
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- LIVE - Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced shortly
- Heatwave claims over 550 lives so far, Delhi saw hottest day
- Online filing of applications for UPSC civil services exam begins
- Not just today, Muslims feeling alienated since 1947: Najma Heptulla
- CBSE Class 12 results out: Here's how you can check
- Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Results 2015: CBSE Board Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 declared
- Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others as Gujjar agitation continues
- Mathura rally: PM Modi slams 'corrupt' UPA regime, lauds NDA govt's efforts in past one year
- Pakistan criticizes Defence Minister Parrikar's terrorism remarks