ISLAMABAD - Action taken on The Nation story as the young sisters’ duo of Alina Aftab and Mahin Aftab were awarded one-year stipend by ZTBL.

Talking to this scribe, tennis stars’ father Aftab said: “I am grateful to The Nation for highlighting my daughters at a time when nobody was ready to pay any heed to my request of lending a helping hand.”

He said in fact, ZTBL had given him and his daughter a ray of hope to do something for the honour of the country.” “I have taken my daughters to Spain for three months training last year and now I am taking them again during summer vocations. I need financial assistance to produce champions for Pakistan and will not disappoint the nation.

ZTBL GM Sports Masood Ahmed said: “It is our policy to promote talent at grass root level and we will continue to do so in future too.

 We have a policy of emphasising especially on neglected sports. Last year, we supported Nofil Kaleem Imam who is now Asian U-14 champion and this year, we have taken on board Alina and Mahin and I am quite sure these talented girls will soon start producing desired results.”