Rawalpindi: President, Pakistan Hockey Federation, Brig (R) Khalid Khokhar recently had a meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Bajwa at the GHQ.
Brig Khokar expressed satisfaction over the meeting.
” When told about the proposed hockey league in Lahore, featuring international stars, in October/November, General Bajwa appreciated the idea. He also assured of army’s support in providing the security to the foreign players and teams visiting Pakistan.
In September, the PHF is trying to get a World XI, comprising of past & present international stars from leading hockey nations such as Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, to play an exhibition match against a Pakistani team consisting of stalwarts including the incumbent secretary general of PHF, Shahbaz Ahmad. The match would probably be played at the Army Stadium, Rawalpindi or Karachi.”
Brig. Khokhar added, “Army’s support would go a long way towards staging the hockey league and the match against the International XI. All this would rekindle people’s and especially the youth’s interest in hockey which is very essential for the revival of our national game.
Overall security situation in the country has already improved a lot thanks to army and other security agencies’ sacrifices. Hence, we expect big crowds when the hockey league and other international events are staged in Pakistan”.
President PHF thanked the COAS for his keen interest in sports in general and hockey (national game) in particular.