Is Shahid Afridi above the law?

Published: March 31, 2012

Afridi’s annoyance at the incessant pestering of his supporters is justified in this vein, and the fact that his daughter was actually pushed to the ground compounds upon this. However, this does not change the fact that Afridi physically assaulted a fan following the episode; a fan who was not responsible for his daughter’s accident. PHOTO: AFP

I joined in, wholeheartedly, as millions of Pakistanis rejoiced over our recent triumph on the cricket ground against Bangladesh. In a nation where cricket is followed with religious fervour, it is no surprise that cricket heroes like Shahid Afridi are exalted to the level of saints.

This may be the reason Afridi’s recent outburst, at the Karachi Airport, was swiftly brushed aside as justified, with no official follow-up save for a brief statement issued by the cricketer that implicitly condoned his actions.

The public’s acceptance of his actions is disturbing to say the least.

Granted, Afridi’s consistent contributions on the cricket pitch are worthy of much adulation, however, they simply cannot grant him immunity from the law.

While the media ran overly sensationalised clips of the incident, complete with a dramatic background score, the entire focus was devoted to the incident itself, while the repercussions were completely overlooked. But can Pakistan really afford to let another high-profile incident like this escape the law?

I may not be able to relate to Afridi’s position, as that of a father concerned for his child’s safety, but I can sympathise nonetheless. There is no denying the fact that in the absence of adequate security provisions for the national cricket team’s return, the enthusiasm of the supporters awaiting their return was overwhelming to say the least.

In light of the situation at hand, it is only natural for a father to want to protect his daughter.

Afridi’s annoyance at the incessant pestering of his supporters is justified in this vein, and the fact that his daughter was actually pushed to the ground compounds upon this. However, this does not change the fact that Afridi physically assaulted a fan following the episode; a fan who was not responsible for his daughter’s accident.

In assessing whether Afridi’s actions were reasonable, it is pertinent to first question why his daughter was there in the first place and if it was really reasonable for Afridi to have expected an outcome that did not involve such an incident. To send a three-year-old girl into a sea of fervent cricket fans may be seen as contributory negligence upon the part of the adult who sent her to receive Afridi from the airport. Any reasonable individual, aware of Afridi’s popularity, would have been well aware that Pakistan’s recent victory would attract his supporters to him in throngs like moths to a flame.

Was it really a wise decision to send a little girl into such a situation?

It may seem unreasonable to claim that a little girl should not be allowed to receive her own father from the airport, but with a father of Afridi’s level of popularity, this case is an exception, and not the rule.

Even if such circumstances were found to be safe for a three-year-old little girl, we are still left with the question of whether Afridi’s response to the incident was reasonable. This obviously, is not for us, but for the courts to decide; however, this matter will never reach the courts as not so much as an FIR was lodged.

While it is very magnanimous of the victim, of Afridi’s onslaught, to not press any charges, the state may still do so. Even if civil claims for damages are not pressed by the innocent fan, the state may still prosecute and even convict Afridi of a criminal offence; this requires neither the victim’s cooperation nor consent.

To simply dismiss his actions as justified on account of the fact that his daughter had been pushed to the ground is to take the law into our own hands and use it only as we please.

At the heart of Pakistan’s problems, lies the recurring tendency to apply the law only when it is convenient. If it were a foreign diplomat (not unlike Raymond Davis) in Afridi’s position, the entire nation would erupt in uproar, but Afridi’s fame and acceptance as a national hero seems to have granted him some sort of shield from the law.

For such an incident to go by untouched by the arm of the law, in spite of its mass media coverage is to set a precedent that will be absolutely detrimental for our society. With the position that popular figures like Afridi hold in our society, comes the added title of role model for younger generations.

While Pakistan will still be grateful to Afridi for bringing back the trophy, are we willing to teach an entire nation of millions that such acts can just pass by without retribution if you’re famous?

Follow Salaar on Twitter @OrganicOpinions.

Salaar Khan

Salaar Khan

The author is a first year student of law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Hiss topics of Interest include Philosophy, Environment, Law and Satire. He tweets @OrganicOpinions.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Awais Ch

    Nope…..this is not fair, Afridi has become so arrogant, despite concentrating on his game and performance he’s concentrating on style & attitude. Recommend

  • derpton

    I’m a common man and If my daughter ever got pushed like that – My reaction would be no different than that of Afridi (and no i’m not his fan neither do i watch cricket for that matter).

