Colombo, April 9 (newsin.asia): As part of the Government of Pakistan’s “sports diplomacy” the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Colombo, Maj Gen (R) Muhammad Saad Khattak, gifted sporting goods for cricket, rugby and football to D.S.Senanayake College in Colombo on Friday.
The High Commissioner was warmly welcomed at the College by the Principal, Secretary of the Parents’ Committee, representatives of the Ministries of Sports and Education as well as representatives of the Old Boys’ Association of the College. Eastern Cultural Dancers of the College gave a colorful welcome performance.
The High Commissioner spoke of how sports is a factor uniting Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He apprised the students and the college administration of the fully-funded Allama Iqbal Scholarships being offered by Pakistan to Sri Lankan students from all ethnic and religious backgrounds in diverse fields including Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Social Sciences, Journalism, Law etc. and encouraged them to apply.
The College Principal, Prasanna Udumuhandiram, thanked the Government and people of Pakistan for their generous gift of sporting goods shed light on the historical ties between the two countries and their support to each other in the most difficult times. The Secretary of the Parents’ Committee of the school also appreciated the warm gesture of the Pakistan High Commission.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the High Commissioner was given a tour of the kovil (Hindu temple), church, Buddhist temple and mosque of the school. The College had organized a special prayer at the mosque for the progress and prosperity of the Government and people of Pakistan.
The High Commissioner appreciated the College administration for maintaining high educational standards, sports facilities, and for maintaining religious and ethnic harmony.