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Chitral Wins Shandur Polo Festival, Army General Raheel Sharif Attends the Event Among Others

The 3-day long Shandur Polo Festival concludes at the world’s highest polo ground on the border between Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif attends the event along with Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman among many other officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Shandur Polo Festival 2016

The 3-day long Shandur Polo Festival concludes at the world’s highest polo ground on the border between Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif attends the event along with Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman among many other officials from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. Chitral-A beat Gilgit-A by 10-5 in the final. Prizes were distributed among the winners by COAS.

Talking to the audience after the match, General Raheel Sharif said:

“I’m myself a good player of polo, but the way you play is amazing, your expertise and skills in this game are unprecedented,”

He congratulated Pakistan army for a successful anti-terrorism campaign across the country. He added:

“this peaceful atmosphere is a result of sacrifices rendered by the army and people. This journey of success will continue to support of masses.”

Gilgit-Baltistan had boycotted the Shandur Polo Festival initially but later successful talks were held to organize the event with mutual ownership.

General Raheel Sharif at Shandur

Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif (R) giving away a trophy to a participant of Shandur Polo Festival in Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday July 31, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR

The COAS also appreciated the efforts being made by tourism departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan in promotion of the game and providing a safe and peaceful environment for people to enjoy polo.

Paragliding, jumping, horse dances, tug of war, cultural music and folk dances were also held during the 3-day festival.

COAS Raheel Sharif with Gilgit and Chitral polo teams

Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif poses with polo team from Chitral on Sunday July 31, 2016. Officials of KPK and GB governament are also present. PHOTO: ISPR

Thousands of Pakistan and international tourists enjoyed the festival alongside the locals.

The polo festival is organized every year but Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continue their own efforts to take complete ownership of both Shandur region and the festival. The region has been in a disputed situation for decades as both sides claim their ownership of the land.

The Shandur Polo Festival was first played in 1935.

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Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Introducing #GBCProspers - Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Every day when we wake up, we struggle hard to make a name for ourselves, our families and our country. We see a handful of names in the limelight while hundreds and thousands of names remain in an obscurity no matter how big or small that person’s contribution to the society is.

At GBee, we believe that a society cannot prosper without the small yet meaningful contributions of its members.

This is why, we are announcing the launch of an on-going campaign which we are now officially calling #GBCProspers. This campaign aims to celebrate the contributions, small and big, by the common citizens that collectively reflect in the social, cultural, religious, musical and economic prosperity of the mountain communities.

How to access the stories?

The stories published under #GBCProspers campaign can be found on a dedicated topic section. Each story will also be published in its relevant district page on Facebook and GBee’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag #GBCProspers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest as well as the stories published in the past.

How to submit a story?

Stories can be submitted at our email editor[at]gbee.pk with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral

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At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

اس خبر کو اردو میں پڑھیں

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Dominant Chitral beats Gilgit in the final of Shandur Polo Festival 2018

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Shandur Polo Festival 2018

Chitral has maintained its 10-seasons-long winning streak by beating Gilgit in the of Shandur Polo Tournament. The final match was played on the third and final day of the annual Shadur Polo Festival 2018. Chitral A scored 10 goals while Gilgit A could only manage to score 5 goals.

Here is the summary of all the matches played during Shandur Polo Tournament as part of the Shandur Polo Festival, 2018.

Day 1:

Chitral  (Laspur)

5

1

Gilgit (Ghizer)

Chitral Officers

4

5

G-B Officers

Chitral (Mastuj)

9

3

Gilgit (Gupis)

Day 2:

Chitral B

8

3

Gilgit B

Chitral C

4

5

Gilgit C

Day 3 (Final):

Chitral A

10

5

Gilgit A

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