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  May  03, 2015

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MPAs of Chitral defends MoU on Shandur Festival

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL:
The members of provincial assembly from Chitral Syed Sardar Hussain Shah and Bibi Fozia have defended the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Shandur Festival saying that it was only meant to make the festival a successful event and promote tourism.

Addressing separate press conferences here on Sunday, they reiterated that there was nothing in the said MoU which included the Shandur ground in the disputed area between Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan.

They said that all the clauses of the MoU were related with holding the festival and ensure the return of GB in it which had boycotted for the last three years and it was a fact that in its absence, the festival has lost its charm and vitality resulting in the decrease of tourists.

The MPAs criticized certain political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami and JUI for creating a hype against the MoU while it was a fact that a MoU is not a final document and it is not binding on the signing parities till it is changed into agreement with the final approval of the chief ministers of both the provinces.

They alleged that certain political leaders wanted to disparage their political stature and inflict a political loss on them while the local bodies polls on the occasion of local bodies polls being held at the end of the month.

They highlighted the importance of Shandur festival and said that the event should be held in befitting manner to attract the tourists from abroad and send a soft image of the area to attract more tourists and investors.


Meanwhile president of Chitrali Business Community in Peshawar (CBSP), Sadiq Amin has welcomed the agreement between the governments of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan which ensured the participation of Gilgit in the festival after boycott of three consecutive years.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he emphasized the importance of the festival in the development of tourism both in Chitral and Gilgit where hundreds of thousands of people derived their sustenance from tourism industry.

He said that the boycott of GB from the festival has inversely affected the importance and vitality of the festival rendering it an event of district level and the tourists did not take interest in it which is evident from the rate of their low turn over for the last three years.

Mr. Amin said that the settlement of dispute between Chitral and Gilgit had filled every Chitrali with joy but some people wanted to play a politics and make the agreement a controversial.

“The disputed status of Shandur ground remains as it was before and had not been touched in the agreement”, he said adding that all the clauses of the agreement were purely with the arrangement of the festival.

“Actually some quarters within the district do not like the festival to be hold who are creating misconception about the agreement and are raising storms from a cup of tea”, he said.

He said the Chitrali business community in Peshawar fully support the agreement regarding Shandur festival and demanded of the chief minister to go forward without taking into consideration the criticism by some vested interest.

 

 

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