GB government to celebrate Deosai festival
Gilgit (Web Desk Sost Today): Gilgit-Baltistan Government has decided to celebrate Deosai festival 2016 in an impressive and befitting manner.
Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Tahir Hussain in a meeting on Friday constituted ten sub- committees for preparation work for holding of the festival.
Different event including sports, food and music will be held in the festival.
The festival will serve the visitors to explore all kind of attractions both for the domestic and foreign tourists at plains including water sports, musical nights, cultural performances, horse riding, jeep rally and many others. The musical night at plains includes the performance of singers from the mainstream and local area while the rich festivities of the event will be a reflection of the mountainous communities with rich traditions.
Last year the Deosai festival was cancelled after objections raised by WWP Pakistan.
WWF warned that these kind of activates may harm rare species and endangered biodiversity of Deosai National Park. The proposed venue was declared as a National Park under wildlife preservation law by GB administration and organizing such activities are unlawful as well.
WWF Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan wrote a letter In August 2015, shared the environmental implication of the events with Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Muhammad Birjees Tahir, Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, FCNA Commander Maj Gen Syed Asif Munir, MNA Asfanyar Bhandara, Chief Secretary Tahir Hussain, and Secretary Forest, Wildlife and Environment Sajjad Haider.
He stated in the letter that The forests of Rama Valley are protected under the Northern Areas Forest Act, 1927. Similarly, Deosai Plateau was notified by the Northern Areas Administration (now Government of GB) as a National Park under the Northern Areas Wildlife Preservation Act, 1975.
Both proposed venues for the festivity are protected by virtue of law, and therefore any activity, which can or may harm or damage the rare, unique and threatened biodiversity of the protected forests and the national park, will be illegitimate and unlawful, Khan wrote.
He stressed that the Deosai National Park is a jewel in the crown of Gilgit-Baltistan. It is an important ecological and natural asset, which is home to a variety of rare and unique wildlife species such as the Himalayan brown bear, Siberian ibex, snow leopard and golden marmot. It is home to hundreds of species of medicinal and aromatic plants, many yet to be researched. It is also home to many magnificent and enchanting wetlands such as Sheosar Lake, Bara Pani, Kala Pani and other streams, peat lands and mosses that provide important habitats to a number of water birds; harbour rare fish species, small mammals and a wide array of invertebrates.
Later on, the Deosai festival was cancelled by Government of Gilgit Baltistan last year.
Also read: Deosai Festival Postponed