LOWER DIR (Abdullah Madani) - A five-day colourful Dir cultural and peace festival organized by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government with the help of security forces here concluded on Wednesday with popular Khattak dance on drumbeats.

A prize distribution ceremony in this regard was held at the Dir Scouts ground. Sector North I Commander Brigadier Nadeem Mirza was the chief guest on the occasion while Commandent Dir Scouts Colonel Kamran Aslam, District Coordination Officer Mahmood Aslam, District Police Officer Salim Marwat, local politicians, notables of the area, sportsmen, stall holders and a large number of youth also attended the function.

Addressing the concluding ceremony, Brigadier Nadeem Mirza said that provision of entertainment facilities to people of the area had been included in priorities of security forces. He said that the security forces had been doing so in parts of the region.  Thanking organizers of the festival, the sector commander said that successful conduction of this cultural festival proved that people of the area had been peace loving.

“No one can deny the importance of sports and entertainment,” he said, adding that the Pukhtun culture was rich in social, traditional and civilizational norms and values,” he said. The commander also appreciated role of local public and media for making the festival a success and added that security forces would arrange such festivals in future.

“I think this event will prove a major boost for sports and tourism promotion,” he said, asking youth to actively participate in healthy activities. Dir Scouts Commandant Colonel Kamran Aslam while speaking on the occasion said that natural environment and beauty were gifts from God. He said that people of the area wanted social and economic development but they needed opportunities and facilities for this purpose.