Broghil Festival

Broghil Festival

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Adnan Ali

Boroghil Festival 2016 concluded on the 18th day of September. Beginning on the 16th, the festival was held by the Local Council in collaboration with the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) whereas the awards for different events were provided by Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) upper Chitral. The festival featured tournaments of Horse polo, Yak polo, Donkey polo, Cricket and Football among the teams of various villages of Boroghil. Member Provincial Assembly Sardar Hussain attended the first two days of the tournament whereas Tehsil Nazim Haji Maghfirat Shah flew in on the final day as the Chief Guest. Tehsil Naib Nazim Abdul Shakur and various other deputies accompanied him on the occasion.

On the final day of the tournament, Chikar B came out victorious in Yak polo beating Chikar A, Lashkar Gaz B claimed the title of Donkey Polo championship by beating Garum Chashma A whereas Chitral Scouts stole the show by clinching the championships in football and cricket by beating Lashkar Gaz and Chilmarabad respectively.

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Addressing the crowed at the final ceremony, Rahmat Ali, Union council Boroghil, congratulated the local council for successfully organizing the tournament through their meager resources. Representing the people of Boroghil, he presented a number of development proposals to the chief guest. Notable among them were the construction of at least one primary school for girls—which to date doesn’t exist in the area, construction of a hospital that could be accessible in reasonable time in times of emergency, shifting wheat stall (Godam) from Garam Chashma  to Garel which is easily accessible to most villages in Boroghil and improvement of road networks and construction of a bridge to help connect far flung villages of Boroghil with the rest of Chitral. He also appealed to the chief guest to declare the festival a calendar event of the district Chitral to ensure it was organized regularly and in a better way in the years to come.

The Chief Guest Shah promised to take up all the proposed projects and promised to send Engineer immediately to survey the proposed projects. He promised to reimburse PKR 300,000 to the local council for this year’s festival and promised to provide PKR 500,000 to organize the festival next year. While he promised to work on all the proposed projects immediately, he also stressed that people of Boroghil break through the status quo way of living and try to find better ways of living, enhance their intellectual and leadership capabilities so that they can reap the benefits of any future development.

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In between the final matches and the ceremony, Chitral Heritage and Environmental Protection Society (CHEPS), headed by Rehmat Ali Jaffar Dost, organized awareness session about education and climate change and cleanliness walk around the polo ground. Saif Uddin, a graduate in Musicology from National College of Arts, Lahore and Yaqoob Ali, a graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences—members, CHEPS— conducted the awareness sessions, a wave of school-going boys and girls, adults and aged men and women led by the District Naib Nazim Abdul Shakur swept the ground to clean up all the trash scattered around it.

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It is worth noting that most of the area of Boroghil Valley still lacks road networks. Most of the travelling takes place on foot or rides—horse rides, donkey rides etc. The Local council said it organized the festival to garner the attention of government as well private entities to enhance tourism of the area which they believe will bring the area to the limelight and help propel development in the area.

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