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PTI to hold public gathering in Lahore today

LAHORE: PTI Chairman Imran Khan is going to address a public rally at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore amid protests from the senior hockey players over the issue of removal of astroturf from the ground ahead of the public gathering.

The local PTI leadership on Thursday visited the venue to plan for the gathering. Imran Khan also chaired a meeting at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore to finalise the arrangements regarding the rally which is being dubbed as “historic” by the party leaders.

Meanwhile, the PTI leadership has been facing criticism for the last couple of days over removal of the Astroturf from the ground. Former hockey Olympians have castigated the PTI government for removing the turf and using the sports grounds for political events.

Punjab Sports Minister Mohammad Taimoor Khan maintains that removal of the old Astroturf was long due as PC-I to purchase the new one has been prepared. He said the old turf will now be placed in a hockey ground in Sargodha.  Also, a resolution has been submitted in the Punjab Assembly against the removal of astroturf of the Lahore Hockey Stadium for political purposes.

The resolution was submitted by Muslim League-Nawaz member Rana Manan Khan. “Hockey is on the decline despite being a national sport. Instead of improving it, the PTI is going to hold a rally in the hockey stadium. The PTI has chosen the most beautiful hockey stadium in the world for the rally”, says the resolution.

Separately, Punjab Chief Minister Ch Parvez Elahi and MNA Moonis Elahi met with the PTI chairman Imran Khan at Chief Minister’s Office on Friday.

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