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FM shares Lyari’s football potential with FIFA president in Qatar

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari discussed Lyari's football potential with FIFA President Gianni Infantino during his visit to Qatar.

Gianni Infantino and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari reportedly spoke about Lyari’s football potential. In addition, Bilawal praised Qatar for hosting the historic 2022 FIFA World Cup.

On Tuesday, Bilawal took a flight to Doha to attend a FIFA World Cup match at the invitation of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The foreign minister expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the FIFA World Cup on Twitter, thanking Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, the foreign minister of Qatar.

According to Bilawal, Pakistan is proud of its relationship with Qatar because Qatar’s security forces and labour force have contributed to the achievement of this historic milestone.

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Later, the country’s foreign minister paid a visit to the embassy and expressed his satisfaction that the specially constructed building is “offering outstanding consular services to the people.”

He said that the Pakistani mission in Qatar would keep pushing for increased bilateral commercial and investment collaboration. He declared that Pakistan was dedicated to improving relations with Qatar.

While attending games at the stadium, Bilawal will also interact with football supporters.


Lyari was brought up by Bilawal during his conversation with the FIFA president because the neighborhood’s residents are clearly passionate about the game. The soccer-mad Lyari is also referred to as “mini-Brazil.”

Many young people enroll in football academies in Lyari and train for hours every day despite the fact that Pakistan has never made it to the FIFA World Cup. One day, they would like to compete on an international level.

The level of enthusiasm among Lyari people is so high that it seems as though Lyari is hosting the World Cup rather than Qatar. When Brazil faced Switzerland, thousands of fans flocked to a miniature version of Brazil, donning the traditional green and yellow uniforms of their team and congregating in front of massive televisions while loud music played.

When Brazil defeated Switzerland 1-0 to secure their place in the knockout rounds, the crowd erupted into raucous cheers and dancing.