Govt to organise international sports event in Pakistan


Ijaz Khan


Senate session was told on Friday that the government was putting efforts at international level to arrange sports event s on the country’s grounds.

Minister for Parliamentary Muhammad Ali Khan, however, was optimistic that Pakistan would be able to organize international level sports competitions on its grounds.

The Senate session, however, observed insufficient funds, lack of merit and training were some causes behind poor performance of players in the Asian games.

The session was informed that as many as 351 players had participated in the Asian games which were held in Indonesia and more than Rs80 million were spent on their visit. But the players were managed to bag only four bronze medals.

Talking to the session, Minister for Parliamentary Muhammad Ali Khan informed the Senators that the government was working to implement a merit based sports policy so that the players can get their due right.

He added that the government was also taking measures to ensure maximum women participation in the sports. Responding to Senator Samina Saeed questioned, the government benches said there is no question of organizing sports event at Abbottabad stadium, including PSL matches.

Telling the reasons behind non organization of matches, the representatives said the International Cricket Council (ICC) delegate review the cricket stadiums and surrounding security situation and the quality of at least five hotels which should be five-starts  where the international players are supposed to stay, adding there is no international level hotel in Abbottabad.

Responding to questions of Senator Tahir and Senator Usman, Minister of State for Communication Murad Saeed said DI Khan to Zob road project has been included in the CPEC. He added further discussion will be made in this connection in the next JCC meeting.