PSL 2020: Zalmi fans get special buses for Rawalpindi showdown 

Peshawar Zalmi's fans show enthusiasm in Peshawar before departing for Rawalpindi ahead of their match against Lahore Qalandars on Feb. 28, 2020. (AN photo)
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Updated 28 February 2020

PSL 2020: Zalmi fans get special buses for Rawalpindi showdown 

  • Peshawar Zalmi takes on Lahore Qalandars at Rawalpindi stadium on Friday
  • Zalmi owner Javed Afridi arranged 5 special buses for fans to be part of live action

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Zalmi franchise administration arranged special buses to bring hundreds of enthusiastic Zalmi fans to Rawalpindi on Friday to watch their team in a showdown with Lahore Qalandars.
Lacking a home ground in Peshawar, Zalmi owner Javed Afridi provided for the home crowd the service to be part of the live action for every match the team plays at Rawalpindi stadium.




Zalmi fans are sitting in a bus, ready to depart from Peshawar to Rawalpindi ahead of their match against Lahore Qalandars on Feb. 28, 2020. (AN photo)

“It is a special incentive by Zalmi chairman Afridi to facilitate cricket fans. We have dedicated five buses with the capacity of 160 passengers each,” said Iftikharuddin Khattak, brand manager of Peshawar Zalmi. “We’re excited and hope to win the trophy,” he added.
However, he said that the fans have to pay Rs.2000 and would get return bus ticket to Peshawar with McDonald’s meal, a VIP match ticket and official Zalmi shirts. The fans will also get a chance to meet their favorite players while in Rawalpindi.
“It was my biggest wish to watch Peshawar Zalmi play live in the PSL match. I couldn’t travel all the way to Rawalpindi because I cannot afford it,” Khalid Anwar, a junior clerk at KP Health Department and an ardent Zalmi fan about to board the bus, told Arab News.
Abdul Wakil, a daily wage laborer and supporter of Zalmi team, said he was skipping work on Friday because he planned to travel to Rawalpindi to enjoy the rare sight of his favorite team playing live. 
Zalmi fans also enjoyed the team’s official instrumental anthem played in the buses by none other than leading bands Pukhtoon Core and Khumariyan.

Police in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have placed strict security measures to ensure PSL matches are conducted in a peaceful environment.
Security personnel have been deployed at the hotel accommodating players with a separate police unit dedicated to escort the teams to the stadium.


Pakistan suspends consular services in Dubai for two weeks

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Pakistan suspends consular services in Dubai for two weeks

  • Those who want to benefit from the consulate’s ration distribution program will have to register themselves online
  • The consulate has partnered with Uber to distribute food packets among the needy

DUBAI: Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in Dubai has suspended consular services for two weeks since the government of the emirate has restricted the movement of its residents by asking them to stay at home all the time while it implements its 24-hour sterilization program for the next 14 days.
According to the consulate general spokesperson, Ashique Shaikh, the services will only be available for emergency cases.
The consulate has also advised all Pakistanis not to visit the mission during the restrictions imposed by the authorities in Dubai.
The spokesperson said that all identity card or passport issuance or renewals had been put on hold for two weeks. “This period can also be extended. However, those who need the services urgently can call up the consulate,” he said.
The consulate has also asked all Pakistani nationals who are facing tough financial circumstances to register online for the ongoing ration distribution program. In a tweet, it said: “Keeping in view Dubai Government’s 24-hours sterilization programme and restriction of movements for two weeks, all needy Pakistani nationals in Dubai and Northern Emirates are requested to register online.”
“Since we started the distribution of ration last week, a total of 5,100 families have been given packets containing basic necessities,” the spokesperson told Arab News on Tuesday.
For now, the consulate has partnered with Uber to deliver these packets to people living in Dubai due to the restriction on movement. “We do not want people crowding the consulate so we have taken the services of Uber to do the deliveries in Dubai. But people have to register online for it as well,” Shaikh added.
“The consulate staff are distributing the ration packs in other emirates themselves,” said the spokesperson.
The ration bags include essential food items such as rice, milk, flour, biscuits and oil. They are packed separately for families and individuals who are either stuck in the country due to flight closures or face a financial crunch after being laid off.
The bags are enough to last 15 days for a family.
The Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai, Ahmed Amjad Ali, had underscored the extraordinary nature of circumstances while talking to Arab News earlier.
However, he had also added: “Everything is going very smoothly and we hope to do more home deliveries.”