Newly-constructed stadium inaugurated in Uruzgan
TIRINKOT/GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A newly-reconstructed stadium was inaugurated in central Uruzgan province while construction work launched on streets’ pavement in southeastern Paktia province, officials said on Monday.
Uruzgan Governor Mohammad Nazeer Kharotai, who inaugurated the stadium in Tirinkot, the provincial capital, said the facility cost 52 million afghanis funded by the Ministry of Counternarcotics.
The stadium has been named after Jan Mohammad Khan who was killed in an insurgent attack at his Kabul residence. Khan, a resident of Uruzgan, was advisor to former president Hamid Karzai.
The establishment of the stadium was approved five years ago in response to the reduction in poppy cultivation in Uruzgan, provincial counternarcotics director Mohammad Zahir Salarzai said.
He urged farmers to renounce cultivation of the illicit plant in order to Uruzgan get the ministry’s 1 million reward for reconstruction projects.
Separately, construction work on streets measuring 2000 square metres was launched in Gardez, the capital city of southeastern Paktia province, Mayor Syed Ahmad Sherzai said.
The streets would be constructed in a month at a total cost of 14 million afghanis funded by all shopkeepers of the city, he said.