Afghan cricket team met Prime Minister Imran Khan on his maiden one day tour to Afghanistan on Thursday.
The Afghan cricket team presented a cricket bat signed by the entire team to PM Imran Khan as a souvenir. The players expressed delight in meeting the cricketing legend and current premier of Pakistan, Imran Khan.
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 19, 2020
The images from the meet up were shared on social media. Rashid Khan, an Afghan cricketer and current vice-captain of the Afghan national team also shared the image on his official Twitter account. Khan in his tweet voiced hope that sports and cultural exchange increases unity, cooperation, and love between communities.
“Pleased to see respected PM @ImranKhanPTItogether with my Pre.@ashrafghani & meeting my team. I strongly believe that sport has the power to inspire & unit people. Sport creates hope, unity, love & peace. Wish one day our national teams can host each other at home & play cricket,” said Khan in his tweet.
Pleased to see respected PM @ImranKhanPTI together with my Pre.@ashrafghani & meeting my team. I strongly believe that sport has the power to inspire & unit people. Sport creates hope,unity, love & peace. Wish one day our national teams can host each other at home & play cricket. pic.twitter.com/z5XXqxNNuz
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) November 19, 2020
A pleasing sight of cricketer-turned-politician #ImranKhan using #cricket diplomacy to build bridges on his maiden visit to #Afghanistan. Here he poses with members of the Afghan cricket team, President Ghani and VP Saleh. pic.twitter.com/KHIf1kr0Lp
— Syed Zafar Mehdi (@mehdizafar) November 19, 2020
Pakistani internet users also appreciated the exchange of warm gestures between PM Khan and the Afghan cricket team. They also welcomed the team to come and play in Pakistan.
Extraordinary arrangements have been made in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to invite Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan who has embarked on his maiden official trip to Afghanistan on Thursday.
Pictures of PM Khan landing in Kabul this morning went viral on social media. According to the details, acting foreign minister Hanif Atmar and President special envoy received PM Imran Khan and the delegation at Kabul International Airport. Khan is accompanied by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his adviser on commerce and investment, Abdul Razzak Dawood. DG ISI Gen Faiz Hameed is also a part of the Pakistani delegation.
Pakistan PM & former cricketer @ImranKhanPTI visited Afghan Cricket Team in Kabul & received a cricket bat as gift.
Pres. @AshrafGhani & famous anti-Pakistan face @AmrullahSaleh2 who criticised & accused Islamabad for supporting insurgency in Afghanistan also accompanied Mr Khan. pic.twitter.com/F5HRPgTSQc
— Kawoon Khamoosh (@KawoonKhamoosh) November 19, 2020
PM Khan was given a guard of honor upon his arrival in President House Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labor and Public Affairs announced a public holiday in Kabul on Thursday ahead of the arrival of PM Khan on security grounds.