Gunshots replaced by silence as India beat Pakistan

Full articles at Times of India website

Excerpts from the above two articles

As the game began, thousands of people gathered at parks and stadiums across Pakistan where giant screens were put up to beam the match described as a showcase of one of the world’s most intense sporting rivalries.

Every time a Pakistani batsman unleashed a four or a six, gunfire rent the air over Islamabad and crowds that gathered at markets and public places cheered lustily.


Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who watched the game in Mohali with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday declared a half-day holiday in offices and schools so that people could watch the semifinal thriller with arch-rivals India.


In the eastern city of Lahore, which borders with India, more than 20,000 Pakistanis thronged the Gaddafi stadium to witness the match on large screens. Entry was free and people formed long queues to get in.


By the evening all major roads in several Pakistani cities were gridlocked with cars, motorcycles and jubilant revellers, but the festive atmosphere turned tense as the Pakistani batting line began to fall before India.

In Malir Jail in Karachi, prison officials gave Indian team T-shirts to 200 Indian prisoners to support their team.

But as the Pakistani side was skittled out thanks to superb bowling by the Indian side, a hush descended over most cities and towns and people began streaming out of the parks and stadiums where the match was being beamed.



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3 thoughts on “Gunshots replaced by silence as India beat Pakistan

  1. Ravi Iyer March 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm Reply

    If I am a Pakistani, I will blame it on the cunning Hindu majority and narrow minded English who took away large portion of land from Pakistan (what the infidels call as Hindustan) and donated it to the Hindus, who don’t deserve it. With that we lost some of the cricket talent to the infidels. God willing we will beat them in future.

  2. jothicharles April 1, 2011 at 12:26 am Reply

    May your Pakistani wish be fulfilled soon because it is difficult to predict what will become of it with all its internal troubles.

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