Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti inaugurated Haier Hockey Series Open match between President XI and Uzbekistan at the National Hockey Stadium. Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti was chief guest on this occasion. The players of both the teams were introduced with him. He also had photographs with both the teams before the match. Uzbek Sports Minister and PHF officials were also present on this occasion. Welcoming the participating international teams Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti said: “Pakistan is a safe country for sports. Several international cricket stars have played PSL matches in Pakistan in the past”. He said the game of hockey will flourish after the holding of 5-nation international hockey tournament. “The event will also bring improvement in the game of our players,” Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti further added. Uzbek Sports Minister and hockey president Mr Bakhodir Akhmedov, on this occasion expressed his pleasure on visiting Pakistan. “Pakistan people are sports loving. Pak-Uzbek relations will be further strengthened in future after 5-nation international hockey tournament. We will also play in Pakistan in future,” he said in determined tone.