Rich trib­ute paid to leg­endary boxer Muham­mad Ali

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—U.S. Em­bassy Act­ing Deputy Chief of Mis­sion Jef­frey Sex­ton paid rich trib­ute to leg­endary fig­ure of the world Muham­mad Ali for his com­mence con­tri­bu­tion for main­tain­ing law and or­der sit­u­a­tion and cre­at­ing peace in the world.

He was speak­ing at the con­do­lence ref­er­ence in the mem­ory of ‘Muham­mad Ali a box­ing icon of in­ter­na­tional renown and global Good­will Am­bas­sador’ here at Pre­ston Univer­sity.

Jef­frey Said,” To­day we take a mo­ment to pause and re­mem­ber some­one who was at once a great Amer­i­can, a true cit­i­zen of the world, and a long-time friend of Pakistan”.

“The United States mourns the loss of one of its most iconic ath­letes; we honor his leg­end, and pay trib­ute to “The Champ”. We are pro­foundly grate­ful for the heart-felt con­do­lence from friends around the world” he said.

He quoted Pres­i­dent Barack Obama,who said that, “He was Muham­mad Ali, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. He was big­ger, brighter, more orig­i­nal and in­flu­en­tial than just about any­one of his era. He had fans in ev­ery city and vil­lage and ghetto on the planet; he was feted by for­eign heads of state; the bea­tles’ Bri­tish in­va­sion took a de­tour to come to him. It seemed some­times that the Champ was too big for America”.

Dr Ghaz­an­far Me­hdi, Chair­man Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal & His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Pakistan, said “This is the only con­do­lence Ref­er­ence of dis­tin­guished per­son­al­ity of the world and Pakistan.All the hu­man be­ing and par­tic­u­larly Pak­istani peo­ple love him so much. He said he was a uni­ver­sal per­son and a good friend of Pakistan.”

Me­hdi said on Muham­mad Ali’s death Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif said the death of Muham­mad Ali is a great loss of Mus­lim World”.

He said that he will move a pro­posal to Prime Min­is­ter to re­name sports com­plex as ‘Muham­mad ali Sports Com­plex’.

Muham­mad Ali had trav­eled twice to Pakistan in the late 1980s, once as a spe­cial guest to the south Asian Games in Is­lam­abad and again on visit to Data Dar­bar in La­hore.

Another speak­ing Dr. Al­lah Wad­hayo Baloch, Reg­is­trar Pre­ston Univer­sity said,” The me­mo­rial of Muham­mad Ali should be es­tab­lished in Pakistan.

He said that In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should pa­tron­ize in­sti­tu­tion of Su­fism es­tab­lished by Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal & His­tor­i­cal de­part­ment.

Za­far Bakhtawari,Chair­man of DWat­son Group of Phar­ma­cies said, “He was a great man of 20th cen­tury.He rise the voice for the peo­ple who were de­prived of hu­man rights.He in­flu­enced the whole world by his dy­namic per­son­al­ity.He will be re­mained in the his­tory of mankind.He was known for his strong be­lieve.

He told that, Ali be­lieved that Is­lam is a re­li­gion of Peace not ex­trem­ism. Muham­mad Ali ded­i­cated him­self to help­ing oth­ers. Af­ter re­tir­ing from box­ing in 1981, Ali de­voted his life to re­li­gious and char­i­ta­ble work.

Muham­mad Ali de­feated ev­ery top heavy­weight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavy­weight box­ing. Ali was named “Fighter of the Year” by Ring Mag­a­zine more times than any other fighter,he said. Ali showed at an early age that he wasn’t afraid of any bout-in­side or out­side of the ring.

“Ali was the first fighter to win the world heavy­weight cham­pi­onship on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions; he suc­cess­fully de­fended this ti­tle 19 times. Ali won 10 fights in a row, 8 of them against world-class op­po­nents. He re­mained in the ring for 21 years, he added.

Dr Firoza Ahmed, Dean so­cial Sci­ences, D.G Hu­man Re­sources and Head Gen­der Em­pow­er­ment Di­vi­sion, said” Muham­mad Ali will al­ways be re­mem­bered and re­spected for his enor­mous love and care. “I am deeply grate­ful to Chan­cel­lor Pre­ston Univer­sity Dr Ab­dul Ba­sit for re­mem­ber­ing and prais­ing this no­ble soul.—APP

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