MPAs of Chitral defends MoU on Shandur Festival
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
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
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
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
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
“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.