Pakistan euphoric after big win over arch rival

Published: June 19, 2017
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Jubilant: Cricket fans, in Karachi, celebrate in front of a screen after Pakistan defeated India in the ICC Champions Trophy finals. PHOTO: REUTERS

Jubilant: Cricket fans, in Karachi, celebrate in front of a screen after Pakistan defeated India in the ICC Champions Trophy finals. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI / LAHORE / ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR / QUETTA: The streets of all major cities lit up with celebrations Sunday night after the Pakistani cricket team defied the odds to thrash rival India in the Champion’s Trophy final in London.

The upset was watched by hundreds of millions of fans globally, possibly a billion, and brought normal life to a standstill across much of the sub-continent.

But when bowler of the tournament Hasan Ali picked up the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah to put the Indian tail out of its misery for just 158 runs — 180 shy of Pakistan‘s mammoth 338, celebratory gunfire erupted in neighbourhoods up and down the country.

People poured into bazaars and markets in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to celebrate the win by blaring patriotic pop songs, as youths performed wheelies on motorcycles and waved flags as they dangled out of cars.

The win came as mainly people prepares for Eid after Ramazan —  though for many fans, the festival had already arrived. “I’m so happy. Eid came early for Pakistanis this year!”, tweeted user Berry Aneurysm.

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Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi euphoric

Karachi wore a deserted look as commercial activities were almost at a standstill due to the match, but gunshots rang out with each boundary and wicket.

In the twin cities if Islamabad and Rawalpindi, cricket fans took out rallies in cars and motorbikes with patriotic music blasting from their cars. People also gathered at market places and squares, dancing to the beat of drums and horns. Others waved national flags.

There were reports of celebratory firing in different neighbourhoods of the city. However, there were no immediate reports of any injuries.

A rush of people was also witnessed outside major sweet shops as fans, young and old alike, gathered to distribute sweets in Saddar, Murree Road, Raja Bazaar, Sadiqabad and Commercial market.

Interestingly, a number of cinema houses had set aside their regular schedules to screen the match live on their large screens.

Similarly, Lahori’ites took to the streets in large numbers to celebrate the thumping victory of the green shirts over their arch-rivals.

Crowds of youngsters gathered on the Mall Road, Liberty Market, Moon Market Allama Iqbal Town and various other areas of the city to celebrate the team’s victory. They were chanting in favour of their favourite cricket stars, especially Fakhar Zaman and Muhammad Amir. Many of them were seen dancing atop their cars, waving national flags.

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A cricket enthusiast Chaudhry Mudassar said, “It was a great team work and Allah blessed Pakistan with a great victory.”

Another fan Waheed, who was wearing the Pakistan cricket team’s official T-shirt, said, “The match turned really amazing when Amir crushed India’s top tree batsmen. Faces of Indian players and audiences were really miserable.”

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who was witnessed supporting team Pakistan by wearing the official green shirt, enjoyed the final match with his family and congratulated the cricket team and the nation on defeating India.

Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Senior Central Leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi enjoyed the final match with their friends and party members. They congratulated the team for its exceptional performance and determination in winning the Champions Trophy.

Peshawar witnessed a lot of cricket fans chanting in support of the team.

One of the fans, Hasham Khan waving the national flag said, “Wining the Champions Trophy against India was like clinching the World Cup.”

Restricting the Indian team to such a low score was beyond expectations, he added.

Soon after the win, aerial firing was witnessed across the city in which 21 people were injured and 66 rounded up, according to sources.

Another cricket lover Mohammad Rafique said the match against India was far more enjoyable than the rest of the cricket teams.

“We have enjoyed the cricket fight between Pakistan and India from the very first ball despite Ramazan in which people pay less attention to entertainment,” said Rafique.

Heavy traffic congestion was also witnessed on the city’s thoroughfare.

Celebrations were seen in the provincial capital of Balochistan where people danced to the beats of the drums.

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Frontier Constabulary Dalbandin celebrated the victory in Dalbandin headquarters with drum roll and firecrackers. The citizens of Dalbandin also celebrated by resorting to aerial firing and taking out a rally in the Kohlu area of Balochistan.

The Hindu community jumped onto the celebrating bandwagon with firecrackers.

A farmer of Mastung district Gulzar Ahmed said, “It is blessing of Allah that we won the World Cup in the month of Ramazan, got independence in Ramazan and now we won the Champions Trophy in this holy month. I demand the ICC to conduct the next World Cup in Ramazan.”

(with additional input from AFP)

 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Saba
    Jun 19, 2017 - 3:45AM

    India lost so poorly. Shows some international event is soon to take place in their favor for which our greedy PM has done a deal with Modi. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 19, 2017 - 5:38AM

    Great and historic win by Pakistan ! In the meantime many Afghans are wearing long faces…wonder why.Recommend

  • Iqra Sana
    Jun 19, 2017 - 9:28AM

    Thanks to Almighty Allah that he blessed us with such victory ..
    Besides,
    kohli tujh se nahi hota chase is not funny but very funny
    Dear Indians,
    Allah hates pride n this lead to ur loss

    Be it Rishi Kapoor acussing us Pakistanis of sending kho kho team to em n about blue-ing us away
    In short , Alhamdulilah Allah
    Even Ranveer Singh tweeted , A storm is coming #IndVsPak #Believe *
    *
    Lol was india a storm? Nai na??
    Recommend

  • Raju
    Jun 19, 2017 - 11:51AM

    Pakistan have out arrogant India down on their knees. Brilliant performance.Recommend

  • Pakistani-American
    Jun 19, 2017 - 12:00PM

    Well done, Pakistan! Even Kashmir is celebrating!Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 19, 2017 - 12:36PM

    Felicitations !! Pakistan . Recommend

  • Aviator
    Jun 19, 2017 - 1:08PM

    INCREDIBLE. Well done!Recommend

  • israr
    Jun 19, 2017 - 1:57PM

    great game great win great fight back it was awesome, when Indians started hitting sixes u can tell they were desperate it was below avg player pandya so I was not really worried and then he was sold to the devil by his own partner .. it happens azhar was undone by fakhar in the same game, safi in such a tight game was experimenting as well, he had the game so he kept shadab on he is one for the future and needs to learn how to bowl on these English pitches and also he needs to handle the pressure he did he did it v well, pandya and jadeja took only 3 of this next over excellent I would like to see fahim ashraf also sent in crunch matches and imad too, we need couple of solid middle order match winners I know safi is good but he needs to improve plus haris sohail and malik needs to be given that role for sureRecommend

  • Newton
    Jun 20, 2017 - 2:34AM

    Play football which is a more of a global sport no one cares about cricket in the west Recommend

  • Iqra Sana
    Jun 20, 2017 - 5:04PM

    @Newton:
    Lol who cares about west
    We Asians are die-hard cricket fans even if we know its spellings only

    P.S : World does not revolve around west..It lies on other regions too n they have a right of enjoying things in their wayRecommend

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