Furthering diplomatic ties: Japanese wrestler Inoki arrives in Pakistan

Published: December 1, 2012

Japanese wrestler Anotonio Inoki arrived in Pakistan on Friday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Antonio Inoki, a former Japanese professional wrestler, arrived in Pakistan on late on Friday to participate in an international wrestling competition, Express News reported.

Talking to reporters at the Benazir International airport in Islamabad upon his arrival, Inoki said that he was visiting Pakistan as part of the 60-year celebrations of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan.

Expess News added that during the brief press talk, the Japanese wrestler revealed that he had accepted Islam and that his Muslim name was “Muhamamd Hussain”.

Inoki, who has previously visited Pakistan to take on late wrestler Akram, reminisced that the Japanese wrestler had managed to break the Pakistani challenger’s arm. Inoki said that he would visit the graves of late wrestlers Gama and Akram and pay his respects.

The Japanese wrestler has also brought a two-tonne wrestling ring with him and will be training some young wrestlers.

Before the press conference ended though, the veteran wrestler wound back his right arm and then gave air a powerful right-hook as he shouted “Pakistan zindabad”.

Reader Comments (23)

  • Usman Khan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 4:45AM

    welcome..

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  • Usman Sherazi
    Dec 1, 2012 - 5:32AM

    Ogenki desu ka, Inoki San. Welcome to Pakistan. You have always been fondly remembered and welcomed as a great friend of Pakistan!!

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  • HollyCow
    Dec 1, 2012 - 7:34AM

    Why on earth would you change your religion?

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  • omega
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:20AM

    pakistan-japanese winter friendship zindabad

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:22AM

    I hope more people come to Pakistan as the country has a lot to offer. But first we must get rid of the Taliban

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  • Chengez K
    Dec 1, 2012 - 2:52PM

    If a person being gay according to President Obama is his choice why cannot poor Inoki accept Islam?

    Long Live Inoki…..Long live Pak Japan friendship

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  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 1, 2012 - 8:47PM

    @HollyCow

    and why is your concern? Isin’t his choice? Oh wait Pakistan govt must have forced him :pRecommend

  • CartoonJat
    Dec 1, 2012 - 11:42PM

    This news is hurting my Indian feelings.

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  • Lofty
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:06AM

    @afzaalkhan:

    It’s pretty silly to have any religion but it requires a special kind of stupidity to go from one to another.

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  • moise
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:30AM

    @afzaalkhan:
    one more terrorist

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  • Tariq Shah
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:39PM

    @Lofty:
    its more stupid to whine and complain about someones religion and faith. that’s the problem with nonbelievers, they always want to make sure, to make everyone know they don’t believe….dude believe don’t believe, who gives a rats azz….but leave people alone what they do, do we believers sit here and tell you how stupid you look thinking all this was created randomly?

    Get a life.

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  • Tariq Shah
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:40PM

    @moise:
    you need to be terrorized, we enjoy it.

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  • Habban
    Dec 3, 2012 - 12:55AM

    @Lofty
    Faith requires learning and understanding. It actually is an achievement.
    A new born is oblivious of things around it both worldly and spiritually, and has to gradually learn the meaning of both.

    so for a fact, “silly” is taking pride in going back to square one.

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  • Freeman
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:50AM

    @Lofty:
    I can see that stupidity in you not to understand religion. You like media propaganda??? and is under influence.

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  • HollyCow
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:23AM

    @Lofty:

    Save your breath my friend. You’re arguing with people who believe their religion is the best in the world. This is, of course, validated by the quality of their lives and the paradise on earth, Pakistan, that they live in. Let them rejoice in their religion. Caveat Emptor.

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  • JB
    Dec 3, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Why is religion such an issue? Thats his decision. No one elses. The news is about a Japanese legend arriving in Pakistan to pay respects to Pakistani wrestling greats and to train the future wrestlers in Pakistan. Why is everyone talking about his change of religion? Yes, he accepted Islam; that is great. But would he have been ignored if he would have not?

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  • SurelySure!!
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Religion is something personal. ET: please avoid disclosures to let people only comment on main news.

    A Inoki: You are most welcome.

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  • Super Star
    Dec 3, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Inoki must visit North Waziristan to learn bout true Islam being practised. He definitely must

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  • Hussain
    Dec 3, 2012 - 2:32PM

    @JB:

    Your views are correct.

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  • Hussain
    Dec 3, 2012 - 2:34PM

    Pakistani youngsters have great physical potential to become world class wrestlers. If Inoki is provided training opportunities by the Pakistani government, he will be able to produce no. of first class wrestlers in Paksitan.

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  • Atif
    Dec 3, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @Hussain,

    You dont need to disguise :)

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  • Atif
    Dec 3, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @Super Star

    why visit A war zone. ridiculous.

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  • Jan 10, 2013 - 12:11AM

    The best real fighter and freestyle pro wrestler – Kushti champion from Pakistan who everybody respects in Pakistan is the famous raja Sony palwan,his real name is Shak khan and he is the heavyweight champion of Azad Kashmir,take a look at his website http://www.shakkhan.com or his fights on YouTube just type in Shak khan or raja Sony palwan he is the toughest fighter and the pride of Pakistan.raja Sony palwan- Shak khan zindabad!!!!!!

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