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There won’t be curfew-like situation during PSL final: Rana Sanaullah

03 March, 2017

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LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said there won’t be any curfew-like situation in Lahore during Pakistan Super League final on Sunday, however, security will be on high alert.

“There will be security on the route of the players -- from their hotel on The Mall to Qadhafi Stadium. But no other road in the city will be blocked. Security in Lahore has already been beefed up and on Sunday it will be on high alert,” Mr Sanaullah told a press conference here on Thursday.

He said from parking area to stadium a free shuttle service would be available to the spectators. Metro bus service would be operational till 1am to facilitate those coming to watch live cricket contest, he said and added no business outside the stadium was being closed.

The minister said Punjab government had nothing to do with the match tickets’ sale as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was hosting the final.

He said the war against terrorism would continue till elimination of the last terrorist. “The whole nation is united against terrorists and people are not afraid of any of their cowardly acts.”

Mr Sanaullah requested the media to show a “positive image” of the country during the PSL final and ignore coverage of politicians like Sheikh Rashid.

To a question about reports of discrimination against Pakhtun people during ongoing operation against militants, the minister said it was a propaganda as the Pakhtun were not being harassed in Punjab. However, he said, the Afghans living here without identification documents would have to go back to their country.

Claiming that the letter about harassment of the Pakhtun in Punjab was fake, he said, “No Pakhtun is being arrested in Punjab and I challenge those who are creating negative propaganda (to prove the allegation),” he said. Rana Sanaullah also criticised the PPP and the PTI for “corruption” in Sindh and Kyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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