CS directs to ensure best steps for Shandur Festival

Peshawar – Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahzad Bangash on Thursday directed concerned authorities to ensure best arrangements for the historic Shandur Polo Festival.

He issued the directive while presiding over a review meeting at Civil Secretariat regarding preparations for Shandur Festival. The meeting was attended by administrative secretaries of home, tourism, information, communication & works departments and Director General KP Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) while Commissioner Malakand, Regional Police Officer, Deputy Commissioners and District Police Officers of Upper and Lower Chitral participated through video link.

DG KPCTA informed the meeting that Shandur Polo Festival would be held from July 1 to July 3 after a two-year break due to Covid-19 pandemic. He elaborated that tent village was being set up around the world’s highest polo ground at an altitude of 12,600 feet, wherein boarding and lodging facilities would be provided to both foreign and domestic tourists.

He said that local cultures including music and Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan performing art would be displayed besides setting up stalls. DG KPCTA said that the festival has been held regularly every year since 1936.

The Chief Secretary asked commissioner Malakand, deputy commissioners Upper and Lower Chitral to complete preparations in collaboration with all stakeholders and make best possible arrangements for the festival. Besides other arrangements, he directed to set up information desks for facilitation of national and international tourists.

Shahzad Bangash said that special security measures must be taken for the festival starting from July 1, including the deployment of female police personnel. The Chief Secretary said that besides polo matches for tourists, other recreational and cultural activities should also be arranged.

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