Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Minister for Culture and Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that the recent wave of terrorism and militancy had made the people psychiatric patients. Therefore, the government was holding maximum traditional games and cultural programs to provide them peaceful atmosphere, he added.
This he said while addressing the concluding ceremony of 3-day Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw 2nd Traditional and Cultural Games for girls at Qayum Sports Stadium Peshawar on Thursday. The event was organized by the Culture Department in collaboration with Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Tourism Corporation and Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Olympic Association.
The ceremony besides others was also attended by the Sports Minister, Syed Aqil Shah, Lady MPA Tabassum Katozai, Secretary Culture and Information, Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Director General Sports Engr. Khan Zeb, Director Sports, Pervez Khan Sabit Khel, Secretary General Olympic Association Zulfiqar Butt and a large number of the students of different schools.
Mian Iftikhar said that traditional games were our historical and cultural heritage and the purpose of holding these games was to provide healthy opportunities to our students. He added that we want to convey a message to the world through games that the Pakhtuns were peace loving people and want peace on their land at all cost. He said that we hate terrorism in any shape and want healthy activities in this region.
Meanwhile, the Information Minister after visiting the site of bomb blast at Kohat Bus Stand and inquiring after the health of injured persons at Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, while talking to media persons has strongly condemned the sad incident and said that the people were united against the terrorists and they hate them. He furthered that such coward acts could not deviate us from our stance and Jihad against terrorism till complete elimination of terrorism from the society.
Mian Iftikhar maintained that the Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw government was the supporter of dialogue with terrorists but the agenda and the negotiating team should be known and all the stakeholders including Pakistan, USA and Afghanistan should be the part of dialogue. He reiterated resolve of the government that it would never bow-down before the terrorists and its sacred war would continue till its logical end.
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