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Shandur Polo Festival 2018 to be held from 7th to 9th July

The game of kings and king of games is back at world’s highest polo ground. The annual Shandur Polo Festival 2018 is set to be held on 7th, 8th and 9th July, 2018, at the Shandur Polo Ground.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



Shandur Polo Festival 2018

The annual rivalry between the polo teams of Gilgit and Chitral is back at the 3,734 meters altitude polo ground of Shandur. Pakistan Army, police, Federal Constabulary, Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts and other security agencies will help arrange the festival peacefully. Shandur Polo Festival 2018 will take place from 7th to 9th July at the Shandur Polo Ground located between the borders of Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Major decisions were made earlier this month at a meeting that was attended by the representatives of stakeholder organizations. Additional Secretary Babar Khan, Col. Saqib of Frontier Corps, Tourism Corporation Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) Managing Director Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, General Manager Sajjad Hameed, Deputy Commissioner Chitral Irhsad Sudhar, District Police Officer Mansoor Aman, Deputy Secretary Sports Jamshed Khan, President Chitral Polo Association Sikandarul Mulk, Director Culture Ajmal Khan and PIA official Fayyaz Ahmad were among the representatives who attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the government of Gilgit-Baltistan has also made preparations to facilitate the teams and a huge amount of expected spectators. A tent village has been set up in Shandur where basic lodging facilities will be available.

Fida Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan’s Minister for Tourism Sports and Culture, has said that the festival will help in the promotion of tourism in the region.

Apart from freestyle polo matches, paragliding, traditional dances, and campfires have been arranged. Military-operated SCOM will also provide telecom services during the festival. Pakistan International Airline (PIA) will operate special flights to facilitate domestic and foreign tourists.

Total six teams will participate in the Shandurl Polo Festival 2018, 3 each from Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. The final match will be played between two best teams from either side. Historically, Chitral has remained dominant in the tournament.

Shandur can be accessed via Gilgit as well as Chitral. After the opening of Lowari Tunnel, the route from Peshawar to Chitral has exceptionally improved, however, the road is in a poor condition between Buni and Laspur.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan




Photo: AKAH

To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
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The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

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Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



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] with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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