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Shahbaz wants India, Pak to jointly host World Cup

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2013 23:02 IST
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Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has proposed that India and Pakistan should jointly host the 5th edition of the World Cup Kabaddi.

Shahbaz, who was the chief guest during the closing ceremony of the 4th World Cup at Guru Nanak Stadium here on Saturday, addressed the gathering before the men's final between India and Pakistan.

Speaking in Punjabi, he suggested that from next year, the World Cup semifinals final could be held in Lahore and the final in Ludhiana or vice-versa.

In his address, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed hope that kabaddi would play an important role in strengthening ties between India and Pakistan in general and east and west Punjab in particular.

Badal asked Shahbaz to use his good offices for opening the corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib (Pakistan), a highly revered place not only for Sikhs but also for all Punjabis. Badal urged his counterpart to impress upon Pakistan Prime Minister and Shahbaz's elder brother Nawaz Sharif to take appropriate steps for the benefit of Sikh pilgrims from India.

Earlier, Badal welcomed Shahbaz and his family.

Cultural events steal the show

Cultural events stole the show at the Kabaddi World Cup final match at Guru Nanak stadium.

Breaking all security arrangements, a man after jumping over the barricades enter into the ground and reached the stage during the performance of Jaspinder Narula. The man, who was in inebriated condition, was taken into police custody.

Jaspinder Narula also performed one her another famous hit 'Munda Tu hai Punjabi Sohna, Koi Tere Jaise Nahi Aouna'.

Master Saleem also performed his hits like 'mera peer jaine meri peed', 'Dhol Jagreeo da" while Prince Dance Group, which had performed at India's Got Talent reality show on a famous national channel presented a group dance.

A renowned Pakistani singer Fariha Parvez sang old Punjabi hits like 'Jeda piche vekhe odi shaamat aayi hai', 'Neegah Marda Ayee Ve Mera Laung Guacha'.

The event was anchored by popular TV artist-cum-anchor Mona Singh.

Lakwinder Wadali charmed everyone present in the audience 'tusi jad kaul rehnde ho aye 'Dil khilya hi rehnda' while Roshan Prince presented 'Oh Punjabi Bole Naa, Main English Vich Arda Si'. Earlier, a video clipping on evolution of Punjab in recent decades was shown.

The cultural show ended on a strong note with the scintillating performance by bollywood eye candy Ranveer Singh.