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Osman Samiuddin analyses the defiance of Salman Butt, someone who always struck the writer as a young man with a firm – too firm – belief in his own self, bereft of self-doubt. More from the National.
He got the least sympathy out of the three and was never as popular a figure before; in fact, he was quite the polariser of opinion. But he has as much a right to continue trying to clear his name – even though he has been found guilty in two different courts – as we do of not being convinced by his protestations.
One day though, once he has fought all his battles and drained out all of his defiance, he will need something else to move on, finding some peace within perhaps.