BEIJING - Pakistan ended its Olympic campaign here just as it had commenced it: with defeat at the hands of a lowly-rated squad. Then it was Great Britain upstaging us for the first time at the Olympic Games in 56 years, this time round it was New Zealand inflicting pain by way of a first-ever 4-2 trouncing on a Pakistan team that quite inexplicably refused to pick itself and put up a fight. As Pakistan was reduced to the eighth position, Canada were condemned to 10th when Belgium defeated it 3-0, just two spots from the bottom where China - the side that had flattered to deceive by making it to the Doha Asia Games 2006 final at Pakistan's expense and winning a silver in the continent only to be embarrassed at its own party, though just in hockey - square off with South Africa for the wooden spoon on Saturday. In bone-drenching rain, this indeed was a commanding performance by Belgium as it took the lead early and dominated throughout, leaving Canada no chance to make a comeback. As for Pakistan, this absolute lack of fire, this strange lack of life was indeed baffling. More so as this outfit's stated ambition and aim before landing here was to create a stir and punch above its weight. This is all the more surprising because the results are not commensurate with the talent in its ranks. This bunch may not be a patch on Pakistan's great sides, not even a match with the last of the winning combination that the country produced in the early to mid 1990s under the mercurial Shahbaz Ahmed, but it definitely was capable of better things than it delivered. After an evenly-fought first 25 minutes, New Zealand got the opener in the 26th minute through Simon Child, Pakistan just gave up and faded away - something that has not happened here for the first time. And the result was a comprehensive victory for the Black Sticks. The second half saw Hayden Shaw demonstrating his tremendous expertise on a short corner with a flick so ferocious that tore into the top of the net. From close quarters, Gareth Brooks deflected superbly well to make it 3-0 by the 43 minute with Syed Abbas Haider pulling one down only minutes later. Shaw came into the frame again, converting another short corner to make it 4-1 in the 53rd minute. Though Rehan Butt got its second field goal firing in from close range, Pakistan was too listless to make a fist of it and bridge the gap. For Pakistan, the inevitable question is where does it go from here? If the evidence of the last about decade and a half is any guide, apparently nowhere. Since the fag end of 1994 - when we won our last big title,  our fourth World Cup at Sydney  - manager Khawaja Zakauddin and coach Naveed Alam have done the honourable thing and resigned. Even if they had not done, the writing was pretty much on the wall. The man at the helm of Pakistan hockey, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali though had not much contrition on pushing Pakistan a few more steps down the ladder under his watch. If he did, he at least did not find it appropriate to share it with the Pakistan media that made several attempts to probe him. Looking sheepish and jittery, Jamali wouldn't even confirm when he would be returning back home. It was learnt that he would be flying back home on the first available flight today in the evening along with some other bigwigs, and that includes Syed Aaqil Shah, the chef de mission of the Pakistan contingent. Whether Jamali likes it not, a new dispensation at the PHF looks quite inevitable - the sooner, the better.