Peshawar/Islamabad — The first Governor FATA Youth Festival gets underway here at the Qayum Sports Complex on Wednesday.

COAS with Governor KP at FATA Youth Festival
COAS Gen. Raheel Sharif with Governor KP Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan at FATA Youth Festival’s inauguration ceremony

Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi inaugurated the festival.

Contingents of all the tribal agencies and frontier regions (FR’s) marched in the opening ceremony. Students from different schools formed a giant national flag on the occasion. Traditional dance “attan” was also presented.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of FATA’s Youth Festival, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said that it was a great honor for him talking to the patriotic tribal youth of Pakistan.

“The nation has too many expectations attached to the young generation.”

He said that immense potential existed in the tribal youth, adding if this talent utilized in right direction would push the country on the path of progress and prosperity.

FATA Youth Festival; Bajaur Youth
FATA Youth Festival; Bajaur Youth marching (Photo ISPR)

According to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Raheel expressed the strong resolve of continuing the journey for the long-lasting peace. We are on track to achieve stability in Pakistan, he added.

Meanwhile Gen. Sharif also announced construction of a cricket stadium in Khyber Agency and sports complex in North Waziristan Agency.

FATA Youth Festival; Human flag
Students from different schools formed a giant national flag on the occasion

The army chief said today’s elegant ceremony symbolizes defeat of the enemy, adding that the journey of success would continue.

During the weeklong festival, more than 1700 players from different parts of Fata will participated in 30 different sports events including athletics.

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