Islamabad, June 27: The government of Gilgit – Baltistan has decided to abstain from participating in the internationally acclaimed Shandur Polo Festival, scheduled to be held on 7-9 July.
The GB government has condemned Khyber – Pukhtunkhwa for monopolizing affairs of the polo festival. “Shandur is a historical part of Gilgit – Baltistan but the Pukhtunkhwa government is managing the festival”, chief minister Mehdi Shah reportedly said.
It is pertinent to note that Shandur is a disputed territory between Chitral and Ghizar district of Gilgit – Baltistan.
The announcement casts shadows on the highly famous Polo Festival played every year between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit at the world’s highest polo ground. The festival attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists every year.