PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that the people of both the brotherly countries - Afghanistan and Pakistan - have sacrificed a lot, adding that peace could not be restored without their joint efforts.   

The recent summit of the presidents of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, he added, is a welcoming sign. He hoped that it would bear fruits. Addressing a ceremony held in connection with inauguration of a three-match cricket series between Pakistan and Afghanistan T-20 teams at Arbab Niaz Stadium in the historic city of Peshawar on Sunday, he said, “we jointly experienced every hour of grief and trials over almost 30 to 32 years. This is not a short span of time, as in the meanwhile a new generation has grown up. Therefore, the staunchness of our relationships has gone beyond the limits of the normal state in historic, cultural and geographical terms.  The Council General of Afghanistan in Pakistan, Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Khail also spoke on this occasion. The Fata T-20 cricket team, representing Khyber, Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies was also present on the occasion. Its members were also introduced to the governor, besides the members of Pakistan and Afghanistan T-20 Cricket teams.

Appreciating the holding of cricket tournament, Kausar said it is indeed a good step to bring the youth of both the countries especially from Afghanistan to the sports field, who in fact have been brought up in a situation of war and need to be to allow going through a changed environment. The way our youth thinks to promote peace through sports, he hoped, would return with success. “We have a number of common cultural, linguistic and religious values and the sports activities would further cement the staunch bonds of relationships between both the countries,” he said.   Congratulating the organisers for arranging a very useful activity in the name of “Cricket for Peace”, the governor said, “it is beyond doubt a welcoming sign and another practical step for restoration of peace from the cricket field and wished it fullest success.