Acknowledging Pakistan Army’s role in restoring peace in the country, former Pakistan Cricket team captain Javed Miandad on Monday said that the holding of Peace Cup at the Younis Khan Stadium, Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency had sent a message to the world that Pakistan is safe for sports activities.
“I salute Pakistan Army for playing its part in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. First, it assisted the successful holding of Independence Cup in Lahore and soon after that it organised a super show at Miranshah,” he told APP. He said that it has happened for the first time that the people of Miranshah have seen national cricketers playing in their own area. “I believe this will further promote cricket there,” he said.
He said that Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Police have been fighting for peace and also playing their respective roles in reviving sports in the country. “We should respect and appreciate our armed forces,” he said. Miandad urged Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to convince European teams to tour Pakistan.
“PCB must hire the services of former Pakistani cricketers for persuading European teams to tour Pakistan,” he said. Miandad also lauded Independence Cup saying that the Pakistani nation came out victorious against terrorism as international cricket has revived in the country.
He said that no country was safe from terrorism, but the security situation in Pakistan has improved. “Our armed forces are best in the world,” he said. Miandad said that World XI and UK media players have returned to their countries with full-satisfaction that Pakistan is a safe country for international sports activities.