Punjab and KPK Set Up Semis Clash; Jashn-e-Baharan Held in Kurram Agency

Punjab whites and KPK Colours set up semifinal clash following their easy victories in the last two quarter-finals of the National Under-18 Hockey Championship at the Naseer Bunda Ground on Sunday.

Punjab Whites edged out Punjab Greens 3-0 in the third quarter-final. Waqas Ahmed was outstanding for Punjab whites scoring a brace, it was Zulkarnain who opened the scoring for his team with Waqas netting two back-to-back goals to seal the fate of Greens.

KPK Colours showed entertaining hockey to get better of KPK Whites 3-1 in the last quarter-final of the day, for KPK Colours Zakir scored the opener with talented Afraz making it 2-0. A minute later Saeedullah made it 3-0 for Colours. Hamza Malik then reduced the margin for whites in 55th minute.

Earlier, Punjab Colours and Punjab Blues won their quarter-finals easily to make it to the semi-finals.

Punjab Colours accounted for Islamabad 4-0 in one-sided affairs in the first quarter-final Sunday morning with goal each coming from Muhammad Ahmed, Faraz Ahmed, Usman Janjua and Hamid Ali.

Muhammad Ahmed and Faraz showed good skills to put their side 2-0 within the first two quarter-finals of the game.

Punjab Colours added one each goal in the third and fourth quarters to take the game away from Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Punjab Blues outwitted Sindh Whites 3-0 to confirm their place in the semi-finals.

Both semifinals will be played tomorrow (Tuesday) following day’s rest.

While on the other hand, the Political Administration and the Security Forces organized Jashn-e-Baharan at the Frontier Corps Ground in Kurram Agency on Sunday.

Senator Sajjad Hussain, Member National Assembly (MNA) Sajid Turi, Brigadier Muhammad Ali, Political Agent Ikramullah and a large number of tribesmen and elders attended the function.

Tribesmen amused the participants with traditional dance while the security forces presented a tableau how to arrest the terrorists. The school children exhibited the local costumes and delivered speeches and national songs.

Speaking on the occasion, Senator Sajjad Hussain, MNA Sajid Turi and tribesmen were patriotic and had played a vital role in restoring peace in the region. “Support from tribesmen is a must for wiping out terrorism and extremism from the region,” they added.



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