Shan­dur Polo fes­ti­val from July 15

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - SPORTS RE­PORTER

PESHAWAR—The Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) on Tues­day de­cided to or­gan­ise the up­com­ing three-day Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val from July 15 to 17.

The Chitral Scouts and the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion Chitral had re­quested the TCKP to bring the sched­ule backward and hold the event from July 15 ow­ing to the im­mi­nent mon­soon rains in the re­gion.

Re­cently, a high level meet­ing chaired by Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary Tourism Muham­mad Tariq Khan had de­cided to ar­range the Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val from July 22 to 24.

The TCKP Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mush­taq Ah­mad Khan, Deputy Com­mis­sioner Chitral Osama Waraich, Com­man­dant Chitral Scouts Niza­mud­din Shah, Deputy Sec­re­tary Home Depart­ment Rehmat­ul­lah Wazir, 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 Jan had at­tended the meet­ing.

The event has been reg­u­larly held each year from July 7 to 9 but this year Eidul Fitr is likely to fall on those dates due to which the sched­ule was changed.

How­ever, on the re­quest of Chitral Scouts and dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion, Chitral the dates have been changed and now the Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val will be held from July 15 to 17.

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

The provin­cial govern­ment through Fi­nance Depart­ment 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.

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

This year, the num­ber of for­eign and do­mes­tic tourists will be more as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous years as peace has been re­stored in the province and the con­di­tion of ac­quir­ing non ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) for the in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and tourists had been with­drawn.

The for­eign tourists can visit the event and other scenic spots in any part of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa if they just have a tourist visa.

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