    Its easier for writers such as yourself to play with words but believe you me, You’re no different than any of us.Recommend

  • Faisal

    Oh Come on!! this matter is over now !! if you personally don’t like Afridi it’s ok but please don’t try to make a mole into a mountain. It’s too late now.Recommend

  • MarkH

    Wise or not to send the girl into such a situation, someone should be able to be there and not have the threat of being knocked around. It’s an airport. People should fully expect to be able to go into an airport and not be mobbed. Including children welcoming their father home. Each of those people, though excited, are responsible for their own self control as well.
    Yes, it would probably be better that the controversy entered the hands of the law and it could be settled by saying he was justified. But, that would also bring some other things along with it. The ones who knocked his daughter to the ground could also then even be charged with worse than Afridi himself. The fact they aren’t could show a soft spot of understanding towards the fans.
    Look at who would be handling it though. Without even trying to take a jab at the Pakistani judiciary, it doesn’t seem as though they’re up for the task of handling the incident the right way, so it probably went ignored amongst the prediction of the actual outcome.
    That doesn’t make the outcome or lack thereof as good or bad. Just complicated and annoying and it seems people don’t want to be bothered with it and the publicity of it. It’s probably not a situation where a person’s celebrity made the decision but that of the laziness of those who are supposed to deal with it.
    In the end, on the simply human side of things, people on all sides probably want to forget it happened. It would be forever attached to the event that preceded it. The win.
    In the bigger picture, sometimes wanting to see institutions to finally do their job overshadows peoples abilities to understand, forgive and forget. There’s few nastier law-related situations than where you have people in a courtroom and neither really feel there’s a point in being there as it was a dumb situation that may or may not actually reflect them as they normally are. Criminals are repeatedly bad people. That’s why they get jail terms. Others end up worse than when they came out because they never really had a criminal mindset or personality to begin with.
    It should be up to those involved with how far it goes, as in, someone taking the initiative to press charges. Just because it was on camera doesn’t change that maybe, just maybe, the people watching wanted blood more than those who were actually involved in it.Recommend

  • Z.Riaz

    What a useless piece of article. There just HAS to be one critique that feels it necessary to ruin the flawlessness of love people have for Afridi. Just plain sad.Recommend

  • Ammara K

    Our public should realize that celebrities are humans too and they expect privacy ! What’s the point in making them irritated! Anyone would have done that, considering the fact how uncivilized we get when we see celebrities in public! Even a common man could react that way so why the hype about Afridi! What does one expect him to do after a journey stretched on long hours! Give them some space!Recommend

  • shaks16

    this article is written just for the sake of writing something!!Recommend

  • Muhammad

    No offence Mr. Author, but this might be one of the most pointless blogs on ET’s website.

    The author expects that an innocent 3 year old shouldn’t go to the airport to pick up her father after his immense success. The poor girl was waiting by the car with a rose in her hand and the ‘negligent adult’ who was accompanying Afridi’s kids at the airport, didn’t send the girl into the wild crowd.

    Afridi only lost his temper when one of the ‘fans’ stepped on his daughter’s foot and made her fall to the ground. Had he not reacted, his daughter could have been seriously hurt under feet of other fans.

    It was the responsibility of the local authorities to provide a security squad of some sort to avoid situations like this one. Why hasn’t the author spoken up when other ‘famous’ personalities have performed acts of atrocities (not that I am saying Afridi was atrocious at all in this case)? Why did he only wake up when a father was trying to protect his 3 year old from a violent crowd?

    If we want to appreciate our heroes, why can’t we do that as a civilised nation? The crowd at the airport could have applauded or ‘hooted’ for Afridi upon his arrival at the airport, rather than running right at him, just to get as close as possible, to the man himself.Recommend

  • http://707monty.blogspot.com Pakistan politics

    what would u have done if it was ur daughter, media making sense of nothing
    http://707monty.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-this-kind-of-media-we-need.htmlRecommend

  • F.Rabia

    He comes back after Asia Cup.Family & children awaiting to cheer and meet him( very natural -as is when a busload of relatives meet people coming back from a trip) Saving his kid! In that crowd,I doubt if anyone can keep his/her composure and also figure out “who” is the actual person pushing and shoving. Plus pls I feel if you are not a parent you cannot write it with the true perspective! My opinion and not necessary every one elses.Recommend

