Khunjerav Pamir Cultural Festival 2015 concludes in Sost Gojal Hunza
SPECIAL EVENT REPORT |SOST TODAY Published in SOST TODAY on August 28, 2015
SOST GOJAL, HUNZA: In continuation of tourism enhancement in Gilgit Baltistan a two days Khunjerav Pamir Cultural Festival was marked at altitude of 15,397 feet above sea level at Khunjerav/Khunjerab Top (A border pass between China and Pakistan) on August 26 and the second day of the event held at the border town Sost Gojal in Hunza Gilgit Baltistan on August 27.Published in SOST TODAY on August 28, 2015
The Khunjerav Pamir Cultural Festival was an initiative by the Karakoram Pamir Landscape KPL to enhance cooperation among countries for biodiversity management and sustainable development in the Sino-Pak border region of the western Hindu Kush Himalayan region. The festival was arranged by Khunjerav Villager Organization KVO, a local NGO working for conservation of wildlife, natural recourses and community development in collaboration with ICIMOD, AKRSP and the Government of Gilgit Baltistan.Published in SOST TODAY on August 28, 2015
The Khunjerav Pamir Cultural Festival aimed to bring awareness regarding the diverse and endangered mountain cultural fastening cultural and economic ties between China’s Xinjang province and Pakistan’s Hunza district. Both of these regions shares historical cultural and economic ties, dating back to the time of the ancient Silk Route and the festival seeks to revitalize and bolster those ties.
The first day of Khunjerav Pamir Cultural Festival held at Pakistan-China border at altitude of 15,397 feet above sea level at Khunjerav/Khunjerab pass.Published in SOST TODAY on August 28, 2015
Large number of spectator from both sides of the border came to witness the festival. Artists from across Gilgit Baltistan and China’s Xinjang and a thirty member delegation of Chinese state also attended the festival. The Chinese state guests and artists were formally welcomed by Deputy Speaker Jafar UllaH Khan, Madam Sobia Jabeen Minister for Sports, Culture and Tourism, Minister for Forest Muhammad Wakil, Minister for Local Government Farman Ali Rana and the IGP GB, Rehman Posh, Chairman Khunjerav Villager Org, M. Ismail, Shamil, representatives of ICIMOD, Sajjad Haider secretary wildlife department, Muhammad Sharif, president Ismaili regional council for Hunza and Vice Chairman Pak China Sost Dry port, Zafar Iqbal received the Chinese Delegations at the Pakistani border on behalf of Pakistan at Khunjerav/Khunjerab top.
Karim Baqri, deputy commissioner Kashghar, China was leading the Chinese delegation.
Artists from China’s Xinjang province and Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan performed folk items, including songs and traditional sword dance. Stalls of traditional handicrafts of Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan and gems stones were setup at Khunjerav border.
Nasir Khisraw pipe band, Silver Jubilee band, artists of Hunza Arts Council and Dawadi band, a traditional music band of Gilgit Baltistan entertained the audience at Khunjerav and Sost.
Mohd Ismail of ICIMOD formally welcomed the guests and attendant of the festival on second day at Sost Gojal. Chairman KVO Rehman Posh briefed the delegation and official of GB Government about the objectives of KVO and the festival as well.Published in SOST TODAY on August 28, 2015
Minister for Forest and Wildlife GB, Muhammad Wakil was honored as chief guest on second day of Khunjerav Pamir Festival at Sost Gojal, whereas Karim Baqri, DC Kashghar China was honored as presiding guest.
Addressing at the festival Haji M.Wakeel said, “it’s my immense pleasure to address the highly education people of Hunza and guests came from our long lasted friend country China. Pakistan and China’s friendship is higher than Himalaya and deeper then ocean and I hope will continue in future.” He said.
I would like to thank, Gilgit Baltistan’s wildlife, forest and environment department, Khunjerav Villager Organization and AKRSP to make this event successful. I hope this festival will further strengthen the ties between both the countries. It’s my delight to express that due the unprecedented efforts of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, peace in the region has restored and consequently the flow of tourism in Gilgit Baltistan increased. He said.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor project his tremendous achievement for both countries and the credit goes to the current regime. There is a conspiracy underway to sabotage CPEC project. The people of Pakistan, China and Gilgit Baltistan understand the bed intentions of our enemy and will never let it happen. He further said.
Chairman KVO, Rahman Posh said. “Khunjerav Villager Organization is working for conservation of wildlife and natural recourses, the Government and NGO’s grant us incentives for that, which we are utilizing on the development of local communities.”
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We have support of local and international NGO’s to make out our cause. Government has prearranged licensed trophy hunting to all those communities, who are working for wildlife conservation including KVO and the honor of first legal trophy hunting in the region goes to KVO. He said.
Khunjerav Villager Organizaion has established a girl’s hostel in Gilgit city for the female students of Gilgit Baltistan, we have setup and educational fund for meritorious and needy students and KVO has also setup an emergency fund, which will be utilized in emergency and natural disasters. He added. Published in SOST TODAY on August 28, 2015
Posh said the relationship between Hunza Gojal and Xinjang province has long history and requested the Government of Pakistan and China to establish a common market in Khunjerav region, where the communities from both sides of the border can share their cultural values.
In the end the chairman paid thank to collaborating bodies, guests, artists and participants.