KARACHI: Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif heaped praise on star national athletes Arshad Nadeem and Nooh Dastagir Butt during his Independence Day address to the nation on Saturday.
Pakistan, on Sunday, will be completing 75 years of independence from British rule after the partition of the sub-continent.
"Arshad Nadeem, Nooh Butt, and our other athletes made us proud in Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG) this month. On this occasion, I would like to recognize their passion and determination for our country," the premier said during his address.
Arshad and Nooh made Pakistan proud by winning Gold medals in their respective events during the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
Nooh secured a Gold medal for Pakistan in 109+kg weightlifting. He lifted 173kg in snatch, setting a new CWG record. In clean and jerk, Butt lifted 232kg to set another record. Overall, Butt lifted 405kg, which was also a CWG record.
Meanwhile, Arshad also made history in Men's Javelin throw event as he finished first after managing to throw at 90.18 metres in his fifth attempt, setting a new national and Commonwealth Games record.
The 25-year-old also won Pakistan's first Gold medal in Commonwealth Games athletics since 1962.
Wrestlers Inam Butt, Sharif Tahir, and Zaman Anwar secured Silver medals, while wresters Ali Asad and Inayatullah won Bronze medals.
In Judo, Shah Hussain also claimed a Bronze medal.
It should be mentioned here that Pakistan secured two Gold medals, three Silvers and as many Bronze medals in the Commonwealth Games 2022.