People protesting against closure of football ground in DI Khan. – TNN

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, 23 December: The sportsmen, civil society members and other people in Dera Ismail Khan on Friday staged a protest demonstration against the closure of Besakhi football ground.

The protesters who gathered in front of the gate of the football ground said work on renovation of the stadium was started three years ago which has been completed. They said the only football stadium in DI Khan has not been opened for the players for the last three years despite completion of construction work.

The protesters said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after coming into power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claimed to promote sports, but this locked stadium tells a different story. They demanded the provincial government to open the locked stadium without further delay.

The district commissioner and sports officer could not be contacted despite several attempts.