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The Senate was informed on Friday that  government is making all out efforts to promote sports to involve more youth in the country.

Responding to a question, during Question Hour, Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said inter-university level sports competitions are being encouraged.

To another question, the Minister said entire Pakistan has been divided in 16 regions to promote domestic cricket in the country.

Riaz Hussain Pirzada said regional cricket associations are responsible to promote, develop, regulate and maintain general control of cricket in their respective regions.

The Senate today resumed discussion on President's address to the joint sitting of the parliament. 

Taking part in the debate, Senators termed President's address as balanced one and urged the government to ponder upon the shortcomings mentioned by the President.

They said all the indicators have improved due to prudent policies of the government as the country got GSP-Plus status, membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and recognition on other world forums.

The Senate Members said that the government has successfully completed the census process.

They said militancy has been defeated and the economy has been put on upward trajectory.

Senators also called for good neighborly relations with Afghanistan and India. They, however, lauded the government for strengthening relations with Russia and other countries of the world.

They said that tribal areas should be mainstreamed in light of the FATA reforms.

Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Monday afternoon.

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