Army will support hosting of PSL final in Lahore, says Bajwa

Published: February 14, 2017
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Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

Despite the Monday suicide attack in Lahore that claimed at least 13 lives, army chief General Qamar Bajwa has said Pakistan Army will support hosting of the Pakistan Super League final in the Punjab capital.

Soon after the attack, social media users were quick to suggest that the blast was meant to derail plans to hold the highly-anticipated fixture.

The second edition of the annual T20 tournament – like the first – is ongoing in the United Arab Emirates due to security concerns, but after the recent military crackdown on extremism, officials were confident enough to pick Gaddafi Stadium to host the final.

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However, General Bajwa, on a visit to Corps Headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday, said such incidents could not lower our resolve to fight terrorism.

“Army will extend full support to all concerned for holding the event as scheduled,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the army chief as saying.

Earlier, PSL chairman Najam Sethi said the league’s finishing game will be held in Lahore if cricket fans and citizens of Pakistan were ready to watch the match without foreign players.

“Terrorists of all hue and colour, their masters, financiers, planners and abettors including from outside will be hunted across the country, held accountable and responded to. Our gains over the years cannot be reversed,” the army chief said.

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General Bajwa also appreciated efforts of intelligence agencies in tracing the culprits, which have resulted in to important detentions, including Afghan nationals, according to the ISPR statement. “He directed to expedite efforts to unearth complete network.”

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Meanwhile, the COAS met the mother and family members of the deceased DIG Traffic Ahmed Mubin, who was killed in Monday’s suicide attack. He also expressed his condolences with other bereaved families of the blast.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Fiz
    Feb 14, 2017 - 9:46PM

    Great news. We want PSL final in Lahore. Thanks pak army for boosting the confidence. Let’s go for it!Recommend

  • rauf
    Feb 15, 2017 - 1:11AM

    Why billions are being spent on the so called intelligence agencies and the big belly policemen? Army is not for law and order enforcement but to protect borders from foreign aggression. TTP is Pakistan’s internal problem and the civilian government has to deal with it.. Recommend

  • AD
    Feb 15, 2017 - 4:46AM

    That is what need of the hour, but this was the aim of ‘zarb- e-azb’ too.Recommend

  • dude
    Feb 15, 2017 - 7:11AM

    ha.. you need army to run everything.. to run the countryRecommend

  • Atif
    Feb 15, 2017 - 7:16AM

    May the better agency win !!
    (It has really come down to this.)Recommend

  • k
    Feb 15, 2017 - 7:58AM

    well wishes to pakistan, i hope your country will make progress, however is there any other country in this world where Military says such type of thing for a sports event?? American army? Russian? Chinese? Indian? Japs? Brits? any??? You change this mindset & definitely you have bright future. Separate every institution from Generals.Recommend

  • saint
    Feb 15, 2017 - 8:05AM

    The terrorists are helping Pak army in a way, after every blast either the rangers take over the civilian lands to allot them to a general later or they take over a business, PSL this time.Recommend

  • Confused
    Feb 15, 2017 - 8:43AM

    Why can’t we have General Raheel Shareef as National Security Advisor for our country?Recommend

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