PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra emphasised on sports activities having a vital contribution towards ensuring peace. Moreover the incumbent government is encouraging sports in FATA and hence constructing sports grounds which will improve the global image of Pakistan.
He has expressed anticipation regarding participation of an exclusive team from FATA in the upcoming PSL tournaments so that local players may have a chance to align their skills with international players.
He shared his thoughts in a brunch organised in honour of the victorious Peshawar Zalmi team, champions of PSL 2017 on Sunday 19th March at the Governor's House Peshawar.
On this auspicious occasion, Mr. Javed Afridi, owner of Peshawar Zalmi team along with the players and organisers were also present.
Besides others, Adviser to Prime Misnister Engr. Ameer Muqam, IG KPK Akhtar Ali shah, FC commandant Liaqat khan, Muslim League (N) Provincial Parliamentarian's Leader Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota, FATA Parlimentarins, Shah jee Gul Afridi, Ghalib Khan, Nazeer khan and commissioner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fakhr-e-Alam were also present.
The Governor welcomed the participation of the foreign players in the PSL and mentioned that the successful inauguration of the PSL final in Lahore will pave new ways to not only populating all cricket grounds but will also reinstate various other sports activities in Pakistan.
While highlighting the importance of cricket he said that it was a sport very close to the nation's hearts and bringing PSL back to Pakistan, the organisers had not only won the hearts of the people of Pakistan but united the nation as well.
He applauded the Pakistan Army, the security agencies and the law enforcement for ensuring the success of the event and bringing Pakistan in a good light globally.
"As a nation we have proven to the world that we are no more isolated and the clouds of fear have passed and militancy defeated. It is not only the victory of Peshawar Zalmi but also that of Pakistan. This victory will ultimately help in reinstating international cricket in Pakistan.
While commending the playera and the organisers of Peshawar Zalmi team he said, foreign cricketers should be encouraged to play cricket in Pakistan. The Governor presented an honorary shield and a traditional turban to Mr. Javed Afridi. Mr Afridi also gave a trophy to the Governor.