UPEPR DIR, 10 November: The Allama Iqbal Youth Sports Gala organised by the Pakistan Army and Barawal Youth Task Force in Upper Dir concluded on Thursday.

The sports gala which started on 1 November included contests in cricket, volleyball, tug-of-war, taekwondo and local sports. A Mushaira (poetry contest) was also organised on the occasion which was greatly enjoyed by the people.

The Pakistan Army Deputy Commandant Fazal Haleem was chief gest at the concluding ceremony who put light on the message of Allama Muhammad Iqbal as the concluding ceremony coincided with the Iqbal Day. He also appreciated the performance of the participating players. He also distributed prizes among the players who showed good performance.

A local player Sajidullah told TNN that it was a very enjoyable experience for him to participate in the sports contests.

“Such events should be organised on a regular basis to give a message of peace to the world. There is a lot of sports talent in our area which needs to be polished,” he said.

The area people appreciated the Pakistan Army and the district administration for organising the event.