Pakistan’s very own Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis or Valar Dohaeris

Published: August 14, 2014

What we wait to see is how the Lannisters will stop the kingdom from an ugly revolution intended to take them down and keep the common man at bay this time. PHOTO: SAJJAD HASHMI

When you’re a die-hard fan of Game of Thrones (GoT), you cannot help but categorise every person you come across to a certain House from the plot. However, the recent developments in Pakistani politics and the prevalent power struggle between every influential political party provoked me to come up with my own version of GoT.

So, Lords and Ladies of Westeros, I present to you, Pakistan’s very own Game of Thrones:

The Sharifs as the Lannisters

They are rich and always pay their debts, or well at least they say that they do. When they’re in power, they divide the whole kingdom amongst the family to try and maintain their version of peace in the realm. And of course, let’s not forget that both the Sharifs’ and the Lannisters have chosen the ‘lion’ as their sigil. Thus, the Sharifs perfectly fit the character traits of the Lannisters.

Renly Baratheon defines them beautifully when he says,

“You have to give it to the Lannisters – they may be the most pompous, ponderous humans the Gods ever suffered to walk the world, but they do have outrageous amounts of money.”

Imran Khan as Stannis Baratheon

He doesn’t have much power in hand at the moment. He is the ruler of Dragonstone but does not care much about that. He claims to be the rightful king of the Iron Throne and the seven kingdoms, and believes that the Lannisters (Sharifs) got the throne through rigging. Every now and then, he keeps attacking the King’s Landing (Islamabad), hoping to get what he believes is rightfully his to begin with.

One of the most famous battles he fought against the Lannisters was the Battle of the Black Water which occurred on May 11, 2013, where Imran was hopeful that he would be sitting on the ‘throne’ when the next sun rises. But that clearly didn’t happen and he’s been miserable ever since.

Rumours are that he has a secret daughter, is supported by a mysterious women and lives on top of a hill from where he can overlook the King’s Landing. Naya Westeros all the way.

Bhuttos as Targaryens

They’ve had a sad past which they keep reminding everyone about over and over again. They once ruled the kingdom until their king was overthrown and killed in a revolt, and now they’re out to seek revenge. They have had many inter-family conflicts and have their own ways of ruling their areas. Some term those methods as inhuman and barbaric. They see themselves as liberators while their critics see them as infiltrators.

Democracy is the best revenge unless you have dragons, then go dragons!

Sheikh Rasheed as Petyr Baelish

Though he is not a member of a high born house, he is still famous in the landing. He has a brilliant sense of irony, comes up with brilliant rhetoric’s regarding the situation in King’s Landing and has been quoted marvellously on a couple of occasions. He is known to be a colourful person by nature and lives in a beautifully built house where they say colourful things happen. He somehow always manages to make ways with anyone who is in power. Nevertheless, he speaks wisely and is a man you would want to have on your side.

MQM as the Starks

They do not have much power to claim today but are strengthening themselves from within. They live with a hope that one day the throne will be theirs. There are many stories associated with them across the kingdom, most of which are the works of the negative propaganda spread by the Lannisters. They blame the Lannisters for being the mastermind behind the gruesome Red Weddings during the 1990s. They’ve been through their fair share of tough times and believe in internal unity and brotherhood.

“In the winter, we must protect ourselves, look after one another.” – Ned Stark

They have had conflicts with the Night’s Watch but when it comes to fighting the White Walkers, they stand close to them and turn to allies.

The Taliban are coming.

Taliban as White Walkers

Yes, they live far towards the north in some unknown land, but what we know of them is that they are inhuman and barbaric. They are a threat to the whole kingdom. Everyone wants to keep them away from the wall while a few also make secret sacrifices to them out of fear.

Wall, did I say wall? Yeah, so who is watching the wall?

Pakistan Army as the Night’s Watch

Yes, these men, they guard the kingdom from the threat that lies beyond. They have Rangers as a subgroup which runs their day to day tasks and firmly safeguard their oath.

“And now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall live and die at my post. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honour to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

As more drama unfolds in the King’s Landing in Pakistan, the power struggle for the Iron Throne gets more tricky and gruesome. What we wait to see is how the Lannisters will stop the kingdom from an ugly revolution intended to take them down and keep the common man at bay this time, while the Night’s Watch silently protects the people from the growing threat of the White Walkers.

But let’s not forget the most important message remains to be, Valar Dohaeris – all men must serve.

