All Pak­istan Shuhada- e- Army Rank­ing Bad­minton be­gins

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

PE­SHAWAR— To pay homage to the sacri­fices and ser­vices of martyrs an All Pak­istan Shuhada- e- Army Na­tional Rank­ing Bad­minton Tour­na­ment car­ry­ing prize money of Rs. 0.7 mil­lion got un­der­way here at Pe­shawar Ser­vices Club.

Corps Com­man­der Pe­shawar Lt. Gen Hi­dayat- ur- Rehman was the chief guest at the col­or­ful open­ing cer­e­mony who also in­au­gu­rated the na­tional event amidst fire­works and re­lease of bal­loons.

Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Bad­minton Fed­er­a­tion and for­mer In­for­ma­tional Min­is­ter Main Iftikhar Hus­sain, for­mer World Cham­pi­ons Qa­mar Za­man, Jan­sher Khan Khan, for­mer World No. 2 Mo­hib Ul­lah Khan, for­mer in­ter­na­tional bad­minton player Wa­jid Ali, Pres­i­dent KP Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion Za­far Ali Khan, Sec­re­tary Am­jad Khan, Or­ga­niz­ing Sec­re­tary Mian Sadaaqat Shah, Sec­re­tary of the PSC Col. Za­heer, Di­rec­tor Op­er­a­tion Tariq Mehmood, high rank­ing mil­i­tary and civil of­fi­cials, and a good num­ber of play­ers from all across the coun­try were present dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony.

“To pay rich tributes to the martyrs of all Pak­istan, I de­clare the Shuhada- e- Pak­istan Bad­minton Tour­na­ment open”, Corps Com­man­der Lt. Gen Hi­dayat- urRehman said in his ini­tial re­marks.

He lauded Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion which in joint ven­ture with Direc­torate of Sports KP and Pe­shawar Ser­vices Club was or­ga­niz­ing the na­tional event wherein lead­ing male and fe­male play­ers from across Pak­istan were tak­ing part.

With the grace of Almighty Al­lah, he said we were head­ing to­wards com­plete nor­malcy in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. “Our peo­ple have given match­less sacri­fices for the restora­tion of peace in our coun­try”, he added.

He said as far reach­ing re­sults of suc­cess­ful Zarb e Azab op­er­a­tion, peace has been re­stored in the City and now with such healthy sports ac­tiv­i­ties we could play a vi­tal role in por­tray­ing soft im­age of our coun­try and peo­ple.

The back­bone of the ter­ror­ists had been bro­ken down and their main in­fra­struc­ture has been dis­man­tled. He dis­closed that he di­rected the con­cerned quar­ters for restart­ing the Corps Com­man­der Golf Cup halted for al­most eight years. He ap­pre­ci­ated that so many play­ers turned up from var­i­ous part of the coun­try for this na­tional event.

He also eu­lo­gized the ser­vices ren­dered by for­mer In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Mian Iftikhar Hus­sain who lost his only son but stood firm against the mil­i­tants with brav­ery and courage. “His coura­geous ap­proach mo­ti­vated all of us to stand united against mil­i­tancy,” he re­marked.

Ear­lier, in the wel­come ad­dress Pres­i­dent KP Bad­minton As­so­ci­a­tion Za­far Ali Khan wel­comed all the guests. He said Pe­shawar was host­ing the pres­ti­gious event af­ter a lapse of 17 years wherein lead­ing play­ers were tak­ing part. The event, he said, will be or­ga­nized in two ses­sions morn­ing and evening with a two- hour break from 1.00 p. m to 2.00 p. m.

Around 120 lead­ing play­ers are tak­ing part in Men’s sin­gles, Men’s dou­bles, Ladies sin­gles, Ladies Dou­bles and Mix dou­bles.— APP

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