Pakistan’s entry into the Cricket World Cup semifinal was celebrated in various parts of the city with great zeal and fever on Pakistan Day.
Shahid Afridi’s Pakistan team crushed West Indies by ten wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur (Bangladesh) to storm into the semifinals of the mega event for the first time in 12 years.
Peoples who watched the quarterfinals on big screens in Federal B. Area, Clifton, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Defence, Layri, Baldia, Orangi, Landhi, Korangi and North Nazimabad and other party of the city, celebrated victory by raising the slogans of Pakistan Zindbad.
Peoples of all ages including senior citizens, ladies and kids were cheering and screaming on each ball during the match and waived Pakistans’ green flag.
In some Pastun dominated areas, besides Pakistan Zindabad slogans in favor of Shahid Afridi were raised.
Intense firing was also heard in different soon after Kamran Akmal smashed Kemar Roach through point boundary in 21st over.
The victory doubled the celebration of team’s triumph on the occasion of Pakistan.
“This is a great victory and we hope that Afridi’s team will continue in same vein.” Yasir Ilyas a former student of NED University and a great supporter of Pakistan team said.
Peoples were seen greeting each other and distributing sweets to celebrate the sweet victory.
“I want to congratulate the whole country and Pakistan team for
presenting the nation a great gift on Pakistan Day,” Mrs. Shahid Kausar Farooq, Chairperson of Subh-e-Nau said.
“Sports always give the nation good news and united them to celebrate something in these difficult times,” Shahid Farooq, a former National Ladies Tennis Champion said.
Young school students were seen active as they awaited the encounter between 1975 and 1979 West Indies and 1992 winners PakReuters
“Its great feeling and I am absolutely delighted with Pakistan’s triumph against Windies because I was waiting for long time,” Erum Beg a teacher by profession, said.
Pakistan team crashed out of 2003 and 2007 World Cup in the preliminary stage in South Africa and West Indies.
“I am thrilled with the win and hope Pakistan team will be maintaining the same momentum,” a fifth standard student Muhammad Usman, who took off time from his exams to watch the match, said.