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Oct 01, 2006 at 01:45pm IST

Pak wrestlers cheer up Navratra

Katra (Jammu): The holy town of Katra in Jammu is known for its Navratra celebrations. But this year, a unique way of celebrating the festival has been ‘Mission dosti’ (friendship), an Indo-Pak wrestling competition organised in Katra, which had seven Pakistani wrestlers participating in it.

“We've come here with the message of love. We want that the love should grow between the countries,” Pakistani wrestler Mohamamd Pappu said adding that they have come all the way from Multan and Lahore with a message of goodwill and love.

“We are very interested in seeing your Diwali and other festivals like you all are interested in Eid,” Pakistani wrestler Imran Ahmad said.

The Indian style of wrestling or dangal is an essential part of Navratras in Katra. And in this game, winning was not all that mattered.

“It does not matter who really wins. What matters is the love and friendship that we've recieved here,” Pakistani wrestler Padhrath Hussain said.

Though the Indian wrestlers lifted the trophy in the end, the Pakistanis did not have much to be disappointed for they had won the crowd

“Muslim wrestlers from Pakistan being a part of Navratra celebrations are setting an example for the entire world,” Indian style wrestling association President, Shiv Kumar Sharma said.