The result leaves the Belgians as the only winless team in Pool B while Pakistan still have a chance to finish on top of the pool.
The Greenshirts adopted an aggressive approach right from the start and were finally rewarded 15 minutes before the final hooter when Abdul Haseem Khan smashed a clinical hit to break the deadlock. Shafqat Rasool then struck in the last minute of the match to seal the win.
Pakistan coach Akhtar Rasool was happy with his side’s first win in the tournament.
“The players are playing better hockey,” said Rasool. “But we need more improvement in the matches coming ahead.”
Seasoned striker Shakeel Abbasi felt Pakistan showed improvement from their first game against the Netherlands.
“We were good against the Netherlands but missed many chances,” said the former captain. “We also missed chances against Belgium but managed to score also. This win is a boost for us, especially for our young players.”