What’s the point? The death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes was a great tragedy, but he was a perfectly healthy young man, and had been given a bat to defend himself. There are more Palestinian kids killed every day, and the media takes no notice. Well, nobody seems to have yet claimed that Hughes had been killed by a terrorist. This self-restraint is all the more praiseworthy because Australia is very much an American ally, and probably feels neglected by the terrorists.

Not so neglected is Nigeria, where a suicide bombing by women took place in Maiduguri, and then one in a Kano mosque after Friday prayers, this time by men. These are areas where the Boko Haram is active, with a tactic being used which is now the signature of Islamic militants, though it once used to be used by Tamil separatists from Sri Lanka, since defeated. It is almost as if the militants are now concentrating on Nigeria instead of Pakistan.

But Pakistan is not forgotten. Oh no. Look at Phil Hughes’ death. Who lost a day’s play in a Test? Pakistan. So did New Zealand, but Australians don’t think highly of them, having once said, “New Zealand is inhabited by 32 million sheep, of which two million claim they’re human.”

And while there’s all this talk of counseling for the bowler, Len Abbott, has anyone spared a thought for the man who bowled to Abul Aziz, the young Karachi wicketkeeper who keeled over when hit on the heart while batting, and died later, just like Hughes. The match was the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with Karachi playing Combined Services. Karachi made 285 in that innings, in which none other than Intikhab Alam made a duck Combined Services then made 183, with Shujauddin getting a century. Aziz died, being recorded by the scorer as ‘absent’ in Karachi’s second innings, in which it made 312, with Wazir Mohammad, the skipper, getting a century, and Wallis Matthias and Mushtaq Muhammad getting fifties. Combined Services was bowled out for 185, losing by 229 runs. When Hughes was hit, the match was suspended. But when Aziz died, the match went on and on. True, when Australian Sid Barnes was also hit in 1948 over the heart while fielding at forward short leg, the match wasn’t suspended. Luckily, Barnes lived. Dare one point out that Aziz was brown, while Hughes was white?

And what of our opener, Ahmad Shehzad, whose skull was fractured just recently? And an umpire now has been killed, in Israel of all places. Surely that deserves to be blamed on terrorists. Palestinians must have a hand.

Of course, that would be racism. That would be like protesting the death of the black boy Michael Brown shot by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury ruled that the cop was not to be charged with anything, apparently accepting his plea that he had acted in self-defence. The rioting shows that the American justice system is not perfect. Either the cop should be tried, or the blacks should accept the verdict. Or why can’t they learn from us, and the blacks stage a sit-in?

Of course, it would have been better to ask Imran about Phil Hughes. As a fast bowler, and as the man who won the World Cup at the same ground he was hit, he might have something to say. Mian Nawaz Sharif was also a batsman in his playing days. As an opener, he must have dealt with bouncers. Yet he’s alive to tell the tale.

Of course, if white cops keep on shooting black kids and escaping unpunished, what’s the point of centuries of elections? Since Imran is busy giving examples of advanced democracies, we need to look at what is happening in them. No need to bother with the 33 girls from Bajaur who were found in Karachi. I don’t know how their parents felt when they sent off those girls. Those that were sent. Some might have been kidnapped. Of course, no one has mentioned that their home area, Bajaur, had been disturbed by the War on Terror, and they were IDPs. Thus the War on Terror reached Karachi. It’s not attacks on Airports by which it does this, it seems.

And no need to bother about the Chief Election Commissioner’s appointment either. After all, Imran has savaged the last one even though he approved of him when he was appointed. Unless the CEC ensures Imran wins, he will be accused of rigging. I wonder if Imran approves of the presidential election in Tunisia? Or is he going to recommend that the losers stage a sit-in?

And who should sit-in in Varansi, where the Indian Election Commission is investigating alleged rigging by the BJP, which took Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Parliament. Mian Nawaz would probably be happiest if Imran went there to carry out a sit-in, leaving the one in Islamabad. Nawaz would like a sit-in against Modi, especially after his cold shoulder in Katmandu at the SAARC Summit, with a last-minute meeting to save the Summit. Imran must already feel disappointed by Dr Tahirul Qadri’s illness. The illness came just in time for the rally. It’s almost as if Dr Qadri came back from Canada, and found the rally wasn’t what he thought it would be, but no one would joke about their health, would they?