KARACHI - Federal Sports Minister Engineer .Shaukatullah has assured Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association of the annual grants in aid provided to the PBSA would be increased substantially in future. The minister extended the assurance at a meeting he had with the president of the PBSA Alamgir Shaikh who called on him at Islamabad recently. Secretary Sports, Aziz Ahmed Bilour, Director General, Pakistan Sports Board, Syed Amir Hamza Gilani were also present on the occasion. The PBSA apprised the minister about the problems faced by his association particularly in financial matters and requested to the minister for his support and assistance. The President of the PBSA briefed the federal minister about the accomplishments and future plans of the association which required an approximate budget of Rs 10 million for setting up its own infrastructure. The president also emphasised that snooker has achieved No.1 spot in our country's Sports standing in International competitions. The President requested the minister to support the PBSA by increasing the existing financial assistance which is insufficient to accomplish its future plans in promoting billiard and snooker in Pakistan and to achieve the goal in international competitions. Therefore, the PBSA strongly needs the support and due patronage by the government. After a patient hearing the federal minister told the President PBSA that since the Sports Ministry was also facing financial constraints at present, he would, however, forward the case of the PBSA with his strong recommendation to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and would also request him to sanction the required financial assistance from the Government's special funds for the development of Sports. Further the minister also assured the President PBSA that he would try and arrange a joint meeting with the Prime Minister in this regard. The PBSA president apprised the Federal Minister of the current Annual Grant received by the Association is Rs.800,000/- and a special grant of Rs.1,400,000/- which is insufficient for the PBSA to meet its domestic and international commitments.