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     January  21,  2016



Deputy Commissioner Chitral efforts lauded

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The president of Hamadard Party Chitral, Shahzada Riazud Din has appreciated the anti-encroachment drive launched by the district administration in Chitral and credited the Chitral DC Osama Ahmed Warraich for all this.

Flanked by the other activists of the party, Waqas Ahmed advocate, Muhammad Wali Shah, Mukhtar Ahmed Charwelu, Mehmud Alam Baig and others, he appealed to the provincial government not to transfer the officer from the district till the encroachments are not removed from every nook and corner of Chitral.

He said that the polo has been the traditional game of Chitral lavishly patronized by the former rulers of Chitral who had provided land for polo grounds in every village across the district but all these have been encroached upon due to which the game is in retrogression and losing its popularity.

Mr. Riazud Din asked the district administration to retrieve the land of polo grounds from the encroachers on priority basis and revive the game of polo in the district prominent among were in the villages of Ayun, Koghuzi, Zang Lusht, Rayeen, Prayeet, Sonoghur, Chuinj, Reshun, Garam Chashma, Harchin, Drosh, Sor Laspur, Nogram, Morder and Drasun.

He said that the number of polo grounds exceeded one hundred numbers which were declared state land as in the extra ordinary gazette of Pakistan issued in 1975 as then they were in the use of polo players and also served as community centres of the villages.

Mr. Riazud Din said that the encroachment upon the polo grounds in 1980s with the tacit support of the then district administration as the practice went unchecked and many of the grounds have completely lost their existence as seen in Ayun and Koghuzi.

“I myself lost eight of my shops in the bazaar during the anti-encroachment drive but I welcome this step as I want my city free of encroachments and extend my full support to the incumbent DC if he faces any kind of hindrance from any quarter”, he said.



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