Pak paraglider wants permission for father to meet Dilip Kumar

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Dharamshala, Oct 22 (UNI) It pains Pakistani SAARC games Gold medalist and paraglider Farman Ahmad that the dream of his father Gul Baz Khan to meet his idol, the Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar remains unfulfilled.

Farman, a guest pilot from Pakistan in the Himalayan Paragliding Pre World Cup, today left for Islamabad after making a fervent appeal to authorities to allow his aged father, to meet his screen idol.

Gul Baz, an admirer of famous Indian film stars has been nursing the dream of meeting Dilip Kumar and wanted special permission from the Indian Government in this regard, his son told UNI at Kangra before he left for Pakistan after attending the week-long event at Bir Billing as guest pilot.

Farman Ahmad, who bagged five gold medals during three SAARC games in Karate and won 'Tamgay Imtiaz' (Medal of distinction), later joined paragliding aero sport and the Bir Billing was the first event to be attended by him in this sport.

He said that his father was a fan of Indian film actors and actresses particularly Dilip Kumar, Raj Kumar and Madhubala and CDs of old Indian classics were still regularly watched by his family.

He requested both the Indian and Pakistani Government to bridge the gap between the two countries so that the dream of his father, and of many such film buffs of his generation, gets fulfilled.

He also sought special permission from Indian government to allow his father to visit India and meet Dileep Kumar and other yesteryear filmstars face-to-face.

Farman was accompanied by Sajjad Shah, A.B.M.Faisal, Wajahat Malik and Farrukh Haroon.

Wajahat Malik, a film maker, also echoed Farman's sentiment and said ''time had come that the differences between the two countries should end and bonds of affection between the peoples of the two countries were allowed to thrive.'' UNI XC-JN VN2005

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