  • Javeria

    the person who gotten beaten up doesn’t have a problem then why do we? and the media just added the sound effects…he didnt exactly hit him!Recommend

  • http://twitter.com/AliMir8 Ali Mir

    It certainly doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to have his little daughter at the airport to receive him. Afridi of all people knows how very messy it gets. Poor, poor management on Afridi’s side. Hitting people who have come to greet him is not justified at all, unless there was provocation, which is still not clear. But you can expect a through and through Pathan to react like thatRecommend

  • Shamy

    Dude…ur missing the point….its every daughters dream to receive her father at the airport….its the public that needs to be civilised…and made literate enough to understand that you dont get over excited by looking at a celebrity…would you have done what these people were doing ? ridiculous awam from the jungles !Recommend

  • Two wrongs don’t make a right

    did you just desperately need something to write about? because that’s what it looks like.Recommend

  • Umair

    Express Tribune is also being the biased media.

    Grow up people … If some fan come and hit your little daughter than you would know writer .
    You are just writing stupid things. It means afridi should have not reacted over it and let his daughter die ?

    Please don’t make us stupid .

    WE LOVE LALA !Recommend

  • Liberator

    Well written. Nobody should be above the law and Afridi should have been prosecuted according to the law. Why is it that only ordinary and poor people are tried for petty crimes and rich and famous people are always above the law.

    In a civilized world nobody is allowed even to abuse someone let alone beat someone up. The reaction of his fans that nothing serious happened is also ridiculous. If he cannot handle his fans or his fame he should stop playing cricket and nobody will come to wellcome him at the airport and he can spend all the time with his family.

    The government is also responsible as no security was provided to him. Recommend

  • Fatboy

    3rd class article. Use your brain and then try to right an articleRecommend

  • Munis

    Yet another pointless entry in a string of blogs in recent times. Please bring back the quality blogs that were once highlight of ET’s websiteRecommend

  • H.A

    Pakistani media is the biggest criminal. You (all media personnel) need to stop. You guys just want money and our media can do anything for that. Write on different issues. Why don’t you guys write on corruption, why don’t you guys expose corruption and criminals in Pakistan. Will this media ever going to show the colorful picture of Pakistan?Recommend

  • ainy

    such a useless rant the victim if this aasult doesnt hold any grudge aginst afridi, so what FIR are we talking about
    get a life, u wrote on this issue regarding afridi and took this stance hoping that afridi name would be enough to get your blog published.
    typical low standard by tribune blogsRecommend

  • AD_PK_Expat

    Come on guys, leave him alone. He just lost his cool after a possibly boring flight at some hyper fan who got too close and threatened his very young daughter unknowingly. Its not a big deal, I would do exactly the same, literally every single man or woman I talked to about this said pretty much the same thing. The blame here is on the security measures. He’s a famous guy, this will happen. He should’ve been boarded off from over hyper fans. Recommend

  • Saveed

    what do you think when you post something like this? now at-least you, the media, whos actually above the law should realize that in my country every single person is above the law from A to Z. Recommend

  • Faisal

    I guess you need some attention and you got it. there is not point of bringing out this topic again. Even that guy himself ignore it .Recommend

  • Golden horde

    Author: u blame the daughter for being there but place no blame on the pests that were endangering the safety of afridi and his children????
    I. Hav an iota o decency u must first ask for those “fans” to be prosecuted who where pushing shoving and raiding afrdi and his family.
    You have a sick mind!Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad

    He is worst cricketer who has ever played this game. With over three hundred one day matches his level is no more than a club cricketer but as a human being he has evey right to defend himself and his family from unruley crowds.Recommend

  • Ali

    This is Pakistan. Not only Afridi, everyone who has money is above the law. What are you talking about?Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/pakistanyouth.net A Pakistani Youth

    How sad and bad for the fan(s) who got slapped around by beating Afridi and you are totally right, Afridi was crazy to ALLOW his daughter to come to the airport, I mean what is this world coming too, Afridi is public property right? To be harrased by the awaam whenever he is seen. Even if the state doesn’t press for charges, you should do the right thing and pursue this case or perhaps ask CJP of taking a suo moto case.

