ISLAMABAD  - Syed Ali Mujtaba Bokhari made one of the biggest upsets of his playing career as he knocked out Asian Senior Individual Squash champion Aamir Atlas Khan in the first round of the $10,000 Hashim Khan Memorial International Squash Circuit-II Championship after registering a memorable 3-2 victory in 43 minutes of highly entertaining encounter played at Hashim Khan Squash Complex Monday.

Former world squash champion and vice president Pakistan Squash Federation Qamar Zaman was the chief guest on the inaugural ceremony. Pakistan number 1 Nasir Iqbal survived a scare against Sh Aaqib Hanif, who at one stage was leading 2-0, but Nasir used all his experience to stage a comeback victory. Nasir won 8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-2 and 11-1 in 66 minutes.

Yasir Butt beat Syed Hamza Bokhari 3-2 in 79 minutes. Yasir lost first game 11-13, second game 8-11, before staging comeback in next three games 13-11, 11-3 and 11-9. Ammad Fareed beat Adil Maqbool 3-2 in 70 minutes. Adil won first game 11-7, second game also 11-7, before losing third game 7-11, fourth game 12-14 and fifth game 11-8.

The most interesting and biggest upset of the event was witnessed in the 4th match of the day, when Ali staged one of the most memorable victories as he beat national champion Aamir Atlas 3-2 in 43 minutes. Ali won the first game 11-2, lost second game 4-11 and third game 8-11. But Ali never gave up, as he won the 4th game 11-4 and then went on to take the fifth game 11-5 to the much of surprise of the pack to capacity crowd.

Danish Atlas Khan beat Sh Saqib 3-0 in 51 minutes 11-9, 11-6 and 11-9. In the sixth match, former national champion Farhan Mehboob wasted very little time to defeat another former national champion and ex-world number 14 Mansoor Zaman 3-0 in 34 minutes 11-8, 11-9 and 11-4. In the 6th match, Tayyab Aslam also survived close call before registering 3-2 victory against Waqas Mehboob in 76 minutes. Tayyab won the first game 11-8, lost second game 7-11, won third game 13-11, lost 4th game 7-11 before winning the fifth and final game 11-4. While in the 8th and last match of the day, Farhan Zaman beat Zahir Shah 3-0 in 30 minutes winning the match 11-7, 11-9 and 11-7.