LAHORE – Pakistan’s opening batsman Azhar Ali has cancelled a celebratory event in Lahore, following the oil tanker inferno that killed at least 149 people on Sunday.

The star batsman was due Sunday night at an event organised by Valencia Town in his honour after the Green Shirts won Champions Trophy in a stunning victory against arch-rival India last week.

However, due to the tragic loss of scores of lives in the massive blaze in Ahmedpur East area of Bahwalpur district, the cricketer postponed the event.

149 burnt to death, 100 injured as oil tanker catches fire near Bahawalpur

Ali, in a tweet Sunday, announced the cancellation, saying: “Due to sad incident this morning I have cancelled all the celebrations tonight which was arranged by valancia town.”

On June 19th, Pakistan thrashed favourites India by 180 runs in a thrilling competition at London’s Oval ground to get the Champions Trophy title.

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