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No ground for future football stars of Hazara community

Ishaq Ali 01:26 PM | 27 Jan, 2017
No ground for future football stars of Hazara community
Football, a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry, was introduced in the subcontinent during the British Empire. Despite being one of the most popular games in the world, it is regarded as the poor men’s sport in Pakistan. Therefore, it could not reach the heights as cricket and hockey due to the negligence of the government and sports related organisations.

In the history of football in Pakistan, we cannot neglect Balochistan whose veteran footballers like Captain. Therefore, it could not reach the heights as cricket and hockey due to the negligence of the government and sports related organisations. In the history of football in Pakistan, we cannot neglect Balochistan whose veteran footballers like Captain Qayum Ali Changezi, renowned as PAPA, Captain Ahmed Ali Hazara, Taj Muhammad Junior and many others contributed to the game to keep it alive in the province and country and brought good name to Pakistan.

The Balochistan’s Hazara community and football are intertwined with each other. Due to the continued terrorist attacks on the community, the people in one or other ways are traumatised and are isolated from other communities of Balochistan as they are made to live in barricaded walls surrounded by security check posts.

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The other communities are not allowed to visit the Hazara localities on the plea of security issues, while Hazaras cannot go to other localities due to the continued fear of becoming the prey of target killings. The community, particularly the youth, pursue sports activities, particularly football, in their limited locality because they have immense interest in the game.

The other communities are not allowed to visit the Hazara localities on the plea of security issues, while Hazaras cannot go to other localities due to the continued fear of becoming the prey of target killings. The community, particularly the youth, pursue sports activities, particularly football, in their limited locality because they have immense interest in the game.

Now, unfortunately, the future of sports and football, in particular, looks bleak in the community owing to the lack of grounds and government interest. The only football ground in the Hazara populated area ‘Hazara Town’ that has a population of approximately half a million, is closed as the land was owned by a person who now intends to build a residential apartment on the said ground.Construction Material unloaded in ground

Construction Material unloaded in ground

Despite the interest of the community in the said game and its contribution to the country’s sport activities, the government failed to allocate funds or build a public football ground or sport complex in the much populated area. The area is totally neglected in the development schemes of the previous and present governments.

As per the statement of Naimatullah Mazhar, The Chairman of new formed Hazara Sports Action Committee (HSAC), former PPP-MNA Syed Nasir Ali Shah Hazara announced a grant of Rs. 50 million for the ground during his PPP government which, unfortunately, has not been released yet and there is no possibility that this grant would be released in near future. Mr Shah and Secretory Sports Mr Asmatullah Kakar also visited the site of the ground the previous days but in vain as just the other day, the HSAC taken out a protest rally for the reopening of the ground.

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With the closure of the only football ground, there are high risks that the youth of the community would pursue unpleasant and negative activities and further add up to the already increasing number of drug addicts, which will welcome diseases like lung cancer, heart attack and TB, etc.

According to a news report on July 2015, the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control told that around seven million people in Pakistan were drug addicts, while 700 people died every day in the country due to drug-related complications. Briefing the committee, the then DG Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Maj Gen Khawar Hanif said that drug-related deaths were greater than those caused by terrorism – the later killed 39 each day compared to the 700 deaths from drug addiction every day.

Federal and Provincial Governments, Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan Football Federation, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and other sport organizations and committees should immediately take notice of the issue and allocate some grant on urgent basis to purchase the said land or make other arrangements for sports ground. This would not only keep the youth away from unpleasant and negative activities but also encourage them to pursue the footprints of their Pakistani Heroes, like veteran Qayum Ali Changezi, Captain Ali Ahmed Hazara, Taj Junior and other footballers and become the pride of the country.

Ishaq Ali

The writer holds masters degree in Political Science from Balochistan university

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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