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Pakistanis pay tributes to slain policemen

Pakistanis are queuing up to pay tributes to the policemen who died defending the Sri Lankan cricket team in the cultural capital of the country, Lahore.

world Updated: Mar 05, 2009 15:10 IST

Pakistanis are queuing up to pay tributes to the policemen who died defending the Sri Lankan cricket team in the cultural capital of the country, Lahore.

Liberty Chowk, the otherwise busy hub of Lahore, where the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team was fired at, has been witness to several emotional scenes in the past two days.

Maddasir Nadeem, Zafar Iqbal, Faisal Butt, Tipu Fareed, Zafar Khan, Sultan and Tanveer Iqbal died defending the team.

A special memorial was organised by city traffic police to pay tributes to the police personnel.

"Salute me, salute Pakistan and Sri Lanka's friendship," read one of the posters displayed at the Liberty Chowk which had a portrait of traffic warden Tanveer Iqbal.

Mohammed Farooq, a traffic warden, said Iqbal had never been on VVIP duty before. "Iqbal was never before posted on the VVIP route. On Wednesday too, it was my duty there, but he insisted to swap his place of duty with me. He was cricket crazy and wanted to catch a glimpse of Sri Lankan players," Farooq told Dawn newspaper.

Near the portrait, schoolgirls placed cards which read "We salute our policemen, who guarded our guests with their lives". Another card read: "For my dear Lahore, may you get well soon".