Friday, June 25, 2010

Pak, India kids exchange handkerchiefs under Aman Ki Asha venture

WAGHA: The torch of XIX Commonwealth Games, Queen’s Baton Relay, has been handed over to host nation India in a glaring and sparkling ceremony at Wagha Border on early Friday.

A large number of Pakistan’s Olympians 12 Commonwealth gold medalists, government officials and members civil society were also present on the occasion at the memorable moment to convey a loving message in good will gesture and a message of peace under the joint venture of Indian media organization and Pakistan’s leading news giant ‘Jang Group’ named ‘Aman Ki Asha’.

A chain, made of handkerchiefs with peace messages enshrined on them formed by Pakistani children, also accompanied Queen’s Baton Relay, which was exchanged by a similar chain from Indian children in New Delhi.

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer at this occasion said that sporting activities will play a vital in the improvement of bilateral ties between the two countries.

Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Prakash Singh Badal said both the countries should take decisions in the interest of the people of Pakistan and India.

Famous singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan enthralled audience by presenting his famous songs. Jawwad Ahmad also amused the people with his performance.

Earlier on Thursday, on its way to India, the Commonwealth Games torch Queen's Baton Relay 2010 carrying the message of "Peace through Sports" landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Pakistan Olympic Association President Arif Hassan, Pakistan Baseball Federation President Shaukat Javed and other officials welcomed the delegation at the airport.

The Commonwealth Games XIX will be held in Delhi from October 3-14.

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