Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan inaugurated the festival.
Contingents of all the tribal agencies and frontier regions marched in the opening ceremony. Students from different schools formed a giant national flag on the occasion. Traditional dance “atanr” was also presented.
During the weeklong festival, more than 1700 players from different parts of Fata will participated in 30 different sports events including athletics.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the festival Army Chief Gen. Raheel said the festival would have positive impact on the minds of the tribal youth as they had been living with under militancy for quite long. He said due to the sacrifices of the armed forces and tribal people, peace had been restored in the area.
The Army Chief also announced to build a cricket stadium in Khyber Agency and a sports complex in North Waziristan.