Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif gave on Monday the go-ahead to hold the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore.
The decision was taken after a high-level security huddle, following a string of targeted attacks across the country, particularly in the capital city of Punjab, which claimed nearly 100 lives.
“Law and order committee, and provincial, federal security institutions, decision to hold PSL Final in Lahore has been finalised,” the Punjab government said in a statement.
“Foolproof security for PSL: 7000 police officials, 12 SPs, 35 DSPs & 84 SHOs will perform duty at Qaddafi stadium – Lahore Police,” the Punjab government said.
‘Not possible without your support’
“Pakistan wants to show everyone we are a peaceful nation,” PSL chairman Najam Sethi told reporters after the announcement. “The nation has shown resolve and courage…this would not have been possible without the support of the Pakistani people and the media.
Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah revealed the itinerary of the final.
“We have prepared a security plan for the final. It would be a day-night contest,” he said. “We will start the match at 1630 PST and the closing ceremony will conclude at 2300 PST.”
Four out the five participating teams have qualified for the playoff stage, which will start from February 28.