Gen Raheel inaugurates cricket stadium in Khyber Agency


Shahid Afridi thanks Chief of Army Staff for support

Peshawar—Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday inaugurated a cricket stadium in Khyber Agency with Shahid Afridi.
Shahid Afridi thanked the Army Chief for his support, and the work he has done for Pakistan.
Gen Raheel praised Shahid Afridi’s cricketing technique and said, “Even with my busy schedule I took time out to watch him play.” Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Hidayat-ur-Rehman, in his address to the tribal Jirga after the inauguration of the stadium, said development and restoration of civic facilities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is being conducted on an emergency basis.
“The government had allocated a sum of Rs3 billion for development in FATA, but we have spent Rs10 billion till now, as we want to bring the area on par with the rest of the country,” said the Corps Commander.
Pakistani all-rounder cricketer and former captain Shahid Afridi who was also present on the occasion later in a tweet thanked Gen Raheel Sharif for his support. “An honour and privilege to inaugurate stadium in Khyber Agency with COAS Gen Raheel Sharif. You are Pakistan’s hero and my hero too; I am humbled and thank you from bottom of my heart for your kind support and backing for me and for your work for Pakistan,” Afridi tweeted adding “You are a national hero and I wish you the very best in your days ahead. May Allah bless you more. Pakistan Zindabad.”
The inauguration of the cricket stadium is among Gen Raheel’s last engagements as Army Chief. The COAS is set to retire Nov 29 and is spending his last week as army chief on farewell visits around the country.—Agencies