Press Release

 


We will use sports as a weapon against terrorism: Engr Shaukat Ullah federal Minister for Sports

 


Islamabad 29th March, 2011: Engr. Shaukat Ullah, Federal Minister for Sports met the members of the Pakistan Everest Expedition-2011 which is set to climb the 8848 meter high Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world.

Talking to the members of the expedition, Mr. Shaukat said that this democratic government is committed to engage the vulnerable youth of Pakistan in sports activities and using sports as a weapon against terrorism. He said that mountaineering is an emerging sport in Pakistan as Pakistan is blessed with some of the highest mountains of the world which makes it a great climbing destination for mountaineers. The minister said that the Ministry of Sports recognizes and supports mountain climbing education for youth in Pakistan. He hoped that improving access to the country's fine mountain areas for youth will not only engage the youth into productive activities but will also create awareness about environmental issues.

The Minister said that the mountaineers should also explore the FATA region for mountaineering and engage the youth of FATA in this adventurous sport. He mentioned that Koh-e-Sufaid, a mountain in FATA can be a great climbing attraction for the mountaineers.

The expedition will leave for Katmandu from Karachi on 31st January and is expected to return on the 17th of June. The expedition includes Mr. Muhammad Ali Changezi Vice President Alpine Club of Pakistan (Expedition leader), Mr. Hassan Sadpara (climber), Mr. Muhammad Sadiq
(climber) and Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Faisal (Assistant Manager).

Mr. Shaukat Ullah extended his best wishes to the members of the expedition and hoped that this expedition will be instrumental in projecting a soft image of the country.


Ateeq-ur-Rehman
PRO to Minister for Sports