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Hockey stick, ball gets stolen from Bahawalpur statue of hockey legend Samiullah Khan: Flying Horse game Stolen too

Ball, hockey stick re-installed after being stolen from statute of hockey legend Samiullah Khan in Bahawalpur.
Police say case of theft registered at Cantt police station.
Hockey stick, ball were stolen days after statue of hockey legend was installed at a crossing in Khan’s hometown.

Like the game has been stolen from Pakistan, the hockey stick and the ball is stolen too, not only from the statue but also from the nation. A hockey stick and ball were re-installed Monday after being stolen from the statue of Pakistan hockey legend Samiullah Khan in Bahawalpur.

Sami Ullah known as flying horse of Pakistan hockey team, who flew after taking ball in his possession during the game, no one could capture him, he was a winning champion for Pakistan.

The statue had recently been erected at the Hospital Chowk in the Olympian’s hometown of Bahawalpur. It was installed to honour the left-winger popularly known as ‘Flying Horse’ for his electrifying runs down the left flank. 

Residents of Bahawalpur said that a few days after the installation of the Olympian’s statue, its ball was stolen and then the hockey stick went missing over the weekend as well.

The police said a case of theft has been registered at the Cantt police station. The stolen items, meanwhile, have been added to the statue again.

Thieves stole a hockey stick and a ball from the statue of hockey great Samiullah Khan installed in his hometown of Bahawalpur.

The theft occurred less than two weeks after the statue of a legendary hockey player was installed at a crossing in Khan’s hometown to honour the left-winger popularly known as “Flying Horse” for his electrifying runs down the left flank.

After the issue of stealing hockey and ball from the statute of world-renowned Olympian Samiullah Khan came to light on social media, the police came into action and registered a case and launched raids to arrest the accused.

The police have registered a case on a petition filed by a Bahawalpur citizen. The statue was restored to its original condition after a case of theft was registered, said DPO.

He assured that those involved in the incident would be arrested soon.

Khan played for Pakistan between 1973 and 1982.  At the FIH World Cups, he was a member of two winning teams: 1978 and 1982. He also won silver from the 1975 World Cup. He appeared in just one Olympics in 1976 where Pakistan won bronze.

Samiullah Khan also won three Asian Games golds: 1974, 1978 & 1982 (when he was the captain), one Asia Cup gold: 1982 (captain). He scored 55 goals in international hockey including 12 in four World Cup appearances.

Ahmed Mukhtar Naqshbandi

Media person and communication expert for over 25 years. Worked with Dow Jones News, World Bank, CNBC Pakistan, Aaj TV, ARY TV, Abbtakk TV, Business Recorder, Pakistan Observer, Online News Network, TTI Magazine and other local and world Publications.

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