MIRPUR (AJK) - Kashmir-born hearing impaired and mentally retarded national special table-tennis star Mehwish Iftikhar won gold medal for Pakistan after defeating her rival in the s final of the ongoing World Special Olympics in Athens city of Greece, it was officially declared. Mehwish being member of the Pakistani contingent taking part in the different games in the Special Olympics commenced from June 24. The Games will conclude today (Monday) with the formal colourful closing ceremony. Mehwish , the resident of a remote village Panjaira of Kotli district, is the student of Mirpur-based Kashmir Institute of Special Education (KISE), the pioneer educational institution of special children in Azad Jammu Kashmir, engaged in providing free educational facilities to the special children to make them the useful citizens for the country and the nation. Unveiling the historic victory of the national special table tennis star, Director Kashmir Institute of Special Education Dr. Amjad Ansari told reporters here Sunday that Mehwish already holds the distinction of national gold-medallist table tennis star. She won the gold medal at the national Olympics." She was awarded the gold medal in acknowledgment of his outstanding performance in the National Special Olympics held in Lahore this year", he said. He said that she is the first special table tennis star representing AJK in any world-class sport event being member of official Pakistani entourage. The special players of Pakistani entourage took part in eight different games including football, table tennis, basketball, athletes, swimming, badminton and Boo-chi by demonstrating their high talent and skills to attain the distinctions in different events, he said. Elaborating distinctions, so far clinched by the special table-tennis star, Dr. Ansari said, she bagged second position in the federal regional Olympics played at the Sports Complex in Islamabad held in the recent past. He said that these victories opened vistas for her to enter in the National Special Table Tennis team of Pakistan. Dr Ansari said Mehwish will be accorded a rousing reception on her arrival back to home (Mirpur) on Wednesday next (July 6) from Athens after emerging as the winner of the gold medal in the World Special Olympics, he concluded. Pakistan's campaign at the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 keeps getting better and better as they bagged nine more medals at the end of day six of the event in Athens, Greece. Bakhtawar Gul claimed a gold medal while Ayesha Iftikhar ended with a bronze in the long jump event while the men's team secured first place in the 400100 relay event and the female athletes claimed a silver medal. Suhail Ahmed Khan clinched the men's singles badminton title and Arsalan Ahmed won a gold medal in the men's singles table tennis competition. Pakistan women's basketball team bagged a silver medal after losing the final to Turkey 17-13. An 11-year-old Gul recorded a distance of 3.20 metres in the long jump event to finish first on the podium ahead of Indonesia's Prisma Anisya and compatriot Iftikhar. The athlete has now won two gold and two silver medals in the previous two days.