Posted on October 16, 2008
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12 responses to “Nawakille: A Squash Town”

  1. auk says:

    Aamir Atlas Khan, a nephew of Jansher, who is currently ranked 14 in the world beat world #1 Gregory Gaultier of France in the 2nd round of Qatar Classic Squash Championship. The score 11-6, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9.
    This is perhaps Pakistan’s greatest triumph since Jansher left the scene back in the 90s, and bodes incredibly well for the future. Aamir is just 19 years old.

  2. Derek Khan says:

    I was a big fan of the Khans while I was growing up in Karachi; and even today, several decades later, I am nostalgically delighted to see their success.
    The answer to the question as to why Nawakille has had the distinction of producing a dynasty of world class squash players lies in my opinion in two words “desire” and “perseverance”.
    There has been an adage floating around for some time “nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough”. Each of these champions had the desire to become something and like the bumble bee, “nobody told them that they couldn’t”.
    I refer to the scientific fact that technically a bumble bee cannot fly. In their case there were no negative people to
    “put them down” or if there were, the Khans were oblivious to them.
    Obviously Hashim, the leader of the dynasty, practiced untold hours adhering to the adage ” practice makes perfect”. I’m sure that other family members were encouraged both by him and his success. They too had to “walk the walk” which they obviously did very well.