KP and GB govt agreed to jointly organize Shandur Festival
Chitral Times Report
After redressing the reservations, the Gilgit-Baltistan
government has agreed to jointly organise the Shandur Polo Festival
with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the first week of August.
The decision was taken at a seminar titled ‘Shandur Peace &
Tourism’ held at a local hotel here on Monday.
Besides Advisor to Chief Minister on Tourism, Sports and Youth
Affairs Amjad Khan Afridi, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on
Minorities Soran Singh, members Provincial Assembly (MPAs) from
Chitral Fauzia Bibi and Sardar Hussain, Additional Secretary Naeem
Anwar and Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Managing Director
Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism and Youth Affairs
Minister Inayatullah Shumali and other ministers Niamatullah Khan,
Mushtaq Ahmad Advocate, Abdul Jahan, Ali Murad and Diamer-Astore
Commissioner Zafar Waqar Taj, President Chitral Journalists Forum
Zulfiqar Ali Shah, President Sports Writers Association Nadir
Khwaja and others attended the seminar.
Advisor to Chief Minister on Sports and Tourism Amjad Afridi said
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government agreed to all the demands of the
He said that the three-day international polo festival would start
from August 7 and the spectators and tourists would get the
opportunity to watch the match between teams of Chitral and
Gilgit-Baltistan Minister for Sports and Tourism Inayatullah
Shumali said that players and administration of Gilgit-Baltistan
had certain reservations. However, he said, the government of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa addressed their reservations and invited them to
participate in the event.
Gilgit-Baltistan had not participated in the event for three years
because of certain reservations over Shandur Polo Festival.
He said their team would participate in the International Polo
Festival which would help promote polo and attract tourism to the
Inayatullah said representatives of both the governments discussed
the issue for the first time in history. He thanked the government
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for its hospitality and cooperation.
He lauded the efforts of the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
for understanding the prevailing disappointment among the youth in
Chitral and taking steps for revitilising the international polo
Managing Director TCKP Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said the seminar was
aimed at providing a cordial environment to the management and
players of both teams to understand each other’s point of view.
“It would help in promotion of polo and tourism,” he said, adding
that 2016 would be the year of tourism.