Pakistan’s star cueist Mohammad Asif received hero’s welcome at Karachi airport upon his return from Turkey after winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship title.
The arrival lounge echoed with slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and ‘Mohammad Asif Zindabad’ as the champion arrived carrying the glittering trophy of IBSF Championship.
The champion was greeted by the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA), Sindh Snooker Association and local snooker players. The celebrations were followed with rose showers and drummers.
Asif had defeated Jefrey Roda of Philippines in the final for 8-5 to win his second IBSF World tile on Saturday. Despite the star cueist’s heroics, no government official was present to welcome him on his return.
The world champion voiced his disappointment over the lack of government support but assured that his confidence does not falter because of it.
Asif told reporters, “we don’t get any appreciation or incentives from government despite bringing laurels for the county which is naturally disappointing, but this doesn’t dent our confidence as we always aim to keep Pakistan’s flag high.”