PM AJK inaugurates three -day tourism festival in state capital

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Muzaffarabad: (Parliament Times) AJ & K Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Tuesday inaugurated the three-day “Tourism Festival “ by cutting the ribbon at Narrol cricket stadium before the start of the T-20 cricket tournament under the Lahore Qalandar, a franchisee of Pakistan Super League.
Three-day festival which started on September 4 will last on September 6 with a variety of sports and cultural activities for the general public in the state’s capital.
On Tuesday, a ceremony was held at Muzaffarabad stadium in which prime minister also inaugurated the T20 cricket competition under auspices of Lahore Qalandars.
Speaking at the ceremony the AJK Prime Minister welcomed the efforts of the Lahore Qalandars for exploration of new young cricket talent in the State.
“Qalandars really helped us finding the young talent and give international exposure to our players which was their dream. I hope players like Salman Irshad will get chance to prove themselves as potential cricketers and will serve the country,” he said.
Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the legendary cricketers; Shoab Akhtar, Muhammad Yusaf, Aqib Javed for their best services and contributions in grounds for the country and now promoting the skills in the AJK.
Prime Minister recalled memories and shared with audiences during his speech.
He announced that floodlights would be installed at this stadium during this year and present ground would also be extended and beatified.
Grounds at Rawalakot, Kotli, Mirpur, and Bagh would also be expended, he added.
Prime Minister welcomed a young cricketer from occupied Kashmir who has joined the Lahore Qalandars after traveling for 6 days and was present on the occasion.
“I am pretty happy to have cricketer from the other part of the State in this tournament. This Ceasefire Line can’t divide the Kashmiris, we have same hearts and nobody can separate us from each other,” Prime Minister said.
Minister for Information, Tourism and Information Technology Mushtaq Minhas, minister for sports Choudhry Muhammad Saeed, Rana Fawad, Shoab Akhtar, Muhammad Yusaf and Secretary Tourism Midhat Shahzad also addressed the ceremony.
Later, the prime minister visited the Gharri Dopatta, a spot along the Jehlum River and inaugurated the competition of White Water Rafting on Jehlum river.

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