Torch relay goes off peacefully in Islamabad

April 16th, 2008 - 8:25 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, April 16 (Xinhua) The Olympic flame relay was held Wednesday at the Sports Complex of the Pakistani capital with President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani attending the ceremony. “I welcome the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch relay on its ‘journey of harmony’. Let me convey my strong sentiments to Beijing and wish them the best of luck at the Beijing Olympic Games,” said Pervez Musharraf as the Olympic torch relay started its tenth stop run here.

“We in Islamabad, share Beijing’s enormous pride as the host of the Olympic Games. I hope the world will witness determination, passion and strength, which are the hallmark of the Chinese nation. I wish them all the best and hope that they will always cherish the memories of their short stay in Pakistan,” the president said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said: “The journey of the Olympic torch carrying the message of harmony symbolizes the Olympic ideals of peace, friendship and international understanding.

“Here today we the people of Pakistan confirm our commitment to lighting the passion and sharing the dream of global harmony.”

The first torchbearer was Samiullah Khan, nicknamed “the Flying Horse”, a former hockey left winger who played in 1970s and 1980s for Pakistan.

He handed over the torch to Jahangir Khan, a former professional squash player, considered by many as the greatest in the history of the game.

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