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 MULTAN: Corps Commander Multan Lt. Gen. Shafqaat Ahmad on Tuesday handed over keys of a new house to Commonwealth games wrestling gold medallist, Havaldar Azhar Hussain whose house was demolished by last year's floods in Muzaffargarh.

Havaldar Azhar Hussain's home was hit by the 2010 flood while he was busy in Commonwealth Games 2010 in India to earn fame and honour for Pakistan, the Corps Commander said while addressing a ceremony at the Corps Headquarters.

It is our responsibility to encourage the wrestler who brought honour for the country, he said.

A new two-bed room home was built for Havaldar Azhar Hussain at his hometown Mondka in district Muzaffargarh on the orders of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), he added.

The corps commander said that Pakistan Army had actively participated in the relief, rescue and rebuilding process in flood-hit areas as part of the government's efforts to help affected families.      He said that Army significantly contributed to restoration and rehabilitation of infrastructure ruined by the devastating floods with main emphasis on reconstruction of roads, schools and health centres.

He said that the federal and provincial governments were doing a lot to provide relief to flood affected people and for their rehablitation.

People have also donated generously to the Prime Minister's Flood Relief Fund while funds and donations received by Pakistan Army were utilized for rehabilitation and reconstruction in flood affected areas, he added.

He expressed the hope that Havaldar Azhar Hussain and his brothers who were also sportsman would continue their march to success with their hard work.

Azhar Hussain told newsmen that the compensation had doubled his delight. He added that he was now looking forward to the forthcoming Pakistan National Wrestling Championship 2011.

He advised youths to actively take part in sports adding that it not only created tolerance in their personality but also helped them embark on a ceaseless struggle for victory.

The Pakistan Army's wrestler pledged to keep doing hard work for the country's honour and respect.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2011

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