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Pakistan will host its first golf tournament with the Asian Tour in Pakistan in 11 years, organizers announced Tuesday, as international sports slowly returns to the country where security has improved.

The Chief of Naval Staff Open Golf Championship is set to tee off from July 24 to 27 in Karachi, attracting a talented lineup of Asian Tour stars to the US$300,000 (34.59 million rupees) event.

Pakistan is All Set to Host Asian Golf Tournament

“Our talented members are excited to return to Pakistan,” said Josh Burack, Asian Tour Chief Executive Officer, in a statement.

Regular Asian Tour events have been absent in the country since 2008, when a tournament was cancelled over security concerns in the middle of a wave of aggressive and strict attacks across Pakistan.

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All international sporting events were later suspended in Pakistan following an attack on the SriLankan cricket team bus in Lahore in March 2009. But successful military operations in the country’s northwest and city-based centers have mostly beaten militancy, resulting in much awaited security nationwide.

Pakistan Set to Host Asian Golf Tournament

As a result, the country hosted back-to-back Pakistan Super League cricket in 2017, in addition to a limited over series against Zimbabwe, the World XI and Sri Lanka. Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff Zafar Abbasi, whom the tournament is named after, praised the return of the Asian Tour.

This is great news for golf in Pakistan. We are thrilled to welcome the Asian Tour and its talented members to our beautiful country, said Abbasi.

Pakistan hosted its first Asian Tour event in 1989, which was won by Filipino star Frankie Minoza. The country’s only Asian Tour winner, Taimur Hussain who won at an event in Myanmar in 1998. Organizers announced on Tuesday, as international sports slowly returns to the country where security has improved.

Our talented members are excited to return to Pakistan, said Josh Burack, Asian Tour Chief Executive Officer, in a statement.

Regular Asian Tour events have been absent in the country since 2008, when a tournament was cancelled over security concerns in the middle of a wave of aggressive and strict attacks across Pakistan.

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