by Asghar Khan
Tourism Department Northern Areas held an Art & Craft Exhibition 2009 at City Park Gilgit on the Independence Day of Pakistan. Maj. Gen. Muzamil Hussain, Commander Force Command, FCNA, Northern Areas was the chief Guest. Along with Chief guest, Chief Secretary Northern Areas, Govt. officials, Members of NALA and notable of Northern Areas participated in the exhibition.
Ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by the chief guest. The exhibition was opened for general public, from 4 pm to 7 pm. The event was exclusively for ladies. Participating in the exhibitino were the Planning and Development Department, Women Development Project, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistant, Gilgit Serena Hotels, AKCSP, BEDAR, Rupani Foundation, Northern Areas Gems, Mineral Association (NAGMA), SCO, WARID, Telenor, Ufone and artisan form Ghizer, Astore, Khaplu, Ganche, and Chilas.
Mr. Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, Chief Secretary, Northern Areas announced prizes for the best stall, won by FOCUS Humanitarian Assistant. The Chief Secretary presented Rs. 20,000/ to FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan, while an artist from Khapulu received Rs. 15,000/, second prize, and an artisan form Ghanche received Rs. 10,000/- third prize.