Wrestlers of India and Pakistan in action in Ferozepur on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Khan Singh Wala (Ferozepur), April 3
The Pakistan-based wrestlers, who took part in the wrestling championship held in this village, advocated that such sports competition must be organised frequently to bring the people of two countries closer to ease out tension prevailing between India and Pakistan.
“Sports have become a major tool to generate goodwill and harmony between India and Pakistan,” said Mohammad Usman, a Pakistani wrestler.
About eight Pakistan-based wrestlers along with their coach Mohammad Anwar participated in the III Karnail Singh Memorial Wrestling Championship, which took off to a colourful start here late last evening. Sher Singh Ghubhaya, MP, Kartar Singh, former wrestler and senior functionary of Punjab police and other leaders of Ferozepur were present on the occasion.
“I find no difference between India and Pakistan,” claimed Zahid Shejad, another Pakistani wrestler.
“Though we cannot remove some physical and territorial barriers prevailing among the subjects of both the nations, we can generate love and affection for each other through such event,” he added.
“The kind of treatment given to us and type of atmosphere prevailing in the village where the championship is being held has made us to forget our country for once,” said both Usman and Shejad.
“Wedding of Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik would also help bring Pakistan and ndia closer,” they said adding that it was up to Sania Mirza to take decision from which country, she would like to play after her marriage.
Meanwhile, Indian wrestler Parminder Doomsheri fetched the title of Rustem-e-Hind after knocking down Zahid Shejad. Pakistan wrestlers Mohammad Khurm, Mohammad Hashid and Mirza Shakat defeated Sukhchain Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Mandeep Singh (Indian wrestlers) respectively. Pardeep Manohar, Indian wrestler defeated the Pakistani wrestler Ali Junior.