    I’m also thinking of pressing charges against ET because it seems that my IQ level drops by a few points every single time I read a new blog, its amazing. In fact the state should press charges on my behalf as clearly this is unacceptable from a reputed organization. Recommend

  • Sharjeel

    mate how can you question that who sent a 3 year old to receive her dad. Afridi is a human like us and has a family. being a superstar does not mean he is the public’s property.! obviously his family and children would come to receive him. Secondly, I’m shocked how could you not say why wasn’t there security to let Afridi a safe passage!? We all know how LALA-VOLUTION-ISED our nation is so, there should be arrangements for the safety of everyone..Recommend

  • Afridi’s Angel

    I noticed there were no women in the crowd—this was very bad, as we women are crazy for Shahid Afridi even more than men are crazy for Afridi :) However, we women are not so crazy as to step on a little girl’s feet to get close to Shahid Afridi, especially if that little girl is Shahid Afridi’s child :) It is very sad that no woman was there in the crowd to hold/pick up Shahid Afridi’s little daughter, Ajwa Afridi, so she would not run the risk of getting trampled. That’s the difference between men and women—-men and women’s thinking/mentality are totally different. We women have a nurturing/pro-active personality, whereas men are more re-active in their behavior/personality. Whether a woman/girl is a mother or not, she would be more pro-active to prevent a child from getting hurt in a crowd. Unfortunately, on that day, most of the women must have been cooking/cleaning/busy with their own household work/simply left behind as their husbands/boyfriends/brothers/fathers ran to the airport to receive Shahid Afridi ! :)

    If charges are brought against Shahid Afridi, then charges of child safety endangerment/involuntary assault should be brought upon the senseless & inconsiderate fan that stepped on Ajwa’s toes and knocked her to the ground.

    Shahid Afridi has lived his entire life in the public eye. He is used to crowds of people around him all the time. He would not lose his temper without good reason, as he is accustomed to being the center of attention. Obviously, the airport had no crowd control measures in place and the fans really got out of hand.Recommend

  • http://www.nidokidos.org naveed farooq

    what a time waste by writing this long article and comparing shahid afridi with raymond davis??? are you ok ?????Recommend

  • Euler_89

    Regarding the author’s take on whether Afridi is responsible for his daughter being trampled by fans, I just have to say that this is similar to saying the girl who gets raped is asking for it!Recommend

  • http://www.socialnetworkadmins.com Kenneth Eric

    This kind of stuff only happens in Pakistan… Where a Rang-Baaz spectator gets more honor by Media for doing these bullies… And the courts are so corrupt that they have ample time to look into these matters

    I can swear, if this could happen to the Media guy or these Judges and Lawyers they must have filed an attempt of murder case against the spectator…

    Musharraf jatay jatay sehi keh gaya… “Pakistan ka Allah hi Hafiz”Recommend

  • Saleem

    Very good point, though i am a fan of Afridi and can understand what he did and would have done the same probably, being the position that he is in, considering A LOT of young people follow him as their idol it was wrong and he should be punished a little(nothing serious) just to show these young people that this is not the right responseRecommend

  • tughrul haider

    Dear Editor,
    If you continue recommend such low standard articles to be posted and a few others that i have seen then i am afraid you ‘ll loose a lot readers who thought very high of tribune. i am a very keen reader of tribune articles but especially this article has made me think otherwise, i guess there would be more who are thinking otherwise at the moment ….
    regards.Recommend

  • M Adil

    Yep, it might have been an idea for the Afridi family to keep the 3 years old child at home: is this not the sort of reception the cricket team always gets at Karachi or Lahore airports? What chance did she have waiting for her famous / infamous daddy, is it rocket science to figure out that she might just get her tiny toes trampled on in the usual melee that follows such arrivals? Is this not the reason that in the video you see not one person who is elderly, a female or a child? They all knew better! Secondly, in the picture above, can you imagine the national reaction if it was, say Dhoni, Straus or Ponting instead of Afridi? As you rightly say, we seem to different laws for different people, and yet scream fir equality when it suits us! About ten years ago, I had to stop my angry friend from slapping Afridi in Glasgow when we went to say hello to him while he was on the sidelines of a match between Pakistan and Scotland. That day too he turned abusive and swore. Maybe I should have let my friend have his say that day – both of them might have turned out different! Forever tolerating their arrogance, phoney status and supposed superiority – look where it’s got them in the long run. How many Pak players have been involved in drugs, match fixing, fights, cheating amongst much else over the years? Amongst all the thousands of international players, we managed to get most of ours in courts, banned and some even jailed. If Afridi had performed these heroics on his fans at say Heathrow airport, he would have been joining his mates Asif and Butt for tea and toast behind barbed wires! Yet in Pakistan, as most posts here testify, we laugh it off, “mitti pao yaar, ho gia, jo ho gia.” Keep it up guys, soon we could have one of worlds best team playing in Wandsworth Jail courtyard. Lashings won’t need to go to Pakistan, they could just go around the corner, and play 20/20 Lashings v The Chained! A real treat for our exiled politicians in London. You never know in cricket, anything can happen.Recommend