Now I do not know if Game of Thrones was based on the political situation of Pakistan or vice versa, what I do know, however, is that whether we are GoT fans or just citizens of Pakistan, we are all waiting anxiously to see what happens next.

Sajjad Hashmi

Sajjad Hashmi

An IT professional with interests in political and social issues; with strong belief in left wing politics and loves satire. He tweets @SajjadHashmi (twitter.com/SajjadHashmi)

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

  • Lamteeng

    OK.This is great imagination.Recommend

  • Lamteeng

    Qadri=Khal drogo :pRecommend

  • Nausherwan

    ANP instead of MQM you know cause of winter and king of the north…the rest was awesomeRecommend

  • SamSal

    Baratheons are the rightful heirs to the throne. IK can’t be a baratheon!
    Rest all is good and accurate. :)Recommend

  • Necromancer

    Brilliant, nice analogy and explanation…………….but you forgot to mention Tahir Qadri I would suggest he is VarysRecommend

  • TheOne Yasir

    Okaaaaaaaaaaaay, that was very well written.Recommend

  • XAHIR

    Man.. this is just awesome, I have never posted on ET before, but this article of yours just summed up TODAY’s PAKISTAN…. very good observation.. Specially Sheikh Rasheed.. . :)Recommend

  • GoT Fan

    Other than MQM = Starks agree with everything else, Maybe Jamaat e Islami would have been a better choice for the Starks.Recommend

  • Junaid Rehman

    Remember Varys saying, “Nothing dangerous down there” :D now fit it to Qadri :DRecommend

  • Wali

    brilliant!Recommend

  • ss

    MQM as the Starks????? have you even seen a single episode of GoT????Recommend

  • Ali Zahoor

    what a brilliant peice of writing, but brother i was looking for the Tyrion Lannister but he didnt appear, please adjust him as well
    because he is still the most important personRecommend

  • Amin

    Fanatastic Anaology to GOT…the best was Sheikh Rasheed as Petyr Baelish spot on!Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thank you, I had some plans for TuQ also, Varys is one
    option but Varys is patient and not confronting. Another option was, keeping in mind Oberyns arrival to kings landing seeking revenge he
    could have been that also, but then that’s like too soon.. knowing how it all ended up
    for OM there.Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thankyou and yes Sheikh Rasheed’s part is one of my
    personal favorites also.Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thankyou and yes Sheikh Rasheed’s part is one of my
    personal favorites also.Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thankyou! True that, Tyrion is still the heart of GoT. Talking of which who
    could be Tyrion here.. Musharraf? Seeing that people standing up for him against
    Lannisters.Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thankyou! True that, Tyrion is still the heart of GoT. Talking of which who
    could be Tyrion here.. Musharraf? Seeing that people standing up for him against
    Lannisters.Recommend

  • AL Furq

    No doubt! A Close resemblance to the GoT episodes.
    But still… The game was not written on the Current Pak Affairs, so few comparison were off a bit. I know the younger generation love to find “resemblance of tough tasks” to tell themselves; “This is it!” Now I know what’s going on, based on the analogy, of course! But the reality on the ground always had hidden surprises. Audience still, would love to buy the story told above and so the business-of-men goes on. Anyway; Good article for juicy imagination & a crash course in Pak Affairs for the “know less”!Recommend

  • AL Furq

    No doubt! A Close resemblance to the GoT episodes.
    But still… The game was not written on the Current Pak Affairs, so few comparison were off a bit. I know the younger generation love to find “resemblance of tough tasks” to tell themselves; “This is it!” Now I know what’s going on, based on the analogy, of course! But the reality on the ground always had hidden surprises. Audience still, would love to buy the story told above and so the business-of-men goes on. Anyway; Good article for juicy imagination & a crash course in Pak Affairs for the “know less”!Recommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thank you,
    and Sheikh Rasheed’s part with those witty references is one of my personal
    favorites also.Recommend

  • http://www.teccircle.com Afra Hussain

    This Article has made by day :)Recommend

  • Necromancer

    JI as starks dude you must be living near mansooraRecommend

  • http://pakistannrectifiedguy.wordpress.com Ammad Hafeez

    Fantabulous classification, in the above classes, MQM or Starks are the only anti-Taliban or anti White Walkers and MQM is the only political party which is supporting Pak armed forces or Night’s Watch unconditionally with the continuation. So, I agreed on MQM as Starks.Recommend

