For Kaka,from Pakistan
Rajesh Khanna’s death was mourned in Pakistan. Reports,editorials and articles in Pakistani newspapers paid tribute to Khanna,as did Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.
On July 19,the day after his death,The Express Tribune carried an editorial whose headline was plucked from one of Khannas most popular film songs. Titled Acha tau hum chaltey hain,the editorial was a homage to Khannas genius as an actor. PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf paid a befitting tribute to the great cinematic icon: Rajesh Khanna was a great actor whose contribution to the field of films and arts will be long remembered. He had large fan followings across the borders and captivated audiences with his excellent acting skills. As an icon is laid to rest,the world of cinema weeps for him. Pushpa,I hate tears is a dialogue from Khannas great hit,Amar Prem. Kaka,your fans know you hate tears but today they cannot stop shedding tears over this sad news. Rest in peace,Kaka, the editorial said.
Khanna was born in a small town called Burewala near the industrial city of Faislabad. The News carried a local report from Burewala on July 19: The people of Burewala expressed sadness over the death of legendry Indian film actor Rajesh Khanna who was born in Burewala on December 29,1942. The Khanna familys old house where Rajesh was born still exists in H Block of the city. His father,Lala Heera Nand Khanna,was the first headmaster of M.C. Model High School,Burewala. He migrated to India after Partition… and settled in Amritsar. Rajesh Khanna started his primary education at the local primary school. The Hindi words Jatin Nivas have been inscribed at the main gate of the family house as the real name of Rajesh Khanna was Jatin Khanna. Now a Muslim family lives in the house.
Pitching for peace
THE announcement of the revival of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan was welcomed by Pakistani papers and people. The move is being attributed to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardaris private visit to India earlier this year,where he spoke about the importance of cricket diplomacy between the neighbours during a lunch hosted by Indias Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Dawn reported on July 18 that upon receiving news of the invitation extended by the Indian cricket establishment,Zardari wrote a letter to Singh hailing the move. The president has expressed hope to the Indian PM that the resumption of cricket ties will lead to an improvement in the relationship between the neighbours. Citing official sources,DawnNews has reported that President Zardari has relayed optimism for the improvement of people-to-people contact and a stronger bond of trust between India and Pakistan.
Cricket legend and politician Imran Khan has also lauded the announcement. Daily Times quoted Khan on July 18: I welcome Indias decision to revive cricket with Pakistan… Anything which can bring both the countries to negotiations and normalcy is very good and we must appreciate that… The prospect of India and Pakistan playing against each other is a good news for international cricket because these matches are followed by millions across the world… Indo-Pak matches are special because of the high tension and whoever deals with that extreme pressure comes out winner.
Challenging the law
EARLIER this month,following Yousuf Raza Gilanis exit from the office of the PM,Zardari signed a bill that sought to provide constitutional immunity to holders of high government offices from contempt of court charges. A surfeit of petitions challenged this new law.The Express Tribune reported on July 20: The Supreme Court has constituted a five-member bench for hearing cases pertaining to petitions filed against the new contempt of court law and will hear them on July 23… At least 13 petitions have been filed against the law.