Govt de­ter­mined to pro­mote sports: Per­vaiz

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion, Broad­cast­ing and Na­tional Her­itage Se­na­tor Per­vaiz Rashid has said that the gov­ern­ment was tak­ing dif­fer­ent steps to pro­mote sports and pro­vide healthy at­mos­phere to the youth.

He was speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of First Mayor T20 cricket tour­na­ment here at Na­tional Cricket Sta­dium.

He re­ferred to an in­ter­view of Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif be­fore elec­tions of 2013 in which he said that he would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to youth to ex­hibit their tal­ent in sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Prime Min­is­ter had ex­pressed de­ter­mi­na­tion that he would bring sports to the play­ing grounds, he noted.

The min­is­ter said be­cause of ter­ror­ism no­body came to Pak­istan for sports and par­ents were also re­luc­tant to let their chil­dren go to play­grounds.

He said due to steps of the gov­ern­ment, there was de­crease in in­ci­dents of ter­ror­ism.

He said it was heart­en­ing to note that youth were com­ing to the sport­ing events, as these same young­sters then move ahead and per­form at the world stage.

The min­is­ter said a few days back a tent peg­ging event was held in the cap­i­tal which provided much needed recre­ation to the cit­i­zens.

He urged rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to play their role in pro­mo­tion of sports like hockey, foot­ball and bad­minton.

He as­sured of com­plete co­op­er­a­tion of In­for­ma­tion Min­istry and its de­part­ments for high­light­ing sport­ing events.

On this oc­ca­sion, Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Prime Min­is­ter for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs Dr Asif Kir­mani was also present on the oc­ca­sion.— APP

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