Samir still awaits recognition by govt

LAHORE - Pakistan Davis Cup player Samir Iftikhar has still been awaiting recognition from government. Samir, who earned a rare distinction by getting first US Athletic and Academic Scholarship and worked hard to earn two degrees (Bachelors and MBA) in the US in record time of 4 years with perfect GPA of 3.97/4 and 3.98/4 from University of New Mexico in May 2014-15, urged the sports authorities to support him in making his dream of winning international tennis events for Pakistan come true. Samir’s father Tayyab Iftikhar said his son deserved better treatment from government to excel at international level and earn laurels for Pakistan. “It is my humble request to PM and Punjab CM to honor the remarkable feat of the ‘unsung hero’ and prevent a huge talent and national asset from going waste.”–Staff Reporter



Iftikhar wins TCKP Water Cross Race

PESHAWAR – Iftikhar Zareen won the Indus River Water Cross Race, which was held at Indus River nearby Swabi Interchange on Motorway M-1 on Sunday. Iftikhar finished first after crossing the track in one minute and 59 seconds. Malik Asghar was second and Mooni third. Tourism Corporation Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) held the activity in collaboration with Frontier 4x4 Club which was witnessed by a great number of spectators. KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser formally inaugurated the enthralling activity, accompanied by Senior Minister for Health Sharam Khan Tarakai. Besides, TCKP MD Mushtaq Khan, Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Riaz Mehsud, Swabi Deputy Commissioner Matiullah Khan, TCKP GM M Ali Syed, Frontier 4x4 Club president Babar Khan and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.–Staff Reporter



Aces team win Atta Memorial Bridge

LAHORE – The Aces team won the Sheikh Atta Memorial Bridge Tournament organised by the Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF) and sponsored by Kohat Cement, here at the Lahore Gymkhana Bridge Tables on Monday. The competing teams included Aces, IZZO, AJT, Saga, RH 4, Holdem, Yummy, Papa Jani, Potowar, Brighter and Pirzada. The Aces team comprising Ahsan Qureshi, Ghias Malik, Arshad Aijaz, Usaid, Taqi Imam and Shauq Hussain gathered 109.98 points to finish first while IZZO Team comprising Izzat Khalil, Jehangir Ahmed, Junaid Saeed, Farrukh Liaqat and Farooq Alvi earned second position with a score of 108.76 while AJT team was third with a score of 99.89 and Saga ended up fourth at a score of 80.45. In the end, Ibrahim Tanseer of Kohat Cement awarded prizes to the winners.–Staff Reporter




NTDC awards Rs0.6m to boxer Waseem

LAHORE – National Transmission and Dispatch Company Ltd (NTDC) Monday gave away a cheque of Rs 600,000 to boxer M Waseem as cash reward. Addressing a felicitation and cash reward ceremony organised in honour of Pakistan’s only professional WBC Silver flyweight champion M Waseem, who successfully defended his title and defeated Philippine’s boxer in South Korea last month, NTDC managing director Dr Fiaz A Chaudhry said: “NTDC will provide all-out support to Waseem, who won laurels not only for the NTDC but also for the country which is a great honour for the nation as well.” He assured the boxer that a world class training centre would be established for training of boxing players, who would represent NTDC at national and international level and financial support would also be to them.–Staff Reporter



LAHORE: Hockey player Rabia Khan actively participates in anti-polio drive in provincial capital.–Online