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   April  20, 2015

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KP and GB govt agreed to jointly organize Shandur Festival

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR:
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 that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government agreed to all the demands of the Gilgit-Baltistan government.

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.

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 region.

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 festival.

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.

 

 

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