Animate Pakistani cricket fans, Momin Saqib and Bilal Saqib are talk of the town these days because of their crazy videos which instantly went viral during WorldCup 2019.
The brothers caught everyone’s attention after their melodramatic protests following Pakistan’s dismal loss against arch rivals India and there’s no stopping them since then.
Hailing from Lahore, the duo appeared on ARY News morning show Bakhabar Savera and shared their thoughts on the viral videos. Known for his extreme expressions and energy, Momin went onto explain how Pakistan can win the WorldCup by turning into a commentator and rapper. The budding artists took part in theatre during school.
The entertainer who recently arrived in Pakistan from London missed being at the stadium to celebrate the men in green’s victory against Kiwis in his style. Speaking about his viral videos , Momin said it’s good to celebrate diversity. “You shouldn’t worry about ‘Log Kya Kaheinge’ [What will people say],” he said. His mantra is just to enjoy life to the fullest and he urged people to let others enjoy it too.
His brother, Bilal added that “The fear of what people will say stops you from doing things which shouldn’t be the case.” He explained that there’s a free show after the match as fans are looking for entertainment irrespective of the result.
Bilal, a student at London School of Economics (LSE), represents 70% of the student population at his university and is a trustee at the Student Council. He opened up about how he never lets fear stop him from doing things. He recalled an incident where he was disqualified on the student council election day at university during his Bachelors on charges of alleged vote aversion. The student sued the university and took them to court. “It was a long procedure and took me 1.5 years. In the end, I got a written apology and compensation from the university.”
The two are also involved in social work in Pakistan. The young activists started an NGO which operates in Thar and Balochistan with the aim of helping women who have to walk long distances to fetch water. “We introduced a wheel which can store upto 40 litres of water and it’s an easy drag-on,” shared Bilal who first saw the wheel being used in West Africa.
The wheel saves the time of women so that they can take part in other economic activities for additional revenue. The duo plans to install a mobile water filter in the wheel which can purify water. They are also working on introducing this method in Kenya as ‘Pakistan’s export product’.
Studying in UK gave Momin an opportunity to enter the country’s politics and he has worked with Queen of Britain’s private secretary and British investors on different projects.