Pakistanis Who Beat World’s Best Tekken Player Won’t Be Going to Evo Japan, Here’s Why

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Pakistan’s e-gaming prodigy, Arslan Ash, will be the only Pakistani participating in EVO Japan this year as his fellow gamers, Atif Butt from Lahore and Awais Honey from Gujranwala, will miss the high-profile event due to different reasons.

It is worth mentioning that Arslan Ash is the defending champion in Tekken 7, having won EVO Japan in 2019 before going on to win EVO US later.

According to the details, Atif Butt’s visa was not approved whereas Awais Honey will be unable to attend the event after losing his passport in Thailand.

The emerging stars made headlines in the Tekken community when they made it to an all-Pakistani final in Tokyo Tekken Masters last year with Atif getting his hands on the winning prize of $5,500.

Atif Butt’s visa rejection comes as a surprise for many considering he has a travel history and has already traveled to Japan. His Tekken Masters win in Tokyo was all over the news in Japan, which raises plenty of eyebrows.

It means that Arslan will be the only participant from Pakistan in the upcoming event starting on January 24th, 2020.

What are your thoughts on the story? Let us know in the comments.

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  • The real reason is that Japan don’t give visa to Pakistanis easily as we are considered lowly people by those Asians.

    I always tell Pakistanis to be realistic and work harder than ever. I have traveled the world and we are not respected anywhere. Even in Turkey and Arab lands they think of us as low class people.
    Time is right to end all differences among Pakistanis ( religious, ethnic ) whatsoever. Consider all Pakistanis as equal and then focus on “Economy, Science and Technology” to rule the world.
    When our economy will be strong and we will be innovating then the world will respect us automatically.

    • You are super wrong. Stop trying to manipulate masses. I have been to Turkey and they love us like brothers. Heck, the taxi driver gave me a 10 lire concession just for being a Pakistani. They like us a lot. Thailand and Malaysia is same. They love us especially their women. Arab nations don’t give us a damn because of our policies and our begging bowl directed towards them. We are the biggest Hajj and Umra revenue generators for Saudi Arabia. Saudis collect 10 billion dollars from us each year. So they better start respecting us or our government can ban all Hajj and umra travels from Pakistan.

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