Closing ceremony of ‘Preservation and Promotion of Indigenous Kho Culture in Northern Pakistan' project held
CHITRAL: With the financial assistance of US AID, a number
of solid steps were taken to preserve and promote the Kho culture
in the Northern Pakistan were taken thereby attracting eco-tourists
to the area to rejuvenate the moribund tourism industry.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the project ‘Preservation and
Promotion of Indigenous Kho Culture in Northern Pakistan’, the team
leader Dr. Inayatullah Faizi said that the project revived the
components of both material and immaterial culture which has long
been consigned to oblivion.
He said that with the participation of local community, it
concentrated its interventions in eleven union councils having
distinct cultural traits and made elaborate arrangements for
holding the forgotten festivals which included phindik, bi-nisik,
ghari-nisik and pathak dik.
“The project also revived twelve handicrafts, twenty two items of
local cuisines and eighteen folk sports with the help of twenty six
He said that to obtain the objectives, competition of cooking the
local cookery, folk sports were held while training were imparted
in the old handicrafts with special focus on silk works which has
been practiced in the area since long.
The main achievement of the project, he said, was the development
of linkage between the local artisans and folk artists with Tourism
Corporation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which will provide them with
opportunities of taking part in the festivals and exhibitions on
national and provincial levels.
He said that under the project launched in July August last, one
hundred and eighteen persons were imparted with extensive training
on art and culture which included folk dance, folk songs apart from
carving and handicraft works.
Professor Rahmat Karim Baig, chief guest of the function, said that
the culture of Chitral had a great potential to lure the tourists
to come to the area if properly advertised.
He appreciated the role of the US AID funded project in the
preservation and revival of Kho culture which had made plan to
promote the Chitrali culture in its full and also.
Presiding the function, principal of Government High School
Chitral, Mir Wali Khan also eulogized the project’s role and said
that the new generation had almost forgotten its folk cultural
traits which further changed their general behaviour.
“The people losing their cultural traits and norms also surrendered
themselves to the new cultural pattern and chaos and confusion in
such environment was inevitable and revival of the Kho cultural was
the need of the day”, he said.
President of district bar association Sahib Nadir Khan Advocate,
and the stake holders Attaullah Jan and Rahmat Nawaz also spoke on