The Hindu community of the Peshawar on Tuesday evening arranged special prayers for the victory of Pakistani cricket team in the world cup semi-final against India in Mohali today (Wednesday).
The service that began with Jay Genesh Jai’s arthi concluded with special prayers for a Pakistan victory.
Special prayers were arranged by the Hindu Balmik Mahsaba Peshawar at the Balmik Mandir Kali Bari Peshawar Cantonment.
Around a hundred persons including women and children took part in the prayers.
At the end of the service Pandit Ghokal Ram prayed for the success of the Pakistani team in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday and also for the solutions to the other problems faced by this country. Kishwar Nadeem Jan, a local Hindu told The Express Tribune that they are eagerly waiting for Pakistan’s win in today’s semi final over India. “I have also played for the National Bank side and advised the team management against creating an issue about speedster Shoaib Akhtar’s inclusion in the final squad. This will create pressure on the team and should be avoided at this crucial time,” Jan said.
Peshawar Hindu Mahsaba President Ram Lal said the Hindu community was also very eager for a green-shirts’ victory in Mohali. We want to join our countrymen in their prayers and that is the reason this special prayer service was arranged to pray for Pakistani team’s victory. He said that they searched across the city for Pakistani players’ posters for this service, but the shops had run out, adding that such has been the state of euphoria.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2011.