Army will support conduct of PSL final in Lahore: Gen Bajwa

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In this photograph taken on November 16, 2016, Pakistani Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrives to attend a military exercise on the Indian border in Khairpure Tamay Wali in Bahawalpur district. Pakistan on November 26 appointed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the country's powerful new chief of army staff, the prime minister's office said. / AFP PHOTO / SS MIRZA

 

After social media went abuzz with speculations on the fate of PSL final in Lahore following a suicide bombing in the city housing Gaddafi Stadium, army chief General Raheel Sharif said Tuesday the army would support hosting of the cricketing event final in the Punjab capital.

After Monday’s bombing, social media users were quick to suggest that the blast was meant to derail plans to hold the highly-anticipated final.

Talking about its linkage to sabotage the forthcoming PSL final match in Lahore, the COAS said that army would extend full support to all concerned for holding the event as scheduled.

Soon after the attack, social media users were quick to suggest that the blast was meant to derail plans to hold the highly-anticipated final.

The second edition of the annual T20 tournament – like the first – is ongoing in the United Arab Emirates due to security concerns, but after the recent military crackdown on extremism, officials were confident enough to pick Gaddafi Stadium to host the final.

However, General Bajwa, on a visit to Corps Headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday, said such incidents could not lower our resolve to fight terrorism.

“Army will extend full support to all concerned for holding the event as scheduled,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the army chief as saying.

Earlier PSL chairman Najam Sethi said the league’s finishing game will be held in Lahore if cricket fans and citizens of Pakistan were ready to watch the match without foreign players.

“Terrorists of all hue and colour, their masters, financiers, planners and abettors including from outside will be hunted across the country, held accountable and responded to. Our gains over the years cannot be reversed,” the army chief said.