Lahore: The Punjab Youth Festival’s fifth stage, the Divisional Level is in into its third day and the players of different divisions are having tough competitions. Lahore city was leading in the Lahore Division events when it won majority of the competitions. It was over the top in the events of power lifting, karate, bodybuilding and chess. In power lifting 62 kgs weight class, Karamat Ali of Kasur was winner while Liaqat Niamat of Lahore was runner-up. In 75 kgs, Salman Aqeel Butt of Lahore got the medal while Malik Azam of Nankana Sahib was placed second. In 94 kgs, Ali Asif Waheed of Lahore got the title while Mohammad Saad of Sheikhupura was runner-up.
The cricket hardball title was achieved by Kasur when it beat Sheikhupura by eight wickets while in the semi-final, Sheikhupura defeated Lahore by 21 runs and in the second semi-final, Kasur defeated Nankana Sahib by 10 wickets. In karate 55 kgs, Mohammad Hafeez of Lahore earned limelight while Asad Jalil of Nankana Sahib was placed second. In 65 kgs, Waqar Wakil was the winner while Mohammad Nabeel of Nankana Sahib was second and in 65 plus weight class, Zaheer Ashgar of Lahore prevailed over Mohammad Asif of Nankana Sahib. In bodybuilding 65 kgs class, Mohammad Asif of Lahore was adjudged winner while Imran of Kasur was placed second. In 75 kgs Asad Ashfaq of Lahore got the honours while Mohammad Usman of Sheikhupura was second and in 75-plus category, Yawar Ali of Lahore achieved top place while Waheed Abbas of Kasur was runner-up. In chess, Lahore’s Amer Karim beat Aqif Hussain of Nankana to win the title while in the semi-final Amer beat the Kasur player and similarly, Aqif defeated Nankana Sahib’s player.
In girls tug of war, six universities participated and there were around 51 players competing but University of Health and Veterinary Sciences defeated Punjab University by 2-0 and in the boys category which was participated by five universities, Punjab University was the winner and it reversed the tide against University of Health and Veterinary Sciences by 2-0. At Raiwind, pet competition and horse and cattle show was held at Sundar Estate which was contested among different breeds of birds and animals. Additional Secretary Mahmood Ahsan, Madam Shahzadi Shameem and Chief Advisor to CM Rana Zubair were the chief guests. Dr Arshad, Dr Mohammad Nawaz, Dr Qurban, Dr Israr, Fazal Shami and Ramzan Sardar were also present on the occasion.
The cooking and dress making competitions were held at Sanatzar, Moon Market Allama Iqbal Town. In family cooking, Sheikhupura’s Ummah Aman was the winner while Sobia of Lahore was second and Roqia Iqbal was third. In individual cooking, Khadija of Lahore was winner and Sidra also of Lahore was placed second and Akhtar Bibi of Sheikhupura was third and in dress making event, Nadia of Lahore was winner, Khalida Haneef of Kasur was second and Madiha Ismail of Lahore was third. Similar activities also continued in other parts of the province in which a total of 2802 took part in around 65 events and 803 won their matches and competitions. In Rawalpindi, 50 won from among 148 and six events and more than 607 took part in nearly 30 events and 205 got through. Likewise, Gujranwala had 276 participants and 46 winners, Faisalabad had 102 players in five events and 44 winners, Multan got 68 players competing in five events and 17 winning title, Bahawalpur got competitions in 11 events and from among 226 players 82 had the honour and at Dera Ghazi Khan, 65 won from among 260 players.