  • DevilHunterX

    Spot on Blog writter! The Afridi whineboys need to realise that their so called hero is a hot-headed unreliable cricketer.

    Infact, he even stared in a commercial with a slogan “COOL COOL AFRIDI”Recommend

  • http://natashasuleman.wordpress.com Natasha Suleman

    Her daughter deserved to be there more than anyone else.If Afridi is a hero for you, he’s a superhero for his daughter. Push my daughter and ill smack your face. That’s being a common man not being above law.Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/jahanzebmemon Jz

    I wonder what the writer is trying to prove? Why dint you write an article against Waheeda Shah on this same kind of issue? Stop making money on your this mentality FOR GOD SAKE!!!Recommend

  • Shariq

    ‘In a nation where cricket is followed with religious fervour, it is no surprise that cricket heroes like Shahid Afridi are exalted to the level of saints.’

    This line sums it all. And the comments clearly show the mindset of people who kick around their captain for batting slow but defend their saint Afridi for a criminal act. Sad.Recommend

  • Oliver

    Yes Afridi should not have reacted this way, he should have stood there and politely asked the fans not to step over his daughter because being famous and Shahid Afridi; why should he have humane feeling about his daughter over his fans ?Recommend

  • http://syedowais.blogspot.com Syed Owais Mukhtar

    Media! Stop showing what you want or what we want or what someone want, instead show whats happening, Thanks!

    http://syedowais.blogspot.comRecommend

  • THE

    @Author: You are simply an attention seeker and nothing more then that! This is a total non-issue! You should be asking if the killers on the streets of Karachi these days are above the law!!! They are actually killing people! Stop being so ignorant dude! Recommend

  • Raw is War

    he is.Recommend

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  • Raza

    This is just criticism for the sake of criticism; you’re trying to make a point where there isn’t one. Firstly, why was a crowd of supporters out there to receive him like a national hero (just a cricketer after all). Any such congestion was always going to lead to chance of disturbance and God forbid a stampede or something. There was always a chance of things getting out of control, especially when there is nobody to restrain the crowd, and people want to constantly touch him and throw petals etc. Just leave the man alone please; he’s a citizen and has the right to come home and be received by his family like the rest of us. Secondly, why are you so concerned about civil charges not being pressed for slapping after a case of provocation when different groups of killers are walking free on the streets of Karachi right now and calling the city to a halt? There is no law in the land, and you’re concerned about Afridi not keeping his cool after being needlessly provoked. Recommend

  • Tauseef

    He wrote this to get attention only to show his friends see my column has that much views and comments. Why we have to talk on this issue we all are family member people and our families are always 1st to us like shahid family for him. This column is cheap.Recommend

  • http://www.benawa.net Afghan Karachite

    The fan who stepped on his daughter’s toe must be brought to justice!
    [Yawns]Recommend

  • Mohammad Assad

    I dont think he slapped or physically assaulted anyone, although he did verbally abuse people to get them from his car. The guy who fell, he tripped over the bricks on the pavement.Recommend

  • Saima Ishaq

    IRRESPONSIBILITY of TRIBUNE by giving Space to This Article, Even Its Not a News At All, It Would Be Greatness of Urs If U Would Publish Something else on this Space..Afridi’s Reaction Was too Normal As We Eat Food, Smile, Weep, It Was obvious & Natural If Afridi Behave like This..Recommend

  • Grow up dude!

