Naseem Hameed, athlete, who had won gold at the 100m sprint at the 2010 South Asian Games, earning the moniker of the fastest woman in South Asia still awaits for the rewards promised by the country’s leaders.
It has been 9 years since Naseem had bagged gold and proved to be the pride of Pakistan. Former president Asif Ali Zardari promised her give cash awards and a flat in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority is still struggling to get those rewards. Zardari, who had given her the title of ‘Fakhr-e-Pakistan’, did nothing for her.
In a video message, Naseem said,
“All the rewards which were announced earlier for me whether it be houses or plots are still pending, I am still struggling to get them.”
She said that former Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, along with ex-prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, had announced the rewards for her. The announcements were made during fancy photo sessions but no one ever did anything about them.
“I do not get a proper response when I make a request to fulfill their responses. They make it look like someone has come to ask for charity,”
Naseem said that nine years have passed but none of the political leaders are giving her a proper response.