Qatar a global force in sport: Pakistan official
19 Oct 2017 - 0:00
Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera, Director-General of the Pakistan Sports Council, says Qatar has become an international force on the sports front, especially after it won the hosting rights of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“Yes, we support the Qatari government in this area and provide all kinds of assistance needed to complete the 2022 World Cup,” he said.
“The relationship with Qatar is flawless and old and based on mutual respect,” he said.
“There is no doubt that the brotherly relationship between the two countries is based on firm foundations.
“Qatar is a safe place for Pakistani workers and we know the contribution of Pakistani workers to the construction of the 2022 World Cup facilities and we consider Qatar’s success to be our success,” said Ganjera.
The Director-General of the Pakistan Sports Council lamented, that the Western media are spreading rumours about Doha. Terming it false “propaganda”, he added that such things occur everywhere.
Speaking about the AIPS-ASIA Congress in Islamabad, Dr Ganjera said, “The event was excellent on more than one level, especially since it included many Asian delegations that came to Pakistan and saw the safety and safety of the Asian Union here.”
Dr Ganjera confirmed that hosting such events would change the adverse image of Pakistan in the international community, especially when the media is converging here for this successful event in Islamabad.
“We in Pakistan believe in sport and provide all the support for this vital sector, especially since we have been fighting terrorism since the last 30 years, which has been coming to us from many sides,” said Ganjera. Dr Ganjera said that Pakistan believes in sport as a noble message for future generations and is working to provide support to this sector with all strength and determination.
The Organizing Committee of the 20th AIPS-ASIA Congress organised a media tour of landmarks in the capital, including the National Museum and some ancient villages that mimic the city’s long history. The delegations expressed admiration for the great organisation and hospitality that characterised the hosting of the Asian capital.
On conclusion of the AIPS-ASIA Congress held in Islamabad, which witnessed the election of a new board headed by Kuwaiti Sattam Ali Alsahli, a delegation from the AIPS-ASIA headed by a member of the Sports Press Committee of Qatar, Mubarak Al Boainin, and the newly elected Secretary General of AIPS-ASIA, Amjad Aziz Malik, visited the city of Peshawar, located 186 km from Islamabad.
The media delegation included the AIPS-ASIA treasure and Nepalese Sports Journalist Federation president Niranjan Rajbanshi and his compatriot Prakash Timilsina and Helen Chi, the newly elected executive member from Chinese Taipei and a journalist from Qatar’s national sports broadcaster Al Kass, Bassam Al Rawas.
“We came here to Peshawar’s call on behalf of all members of the AIPS-ASIA and to emphasize the great trust and faith we have for this country after the great success of hosting Congress,” said Mubarak Al Boainin.
“We will carry with us very beautiful memories from Islamabad and Peshawar. This is a welcome reversal from what has been projected about Pakistan. Clearly, that is a false image people have about this beautiful and warm country.”