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National Games: PM Shehbaz assures support for promotion of sports, opportunities for youth

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  • PM Shehbaz inaugurates 34th National Games in Quetta today. 
  • Prime minister says nation proud of its players and athletes.
  • Govt committed to providing all available resources to sports: PM. 


QUETTA: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday assured the federal government’s commitment to providing all possible resources for the promotion of sports. 

The comments came after the PM formally inaugurated the much-awaited 34th National Games in an impressive ceremony in Quetta today. 

In his address during the ceremony, the prime minister also guaranteed the government’s dedication to creating conducive opportunities for the youth of the country to excel in all genres of games. 

The premier said that the nation was proud of its players and athletes who had not only earned fame in the country but also brought laurels from abroad.

PM Shehbaz said that the national games were being held in the province after a lapse of 19 years.

“Holding of the national games in this historic city manifests the national unity and strength and patriotism for the motherland,” he added.

The prime minister further observed that the young people of Pakistan possessed huge potential which could be utilised in different categories of games so that they could further bring success to the country.

Assuring the government’s complete support, he said in the past, they had distributed laptops, established Danish schools and promoted games, besides, awarding the high achievers.

He said in the field of sports, they were committed to providing all available resources to the youth because a nation became healthy if its youth was healthy and could achieve progress if its young segment was properly educated.

‘Spectre of terrorism’

The prime minister said that the spectre of terrorism in the past had affected different parts of the country with the terrorists mounting attacks on GHQ and Army Public School.

The armed forces and law enforcement agencies had decided to eradicate the menace with the support of the nation, he said.

He added that in that fight, officers and personnel of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies and people from all segments of society offered huge sacrifices so that the curse of terrorism could be crushed forever.

The prime minister said the whole nation saluted all those who faced terrorism bravely and offered sacrifices.

They foiled the nefarious designs of the enemies who wanted the destruction of the country, he added.

Govt should take steps to prevent incidents like May 9: PM

Referring to May 9 incidents, the prime minister said a Pakistani could not harbour such destructive thinking, but belonged to thinking of an enemy of the country.

He said on that day, miscreants torched Lahore Corps Commander House (or Jinnah House) like the terrorists had set Quaid’s Residency in Ziarat on fire.

The prime minister stressed that they should take steps within the confines of laws and the constitution so that these incidents could not be repeated.

He said May 9 would always be remembered as the blackest day in the country’s history and the incidents that took place on that day were highly condemnable. He regretted that the miscreants also disrespected the monuments of the martyred. 

PM Shehbaz also reiterated that with the support of the nation, they would rebuild Pakistan in all sectors and fields.

He also congratulated the governor, the chief minister and the management committee for making excellent arrangements to host the national games. 

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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