LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan Saturday termed the negative propaganda against the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014 as an attempt to defame the country .
Speaking before the start of the T20 match between London Pak-England XI (LCBMIT) and Government College University (GCU) team here at the university ground, Mashhood said: “The Punjab Youth Festival has provided a platform for Pakistani youth to showcase their talent and portray a soft image of the country across the globe. It has also conveyed a positive message to the entire world that Pakistan is a safe country to hold all kinds of sporting events.”  Replying to a query regarding the news item about Guinness World Records (GWR), he said that the GWR was an independent institution and one could see the agreement signed between Punjab government and the GWR and the names of the representatives, who witnessed the records making during their visit, at the GWR website. “The names of the representatives and their designations can be found on the GWR website,” he added.
Mashhood elaborated: “We have contacted the GWR to share their views in this regard and it is hoped they will soon reply to us and update the data on their website as they have their own strategy and take some time to update the records.”
To another query, he stated: “It is not a matter of PML-N government but the matter of prestige of Pakistani people. More records will be attempted and broken after the summer season in September and October as the international events cannot be held in the scorching heat. Another reason behind postponement is elections in India so their officials requested us to postpone the mega event.” The minister added that the matches between Pakistan and England teams would help strengthening the relations of both countries while sports activities between the two would also be enhanced.  Pak-England team official Azhar Javed said: “The purpose of touring Pakistan for sports activity is to bring England-born Pakistani origin players to the country of their forefathers and make them aware of its true culture.”
Replying to a query he said that all the expenses, except the boarding and lodging in Pakistan, were borne by the players and Pakistani community in London which showed that they were sports lovers and wanted to promote the sports.