by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Gulmit, June 06: Hundreds of women, men and children had lined up on the road connecting KKH to Gulmit Polo Ground, with garlands in hands and happiness in eyes to welcome the triumphant participants of a very difficult six – days long walk from Gulmit to Gilgit. The Scouts chanted slogans and the Girls Guides and ladies Volunteers showered flowers on them to show their happiness and love.
The scouts arrived in two NATCO buses. It should be kept in mind that all the participants of the walk, from different villages of Hunza and Gojal, had come to Gulmit, before dispersing, to show solidarity with and love for the common cause of development and harmony.
In the form of a procession the scouts were taken to the Gulmit Central Jamat Khana and Secretariat where the procession turned into a decent gathering after lunch. Speakers congratulated the scouts for successfuly completing the walk. The Scouts shared their experiences with community with the help of snaps taken during main occasions.
The scouts, during the course of the walk, covered an average distance of thirty kilometers everyday, walking on foot. They carried the message of love, peace, harmoney and collective development across the region, urging people to be sensitive to the environment.
Addressing the gathering presdident of Ismaili Local Council, Mr Rahim Khan, said that it was a very happy occasion for the Jamat that the scouts had arrived safely. He thanked the Jamats across Hunza Valley and Gilgit, the government officials and other orgnizations for cooperating with the Ismaili Boys Scouts Group and helping them to make the walk a success.
After the gathering in Gulmit, the Scouts left for Passu village where the Jamat was waiting since long time. The Scouts received a very warm welcome from volunteers, Girls guides, Boy Scouts and other community notables. Mr. Ghulam Bai, Mukhi Passu Jamat Khan shared his expereices related to the historical pony track with the participants. He stressed the walk participants to be role model for other youth.
At the end, the walk participants greeted each other with commitmnets to further strengthen the role of Scouting for peace, unity and development.
Editor’s Note: Photographs of the event will be shared in due course of time.