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Musharraf hails successful Asia Cup

Condemning Sunday's bomb blast in Islamabad, Pakistan President Musharraf said he was very happy to be at the final but saddened by the bomb blast.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 12:33 AM IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, while condemning Sunday's bomb blast in Islamabad, said life must go on and sporting events would continue to be held in the country.

Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of the Asia Cup, Musharraf said he was very happy to be at the final but saddened by the bomb blast.

"But the fight against terrorism must go on and life must continue. We have to fight terrorism together," he said.

Musharraf, who came to the National Stadium under heavily guarded security, said he was happy to see a good crowd for the final and enjoying themselves.

"Such healthy competitions are important and necessary for Pakistan and in this region. I congratulate the Pakistan board and the Asian Cricket Council for organising this event successfully."

Musharraf also congratulated the Sri Lankan team for their victory and praised the Indians for playing well.

He spent considerable time meeting and shaking hands with the players before the ceremony where spinner Ajantha Mendis was declared man of the match and tournament.

The winning team got USD 60,000 dollars and the runner ups 30,000.

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