PESHAWAR - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan criticized the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for using Hazara University for public gathering and closures of schools in Bannu.

Imran asked the provincial government to take action against those who allowed closure of educational institution in Bannu.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Under-23 games 2016 on Tuesday. Provincial Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Mahmood Khan, Provincial Minister for Elementary Education, Mohammad Atif Khan, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkwa Amjad Ali Khan, Shah Farman, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, Additional Chief Secretary Muhammad Azam Khan, Additional Secretary Sports Tariq Khan, Director General Sports Rashida Ghaznavi and other officials and a large number of players and participants attended the ceremony.

Imran Khan said earlier PM closed Hazara University for his political gathering and now he has closed a school which has wasted valuable time of the students.

He added that he asked the concerned ministry to take action against those who allowed political activities inside educational institution.

Imran Khan highlighted the importance of sports, and urged upon the youths to promote sports activities and spirit of competition with each other.

He said that sports activities are vital for healthy life and without sports and exercise, fitness of mind and fitness of body is impossible.

“A sound health is great blessing of God and those who are engaged in sports activities are healthier as compared to those who are not playing games.” he mentioned.

“You should not fear from defeat because those who learn from defeat become champion in the world. God have gifted you the ability to challenge every one and you have the capability to earn a good name for the country,” Imran advised the players.

 “I learned from my mistakes when I was dropped from the team for the first time and when I controlled all of my mistakes, I was re-selected and never dropped from the team in the entire career. I always opted to become best captain and best all rounder of the world and never accepted defeat till last ball of the match,” he added.

Imran told the players that in every field of life there is competition whether it is sport, politics, business or education but those people will win the competition that could learn from the past and challenged one by giving tough time to the rivals.

Imran Khan strongly condemned closure of University in Hazara and schools in Bannu due to public gathering of PM Nawaz Sharif, and asked the provincial government to take action against those who are responsible for closing educational institutions in Bannu.

Over 3000 male and female players are participating in the three-day sports gala. The Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has arranged the event to hunt talented players.

The logo and trophy had already been displayed at Abbottabad, Mardan, Kohat, Swat, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan Divisions, and subsequently inter-district competitions were held.

The aim of the unveiling of logo and trophy was aimed at creating awareness among the under 23 players, both male and female, of various games to participate.

The outstanding players would be given prizes, trophies and sports kits at the end of the gala. Earlier, committees were formed in Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Swat, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat and other districts, which carried out the process of players’ selection in a transparent manner.

A large number of players across the province participated in the thrilling competitions, and the male and female players were given equal opportunities in the sports.

The games for men included cricket, football, volleyball, hockey, squash, badminton, table tennis, boxing, athletics, gymnastic, judo, karate and Taekwondo, netball, hockey, basketball.