Cricket: Win or lose, stay calm, police advise citizens

Published: March 29, 2011

Police say they have plans for both scenarios.

LAHORE: 

Wednesday’s cricket match between Pakistan and India is a potential security concern as a victory for the national team could lead to a traffic nightmare as joyful supporters take to the streets. A defeat, on the other hand, might provoke public furor, concerned officials disclosed on Monday.

A police official said that winning or losing this match is very serious business for many people and a strong public reaction could not be ruled out. He said police contingents needed to be kept on stand-by. The areas where the matches are screened are more likely to face problems, he said. Saddar police superintendent (Traffic) Asif Zafar Cheema told The Express Tribune that the city traffic police was aware of the traffic concerns and there was a plan in place to have 2,000 traffic police on duty Wednesday evening.

He said that he expected the youth to come out on roads to celebrate if Pakistan won. SP Cheema said dancing in front of cars, wheelies and stunt driving would not be allowed. “People can express their feelings but there should be no inconvenience to the public.” He said he wanted Pakistan to win but in case of defeat people must keep in mind that this is only a game and losing is part of sports.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2011.

Reader Comments (7)

  • Mar 29, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Hopefully InshAllah Pakistan will win and we will have lot of celeberations all over the country and Pakistan will proceed to Finals and will probably face SL.

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    We wish Pakistan the best of luck and hope the team will come with the Laurals.Recommend

  • iqbal siddiqui
    Mar 29, 2011 - 10:38AM

    ever since an extremist religious organisation started to brainwash & coerce the cricketers during the 90′s our team has come more & more to represent a rightwing jihadi organisation more & less & less a sports team.

    the same jihadi atmosphere coerced yousuf youhana into changing his religion & the same extreme rightwing atmosphere pervades our dressing room today. Recommend

  • babar jawwad
    Mar 29, 2011 - 10:41AM

    The tableeghi jamaat will have a field day if our team wins.

    our guys should concentrate on cricket because that is what the pakistan cricket board pays them for,if they want to do talbleeghi work they should retire from cricket & go on missionary missions but taking pcb’s money while doing work for an extremist religious organisation is fraudulent & unethical in all respects.Recommend

  • rofl
    Mar 29, 2011 - 6:27PM

    What about a tie??Recommend

  • LOL
    Mar 29, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Good luck to both teams!Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    Mar 30, 2011 - 3:48AM

    “Inshallah”; the most abused word by the Pakistani Muslims.Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2011 - 11:26PM

    @Disco Molvi:
    How a non-muslim will know the meaning of “Inshallah” – this is not for you. It is our religion and belief so better keep your hands off.

    And I request you to change your alias and keep something else – - – -Recommend

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