Lahore: Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly and Chief Organizer Punjab Youth Festival 2012, Rana Mashhood Ahmad has said that the popularity of Punjab Youth Festival can be judged from the fact that 202245 persons have visited the website being developed regarding youth festival and 66408 sport lovers have liked it on face book. He said that 14687 persons have voluntarily linked themselves to the youth festival so far and they have been formally registered.
He was addressing the participants of an Iftar party hosted in the honour of senior journalists by Sports Board, the other day. DG sports Usman Anwar and two brothers of Lahore, Azeem Saleem and Qamr Saddique having the honor of making the biggest cricket ball were also present on the occasion. Qamr Saddique and Azeem Saleem have got themselves included in the race of Guinness book of world record through youth festival 2012 by making 42kg thick and 96 inch cricket ball in 15 days.
He said that people afraid of youth development work of Punjab government are engaged in false propaganda and issuing baseless statements having no reality. Rana Mashhood said that Punjab government and Sports Board have earlier held successful sports festival due to special efforts and positive reporting of the journalists and will also make youth festival successful. He said that in sports festival youth were provided such positive activities with only an amount of Rs. 6.5 crore which has no example in past. He said that no one can stop us forwarding the vision of Khadim-e-Aala Punjab and people of Punjab cannot be misled through wrong figures. He said that like sports festival, events comparable to the events of world will be provided to the youth of Punjab in the Youth Festival. He said that a six member committee has been constituted regarding expenditure of youth festival 2012 in which officer of finance department has also been included. He said that a four member consultant accounts committee will scrutinize the record of finance committee after which it will be sent to consultant auditor for final approval.