Mohali: "We are not at
all bothered about the result. I have come here with my daughter to
enjoy the company of our Indian brothers and sisters."
The comment by Aliyah Khan of Lahore, who reached Mohali Tuesday,
summed up the feeling among most Pakistanis who appeared to enjoy
every moment of their stay in Mohali as India and Pakistan clashed
in the World Cup.
"The environment here is so thrilling. We are totally feeling at
home here," Aliyah Khan told IANS.
She added: "I am staying with an Indian family near stadium. They
are the perfect hosts, and we certainly want many more reasons to
come to India in future."
Mohammad Akram, a Lahore-based businessman who flew into Chandigarh
from New Delhi Wednesday, told IANS: "This is not a war, and we are
taking this match in the best spirits of camaraderie. Besides
cricket, this is also an opportunity for us to come closer to
Indians and exchange our views.
"We are cheering for both India and Pakistan. Many of my friends
also wanted to come to Mohali to see the match but they could not
The Pakistan team's lucky mascot, Chaudhry Abdul Jalil, also known
as 'Chacha Cricket' and attired in a flowing green kurta and white
salwar, is confident his team will win.
"I am sure of Pakistan's win. All our players, especially the
skipper Shahid Afridi, are in good nick. I was waiting for an
India-Pakistan clash for a long time. Many Pakistani fans from
Karachi and Lahore have reached Mohali to support our team," said
Many Pakistani peace activists have also reached the city.
Saeeda Diep, director of the Institute for Peace and Secular Studies
of Lahore, told IANS: "We will distribute flags of India and
Pakistan (attached together) and love sign badges with flags of both
countries to the spectators. The two flags together signify a new
trend of togetherness and friendship for India and Pakistan."
Around 400 Pakistani cricket fans, including officials and relatives
of the players, have crossed into India through the Attari-Wagah
border in the last seven days.