PESHAWAR -   The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Mehmood Khan has said that the National Youth Carnival would certainly deliver a message of peace to the rest of the world.

The 3rd addition of the National Youth Carnival Mega Challenge-2017 started on Saturday at 30 beautiful decorated different venues inside Peshawar Sports Complex, wherein 2000 females and males from all across Pakistan would compete.

The minister while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the NYC claimed that the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government completed a century of the sports grounds in the province. He added soon 110 sports grounds would be completed across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The aim and objective of the event, he said, was to show unity and coherence as cultural touches of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been given to the venues, so that to give a pleasant atmosphere and also give due hospitality to the visiting competitors, he added.

On the occasion, Secretary Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs Tariq Khan, Director General Sports Junaid Khan, Director Youth Asfandyar Khan and other notable persons were also present.

The provincial minister also said that PTI chief Imran Khan had announced sports ground at tehsil level, but now the number of grounds has been increased to 110. He said that in 60 out of 75 tehsils, playgrounds were already constructed, whereas in 50 educational institutions playgrounds were up-graded, that aimed to encourage youth, he added.

“We were eagerly waiting to say a warm welcome to the youth coming to Peshawar, a 2500 years old historical living City of the world, from various educational institutions including Madaras from across Pakistan, for this mega youth event of the country,” Mehmood Khan said. The event would certainly portray a message of peace to the rest of the world, he added. The NYC Mega Challenge-2017 was the baggiest event of the youth of Pakistan, which also carries a prize money of Rs5 million.

Mehmood Khan said that this time they have widened up the pool of the NYC by involving maximum number students of the colleges, public and private sectors Universities and Madaras of the country. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the time in the history announced youth policy and for youth development and youth activities a grant of Rs.1 billion has been allocated.

“We have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LUMS Pakistan to provide much need activities to the youth of KP and FATA,” he informed. The NYC is one such activity introduced for the first time by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan in 2013, similarly, such event was also organized in 2016 and now the number of youth participation reached to more than 35000. Only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA around 13000 students went through trials and selection process, he disclosed.

Such process of selection in order to involve a maximum number of youth through open trials and due selection have also adopted in other parts of the country and among them, 1200 final short-listed and position holders of various categories are coming to Peshawar, he said.

The sports minister also disclosed that only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA they have involved 121 public and private sector universities, postgraduate colleges and Madras and out of 13000 competitors final 600 position holders would compete, side-by-side with students coming from other provinces.

The youth are the future builders of Pakistan and the aim and objectives of the whole exercise are to provide them ample opportunities to come and explore their hidden talent, Mehmood Khan further added.

Along with the competition, an international standard Education Expo participating in World renown educational institutions and a multi-national firm will provide due awareness to the youth for their career building and future aspects, he said, adding, “We want the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and youth of the whole of Pakistan to establish a link between them for peacebuilding and Youth development.”