    This so-called article does not worth a space in a noted paper. This guy seems in habit of picking a button and sew a vest on it! Mole outta mountain! Celebrities across the globe get to lose their cool courtesy their ever-annoying fans and does that mean they gotta be hanged? Grow up dude and do some field work instead of wasting words on ill conceived notions!Recommend

  • Khalid

    seems like you are a law student. Contributory negligence, my foot. Try applying your law somewhere else. The fact is that he is a celebrity and should be given due respect and proper security. His daughter has every right to receive her father at the airport. Haven’t you travelled and seen people of our country at the airports? I would have done a lot more than what afridi did.Recommend

  • Sabeel T Mann

    So getting mobbed is ok ??…..let me assure you that no charge of any kind can stick in this instance! As a lawyer practising criminal law i would suggest if you want to start a public appeal to prosecute anyone it should be the people responsible to provide security! It was negligence on their part and God forbid if his daughter had been severely hurt …would you be writing an Article to prosecute the whole mob! Recommend

  • http://www.sociality360.com Chief Marketing Officer @ Sociality360

    Okay Saalar Khan, this means that anyone can literally beat and step on your current and future children and LO AND BEHOLD, you will not use force to stop then. Enjoy the ‘power of words’ genius.Recommend

  • AntiKingClass

    Our media needs to get mature and grown up..Our media is simply running on lines of indian media..Just try compare news presented on news channels of both countries..Both follow some ‘chatpatti’ recipe of presentation..Also, they always present one side of the picture and exaggerate..Then they say ‘we show what people like’..Absolutely wrong!!..They bound people to see what they are showing..Media is a trend setter in today’s world and i think if our media throws out the ‘devils’ from inside, it can surely teach people some good things..Do not make everything commercial and for sale..Please !!!Recommend

  • Shoaib

    Well Mr. Salaar you are too young to understand the emotions of a fatherRecommend

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  • SJ

    FIR? Did someone lodge one on Waheeda Shah?Recommend

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  • Ali T.

    Apparently yeah. He is a holy cow and a boom boom hence any one who dares say anything against him is anti Pukhtoon, Anti Pakistan, Anti Cricket, Anti Democracy, Anti Imran Khan etc etcRecommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/HarrisAzhar Harris Azhar

    Why are we being so sentimental about it? It is a free world, everyone deserves to express their opinions freely.
    No one is above the law, whether it is Shahid Khan Afridi, Waheeda Shah or President Asif Ali Zardari. It is just unfortunate for us, that we live in a country where no one respects the law. Recommend

  • silver

    @Awais Ch:
    what u will do if your little daughter push to the ground? Afridi also a human being…this is all about Pakistan’s security.they unable to provide fullproof security to their national heros.Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/#!/OrganicOpinions Salaar Khan

    My name is Salaar Khan and I am the author of this piece.

    Given the public’s, (including myself, mind you) attachment to Afridi; such a strong reaction to this post was pretty much expected. However, it is disappointing to note that apparently, emotions cloud the judgment of so many people. This is not in light of the fact that many of you do not agree with my views, diversity of opinion is a beautiful thing; the disappointing part is that rather than looking at the bigger picture, most of you seem to give preference to the myopic misconstrued details.

    First off, to address the issue the daughter’s presence at the airport, I quote:”It may seem unreasonable to claim that a little girl should not be allowed to receive her own father from the airport, but with a father of Afridi’s level of popularity, this case is an exception, and not the rule.” In writing this, I did not for a minute suggest that she had no right to be at the airport to receive her own father. All this suggests is that, given that she was a minor and incapable of exercising independent judgment, it was irresponsible to knowingly send her into the throngs of supporters to receive him. But again such judgments are normative; if some readers do not agree with them, they are not rendered wrong (and vice versa).

    First off, for those who assert that his actions are justified based on the fact that his daughter was hurt, the man assaulted by Afridi was not necessarily the one who hurt his daughter. Was it okay for Afridi to assault him anyway?
    Secondly, while other incidents, such as those of Waheeda Shah are just as regrettable, it is ridiculous to assert that no one has the right to discuss this issue until they have first written about all other similar incidents.
    And finally, to all those who chose to bash authors for speaking their mind with deprecatory remarks and labeling them as ‘media people’ who want to make money off propaganda, I must remind you that this is a Blog post, and to the best of my knowledge, no one gets paid for submitting their opinions here. The common assumption that every writer who submits his or her opinions on an open forum does so with perverse self serving intentions reflects an overarching sense of negativity that seems to be all too present within our society.

