Lyari, the hub of footballers in the country, is known for producing the country’s famous sportsmen. As the neighbourhood loses more of its athletes to the government’s inability to control the unrest, the residents see only a bleak future ahead.
In August last year, at least 10 young footballers were killed in a bomb blast in Lyari, where a high-intensity bomb targeted top gangsters after a football tournament. In June the same year, a well-known boxer, Saqib aka Saqib boxer, was killed in an alleged encounter with the Rangers in Lyari. The police had claimed that Saqib was involved in a number of cases of crime and was associated with the Uzair Baloch gang.
“We are losing our best sportsmen to violence,” complained Ali Akbar Shah, a national boxer, while talking to The Express Tribune. “The government should have to play its role to safeguard the country’s future.”
Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2014.
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