With the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) just two days away, all the participating teams have gotten busy with their pre-launch activities to hype-up the eager fans. One such event was held by Karachi Kings on last Saturday (9th February 2019), which was meant to be the launch event of the team for this season.
The owner of Karachi Kings, Salman Iqbal, was joined by team’s coach Mickey Arthur, and team president Waseem Akram for the press conference. Fahad Mustafa, a long-time supporter and goodwill ambassador of Karachi Kings, was handling the hosting responsibilities of the event.
Things Get Out of Hand
The trouble started when a reporter from SAMAA TV mistakenly referred to Fahad as “Fawad” while asking a question. Instead of brushing it off as a simple slip of the tongue, Fahad got upset at the reporter and made an offhanded comment as a retort.
Always known for his quick remarks, Fahad called out the reporter for the mistake and cited it as a reason for reporters not being paid their salaries. He even called to turn off the reporter’s mic instead of answering his questions.
Considering the kind of privilege and social standing Fahad has in the society, thanks to being one of the top stars of the entertainment industry, it was extremely rude of Fahad to insult someone on such a tiny honest mistake.
But Was the Reporter Right?
The video of the incident circulating on the internet shows the other side of the picture too. In response to Fahad’s comment, the reporter clearly loses his cool and goes on to address Fahad in an insulting manner.
The reporter, Shoaib Jutt, calls out Fahad for comparing current cricketer Muhammad Amir to cricketing legend Waseem Akram and urges Fahad to get educated about the matters of cricket.
Not only was the reporter’s tone sarcastic, but it also crossed the border of politeness. And it was this condescending manner of speaking that had Fahad calling for the reporter’s mic to be turned off.
Not the First Time for Fahad
This isn’t the first time Fahad has been involved in this sort of controversy. The incident with the girl and her drawing on Jeeto Pakistan hasn’t been forgotten yet.
While it is mainly the responsibility of the person at a higher pedestal to be more understanding and forgiving to other people’s acts, the others too should realise that the general rule of respect is that you give it to get some.