DGISPR (Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations) Major General Asif Ghafoor has stopped Pakistan team players to wear army caps in the cricket match, saying that he appreciated their support, but sports should be seen beyond politics.
The DG ISPR took to microblogging site Twitter and expressed his sentiments. He further added that the forces whole-heartedly recognise the pure sentiments beyond this step and appreciate who wanted to wear Army’s caps in Pakistan Premier League’s final match, but sports should be kept free of political influence. He added that the bond Pakistani people and the Army shares is not in need of these gestures.
He concluded, saying that people should enjoy the sport in the city of lights.
”Dear Pakistanis u are desirous to put on military style caps/shirts during PSL Final. Pak Armed Forces humbly acknowledge your love & support. Sports are beyond politics & we believe that our bondage is beyond such gestures alone. Enjoy the game in CityOfLights.#PakistanZindabad” – he wrote.
After the Indian cricket team decided to wear army caps during the third ODI against Australia, Pakistanis also showed the desire to show their sport for their Army after the Pulwama attack episode, but DGISPR said that the bond they share is far beyond it.
Ever since the terror attack in Kashmir, India has made embarrassed itself with childish manoeuvres by India to ban Pakistan’s participation in ICC world cup. They were told that they have no staunch basis to ask for it. Pakistanis also brought in ICC’s (International Cricket Council) notice that wearing Army caps in a match is prohibited and India violated ICC guidelines. However, it was later told that India did it after taking formal permission from ICC.
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