  • Maryam

    Brilliantly penned !Recommend

  • Sehrish Naqvi

    MQM z Wildlings,they cant b starks,dnt gv me a shockRecommend

  • Muhammed Ali Mustafa

    good one SajjadRecommend

  • shahzain

    Starks should be either ANP or Any Pakhtoon Party but please you can never equate starks with MQM. Starks have a code of honor and dignity which MQM clearly lacks. Peace and no offence Recommend

  • Usama Qazi

    this totaly brilliant from the writer….may be it is a lucky day that these days i am watching the GOT..nd have not watch the all seasons…yesterday completed the season 2 episode 4…
    I think that U did not put the Starks in some best place….it could have been in some better place other than MQM….dont think u?Recommend

  • A

    You think MQM are the Starks? Have you even seen the show? Imran Khan is a Stark – honour, integrity, nobility and oodles of political naivety that ultimately lead to tragic shortcomings – the classic story of being undone because of one’s insistence to stick by their principles…

    You are one stupid freshie…Recommend

  • Emad Zafar

    Very enjoyable read. Sheikh Rasheed as Petyr Baelish made me crack. So apt!Recommend

  • Syed Muhammad Imran

    Musharraf = Tryrion .. kindly add this :D … you can’t simply ignore tyrion .. he is a backbone of GOT :DRecommend

  • Sajjad Hashmi

    Thankyou for appreciating and I didn’t put anyone at anyplace except for
    where I comprehend they belong, MQM are best as Starks if you think about it a
    little in deep. Also read the detailed comment I made about it.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Sheikh

    Yes I totally agree with you Recommend

  • Arshman

    Musharraf=Tyrion! He worked for the country, defended it during war and devised plans for it’s prosperity Recommend

  • Osman

    “I’m your true prime minister”. That and Sh. Rasheed really cracked me up!Recommend

  • Parvez

    Although you have equated the Sharif’s with the Lannisters……..the Sarif’s do not have a single person in their camp who can hold a candle to Half-man, Tyron Lannister……..the Sharif’s in comparison are Lilliputians.Recommend

  • Faizan Hussain

    Just one thing for this…. Valar morghulis 3:)Recommend

  • ali

    wow,brilliant analogy.Recommend

  • Muhammad Nauman Khan

    The Best analysis GOT lovers will like that hahahahahaRecommend

  • Guardian

    I think Qadri and his PAT are starks. Just as Tywin says “Stannis two days from the Capital and the wolf on my doorstep”, when facing both armies. . MQM are Greyjoys, “We Take what is ours!! (Karachi). Tyrion could be Musharraf, as he worked hard for the country, saved it and yet the people turned against himRecommend

  • Shujat Khalid

    I agree with everything except presenting MQM as the Starks who are the heroes of GOT in my opinion. A better comparison would be the Ironborn; who have power in their small area Recommend

  • Faraz

    Awesome. Winter is coming .. or is it already here ?Recommend

  • Shujat Khalid

    mqm should be the ironborn…Recommend

  • Afran Hamid

    When did Starks started to take bhatta from their people and started the tradition of bori bandh laashain? :P.. and also killing their own leaders and workers :D.
    And Ned Stark is already dead, why not Altaf Hussain? :PRecommend

  • Afran Hamid

    When did Starks started to take bhatta from their people and started the tradition of bori bandh laashain? :P.. and also killing their own leaders and workers :D.
    And Ned Stark is already dead, why not Altaf Hussain? :PRecommend

  • Afran Hamid

    Bro you are just a MQM supporter nothing more :P.. They should be as the Lord Varys :D.. HE resembles with Altaf Hussain and with all his acts :P.. Another common thing, whether he likes it or not he stays with the government :DRecommend

  • Afran Hamid

    Bro you are just a MQM supporter nothing more :P.. They should be as the Lord Varys :D.. HE resembles with Altaf Hussain and with all his acts :P.. Another common thing, whether he likes it or not he stays with the government :DRecommend

  • Afran Hamid

    Strongly agree with you! and ofcourse Imran Khan is the King of the North (Khaber Pakhtun Khuwa) ;)..
    He is just a MQM supporter nothing more!Recommend

  • Afran Hamid

    Strongly agree with you! and ofcourse Imran Khan is the King of the North (Khaber Pakhtun Khuwa) ;)..
    He is just a MQM supporter nothing more!Recommend

  • Afran Hamid

    LOl. Agree! :DRecommend

  • Afran Hamid

    LOl. Agree! :DRecommend