PM Shehbaz hosts dinner in ‘honour’ of Pakistan, England teams
Following the first test match in Rawalpindi, the prime minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday night hosted the dinner in ‘honour’ of Pakistan and England teams at the PM House.
Addressing at a dinner hosted for the Pakistan and England teams, The Prime Minister said that this is a historic moment as the England team is in Pakistan after 17 years, adding that, unfortunately their last visit was in 2005 when Pakistan was facing intolerable extremism and terrorist attacks.
“Pakistan succeeded in defeating terrorism after making huge sacrifices as thousands of Pakistanis including soldiers and civilians sacrificed their lives in this war,” he added.
PM Shehbaz furthered that Pakistan has excellent relations with Britain at various levels and cricket is one of them. He added that Britain has always supported the people of Pakistan and hoped that cricket will act as a bridge to strengthen the relationship between Pakistan and the UK.
He thanked the British High Commissioner and the British Government for supporting Pakistan Cricket and also lauded Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja for his services toward spearheading cricket in the country since assuming office saying, “Ramiz Raja has done a great job as PCB chairman.”
PM Shehbaz Sharif paid tribute to Pakistan’s cricket legends, including Oval hero Fazal Mahmood and Little Master Hanif Mohammad.
Later, taking to twitter PM Shehbaz wrote: “It was great to host England and Pakistan cricket teams at the PM House this evening. Cricket is a shared passion that binds our two countries in a close relationship. Congratulations to England for winning the first Test, but the true winner was the glorious game itself.”