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Sports activities for women to be promoted

Karachi: Sports activities for women would be promoted in the province, said Sindh Sports Minister Dr Muhammad Ali Shah informed the provincial assembly on Wednesday.

In his written reply to a question furnished by Husna Aftab, Shah said that the government is facilitating participation of women in sports by holding coaching camps, competitions and inter-provincial events for girls/women. He said that sports wear/kits are also provided to women teams participating in important events.

Shah said that the sports department has also submitted a proposal for the construction of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Sports Complex for Women to provide modern and exclusive facilities for the promotion of women’s sports, for which land has been identified in Block-H, North Nazimabad.

Responding to a Nusrat Seher Abbasi’s question, the sports minister said that the condition of Muncipal Stadium (Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Stadium) in Larkana was not up to the mark, and the ground was not being properly maintained. However, he said, the provincial government had shown keen interest to return the ground to its original condition and also to provide it with additional facilities.

Shah said that development schemes under the ADP 2008-09 envisage the construction of the sports pavilion at the stadium, which would be constructed at a cost of Rs211 million. He said that the Larkana district government has also been directed to ensure proper maintenance of the stadium on a regular basis.

Arbab Rahim’s leave application: Former chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim has once again sent a leave application to the speaker, reiterating that he could not attend assembly sessions due to “unavoidable circumstances.”

Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro observed that in both of Rahim’s applications, he had not explained “unavoidable circumstances”. The assembly would decide the acceptance of his application on Thursday (today).
Source: The News
Date:12/17/2009

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