LONDON: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was among about 30,000 spectators – full capacity of Lords cricket ground – who watched the crucial match for Pakistan against South Africa and they won by 49 runs.
Gen Bajwa was accompanied by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, DG-ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor and Ehsan Mani, Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board.
The Pak Army Chief, who is currently in the UK on a five-day official visit for meetings with senior British civil-military leadership, witnessed his team winning this do-or-die game with great interest and was looking happy at the triumph of his side.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s son Sulaiman Khan was also in attendance with his friends at the Lord’s stadium. Business tycoon and Imran Khan’s close friend Aneel Musarrat was looking after Sulaiman and enjoyed the game sitting next to him.
Gen Bajwa was seen entering the stadium without any usual protocol. He himself showed his entrance ticket at the gate in a happy mood and also smiled as the crowd at the entrance started chanting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long Live Pakistan) slogans.
At the end of the match, as the Gen Bajwa came out, waiting Pakistani media persons chased him up as usual and insisted to say ‘a word’ as comments over the game. But he just smiled and said “Thank you”. While sitting in the car, he only said “well played”.
Gen Bajwa held meetings and discussions with the British civilian and military officials on Monday.