Hallelujah The Band rose up with their spectacular performance at the inauguration ceremony of the First National Minorities’ Sports Festival in Islamabad. The opening ceremony was organized at Jinnah Sports Complex in Islamabad on August 7, Sunday. This festival is organized by the Ministry for Human Rights. During the inauguration ceremony, Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael said: “This festival has been organized to boost athletes hailing from minorities’ communities.” The event will last till August 11, Thursday.
The ceremony was initiated with prayers and addresses from the guests while famed Christian band Hallelujah The Band performed at this occasion. The seven member band performed on Pakistani National Anthem along with other national songs including “Rab Janay, Choti Choti Galiyon Main, Rahber, Masihi Naujawan, Dil Dil Pakistan, Jazba Janoon, Is Parcham Kay Saye Talay and Hum Aik Hain.”
Band members of HTB include, Zahid Nazir the vocalist, Zeeshan Rafiq the vocalist, Anthony Sosheel Shah keyboardist, Ahmer Kenneth lead Guitarist, Adnan Gill Guitarist, Sunil Inayyat Bass Guitarist and Waqar Peter Gill Guitarist and speaker.”We are the first ever Christian band to be recognized by the government and representing Christian music at government level,” said Waqar Peter Gill.
The festival will be marked by games of Cricket, Football, Basketball, Body Building, Athletics, Badminton, Weight lifting, Wrestling and Tug of War. The ceremony was marked by playing of National Anthem, while the players took part in a march past. At this occasion a Minorities’ Sports Festival torch was lit, marking the official inauguration of the event. Athletes from religious minorities are participating in this event which will be come to an end with a closing ceremony on National Minorities’ Day 2016.