Text by Noor Photos by Ali Ahmed
Festivity could be seen everywhere in Gulmit, on 14th August, the independence day of Pakistan. A number of events had been organized by various institutions to commemorate the day. The biggest event was ending ceremony of the Silk Route Festival 2009. This festival was sponsored by the Tourism Department and managed by the Ismaili Boys Scouts Group, Gulmit. Chief executive of NALA, Attiqa Ghazanfar, Secretary Tourism and other government officials participated in the event.
Due to the charged political environment ahead of the November elections to NALA, there was some protest against the presence of Ghazanfar Ali Khan during the event. People feared that he would turn the Silk Route Festival into an election campaign event. However, sanity prevailed as the chief executive and his wife avoided making political statements or campaigning for the elections.
The other major event was final match of the volley ball tournament organized by Mountain Areas Support Organization (MASO). Shishkat and Ghuklin had qualified for the finals and Shishkat came out victorious in the final match, winning the volley ball championship.