All Pakistan Shuhada- e- Army Ranking Badminton begins
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