PSL final in Pakistan is a message to the world that Pakistani nation is not afraid of terrorism: Analysts
Quetta Gladiators win the toss, Opt to field against Peshawar Zalmi in PSL final
Hafta e Rafta
In the final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore, Quetta Gladiators have won the toss against Peshawar Zalmi and decided to field first. People from all segments of society are showing great enthusiasm and fervor. Earlier, a colorful closing ceremony in connection with Pakistan Super League Final was held in which prominent singers performed.A large number of people present in the stadium also lauded PCB for holding final of PSL in Lahore.
The army personnel, rangers and police officials have completely cordoned-off the area and their vehicles are frequently patrolling the stadium. NADRA, too, has deployed its four mobile database vans in the stadium to check against any fake NICs then and there. A temporary 25-bed hospital has also been set up at the National Hockey Stadium, adjacent to Gaddafi Stadium, to meet any medical emergency. It will be working 24 hours.
Host: Hafiz Majid
Co-host: Dr Khurram Iqbal
Program Incharge: Bilal Ahmad Khan
Analysts Live on Phone:
Maiza Hameed (Leader, PML-N):
The credit for holding Pakistan Super League final in Pakistan goes to Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Earlier, many analysts were expressing reservations in conducting final in Lahore but the government made it possible. The nation is also appreciating the government’s efforts in this regard. All the political leaders have purchased tickets for this match. I am not sure if Prime Minister will come to see this match but everyone knows that Prime Minister himself is fond of cricket. We are hopeful that this final will be helpful in bring back international games to Pakistan. It is a message to the terrorists that we are not afraid of their cowardly activities.
Waheed Alam (Leader, PML-N):
We are must more hopeful for the success of PSL final in Lahore. The people are coming to see this match with passion. Anti-Pakistan elements do not want the promotion of games in Pakistan. I would like to appreciate the determination of Mian Shahbaz Sharif for taking the responsibility of security for this match. Some internal elements have also opposed holding of PSL final in Lahore which is not fair. The Pakistani nation has got an opportunity of entertainment after a very long time.
Shazia Mubashir (Leader, PML-N):
The successful PSL final in Lahore will improve the image of Pakistan as a peaceful country in front of the world. There should be international matches in Pakistan on permanent basis. A large number of spectators have already been in the stadium to witness the historic event that may bring revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Putting the recent wave of terrorism behind, Lahore has sprung to life as excitement and festivities return to the provincial capital ahead of today’s Pakistan Super League cricket final at Gaddafi Stadium.
Sadiq Muhammad (Former Test Cricketer):
I congratulate the nation of Pakistan on this historic event. The stadium seems full with the spectators which is a clear message to the terrorists that Pakistani nation is brave and is not afraid of terrorist activities at all. This final in Lahore is the result of brave decision taken by the incumbent government. We also warmly welcome the international players who have come to play the final. The participation of Sir Vivian Richards is also an honor. We are also thankful to Pak Army and other security agencies for providing foolproof security arrangements for the match.