Pakistanis world-over celebrate Twenty20 glory amid gloom of bloody unrest

June 22nd, 2009 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, June 22 (ANI): As Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the finals of the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup on Sunday, Pakistanis seized the moment of triumph amid the gloom of the country’s bloody unrest to call and text their loved ones to congratulate each other.

Mobile services remained clogged long after the match, as everyone was calling relatives and friends to share their happiness, the Daily Times reports.

Pakistanis living abroad also celebrated the victory by calling their relatives in Pakistan.

As Pakistan scored the winning run with Shahid Afridi at the crease, people danced with joy, lit firecrackers and celebrated by distributing sweets.

Former captain Ramiz Raja said the win would help lift the gloom besetting the war-torn country.

“This is the greatest moment in Pakistan cricket, greater than 1992 because people (are now) in gloom and previously had nothing to cheer about,” said Raja, a member of 1992 team that beat England in the Melbourne final.

Earlier this month a suicide bomb blast killed over dozen people in Peshawar, some 30km from Mardan, the hometown of captain Younus Khan.

Hundreds of people gathered outside captain Younus Khan’s home Saturday night to watch the game and celebrate the win.

“We lost so many people in the blasts recently. The military is fighting a war in Swat but we forgot all the gloom with this cricket win,” said Abdullah Khan.

People also thronged pacer Umar Gul’s house in Peshawar.

“We have a tradition of hosting our guests and Sunday’s final was watched by hundreds of people outside our house,” said Mairaj, Gul’s elder brother. (ANI)

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