Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val at world’s rooftop from July 22

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PE­SHAWAR —A high level meet­ing on Thurs­day dis­cussed the ar­range­ments for up­com­ing three-day Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val to at­tract more for­eign and do­mes­tic tourists to the spec­tac­u­lar event to be held from July 22-24.

Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary Tourism Muham­mad Tariq Khan chaired the meet­ing. Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mush­taq Ah­mad Khan, Deputy Com­mis­sioner Chi­tral Osama Waraich, Com­man­dant Chi­tral Scouts Niza­mud­din Shah, Deputy Sec­re­tary Home Depart­ment Rehmat­ul­lahWazir, Deputy Di­rec­tor Pro­to­col Za­heer Khan,mem­ber pro­vin­cial assem­bly (MPA) from Chi­tral Bibi Fouzia, po­lice of­fi­cial from Mas­tuj Tariq Ka­reem, Ibrahim Yousafzai PIA, Zamir Gul Zahid Deputy Di­rec­tor In­for­ma­tion, Hayat Ali Shah Chief Plan­ning Of­fi­cer Sports & Tourism, Muham­mad Ali Syed GM TICs TCKP, Tauseef Khalid Plan­ning Of­fi­cer Tourism, Wasiq Sec­tion Of­fi­cer Tourism, Haseeb, Sec­tion Of­fi­cer Sports and Ad­vi­sor Tourism Dr Ali Ja, at­tended the meet­ing.

The event is be­ing held reg­u­larly each year since 1930s from 7th to 9th July but to the month of Ramzan, the event dates were changed pre­vi­ously and this year Eid will be held on those dates that’s why it’s been ex­tended a bit.

The of­fi­cial added that the game had got in­ter­na­tional fame, which is be­ing played at the high­est polo ground of the world at Shan­dur Pass in Chi­tral.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, he said, through fi­nance dept pro­vides funds to TCKP for ar­range­ments of the event, which are re­leased to the District Ad­min­is­tra­tion Chi­tral.

“The role of TCKP is that of a cat­a­lyst for pro­mot­ing the fes­ti­val through pub­lic­ity cam­paign and it also es­tab­lishes a tented vil­lage, tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and stalls dur­ing the event, in­clud­ing board­ing and lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties for both for­eign and do­mes­tic tourists,” stated the MD TCKP while brief­ing the par­tic­i­pants.

MPA Bibi Fouzia while high­light­ing the fes­ti­val said that Gil­git-Baltistan should be taken on board im­me­di­ately so that they could ar­range their par­tic­i­pa­tion in a timely man­ner.

The DC Chi­tral high­lighted that six bridges, that come un­der C&W Depart­ment from Chi­tral to­wards Shan­dur needed re­pair. He said that funds should be al­lo­cated on time to re­con­struct them be­fore the launch of the event.

He also said that a multi­na­tional com­pany should be taken on board for Shan­dur Fes­ti­val spon­sor­ship, as they would widely pub­li­cize the ac­tiv­ity and give it na­tional cov­er­age.

As Chi­tral is the most peace­full re­gion, it at­tracts thou­sands of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourists an­nu­ally, es­pe­cially dur­ing the Shan­dur Fes­ti­val and Kalash Fes­ti­val.

An­other great sug­ges­tion put up by the DC Chi­tral was that the Gil­git-Baltistan team play­ers are not paid horse al­lowances, to which the chair said that he will look into it.—APP

KABUL: Dis­abled Afghan women play­ing bas­ket­ball dur­ing a na­tional women wheel­chair bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment be­tween Herat and Balkh prov­inces or­ga­nized by In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of Red Cross.

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