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Promotion of sports is our first priority: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said that the government’s first priority is to promote sports activities in the country.

Talking to media after meeting with the players and organizers of the“Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament-2017”, at Hockey Club of Pakistan here, he said that the funds had been allocated in this PSDP to lay synthetic astro-turfs in nine cities in the country so as to groom the players from the grass root level.

He said that the “Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament-2017, has brought the international hockey players to Pakistan, to participate in the sports event, which is like first drop of the rain.  He said that the World-XI Cricket team will also visit Pakistan in November this year to play matches in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.  The matches of the Pakistan Hockey league will also be organized in April next year, he added.

The Interior Minister congratulated the countrymen, specially the Karachiites on resumption of sports activities.

He told a questioner that efforts were being made with the coordination of the Pakistan Hockey Federation for job placement of the hockey players, so that the players can pay full attention and devotion to their professional sports skills.

He said that Inter-University Olympic will be organized this year first time in the history of Pakistan.

Earlier, on his arrival, the Interior Minister took round of

the ground and met with the players and event organizers.