    Sadly, the bigger picture seems to have been overlooked completely and that is the fact that the entire incident was not only brushed aside, but as is reflected by the views above, seems to be socially sanctioned as well. Then again, at the end of the day, the purpose in writing such pieces should not necessarily be to subject one’s own opinions upon others, but to highlight issues and generate dialogue; in that vein, I thank the Tribune for highlighting this issue by publishing this piece.Recommend

  • Yasin Khan

    It is a pity that we as a nation have become used to people who break the law, mistreat others and get away with it. We are an emotional lot and rule of law and respect for the law is something we have grown up without. The author is bringing out the LEGAL aspect. We can forget about the emotional aspect for a few moments.
    Also, I totally agree with a question asked by someone earlier that what would have been the outcome if Afridi had behaved similarly at Heathrow Airport? Those of us who spit all over the place in Pakistan cannot dare to do so in Dubai or any other country where the laws of the land are respected. Secondly, please read the article carefully once again: Afridi did not punch the guys who pushed his daughter around; he punched some other fans who were standing at some other point. Instead of reacting emotionally I would say,
    “Read the article carefully”. I appreciate the article, as it brings to the fore the issue of ‘holy cows’ that are above the law. Civilised societies should discuss such issues. Innocent fans who did not do any wrong should not have been punched by the very person whom they had come to welcome! It is against the law to do so. It is as simple as that. Afridi has himself admitted in public that he should not have behaved like this. So why defend a point of view that even Afridi is himself not willing to defend?Recommend

  • Samina Ibtesam

    I loved the article! It has already addressed all the issues that its critics are raising. The author is aware of the sensitivities involved even though the legal aspect may not agree with ‘popular emotions’. Keep it up Express Tribune; we need to be exposed to such fresh perspectives. I loved the article despite being a fan of Afridi’s.Recommend

  • farhan

    Why bring his daughter to the airport?? She can meet him at the house. Afridi should have known that there will mad rush of fans at the airport for him.Recommend

  • Ali Nasir

    Afridi did right and I think hero worshipers deserve the punches. Recommend

  • Ghulam Rasool

    senseless article. Recommend

  • imran

    boring boring boringRecommend

  • R. A.

    @Afridi’s Angel: I agree with your latter paragraphs. However, your first paragraph was pointless, had absolutely nothing to do with the points the article raised….and was also the majority of your opinion. :/ Recommend

  • rani

    @ainy:
    well said Recommend

  • rani

    afridi is the best and he didt done anything wrong Recommend

  • Khanbaba

    How come his wife did not come to the airport to receive him?Recommend

  • Afridi’s Angel

    @R. A.:
    We all have our opinions – you have your viewpoints and I have mine..Recommend

  • Hafsa

    Justice demands you understand a situation and then punish or excuse the charged. Prjeudice against even minor actions of our National Heroes while ‘cowardice’ when it comes to National Looters/Politicians/Leaders/Powerful has resulted in lawlessness today in the country. Spare Afridi for if you can not provide a star of his ‘level of popularity’ and ‘position’ the security he deserves and requires; if you can not have the heart to stand for his RIGHTS in a country where the corrupt enjoy kings’ protocols…then back off when it comes to his follies! The child had the right to receive her hero-father……and so was Afridi’s act JUST under the circumstances. Now also have the guts to ask…where the heck was the security? Recommend

  • http://mominamela.wordpress.com Momina

    It was an act of defence. Any idiot would do the same! How silly of you to be so meticulous about writing paragraph after paragraph of absolute nonsense. Recommend

  • Hameed

    @Author, Don’t be jaalous of Lala. He excites the men as well. Recommend

  • JB

    It is unbeleivable how much this issue has been hyped. Why is everyone making such a big deal about this when the ‘victim’ himself did not press any charges? Afridi was not acting as a prima donna or celebrity when he hit that fan…he was a FATHER protecting his child! There was no arrogance involved. And people who say Afridi was being arrogant are as ignorant as our leaders!Recommend

  • fmk

    @ derpton – very true
    totally pathetic and ridiculous article….Its not Afridi who should be blamed its the nation that can not control its emotions….Recommend

  • Sheryar Afridi

    How abt this if someone pushes ur daughter and people run over her let me see ur reaction? U would just stand there and do nothing???Recommend

  • rani

    @Awais Ch: why are you jealous from afridi
    just because he is sooooo cute and have lots of fanRecommend

  • Hamza

    It was not that big of a deal…….plus don’t we have bigger and more dangerous people acting above the law in Pakistan. Of all those people why an article about Shahid Afridi ?Recommend

  • DevilHunterX

    Cool Cool Afridi is now just a Fool Fool Afridi.Recommend