Border is just a wall, says Pakistani womenís team

LudhianaPlayers from Pakistan during a practice session in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Gurmeet Singh

Impressed with the warm hospitality of Punjabis, women's kabaddi team of Pakistan feels that border is just a wall between India and Pakistan. Otherwise, the countries have warm-hearted people who want friendship and no tension on border.

The Pak team that is participating for the first time in this tournament practised hard on Tuesday for their next match to be played in Jalalabad as they had lost their first match to Denmark. The players were disappointed after the loss, but Hafeej Bhatti, manager of the team, said it was the maiden entry of the team in this tournament but still they were trying hard.

Apart from playing kabaddi, the women players were also seen praising the Indian cuisine. A few of them wanted to go shopping at Ludhiana's famous Ghumar Mandi. "We have heard a lot about this market and will surely go shopping at this market whenever we are free," said Madeeha Latif, captain of the team.

They relished shakarkandi from a roadside vendor and were impressed with the golgappe served with different flavours of

water.

The women players, who are from Pakistan's Punjab, said things had changed a lot in Pakistan as they had changed in India.

Neelam Riyad, another player who was comfortable more in Punjabi, said that except for a wall between both the countries, she did not find much difference in their culture, language and food.

The Punjab government has provided extra security cover to the kabaddi players from Pakistan. They could be seen walking amid tight security which is more than double of what has been provided to the other teams participating in the tournament.

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