Lahore hero arrives in Sri Lanka
Veteran Cricket commentator Premasara Epasinghe garlands Meher
Mohammed Khalil, the Lahore hero at the Bandaranaike
International Airport, Colombo yesterday evening. Picture by
Meher Mohammed Khalil, the driver of the coach that drove the Sri
Lankan cricket team to the safety of the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on
March 3, 2009 when it came under terrorist fire arrived in Sri Lanka
Kahlai and his wife were hosted to lunch yesterday by the Sri Lanka
Consul General Sidath Kumar who later saw them off at the Airport. The
Associated Newspapers of Ceylon (ANCL) Ltd invited him for a week long
holiday in Sri Lanka as soon as it received the news of Khalil’s
selfless act of heroism.
This visit was also facilitated by the Pakistan High Commission in
Colombo and the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad. High
Commissioner Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody held a reception in
honour of Khalil on March 20 on which date, he was also given the travel
documents to visit Sri Lanka. Khalil will be felicitated by Sri Lanka
Cricket this morning and Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge is expected to
host a dinner to him.
This afternoon he will visit the ANCL (Lake House.) The Pakistan High
Commission has also organized a reception at the High Commission He will
also be hosted by the Organization of Professional Associations. Entire
traveling and accommodation of the Khalil family in Sri Lanka is
provided by Aitken Spence Travels Ltd.
Sports Minister Lokuge has also pledged to give him a cash award of
US $ 5,000. Chairperson, Telecom and Mobitel Sri Lanka Leisha de Silva
Chandrasena has also pledged Mohammad Khalil an award of US $ 5,000.
During his stay he will visit several places of tourist interest.