More than 30 hurt in celebratory firing after Pakistan's Champions Trophy triumph
Celebratory gunfire, which has proved fatal several times, is a long-running custom in Pakistan and northern India. (Representative image) Photograph: (Zee News Network)
At least 33 people were injured in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after people shot thousands of rounds of bullets in the air to celebrate Pakistan's win in cricket over arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.
Sixty-six people in Peshawar -- roughly 185 kilometres from Pakistan capital Islamabad -- were reportedly arrested for stepping out of their house and firing bullets to celebrate the win.
Peshawar police spokesperson said 19 people were wounded in Peshawar and eight in Mardan, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, The News International reported.
People in Pakistan have a long-running custom of shooting skywards on joyous occasions. But the revelry shooting has proved to be fatal in several instances, prompting the provincial government to put a ban on aerial firing. Despite the ban, several cases of celebratory gunfire go unreported in the country.
But celebratory gunfire was just a small part of the delirious celebrations in Pakistan.
Pakistanis, who have been starved of international cricket since 2009 due to security fears, poured out on the streets to set crackers off and illuminate the skyline.
The nation of 190 million people was especially ecstatic because it was the virtually the same team that were trounced by the Indian team a fortnight back.
Sunday's win was reminiscent of the 1992 World Cup triumph because this Pakistan team were considered rank outsiders to lift the trophy. Twenty-five years back in Australia, Imran Khan and his bunch of "cornered tigers" were in a similar position after starting their campaign in disastrous circumstances.
The Champions Trophy win -- their first global tournament win since 1992 -- was even more special for Pakistan as the two nations have been involved in cross-border firefighting in recent weeks.