While cricket maniacs flooded onto the streets draped in national flag in celebration after the national team trounced arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final and Twitter saw its unprecedented celebration of victory, few seemed to remain determined to mar the celebrations with political rhetoric and rants.
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Cartoonist Sabir Nazar created a stir after he posted a bizarre tweet about former cricketer Imran Khan and current captain Sarfraz Ahmed while drawing a surreal comparison laden with highly politicised insinuations.
“Sarfraz…please start a hospital in your mother’s name…so we get rid of this 92 world cup win wala,” the cartoonist tweeted.
Sarfraz…please start a hospital in your mother's name…so we get rid of this 92 world cup win wala.
— sabirnazar (@sabirnazar1) June 18, 2017
This didn’t go down well for the jubilant cricket fans who had found an escape from the dysfunctional political climate in the splendid victory’s celebrations.
Cartoonist to barhe sensitive log hote hai.lekin ye alag kism ka banda hai. Maa k nam per hospital.
— KhaNism (@Khan_Ji007) June 18, 2017
He is far far better than those Corrupt Godfathers 😐.And only he can make hospital of such caliber These "Motorways wala" can't Do anything
— Ajwád (@aajwayyy) June 18, 2017
Cheap shot! not the moment for this.SKMT is a brilliant institution don't belittle the effort and commitment that has gone into making it
— Meher Bano Qureshi (@MeherBanoQ) June 18, 2017
Bad joke just like your sad humor
— NeelKhan (@Neelkhan0209) June 18, 2017
I had never heard of @sabirnazar1 before..Saw his profile/cartoons..Does anyone finds them funny or humorous?
— Salman Ahmed (@Sahmed06) June 18, 2017
It's because of that man you have cancer hospitals in Pakistan. Political differences aside, you should be ashamed for such a comment
— Saima Khan (@saminaxkhan) June 18, 2017
Apart from the unnecessary politicisation of the event, what drew more criticism was cartoonist’s grotesque language about the mothers of both.
Let hatred not come in the way Sabir. He may lack political wisdom but he is a hero on so many other fronts. Don't call her mother out!
— Muhammad Ahsan Mir (@mir_ahsan) June 18, 2017
Utterly disgusting to see the people have the guts to ridicule one of the best cancer hospitals simply because they have bias against IK.
— Dr. Naseer Ahmed (@NahmedCA) June 18, 2017
Such a shameful comment about two iconic Pakistani achievements….first World Cup and the best trust hospital for cancer… 👎
— Mohammad Awais Abid (@M271180) June 18, 2017
Do you dielberalty type these kind of tweets or you are mental case ??
— Zain Shamim Jalali (@ZainJalali) June 18, 2017