ISLAMABAD: Despite severe criticism from cricket lovers, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan stood his ground in opposing a Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore, saying a curfew-like situation in the city would only tarnish Pakistan’s image.
“If something inimical happened on the final day then it will prove to be the end of international cricket in Pakistan,” said Imran, sharing his fears with the public.
He was speaking in connection with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government’s Billion Tree Plantation Programme.
Imran Khan opposes holding PSL final in Lahore
On social media websites, the game lovers have been criticising the former cricketer-turned-politician for his point of view about holding the final match of PSL in Lahore. Imran had earlier dubbed this decision of the PML-N government as ‘insane’ given the prevailing security situation in the country.
To a question, Imran said international cricket would only resume in Pakistan if the government overcame the menace of terrorism and ever-deteriorating law and order situation in the country instead of making cosmetic security arrangements.
“You can hold a match even in war-hit Syria or Iraq by deputing 60,000 security personnel to guard a crowd of 30,000 visitors inside a stadium, but by blocking all electronic signals and devises and after curtailing routine life of the city,” Imran commented in a lighter tone.
Earlier, addressing the ceremony Imran said after coming into power in K-P, the PTI government took strict measures against the timber mafia.
Pakistan Super League final: Finishing touches put on security plan
Imran said that the claims of development in advertisements by those shackled by the Panama probe had no objective reality.
Under the ongoing campaign, he said, some 75 million trees had been planted so far and the target of one billion would be achieved soon.
Through this campaign, he said, 5,000 people have received employment. While criticising the Punjab government, Pakistan said it had spent Rs20 billion on ads while K-P government spent only Rs1.5 billion.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2017.
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