Hunza, June 01: Manager Baltit fort has refused the Scouts to visit the fort without paying entry fees. During the second day of adventure walk, the Scouts after arrival at Karimabad received a very warm welcome from the local Scouts and community however they were not given the permission to visit the fort.
The Scouts leaders approached Ikram ullah Baig, Manager Baltit Heritage Trust and explained objectives of the walk but he demanded at least 20 rupees per Scouts as entry fee. He said that if free entrance is allowned then it is not possible to pay the salaries of the fort employs.
The walk also aims to give the scouts exposure about the cultural heritages in the region. However, the rude behaviour of the manager deprived the Scouts to visit the historical fort.
Scouting is a non-funded youth movement thus having a narrow financial resources and the walk has been sponsored by different local and regional organisations to strengthen youth-led organisations as an effective force in the society.