KARACHI – Indian media has begun to create propaganda against the arrival of international footballers to Pakistan.
Leading Indian newspaper, Times of India reported that Pakistan has paid a hefty sum of cash to the international players for playing games in Karachi and Lahore on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
TOI had also wrongly reported earlier that the sports stars arrived in Pakistan on a military jet.
Earlier, eight international footballers, including former Brazilian footballers Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos, arrived in Pakistan in the wee hours of Saturday.
Top security measures have been put in place under the aegis of Pakistan Army. The international players were escorted from airport to the hotel under tightened VVIP security.
Footballer will also meet top military brass including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa today.
Brazilian football celebrity Ronaldinho is accompanied by Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning teammate, Roberto Carlos, former French midfielder Robert Pires, France’s Nicolas Anelka, Portugal’s Luis Boa Morte, Holland’s George Boateng, England’s David James and former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs.
Ronaldinho will lead the team which will play two matches during its visit to Pakistan.
The first match will be played on Saturday at Hockey Club of Pakistan in Karachi and second on Sunday in Lahore.
The match will be seven or six a side fixture to be played on July 8 evening at Abdul Sattar Edhi hockey stadium Karachi.