LAHORE The Commonwealth Games torch carrying the message of Queen Elizabeth and the spirit of the games will reach Lahore on June 23 at about 6.30 pm and after a days break, it will be handed over to the Indians Olympic officials at Wagha border in a brief ceremony. Addressing a joint press conference here at the Olympics House, Pakistan Olympics Association President Lt Gen (r) Arif Hasan and Director General Torch Relay Lt Gen (r) Raj Kadyan unveiled the relay programme. Arif briefed the journalists of the schedule of the torch in Lahore while Kedyan gave a presentation of the relay since it started from the Queens palace on October 29, 2009. Though several players of different countries and flags were shown during the slide show but Pakistan flag was missing in the presentation. The torch which has specially been designed also carries the message of the Queen on an 18 karat gold leaf fixed on top of the torch. The relay, the largest of all the previous editions, is covering a distance of 170,000 km during its visit to 71 participating nations across the world. In total, it will take about 340 days to reach its destination and when it will be handed over to Suresh Kalmadi, the Indian counterpart of POA president, there it will reach 100 days journey and would cover India before the Commonwealth Games roll into action on October 3 and continue till 14. Arif said that the Torch Relay was carrying a slogan of Peace Through Sports and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was likely to be the chief guest of the official dinner of on June 24 while Punjab Governor Salman Taseer would be the guest of honour during the transfer of the torch to the Indian Olympics Association President. He said that the ceremony will start from a certain point near the border and about 20 athletes, who have won gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, will carry the torch to the gate of Wagha. Pakistans Commonwealth gold medallist weightlifter Malik Shaujauddin will hand over the torch to Arif only to pass it to his Indian counterpart at 9 am but not before a brief ceremony playing the national anthem of Pakistan. Arif said that big screen are being affixed at the venue for the viewing of the general public while arrangements have also been made for public entertainment in which well known singers Hadiqa Qiani, Jawad Ahmed and Najam Sheraz would entertain the people. Pakistan will be sending a 75-member contingent which includes players, officials and special athletes. Giving further account of the touch, Gen Kedyan said that the torch which has a camera, GPS, SMS receiving facility, LDE (light emitting diodes) and the Queens message, will visit all the 28 territories of his country clock-wise from Indian Punjab carrying the message of peace. The games will have 8000 participants in 17 disciplines and the Indians from several quarters feel that around 100,000 tourists would visit New Delhi. However, Gen Kedyan assured full participation from all the Commonwealth nations with not apprehensions. He said that special instructions are being forwarded to the Indian missions to issue visas to people who wanted to be part of the games as journalists or viewers. We see it as a first step towards peace between the two countries and want the sporting teams of both the countries make frequent visits of each others lands, he added.