M Z Rifat
Much-hyped final of second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators is going to be played at the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore as scheduled for tomorrow [March 05, 2017]. It is surely and certainly a big mega event holding of which successfully and peacefully, hopefully, will bring international cricket back to Pakistan after a lapse of many years. Indeed it is a mega event but more than that a very big test case for Pakistan Cricket Board, PSL organizers, federal and Punjab Government, army, police and all other security related agencies and more importantly for the entire nation particularly cricket enthusiasts.
Needless to say that it is the prime responsibility of everyone of us, directly or indirectly , to make all out efforts sincerely with commitment and determination to ensure the mega event is held peacefully and successfully and all evil forces, within the country and abroad, evil designs foiled squarely and positively and terrorists intentions countered effectively. We as a nation have been rising to the occasion in difficult situations in the past and this is another difficult time to rise again. People in general and cricket enthusiasts in particular should fully cooperate with the security agencies personnel and go through whole process of ensuring foolproof security with smiling faces in a cooperative manner and praying that all goes well with blessings of Almighty Allah.
Hopefully, security exercise on a massive scale has already been started and security personnel are in place in and around the venue of PSL Final ensuring that no terrorist or miscreant sneak into some hideout earlier than the day mega event takes place, all tall and low buildings around the Qaddafi Stadium are combed and searched frequently and repeatedly keeping in view that the terrorists had targeted Sri Lankan cricket team at Liberty Chowk Gulberg from top of tall buildings, which are many in the locality.
We all are surely going to make holding of the PSL Final a great success opening doors for return of international cricket to Pakistan, InshaAllah, with the continued blessings of Almighty Allah.It is a very big test case for all of us Pakistanis in general and Lahorites in particular. Rise to situation once again, keep your fingers crossed and praying and shoulder great responsibility, individually and collectively, please.