January 28, 2023

PM Shahbaz, Bilawal, Imran Khan congratulate Qatar for hosting World Cup


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. — AFP/Twitter/Files
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. — AFP/Twitter/Files

ISLAMABAD: With the FIFA World Cup 2022 kicking off, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif led the congratulatory messages from Pakistani leaders to Qatar for hosting the global sporting event.

Partaking in this international football frenzy, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif Sunday extended his felicitations to Qatar.

Taking to Twitter, PM Shahbaz wrote: “On behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, I extend our best wishes to His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir and brotherly people of Qatar for hosting the football World Cup.”

The premier added that the world will experience the “best of Qatar’s history, culture, and hospitality”.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan also wished Qatar the best for making history as the world’s first Muslim country to host the mega international football tournament.

“Wishing Qatar the best for successfully holding the football World Cup, which begins today. It is for the first time that a Muslim country is hosting this biggest sporting event in the world. Good luck to all the participating teams,” Khan tweeted.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto also wrote about how proud Pakistan is for Qatar being the first in the Muslim world to have achieved the feat of hosting the World Cup, while reiterating the contribution made by Pakistan and its workforce in development of facilities.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani also congratulated the gulf country and its Emir for the historic event and expressed joy for Qatar’s trust shown toward Pakistan for the tournament security, as well as shared his pride for FIFA using locally-made footballs.

“Qatar is the only country in the Islamic world to host the #FIFAWorldCup. Qatar’s remarkable growth can be emulated by other Islamic countries. We are happy that Pakistan has been entrusted with the responsibility of security for the #QatarWorldCup2022, adding that the use of Pakistani-made football,” Senate chairman wrote in a statement shared on Twitter.

FIFA’s official football, named Al Rihla which translates into “the journey” in Arabic, is being used in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, and being touted as a proud moment for Pakistan and Pakistanis across the world.



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