KARACHI: Fayaz Ali Butt, Provincial Minister for Sports, said on Monday that the Sindh government was taking efforts to promote sports in the province by organizing sport festivals and other programmes.
The government will support Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) to organize inter-university tournaments and sports festival in its premises. He said this during his visit to SMIU. The provincial minister said sports are essential for youth to learn lessons of healthy competition and tolerance, which is a need of the day. “Without sports, we can’t create healthy and competitive nation,” the minister commented.
He said SMIU is a historic institution of the country, where founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had received his early education; hence it is equally important for the Sindh government and for him personally.
During his visit to the Jinnah Museum of SMIU, the minister got keen interest in relics of founder of SMIU Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Dr Umar Bin Mohammad Dawoodpoto, Qazi Khuda Bux and others.
Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU, briefed him about the historic record of SMI preserved and displayed in the museum. Dr Shaikh informed the minister about SMI’s role in sports. “Little Master Haneef Mohammad had also received his secondary education from SMI and had played in SMI’s spacious sports ground,” Dr Shaikh said and added that students of SMI had won “Jsmshed Nisarwanjee Cup” 12 times in 18 years during the annual cricket matches played between students of SMI, Karachi Grammar School and N.J.V. School.”
He said that SMI won the cup last time in 1919, after that no match was played; hence the cup remained at SMI. Dr Shaikh also said that Quaid -e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had also took keen interest in sports at SMI and his sister Fatima Jinnah had also mentioned that in her book “My Brother.”
Dr Shaikh further said that SMIU had various teams of sports including girl’s cricket team. He expressed his thanks to Fayaz Ali Butt on his visit to SMIU.